faith in humanity

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My faith in humanity is being restored as we speak. Just realised that actually with my magic earphones, the Proms today sound very good, even on my laptop.

I need this music as yesterday’s watching of the Revenant on BBC 2 was very much disturbing my feeling of general happiness.

I feel sorry for all the actors and tech crew who had to make this film. It’s nothing else but another exploitation of masculinity. Women were only shown as killed because of racial inferiority [sic] or sex objects.

Just shows how sexist the film industry still is because that film got an Oscar for male superiority story lines all the way through. Very poor story lines.

We only saw men fighting each other or raping women or killing them for being the wrong race [sic]. Oh, one man got killed also for being the wrong race. [sic] How sad.

The only remotely interesting thing in the whole film was how to catch a fish in a large river without net or fishing rod. Though I think that probably survival specialists like Bear Grylls or Ray Mears could have taught us that in a more pallatable way.

 

character building TV viewing

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Last night’s Endeavour on ITV was very enjoyable. It dealt with the danger of police and council official corruption and showed the dangers police officers face each day fighting corruption.

A whole tower block collapsed because corrupt council officials allowed a builder to use inferiod concrete.

The attempts to bribe police to overlook it went to an extreme length and ended in people getting shot.

I just love a police officer who fights corruption.

The later ‘Law and Order UK’ again dealt with the difficulty of prosecuting a drug smuggling drug dealer and get the evidence needed. A man made a girl believe that he loved her and made her swallow 70 condoms filled with drugs, which killed her when one of them burst.

There was however no direct hard evidence to link the drug dealer to the mule.

But then CPS was able to prosecute him for tax fraud as he laundered the money through the accounts of his dead wife and didn’t pay tax on millions of pounds of income. That only got him a 2 year sentence but it destroyed his way of life.

I have never gotten involved in anything to do with drugs and I would strongly encourage all my  readers to stay well clear of them. The film showed the danger young people are in when they get sucked in by exploiting drug dealers who make them believe that they are loved if they only carry the drugs in their stomach.

It is a nightmare for any parent to see teenage children getting involved with partners who do not have their best interest at heart but then also realising that the children themselves are no longer interest in seeking advice from the parent. It seems to be an emotional problem that is very hard to solve in today’s free society, whereby parents cannot force their growing teenagers to do more than attend compulsory school lessons.

A lot of the morals are shown in older productions, which unfortunately do not have current technology present and often include smoking and a lot of alcohol.

 

the rogue family

watched a few episodes of‘the Durrells‘. and my hair stood up and curled. A mother takes her kids to Crete to escape British justice and the Greeks were more than welcoming.

The family gotten a free house.

There are some very charming and nice aspects to this series, like the little boy who likes nature and studies animals. Obviously a remote island is a perfect place for that.

But then there is the son who tends to get into trouble. He has this shot gun and eventually gets accussed of shooting a farmer’s turkeys. He then leaves the family home to join a gang of criminals, who employ him to shoot off the lock of a storage facility.

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Whilst the farmer failed to provide evidence of poaching of his turkeys, the judge was very sympathetic towards the Durrells and awarded them six turkeys the farmer had to supply them with.

But the allegation of the robbery was then thrown out because the mother sold her wedding ring to bribe the gang to state that the Durrell son was in fact not taking part.

This was all portrait as perfectly acceptable. The mother even gotten her wedding back from a local honoray figure – with a smile.

I just hate stuff like that. The son, then back with the family, and still trying to be up to the old tricks, had to be constantly watched. That took away a lot of resources the family could have used for positive family activities. Instead of having to play carers and behaviour police all the time, they could have played games, learned or studied instead or spent quality time visiting local theatres.

Bribery is one of the reasons why I would not want my children to mix with rich kids because if rich kids get themselves in trouble in schools, their parents can get their own children out of trouble by donating large sums into the school. But the poor kid, which gotten mixed up with problems, simply gets all the blame.

The rich kid, whose parent bribed the school, probably ends up being prime minister.

