Inaugeration

I was fascinated to watch Jo Biden’s inaugeration. I didn’t even take that guy seriously. One look and I thought that old guy doesn’t have a chance against the burly bully-boy Donald Trump. With a woman as vice-president (Kamala Harris), the US is entering an era of hope and social change.

Actually for us older folks Jo Biden is a figure of hope as he is the one that dismisses those rumours that once over 70 you are only good for scrap.

There was a lot of hope with this high-quality performance of state duty.

Amanda Gorman recited and excellent poem, disguised as speech, the US’s first ever poet-loreate for young people and there were top singers to copella anthems and folk tunes.

This radiated a lot of hope. People believed and smiled.

personal convictions

The more I watch of series on the BBC called The Spiral. (see also my previous post), the better do I understand the connections between personal strength, conviction and results.

There is one weak investigator, with a tendency to take drugs, involves with the dark world and becomes susceptible to blackmail and such individuals can really bring a whole investigation down. The boss also is very important in that he/she puts his personal stamp on others and they react to his input.

Then there is the judge who really believes in correct justice and the money grabbing lawyers who take any job as long as the client pays them lots of money.

That is our society. Where people have to earn money whichever way they can, they take money from anybody who can give it to them. Whilst it is legal for criminals to have cash, they can give it to others and buy services from them.

I recommend to watch that whole serial to anybody intested in human interaction and how personal drive commands outcomes.

What is particularly useful is the change of police lead from series 3 to 4 and the judges’ desire to raise through the ranks.

How criminals corrupt the justice system and individuals within.

In the end, human evolution has shown, that it is always the strongest who survive and if it proves that criminals are stronger than lawful people then they will prevail.

However as also said in my last post, criminals tend to kill each other off, so their changes of prospering and multiplying has little chance because the legal system nurtures and cares for its members whilst the criminal fraternity, kill each other on a whim.

I think that humanity has found a system that allows everybody a fair chance and regulates life for the benefit of the majority. All previous models of governance failed because they relied on the judgements of leaders who had the power to personally persecute and extinguish others because of their own emotional preferences.

The Spiral being set in France doesn’t really matter as human interaction is the main focus of the series and not the model of justice system.

A fair justice system will always expose those who are petty minded and try to rule their own societies with murder and threats. The part about human trafficking was particularly powerful, showing how a group of girls are exploited and lived from by some leeches who simply use them to make money and don’t allow them to make any choices about their lives.

Such girls were in terrible danger from criminals who were attracted to the easy prey they posed as victims of violence, with little restriction on the depravity used.

The series I watch right now is about a group of terrorists who mask themselves as human rights defenders who fight for the rights of immigrants, but who completely fail to protect their own member, who blew himself up and they just dumped him in a ditch to die.

I find all those who complain about our society today laughable. They happily sit in a well-lit and heated room, planning to overthrow the same society that actually ensures that they have the well lit room and heating in the first place.

The french connection

Started to watch this French crime drama series on the BBC called The Spiral. I have to turn to foreign production since the making of British films has all but stopped. We get a lot of repeats.

It is a bit hard to watch as there is lots of dialogue and I do not speak French. One has to look at the subtitles constantly as they talk non-stop.

I do like the tone of the series though, as the police are shown as winners. It is quite amazing what personal efforts police officers put into this job and how risky it is. Us normal folks never even get to know the edge of it.

For people not involved in crime it is hard to imagine what goes on within it. From watching it on films, the best solution is not to get involved at all. There is no health and safety for criminals. They simple kill anybody who is a risk to them and as nobody is perfect, they all seem to be a risk to each other and they themselves bump each other off. What a sad prospect for a criminal gang member, to end in a grave, beaten to death by a fellow gang member. No justice no trial, no security.

I prefer watching a series where the police are shown as having grit and determination to fight crime, ridding us of those awful drug barons, who do so much harm to us, our children and society as a whole. Once society decides to declare something criminal they fight it, but if something is legal, the long-term health damage can be lasting – as with cigarettes, alcohol for example – and it is harder to fight on legal mechanisms alone.

I prefer watching this French serial to East Enders. I have completely stopped watching East Enders with that constant dribble of crime families ruling the roost and police shown as inadequate nonsense. I turned to Coronation Street instead as it is at least fairly normal and shows problems within a conceivable context for normal people.

Well, not much time for this now, amazing how short days are despite having not much going out to do.

starts bad, gets worst, ends well – hopefully

2021 was the worst start to any year I can remember. And, I am not even suffering from Covid-19. Though my blood oxygen level wasn’t at its best today, I am not suffering from Covid.

