When one thinks of sect-like movements, we rarely imagine its inception in a drizzling temperate marine climate. Reality is, Seattle, Washington, is the birthplace of many multinational corporations which are known to have a cult like following. Apple might prematurely come to mind but might just want to leave that to California. Nevertheless, it is the birth place of Paul Allen and Bill Gates, founders of Microsoft. In addition, companies such as Nordstrom, Amazon, Costco and of course Starbucks were created in Seattle. Which all are allied with and supported by loyal followings.

Furthermore, it is the birthplace of legends that are as popular in death as they were when alive: Jimi Hendrix for Rock and Kurt Cobain for Alternative Rock / Grunge.

Kurt Cobain, the lead singer and guitarist of the band Nirvana, is one of the most respected modern artist of recent generations. Since their debut, Nirvana sold over 25 million albums in the US alone, and over 50 million worldwide. He is esteemed by people from all musical background. He is even hailed as “the spokesman of a generation” or Nirvana as “flagship band of Generation X”. For the ones out there that have no idea who he is or for the ones that are under the impression that I am inflating his influence and success, in 2006, Cobain took the place of Elvis Presley as the top-earning deceased celebrity, which he then reclaimed the spot in 2007.

The group found success with Smells Like Teen Spirit from its second album Nevermind. The band name was taken from the Buddhist concept pertaining to “freedom from pain, suffering and the external world”. Cults (and religion) are often based on that pain and guilt. These feelings do parallel to Cobain’s state of mind and soul as he often felt frustrated, depressed and misunderstood. He was also diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder as a child and bipolar disorder as an adult. It lead to alcoholism and heroin addiction.

Despite all his acclaimed fame and genius compositions, On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home, victim of suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. He was found 3 days after his death, which occurred 18 years ago, on April 5, 1994. He finally had freed himself from all this pain, as true cult leaders often do.

On the other hand, there was a history of mental illness and suicide in his family, two of his uncles did commit suicide in the same matter.

Before he reached for his Nirvana, Cobain wrote a suicide note, addressed to his childhood imaginary friend Boddah:

“To Boddah,

Speaking from the tongue of an experienced simpleton who obviously would rather be an emasculated infantile complainer. This note should be pretty easy to understand.

All the warnings from the punk rock 101 courses over the years, since my first introduction to the, shall we say, ethics involved with independence and the embracement of your community has proven to be very true. I haven’t felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music along with reading and writing for too many years now. I feel guilty beyond words about these things.

For example when we’re back stage and the lights go out and the manic roar of the crowds begins., it doesn’t affect me the way in which it did for Freddie Mercury, who seemed to love, relish in the love and adoration from the crowd which is something I totally admire and envy. The fact is, I can’t fool you, any one of you. It simply isn’t fair to you or me. The worst crime I can think of would be to rip people off by faking it and pretending as if I’m having 100% fun. Sometimes I feel as if I should have a punch-in time clock before I walk out on stage. I’ve tried everything within my power to appreciate it (and I do, God, believe me I do, but it’s not enough). I appreciate the fact that I and we have affected and entertained a lot of people. It must be one of those narcissists who only appreciate things when they’re gone. I’m too sensitive. I need to be slightly numb in order to regain the enthusiasms I once had as a child.

On our last 3 tours, I’ve had a much better appreciation for all the people I’ve known personally, and as fans of our music, but I still can’t get over the frustration, the guilt and empathy I have for everyone. There’s good in all of us and I think I simply love people too much, so much that it makes me feel too fucking sad. The sad little, sensitive, unappreciative, Pisces, Jesus man. Why don’t you just enjoy it? I don’t know!

I have a goddess of a wife who sweats ambition and empathy and a daughter who reminds me too much of what i used to be, full of love and joy, kissing every person she meets because everyone is good and will do her no harm. And that terrifies me to the point to where I can barely function. I can’t stand the thought of Frances becoming the miserable, self-destructive, death rocker that I’ve become.

