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)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Indonesia to be self-sufficient in rice, corn in 2009: President

Sukabumi (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he expected Indonesia to become self-sufficient in rice and corn this year. 

"If nothing intervenes, we are going to be self-sufficient in rice and corn this year," Yudhoyono said when attending a Bernas hybrid rice grand harvest at Jerung Nyelap hamlet in Situmekar village, Sukabumi district, on Wednesday. 

The head of state said in its efforts to make the country self-sufficient in food, the government was continuing to provide farmers with sufficient land for rice planting, watering facilities, high-yield variety seeds, subsidized fertilizer, and agricultural extension. 

"To prevent national development activities from using up all available land, the government is also building agricultural infrastructure facilities, including irrigation works," the president said. 

The head of state said domestic rice production had increased dramatically in the past four years , namely from 51 million tons of unhulled rice in 2005 to 54 million tons in 2006, 57 million tons in 2007, and a target of 60 million tons for this year. 

"If the target of 60 million tons of unhulled rice is reached this year, it will be a new rice production record in the history of Indonesian agriculture," he said. 

Yudhoyono said the government had a high commitment to striving to achieve self-sufficiency in food, rice in particular. 

"The global food situation is not safe enough so we should be able to meet our own food needs and if we have more than we need, we can help neighboring countries," Yudhoyono said. 

He added that if Indonesia imported rice, it would lose foreign exchange. 

"The uncertain world food situation has caused food prices to soar, and if we do not import rice trade will be more lively," the president said. 

He said government subsidies in the agricultural sector had also continued to rise from year to year, namely from Rp9 trillion in 2005 to Rp29 trillion in 2008, with the figure for 2009 predicted to rise by Rp33 trillion.

Fertilizer subsidy alone rose from Rp2.5 trillion in 2005 to Rp3 trillion in 2006, Rp15 trillion in 2008, and was expected to total Rp17 trillion in 2008.


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