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)

Monday, March 15, 2010

East Java needs 48,000 tons of jatropha

Wahyoe Boediwardhana, The Jakarta Post, Pasuruan | Mon, 03/15/2010 10:25 AM

East Java looks to the prospect of becoming the first commercial biofuel producer in Indonesia with a capacity of 1 million liters annually.

Such a volume is expected from PT Alegria Indonesia, which is set to complete the construction of a plant in Pasuruan regency this year. The plant, located on 22 hectares of land at Oro-oro village, Kejayan district, commenced the construction last year under the Indonesia-Japanese joint venture with an investment value of more than US$300 million.

Chief executive officer of PT Alegria Indonesia Wahyu Suprihadi Eko Sasono said the plant would need 48,000 tons of dried jatropha seeds in a month.

The Pasuruan administration office has encouraged people to optimize the land use and cultivate jatropha in order to meet demands.

“For the initial stage, we expect 4,000 tons of dried jatropha seeds. The volume will gradually grow to 48,000 tons in order to produce 1 million liters of biofuel annually,” said Edy Suwanto, the head of Pasuruan Forestry and Plantation Office.

He said his office was conducting a campaign to raise awareness about the commercial benefit of jatropha and encourage people to use their neglected land for the plantation.

He said his office was expecting to open 1,200 hectares of the neglected land for jatropha cultivation this year.

“The plantation area will gradually expand because Pasuruan has more than 30,000 hectares of neglected land left idle, although the area suitable for jatropha plantation covers only 11,000 hectares.”

Data shows Indonesia has 77 million hectares of neglected land, 50 million of which can be developed into jatropha plantations while those in Pasuruan accounts for 2 percent of 1.7 million hectares in East Java.

PT Alegria Indonesia is currently working with the Karangploso Tobacco and Fiber Plants Research Center in Malang regency to conduct tests and cultivate seedlings. The center is equipped with a processing unit able to produce 10,000 liters of biofuel daily.

The price of dried jatropha seeds with around 30 percent water content is Rp 1,200 (12 cents) per kilogram.

Counseling programs are available for the farmers on how to grow jatropha for higher yields.

Past biofuel program have failed, resulting in losses for jatropha farmers. However, Wahyu ensured that would not be a repeat.

“We are aware that most people are not interested in growing jatropha again because many have suffered a great deal of loss because most of the biofuel programs failed. But they don’t have to worry now. We will see to it their products will not be neglected.”

Edy reasserted they would buy up all the stock and had deposited a sum of funds in the bank as a guarantee to the farmers.

“But the quality of jatropha seeds must be in line with factory standards.”

The regency administration does not seem the only one interested in developing jatropha-instilled biofuel as an alternative energy. The Defense Ministry has been sending a team to Pasuruan to observe the project.

Team member Col. Purwanto said the ministry was looking to alternative energy resources to ensure domestic energy reliance in the future.

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