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)

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Sand exporters in Batam say ban will hurt workers

Fadli, The Jakarta Post, Batam

Sand exporters from the Riau Islands have shown dissatisfaction with the government's decision to band sand exports.

The decision will damage the islands' sand mining industry, which relies heavily on exporting its product, Riau Sand Exporting Businesspeople Association's general secretary, Syahrul Jamal, told The Jakarta Post.

At least 300,000 cubic meters of sand from Batam, Bintan, Karimun and Lingga would no longer be exported on a monthly basis to Singapore, the Riau Islands' main market, he said.

He said the quantity of exported sand was greater than local demand, which was around 100,000 cubic meters a month. For the 32 existing sand-exploration businesses operating on the island chain, Singapore is more appealing than domestic markets, he said.

"In terms of pricing and payment, exporting sand brings in more profits. It's easier to collect money from Singapore than from local buyers. Here, collecting money can be extremely difficult and lead to disputes," Syahrul said.

Singaporean buyers pay around S$9 (Rp51,300) for one cubic meter of sand, whereas local buyers pay around Rp 90,000, he said.

However, Singaporean buyers purchase the sand on the spot, pay in cash and organize transportation. When dealing with domestic buyers, Syahrul said, sellers are responsible for all aspects of the transaction.

Often, he said, retailers who purchase sand take three months to pay for the product.

"We'll analyze the policy among our members once more as we were just informed of it. The policy is political in nature and does not consider the economic impact it will have," Syahrul said.

Trade Minister Mari E. Pangestu said the export ban was imposed to promote environmental protection. The exporters have until Jan. 23 to begin winding up exports and until Feb. 5 before all transactions must be finalized.

Singapore's Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said the decision was unfortunate, but that it would not slow the nation's resurgent construction industry.

There have been ongoing efforts to diversify the sources of Singapore's basic construction materials, AFP reported.

Syahrul said the new policy would reduce the production capacity of the Riau Islands' 32 sand mining companies. It could also hurt up to 3,000 workers, whose incomes depend on sand mining.

He said sand mining causes less environmental harm than other mining activities. It requires the use of about 50 hectares over three years, while other mining activities, such as coal and granite mining, usually require some 5,000 ha for use over 15 years.

"In terms of the environment, there are other much more harmful activities. We've committed S$3 from each exported cubic meter of sand toward environmental conservation," Syahrul said.

Meanwhile, Riau Islands Governor Ismeth Abdullah said he understood the central government's reasons for the ban. He said, however, many unskilled laborers employed by sand mining companies would be disadvantaged.

"We support the central government's new policy and can understand the reason why it was made," he said.

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