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, November 13, 2008

Govt promises enough funds, logistics for disaster relief in 2009

Andi Hajramurni and Nurni Sulaiman, The Jakarta Post, Makassar, Samarinda|Thu, 11/13/2008 10:38 AM  

The government said Wednesday it had sufficient funds and logistics to handle natural disasters until the end of the year, as regions begin to feel the impacts of a series of floods in the past week. 

"We still have enough disaster relief funds for this year, but I forget the exact figure because there are various posts or budgets that can be used for disaster funds," Social Services Minister Bachtiar Chamsah said, adding that there was "no need to worry". 

Bachtiar was in Makassar to open the ministry's national meeting to discuss budgeting and the ministry's work and social welfare development plans. 

"We have allocated some Rp 500 billion (US$44 million) for disaster relief in the 2009 state budget," he said. 

"Food stocks are available at logistics warehouses in each region. 

"The supplies can be readily distributed to refugees without requesting permission from the ministry, as we cannot let the victims starve." 

Bachtiar said the ministry had also provided evacuation equipment including tents, public kitchens and standby vehicles. 

"We have called on all governors, regents and mayors to take immediate take action if disasters strike their areas," he said. 

"They do not need to coordinate with the minister, but must act quickly. 

"With the current weather conditions, natural disasters may occur at any time. That's why we have to remain alert." 

Realizing the limited human resources of his ministry, Bachtiar established a youth disaster response team, known by its Indonesian acronym, Tagana. 

The group employs mostly young people as volunteers to help natural disaster victims in various situations including evacuation to reconstruction. 

There are currently some 30,000 Tagana volunteers, and Bachtiar hopes this number will reach 40,000 by 2009. 

Meanwhile, in Samarinda, floods that hit the capital city of East Kalimantan during the past week have spread, resulting in the death of a boy. 

Robby, 12, died after being electrocuted on Tuesday evening while playing in water near a traffic light. 

The floods were initially only in North Samarinda district but have now spread to Ulu and Ilir Samarinda districts, damaging public facilities and disrupting the community. 

Three schools on Jl. Ahmad Yani and Jl. Gatot Subroto were forced to send their students home while students of the Teaching and Pedagogy Faculty at Mulawarman University must pass through knee-deep water to reach their campus. 

Samarinda Mayor Achmad Amins said his administration needed some Rp 1.3 trillion to construct a good drainage system for the city. 

"But we have only managed to raise Rp 100 billion, so we are not yet able to handle flood problems properly," he said. 

"We need five years at least to rebuild the infrastructure." 

Separately, from Bandarlampung a researcher was reported missing since Monday in flooding that has affected the Tanggamus and West Lampung regencies during the past week. 

Ahmad Masadi, 30, who was conducting research on the clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) went missing on the Way Pemerihan River in West Lampung. 

Meyner Nusalawo, an activist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), said Masadi had drowned in the flooded river after attempting to cross it. 

Meyner said he and Masadi had been doing research at Way Canguk Research Station operated by WCS in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, on the border between Tanggamus and West Lampung regencies. 

As of Wednesday, a search and rescue (SAR) team were still looking for Masadi's body. 

Oyos Saroso contributed to this article from Lampung

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