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)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Govt invites business to help prevent diarrhea

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The Health Ministry and the private sector are working together to promote hand washing to help tackle the staggering number of deaths from diarrhea in the country, particularly among children.

Diarrhea has become one of the most common diseases in Indonesia, killing more than 100,000 children every year.

According to the Jakarta Health Agency, Jakarta saw more than 20,000 people suffer from diarrhea in 2006. More than 11,000 diarrhea cases have been recorded from January to July this year.

"Washing hands with soap in the proper way can help people avoid getting diarrhea," Tjandra Yoga Aditama, the director of Communicable Disease Control at the ministry, told the Open Partnership Meeting on Monday.

The meeting, held by the ministry, the National Development Planning Board and other state institutions concerned with sanitation and public facilities, was also aimed at encouraging the non-government sector to participate in a hand washing campaign through the Public-Private Partnership Program.

Tjandra said Jakartans and people living in other cities had low awareness of proper hand washing.

"Many people only wash their hands when they feel they're dirty."

"People should wash their hands in running water before having something to eat, before preparing food, when they hold babies (and) after defecating and urinating," he said.

Tjandra said poor sanitation and unhealthy lifestyles had contributed to the high number of diarrhea patients in Indonesia, with 423 out of 1,000 people suffering from the disease. In many areas, the disease was so frequent as to be classified as an "extraordinary occurrence".

"Children are the most prone to this disease," he said.

Acute diarrhea is usually caused by infection and may be accompanied by bloating, nausea and abdominal pain, sometimes leading to death.

"The entrance of these germs into the human body affects the alimentary canal and the respiratory system the most," he said, adding that habitual hand washing could also help people avoid respiratory diseases such as bird flu and pneumonia.

According to Wan Alkadri, a director at the Health Ministry, hand washing prevented the transmission of the dangerous pathogens that caused diarrhea.

"Habitual hand washing is considered to a be do-it-yourself vaccine, which is more effective than any other vaccine," he said.

Since 2005, 90 out of a total of 111 bird flu patients have died, the majority of the deaths occurring in West Java.

The government needed the private sectors' participation to get the best results from the promotion campaign, Wan said.

"In its implementation, this program needs the private sectors' involvement. Their involvement would allow us to extend our capabilities and make the program sustainable," he said.

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