The Grazerite Gazette

Newsletter of the USS Jaresh-Inyo

NCC 74922 

Prometheus Tactical Cruiser

SFI - Region 12

Volume #1  Issue #6

December 2010

USS Jaresh-Inyo is a Paragould, Arkansas based chapter of STARFLEET, the International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc.  With a Star Trek theme, we are a science fiction fan club.

Jaresh-Inyo is a correspondence based chapter of STARFLEET assigned to Region 12 encompassing Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  We were commissioned on Stardate 2009.256.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • From the Slightly Off-centered Center Seat
  • From the First Officer's Desk
  • Second Thoughts
  • Data From the Science Labs
  • Marines Among Us
  • All Frequencies Open
  • Counselor's Corner
  • From The Pool Table
  • Medical Minutiae
  • Solar Energy - A Renewable Resource
  • Andorians
  • Promotions/Awards/New Members
  • Holiday Happenings
  • Jaresh-Inyo
  • Current Officers

USS Jaresh-Inyo
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EDITOR/SUBMISSIONS:

Captain Glenna M. Juilfs

DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE:
Date 28 February 2011

Disclaimer

The Grazerite Gazette  is the chapter newsletter of the USS Jaresh-Inyo NCC 74922, a chapter of Starfleet International, a non-profit fan organization.  All rights and privileges to the terms STAR TREK and all images / references to same are exclusively owned by Paramount Pictures Corp. Likewise, all rights & privileges to the terms and all images & references to STAR WARS (Lucas Film), Dr.Who (BBC), or other programs not specifically named, are exclusively owned by those companies.  This newsletter is not intended to infringe on any copyrights or legal holdings of the writers, producers, Production Company, or others with claims to the programs / images, nor to make profit from them.  

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I wanted to let everyone know that we are at 46 members!! We are the largest chapter in R12 and sixth largest in the 'Fleet! Now I can hear Colonel Doane's gears turning over there saying quality is more important than quantity, and you know what, she is absolutely RIGHT.

It is VERY important that our members are happy and satisfied and that they are contributors to the chapter's overall well being.

My goal for you is for you to bring one more member in by the end of 2011. One more member per person that is. Talk to your friends that like sci-fi, tell 'em how cool we are here (and how suave your Captain is LOL just kidding), and that we have members in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and all over America right here on this very ship!

I look forward to seeing us grow and prosper into 2011!!
Q: Out of curiosity, how many departments can one have? If it is ok I would also like to become part of the Science Department as well.....

A: Excellent question.

For people who are Division Chiefs, you cannot hold another Division Chief or Assistant Division Chief position. However, for those of you in divisions without the Chief title, you can "work" in a maximum of two divisions AND have a spot in the MSG.

Example:

Colonel Snuffy is Chief of Operations, therefore he cannot hold any more division chief titles BUT can be an Aerospace Medic in the MSG. Lieutenant Lollipop is Logistics in the Operations Division, Warp Field Theorist in Engineering, and MOS 985 Mess Specialist in our MSG. All of that is perfectly acceptable.

New Member of the Ship his name is Major a 2 year old German Sheppard owned by Captain Cory Whorton. He joined PetFleet this month and his serial number is PCC-00157.  He is a very well behaved and super smart dog who loves playing Frisbee and Kong Toss.

From the  First Officers Desk

December is the time for the holidays and lots of cheer in our lives. I hope everyone had the best holiday this season. This ship has been fairly quiet this month with a chunk of the month being crew shore leave. We have just about placed all members of the ship in a position onboard and are working on more duty assignments. I would still like to encourage all member of the ship to take their OCC and OTS when they have time and as always command staff stand by to assist in any way we can.

I will wrap things up by saying Best Wishes in the New Year.

Capt. Cory Whorton
XO USS JARESH-INYO

 

Yule or Winter Solstice

The winter solstice has actually been celebrated around the world for thousands of years in one form or another. It’s also known as “Yule” which comes from the Norse word “Jul” that means “wheel. That’s a good way to look at it, since the winter solstice is a celebration of light and the start of the solar year. 

