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, April 13, 2007

Latulahat windmill a model for power self-reliance in rural areas

M. Azis Tunny, The Jakarta Post, Ambon

A 10-meter tower sits atop a hill on the west coast of Ambon Island, Maluku. On its peak, three propellers, measuring 4.5 meters in diameter each, rotate in the wind.

The windmill in Latulahat village isn't just a power generating device; it's a step toward energy independence and a cleaner environment.

Dwindling fossil fuel reserves, thus far the primary source of energy used to generate electricity in Indonesia, have driven some in the country to look for other sources of energy.

The pilot project is a joint venture between the Maluku provincial administration and Sciement Group from Russia.

The 5,000-watt windmill adjusts to handle wind speeds of between 3.5 meters and 25 meters per second and can supply three-phase electricity at between 220 to 380 volts. It should last up to 20 years and can power at least 40 households. The device not only produces electricity; it also pumps ground water.

Other rural areas could end up following Latulahat's lead, said State Minister for the Development of Disadvantaged Regions Saifullah Yusuf when he launched the project recently. He credited the Maluku provincial administration with a significant breakthrough in the field of power generation.

"We should use the program being developed by the Maluku governor as an example," he said.

Saifullah said rural areas were especially affected by the lack of alternative energy sources.

"Most villages have no access to electricity because they totally depend on the PLN state power company. Even if they are connected, they still can't afford to use it."

He said based on 2005 data, 30 percent of the 17,611 villages in Indonesia have never had access to electricity since the country gained its independence. Of the remaining villages, only half can afford to use electricity.

Of Maluku's approximately 800 villages, 340 are not connected to the power network.

"The provincial administration's effort to produce wind-generated electricity should be commended and jointly supported to promote power self-reliance in rural areas," said Saifullah.

The types of energy appropriate for rural areas may vary. For example, an area which has less wind could develop a solar or hydropower system.

Maluku Governor Karel Albert Ralahalu said Maluku was uniquely positioned to take advantage of windmill technology.

"We should tap power from the wind because it would be very beneficial for Maluku, which consists of small islands situated in the center of the wind flow from Australia and the Pacific Ocean. The wind potential is enormous all year round," said Karel.

He said people in rural areas could have access to electricity within 10 years by turning to local sources, especially renewable ones such as hydro, solar and wind.

Maluku Mining and Energy Office head Chris Hehanussa said the wind energy program was eco-friendly and inexpensive to operate because the windmill only needs lubricants to continue running

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