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.

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"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)

Monday, May 14, 2007

W Sumatra needs to diversify gambier to increase export

Padang, W Sumatra (ANTARA News) - West Sumatra was expected to diversify gambier (ingridient traditionally used in betel chewing, leather tanning and dyeing) as a raw material for medicines for diarrhea and oral ulceration as well as shampo, an expert has said.

Gambier growers should thus be encouraged to develop the commodity in an effort to increase West Sumatra province`s export quantity and quality, Chairman of the Centre for the Study of Medicinal Plants at the Andalas University, Prof. Amri Bahktiar, said here Sunday.

"Gambier as a raw material for drinks and anti-oxidant products against cigarette smokes and fumes of cars among other things needs to be developed," Amri said.

More than 80 percent of gambier to the world market hailed from West Sumatra whose main production centre is located in the 50 Koto district and the southern coastal area.

In 2002, West Sumatra produced 10,729 tons of gambier from a 17,800 hectare plot of land. The province exported the commodity to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore, Japan and the United States as well as Europe and the Middle East besides other countries in different parts of the world.

Meanwhile, Indonesia`s total export of gambier in 2003 was recorded at more than 5,178 tons valued at US$5,178,050. The biggest export with the volume of 4,875.988 tons was to India.

West Sumatra should pay special attention to gambier as one of its prime commodities, Amri said, adding that Indonesia is the biggest gambier producer in the world.

"The constraint being faced by West Sumatra in developing gambier is the poor processing technology as the commodity is still sold in a raw material, low quality and without diversification," he noted.

Gambier is used at home still as a raw material for betel chewing, leather tanning and dyeing substance in making batik clothes.

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