I have it good, very good, and I’m grateful, but since the age of seven, I’ve become hateful towards all humans in general. Only because it seems so easy for people to get along that have empathy. Only because I love and feel sorry for people too much I guess.

Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the past years. I’m too much of an erratic, moody baby! I don’t have the passion anymore, and so remember, it’s better to burn out than to fade away.

Peace, love, empathy.

Kurt Cobain

Frances and Courtney, I’ll be at your alter. Please keep going Courtney, for Frances. For her life, which will be so much happier without me. I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU!”

Thus Always … To Genius.

- Kurt Donald Cobain (R.I.P. April 5, 1994)

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Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day or even a fraction of Jewish Passover (which starts on Good Saturday) is a Holiday celebrating the resurrection of Christ. It also commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the Israelis were freed from slavery in Egypt.

In our time, more and more people are crossing passing over and becoming agnostics, atheists or just settle by celebrating religious Holidays for the perks without understanding the actual meaning behind them. On the other hand, Holiday-themed movies are not declining in popularity, but they are seldom religious in nature to say the least.

For instance, during the Christmas Holidays, traditional movies such as “The Nativity Story” have been progressively replaced by feel-good movies such as “A Christmas Carol”, “Miracle On 34th Street”, “A Christmas Story”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. In turn, these classic films have also been replaced by blockbuster hits such as “Home Alone”, “Elf”, “The Nightmare before Christmas”, “Bad Santa”, “Lethal Weapon” and “Die Hard”. For the Orthodox that has no idea what these movies are, “Die Hard” is not a poorly translated version of “Passion of Christ”.

During Easter Weekend, the only religious movie that everyone will still watch is the epic “The Ten Commandments”, starring Charlton Heston. Still relevant, enjoyed and of course, profitable decades later.

This 1956 film directed and narrated by Cecil B. DeMille, is to some extent a remake of his 1923 silent film that bares the same title. It is one of the most financially successful films ever made, grossing over $977 million (when including inflation).

Although Heston is also known for his roles in Ben-Hur, El Cid and Planet of the Apes, The Ten Commandments holds a special place in the film industry. He was said to have been chosen for that role because of his resemblance to Michelangelo’s statue of Moses.

“O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me?
Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people,
and you have not rescued your people at all.”
- Exodus 5:22 (Old Testament Study)

Moses the Liberator, the Leader, the Messenger, the Law-giver, the Prophet and the list of epithets goes on. Heston’s list is also quite extensive and surprisingly comparable. In 1944, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces and reached the rank of Sergeant. Heston the Warrior (Leader).

After his service, he was chosen as a top security clearanced narrator for highly classified Military and Department of Energy instructional films. Heston the Storyteller (Messenger).

After Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster and Rock Hudson turned down the role of Ben-Hur, Heston accepted the role, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor. He then became president of the Screen Actors Guild for more than a decade. Heston the Acclaimed Actor.

He marched in Washington D.C. for civil rights with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. Heston the Civil Right Activist (Liberator).

By the 1980s, he opposed affirmative action, supported gun rights and changed his political attachment from Democrat to Republican as he felt as if they changed. On the other hand, some could say that it s he that changed. Heston the Rebel (Law-giver).

By the 1990s, he was openly and proudly promoting white pride and was presiding over the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) until her resigned in 2003. Heston the Right-Winged Believer (Prophet).

I marched for civil rights with Dr. King in 1963 – long before Hollywood found it fashionable. But when I told an audience last year that white pride is just as valid as black pride or red pride or anyone else’s pride, they called me a racist.

I`ve worked with brilliantly talented homosexuals all my life. But when I told an audience that gay rights should extend no further than your rights or my rights, I was called homophobic.

I served in World War II against the Axis powers. But during a speech, when I drew an analogy between singling out innocent Jews and singling out innocent gun owners, I was called an anti-Semite.

Everyone I know knows I would never raise a closed fist against my country. But when I asked an audience to oppose this cultural persecution, I was compared to Timothy McVeigh.

