Wednesday, November 23, 2011


People,for the most part,rarely inspire me. I think the last time I was inspired by a person was when I met, and worked for, an author/activist living under a very credible threat from Islamic fundamentalists. She wrote a story about her life growing up in Islam. Her words were so inflammatory in some circles, that she was condemned to die for them. Her life was turned completely upside down. She had to move several times, and she had to have security with her everywhere she went. She continues to write today...her courage in the face of mortal threat is incredibly inspiring. She is the most courageous person I have ever met.

I just read an article entitled Occupy Earth, written by a 19 year old girl named Samantha Silverman. I am not much of a supporter of the methods of Occupy Portland (I know I sound like a broken record), but I do strongly believe in a need for change. Her article sums it all up in a very concise manner. I dont forward links often, and when I do it is usually through text to a small number of people. I thought this article was so well written that I feel compelled to share the link here.

If you are having trouble figuring out what all this Occupy business is about, I suggest reading this article. I was very impressed. I was closing my account with Bank of America anyway, and admittedly I was going to go with another big bank for convenience sake. I spent the morning researching my choices, and then I read this article. I dont think the big banks will miss me much. I may be making some other changes in my life as well. My banking choices are just a start.


Anonymous said...

thanks for the link Rob ... reading it has transported me back in history ... maybe the Highland clearances here in Scotland, or Native American's in the USA ... where regular people living regular lives are simply surplus to the requirements of "the man" ... Colin

Anonymous said...

.... maybe only the technology changes ... even at that I'm not so sure ... a big stick is still a big stick ... and I did notice during the recent London riots that smaller round "attack" shields were utilised instead of the larger, squarer "defensive/bulldozing" kind ... a Roman would have understood the logic of that perfectly !!!