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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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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