Can’t understand why hospital A&E departments do not take Covid tests as a matter of routine. Because once the patients are there, they might as well take one.

After total Waste-pipe blockages, rendering my kitchen and bath useless, I now also suffered a fall, which resulted in me getting myself to A&E on advice of my GP. I was glad to find out that I still can at least walk.

I can well imagine that almost anybody who saw my black eye, thought that I am a victim of domestic violence. I am not. I took Christmas decorations down and excitedly ran to the door for a delivery, when I fell over a floor cushion, and landed face first in the bathoom door frame.

My eye looked at first like I had a baloon over it. It’s now become the shape of a fancy eye shadow, the discolouration. Just as I do not use make-up.

I won’t post a picture of this because I don’t want to look worst for wear on a blog.

Whilst I was at the hospital, they took my blood oxygen levels twice. The first time. the best it got was 92. A brilliant result should show 95 – 100. Well, I could not breathe freely because I fell onto my body and my ribs hurt me when I breathe in deeply. I also think that wearing the face mask may reduce the quality of the air we breathe in.

Still, they could have taken a Covid test.

All I am hoping for, is that things can only get better and that the year 2021 ends as good as it started bad.

Lock-down’s not working for me

I have had the worst start to the New Year.

I reside in a building that is plagued by bad plumbing problems. As soon as it rains above the normal, which is just a little bit, my drains block either my sink or my bath.

It takes the landlord then around a week or more to unblock it.

My kitchen waste gets through the same waste pipe as my bathroom waste and as the bathroom pipe has been blocked by upcoming silt, I am totally unable now to

  • use my washing machine or diswasher if I had one
  • have a shower/bath
  • use my kitchen sink

as all my waste water from kitchen and bath, come out in my bath tub.

The idea of lockdown is that you spend time at home and do not use public bath and shower facilities. Unfortunately for me, I can’t use my personal facilities either. I have been getting a lot of excuses.

Just wondering how is it furthering public health if people can’t wash properly at home?

My landlord says they do not have the necessary staff available to deal with repairs in good time.

a virtual world on Klondike

Over those long stay-at-home days, I have taken to trying out yet another farming game and this is called Klondike. It is surprisingly complicated as you have to produce things, both farming and material, using raw material that you either find or produce in factories, you have to build from materials you have made.

You will quickly find out that you have to deplete natural resources to make money and produce goods needed for materials.

Additionally, you may travel to other destimations using sleds or planes or trains.

You may export and import goods and produce from other levels and you can transport your goods and must manufacture certain items on other levels.

This is quite realistic when it comes to real world import and export and production of items on the local level that then gets exported and imported.

If this game had a realistic algorythm, which is bound to the actual seasonal production of agricultural products, one could feed the world on a game like this.

A virtual world created by computer programmers, who could then be staffed by ‘gamers’ who have to ensure that local products are distributed evenly all over the world, so that all have enough to eat at all times. The term game-maker could be appropriate for this too and not just Olympics.

Of course its more complicated with weather and conflict put together but it would make a realistic modelling structure to try and achieve real equality all over the world.

Nationals with large rain forests for example could be planned in for needing extra other resources and the people’s in such nations could be trained in jobs, which enable them to earn a living other than chopping down their forests to make money.

Or scientific advances could be programmed in to enable new technology to be employed like capturing extra carbon from the atmosphere to produce air plane fuel from as a product.

I think we need such a world game to program in what is actually available and that such knowledge and resources need to be shared out all over so that we get no left-behind regions of the world.

Poor areas, left to themselves, always develop undesirable political systems, ending in tyranny and disaster for the rest of us.

Bank holidays being eroded

Since the advent of banking Apps bank holidays are being eroded.

One bank issued a bank statement on 24. December for credit card customers. When we all know that this is Christmas eve. Then on Bank holiday 25. we get the notification of the bank statement being available online.

Another service provider, this time in the domestic fuels field, found out that benefits customers get paid on 24. December, the day before Christmas and debited all end of the month direct debits for fuels on the 24. to then just send another email on Christmas, the 25. December to say that they are so sorry they taken the money early. Please contact them to get reimbursed if bank costs resulted int he early DD.

So, that would have been unthinkable in traditional bank holiday times for sure.

Whilst they still do not debit or credit accounts on the 25. or 26. December itself, they do action admin functions and keep the Apps going.

