Nostradamus

Now even the Financial Times is cashing in on the Dominic Cummings Saga, calling him the Nostradamus of the financial world as he has not lost his job like so many others.

Those comparisons are getting increasingly ridiculous. So is the hate.

Why not just look at Dominic Cummings as a human being who made the most of what he has got. I can sympathise. In Germany I would have a very similar family set-up. The land owning family with their own forest, whilst the young offspring lives in the city with an important job and lots of stress-factors.

If I would live in Germany now, I would have gone to country-relations and gotten my young kid looked after.

Of course you can’t compare a government advisor with just any other person, a government advisor has many more stress factors and security concerns than most of us.

It would have been the job of the police to check his travels and he should have been fined there and then if he broke the rules like everybody else.

I am certain there are many who were fortunte enough to be able to break the rules. Whilst us poorer people now just have to stay put and do not even have the opportunity to break those.

The hate against Cummings has become the hate against those who are a little bit more privileged.

I just spent time watching TV and think there is a lot of stuff on that reminds us of the World War II mentality, which is so much more relevant now that Britain has left the EU.

Can a whole country suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder? Yes they can.

I do enjoy watching Foyle’s War, which is currently being re-run on ITV late at night and it just emphasises the mentality of the nation sticking together against all who are not friends but foes.

Again so very relevant for me as German immigrant to remind myself that the war ended 75 years ago but is still kept alive in the minds of the nation.

Last night a German lady, who was married to a Brit, invited her German relative to come over across the Channel illegally. A very silly thing to do, especially as the war was on. It became a major hanging offence for the German man who tried to enter Britain via the Channel in a small boat and the woman was stigmatized even by her British husband for the rest of her life.

I can compare myself to Cummings from the priviledged family set-up point of view but I can’t compare myself to the German woman who illegally tried to import German spies from her own German family.

Let’s face it, whichever country you live in, you have to keep to the nation’s rules that you live in.

I reckon that during a war -time scenario Cummings would not be slanted by the press as he is being slanted now.

 

 

From the FBI to the CIA

I’ve now completed watching all 14 seasons of Criminal Minds, ending in a festive marriage ceremony. One has to admire the team-work of the FBI unit involved. No squabbles and all inspirational, goal oriented work.

I’ve now started to watch Jack Ryan and he works for the CIA watching international gangs. Apparently the most actually important message was how terrorists could spread deadly viruses through large buildings.

That gives rise to a couple of  conspiracy theories on the current Corona Virus crisis. We need to remember that the media only tell us what they are told to tell us on politically sensitive matters.

The current lock-down over the Covid-19 crisis actually makes it much harder for criminals of all sorts to carry out their dirty deeds. It not only cleans up the air but our society as well.

250 shades of deprivation

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The more I watch Criminal Minds, the more it becomes clear to me why those laws against bullying and child abuse came into place.

Many perpetrators came from broken homes and were terribly abused during childhood.

Yet, the most common factor a lot of the crimes have is facility. Criminals have remote facilities available that allow them to commit crimes without others noticing it.

Remote locations, weapons and a deranged mentality are three factors for the criminal intention to materialise.

On the counter-side is often a victim that is timidly agreeing to be kidnapped. Unless victims were outright knocked out, at the point of abduction, they often agree to be taken away with some threat.

Today we have a lot of support available in schools to help kids with special needs and monitoring in place to prevent abuse at home and in school and other public institutions.

But in a small country like Britain where there is little space to hide from detection, in a country like the US with it’s huge geographical distances, it is much more likely that criminals occupy remote dwellings, abandoned buildings and have weapons than here in the UK.

We all live on top of each other, in houses, flats, which are easily overheard. Our culture has adapted to a nowhere to be able to have complete privacy lifestyle. Any indiscretions get overheard and reported by nosy neighbours.

Perhaps over-population is a defence mechanism of humanity to avoid brutality that can only occur in remote locations from depraved individuals, who have no sense of civil behaviour towards others.

Spending time

I’ve now arrived in season 7 of Criminal Minds and find it fascinating and reassuring that law enforcement upholds moral and legal standards for all of us. I am watching it on Amazon Prime Video, which is included with the Amazon Prime membership. Overall good value for money.

It’s amazing to see how chain reactions of human emotions lead some to comit the most serious crimes against others.

I think that the sheer amount of space in the US scatters people further away from each other and so the lack of overlooking can manifest in remote locations being used for criminal purposes.

Things like remote forests, empty buildings, country buildings.

But also security issues like open windows, lack of window catches, open doors and easy to open doors help offenders gain access to dwellings.

Yet not all murderers offend by entering the victim’s homes but they also abduct in open spaces, using weapons to threatend victims once they are near enough.

What is particularly concerning that there are members of the public services who also abuse their positions to abduct others.

That just reassures me that all the security measures taken today, to assess public servants and those in positions of trust are definately needed to safeguard us all.

So many individuals have not gotten the moral compass within them to self-control and avoid falling out of bounds with legal restrictions and let their emotions run wild and attack others just because they had a hard time themselves.

Just shows, you can’t trust others because they look friendly either.

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