Such helpers in the world...

There are such helpers in the world, who rush to save anyone who cries out. Like Mercy itself, they run towards the screaming.

And they can't be bought off. If you were to ask one of those, "Why did you come so quickly?" he or she would say, "Because I heard your helplessness.

ATTN: Call for Sex, Gender & Body Bloggers and Writers.

I am beginning a new blog that deals with individuals and communities that identify around some aspect of Sex, Gender or Body.  I have pasted a copy below of a post I just published on my blog.

Iceland first, Iraq last

Iceland topped Vision of Humanity's Global Peace Index of 140 countries that analyzes how peaceful they are regarding international policy and domestic conditions, The Financial Times reported Tuesday.

Because of continued violence since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, Iraq ranked last in the index developed by the organization based in Australia.

So says annual study ranking nations on how peaceful they are

Heart of a Lion

Wild animals are not pets, and people should never ever ever ever forget that.

That said, there is a capacity for human/animal bonding -- an exceptional occasion where love and respect wins out -- that should not go unnoticed.

The flick below is of a woman and a lion who shared a very strong bond. The woman rescued the lion six years ago, when the King of Beasts was malnourished and in a bad way. They've been together every day since, even after the lion had recovered and she'd brought him to a local zoo.

Sweet, eh?

Nevertheless...Wild animals are not pets, and people should never ever ever ever forget that.

Over the flip, another video -- another example -- of a happy, playful lion and the incidental damage that it caused a martial arts practitioner during a magazine photo shoot...