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, March 26, 2007

Cocoa Exports to Exceed US$1 Billion

Monday, 26 March, 2007 | 16:51 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Cocoa producers have stated that the value of exports this year is estimated to reach US$950 million.

Head of the Indonesian Cocoa Association Halim Abdul Razak said that the growth of export this year will be between 20 percent and 30 percent.

“The increase is a result of the 30 percent rise in world cocoa price last month,” said Halim last week.

He said that the price of cocoa seeds, which were previously US$1,415 per ton, has increased by between US$500 and US$1,920 per ton since early March this year.

“Seen from the overall value, the increase can be more than between 20 percent and 30 percent. However, bearing in mind the volume, the increase will be between 5 percent and 10 percent compared to 2006,” said Halim.

Previously, the government stated that the value of cocoa exports this year would reach US$1 billion, an increase compared to last year's US$800 million.

Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said that the increase in exports was caused by improvements in the sector.

“In addition to cocoa, crude palm oil and footwear have also increased,” Mari said last week.

According to Halim, the increase in exports was triggered by the exemption of value added tax on primary products.

“In addition, there were improvements in the on-farm sector,” he said.

Halim went onto to say that Indonesian cocoa seeds exported in 2006 totaled 450,000 tons, while production reached 590,000 tons.

“The remainder was absorbed by domestic industry.”

Secretary General of the Association of Cocoa Industry Sasongko stated that the exempted value added tax on the primary value of cocoa seeds has automatically boosted exports.

“The removal of cocoa import duty to China, which is the new industrial market, has helped in boosting the increase of exports,” he told Tempo.


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