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)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Govt to set up three SEZs for agribusiness

Aditya Suharmoko, THE JAKARTA POST, JAKARTA | Sat, 02/06/2010 1:03 PM | Business

The government is aiming to attract less than Rp 100 trillion (US$10.6 billion) in investment through the development of three special economic zones (SEZs) producing agricultural products this year.

The three zones will be located in Medan, North Sumatra, in Dumai, Riau, and in Merauke, Papua, Vice Agriculture Minister Bayu Krisnamurthi said Friday at the Coordinating Economic Ministry.

Medan, which produces crude palm oil (CPO), may attract Rp 12.5 trillion in investment, he said. "PT Perkebunan Nusantara III will provide 800 billion in initial investment."

Dumai needs Rp 20 trillion in investment for CPO production, Rp 2.5 trillion to come from PT Wilmar International Ltd., Bayu added.

"We want to increase CPO production, and raise CPO's added value by developing downstream industries. The SEZ approach is used to make private investors interested in developing downstream industries in a zone by using existing raw materials," he said.

Indonesia wants to develop half-processed goods to be sold abroad rather than sell raw materials.

Bayu said Indonesia expects to produce 40 million tons of CPO in 2020, almost double from 20 million tons targeted this year.

Merauke needs Rp 60 trillion in investment to become a food estate, producing various agriculture products, said Bayu.

"We're preparing land of 1.62 million hectares, suitable for food estate. But we initiate by developing from 500,000 hectares. In the first year we will start from 100,000 hectares," he said.

Bayu said the government would help develop supporting infrastructure in Merauke to ensure the region is ideal as an economic zone and viable for both domestic and foreign investment.

"Merauke is still *underdeveloped* so it needs a large initial investment of between Rp 2.5 trillion and Rp 3 trillion," Bayu said, adding that 32 investors from domestic and abroad such as the Middle East, Japan, Brazil and China were interested.

Vice President Boediono said Thursday the government would closely look at spatial planning to ensure more land for agricultural use, according to the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Research from the Agriculture Ministry shows Indonesia has 190 million hectares of land, 101 million suitable for agricultural use. Now 64 million hectares is used for farming.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government would focus on 10 strategic and key commodities to feed Indonesia and the world.

Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa said the government would cooperate with regional governments to build infrastructure in the three zones.

"Investment appetite is high. I am positive in 2010 investment will grow," he said, adding that the government has met with representatives from Japan and the US.

According to the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Indonesia has identified six economic corridors - Eastern Sumatra-Northwestern Java, Northern Java, Kalimantan, Western Sulawesi, East Java-Bali-East Nusa Tenggara and Papua - to be developed through public-private partnerships.

Each corridor has its own focus industries.

Bappenas said Indonesia would need almost Rp 2,000 trillion in investment between 2010 and 2014 for infrastructure development.

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