Yule or Yule-tide ("Yule-time") is a winter festival that was initially celebrated by the historical Germanic people as a pagan religious festival, though it was later absorbed into, and equated with, the Christian festival of Christmas. The festival was originally celebrated from late December to early January on a date determined by the lunar Germanic calendar. The festival was placed on December 25 when the Christian calendar (Julian calendar) was adopted. 

In modern times, Yule is observed as a cultural festival and also with religious rites by some Christians and by some Neopagans.

Yule Lore

Midwinter, Sun Return, Alban Arthan, Pagan New Year, Satunalia, Winter Solstice, Finn's Day, Yuletide, Festival of Sol, Great Day of the Cauldron, Festival of Growth.

Yule, (pronounced EWE-elle) is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb. Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were "wassailed" with toasts of spiced cider. 

One traditional Yuletide practice is the creation of a Yule tree. This can be a living, potted tree which can later be planted in the ground, or a cut one. The Choice is yours.

Many enjoy the custom of lighting the Yule log. If you choose to burn one, select a proper log (traditionally of Oak or Pine). A different type of Yule log, and perhaps one more suitable for modern practitioners would be the type that is used as a base to hold three candles. Find a smaller branch of oak or pine, and flatten one side so it sets upright. Drill three holes in the top side to hold red, green, and white (season), green, gold, and black (the Sun God), or white, red, and black (the Great Goddess). Continue to decorate with greenery, red and gold bows, rosebuds, cloves, and dust with flour. 

The Winter Solstice is a magical season . . . one that marks the journey from this year to the next, journeys of the spirit from one world to the next, and the magic of birth, death, and rebirth. The longest night of the year (December 21 in the Northern hemisphere), is reborn as the start of the solar year and accompanied by festivals of light to mark the rebirth of the Sun.

That the timing of the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ occurs in the Yule season is no coincidence. Christmas was once a movable feast, celebrated many different times during the year. The decision to establish December 25 as the "official" date of Christ's birth was made by Pope Julius I in the fourth century AD, hoping to replace the pagan celebration with the Christian one, since this date coincided with the pagan celebrations of Winter Solstice with the Return of the Sun Gods occurring throughout the world.

Symbolism of Yule:
Rebirth of the Sun, The longest night of the year, The Winter Solstice, Introspect, Planning for the Future. 

Symbols of Yule:
Yule log, or small Yule log with 3 candles, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, baskets of clove studded fruit, a simmering pot of wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus. Evergreen Trees, Holly, Eight-Spoked Wheel, Wreaths, Spinning Wheels.

Herbs of Yule:
Bayberry, blessed thistle, evergreen, frankincense holly, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar. 

When I lived in Ohio, the Trek groups (OH, KY, IN) were invited every year to an event hosted by a Klingon group. The event was called The Feast of The Long Night (celebrated as close to the Winter Solstice as possible). It was a carry-in covered dish dinner with an open bar. There was an evergreen tree where we tied notes with our written prayers & wishes to the branches. Around midnight, we burned the tree in a bonfire outside to send our prayers & wishes onward in the smoke.

Ramadan

Ramadan (Arabic) (also Ramadhan, Ramadaan , Ramazan ) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from dawn until sunset. Fasting is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality. It is a time for Muslims to fast for the sake of God (Allah) and to offer more prayer than usual. During Ramadan, Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance and help in refraining from everyday evils, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds. As compared to the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan vary, moving backwards about eleven days each year depending on the moon. Muslims believe Ramadan to be an auspicious month for the revelations of God to humankind, being the month in which the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.



Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States honoring universal African heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as the lighting of a kinara and libations, and culminates in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Ron Karenga and was first celebrated from December 26, 1966 to January 1, 1967.

Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa. These seven principles comprise Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

 

December was a good month in the sciences for LCMDR Robert Towne and myself We gained a new member in the Science Department! LTC Tina Davis joined us from Medical and will be doing dual duty in both departments. We are very pleased to have Tina join us as the ship's Xenoathropologist. Tina's keen interest in the races of Star Trek will serve the Jaresh-Inyo well. Tina also has a wide interest in many other scientific areas. I am sure we will see her contribute a great deal to the sciences. Tina is also very active in the SFA and SFMCA academies. and has been tearing up the course work of late. With Tina's interests in both Medical and Science, we have gained a valuable officer. Welcome again to the Science Department, Tina!

