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.

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"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, February 1, 2010

KWI to fight for indigenous land rights

The Jakarta Post, Arghea Desafti Hapsari | Mon, 02/01/2010 10:29 AM

The Indonesian Bishops Conference (KWI) has undertaken a new program to promote and protect the rights of indigenous people.

A public seminar was held Saturday to mark the beginning of KWI’s 6-month program aiming to advocate for the recovery of the people’s rights, particularly in Papua and Kalimantan. Other activities will include focus group discussions involving mass organizations, churches and indigenous people in the two areas. A national advocacy meeting is slated for June.

KWI chairman Mgr. Agustinus Agus said the national advocacy program aimed to improve public awareness of indigenous people’s true conditions.

“We also want to invite national and international bodies to support the struggle for peace and justice, and to restore the people’s rights,” Agustinus said.

The program would serve as a means to help the government solve ongoing problems in protecting the rights of indigenous people, Agustinus said.

Social Services Ministry data shows that there are 229,479 households of indigenous people living in 2,650 locations in 30 provinces across Indonesia.

The people of Kalimantan and Papua have witnessed the exploitation of the environments that support their livelihoods, Agustinus said.

West Kalimantan Dayakology Institute director John Bamba said the worst environmental exploitation in Kalimantan had been in its forests, where trees were cut down to be exported as logs and to make way for palm oil estates.

“The Dayaks [the indigenous people of Kalimantan] have been deprived of their rights to their customary land, which has been turned into property of plantation and mining companies,” he said.

“The country needs to recognize that this is wrong. The least that [the government] can do is to stop the expansion and fix these problems first,” he said, adding that land issues could be seeds of conflicts.

Neles Tebay of the Jayapura Archdiocese said the government needed to sit down with representatives of various groups in Papua to better understand the factors that have been threatening the livelihoods of Papuans, and to seek solutions to security and hunger problems that have been plaguing the resource-rich province.

“A dialogue is needed between the central government and groups representing the people of Papua,” Neles said.

They are the two sides that have been fighting each other all this time, and they each have different interests: the government wants a united nation and the Papuans want freedom, he said.

Giving Papua special autonomy could have been the right answer, Neles said.

“But the autonomy Papua has now was not reached through a process of dialogue, or understanding with the central government. So, its implementation has become messy.”

While autonomy has given the government a way to get money to the province, the government has not provided a legal framework to regulate what is done with it, Neles said.

A law on special autonomy for Papua was enacted in 2001, and many saw this as a breakthrough that would appease the province’s demands for separation from Indonesia. However, after nine years the separatist movements remain active and the province continues to struggling with poverty and illiteracy, despite the Rp 30 trillion (US$3.2 billion) in special autonomy funds that have been spent on the area.

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