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, July 1, 2007

University students sent in to fight illiteracy

Slamet Susanto, The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta

Over 4,000 students from 23 universities across Java are soon to be sent on a campaign to take on high illiteracy rates in eight provinces.

The 4,528 students, the majority coming from Yogyakarta's Gadjah Mada University (UGM), are to be sent to 54 regencies in eight provinces -- Banten, Central Java, East Java, Gorontalo, Jakarta, Lampung, Yogyakarta and West Java.

Students will be involved in the program, known as Kuliah Kerja Nyata (The Real Work Program) or KKN, for between two and three months.

The students were sent off by National Education Minister Bambang Sudibyo at an official ceremony at UGM on Saturday.

"Unlike previous field studies, in which students did routine activities, this field study will require them to actively educate and empower the community," Bambang said.

He said the KKN effort was line with the government's determination to fight illiteracy over the next five years.

He said the current illiteracy rate in Indonesia stood at 10.21 percent. The government plans to cut it to 5 percent by the end of 2009.

The locations targeted for the program were selected for their high rates of illiteracy.

He said the government aimed to get International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification for the program to make sure it fell in line with international quality standards.

He said the program could also serve as way of measuring the university's ability to interact with the community.

"This field study to fight illiteracy is a very good thing. It might help to create healthy competition between students to do good things for the community," said Muhandis Farauk, a student from Magelang Muhammadiyah University in Central Java, who was among the departing students.

He said the program would also help students work in teams and learn the value of tolerance.

"We can compete but we should still work together," Muhandis said.

Another departing student, Dedy Gunawan from Yogyakarta's Ahmad Dahlan University, criticized the government for not supporting the program with a proper mapping of the illiteracy problem.

"We're being placed in Girisubar hamlet in Panggang district in Gunungkidul. Based on the government's data, 30 villagers were illiterate but our direct survey showed only eight people," he said.

Dedy said conflicting data could mean the program did not live up to expectations.

"But the current field study program seems better and benefits people (more) in comparison to the previous program," he said.

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