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, June 18, 2007

RI ready for forest fires, but adverse to foreign help

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Indonesia is prepared to handle more forest fires this year and will receive foreign assistance only on advice, said Forestry Minister Malam Sambat Kaban.

"The government is more prepared because we are coordinating with all related stakeholders," Kaban told Antara news agency in Batam, Riau Islands on Sunday.

The minister said he was concerned foreign aid could disturb the country's sovereignty so the government would carefully examine every offer of overseas assistance or cooperation.

A series of fire prevention workshops have since May been held in Jambi, South Sumatra, South Kalimantan and West Kalimantan.

The workshops involved participants from the ministries of forestry and agriculture, the office of coordinating minister for people's welfare, the state ministry of environment, forestry and agricultural businesspeople as well as local administrations and communities.

Kaban said forest fires had brought air pollution to neighboring countries but Indonesia should not be fully blamed.

"Not just Indonesia experiences forestry fires, the U.S. also experiences (them)," said Kaban.

Forest fires in Indonesia were a natural phenomenon and directly related to the country's lengthy dry season, he said.

Last year, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote a letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressing his disappointment over smog from land-clearing fires in Indonesia because the smog had blanketed parts of Southeast Asia.

But Kaban said about 60 percent of the fires were located in peatlands, which were high-risk fire zones during the dry season.

It was reported the Singapore government had proposed a master plan to help the Indonesian government to handle forest fires.

According to Singapore's Minister of the Environment and Water Resources Yaacob Ibrahim, the proposal would include a strategy to assist Jambi, a province in Sumatra, in the prevention of fire disasters.

But Kaban said he had not received the proposal.

This year the government would allocate up to Rp 144 billion (US$15.8 million) to deal with forest fires and smog and to alleviate condemnation from neighboring countries.

The government said last week governors and regents would be prepared to deal with the disasters and would aim to reach a target of "zero hot spots".

"We now have less than 100 hot spots across Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, Riau, Jambi and North Sumatra," Kaban said.

"Last year, there were thousands."

The ASEAN Specialized Meteorological Service in Singapore said between June and August last year, 52,599 hot spots affected 8,500 ha of forest land across Indonesia.

And forest-fire haze from Indonesia last year affected millions of people in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, parts of Thailand and the Philippines.

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