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)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Overseas buyers blacklist Aceh coffee over 'cheating'

Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan

Overseas coffee buyers have blacklisted Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam coffee exporters over allegations of unethical practices, the Indonesian Coffee Association has announced.

Aceh branch AEKI chairman T.M. Razali said the disputed exporters usually mixed good with poor quality coffee beans before shipping and sold at high prices, inflicting considerable financial losses on the buyers.

"We are actually ashamed of the practice being carried out by the delinquent exporters, but what else can we say... we cannot take action against them. Fortunately, the buyers were quick to know about the problem and immediately blacklisted them," Razali told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of an Aceh coffee seminar organized the United Nations Development Program in Medan over the weekend.

Razali said the coffee buyers mostly came from Europe, the United States and Japan, and that they had rejected every coffee product sold by the exporters.

Razali said there were dozens of coffee exporters from Aceh involved in the practice. He added that his office had received information that the exporters had set up new companies and employed others to run the businesses.

"We don't know whether or not they have started operating, but we know for sure that only 20 percent of the 65 coffee exporters listed by the association are still active. Most of them incurred huge losses after being blacklisted by the overseas buyers," said Razali.

Investment and International Relations Committee head of the Aceh Chamber of Commerce Quddus Arba said coffee was a prime commodity in Aceh -- especially in the Aceh Tengah and Bener Meriah regencies -- due to the huge overseas demand.

Aceh exported 6.98 million tons of coffee in 2006.

Bener Meriah Regent Tagore Abubakar, who attended the Aceh coffee forum in Medan, said his region was one of the largest coffee producers in Aceh.

Tagore said residents in Bener Meriah were currently cultivating around 40,000 hectares of coffee plantations which could produce 400 to 700 tons of coffee beans per hectare annually.

However, he was unconvinced this year's coffee harvest would be larger than last years because the plantations had been infested with pests.

"People's coffee farms are in a serious state now due to pest attacks," said Tagore, adding that he hoped the situation could be quickly overcome.

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