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)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Alarmingly High Rate of Disputes Reported Between Oil Palm Firms, Locals

Jakarta Globe, Tunggadewa Mattangkilang, November 07, 2012

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Balikpapan, East Kalimantan. Most of the oil palm companies operating in West Kutai District, East Kalimantan, stand accused by local residents of some kind of land infraction, the national human rights body revealed on Tuesday.

Mimin Dwi Hartono, the head of a team from the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) investigating the residents’ grievances, said that “almost all” of the 45 companies were caught up in disputes and even conflicts with the locals.

“From our observations in West Kutai, these companies are at loggerheads with indigenous communities, including in the upstream Mahakam and Muara Tei areas, where both sides are actually engaged in conflicts,” he said in Balikpapan.

He added that in most cases, the underlying cause of the tensions was the fact that the companies were operating in areas that the communities had long considered their ancestral land, but for which the locals had no title deeds.

Mimin said that even though the companies had legitimate permits to operate there, they should do more to communicate their intent to the locals so that the latter would be aware of what was going on.

He added that in other cases, the companies only had preliminary permits to survey the areas, but had proceeded with clearing the land and planting.

In a few cases, he went on, the companies appeared to be selling the timber from the trees that they cut down, in violation of the terms of their planting permits.

“We believe that these kinds of companies are just there to illegally log the valuable tree species that West Kutai still has a lot of,” Mimin said.

The Komnas HAM team also raised suspicions that some of the ongoing disputes were actually stoked by the companies, who would pit one community against another over the issue of their shared border, and profit from the ensuing confusion to illegally expand their concessions.

Mimin urged the district authorities to weigh their decisions to award oil palm concessions more carefully. He warned that if permits continued to be issued at the current rate, West Kutai would lose a significant amount of its forest cover.

This, he said, could lead to massive flooding and severe landslides, given that much of the district acts as a catchment area for the Mahakam River.

Komnas HAM will use its findings to lobby for greater protections for forest residents under the indigenous communities bill being drawn up in Jakarta, as well as a curb on the discretionary power of district heads to issue plantation, mining and logging permits.

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