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 31, 2007

Lingering drought hurts hectares of Bantul crops

Slamet Susanto, The Jakarta Post, Bantul, Yogyakarta

While rain has started falling in a number of regions throughout Indonesia, Bantul regency is still mired in a long drought.

Residents there are struggling to get enough drinking water, while hundreds of hectares of paddy fields are being neglected.

Wells have dried up in six of the most severely affected villages: Terong, Jatimulyo, Munthuk, Mangunan, Temuwuh and Dlingo. All are in Dlinggo district.

Residents say the PDAM water company, which is owned by the local administration, has also stopped supplying water.

The residents have to rely on traders, who sell the water at Rp 100,000 (US$10.52) per tank truck.

"Aside from its expensiveness, we still have to line up too. We order now and the water will be sent four or five days later," said Sumarni, a resident of Terong village.

Sumarni said lack of water was especially difficult since she and her neighbors were busy completing the reconstruction of their houses devastated by the earthquake that struck the area on May 27 last year.

"If things get worse, we're afraid funds set aside for reconstruction will have to be channeled into buying water. We can't do anything about it it ... we are badly in need of water," she said.

Prawiro, another resident of Terong, said the residents hoped the government would be willing to provide water. He said a proposal for assistance had been sent to the government, but no response had come yet.

The long drought has dried up the irrigation networks in about 500 hectares of two-month-old paddy fields in Sanden, Keretek and Bambanglipuro. The rice plants are increasingly turning yellow.

Other farmers have bought water pumps, but this increases their costs.

"Running the water pumps has forced us to spend more to supply water for the plants," said Junianto, a resident of Tegalrejo in Sanden district. "I have been forced to spend Rp 100,000.

"Farmers are always in a losing position," he added.

Fertilizer is expensive and other supporting products are costly as well, but by the time they sell their agricultural products, prices fall," he said.

The rice plants are also affected by the fact that irrigation systems in Bantul were devastated by the earthquake. It will take a long time to repair them, Junianto added.

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