Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Clean water luxury for North Jakarta slum dwellers

"After all, it's God's water."

Prodita Sabarini, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Ruslan was dusty and dripping with sweat though he had gotten an early start to beat the suffocating Jakarta sun.

The 40-something man stooped over with his hands on his thighs to catch his breath when he arrived at his small house, finally able to stop pulling his cart, which he had loaded up with 20-liter jerricans full of water

"Water is scarce nowadays," he said.

Ruslan lives in slum neighborhood Kampung Kandang in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. The official map of Jakarta suggests it is unoccupied but satellite photos show otherwise.

While residents have managed to come to terms with shortages of just about everything else, no one can get by without water.

Most houses in his neighborhood are not connected to the water system.

Some people tried to build their own wells but though the water was clear when drawn it soon turned a reddish-brown color. They have no other choice but to buy drinking water from vendors.

Spending an extra Rp 3,000 (less than US$1) does not mean much to the better-off, but for low-wage earners it is a substantial sum.

The United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) 2006 Human Development Report Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis said people living in the slums of Jakarta, Manila and Nairobi paid five to 10 times more for water per unit than those in high-income areas of the same cities.

For Rusland and his neighbors, the fact that they are squatting on state land does not help.

According to Rhames Simanjuntak, a spokesman for one of the city's two water operators, Thames Pam Jaya (TPJ), delivering piped water to slum neighborhoods poses something of a dilemma.

"We have to abide by the regulation on piped water distribution, which requires the home owner to present a house or land ownership deed before we can supply their property."

Rhamses said the city administration prohibited the water company from making any connection between the slums and the domestic water system because the land was state property and not designated for housing.

"However, people living in the slums are constantly stealing water."

He said the area where Ruslan lives was among the three districts -- Rawa Badak, Tugu Selatan, Kelapa Gading Barat -- where TPJ had reported the theft of utility services was widespread.

A resident of Kampung Kandang, who asked not to be named, said fresh water had quickly become big business in the area.

"We don't have any lawful access to water, how can do basic things like take a shower or go to the toilet?"

Ruslan said a few people in the area did have piped water within their dwellings.

"Some of them sell their water to the others."

He said he wished piped water could be brought to everyone in the slum community.

"We're happy to pay monthly, rather than buying jerricans of water daily."

Rhamses said 50 percent of the water distributed by TPJ was not paid for, causing major revenue losses for the company.

The company supplies 9,000 liters of water per second to areas of North and East Jakarta.

He said illegal connections, theft and leakage were responsible for 30 percent of unbilled water consumption.

"The rest is due to malfunctioning distribution system controls like broken meters."

Rhamses said the problem was not cut and dry.

"The city administration can be hypocritical and has on occasion issued identification cards to slum dwellers."

Neighborhood unit head Bawono said the people living there were not illegal residents. "I was sworn in by the district head."

Bawono did, however, acknowledge the land was not theirs. "It belongs to the government."

A resident said he did not understand why people like him were denied access to clean water.

"After all, it's God's water."

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