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, December 22, 2009

Indonesia's Aceh still healing after tsunami

Google/AFP, By Jerome Rivet

Ikra Alfila has rediscovered the joy of play, but she is still haunted by giant waves that killed many in her family

LAMPUK — Ikra Alfila has rediscovered the joy of play, but the little 10-year-old still has nightmares about giant waves five years after the tsunami that killed everyone in her family except her father.

Life has resumed its tranquil course in Ikra's fishing village of Lampuk, which was all but wiped off the map on that awful day on December 26, 2004, when an earthquake off the Sumatran coast unleashed a wall of water.

Most of the physical damage has been cleaned up thanks to a massive international relief effort, but the emotional and psychological trauma for the survivors of Indonesia's Aceh province may never heal.

"Even if I wanted to, I couldn't forget. It's the same for my friends who survived," Ikra says, her voice breaking.

Indonesia was the nation hardest hit by the tsunami, with at least 168,000 people killed when the sea surged over the northern tip of Sumatra island. Over 50,000 more died in Sri Lanka, Thailand and India.

Images of the devastation around Lampuk, where the mosque was the only building left standing in a landscape of flattened trees and rubble, were flashed around the world in the days after the disaster.

Houses, schools, businesses and markets were washed away as far as seven kilometres (four miles) inland, and more than one in five villagers lost their lives.

People felt the 9.3-magnitude undersea quake that morning, but few had the presence of mind or the time to head for higher ground as the tsunami bore down on them with the speed of a passenger jet.

"I was with my grandmother but the wave separated us. I was carried away and then some people saved me. My grandmother drowned," Ikra recalls.

Her baby brother, mother and grandfather also died, but her father managed to survive by clinging to a tree. Women and children died in the greatest numbers. Of 300 children at Ikra's school, only 24 survived.

One of the two surviving teachers, Khairiah, 43, thanks the international community for the outpouring of aid that rebuilt the school and provided her with a new house, one of 700 constructed by the Turkish Red Cross.

"The village was totally rebuilt thanks to the aid which we received from all over the world," Khairiah says.

But the brightly coloured new homes tell only half the story, she adds. "It looks like life is normal here, but the trauma remains."

Indonesia's tsunami reconstruction agency wound up its work in April, having spent almost seven billion dollars on reconstruction including 140,000 new homes, 1,759 school buildings, 363 bridges and 13 airports.

Confronted by the terrible loss of life and basic infrastructure, the Indonesian government sat down for talks with Acehnese rebels who had waged a three-decade war for independence.

In 2005 the two sides struck a peace deal guaranteeing far-reaching autonomy for the province, and thousands of demobilised rebels were put to work on reconstruction.

But with the relief agencies gone and the international aid exhausted, there are concerns that chronic unemployment could undermine the peace process.

And there is the ever-present fear that with the Indo-Australian tectonic plates in relentless motion, another catastrophe of the scale of 2004 is almost certain to hit Sumatra again.

Khairiah, a devout Muslim, says that despite the danger she has never considered leaving her seaside home.

"It's our village. If a new disaster hits us, that's our destiny," she says.

Ikra also says she wants to stay, and as the nightmares fade, she is also dreaming of becoming a teacher.

Graphic showing the extent and toll from the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

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