Sunday, December 16, 2012

A December post

Greetings to you all.

I want to give you a little of our news by text today, instead of the easier method of posting a picture.

I'm in a very reflective mood these days.  Middle of the winter, cold days, long nights, not too much going on.  We're planning a spring cruise on the Med in March; going around the central sea, starting at  Maseille, then going on to Malta, Italy, Greece, and even a stop in Turkey.

What will be nice this time is that Christopher and Rebecca will be coming with us (Claire and Olivier, as last time) as well since it falls neatly within school holidays — 12 days at sea just as the days start getting longer and warmer!

We spent a lot of time today getting the home and office area decorated for the Christmas holidays.  Yesterday I bought some hampers, as we usually do, for all the employees.  Fourteen of us this year!  We need to slow down!  But Pascal says we ought to easily top last year's turnover of 1.2 M€ so we are keeping busy!

Raphael and Cédric got back last week after a three-day conference in Germany on security.  Christopher is still at Tours attending his post-graduate studies of IT (of course) which will prepare him for joining the team here next fall.

I can't help thinking of the killings in Connecticut because there's been so much of it on the radio.  I'd rather turn it off.  Globalization is not a good thing.  We are not edified and advanced by knowing every deviation that occurs in every corner of the world.  That was part of our reason for coming here so many years ago.

Predictably, the US seems to have divided up into two camps as regards gun controls.  We have our point of view, as seen from Europe.  But one thing you never hear is what I consider the most important solution to such a problem.  The reason you never hear it is because no one would want to admit that that was the door into that particular hell-hole.

What that society needs is not "gun control" but "media control" : a moral realignment starting by a complete ban on Hollywood trash, violent comic books, rap lyrics, television "comedies" and the rest of it.  When you glorify (or at least, ignore) violence and filth in the public media you can only expect it to splash on yourself sooner or later and get everyone dirty.

Patrick, who has a channel I watch frequently on Youtube has put it perfectly and in his own inimitable way.  America has the highest crime rates in the developed world and also produces the most violent entertainment on the planet.  The most popular stars are the macho heroes who use violence successfully and therefore demonstrate and validate its use.

Please watch this quick presentation which says it all.  He calls it "Shooter!"

1 comment:

  1. WOW...thank you SO much for posting this, Derrick, as graphic and horrific as it is. I am going to share this on FB as I got a bit of flack (not that I care) for my anti-media stand on there. Dear God, this breaks my heart. How can they blame the weapons when they churn out this garbage to saturate the minds of our children...