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)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Local People Must Benefit, Minister Says

Jakarta Globe, Willy Masaharu, January 21, 2013

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South Lampung, Lampung. Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan says that local people must have the right to benefit from forests in their areas, as civil society groups continue to accuse the government of neglecting the rights of indigenous peoples to their homeland.

On his visit to a village in Lampung, Zulkifli said the government would prioritize local people in managing resources.

“The government will make people prosperous. Of course, they can utilize the forest as long as it’s in a wise way,” he said.

Activists and scholars have criticized the government for sacrificing indigenous people for the interests of big plantation companies when formulating regulations on natural resource management, with the sectors becoming increasingly synonymous with cases of land grabs, environmental damage and violent clashes.

They urged the government to consider people’s rights in formulating and executing policies.

Mohamad Choirul Anam, deputy executive director of the Human Rights Working Group, said the government should be held accountable for the many cases of conflict linked to land disputes, arguing it had failed to ensure people were fairly compensated for their land or to anticipate overlapping claims before issuing permits for plantations and mining concessions.

Zulkifli said the villagers would be protected from violence and any illegal practices of the companies and state agencies as long as they did not violate the law.

He said that each family could manage up to two hectares of forest, and no other parties could claim the land.

“However, the land can not be sold, and must only be utilized wisely,” Zulkifli added.

He said the government had also provided soft loans for local people so that they could buy seed and fertilizer.

The Consortium for Agrarian Reform (KPA) has recorded that at least 25 farmers were shot and three killed last year across Indonesia as a result of land disputes and agrarian conflicts.

Although 2011 was a more deadly year for agrarian conflicts, with 22 deaths linked to land disputes, the total number of conflicts rose to 198 in 2012, the KPA said.

The group highlighted cases over the past two years in South Sumatra and Lampung, where bloody conflicts between farmers and large oil palm plantations persist. Tensions first erupted in 2011, but a lack of government commitment to addressing the problem’s root causes prompted the conflict to resurface again last year, HRWG’s Choirul said.

In July last year, police, who many believe were siding with plantation owners, opened fire on a group of protesting farmers in Ogan Ilir district, South Sumatra. The victims of the shooting had accused private plantation companies of encroaching on their lands. A child was fatally shot by police during the protest.

The KPA also claimed that 156 farmers were arbitrarily arrested for protesting against land encroachment by big businesses, while none of the land dispute cases were ever investigated. Agrarian conflicts have also resulted in 55 farmers sustaining injuries from heavy-handed policing and alleged torture, the KPA said.

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