With Tina joining the sciences, we now have her duties in Xenoanthrpology. Assistant Chief Science Officer Robert Towne is handling the Geophysics and Planetary Science duties in the sciences. I fill in where needed. I was curious if any other crew members would be interested in pulling dual duty and join us in the Science Department? There are many open positions, and you would have your choice of duty assignment. Come and join in the joy of scientific discovery and exploration!

Robert and I have continued to submit science articles to the Jaresh-Inyo list serve. Our beloved CO contributed to this as well. If you come across an article of scientific interest, please put in on the list and share it with us! Share any science information you have so we may all gain in our knowledge. The field of Science effects us all in our daily lives. We gain many real world advantages from what scientists learn and then apply that we are always looking for information on what has been developed. Robert led the way with contributing 10 articles this month. I would like to see other crew members contribute as well.

Robert, Tina and myself will continue to bring you many aspects of the science world and we hope that you enjoy reading about them. We hope that you have a great New Year, and that 2011 will be a good time for you. Until the next issue...Science Department out.

CMDR Patrick Litton
Chief Science Officer

PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) -- NASA's Cassini space probe orbiting Saturn has found evidence of an atmosphere on Rhea, one of the ringed planet's moons, U.S. researchers say.

The spacecraft has detected a very thin atmosphere containing oxygen and carbon dioxide around the icy moon, a NASA release said Friday.

This marks the first instance of a spacecraft directly capturing molecules of an oxygen atmosphere -- admittedly a very thin one -- at a world other than Earth, scientists said.

The formation of oxygen and carbon dioxide, as detected on Rhea, could possibly drive complex chemistry on the surfaces of many icy bodies in the universe, researchers say.

"The new results suggest that active, complex chemistry involving oxygen may be quite common throughout the solar system and even our universe," Ben Teolis, a Cassini team scientist based at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, said. "Such chemistry could be a prerequisite for life," he said.

But, he added, "All evidence from Cassini indicates that Rhea is too cold and devoid of the liquid water necessary for life as we know it."

The oxygen and carbon dioxide atmosphere makes Rhea, Saturn's second-largest moon, unique in the Saturnian system.

The planet's largest moon, Titan, has a thick nitrogen-methane atmosphere but very little carbon dioxide and oxygen.

"Rhea is turning out to be much more interesting than we had imagined," Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said. "The Cassini finding highlights the rich diversity of Saturn's moons and gives us clues on how they formed and evolved."

Copyright 2010 by United Press International

Submitted by Gary "Tiny" Hollifield, Jr.

REPORT FROM THE GROUND

Welcome Marines of the 212th! 

If you have been keeping up with the Warriors of Justice list sevr, then you know that COL Christina Doane, our beloved DOIC has been busy of late updating the files section, writing updates on the activities of our unit,a nd in general doing a lot of work for us. If you haven't read of all the files and the news on the lsit, please check it out! There is a lot of information on what members have been doing in the SFMCA, plans for our unit and looking at things for the future. We would like to see all members of the 212th contribute to the list, and get involved in the academy and join us in the fun of being a marine!

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas. I would like to ask all Marines that worked or contributed to the Toys for Tots program, please inform either COL Doane or myself about what you did for the program. Likewise, if you have done or are doing any type of community service, let us know. Community service is the key point in STARFLEET service and is very important to those we help with our work I want to be sure that if you have done this type of work, that you are recognized for it. To do that we need to know what you are doing. Community service is not only at Christmas time. It should be a year round commitment. Let us know so we can share your accomplishments with the unit and those who read our newsletter!

The SFMC Reading Challenge for November and December was a smash hit!!! We had six Marines contribute to the challenge. They are COL Christina Done, MGN Gary "Tiny" Hollifield Jr., 2LT Aaron Coutu, 2LT Charles Robinson, COL Glenna Julifs and LTC Tina Davis. They read a combined 87 books, with a total of 29,108 pages read! That is a tremendous amount of reading and I say well done to these six Marines! 

