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, February 4, 2007

After the flooding, the blame game begins

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

As hundreds of thousands of Jakartans struggled with the cold and damp, officials on Saturday were quick to muster the culprits behind another year of severe flooding.

Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso placed the blame on villas in Puncak, West Java, while State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar insisted the floods were caused by excessive development in the city's water catchment areas.

Rachmat said that local authorities had been overzealous in issuing building permits for Jakarta's designated water catchment zones.

"Many ignore the (city) spatial plan, especially the authorities that hand out permits, even though they clearly violate environmental impact analyses," Rachmat said.

He said that large buildings in drainage areas in the capital had worsened the floods.

"There are too many shopping centers in the capital," he said.

Sutiyoso, however, chose to criticize the luxurious villas and residential complexes of Bogor, West Java.

"The floods in Jakarta are partly due to environmental damage in Bogor. The Puncak is a water catchment area but there are now many villas there, causing the downpour to run straight into the river," he said during an interview on MetroTV on Saturday.

Jakarta is fed by 13 rivers that have their origins in West Java.

Sutiyoso said the Bogor administration had sacrificed water catchment areas for economic reasons.

"Yes, they'll get the income from the villas to increase their local budget, but they aren't thinking of the impact it has on Jakarta."

Sutiyoso said that under his management, the Jakarta administration had done well to balance both interests.

"The practice of prioritizing income may occur in Jakarta, but I have managed it well since becoming governor," he said.

Jakarta has experienced a construction boom during his two terms as governor. Sutiyoso awarded dozens of permits to build high-rise shopping centers and apartments across the city.

Environmental activists have warned that the buildings would significantly reduce the city's green space, leading to repeated floods in the rainy season and water crises during the dry season.

Sutiyoso said that the city's high level of urbanization was a problem and had caused environmental destruction.

"Therefore, Jakarta can't resolve the flooding problem on its own. It must be addressed through the megacity plan," he said.

That plan will integrate Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi, Puncak and parts of Cianjur into an area to be known as Jabodetabekpunjur.

Sutiyoso suggested more lakes be built in the city, as they could be used as water catchment areas in the rainy season and reservoirs in the dry. The city currently has around 43 small lakes, but most are not maintained properly.

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