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)

Friday, January 2, 2009

SBY issues decree on maintaining rice self-sufficiency

Aditya Suharmoko, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 01/02/2009 10:29 AM

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has issued a decree, effective from Jan. 1, 2009, raising the price the government pays to buy rice from local farmers in a bid to ensure national self-sufficiency amid a time of slowing economic activity and a global food crisis.

The presidential decree, issued on Dec. 24, stipulates the government will pay Rp 4,600 per kilogram to buy rice from national farmers, or a 7 percent increase from the current price. The national rice stockpile is controlled by the State Logistics Agency (Bulog).

Meanwhile, the price the government must pay for unhusked paddy (GKGP) increases 9.1 percent to Rp 2,400 per kilogram, and the price of husked paddy (GKG) by 7.2 percent to Rp 3,000 per kilogram.

The government will stabilize domestic rice prices by exporting and importing the grain, thus benefiting farmers and consumers.

Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, produced 38.6 million metric tons of milled rice in 2008, a 5.5 percent increase from 2007, enabling the country with 230 million people to meet national demand, which was 37 million tons last year.

Bulog's total rice stockpile stood at 1.4 million tons at the end of 2008.

Rice output may jump to 40 million tons this year, which would open the door for the country to export a maximum of 2 million tons, which would be the largest amount in 50 years.

The government plans to maintain national rice self-sufficiency this year by encouraging farmers to use certified paddy seeds and fertilizer, according to deputy to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Bayu Krisnamurthi.

Bayu said the government would continue disbursing rice to the poor in 2009.

"We'll provide 15 kilograms of rice over 12 months to 18.5 million poor households," he said.

The presidential decree also encourages investment in rice, but stipulates that owners of rice fields will remain under the supervision of the Investment Coordinating Board.

Bayu said investors should not be allowed to convert existing paddy fields.

Key points in the presidential regulation on rice policy:

  1. Encourages use of certified top-quality rice seeds and inorganic or organic fertilizers.

  2. Guarantees aid for farmers suffering losses during post harvest and controls the reduction of irrigation areas.

  3. Facilitates the rehabilitation of land and water catchment areas.

  4. New incentives for investment in rice.

  5. New price for government to buy rice and paddy.

  6. New policies on stockpiling and distributing subsidized rice for the poor, and on the government's control of its rice reserve to stabilize national rice prices, as well as a policy to prepare for emergency situations and disasters.

  7. A policy to stabilize the domestic price of rice.

  8. New export and import policy designed to protect farmers and buyers.

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