The author of a comic book featuring Islamic super hero's published a letter to his sons. It is a heartfelt letter explaining what is behind his frequent absence as well as his passion that is driven by his part in his hopeful view for the (their) future. THE 99 is about 99 boys and girls from 99 different countries who each find a stone representing 99 attributes of Allah, such as generosity, mercy, wisdom and dozens of others which he explains are not used to describe Islam in the media.
Two of the most interesting quotes from the article is the role (or lack there of) that the Islamic religion actually plays in the comic:
"None of (the super heros) prays or reads the Koran, as they are meant to have equal appeal to children of all faiths"On a similiar note, he writes to his children that his vision will be fully executed "only when Jewish kids think that THE 99 characters are Jewish, and Christian kids think they're Christian, and Muslim kids think they're Muslim, and Hindu kids think they're Hindu".
So what do you think about that one? Personally, I would be interested in getting my hands on a couple issues.
My last tidbit for today - not included in the title because I thought it was already random enough - is about unemployment numbers in the EU. I found them to be surprisingly low compared to what I have been used to hearing around Portland.
The E.U. average is 8.9% with Spain topping out the high end at 18.7% and the Netherlands working their butts off at 3.2%. In May Oregon hit 12.4%, a number I fear has creeped up even more in the last month.
How's that for a depressing - or cheery if you are as blessed as I am with a job that you are thankful for! - conclusion. Time for sunshine and a 3 day weekend!