“Society mends its wounds. And that’s invariably true in all the tragedies, in the comedies as well. And certainly in the histories”.

- Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter: 1923 – 2008)

But most people know Charlton Heston for famously saying:”You can take my rifle … when you pry it from my cold dead hands!”

FREEDOM: Heston’s dearest cause is embodied as the NRA, which is based on protecting civil liberty and of the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. The NRA is the most influential lobbying group. It even calls itself the oldest continuously operating civil rights organization in the United States with 4.3 million members; including eight U.S. Presidents (Grant, Roosevelt, Taft, Eisenhower, JFK, Nixon, Reagan and George H. W. Bush).

Many of us, movie connoisseurs, guns enthusiasts and/ or believers, know Charlton Heston for also famously saying, on-screen this time:”Let my People Go”.

Happy Freedom Easter to All!

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From accomplished chess player, to Minister of Finance, to Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund, to Socialist Party politician, to alleged sexual predator, to vice ring Pimp.

Indeed, Strauss-Kahn has to respond, once again, to accusations, sexual in nature. This time, related to his involvement in hiring prostitutes and taking part in sex parties in Paris and Washington D.C.

In May 2011, Nafissatou Diallo, a hotel maid, accused DSK of sexually assaulting her. His semen was found on the maid’s shirt. DSK admitted to inappropriate sexual behavior with Diallo but insisted that violence was never involved. He pleaded not guilty. The following month, Diallo’s credibility was put in question as her statements diverged. Therefore, his culpability could no longer be established beyond reasonable doubt.

He then returned to France as a hero who survived the intrusive American Media, which painted him as a sexual predator, and overcame the flawed American Justice System. Another accomplishment to be proud of, another exploit that his political campaign could use as these sorts of situation would play for one and not against one in France. Regardless of the fact that prostitution is legal in France, the French not only are tolerant but also embrace sexual prowesses, leader or not. François Mitterrand is still one of France’s most beloved president, despite the many scandals.

DSK would have officially ran against Nicolas Sarkozy. The preliminary polls indicated an undisputed advantage for DSK. His downfall would mean and did lead to Sarkozy’s survival and presidential win.

However, until this day, more than half of the French population and almost three-quarter of their socialists believe that he was the victim of a plot. But yet again, they now almost all despise Sarkozy.

As the French elections are approaching, another socialist is ready to face Sarkozy: François Hollande. Leftists tend to be unpopular to say the least, despite the poor state of Europe’s economical state. But on the other hand, it is in times like these that the virtues of capitalism are promoted and emphasized in order to keep everyone’s focus unrattled.

I am not too familiar with François Hollande’s nature; but, if you are amongst the French “conspiracy theorists”, if Hollande was morally reproachable in any way, it would have been already publicized. Unless, his time in the spotlight has not come yet.

Angela Merkel’s patronage will be yet again be introduce via the French-German border. How dare anyone remotely think of severing Merkozy !?!

Thus, a few days ago, DSK, a left-leaning socialist, was charged with aggravated pimping. He denies the charges and affirms that he was unaware that these women were prostitutes and did not pay them, especially not with corporate funds. Nevertheless, he proudly flaunted his “healthy” sexual appetite.

If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison and order to pay €3 million in fines.

In addition, Strauss-Kahn’s civil case filed by Diallo will proceed in New York.

It is difficult to think that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was once France’s would-be President. Or is it?

In 2011, before his first arrest in the United States, Dominique Strauss-Kahn stated that the three biggest hurdles in his campaign to become president of France are money, women and being a Jewish.

No matter the outcome of his trials, one thing is clear, he is guilty of bluntness. Some might even add that he is guilty of leaning to far to the left. Nevertheless, his statement could be, and in my opinion is, applicable to the better part of our World Leaders.

The Canadians are usually discrete and respectful.

The Americans always rush to volunteer as moral authority.