Imagine the book and page total if all of the marines in our unit were to list all of the books they read in a two month period for the OIC report I do every two months. The next OIC report due is for February 2011. The deadline for sending in your Reading Ch<td vAlign="top" width="50%">allege book list is January 31st. There will be further reminders on the Warrior of Justice list as the time comes closer. I say well done again to the six who read up a storm. Keep up the good work and let's see others get involved in the Reading Challenge!

I hope that 2011 will be an even stronger year for the 212th unit. For those Marines who have not been active in the unit, I would ask that you consider joining in the fun of working with us and see what you have been missing. What ever you could do would add to the unit's strength.

Until the next issue of the newsletter, carry on Marines!

Stand easy...

LTC Patrick Litton
OIC 212th "Warriors of Justice"

I would like to remind all marines that your reading list for the MARINE READING CHALLENGE is due by the end of the month (January, March, May, July, September, November). For those not in the know...I collect books and audio books read and listened to and submit them to the 12th BDE OIC each reporting period. This would mean for the months of February/March, April/May, June/July, August/September, October/November, December/January. I would encourage ALL Marines to become involved in this challenge. I know you read, so why not enter the challenge? Any book or audio book is fair game. Here is an opportunity to show the 12th BDE that we are Reading Warriors! There is a reading challenge list form on the WOJ list page, in the document section. Any questions, please contact me.

 

Chanukkah

Hanukkah (Chanukkah or Chanukah or Chanuka), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.

The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of 8 branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash (Hebrew: "attendant" or "sexton") and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves is forbidden.

Judea was part of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt until 200 BCE when King Antiochus III the Great of Syria defeated King Ptolemy V Epiphanes of Egypt at the Battle of Panium. Judea became at that moment part of the Seleucid Empire of Syria.

 

In 175 BCE, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the son of Antiochus III invaded Judea, ostensibly at the request of the sons of Tobias. The Tobiads, who led the Hellenizing Jewish faction in Jerusalem, were expelled to Syria around 170 BCE when the high priest Onias and his pro-Egyptian faction wrested control from them. The exiled Tobiads lobbied Antiochus IV Epiphanes to recapture Jerusalem. As the ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus tells us "The king being thereto disposed beforehand, complied with them, and came upon the Jews with a great army, and took their city by force, and slew a great multitude of those that favored Ptolemy, and sent out his soldiers to plunder them without mercy. He also spoiled the temple, and put a stop to the constant practice of offering a daily sacrifice of expiation for three years and six months."

The Second Temple in Jerusalem was looted and the services stopped, Judaism was effectively outlawed. In 167 BCE Antiochus ordered an altar to Zeus erected in the Temple. He banned circumcision and ordered pigs to be sacrificed at the altar of the temple.[14]

The festival of Chanukkah was instituted by Judah Maccabee and his brothers to celebrate this event. After recovering Jerusalem and the Temple, Judah ordered the Temple to be cleansed, a new altar to be built in place of the polluted one and new holy vessels to be made. According to the Talmud, olive oil was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. The story goes that there was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah. Jews believe that this was a miracle. An eight day festival was declared by the Jewish sages to commemorate this miracle.

 

THE MESSIAH IS BORN 

Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:18 -2:12; Luke 1:26 - 2:21

In the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth. He appeared to a virgin, named Mary, who was espoused to Joseph, of the House of David. Gabriel spoke to her saying, "Hail, you that are highly favored, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women." 

When Mary saw the angel Gabriel and heard his greeting, she was afraid and wondered why he greeted her in this manner. 

Gabriel spoke again to her saying, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. You shall conceive and give birth to a son, who you shall name Jesus. This child shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest. The Lord God shall give him the throne of his father David. He shall reign over the House of Jacob forever, and his kingdom shall never end." 

Mary asked, "But how shall this occur, as I am a virgin?" 

Gabriel answered, "The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you; therefore, the holy child which you shall conceive shall be called the Son of God." 

Now when Joseph found out that Mary was with child, he was troubled. He was a just man and did not wish to disgrace her publicly, therefore, he thought to send her away in secret. However, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. The angel told Joseph that the child Mary carried was conceived of the Holy Spirit. This child, who would be named Jesus, was destined to save the people from their sins. 

"Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." 

When Joseph awoke from the dream, he went to Mary and took her as his wife. However, he did not consummate the marriage until after the child was born. 