The matter of family bribery is very serious and we have to be better than the Mafia.

Eye on the job

It’s very refreshing to watch a good old war film. Signed up for Apple TV and one of their star films is Greyhound with Tom Hanks.

Can’t go wrong with Tom Hanks anyway, he is always brilliant.

When I see the soldiers on those ships and see how cosy life is for us today, it just stands to reason that I am not too keen on those who want to find reasons to disturb our daily lives with scheming ideas, that not only interrupt but also have a very negative impact on society.

There is no such thing as a ‘do goodder’, you are either good or not.

Don’t do to others

what you do not want done to yourself, is the simple moral out of yesterday’s ‘Law and Order UK’ storyline.

A gay police officer was shot by a drug dealer and bled to death within 4 minutes as a major arthery was hit. His colleague, who happened to hate gays, was prosecuted for not helping because he put out anti-gay leaflets.

If that had been the other way around, the jury still would have found the defendant police officer not guilty because it was a life and death window of only 4 minutes.

There were two reasons for that:

  • The accused police officer for not helping could not have been able to save the shot officer because he may not have had the medical knowlede to do so. If somebody bleeds out within 4 minutes that must have been an extremely severe injury.
  • There was still an armed criminal on the scene who could have shot the officer who was waiting for back-up, which was also late.

I have seen loads of films where officers were not helping because they are told to wait for back-up. They are told not to endanger themselves when an armed criminal is around.

What I find disappointing in this context is that the CPS took so much effort into prosecuting this case when there are a lot of other deserving cases around.

In the end any officer can find excuses not to help a fellow officer but that sets a bad example and all officers who do not help each other for some reason or another or in retaliation only put themselves and their whole force in jeopardy.

Because remember officers are there to uphold the law and if criminals get support by officers not helping each other then the whole job is made that little bit harder.

I can’t really compare this with real cases as the series is purely fictonal.

But why get so hung up over gay or not gay situations. Personally I could not care less what orientation a person is because if I do not have a relationship with a person, I really do not want to know about their bedroom habits. What counts is the job and the aim of the job and not who somebody fancies.

All in all very disappointing.

The underwear rule

Last night’s ‘Law and Order UK’ was excellent as usual. It dealt with the respectable husband who first abused his own daughter and then ended up killing her best friend a boy from the neighbourhood.

Law and Order UK is staffed by top knotch actor with Bradley Walsh in the lead and is a very compacted one-hour program, which explains the crime, the investigation and the trial. Brilliantly made and very important messages in the films.

The program is on at 22:00 weekdays and I can’t find it on the ITV player listed. It’s well worth dropping everything just to watch this live on ITV as it is on tele.

Yesteray’s episodes dealth with abuse from within the family and/or close neighbours. This type of abuse doesn’t get talked about a lot. Many people – including me – don’t even realise that they are being abused because it is a trusted family member or close friend and because we want to keep that feeling of Being Family alive in our minds. We tend to brush away all doubts to stay positive towards our family.

The family concept gets pushed a lot by various organisations these days as being part of a family seems to be the most desired goal in life for many.

In yesterday’s episode the surviving abused child took over 20 years to realised that she had been abused and then only under some sort of hypnosis, that is how strong the feeling was. The case was only investigated because the murdered body of a victim had been found 20 years later.

My recognition took longer. I must say, I was never abused by my dad but I was abused by my sister who had me sexed by a man and made me watch her own sexual conduct; What happend physically was 50 years ago and nobody got murdered and psychological abuse took place over the years.

I was a victim of a chain-reaction of abuse. My sister was abused by my dad and they had an incesteous relationship. This drove my mother into suicide. My sister was never able to build normal relationships with men and to this day is unable to talk about things and she keeps on being horrible to me. This all took me a life-time to find out.

It digs itself into the sub-conscience and I didn’t realise how much the events actually formed my life and decision-making process over the years.

Of course all events are very ancient and no police force would investigate it without further evidence of a crime. Such soft cases do not bring any results with police unless it has public appeal like the #MeToo# movement had, which involved very prominent actors.

