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)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Indonesians urged to grow chillies to combat price rise

BBC News, 6 January 2011

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People in Indonesia have been urged to grow their own chillies, in an attempt to deal with a five-fold increase in prices over the last year.

Some 100,000 households will be given free chilli
seeds to enable them to grow their own plants
President Susilo Yudhoyono Bambang said people should be "creative" in planting chillies - an essential ingredient in Indonesian cuisine.

Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said she already had 200 chilli plants growing at home.

The increase is due to pests and bad weather affecting growth and transport.

The trade minister told a briefing on Thursday that the agriculture ministry was educating farmers in how to take care of chilli plants, as well as "encouraging consumers to plant chilli in their own yards".

"I have 200 chilli plants in flowerpots," she said.

The price of chillies began to rise sharply late last year as the shortage became clear, with a kilo of some varieties now costing up to 100,000 rupiah (£7).

One street vendor in East Java said he had been forced to reduce the amount of chilli he added to his dishes.

"Sometimes we use red chilli, sometimes we don't because the price is too expensive, we can't afford it. So we use green chilli instead," he said.

"Chilli is too expensive now, red chilli is 80,000 rupiah per kilo, the most expensive one is Cayenne pepper, the small hot chilli. It costs 100,000 rupiah per kilo."

'Going all out'

Agriculture Minister Suswono said a national campaign would be launched to encourage home growing, with free seeds distributed to 100,000 households.

"The chilli is a plant that grows easily in the yard, but now, even in the villages, they want everything instantly, so they buy instead of growing it," the Jakarta Globe quoted him as saying.

Finance ministry officials told the newspaper they they were "going all out" to stabilise the market and improve the chilli-growing industries abilities to cope with bad weather.

But one official - Rusman Heriawan, head of a government statistics agency - said changing meals to use less spice was not an option.

"You can't eat without fresh ground chillies," he said. "We need to improve the supply."

The UN says global food prices rose by an average of more than 80% in the past 10 years, and hit a record high in December last year.

The rises have already led to violent protests and riots in some countries, and there are fears further increases could spread the unrest.

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