Caesar Augustus decreed that everyone be taxed, therefore all must return to their home city to be counted. Therefore, Joseph took Mary and left Nazareth to travel to Bethlehem, which was the home city for the House of David. While they were in Bethlehem, the child was born. He was delivered in a stable, as there was no room for them in the Inn. Mary wrapped the child in swaddling clothes, using a manger for a crib. 

Shepherds were in the nearby fields watching their sheep, when an angel appeared to them. The shepherds were frightened as the glory of the Lord surrounded them, but the angel spoke and told them, "Fear not. I bring you good news of great joy for all people. For today, in the City of David, a Saviour is born, who is Christ the Lord. As a sign, you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger." 

Suddenly a great host of angels appeared who were praising God, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men." 

After the angels left, the shepherds hurried into Bethlehem to see this child. They found Mary and Joseph with the babe lying in a manger. They told Mary and Joseph of the angels and of their words. Then the shepherds returned to their flocks praising God. 

On the eighth day, the babe was circumcised and given the name Jesus. 

Three wise men came in search of the "King of the Jews", because they had seen "his" star in the East and had followed it to Jerusalem. Herod was upset by this and sent for the chief priests. When questioned on where the Christ would be born according to the prophecies, the priests read the prophecy, "And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah, for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel." 

Herod sent the wise men to Bethlehem in search of this child, telling them to return to him and report the whereabouts of the child so Herod could "worship him also." 

The wise men followed the star to Bethlehem where it came to rest over the house where the young child was. After they entered the house and saw the child with his mother Mary, they fell to their knees and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

However, they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, so they left Bethlehem for their own country travelling a different way. Mary and Joseph kept all these things to themselves and pondered them in their hearts. 

The Pool Table is the Master Systems Display Table in Main Engineering

Greetings all, and from all of us in Engineering: 

Wishing Each and Every one of the Crew Best Wishes for the Holidays 

Being this is my first newsletter and we’ve had a changeover in personnel let me start by introducing the staff. 

Chief Engineer: 
Lt Charles Robinson 

Assistant Engineer: 
LTJG David Stayduhar 

Warp Field Specialist: 
MCPO Angelia Cummings 

Damage Control Leader: 
SCPO Jon Cummings 

LTJG David Stayduhar will start his duties as Assistant Engineer in January.

The Chief’s tidbits of useless information: 

Did you know, the average car today has more computer power than the first rockets that took us to space and the moon. 

And here’s my introduction to the staff and crew 

I hold an Associate’s degree in Applied Science with a Major in Automotive Technology. 

I work for a government contractor repairing aircraft carrier support equipment. 

I spent 18 years in the military, 4 in the Army, and 14 in the Navy as an aircraft hydraulics technician on E2C Hawkeye’s. 

I completed 6 military deployments including Desert Shield and Desert storm. 

Our race season here in Virginia keeps me very busy from April through September; 

I’m the crew chief/car builder for our team of 3 cars in 2 different divisions running Dixieland Speedway. 

I’ve enjoyed Star Trek for many years now and look forward to being your Chief Engineer. 

I’d like to hear from all the staff in engineering, introduce yourselves to me and let me hear your thoughts on what we can do for our ship and chapter to be more active. 

That’s all for now and again Happy Holidays from Engineering 

Medical Minutiae
By: MGEN Gary Hollifield, Jr., Starfleet Medical Doctor

High blood sugar symptoms can lead to both minor and more serious blood sugar related conditions for a lot of people with diabetes. But before getting into the actual high blood sugar symptoms that you can experience you need to learn some important information about high blood sugar.

First, what is high blood sugar? Well, you are said to have high blood sugar, also known as hyperglycemia when your blood sugar level elevates and stays elevated.

There are a number of different things that can cause you to have the symptoms of high blood sugar, including:
· Your diet;
· Emotional stress;
· Certain health conditions;
· Lack of focused exercise;
· Certain medications;
· Some health supplements.

With a lot of high blood sugar symptoms you may feel normal and not think that you have any high blood sugar symptoms when in fact you do have high blood sugar. In addition, high blood sugar symptoms can be very mild or develop at an extremely slow pace.

