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, November 12, 2011

Embattled Greenpeace Gets Help From Activists

Jakarta Globe, Ulma Haryanto, November 12, 2011

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Legal aid activists and supporters showed on Friday their backing for under-fire environmental group Greenpeace, which is being evicted from its office by the Jakarta administration for alleged zoning violations.

“YLBHI [the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation] and other NGOs have pledged to back up Greenpeace and give our support to them,” said Alvon Kurnia Palma, deputy chairman of YLBHI.

The Jakarta Building Control and Monitoring Office (P2B) said it served notice to Greenpeace on Wednesday about the closure and would proceed with sealing off its headquarters on Jalan Kemang Utara in South Jakarta on Monday. It said the office had been built in an area designated for residential buildings only.

The YLBHI said the Jakarta administration’s move was just a small part of a more widespread problem of discrimination against local NGOs.

Alvon cited an incident on Wednesday, when the YLBHI’s headquarters was surrounded by dozens of troops from the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) when it was holding a public discussion on Freeport.

“Other NGOs such as ICW [Indonesia Corruption Watch] also had to face scrutiny when it was revealed they received funding from abroad,” Alvon said.

Alvon also said the eviction letter P2B had been using was legally flawed.

“It did not mention what bylaw the letter was issued on,” Alvon said. “The letter only said, ‘based on a DKI bylaw.’ ”

Berry Nahdian Furqan, executive director of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), urged other activists to back up Greenpeace.

“Greenpeace has been campaigning for our forests and environment. Don’t let environmental criminals win,” Berry said, adding that Walhi and the YLBHI have agreed to temporarily accommodate Greenpeace should the sealing off take place.

“We are ready to back up Greenpeace politically and concretely,” he added.

Widyo Dwiyono, head of the South Jakarta P2B office, said his agency had given Greenpeace an extra 24 hours for the organization to relocate.

“According to the notice, the relocation should actually take place on Sunday,” he said.

“This is part of our regular law enforcement ­­— all buildings in the area that violate zoning regulations will face the same thing,” he added. Widyo could not detail how many buildings his office planned to cite in the area.

Kemang is also home to scores of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops, few of which have ever been sealed off or cited for zoning violations.

The eviction follows several months of uneasy relations between Greenpeace and government officials.

Greenpeace’s Southeast Asia media campaigner Hikmat Soeriatanuwijaya claimed the group had been unfairly targeted after it launched a global campaign against Asia Pulp and Paper.

Last month, a Greenpeace UK forest campaigner was deported from Indonesia for reasons that were never made clear. That incident took place less than a week after the Greenpeace UK director was denied entry into the country despite arriving with a valid entry visa.

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