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.

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"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)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Child drowns as massive floods hit Lampung

Oyos Saroso H.N., The Jakarta Post, Bandarlampung | Sat, 12/20/2008 12:11 PM 


TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECT: Heavy rains eroded the hill on which the elite housing complex of Bukit Rasuna sits in Bandarlampung, Lampung Province, causing mud and stone to fall on areas downhill. (JP/Oyos Saroso)

A 3-year-old child drowned following two consecutive days of massive floods that were triggered by torrential rains in Bandarlampung city, Lampung. 

Besides engulfing a number of residential areas up to roof height, floods also swamped major thoroughfares, with water and mud up to 1.5 meters deep, paralyzing the city until midnight on Thursday. 

In Kupangteba, North Telukbetung, 3-year-old Febriansyah (son of Sayuti, 43) was found dead 7 kilometers away at Lampung Bay beach after the boy had been swept away by a flash flood. 

Floods in Central Tanjungkarang district also inundated the Abdoel Moeloek General Hospital after the Way Awi River swelled bursting its banks and an embankment separating the river and the hospital. 

Hospital authorities were forced to evacuate patients to other wards. 

A printing shop in Pasir Gintung, Central Tanjungkarang district, was also flooded. 

"Water suddenly rushed into the shop. I didn't have time to save the documents and printing materials. My printing machine was also damaged by the water," said Agus Sahlan, 32. 

Two hours of heavy rains in Bandarlampung on Thursday afternoon eroded the hill at the Bukit Rasuna upscale housing estate, sending mud gushing into areas below. 

The area had been an urban catchment and protected forest area before it was developed into an elite housing complex. 

Three homes collapsed and hundreds of others in the area, including a junior high school, were covered in mud. 

A retaining wall, built by the developer, which could not withstand the floods, collapsed and sent large rocks rolling down Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said. Traffic was disrupted as the road became filled with rocks and mud. 

No casualties were reported in the incident, but residents remain worried of a recurrence. 

"There are still many boulders on top of the hill. We fear mud and rocks could hit our homes in the heavy rains tonight," said a Pengajaran resident, Rosanah, 56. 

Another resident, M. Faqih, 45, said flood water and mud had swamped his home at 4.40 p.m. on Thursday. 

"After the rain and water subsided, my house was filled with 20 cm of mud," Faqih said. 

Faqih was unsure why Bandarlampung Mayor Eddy Sutrisno had given approval to develop the protected area. 

"Every time it rains heavily in Bandarlampung, we become worried that bigger floods will come. We demand the housing development project stop. If not, we will force the developers to stay at our homes," Faqih said. 

Last October, residents and activists from environmental groups held a protest against the housing development because they said the clearing of an urban forest would damage catchment areas that are relied upon by thousands of residents in Bandarlampung. 

Indonesian Forum for the Environment's (Walhi) Lampung chapter director, Hendrawan, said the Wednesday and Thursday floods in Bandarlampung were the worst the area had seen for 23 years. 

"Bandarlampung is apparently prone to floods every wet season, but never as bad as this," he said. 

"The flooding this year is worse and more dangerous than the floods in Jakarta because Bandarlampung is surrounded by hills which are susceptible to erosion and landslides." 

Hendrawan said the Bandarlampung floods were the result of a poor drainage system and the destruction of forests in the area.

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