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)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Binladin Freezes Plans To Invest in Local Rice

The Jakarta Globe, Mita Valina Liem, March 4, 2009

A farmer walks through his paddy field in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta. (Photo: Enny Nuraheni, Reuters)

More disappointing news emerged during the 5th World Islamic Economic Forum on Tuesday, with the minister of agriculture announcing that the Saudi Binladin empire had frozen its plan to invest $4.3 billion in developing rice crops in Merauke in Papua Province and a separate project in Southeast Sulawesi Province.

The Binladin group, one of the biggest business empires in Saudi Arabia, decided to stall its plan to secure food and energy supplies due to the global financial crisis, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriantono said. The announcement follows a lackluster start to the forum on Monday, when organizers revealed only $3 billion in potential investments have been offered to Indonesia, far short of the expected $5 billion.

Binladin had previously planned to put the lion’s share of the investment into the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate, or Mifee, in Papua, with the local government already clearing 585,000 hectares of land in anticipation of the project.

“There is no follow up from Binladin on this,” Anton said. “The financial crisis has caused everything to slow down.”

Aside from Papua, Anton added that local governments in South Kalimantan and Southeast Sulawesi have also prepared land for rice cultivation.

Antara reported that Binladin had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Southeast Sulawesi provincial government in August last year to grow 80,000 hectares of rice.

“However, we understand the situation,” Anton said. “We will focus on our domestic potential instead.” He added that the ministry would not go to the Middle East to try to renegotiate the investment plan.

Asked whether Indonesia would be able to secure commitments for the agriculture sector, Anton said, “There hasn’t been any out of this forum.”

A leader of one of the Islamic countries in Middle East at the forum admitted that the global crisis had left them with less to invest in Indonesia.

“These countries are also suffering from the crisis, although in different ways,” Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, the deputy prime minister of Qatar, said on Monday.

Before crude prices plummeted and food prices were at high levels, companies in Gulf Arab states, including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, were investing heavily in large tracts of arable land in Africa, South America and Asia to fill a Middle Eastern demand for greater food security.

High inflation caused by high oil prices in the region had sparked fears of food shortages in places where low rainfall and a lack of arable land meant heavy reliance on food imports.

In August, Anton said the Mifee project would start in 2009 and would need one million hectares of food fields, 400,000 hectares of crop estates, and a remaining 100,000 to 200,000 hectares would be developed for forestry and husbandry. The government would build the supporting infrastructure, such as main roads, he added.

Binladin previously planned to plant the higher-quality rice variety of Basmati, famous for its fragrance and delicate flavor. The group had also showed interest in developing food crops in Papua’s Fakfak, Anton said in August.

Osama bin Laden, the architect of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, is estranged from the bin Laden family and has no connection to the project.

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