Having a very peaceful time

Christmas flowers

This Christmas is turning out a major source of rest and peace for us. I love it when shops are closed on Boxing Day, as it used to be. This closure emphasizes the restful period we have.

Putting up Christmas lights makes the house look warm and cosy. That’s what I love most about Christmas, which I now see as a festival to break up the long boring winter.

All the people wishing me Happy Christmas mean well and I thank them very much.

I actually managed to get my daughter to like Christmas Pudding this year. Bought only a small, one portion one and with double cream it tasted good.

Again this year, I went for a fruity theme. More fruit than cake and sweets.

I would love to share this wonderful time- at least remotely with my other children and grandchildren but can’t force them to contact me. There is plenty of opportunity to use Teams or other applications but they just don’t seem to want to need me at Christmas.

I do not want to buy their love with gifts. I think gifts should be an expression of feeling good about each other and not a bribe. So, I have not bought any gifts for my kids and grand kids from whom I didn’t hear anything all year, with the exception of some abusive phone calls.

Whatever brings one of my children to do that, I do not know but I can’t help those who do not want to be helped.

I’ve always done my utmost to assist. Whatever makes children not need their parents any longer is beyond me. I thought it is part of the natural human nature to try and stay connected with relatives. Most of us can’t help thinking about their parents, their childhood, their youth and all the stages of life. So why try to cut it out of one’s memory.

No home-made cake for me this year. Trying to keep up the good weight..

Surely my grandchildren will be asking their parents where the grand mother or father is and I really do not know what my kids tell their children why I can’t see them. I have not come to the bottom of this yet, why all my kids do no longer want to be in contact with me. I certainly haven’t done anything dreadful to them.

Perhaps because my grandchildren are all still quite young as I started having children quite late in life, they can’t make their own enquiries yet. But once they get older, the Internet must be leaving some clues.

never grateful

Just watching some British classics. Here in the Great Expectations 2012, the story line sounds: “Why is it that the young are never grateful”, could be answered with an attitude by the actress in “Educating Rita” who doesn’t want to get pregnant because of an expectation but because she wants to choose it.

But when I chose to have children, I did not have the essential securities needed to make a totally free choice. Free choices need to be made not out of need but out of choice with several choices being available. Most of us do not have that freedom to make totally free choices. We always either have an economic or other essential need.

Only those with too much money, can actually make real choices.

Children probably are never grateful because they feel pressured into compliance. But compliance is necessary to get the necessary survival skills to make something out of life, to contribute towards society and become useful. Children can develop that ‘never really satisfied unless you give me what I want attitude’ just to get more out of adults.

I am proud to say, – though pride is actually never a good thing -, that I enabled my children to get on in life.

Unfortunately for all of us – within this family – my children have decided they are now so independent that they no longer need to communicate on equal terms.

My grown up children are all on my naughty list this year, but then they can go to Tesco, who do not have a naughty list, instead of coming round mine.

I just find it intolerable that my sons think they can come round mine whenever it suits them but they do not even give me their address, so that I could visit them. I actually only know the address of 2 of my grown up children and one doesn’t communicate much and the other was quite abusive.

So the lock-down reallly doesn’t bother me. I told my grown up kids not to come around because they are so independent, they don’t even find it necessary to tell me their addresses or have been – in one case – quite abusive.

I wonder whether it’s only in films, which are about families with lots of property where people keep in touch after reaching adulthood. Where kids can inherit, they are probably more inclined to stay on friendly terms.

Indeed in my own – Germany based family – people keep in touch because they share property ownership or have business together. My uncle’s carpentry business was handed down the generation since 100s of years.

Paul McCartney’s interview with Idris Elba also was a nice revelation, who fondly remembers the great relationship he had with his dad, who taught him music.

In large cities, where kids grow up in micro households with nothing to own, they do not feel a need to stay in touch with parents after they grown up. Kids who grow up in small homes with little space to be creative will not get such strong bonds to their families.

Perhaps that is something to think about.

making false hopes for Christmas

We all want to have a good time over the Winter holiday. Nice decorated homes, well cooked meals and some good will never goes amiss, regardless of religion.

But, to use Christmas to show extra generosity and make people believe that Covid-19 can be ignored to have family get-to-gethers when all reasonable expectations are that this will lead to another total lock-down, just about put a dampener on everybody’s enjoyment.

It’s also got a really racist or better religionist tint to it. The government wouldn’t even dream of extra lenience for any other religios festivals at this time of year and declared Christmas the one time, we are allowed to let our guard down.

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