Let’s go Camping

May 17, 2012

As the summer heat sneaks into Washington D.C. for its yearly reign, while our nation’s pockets are not as full as one would have planned for; austerity seems to be not only the necessary measure to adopt but also the new trend of the decade (hopefully not decades). The ones that aren’t privilege enough to summer in Cannes must find a cost-effective alternative. From ocean to ocean, the choice is ours. Many national parks are in need of tourists and road trips are always fun.

They say that location is everything, therefore, which camping grown is the most coveted in the United States? Somewhere in the Arizona desert? Perhaps Amish country in Pennsylvania or Ohio? Or even in Oregon or California’s State Parks?

Which camp site would meet the world leaders and celebrities standards? A place that would cater even to the paranoiacs, security would be provided by the US Navy and the US Marines. An”invitation only ” formula would only be natural.

Well folks, such location does exist. Although its exactitude is top-secret, it is in Catoctin Mount Park, Maryland, USA.

Pack your bags, we are going camping. Going camping at Camp David.

Formally known as the Naval Support Facility Thurmont, then Sangri-la (by F. D. Roosevelt), then known under its current name given by Eisenhower, in honor of his father and grandson, Camp. I mean David.

This historical gem is commonly known for Jimmy Carter’s Camp David Accord in 1978, between Anwar Al-Sadat of Egypt and Menachem Begin of Israel. Not only that Accord has provided an ease at Israel’s southern border, but also it granted all of them Nobel Peace Prices. When I say all I do mean just that. Eisenhower and FDR have also won Nobel Peace Prizes. Seems as this Camp David ground might just be blessed as it leaves its host with zen and serenity that has to be shared with others in need.

This year, President Barack Obama has decided to host the G8 Summit at Camp David. This decision is not based on a quest for serenity as he his already a Nobel Peace Laureate. The main reason would be as its original location, Chicago, is already hosting NATO’s summit on May 20th, right after this one. As protesters plan months in advance, why give them a two for one occasion to riot?

Another protester, somewhat indirectly, is Czar Vladimir Putin.

Putin stated that he will not be able to attend as he needs to finalize his duties as Russia’ second-time president, by approving cabinet nominations. A task that is, according to Putin, to sensitive for the former president, now second-time prime minister, Medvedev. Therefore, Medvedev will have to suffice for this year.

Or perhaps the real reason is that Putin’s survivalist camping skills are too advanced for these amateurs. He might just find it more exciting and challenging to camp with his fellow North Korean, Syrian, Chinese and Venezuelan scouts.

Can Cameron do that? No he cannot.

Can Harper do that? No he cannot.

Can Merkel do that? Actually, maybe, surprisingly she can do anything!

Can Hollande do that? No he cannot.

Can Monti do that? No he cannot.

Can Medvedev do that? Of course, he is KGB too. But not as well as I can.

From Russia with Love

Now if this doesn’t want to make you consider enrolling your children in KGB camp instead of scouting, I don’t know what will.

As for the rest of the G8 scouts, they will be present, as usual, at the summit. France will bring personal care products, sunscreen and picnic baskets. Germany will take care of bringing the hammer, axe, lanterns, ropes and knives. Italy will bring beverages, food and water. Japan will bring tents, trash bags, towels and sleeping bags. The U.K. will bring rain boots, rain coats, tea, coffee and fishing gear. And Canada will bring firewood, warm blankets, marshmallows, hot chocolate and first aid kits.

On the new financially relevant side of the world, as BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and the O5, also known as the Plus 5 ( Brazil, India, China, Mexico and South Africa) are closer and closer to become the economic powers.

As Putin will not attend Obama’s Camping Party, Obama has decided to return the favor and not attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) this fall, in Russia.

And Obama’s reason for not attending? Let’s just say that he has decisions to make in regards of his re-electoral campaign. These decisions are too sensitive for Joe Biden to assist.

In the meantime … From Russia with Love.

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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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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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The United Nations (UN) does indeed have guns but no need to worry as these are held by friendly blue helmeted peacekeepers. Let’s not panic now, the casques bleus are in town. After all, the UN was founded in 1945 to stop and prevent wars between nations.

