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, March 16, 2010

When a Volcano Kills Quietly

Discovery News, By Michael Reilly | Mon Mar 15, 2010 03:21 PM ET

In June of 1996 New Zealand's Mt. Ruapehu erupted with violence. Its ash cloud blotted out the sun for miles, climbing almost 30,000 feet into the atmosphere. In all, some 7 million tons of rock and ash were ejected.

Yet no one was killed. At least, not within 60 miles of the volcano.

But in the cities of Auckland and Hamilton, hundreds of miles from Ruapehu, something strange happened. No warnings were sounded, and the skies appeared normal to the naked eye. But more people than usual started showing up at hospitals, many of them later dying of aggravated respiratory diseases.

Some 69 people in the two cities died from "unexplained" respiratory illness that July, according to health statistics. It could have been undiagnosed flu, or something else; there are myriad diseases that attack our lungs. But a new paper in the journal Atmospheric Environment puts forth another theory: invisible particles of acid-coated volcanic ash wafted into the cities.

A city of 1.3 million people, Auckland is 175 miles from the volcano -- that would seem to be a safe distance. But respiratory deaths there and in Hamilton were higher in 1996 than any other time that decade.

That's exactly the researchers' point. The scientists point out that all sorts of eruptions -- from Mt. St. Helens in 1980 to the epic Laki fissure eruption of 1783 in Iceland -- throw out loads of microscopic particles that are much more dangerous to people's lungs than the bits of ash we can see.

In fact, people further away from volcanoes may suffer worse exposure than those living right next to it, because small particles will initially go thousands of feet in the air and get carted away by wind.

If you're one of the 500 million people on Earth living with a 60-mile bulls eye of an active volcano, then you know you have a problem. What this research is saying is that if you live much further away, you may not be still be in trouble -- maybe worse trouble, because no one sees it coming. They write:

...the long-distance dispersal of diffuse fine volcanic ash and gaseous aerosols may pose a far more extensive health hazard than is generally perceived by medical and civic authorities. If so, people in many large cities, with limited or no awareness of this threat and no effective emergency procedures, may be at risk.

Image: Global Volcanism Program

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