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)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Rice production in January-April period estimated to drop below average

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Domestic rice production in the January-April period this year is estimated to drop to below the average figure, an Agrilculture Ministry official said.

Ning Pribadi, head of the Food Distribution Center of the ministry`s Food Resilience Agency, said here on Tuesday normally rice production in the period would contribute 60 percent of national production in a year but "now it has not reached the level and is even far below average figure for the period."

Speaking at a press conference on national rice policy, Ning said the drop in national rice production in the period was caused by weather conditions which had not been good in the country.

He said the planting season in 2006/2007 was delayed because rain fell late. He said the rain only fell at the end of December or early January, 2007 while it should have happened in September-October, 2006.

Based on the Central Bureau of Statistics`(BPS) prediction harvests in the January-April period would only produce 25.95 million tons of dried unhulled rice while the agriculture ministry predicted it would reach around 23.99 million tons.

The BPS predicts production of dried unhulled rice in the period would drop by 3.45 million tons or 13 percent compared with production in the same period before.

Unhulled rice production in the May-August period is estimated to rise by 0.94 million tons and in the September-December period to rise again by 1.22 million tons.

To compensate for the drop in the January-April period, he said, the government was planning to boost production in the May-August and October-December period.

He said "condition of domestic food supply in 2007 will not be worse than in 2006 if everything goes well and no natural disaster and weather irregularities happen."

The director general of domestic trade, Ardiansyah Parman, meanwhile said the government would stop rice import if domestic supply was sufficient.

"The government now imports rice because the Logistics Agency has difficulties maintaining its stock with domestic rice," he said.

The government is currently importing up to 500,000 tons of rice to increase the national stock to 1.2 million tons.

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