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, March 18, 2007

Government, House discuss bill on transboundary haze

Ridwan Max Sijabat, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The government and the House of Representatives began discussions Monday evening on whether to ratify the ASEAN agreement on trans boundary haze pollution.

A working committee consisting of 40 legislators from three commissions overseeing defense and foreign affairs, agriculture and forestry affairs and environment affairs presented their views on the agreement.

The government was represented by State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar, State Minister for Research and Technology Kusmayanto Kadiman, Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriantono and Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda.

Witoelar called on the House to ratify the agreement, saying it would have more positive than negative affects on the country.

"Ratifying the agreement will have a more positive impact on Indonesia because trans boundary haze pollution has affected not only locals and the domestic economy but also foreign countries. It will also help preserve the environment," he told the meeting.

"Otherwise, the government will remain the subject of blame, not only by foreign countries but also by locals affected by the annual haze pollution."

He also said that by ratifying the agreement, Indonesia was obliged to mitigate the haze and set up an institution to monitor the agreement's implementation.

Other legislators warned against ratifying the agreement, saying it would have negative implications for the country.

Agusman Effendi, who chairs the environment commission, said his commission had agreed to deliberate the bill to ratify the agreement on trans boundary haze pollution after consulting forest concession holders, plantation owners and informal leaders in Sumatra and Kalimantan, where much of the annual haze originates.

Sabam Sirait and Soeripto of the House's defense and foreign affairs commission condemned the agreement, which they said placed all responsibility for the haze on Indonesia.

They said that Indonesia should only ratify the agreement with reservations.

"Other countries have signed the agreement because they have no forests or only a few forest areas. To be consistent, Singapore and Malaysia should also be committed to fight illegal logging in Indonesia by stopping their use of illegal logs," said Sabam.

While all 10 ASEAN countries signed the agreement in 2002, Indonesia and the Philippines are yet to ratify it.

Bomer Pasaribu of the agriculture and forestry commission called on the government to be cautious of the legal consequences of ratifying the agreement.

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