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)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Government to pursue agrarian reforms

Aditya Suharmoko, THE JAKARTA POST, JAKARTA | Sat, 01/16/2010 12:47 PM

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says the government will speed up land reforms by providing the public with greater access to land, and acquire more agricultural land to improve Indonesia's rice production.

"I'd like agrarian reforms with a plus, by which the public can acquire land. I expect this will be carried out by the National Land Agency *BPN* and local administrations," Yudhoyono said Friday in Marunda, near the East Canal Flood area in North Jakarta.

The President was launching the government's Strategic Land Program for the People's Justice and Prosperity. During the launch he also handed over 1.53 million land certificates to the public.

Yudhoyono said the planned issuance of new government regulations was part of the government's first-100-day program to speed up agrarian reforms launched a few years ago.

According to research conducted by the Agriculture Ministry, Indonesia has 11.6 million hectares of farming land, 7.6 million of which is irrigated. The report suggests Indonesia needs another 11.8 million hectares of farm land by 2030 to meet the projected national demand for 59 million tons of rice.

Of the country's total 190 million hectares of land, 101 million hectares is suitable for agriculture without creating a damaging ecological imbalance. At present, 64 million hectares is used for farming, the report says.

Former agriculture minister Anton Apriyantono said many farmers did not own their own land, and most worked as casual laborers for larger farm businesses during the harvest season.

Anton also said farmers had to spend large amounts to obtain land certificates.

Yudhoyono urged the BPN to act quickly in creating an inventory of unclaimed land, which the BPN said estimates to amount to around 7.3 million hectares.

"Manage unclaimed land, settle land disputes and speed up the ongoing land certification process," Yudhoyono instructed the BPN.

"Improve the government's service to the people. Larasita *the People's Service for Land Certification* is a primary program. Come to the people, don't wait until the people come to you," he added.

Through the Larasita program, the BPN will provide cars and motorboats to reach residents of remote and isolated areas, such as the Thousand Islands.

BPN head Joyo Winoto said the agency would soon be able to resolve more than 3,500 land disputes.

Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo said 69 percent of the property in Jakarta had no land certification. "Jakarta administration and the BPN plan, over the next three years, to speed up the certification of all property belonging to residents and the government."

Yudhoyono said within his first 100 days in office (before Jan. 31) the government would issue a regulation on dormant land.

He also said the government would work to stop speculators, who could cause losses to original landowners and the government when land was needed for development.

The government plans to speed up its infrastructure projects to spur economic growth to between 6.3 percent and 6.8 percent per year over the next five years.

"*If the government doesn't stop speculators* when it *needs land for* a project, the government will have difficulty running the program and the people won't receive decent compensation, but speculators will be the ones who profit," Yudhoyono said.

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