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, December 18, 2009

KPK vows to follow up Walhi report on Lapindo

Irawaty Wardany, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 12/17/2009 8:46 am

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) promised to follow up reports on alleged corruption in the issuance of a letter to halt an investigation against PT Lapindo Brantas.

The report was filed by the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and related to the mudflow in Sidoarjo, East Java, allegedly caused by Lapindo’s drilling activities.

“We will follow up every report filed to us,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said as quoted by on Wednesday.

Walhi reported Tuesday that there may be corruption behind the distribution of Rp 4 trillion (US$422.49 million) of state money allocated to compensate victims of the Lapindo mudflow by the government since 2007.

“Distribution of the compensation money has legal and procedural flaws because it was distributed before [the mudflow] had been determined to be the result of corporate negligence or natural disaster,” Walhi spokesman Erwin Usman said Wednesday.

Walhi and the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) brought a lawsuit against the company at the South Jakarta District Court and Central Jakarta District Court in 2007.

However both courts ruled in favor of Lapindo.

Both organizations later appealed to the Supreme Court, which also rejected the charges against the private oil and gas company partly owned by the family of then coordinating minister for the people’s welfare, Aburizal Bakrie.

Aburizal is currently chairman of the Golkar Party.

Erwin said the 2007 audit report conducted by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) also showed legal loopholes in the distribution of the compensation money.

Johan said the KPK had recommended that the government not hurriedly disburse the compensation using state money, without guarantees from Lapindo that it would reimburse the money if the mudflow was proven to have been caused by the company’s negligence.

However, the President issued a presidential decree in 2007 establishing the Sidoarjo Mudflow Controlling Board (BPLS) and stipulating, among other things, the mudflow victims will receive compensation for damaged houses and land in installments.

The decree also stipulated that part of the compensation will be paid by the government.

The Sidoarjo mudflow in Sidoarjo’s Porong district, which occurred at a Lapindo exploratory drilling site, began as an eruption of gas and mud in May 2006.

Mud continues to flow to this day.

The outflow has buried thousands of houses, rice fields and factories but Lapindo has not yet payed any compensation.

Walhi said it was the government, which has spent more than Rp 4 trillion, had replaced the company’s responsibility.

“We suspect there might be abuse of power in this case. Therefore we ask the KPK to start investigate,” Erwin said.

He added the KPK was the only legal enforcer they could count on since other legal institutions had washed their hands of the case.

“We also ask the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center [PPATK] to track the distribution of funds from Lapindo to senior officers at the Attorney General’s Office and the police,” he said.

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