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)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mekarsari to launch new fruit hybrids

The Jakarta Post,  Jakarta  |  Wed, 03/04/2009 4:05 PM 


What would durian ("thorny fruit" in Indonesian) be without its thorns, or rambutan ("hairy fruit") be without its curls?


New names will be needed for the new varieties of fruit that will be released this year by the Mekarsari tourism park in Jonggol, West Java, the head of the park's special project development division said recently.


Reza Tirtawinata said Mekarsari researchers would soon give Jakartans and other visitors a chance to savor new kinds of fruits, such as durian without thorns, skinless jackfruit, round jackfruit, red mangosteens, small-seeded longans, and new varieties of guava and pineapple this year.


By July 2009, the fruit center will have released pineapples without the small sharp black seeds that can distract from the pleasure of eating the fruit, while thorn-free durians and hairless rambutans will be introduced in October 2009, he said.


The new fruits are the results of years of research, Reza added.


The 264-hectare park, located east of Jakarta, has a collection of 78 fruit families comprising 400 species and 1,700 varieties of fruits. The tourism park is also a fruit research and conservation center.


The fruit research center develops selected seeds of many kinds of tropical fruits, from the usual fare on fruit trays like dragon fruit, banana, pineapple, durian, to fruits from ancient times, like buni (Antidesma thwaitesianum), menteng (Bacaurea racemosa), kecapi (Sandoricum koetjape), bisbul (Diospyros blancoi), kepel (Stelechocarpus burahol) and many others.


"This conservation of fruits is based on a 1987 gubernatorial decree on rare plant cultivation," Reza said.


"The benefit of fruits does not always have to be from fresh fruit; people can also draw the benefits from processed fruit, such as fruit chips, or as ingredients in many kinds of medicines."


The fruit expert said, "For instance, let's take sirsak *soursop*. It has anticancer properties."


"The fruit can heal seven kinds of cancer. People might not need chemotherapy anymore."


He gave another example of the medicinal benefits of fruits.


"Mangosteen can function as contraception. Substances in the fruit can prevent pregnancy."


Mekarsari was established in 1992 by the Purna Bhakti Foundation, chaired at the time by Tien Soeharto, wife of the country's former president.


After the first lady passed away, the park was directed by the eldest daughter of the president, and then by the youngest daughter, Siti Hutami, who is now the president director of the company.


In late 1990s and early 2000s, the park went through several land dispute cases in which residents living within the park's territory - measuring 600 hectares, of which only 264 hectares are active - claimed they had not received the appropriate settlement.


Now the park, owned by the Soeharto family, enjoys high profit levels, with up to 1.6 million visitors last year, and 1.4 million in 2007.


Kusumo Tjahjanto, head of the business development division, said Mekarsari had plans to target 1.7 million visitors this year. One of the plans is to develop a water park billed as the biggest in the country. (iwp)

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