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I think not enough is done to make people aware of soft abuse in family and friends. We have the ‘underwear rule’ being taught to pupils these days, that is about the only measure being taken by schools these days. We didn’t have any awareness campaign when I was a kid.

Much more needs to be done to make children aware of abuse from family and friends. More people need to write and publish about the issue so that kids can find those stories on the internet and learn from them.

 

self-esteem and inheritance

Watched ‘Rambo, last blood’ last night and the story is not dissimilar to a story line inthe Sinner where Cora Tannetti gets kidnapped drugged and abused. In the Sinner it was to make Cora forget that she saw a murder but in Rambo it was a prostitution racket.

Apparently Rambo’s adopted daughter had everything going for her, she had a big house, her own car and was about to start university when she asked a ‘friend’ to find out where her natural father lived.

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This desire to meet birth parents is the worst irrational emotional mistake a child can make. I still have not found out why they even would want to do it.

Perhaps it has to do with hearing friends talking about mums and dads. Many kids are adopted and do not know they were but it’s just the atmosphere the problems the adoptive parents themselves have between them and the conversations children overhear that make them wonder whether that birth parent is the path out of all problems.

Baby-boomers of the 80s are replaced now with rich parents who can afford to pay for surrogacy. That new generation of surrogate babies will grow up and will find out that they have been bought.

I saw a lot of films and documentaries dealing with the problems it caused when children suddenly found out that they are not actually the natural children of the people they live with.

Anyhow the birth father of Rambo’s daughter was not the least bit interested in the child, which then ended in tears for her and the suggestion by her friend to go to a fun evening to a night-club, where she was drugged immediately and put on heroin and put into a pool of prostitutes. All the girls were made dependant on regular heroin injections to keep them on the job. Threats of getting them killed kept them in their place.

The effort men make to have regular intercourse. They stop at nothing. Those bordellos are hotbeds for germs and diseases.

It is up to the society to make the rules and to ensure that nobody gets enslaved into any type of trade. A society is only as good as it’s weakest member. If the politicians allow slavery and exploitation to happen then it will.

Rambo of course managed to kill a whole army of drug dealers by himself, though his daughter was in her grave by that time already.

I do not understand why he drove her in the car and did not bring her to a doctor first thing after freeing her from the drug pushers. She died on the way home, having been filled with drugs. I reckon a hospital bed could have saved her.

But then I suppose he was more interested in his own ego being bruised. In the end the fight between him and the crime brothers was just about themselves, to see who was stronger.

I reckon every parent feels deceived if kids just run off and drop out of the chosen path for them.

I think how many years I put into caring for my children. In the end, there is nothing else to do but to try and care for off-spring. Therefore it is now better that women get encouraged to get jobs whilst also being mothers. Because there is something else to do but looking after the little ones.

Parents easily get sucked into the caring pose and promptly get exploited by children who ask for those extra treats to keep them happy.

But parents who also have jobs are probably better equipped to stave off lazy kids who just want to have an easy ride.

Most importantly adoptive parents should always tell their children that they are adopted or otherwise acquired. The reality of knowing the facts helps a lot if things come to a crunch. Because not even the relationships of adoptive parents are guaranteed never to go wrong. What if the arguments set in and the adopted kids get exposed to the quarrels of the parents later on?

Ideally children need to get the ability to work out their path into live on a rational basis. Any type of emotional trauma only serves them wrong.

I think those parent-child relationships whereby all work together on a family business probably have the best chance of success for longivity. What often keeps kids friendly with parents is the prospect of inheriting the house. I really think that inheritance laws should change in that relatives should not have an automatic right to inherit because they are some document like a birth certificate or related through marriage.

Unless a person specifically names a person as beneficiary of a will, anybody who has no actual connection to a person should not be able to inherit the property or money. I see those heir hunters who try to find long lost relatives to inherit. That should go to charity instead because the long lost relative is actually like any other stranger to the deceased.

It’s all about building relationships.

 

 

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.

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