Not just any country has the privilege to join that selective organization. Only the following 5 countries have permanent seats: United Kingdom, United States of America, France, Russia and China. What a powerful quintet: the English drums, the American saxophone, the French piano, the Russian guitar (balalaika) and the Chinese violin (erhu). Music to our ears!

If we listen closely, we notice that there is another, slightly more controversial “band”, created by France in 1975, that adopts a similar musical genre. They are called the “G8” and are formed by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France, Russia, Canada, Germany, Japan and Italy. Collectively, the G8 nations comprise 53% of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Logically, they must export astronomical amounts of goods as they are wealthy nations. Not only they must conduct good business, but they must also excel in clean honest trade. Remember, they are part of the UN rocket band as well.

After further investigation, I come to find out that the top global arm dealers are, in order, the United States of America, Russia, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and China.

– “ Knock, Knock …

– Who’s there?

– “ U.N. ”

– You and Who?

– “ U.N. GUNS !!! ”

The global arms industry manufactures and sells equipment, weapons and military technology. Departments of government operate in the arms industry by buying and selling weapons and other military items. In 1953, shortly after the death of Stalin, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower did warn the world about the emerging Military–Industrial complex.

The Military–Industrial Complex, or Military–Industrial-Congressional Complex, refers to policy and monetary relationships between legislators, armed forces, and the defense industry: the “Iron Triangle”.

Despite Eisenhower’s cautionary speech, the war against communism converted into the war against terrorism, which is now basically just a full-blown “peace for capitalism” takeover. When looking back, his speech might just have well been a catalyst for the proliferation of government approved and backed arm dealings.

On that note:

– “ Knock, Knock …

– Who’s there?

– “ U.N. ”

– “ Friend or Foe?

– “ …”

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. … Is there no other way the world may live?”

– Eisenhower, Chance for Peace Speech

They call it freedom …

… thus, wave your flags ….

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I was at the grocery store, thinking about the next subject to tackle and whether or not to slow down my tempo when it comes to writing new posts. The better part of me thinks of that as unfathomable. Not only I am going through one of the most creative phases experienced in a long time, but also I have a very good feeling about this unexplored path that my life is taking. The biological part of me might eventually turn against my will and purposely expose my body to a virus that will temporarily disable me as I will lay in bed attempting to recover as fast as possible, in order to write all about the experience in my blog.

Let’s put all these “what ifs” aside and get back to our subject. As I’m walking through the fresh produce aisle, I am wondering why is it so difficult to find good fruits and vegetables that taste as good as they did when we were younger. Even when willing to pay good money for them; although they look perfectly structured and pigmented, they mostly taste like the fruity lip gloss we use to cherish as young ladies in training.

I then recalled an interesting French documentary: “Le Monde selon Monsanto (The World according to Monsanto)” which I, of course, recommend.

This controversial American multinational has the potential to be, if not already there, to our world what Mr. Burns’ power plant is to the Simpsons’ Springfield. Okay, for us non nerds out there, it’s right up there with BP. Monsanto creates some of the most toxic Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) such as Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and the herbicide Agent Orange.

Striving to be an impartial wannabe journalist / pseudo writer, as soon as I got home, I decided to see what they were up to these days. I visited their Website and right on their home page, representing financial transparency at it best: their annual report and their stock value. Remember, they are all about farmers and improving lives.

But we need food right?! What happened to the days when you actually had to be well off to savor caviar, crustacean, exotic mushroom, foie gras, saffron, truffle, Kobe beef, sea bass and oysters? What happened to waiting for a specific season in order to eat your favorite home-made fruit pie?

I’ll tell you what happened: greed and being spoiled. We have grown up wanting everything right away all the time, whether we can afford it or not. Why not supply the demand one would ask themselves in this age of capitalism?

Monsanto comes to our rescue with their artillery which includes High-Fructose Corn Syrup (quarter water and the rest is various sugars). It is a man-made sweetener that is present in almost everything we ingest. Skeptic? Just go into your cupboard right now and start reading your labels.

More and more we are discovery and exposing the effects of HFCS such as obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, anemia, mood swing, low immune systems…

On the other hand, they make it possible for governments to meet the industrialized world demand for food without increasing the prices by 800%. How would we view our nations as evolved and advanced if we went back to eating beats, onions, potatoes and apples? To that we say: “Never! Let us eat cake!”

And to that Monsanto responds: “Eeeeeexxxxcellent!”

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