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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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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