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

Indonesian Weather Agency Expects More Jakarta Rain

By Arijit Ghosh and Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Jakarta, where 40 percent of the city is below sea level, may receive more rainfall, the Meteorology Agency said, even as Indonesian authorities were taking advantage of the first respite in three days to evacuate 42,000 people from flooded areas.

Jakarta may also suffer if areas such as Bogor, south of the capital, get more heavy rain, said Wasito Hadi, head of data and information at the Meteorological and Geophysical Agency. Rivers from the mountains of southern Java drain into Jakarta and may overflow their banks. Two days of heavy rain has already inundated much of the city. Jakarta received about 339 millimeters (13.6 inches) of rainfall yesterday, Hadi said.

``We are in the peak rainfall season, which extends from the middle of January to the middle of February,'' Hadi said today in a telephone interview in Jakarta. ``If Bogor has rainfall, it's a problem for Jakarta.''

The Ciomas and Puncak areas in Bogor, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Jakarta, have had heavy rainfall since this morning, ElShinta radio said. The water level in the Ciliwung- Katulampa dam has reached 2.5 meters and started to overflow, the radio said. It may reach Jakarta in the next 10 hours, the radio cited Andi, an official at the dam, as saying.

With 13 rivers flowing into the city of 8 million people, excess rain causes flooding almost every year because Jakarta's only flood canal hasn't enough capacity to handle the runoff. Floods in 2002 resulted in $1.1 billion of damage to property and in lost man-hours, according to Dutch company DHV.

`Not Qualified to Be Capital'

``Jakarta is geographically not qualified to be the capital city, but this is the reality,'' Sutiyoso, Jakarta's governor, said in an interview on Metro TV. ``We can't afford to move the capital city somewhere else.''

The government has debated building a second flood canal for the eastern part of the city, which was originally planned during the 1970s.

``If we don't build the east flood canal, one alternative is to build big lakes in the neighboring area,'' said Sutiyoso, who uses one name.

The government estimates an east flood canal would cost about 4.4 trillion rupiah ($440 million). It would complement the west flood canal, which was built by the Dutch in 1930.

The government is using the break in rainfall to evacuate people, Jakarta government spokesman Arie Budhiman said.

``We hope the weather is better today,'' Budhiman said today in a telephone interview. ``With no rain, the government'' can move faster to help people.

Roads, Power Supply

Some toll roads displayed signs that they were closed because stretches of the highways were submerged. Motorists were forced to use lanes dedicated to TransJakarta Busway on the city's main Sudirman road.

State electricity utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara said it had cut power to 1,680 electricity distribution boxes in areas that are under water, affecting as many as 800,000 homes, Mulyo Adji, general manager of supply and control at Listrik Negara, said in an interview on ElShinta radio today. The utility switched off power to prevent short circuits and deaths by electrocution.

Floods yesterday forced PT Bank Central Asia, the nation's second-biggest lender by assets, to close several branches, said Raymon Yonarto, the bank's corporate secretary.

About 70,000 telephone lines may have been cut as rising water damaged a central switch in the Semanggi area in Jakarta, Muhammad Awaluddin, spokesman at PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, the nation's biggest phone company, said yesterday.

Telekomunikasi's Internet service has also been disrupted, as the company turned off several data servers to prevent damage, Awaluddin said, without specifying how many users may have lost their connections.

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