Tv – misleadingly disturbing

Like so many of us, I spent a lot of time watching TV during lock-down and I am pretty terrified.

The days when TV programs acted as good role models seem to be truly over.

When the whole nation bemoans the steep rise in domestic violence, Eastenders comes up with Gray, the wife murdering solicitor , who seems to get away with his crime, the crime family boss Phil now has a serious contender in the Asian female boss, helping her son who murdered someone else’s child. The whole purpose of Eastenders seems to be, is showing the nation how easy it is to get away with crime.

But the BBC doesn’t stop there misleading the nation. The latest instalment of Inspector Montalbano portraits it as somehow OK if a man shoots his seriously learning disabled brother in the head after blindfolding him as a game. Quit alarming that this sense of Italian justice seems to get condoned.

Whilst the Swedish female sex made detective SAGA demands intercourse or she won’t mix with male colleagues.

Surely freedom of expression has come a long way to get away from wanting to display good examples.

Let’s not say that historical moral values of heterosexual matrimony like we see it in Lewis or Midsomer Murders are even valued in today’s moral climate, Grandchester sees to that. What is important is that TV programs should have an easy to understand message of what is wrong and right , at least in law but that is no longer the case.

It must be very difficult for young people these days to find role models from the media.

It’s shocking that we have to pay a license for TV when the content is not what we can choose.

The family man

Phil Mitchell from East Enders is a proper family man. I just wonder whether there is a psychological mechanism that compels people wanting to be in control of blood related people.

It would frighten me if someone came up to me, saying we are related and that we have to be friends.

I think a connection between people has more to do with common cause.

A lot of crime gets committed in the name of family. More people get murdered by someone they know than by a stranger. Strong emotional bonds seem a recipe for disaster.

Family members covering for each other, providing alibis or planting evidence against others whom they find repulsive for purely emotional reasons.

As a mum or dad you do not have a life-long obligation to your kids. If you have a good relationship fine but if you drift apart, have little to say to each other, then you are not obliged to be there to supply gifts for birthdays or Christmas for the rest of your days.

Power that counts

Yesterday we saw how DCI Banks was able to save his daughter from the clutches of a criminal.

He was in a position to take direct action because as a police officer he actually could pursue and arrest the criminal, who abducted, drugged and imprisoned his daughter, so that an associate criminal could put pressure on the DCI to let vital evidence disappear so that his daughter could be set free.

It was a clever script of emotional bond and professional conduct.

For the vast majority of people, we are completely powerless when it comes to saving kids from the clutches of criminals. Because kids can make their own decisions and it is against the law to stop a young person from making their own choices, normal parents have no power to interrupt the relationship between people.

A parent can’t save a child from involvement with criminals without getting involved themselves. But getting involved without lawful purpose puts a person on the wrong side of the law. The average person just can watch and hope for the best.

All parents can do these days is actually give advice and offer support but how far that support can go is also quite restricted. It all depends how far a child is involved in crime.

The old saying it takes one to know one still holds water.

Pure chemistry

Just spent a few days watching ‘The Fall‘ on Netflix. It’s essentially about a guy who became a perpetual violent murderer.

Having been abused as a child in a home, he changed name to Spector and married; with two children he made it his hobby to profile women and murder them.

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I can’t accept that abuse as child gives a ready excuse to turn murderer later in life. There are many who grew up with difficult childhoods without developing psychotic tendencies later on in life.

I think it has to do with chemistry.

Was amazed how the attitude of detectives and doctors alike, allowed the criminal to manipulate them all just to take any opportunity possible to smash into them when left alone with them without being restraint.

It explains to me why in American jails they chain prisoners by hand and foot.

My sons former work colleague was murdered in court by a prisoner who attacked her whilst in front of a judge.

Fascinating – in the ‘Fall’ story – was the teenage relative who got caught up emotionally with Spector, it destroyed her too. She lost all perspective in life and turned violent against her best friend and then self-harming. His wife tried to kill her own kids and herself when she realised that she had fallen for a mass-murderer.

I think all teenage girls tho are exposed to violent guys tend to become self-harming. One of my daughters has a severe learning disability and she tended to self-harm for a while, I can’t really proof why but I think it was whilst she was abused by a gang of Asian men.

What should really happen is that offenders should get tested for hormone or other imbalances and medical solutions should be found to treat such people who have lost all reason to live a normal life.

I believe that sex offenders get offered chemical castrations, all other criminals should also get medical analysis and treatment with drugs.

There is no freedom in allowing criminals to make up their own mind when their own mind is tainted by chemical imbalances, they cannot resolve.