The French and Italians are _______________ .

“Yes you Can … control yourselves Gentlemen Statesmen,
learn from us American Puritans.
We take our marriage vows seriously. In God We Trust.”
- President Barack Obama (unofficial quote)

Well maybe not… dearly beloved American Presidents. Them too Socialists, Democratic Socialists by the way.

Thus Always …

…To Genius.

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Lately, the media has been doing very well at cultivating our fear of nuclear warfare. Specifically, the fact that we should worry about certain nations possessing nuclear weapons. This feels like the Cold War all over again.

Not only that, but it is also combined with the fact that we are conditioned to feel as if we should completely disregard nuclear energy as alternative energy. By doing so, we need to find another energy source that will lead us to the promise land: a world without oil dependency. For now, Fukushima pretty much made that decision for us; well for the ones that have forgotten Chernobyl; Fukui Prefecture, Japan; Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania; the Idaho Falls, Idaho; Frenchtown Charter Township, Michigan; and so on.

For centuries, nations have been using everything from swords to drones in order to defeat the enemy. Although biological warfare rarely is publicized, we should not be left under the impression that it has rarely been used in the history of mankind.

Actually, it was even tactically employed before Christ by, for example, pouring fungus into wells to make the enemy delirious, throwing venomous snake-filled clay pots at the enemy, flinging infected corpses over city walls and much more. Sounds like these examples have been taken from an Asterix and Obelix comic book.

“Nuclear power is meaningless in a world where a virus can kill an entire population and leave its wealth intact.”

- V for Vendetta (written by Andy & Larry Wachowski)

Indeed, why limit ourselves to viruses, fungi and bacteria? Why resort to science when we could use creatures, such as insects?

Entomological Warfare is a type of biological warfare that uses insects to attack the enemy. It exists in three types: infecting insects and then dispersing them, infecting any person or animal they might bite; direct insect attack against crops; use uninfected insects, such as bees, to directly attack the enemy.

Throwing bees into caves to force the enemy out, introducing the Colorado potato beetle into the enemy’s food sources and using plague-infected fleas and flies covered with cholera to infect a population are just a few examples of what seems to be efficient Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Although these kinds of warfare were officially outlawed by the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), who is to say that a specific plague outbreak should be classified as an attack and not just the course of nature or migration? Even if one is convinced of the assault, how can it be proven?

Why resort to insects when we could use nature? Let’s make it rain (in more ways than one).

This aspiration is not a new age narcissistic ambition of ours. In ancient India, rituals and offering were performed to bring rain in drought. Some American Indians like had rituals which they believed could induce rain. The Finnish people were known to be able to control weather. As a result, Vikings refused to invade them.

Owning the Weather without having to pray to Poseidon, Helius, Borea or Zeus has now become relatively possible.

China often creates rain falls in order to battle droughts. Recently, scientists backed by the United Arab Emirates created many artificial rainstorms. These rainstorms were said to have sometimes caused hail, gales and thunderstorms. In addition, man-made storms have been created and seen over California, Arizona and Australia.

This is awesome, until you use it to control the overpopulation of the planet or to wipe out nations in order to ease land grabs. Tsunamis and floods in Southeast Asia, droughts in Africa, landslides in South America, earthquakes a little bit everywhere are reported as usual and unusual weather. But why are they 40% more likely to occur in underprivileged countries?

Let’s leave it at that.

As would think, science is often used for conflict and not for aid. Weather warfare is the new arms race.

The United Nations prohibits the long-term use of weapons to damage weather and climate. The way this law is structured appears to make place for loop holes that almost seems as if it was meant to be use as one’s defense in court, especially in one that would matter in these circumstances: The Hague’s International Criminal Court.

For the ones out there that have absolute faith in the transparency of our governments, the conspiracy theorists out there would point out the fact that environmental manipulation has become big business. Companies do sell weather modification programs and blueprints. If agencies and corporations are popping out all over the world, let’s face it, it is real and proliferating as we speak.

