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, July 24, 2010

Eruptions of mud and methane gas affecting NTB residents

Yemris Fointuna, The Jakarta Post, Kupang | Sat, 07/24/2010 10:41 AM |

At least 23 mud flows spewing methane gas have been found in Wiboa subdistrict in Kupang regency, East Nusa Tenggara, an official says.

Head of the regency's Environmental Impact Management Agency (Bapedalda), Victoria Kana Hebi, said some of the eruptions had created cones of mud with a diameter of between three and four meters wide, raising fears they could pose a threat to people's health and surrounding environment.

"We are also worried they may cause explosion of methane gas," she said.

She said the spots were similar to those previously found in Pantai Beringin and Poto subdistricts.

In the two subdistricts, the eruptions of mud had spread methane gas in a two-kilometer radius from their original source.

Victoria also raised concern that the mud could reach clean water sources and polluting them with sediments.

"We have deployed a technical team to observe the condition. We call on residents to avoid approaching the sites as the gas from the eruptions is toxic," she said.

Bapedalda has also took samples of the mud for further investigation into its chemical contents, she added.

Separately, geologist Herry Purnomo of the Bandung Geological and Vocanology Mitigation Agency said in Kupang that cold mud in Pantai Beringin and Poto could be the result of soil cracks.

"We have taken samples. We will know the substances contained in the mud only after laboratory tests have been conducted in Bandung *West Java*," Herry said.

He said that Timor Island has a lot of soil layer cracks that shift on tectonic plates and could be the cause of the eruptions.

Data at the Bapedalda Kupang shows that there are some 20 hot mud flows in Pantai Beringin and Poto subdistricts.

The eruptions' locations near residential areas has raised fears among residents, especially since no real efforts have been made by the local administration to stop the foul-smelling mud.

At least five mud eruptions have been found in the region over the last five years.

In Napan, Central Timor regency, the spews have created a mound of mud over seven meters high.

In East Amfoang, Kupang regency, a flow has created a lake of mud. While on Semau Island, another hill of mud has been created by a similar eruption.

The most sporadic eruptions occurred last year in di Mataloko, Golewa district in Ngada regency. Located near a geothermal exploration, the fumes were blamed for respiratory problems among residents in the surrounding areas.

The biggest mud flow disaster is located in Sidoarjo, East Java, which began spewing on May 29, 2006, when oil and gas company PT Lapindo Brantas, which is controlled by the family of Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie, drilled parts of the area.

At least 40,000 people have been displaced by the disaster, which the Supreme Court said could not be blamed on Lapindo.

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