A scene from Werner Hertzog’s “Encounters at the End of the World” . During the scene Hertzog asks “why do some species of ants keep flocks of plant lice as slaves to milk them for droplets of sugar… why is that a sophisticated animal like a chimp does not utilize inferior creatures? He could straddle a goat and ride off into the sunset.”
This new book sounds quite interesting:
“In the space of a few decades the way we parent has changed dramatically. Something we once did intuitively has become the subject of political fashion, guided by experts. As parents we are older and more time-poor than ever before, with the highest proportion of single-parent households in history. Our children are now spoiled in ways that go far beyond materialism. But they are suffering to a degree we never anticipated: we now have the highest rates of child depression, underage pregnancy and violent and anti-social behaviour since records began. Yet adults, at every level, have retreated from authority and in doing so have robbed our children of their basic supporting structures. In this book, Dr Sigman takes issues by the scruff of the neck, among them children’s sense of entitlement, the effects of TV and computers, single-parent homes and ‘blended’ families, parental guilt and the compensation culture. He offers a clear practical message to us all – parents, grandparents, teachers and policy-makers alike – as to how we can redress the status quo, redefine our roles and together cultivate happier and better-behaved children.”
The response in Serbia to Bric Taton’s death was one of widespread anger, shock and dismay. I was dreading a passive, nonchalant response, but of course the people of Serbia made me proud. I was even pleased to see the press report the story in a responsible way, echoing the widespread disgust and shame in Serbia that a guest was attacked and killed in this most hospitable and friendly of countries.
Belgrade Mourns French Fan – Balkan Insight
Shock and sorrow over Brice Tautou’s death – Blic
The march against violence and in commemoration of Brice Taton was huge! The only irony is that vastly more citizens turned up to express outrage at how this Frenchman was killed than would have turned up to Pride. Plenty of outrage about Bric, but the same hooligans have beaten several gay men to death over the last few years in Belgrade. Where were the marches for them?
Here are a few pics…