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, December 3, 2008

Rubber producers remain upbeat despite global crisis

Mustaqim Adamrah, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 12/03/2008 11:04 AM  

Rubber exports may hit US$6 billion by the end of this year, an association says, underlining a positive outlook for the industry despite a one-month fall in exports in October reflecting the global economic downturn. 

Executive director of the Indonesian Rubber Association (Gapkindo) Suharto Honggokusumo said Tuesday this year's average rubber price, which was still higher than that in the previous year, would help keep the volume of rubber exports above the record 2007 figures. 

"The rubber price is $2.66 per kilogram on average as of Nov. 27 this year, still above the 2007 average price of $2.15 a kilogram," he said. 

"Therefore, we believe our exports will still be able to reach $6 billion this year although the price has fallen from its peak on June 27 and demand has significantly dropped due to the global financial crisis," he added. 

With the $2.15 per kilogram average price in 2007 rubber exports still reached $4.8 billion. 

Following the trend in global crude oil prices, rubber peaked at $3.3 per kilogram on June 27 before slumping to its lowest point at $1.53 per kilogram on Sept. 16, and further declining to $1.2 per kilogram on Tuesday. 

On Monday, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) showed that exports of rubber and rubber-made products stood at $597.3 million in October, down 22.4 percent from September's $769.8 million due to the global slowdown. 

Rubber is mostly used in the tire industry. 

The Indonesian tire industry, estimated to consume 169,000 tons of natural rubber and 126,000 tons of synthetic rubber by the end of this year, is forecasting to post $1.1 billion in exports by the end of this year, according to Indonesian Tire Producers Association (APBI) chairman Azis Pane. 

In a bid to help bolster the rubber price, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand -- which together produce 70 percent of global natural rubber production -- jointly agreed last month to cut rubber output by 210,000 tons next year by replanting trees. 

Indonesia is the world's second biggest rubber producer after Thailand, with rubber production amounting to 2.7 million tons last year. 

Suharto also said he was convinced that by volume, rubber exports would still grow this year by 3 percent on the 2.4 million tons shipped last year.

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