Because of this fact, it's very important that you test your blood sugar on a regular basis using a good blood glucose analyzer and also to be aware of the following blood sugar symptoms:
· Always being hungry;
· Always being thirsty;
· Dry mouth;
· Constantly having to urinate;
· Dry itchy skin;
· Fatigue or extreme tiredness;
· Blurred vision;
· Recurrent infections
· Impotence;
· Slow healing of wounds;
· Unexplained weight loss.

If you have any of the above mentioned symptoms of high blood sugar you should see your doctor to have them treated.

There are a number of long-term health risks associated with the symptoms of high blood sugar so it is advised to contact your doctor for a proper diagnosis of any high blood sugar symptoms you may be experiencing.

Some of the recommendations your doctor may make to relieve any symptoms of high blood sugar include:
· Changing your medication or doses;
· Proper diet and nutritional practices; 
· Incorporating a consistent exercise program (more on this below);
· Using blood glucose analyzers frequently.

It's been found that if you use blood glucose analyzers, exercise properly, follow a good nutritional plan and follow your doctors recommendations you may not suffer from any long-term health problems associated with the symptoms of high blood sugar.

However, by not making an effort to keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible, you may indeed experience some long-term health problems, such as:
· Trouble with your eyes: Diabetes can cause the very small blood vessels in your eyes to become damaged resulting in vision problems.

Eye problems such as this may not cause any symptoms early on. So you should try to have an eye test performed each year.
· Various kidney problems: Diabetes has been shown to be able to damage your kidneys as well. Again, you may not notice any damage to your kidneys until later on.

A number of problems occur when you have kidney damage as a result of diabetes or the symptoms of high blood sugar and include:
· Waste products stay in your body instead of being transported out by urinating;
· Protein and amino acids (the building blocks of protein) are expelled;
· A build-up of waste products in your blood;
· Kidney failure.
· You may need to have a foot or leg amputated: Due to the extensive damage that results from diabetes on your nerves and blood circulation, you can be at serious risks of having serious conditions occur in your feet or legs.

When the nerves in your feet become damaged, you may not notice any injuries or pain from various foot problems. With this, your feet can become infected badly before your realize that you have a problem with your feet.

On top of this, because of poor blood circulation your body will not be able to properly fight any infections or heal any injuries. In the most serious cases you may need to have one or both feet, or even a leg amputated.
· You may be more prone to a heart attack or stroke: Heart attacks are very common in people with type II diabetes. This is due to abnormal levels of blood fats & high blood pressure.

All of the above mentioned health problems associated with the symptoms of high blood sugar should be taken very seriously. The key is knowing what symptoms of diabetes and high blood sugar symptoms to look for and then doing what you can to improve your health.

Also remember that prevention is the key when it comes to blood sugar symptoms.

You should also note that not everyone with diabetes will have the exact same blood sugar symptoms. It's also true that some people will not show any high blood sugar symptoms at all.

Cardassians are warm blooded and dislike cold temperatures. They are tough and can withstand injuries and periods of deprevation, thanks to their ancestors. They have a high tolerance for pain. The Cardassian epidermis is tough and hard to cut. Cardassians have one known vulnerability: cobalt diselenide. Cobalt diselenide can quickly cause illness and death in a Cardassian. 

Carassia Prime Dukat

The Cardassian brain is a "model of efficiency". It has the ability to process nerve impulses, sensory, and information that is greater than most humanoid brains. This is due to its physiological structure and neurochemistry. Because of this, average Cardassians tend to be smarter and more perceptive than the average Human. This allows Cardassians to train their children so that Cardassians develop a photographic memory.

Seska Elim Garak Natima Lang

   

Solar Energy- A Renewable Resource:

Solar energy using radiant heat and light from the sun along with secondary solar powered resources such as wind and wave power, hydroelectricity and biomass account for most of the available renewable energy on earth. Only a miniscule fraction of the available solar energy is used.

Solar technologies are characterized as either passive solar or active solar depending on the way they capture, convert, and distribute solar energy. Active solar energy techniques include the use of photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors to harness the energy. Passive solar techniques include orienting to the sun, selecting materials with favorable thermal mass or light dispensing properties and designing spaces that naturally circulate air.

