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)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Kalla urges more study on food crops

Andi Hajramurni, The Jakarta Post, Makassar | Fri, 01/02/2009 8:55 AM

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Vice President Jusuf Kalla (second left) talks to a lab technician at the Cereal Crops Research Center in Maros, South Sulawesi, during an official visit to the province on Wednesday. (JP/Andi Hajramurni)

Vice President Jusuf Kalla has urged researchers to further intensify food crop development, particularly in rice and corn, to help boost national food production and maintain the country’s food self-reliance that was achieved last year.

Kalla was speaking during the inauguration on Wednesday of a training program on improving agricultural output for district heads, district military commanders and village-level guidance military officers across South Sulawesi, at the Cereal Crops Research Center in Maros regency.

The training program is aimed at assisting farmers in the province enhance agricultural production, particularly to meet the rice and corn surplus targets of 2 million tons and 1.5 million tons, respectively, this year.

Prime variety crops, Kalla said, could only be achieved with continuous research and development into the latest agricultural techniques.

“Research can only be developed by sound knowledge,” he added.

Advanced research, he went on, was necessary because dwindling farmland in Indonesia meant extending existing farms was an unlikely option for boosting production.

“Our croplands are increasingly limited. Extending them would mean further deforestation. Besides, it is costly to open up new farmland. So our only choice is agricultural intensification to increase food production. We also need superior variety seedlings, good irrigation systems and adequate fertilizer,” Kalla said.

He admitted the government had neglected to restore irrigation systems over the past 10 years, but said it would now focus on the issue, including building new channels in 2009 so rain-dependent rice paddies could be irrigated, and to capitalize on the biannual sowing system.

Currently, the Cigeulis superior rice seedling yields up to 5 tons of rice per hectare, but Kalla insisted this could be enhanced to 6 tons.

The Vice President also said Indonesia had achieved food self-sufficiency, especially in rice, thanks to hard work from farmers, researchers and field officers.

“We were able to achieve self-sufficiency in rice in 1982, and achieved it again in 2008. We must be grateful to the farmers, researchers and agricultural guidance officers who worked hard to enhance our agricultural production,” he said.

Kalla also visited the center’s library and molecular biology lab.

Center head Muhammad Yasin said the center had developed six superior hybrid corn seedlings as of the end of 2008, which he added could boost output and were superior to varieties from other Asian countries.

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