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

Rain in Bogor forces evacuations in Jakarta

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

"Flood season" has officially started in Jakarta as hundreds of homes along the Ciliwung River, which runs through East and South Jakarta, were inundated to a depth of up to 2.5 meters Tuesday.

Thousands of residents of Kampung Melayu in East Jakarta were forced to take refuge in temporary shelters, while more than 1,000 others in Rawajati, Bukit Duri and Manggarai in South Jakarta also evacuated their flooded homes.

"The flood has affected 2,735 families or 10,260 people. Of the total number of affected families, 628 have been evacuated to emergency shelters," Sumarsono, a member of the Kampung Melayu neighborhood association, told Antara news agency.

Residents of Kampung Melayu are currently staying in temporary shelters in the Santa Maria school complex in Jatinegara, Hermina Hospital and Attawabin Mosque, while South Jakarta residents were directed to community health posts.

Although it has rained only sporadically throughout the day in the city this week, heavy downpours since Monday evening in Bogor, West Java, caused the levels of the Ciliwung River, which passes through Jakarta, to rise significantly higher.

According to data from the Jakarta Crisis Center houses on the banks of the Ciliwung were flooded 30 to 260 centimeters above the floor level.

Among the worst affected areas were East Jakarta's Kampung Melayu and Cawang, as well as South Jakarta's Bukit Duri and Manggarai.

Residents of Kebon Baru in Tebet, South Jakarta, have been carefully monitoring the level of the Ciliwung in their area, which regularly floods during the rainy season.

Operators have opened the Manggarai sluice gate in an attempt to open natural drainage routes for the floodwaters.

"We will leave the gate open until the total amount of water in the area is reduced," gate operator Adie Widodo said as quoted by Antara, adding that the gate would be shut as soon as the level on the measuring board dropped to 600 cm.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the water level in Manggarai had reached 825 cm.

At the Katulampa sluice gate in Bogor the water level had returned to normal Tuesday after reaching an alarming level Monday.

However, gate operators remain on alert as more wet weather is forecast, Katulampa gate operator Andi Sudirman said.

Aside from floodwater from Bogor, water has also been streaming into the city from Depok.

On Monday night, the level at the Depok sluice gate had reached 320 cm. Operators said that when it reached 400 cm, areas in South Jakarta, like Kebayoran Baru and Gudang Peluru, would flood.

Jakarta is vulnerable to flooding even when there is little rain because of its altitude -- much of it is near or below sea level -- and poor drainage system.

The administration has said the delay of the completion of the East Flood Canal, which will be linked to the existing 17-kilometer West Flood Canal, is the main reason why the city continues to flood.

The semicircular canal will accommodate excess water from all of the rivers in Jakarta.

However, critics have argued that the loss of open green space through residential and commercial development and the disregard shown toward the land-to-building ratio have contributed to the situation.

The last major floods hit the city in 2002, killing 21 people and displacing more than 380,000 others.

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