The Fall is very intense and shows how even the worst murderer can come across as charming and desirable if presented in a normal setting. It also shows how the rules in the criminal justice system make it extremely difficult for law enforcement to bring criminals to justice. Watching ‘Law and Order UK‘ also emphasises that point often enough.

Far away dreams

Why do people explore space, want to go to Mars or explore for Exo Planets? Most likely because they look for happiness.

People’s relationships rely largely on chemistry whether that is triggered by money or some other currency of exchange value.

Just watched the Bruderhof and it reminded me a lot about my child-hood. I could however never now, express myself over a love for Jesus. I would use other values instead. Values like honesty, humility and responsibility. HHR, I might have found a new letter combination that means something to me at least.

It’s extremely rewarding to emphasise important values and it is humiliating to learn that a lot of people do not understand the basic values that life consists of.

I suppose in places like the Bruderhof you learn to concentrate on those basic values alone before anything else and it’s harder to get confused and divert into destructive or unhealthy habits.

I suppose people who enjoy the Bruderhof will be strong characters who have a huge will to live and contribute to their community.

In a ‘normal’ society people who are depressed are most probably the ones who are most frivolous in their behaviour. People who are depressed also tend not to clean so often.

I have just come across basic values in my own community. Learned that people have big plans, starting large, expensive schemes to teach people about environmental values but they are unable to remove the weeds in front of their own porch to stop weeds from destroying the concrete tarmac.

This is how our Residents Association keeps their porch in front of the community centre. Yet they have great plans to start a Climate Task Force. Perhaps what they need is a weed removal task force first. Even if the social landlord doesn’t do their job, would it not make sense to get a task force of volunteers to deal with that?

It’s pretty easy to explain that away with environmental concerns, to say that a living weed has a big environmental impact and that the damage to remove it would be immense.

Still those weeds destroy the civilised building structures, overgrow a footpath and where would that weed-growing stop? Would we end up being re-forested for the sake of the environment and have our houses swallowed up by trees or can we manage a basic form of discipline and agree to keep our cultured living spaces clean and free from plants whose roots can destroy our driveways?

Those are the people who have been given a substantive amount from the BIG LOTTERY to teach us about the environment. They probably going to teach us to leave weeds be; if we let them.

 

Cheating perceptions

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“The Bridge” is an excellent Swedish/Danish mini series streamed via BBC iPlayer. It takes time to watch the sub-titled films, if you do not speak the native language.

It took me the weekend to watch the 10 films.

Another film that shows how people with an excellent professional repuation can con a lot of people pretending that they have died and carry out a lot of crime without being found for a long time.

The perpetrator an ex-police officer wants revenge for having lost his wife, who cheated on him.

Actually the whole story is about two police officers fighting each other over who has ownership of a woman.

It’s down to the unusally frankly spoken girl Saga who applies pure logic and her mind is not clouded with emotion.

The perpetrator is an ex-pliceman who was admired by his colleagues who would never suspect him of all the murders he committed as they were all best mates. People thought he had died.

This story is much smoother than the ‘Line of Duty’ where the layers of police confidential operational teams all out-do each other in hiding things.  The ice-cold logic of looking at actual evidence makes it easy to make connections and show that the guy actually wasn’t dead and killed someone else, took his face off, to take his place.

It’s quite well shown how psychopaths befriend people and slowly trick their way into families by exploiting people’s emotional weaknesses.

I don’t want to give too much away but it’s very engaging and well worth watching.

What these types of films clearly show that even an armed police patrol can be overpowered by someone without scrouples because the normal guy is just not alert to sudden events.

At the end it gets very emotional and clears up how much damage over-emotional situations can do if people don’t keep it together.

I like Saga a lot, I can even identify with her, as she is equally rational, as I think I am.

 

Duty and the law

My two favourite programs at present are ‘Law and Order – UK’ and ‘Line of Duty‘. The latter I am watching the back-series on BBC i-Player.

Series three of ‘Line of Duty’ showed this very concerning situation, wherby a thoroughly corrupt police officer rose up into the ranks of the police standards investigation branch of the police service and managed to manipulate, falsify and distort evidence, so that good officers gotten blamed for murders he himself committed but framed other officers for it.

The swine was so well organised that he was in charge of a row of burner phones, had a member of the armed police branch standing by to shoot a salvo from his machine gun into the room full of officers to aide his escape.

Apparently his own actions weren’t scrutinized, he gotten himself this halo of ‘always good, always untouchable’.

Beware of psychopaths who always appear charming, well-dressed, and know what we want to hear.

The rules for serving officers and some volunteers even are simple. You are not allowed to accept individual gifts, you are allowed to accept small gifts, which are generally given to a group of people. E.g. when you get those promotional gift bags or free sandwiches at functions.

 

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.

wild turkey

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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.

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