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, January 29, 2008

Soeharto's legacy leaves key lessons in agribusiness

Andi Haswidi, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Amid the threat of global increases in food prices, lessons from the earlier stage of Soeharto's rule over the economy have become more relevant than ever, business leaders said.

Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman, Mohammad Hidayat said after Soeharto saved the country from soaring inflation rates at the end of Sukarno's presidency, he kept the country's economic growth steady, at an average of seven percent annually until the mid 80s.

Hidayat said, "He was right to focus on the agriculture industry and it's supporting industries as the locomotive for the country's economic growth".

He said the world now faced a threat from food-driven global inflation due to the growing demand from the emergence of new economies such as China and India.

So the current government administration should look to Soeharto's successes, particularly in the agriculture sector, Hidayat said.

"There are things that must be viewed under the current perspective.

"Nevertheless, learning from his concepts and implementation on the agriculture sector has become more important than ever."

Despite his iron first, Soeharto was able to implement all policies needed to achieve the food self-sufficiency target, Hidayat said.

Soeharto had also provided the necessary supporting infrastructure including irrigation, the establishment of the State Logistics Agency as the rice price controller, and the effective distribution of subsidies.

"What was amazing was how he managed to encourage farmers to take a role in policy implementation through giving them intensive training, ensuring their competitiveness and improving their livelihood."

Hidayat said Soeharto's economic successes faded after he shifted focus from agriculture development to the high technology sector, including the establishment of the country's first airplane producer Nurtanio under B.J. Habibie.

"After this time, his policies began to show weaknesses," he said.

Indonesian Employers Association chairman Sofyan Wanandi also praised Soeharto's early focus on the agriculture sector and said there had been "solid team work in Soeharto's cabinet".

"He backed his ministries during the policy implementation process," Sofyan said.

"This gave them strong political support in carrying out their duties, unlike what happens now."

With a solid cabinet, Soeharto was able to secure most of the targets set for his five-year short-term development plans, particularly those in the agriculture sector and supporting industries, Sofyan said.

He said externally Soeharto was able to maintain Indonesia's economic credibility in the face of global lenders and donor countries.

"This credibility saw Indonesia able to borrow money at a low rate with a long tenor.

"Most of our loans were above the 30 year period, some even with 10 years grace period."

With manageable liability on loans, Soeharto enjoyed much ease in managing the state budget, giving subsidies for industries and to keep the economic fundamentals on the right track, Sofyan said.

As an owner of a manufacturing company, Sofyan said he had once enjoyed the oil subsidies during Soeharto's era -- something that most analysts later said was counter-productive due to over dependency.

"In the long run, oil subsidies were not healthy. Nevertheless, back then, it was crucial to support our industries, which were still at the infant stage," Sofyan said.

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