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, February 11, 2009

Floods Damage 50,000 Hectares Of Paddy

The Jakarta Globe, Arti Ekawati, February 10, 2009

Just a little over a month into 2009, some 50,000 hectares of rice have already been completely destroyed by floods this year, exceeding the national annual average in recent years , the Agriculture Ministry said on Monday. 

And the rainy season is not yet over. 

“About 40,000 hectares per year were affected in each of the last five years,” said Sutarto Alimoeso, the ministry’s director general of food crops. “But this year, we’ve already lost some 50,000 hectares.” 

Sutarto warned that as the rainy season still had at least another month to go, the eventual losses could eventually turn out to be even more severe. He added that the monetary value of the losses had yet to be calculated. 

The worst floods have occurred in Aceh Province and West Kalimantan Province, as well as important rice-growing centers throughout the island of Java. 

Minister Anton Apriyantono said on Monday that a total of 228,000 hectares of rice had been affected by floods, and that the ministry was providing farmers with assistance in the form of seeds and fertilizer for the next planting season. 

“We’ve had fertilizer and seeds ready for distribution because we get floods almost every year,” Anton said at a hearing with the House of Representatives’ agriculture commission. 

The abnormally wet weather is being caused by La Nina, and is expected to give rise to above-average rainfall through March, said the National Meteorology and Geophysics Agency, or BMG. 

La Nina is a weather phenomenon that produces below-normal temperatures in South Pacific waters, leading to above-normal rainfall in the country. 

However, Anton said the floods would not endanger the national production target of 63.5 million tons of unhusked rice this year, or disrupt planned rice exports, as the ministry had already factored the potential for flooding into its estimates. 

To anticipate the worst, he said, the government had set aside 30,000 tons of rice seeds for affected farmers — enough for the planting of over 1.5 million hectares of rice. 

Arifin Junaidi, chairman of the House agriculture commission, urged the government to simplify the procedures that farmers needed to go through to get fertilizer and seeds. 

After flooding and crop destruction, he said, it usually takes more than six months for government assistance to find its way into the hands of farmers. This is because farmers first must report their needs to their local administrations, which then forward the requests to the ministry. 

“Given the length of time involved, farmers often end up missing the next planting season,” he said. 

Farmers in the main rice-growing hubs can expect two to three harvests per year. Planting occurs between January and March, and June and September. 

Arifin said it would be better for the ministry to directly calculate the needs of farmers based on its assessment of crop damage. 

“The ministry should directly give aid to farmers,” he said. “It would be so much more efficient.”

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