In reality, no matter what proofs or leaks might available, a large percentage of society still refers to these situations as Acts of God or even God’s Vengeance. These poor civilians must not have been praying right or hard enough.

Why recruit and train an army of men to infiltrate a foreign territory, when you can just freeze your opponent’s fleet?

Or better yet, prohibit the enemy’s fleet from even getting near your territory.

Instead of threatening others with embargo, decreased credit rating and sanctions, why not send a flash storm as a friendly reminder to pay a debt, to vote a certain way, to return a political prisoner or to even comply with a specific ludicrous demand. No deposit the following week, here’s frozen rain mixed with winds gushing over 130 km/hour.

Pay up, shut up and lay down …. or your funds might just inadvertently end up “frozen” and you, left out in the “cold”.

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George Lucas, a Science Fiction pioneer, just as Jules Verne was, would agree with the fact that Sci-Fi is anything but figments of our imagination. It is only a precursor of things to come.

Star Wars films depicted various types of drones. The more impressive ones were massive self-piloting star ships controlled by a module. Lucas made us dream and contemplate a world in which Darth Vader would not perpetually rule the universe.

In our world and our time, Drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), which were experimentally manufactured in 1916, were first armed in order to attempt to kill Osama bin Laden.

They were and still are proven to be unreliable due to the fact that their target abilities are far from surgical precision, they are unstable when flying in less than perfect weather and they crash very often. In addition, loss of communication with these drones is one of the many technical issues that lead to their sub par performance. After consideration, President Clinton decided to shut down the project.

Later on, Bush reopened the project, refinanced it and made used of these drones 44 times, despite the acknowledgement of the performance reports. The attacks evidently lead to casualties; bodies were often hidden and buried by troops on the ground.

However, for now, most drones aren’t exploited for military purpose. They are mostly used for surveillance, reconnaissance, news reporting, border patrolling, intelligence and inspection.

As such, most industrialized countries such as China, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, India, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Japan and Brazil do “harvest” drones. Some of the super drones have even been baptized. Israel named theirs Heron; the United States upgraded their Predator with the Avenger; and, last but not least, Iran named theirs Karrar, which is Farsi for Striker. President Ahmadinejad infamously nicknamed his Persian Menace: the Ambassador of Death.

Episode X : The Persian Menace

Do not let the Ambassador of Death mislead you into being alarmed. The Ambassador of Death is not Darth Vader’s vehicle of choice. This drone is intended for, and I quote: “Peace and Friendship“. Logically, why should we be nervous over Iran since they have not initiated any attack towards any other country in over 200 years? And yes, the Persian Gulf War has been taken in consideration when making that statement. But no, I chose not to take the Iran hostage crisis in consideration.

That being said, it evidently is not the case when shifting our attention towards the previously mentioned pro-drone countries. Over 239 drone strikes were ordered under the Obama administration. Many of these attacks were carried out against the advice of U.S. Officials and Diplomats. In fact, that tendency has led the Obama Administration of being responsible for at least 85% of drone strikes around the world, particularly in Pakistan.

This is the same Obama that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Even then, his addition seemed unsuited and undeserved, when one remembers past laureates such as Desmond Tutu, Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan and Jimmy Carter. Nevertheless, the Obama devotees might hide behind the ideology that peace cannot exist nor be implemented without war.

As mentioned in a previous article of mine, the five countries (United Kingdom, United States, France, Russia and China) that have secured permanent United Nation seats are also the top global arm dealers. These same countries have been accusing Iran of secretly building nuclear weapons and pressuring them to halt their nuclear program.

The classic allies turning into foes pattern … It is important to understand or remember that the U.S. did not only assist but also coordinated the launch of the Iranian Nuclear Program in the 50s. This program was maintained for decades, until the 1979 revolution.

