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 5, 2007

SBY promises boost for agriculture

M. Taufiqurrahman, The Jakarta Post/Jakarta

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono pledged Monday that his administration would do more to develop the country's agricultural sector.

Yudhoyono said that among the many steps his government would take to develop the agricultural sector would be to spend a substantial portion of the 2008 state budget on irrigation infrastructure.

"Agriculture will not grow fast without a good system of irrigation," Yudhoyono said during a meeting with farmers in Subang, West Java.

Yudhoyono joined a mass harvest of rice grown from Mira-1 seeds engineered by researchers from the National Atomic Agency.

Also present at the ceremony were Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono, Public Works Minister Joko Kirmanto, chairman of the Indonesian Farmers Association (HKTI) Prabowo Subianto and West Java Governor Danny Setiawan.

West Java is one of the country's biggest rice-producing provinces.

The President said the amount allocated for agricultural infrastructure in the 2008 budget would run second only to spending on education, which, as mandated by the Constitution, must account for 20 percent of the total budget.

Yudhoyono also announced the government has issued a number of regulations aimed at safeguarding the country's stockpile of rice and maintaining it as the primary staple for Indonesians.

The government recently issued a presidential decree that increased the price of unhusked rice purchased from farmers.

"We don't want the price of rice to suddenly soar meaning most of the people can't afford to buy it, but we also don't want the price to fall, in which case farmers would suffer from losses," Yudhoyono said.

The President said the application of technology would be important in boosting rice production and praised Batan for using nuclear technology to develop high quality, affordable seeds for farmers.

In collaboration with HKTI, Batan has distributed Mira-1 seeds for planting on more than 600,000 hectares of land throughout the country.

The government has been trying to increase national rice production by providing some 5,000 free seeds to farmers. It has also procured another 3,000 tons of seeds for planting on new plots of land this year as part of the rice production expansion program.

Despite these efforts, the government will likely import more rice this year following a decline in production due to unfavorable weather.

A prolonged dry season and subsequent torrential monsoonal rains that inundated farms nationwide have been blamed for the slump in rice yields.

The State Logistics Agency estimates that domestic rice production will amount to only 1.5 million tons this year, much lower than the two million tons targeted by the government.

Yudhoyono has repeatedly spoken of the need for Indonesia to be self sufficient and less dependent on rice imports.

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