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)

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Speculations stir up energy and food crisis

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 05/02/2008 1:33 PM

Speculations on the financial market, including futures trading, have exacerbated the energy and food crisis by inflating prices in spite of a global economic slowdown, a discussion forum was told Wednesday in Jakarta.

In a seminar organized by the International NGO Forum on Indonesia Development, Agustinus Prasetyantoko of Atmajaya University said food and energy prices were expected to rise for years ahead due to increasing demand and shrinking outputs.

"With predictions of a slowing global economy and crisis fears, oil demand and prices are expected to fall.

"But what has happened is the price keeps on increasing. So this is a contradiction. It shows market speculation now plays a big role in determining prices."

Crude oil for June delivery was traded at $113.23 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Thursday, 11:49 a.m. London time, as reported by Bloomberg. Oil futures, which have gained 76 percent in the past year, touched a record $119.93 a barrel on April 28.

The International Monetary Fund predicts world economic growth will slow to 3.7 percent this year, 1.25 percent lower than in 2007.

Commodities, Augustinus said, including food and oil, had become the anchors of financial derivatives and more and more commodities contracts were being traded in the futures market.

"When the futures are speculated to increase in price, the agricultural outputs as well as the price are expected to increase as well," he said.

Rice, soybean, wheat, corn and crude oil futures are traded on various American stock exchanges, including the Chicago Board of Trade and New York Mercantile Exchange, rubber on the Singapore Stock Exchange and palm oil on the Malaysian Stock Exchange.

The effect on commodity markets has been more intense recently due to the crisis is the U.S. financial market.

"The investors need to find new fields. Firms like Dow Jones that usually invest in traditional markets now are also heavily focusing on financial products tied to agriculture commodities," he said, adding that Indonesia could do little in the short term to ease the impacts.

However, he said one solution was to prevent capitals from flowing out of the country through monetary and investment policies, but that the solution depended on farsighted strategies to secure energy and food self-sufficiency.

"Why is Indonesia a net oil and grain importer now? I think there have been flaws in our long-term strategies in the past.

"If we had managed our oil production properly, we may have escaped the negative impacts of the oil crisis. We may even have enjoyed the benefits like oil-producing countries in the Middle East."

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