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

Switzerland, Belgium to be invited to set up chocolate plants in RI

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia will invite Switzerland and Belgium to set up chocolate producing plants in the country which is known as one of the world`s biggest cocoa producers, a cabinet minister said.

"I will invite world-class producers from Switzerland and Belgium to invest in Indonesia. We are already to establish contacts with them. I will ask my colleagues (in the cabinet) to grant them facilities so that they can develop a chocolate industry in Indonesia," Industry Minister Fahmi Idris said here on Friday.

He said cocoa-based industries could be built at upstream as well as downstream level because the country had huge resources of the raw materials.

Like in the crude palm oil industry, the government would also issue regulations to encourage the building of downstream cocoa-based industries, he said.

He said the government hoped top chocolate producers in the world would invest in Indonesia. "We are seeking cooperation. They will maintain their brands but have to build plants here," he said.

He said the chocolate industry had not yet developed properly in Indonesia although some local brands such as "Silver Queen" had already been in circulation in the country.

"We wish to develop an industry with a complete and integrated network like the CPO industry," he said.

He said because Indonesia wished to build a chocolate industry it had refused to cooperate with a chocolate association from the European Union (Coabisco) because they only wished to buy cocoa beans from Indonesia.

"They were prepared to train farmers in the raising good cocoa plants, which they would buy later on. I did not agree with their proposal. I want them to train the local farmers and set up a factory here," he said.

Indonesia has so far been the world`s third biggest producer of cocoa beans after Ivory Coast and Ghana with its production reaching around 400,000 tons a year. Around 70 percent of the production is exported.

The minister said the government would also support the development of downstream coffee industries and local coffee trademarks because the country was also one of the world`s biggest coffee producers.

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