The earth receives 174 petawatts (PW) of incoming solar radiation (insolation) at the upper atmosphere. Approximately is reflected back into space while the rest is absorbed by clouds, ocean, and land masses. The spectrum of solar light at the earth's surface is mostly spread across the visible and near infrared ranges with a small part in the near ultra-violet. 

The total solar energy absorbed by earth's atmosphere, ocean and land mass is approximately 3,850,000 exajoules (EJ) per year. In 2002 this was more energy in one hour then the world used in one year. Photosynthesis captures approximately 3000 EJ per year in biomass. The amount of solar energy reaching planet is so vast that in one year that it is about twice as much as will ever be obtained from all of the earth's non-renewable resources of coal, natural gas, and mined uranium combined.

It would appear that solar wind or biomass would be sufficient to supply all of our energy needs, however the increased use of biomass has had a negative effect on global warming and dramatically increased food prices by diverting forest and crops into biofuel production as intermittent sources solar and wind raise other issues.

Solar energy can be harnessed in different levels around the world. Depending on a geographical location the closer to the equator the more "potential" solar energy is available.

Applications of solar energy include: architecture and urban planning, agriculture and horticulture, solar lighting, solar thermal, electrical generation, solar chemical, and solar vehicles.

As solar energy is not available at night various methods can be used to store solar energy such as: thermal mass systems, phase change materials such as paraffin wax and Glauber's salt are another thermal storage media and are in expensive and are readily available.

In the next issue of the newsletter I will report on the prospects of Space Based Solar Power (SBSP).

LTCMDR Robert Towne
Assistant Chief Science Officer
USS Jaresh Inyo NCC 74922

 

Andoria

The Andorians were one of the Founding members of the United Federation of Planets. They are a humanoid species. They are from the moon Andoria, the homeworld of the Andorian Empire.

Most Andorains are blue skinned with white or silver hair. There are many sects of the Andorians. One sect, the Aenar are white skinned, telepathic, and blind. 

Andorians, although a humanoid, have blue blood. It is because Andorian blood has a cobalt base to it. They also have a high metabolic rate. Andorians and Aenar can produce offspring because they are genetically compatible.

Andorians are vulnerable to phase pulse infections. Minor phase injuries could be fatal. They are resistant to a wide range of environmental conditions. Their climate temperature is near the boiling point of water, but Andorians could lose 10% of their body weight in two days.

Physicians administer medications through intramuscular injections, because the Andorian physiology made intravenous injections impossible.

Andorians use their antennae to aid in balance. To lose an antennae was humiliating for an Andorian. It takes nine months to regrow an antennae. But with electrical stimulation and cranial massage, it can regrow in less the time. The antennae were moved by voluntary muscles and can be controlled seperately from one another. These movements could be an expression of feelings.

Andorian society was militarilistic. Their weapons were developed without a stun setting. It was an honor to serve in their Imperial guard. Military rank greatly influenced social reputation. They never fought without a reason, and deplore dishonesty. They were capable of duplicity. They considered themselves deeply emotional, passionate, violent, and not known for charity and sympathy. They placed high value on family. Any Guard members that died far from home, could count on their companions to bring a body part back to the Andoria ice.

The Ushaan was a crucial part of Andorian tradition. It was a duel to the death, using a ushann-tor iceminer's tool. The Ushaan was a code of honor, a body of regulations of up to 12,000 amendments that bound this code. The Ushaan could be called by someone to avenge a personal loss. The duelers could offer up a replacement or it could be called off if a married dueler had no children to continue the claims.

An Andorian wedding usually required four people. Females were equal to males and had equal positions in society. Females were as capable soldiers as the males.

In physical combat, Andorians were known for their determination and endurance. 

Andorians make prodigious artists. They believed in the planet Sha Ka Ree beyond the Great Barrier at the centre of the Galaxy. Their word for it is 'unpronouncable'.

Andorian Redbat
The Andorian redbat was a flying mammal. It is native to the moon Andoria. It is considered edible by some.

