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, July 12, 2007

Farmers, fishermen week leaves many feeling ill

Khairul Saleh, The Jakarta Post, Palembang

Scores of participants at the 12th National Farmers and Fishermen Week in Banyuasin regency, South Sumatra, have fallen ill due to poor sanitation at the event venue.

Participants were lining up Wednesday at a command post organized by event organizers for medical care.

Indarjo, who is attending the event from Bengkulu, was seeking treatment for a stomachache.

Doctors at the post said he was suffering from digestive problems.

"I rarely get sick, but since I arrived here I get sick easily. I don't think the sanitation here is as good as expected," Indarjo said.

He added that he was unable to take part in many of the planned activities because he was too sick.

The weeklong event, which was opened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Saturday, is being attended by 21,000 farmers and fishermen from 33 provinces across the country, as well as representatives from Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) countries and Japan.

The event is designed as a forum to exchange information on the latest development in the agriculture and fishery sectors, including agriculture technology development in the regions.

The event is also intended to help improve communication among farmers and fishermen groups to enable them to help improve their welfare.

Participants are being accommodated in thousands of houses belonging to local residents in 25 villages in Sembawa district. At the event venue itself, many of the provided toilets are not working properly.

Achmad, a participant from Ogan Komering Ilir regency, said he has suffered from diarrhea since drinking water taken from a nearby well.

He said the poor sanitation was aggravated by the large amount of dust blowing through the area, which had caused breathing problems and headaches.

Other participants have complained of flu, toothaches, coughing and digestive problems.

H. Panut of the South Sumatra Health Office, said, "All of them (the complaints) have been caused by poor sanitation at the event venue."

Panut said the office was providing medicines, vitamins and medical services for participants.

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