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, October 9, 2007

Volcano temperature sensor out of action in East Java

Indra Harsaputra, The Jakarta Post, Surabaya

A temperature sensor at Mount Kelud, East Java, was damaged Saturday and could not provide crucial information on the volcano, which has been on the second highest alert status since last Saturday.

The head of the Mount Kelud Emergency Response Team, Umar Rosadi, said the broken sensor, located on the rim of the volcano's crater, was vital in the evaluation of its status.

"We don't dare approach the crater due to the risk of carbon dioxide poisoning.

"We don't know when the sensor will be operational again, but we will try to reach it when carbon dioxide levels decrease," Umar told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

Journalists from MetroTV and Antara were reportedly diagnosed with carbon dioxide poisoning after traveling to the area to report on the volcano.

In a bid to prevent further cases of carbon dioxide poisoning, the Kediri regency administration has told journalists to seek permission before climbing the volcano.

Journalists must now sign a disclaimer before approaching the mountain, which has been closed to the public since September.

Umar said although the volcano's activity had been stable for a few days, it was still dangerous and there was a chance its status could be raised to the highest alert status.

"By 6 a.m. today there had already been two large earthquakes. Previously, there was only one tremor a day on average," he said.

However, residents from Kediri and Blitar, where the mountain is located, are yet to be evacuated.

Residents living in the area have set up makeshift tents near their homes in anticipation of increased volcanic activity, Umur said.

The head of the Blitar regency Disaster Mitigation Coordination Unit, Palal Ali Santoso, said the administration plans to conduct evacuation training for local residents in the near future.

The volcano's 1919 eruption sent boiling water down the mountain's slopes, killing some 5,000 people in 104 villages.

"Each river in the area has at least seven dams to hamper the flow of lahar (water and rocks). We are very well prepared for this. The dams will help people here feel more secure," Saut Simatupang, the head of volcano investigation at the center for volcanology and geological hazard mitigation, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

He said that barriers along 10 rivers in the area were being strengthened with cement.

Some 100,000 people, mostly farmers, live on the slopes of the volcano, which is located some 90 km southwest of East Java capital Surabaya.

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