This support was even symbolized and categorized as the “Atoms for Peace” Program, implemented in 1953 by Eisenhower. Let’s acknowledge that a program would not be complete without an appropriate inaugural speech. And where else but at the United Nation General Assembly can a prestigious one take place? In this case, the cleverly named “Atoms for Peace” speech quickly followed Eisenhower’s “Chance for Peace” speech.

All this backing did result in the inception of Iran’s first nuclear power plant, which was completed and activated thanks to Russian assistance, in 2011.

The irony! The Atoms for Peace Program’s main principle was to reassure the world during the Cold War (between 1945 and 1991). Sarcastically, the Russians presided over its closing ceremony.

As a counter attack, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board, nations and multinational entities officially reprimanded and sanctioned Iran. This judgment was internationally supported by detailed tangible and evidence. The Iranian authorities, or should I say THE Iranian Authority, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hosseini khamenei, has not yet been successfully coerced by the international pressure. The U.N. inspectors can come and go as often as necessary, it’s all in good faith, from both parties. Remember, it’s all about Peace and Friendship.

“Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane… No, it’s a drone!”

The Empire Will Strike Back. It is just a question of which Empire will strike first.

Guess who’s building nuclear power plants now?

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Election Carnival Season has arrived.

On Mardi Gras (French for “Fat Tuesday”), Christians would eat rich fatty foods before the beginning of Lent season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Lent is a reminder of one’s religion obligations, mainly penitence. Hence, the reason why traditional Christians refer to Mardis Gras as “Shrove Tuesday”. This period of abstinence lasts 47 days, until Easter Sunday, which represents the Christ’s resurrection.

The agnostics tend to take part of popular practices associated with celebrations, which includes dancing, wearing masks and costumes and participating in parades.

Speaking of celebrations, I still remember 2009 as it was yesterday, when President Barack Obama assumed office. The spirit of the American people resurrected with hope and optimism in dark times as if they were witnessing the second coming of Christ: “Yes, We Can”. Four years passed by and it is a whole new day filled with the same old …

Things got better? Not sure. Things got worse? Not sure either. All we know is that most of us are left feeling torn between sustaining hope in the Obama administration and just giving up on the whole political system. The rest of us might just be in plain old denial; still wearing our now faded and washed out “Obama for President” t-shirt that now reads “bama side”. Yes, as in “by my side”. That’s right, every step of the way, that is where we were: by his side. Lately, I am no longer sure where I now stand.

This dilemma is familiar to believers of any religion as we tend to be torn between our holy scriptures and the actual existence of any divine being. As we wait for the Second Advent of Jesus of Nazareth, which could coincide with the presidential election in the United States, provided that Obama wins, we wear our rosaries around our necks and keep our bibles close by.

We will patiently wait 245 days for Tuesday November 6, 2012, to come around. Obama of Honolulu could rise again. But rise from where? Rise towards where? … Not sure either.

As the idealists debate with the pragmatists, let’s pause for a moment and pay attention to what currently matters. Who will win the primary election on this Super Tuesday?

Super Tuesday has been taking place for almost four decades. It refers to a Tuesday in February or March of a presidential election year, when the greatest number of states hold primary elections to select delegates to national conventions, at which each party’s presidential candidates are officially nominated. These candidates seeking the presidency must do well on this day to secure their party’s nomination.

This year, these republicans; Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, campaign and preach to get as close as they can to the Promise Land.

As election season begins, let’s allow them to put their masks on, and off, before initiating their pseudo penitence, while awaiting their canonization.

While we are left under the impression that we are taking actual sides, voting for one party over another, believing in certain promises and shutting down other ideologies, we fail to remember the essence of belief. There is only one fundamental core, sedentary in Washington, which embodies all: Republican or Democrat; aristocrat or working class, Black or White, Catholic or Protestant … Evil or Good. Same difference.

The Devil is after all considered to be an angel who was condemned to the Lake of Fire after rebelling against God.

How art thou fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down
to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

- Isaiah 14:12 (Holy Bible, King James Version)

“Yes We Can! ”

- Barack Hussein Obama II

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