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)

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Govt says no food shortages in Jakarta

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The government on Wednesday assured flood victims in Greater Jakarta that the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) was prepared to release rice and other food stocks to prevent shortages.

Social Services Minister Bachtiar Chamsyah said officials in flood-stricken areas of Jakarta and surrounding cities were able to obtain food stocks from Bulog as the need arose.

"We have a leftover stock of rice from 2006 of 300,000 tons, and I can assure you that officials in flood-affected areas can access this rice at any time without permission from me," Bachtiar said after a meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Bachtiar said the government had set aside 200 tons of rice per day for flood victims.

According to data from the Social Services Ministry, as of Wednesday more than 225,000 flood victims were seeking refuge in Greater Jakarta.

Most of these displaced people are in South Jakarta, where more than 80,000 people are sheltering in mosques, railway stations, schools and cemeteries. In East Jakarta, more than 45,000 people are living in temporary shelters.

Overcrowding and unsanitary conditions have sparked fears of outbreaks of disease.

The head of the national bird flu commission, Bayu Krisnamurti, has warned that the floods could intensify the spread of the HN51 virus to humans.

The death toll from the floods -- which at their peak forced some 340,000 people from their homes -- rose to at least 50 on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said. Most of the fatalities were due to drowning or electrocution.

Minister Bachtiar said the government would provide families of the deceased Rp 2 million (about US$220) in compensation.

"All the families need to get the compensation is a letter from their local social services agency," he said.

Meanwhile, Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said the supply of goods to Jakarta was expected to return to normal in the next few days.

"What we have to do now is convince suppliers from outside of Jakarta that all access routes to Jakarta are open and safe," Mari said.

She said the Jakarta Police have agreed to guarantee safe passage for goods entering the capital.

"We had a meeting Tuesday with associations of food and beverage producers, owners of land transportation vehicles and the Jakarta Police, in which the police agreed to provide daily updates on road conditions and access to Jakarta," Mari said.

She said the government's priority now was to ensure the supply of goods to Jakarta returned to normal as soon as possible.

Mari also said the government would continue efforts to ensure rice prices did not rise and hurt flood victims.

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