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)

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Indonesia air loss mystery deepens

• Stephen Fitzpatrick, Jakarta correspondent

• January 04, 2007, The Australian

FOUL weather forced search and rescue teams out of the skies yesterday as the mystery deepened over what became of Adam Air Flight KI 574, the budget jet that disappeared between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sulawesi on Monday with 102 people on board.

Equally baffling was how the Boeing 737-400's wreckage was erroneously reported discovered, complete with 12 survivors, by villagers in a mountainous region of West Sulawesi on Tuesday.

Rescue teams dispatched to the area trekked for 10 hours along mud-soaked trails only to find a furious village chief who denied having alerted authorities to the plane crash.

Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa, fending off accusations of incompetence and calls for his resignation, blamed the early incorrect information on the head of Lanud Hasanuddin airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

Airport chief Eddy Suyanto was caught on the hop delivering the latest crash position updates to national search and rescue co-ordinators, and inadvertently let slip the location when quizzed by reporters, Mr Radjasa said.

However, no one was prepared to explain why the information was not checked in the first place, with the effective loss of at least a full day's search time. The search was widened to include the Makassar strait on the assumption pilot Refri Agustian Widodo might have sought a safe route around a dangerously large cumulonimbus cloud mass and 40-knot wind gusts.

Mr Suyanto said nothing had been found and military search aircraft had been grounded as monsoonal storms worsened.

An irritated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono summoned the key players to a crisis meeting in Jakarta last night, including Mr Radjasa, who was forced to return from his damage-control holding position in Makassar.

"The Government has lied to the people. Hatta must be investigated," said Rendry Lamajidu, a senior member of the national parliamentary committee on transportation.

As well as the time wasted trekking to the wrong location, the long delay in launching a search for the jet when it first disappeared from radar screens shortly after 3pm local time (6pm AEST) on Monday was a crucial failure, Mr Lamajidu said.

"There were no direct efforts in the first 24 hours, when there could still have been passengers to save. Now it's not possible there's anyone left," he said.

Upper house Speaker Hidayat Nurwahid conceded human error was probably responsible for a string of transport disasters in recent days, including the capsize of a ferry north of Java with the loss of hundreds of lives, but cautioned against laying all the blame on the minister.

"It's not entirely his fault," Mr Nurwahid said, as he called for a thorough investigation into the transport sector. Deregulation of the Indonesian airline industry in 1999 produced a host of low-cost, low-quality carriers, notorious for their poor service and safety and more akin to long-haul bus travel than normal airlines.

But aeronautics professor Djoko Sardjadi of the Bandung Institute of Technology said the excessive age of most of Indonesia's fleet of Boeing 737s - many between 20 and 25 years old - should not be a problem "so long as we understand that the planes are old and they are not forced beyond their operating limits".

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