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 20, 2007

Indonesia may curb exports of crude palm oil

Bloomberg , January 20 2007

JAKARTA: Indonesia, the world's second largest palm oil grower, may curb unprocessed exports of the commodity to encourage the development of local refining, an official at the Trade Ministry said.

Curbing overseas sales of crude palm oil (CPO) is among the options that will be discussed at a meeting on January 22, Agus Tjahyono, agricultural exports director, said in an interview yesterday.

"There are lots of options besides taxes to discourage exports," Tjahyono said. "We can impose regulations."

Reducing supplies from the South-East Asian nation to the global market may sustain a rally in the price of the commodity, which competes with soyaoil. Benchmark palm oil futures gained 41 per cent last year on rising demand, especially from China.

"The idea could be to find ways to encourage the downstream industry, including the biodiesel industry, and make sure there's enough feedstock," said Derom Bangun, head of the Indonesian Palm Oil Association, by telephone.

Downstream typically describes the processing parts of an industry that transform commodities into semi-finished or finished products.

Palm oil for delivery in three months on the Malaysia Derivatives Exchange dropped RM25, or 1.3 per cent, to RM1,880 a tonne at 5:28pm Malaysian time.

Indonesia is poised to overtake Malaysia this year as the largest palm oil producer as more trees mature and yields improve. At present, most Indonesian palm oil is exported to Malaysia for refining into edible oils for cooking, and into oleins for use in soaps, detergents and industrial lubricants.

CPO prices have also surged amid growing demand for the oil as an additive to fossil fuels. High crude oil prices are spurring interest in biofuels projects as investors seek renewable energy. So- called green fuels extend the life of fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions.

Both Malaysia and Indonesia, which together control almost 90 per cent of the world's palm oil production, last year introduced policies to encourage the use of palm oil products in fuels as crude oil prices reached records.

Indonesia is seeking more investment in industries producing energy from palm oil, sugarcane and jatropha to help create 5 million jobs and cut state fuel subsidies, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said last August.

PT Pertamina, Indonesia's state oil company, last year boosted biodiesel sales in Jakarta fourfold to cut the country's fuel imports.

If exports are curbed, "this could result in the domestic crude palm oil price being lower than that of the international price", said UBS Securities analyst Andreas Bokkenheuser.

The shift could boost the profitability of both the refining industry, and the emerging biodiesel industry, "whose economic viability has been questioned lately due to high crude palm oil prices and low oil prices", Bokkenheuser said.

Crude oil prices have dropped 31 per cent in six months to US$50.49 (US$1 = RM3.50) a barrel yesterday. Analysts broadly estimate that making biodiesel is viable when crude oil stays above US$50.

Indonesia's biggest plantation companies are PT Astra Agro Lestari and PT Perusahaan Perkebunan London Sumatra, both of whose shares more than doubled last year.

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