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 6, 2007

Jakarta activates flood warning system

Adisti Sukma Sawitri, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

People in Jakarta's flood-prone areas will now get a warning to evacuate their houses up to six hours before floods are expected, the city administration says.

The city's new flood warning system came on line Friday. If floods are likely, officials at flood gates in upstream Bogor, Bekasi and Depok will send text message warnings to 13 subdistrict heads living in areas near 13 rivers in the city.

The subdistrict heads will then inform residents of the danger through loudspeakers at mosques and churches in the areas.

It takes about six hours for floodwaters to flow from Depok to Manggarai, East Jakarta, while water takes nine hours to flow downstream from Bogor, the city flood mitigation team said.

The Public Works Ministry will add data to the system by installing 13 telemeters along the city's main rivers to provide a minute-by-minute stream of water-level information.

The administration has prepared 23 temporary shelters, 442 logistics centers, four helicopters and 206 rubber dinghies to evacuate people if worse flooding occurs.

Thousands of police, soldiers, rescue teams and Indonesian Red Cross volunteers will also be mobilized to assist victims.

Governor Sutiyoso said although the administration could not stop the city from flooding, the city was now better prepared to cope with the eventuality.

"We can minimize losses, although we cannot totally prevent floods before the East Flood Canal project is finished," he said Friday after a ceremony to activate the warning system.

The East Flood Canal, which is being expanded to the eastern outskirts of Jakarta, is expected to stop flooding from Bogor and Depok during the rainy season.

The construction of the canal is moving slower than scheduled because the Jakarta Public Works Agency has yet to clear the land at the northern end of the canal.

Jakarta currently relies on a poor drainage system and water pumps to minimize water spill-over from the many garbage-choked rivers in the city.

City crisis center spokesman Heru Djoko said the administration was planning to build a data center to pool all information for the flood warning system.

The center would provide comprehensive information on floods, he said.

"In the absence of an advanced alert system to anticipate floods, we must rely more on integrated information from our conventional tools of communication like phones, walkie-talkies, radio and television," he said.

The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency is predicting heavy flooding in the city this month.

There have already been floods in the East Jakarta areas of Kampung Melayu and Cawang during Christmas.

The last major floods hit the city in 2002, killing 21 people and displacing as many as 380,000.

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