LTC Tina Davis
USS Jaresh-Inyo
Semper-Fi

Andorian surface

The main Aenar Compound in 2154


 

 

New Crewmembers:
  • Lieutenant Commander Matthew Barclay
  • Ensign Robert Frizzell
Promotions/Appointments:
  • Cory Whorton PROMOTED to CAPTAIN 12/16/2010
  • Matthew Barclay PROMOTED TO Lieutenant Commander on 12/13/2010
  • Charles Robinson PROMOTED TO Lieutenant on 12/15/2010
  • LT Charles Robinson APPOINTED as Chief Engineer on 12/15/2010
  • CMDR Patrick Litton is APPOINTED Third Officer on 12/15/2010
  • MCPO Robert Towne PROMOTED to Lieutenant Commander

Academy:

Remember for all enlisted personnel, if you want to become an officer, Officer's Training School is a mandated course. You can find it at www.sfaquiz.com. It is an open book exam on the fundamentals of STARFLEET and is quite easy. If you want to take OTS but stay enlisted, by all means, I encourage you to do so. It is a good course to have in any case.

Congratulations to LTC Robert Towne for taking and passing OCC

Alright gang, gather round!

I am instituting the first ever (for this chapter) STARFLEET Academy Challenge. The program will run from 01 January 2011 until 31 July 2011. Each course will count as one point with OTS counting as THREE and OCC counting as FIVE (if you have already taken these courses, sorry). I am excluded from this event (I beta test a LOT of exams for both academies and it wouldn't be fair to you).

There is no need to send me notice of your passing a course as I get them automatically and they are entered into the MSR as well. There will be a prize awarded for the one who has the most points at the end of the contest.

We kicked butt in the academies this month!! Most excellent work!

The following crew members passed (most with Distinction or Honors) or Beta-Tested Academy courses and/or received Awards:
  • Gary Hollfield, Jr (2 courses, 14 courses beta-tested, 1 award)
  • Tina Davis (4 courses, 1 award)
  • Sharon Norris (19 courses)
  • Matthew Barclay (21 courses, 1 award)
  • Andy Drumond (6 courses)
  • Charles Robinson (12 courses, 1 award)
  • Aaron Coutu (3 courses)
Cap'n Gary

    Holiday Happenings

Robert Towne & Family

Steve Lackey & Family



President of the United Federation of Planets

Jaresh-Inyo (c. 2372)

In 2372, the post was held by Jaresh-Inyo, a Grazerite. His presidency was marked by a number of troubling foreign and domestic policy developments, including the dissolution of the Khitomer Accords and an undeclared war with the Klingon Empire in 2372, increasing tensions with the Dominion, and the rise of the Maquis. 

In 2372, fears of Changeling infiltration of the Federation government reached a high point when Dominion agents were discovered to have detonated a bomb at a diplomatic conference between the Federation and the Romulan Star Empire in Antwerp. Starfleet Admiral and Chief of Starfleet Operations Leyton and Captain Benjamin Sisko advocated increased security on Earth following the bombing, and when the planetary power grid was disabled, Inyo declared martial law on the capital planet. Later, it was discovered that the grid had been disabled by Leyton's own agents, and that Leyton was leading an attempted military coup d'etat against the Federation civilian government. Leyton's coup was thwarted by Sisko, but as a result of the scandal, Jaresh-Inyo's political career ended. (DS9: "Homefront", "Paradise Lost") 

Jaresh-Inyo left office sometime prior to 2375. While questioning Luther Sloan, Julian Bashir discovered that Section 31 had an operative working in Jaresh-Inyo's cabinet. (DS9: "Extreme Measures") 

The novel Articles of the Federation establishes that Jaresh-Inyo died in May of 2380, being remembered as a great "peace-time president" being credited with the expansion of civil rights for sentient beings, and the opening of diplomatic relations with the Children of Tama, but not one suited for the job when war with the Dominion became inevitable.

 

 

Commanding Officer
BGN Gary Hollifield, Jr.

Executive Officer/Chief of Operations
CAPT Cory Whorton

Second Officer/Chief of Communications/Counselor
CAPT/COL Glenna M. Juilfs

Third Officer/Chief Science Officer/Marine OIC
CMDR/LTC Patrick Litton

Chief of Computer Operations
LTjg Richard McCreery

Chief of Engineering
LT Charles Robinson

 

Chief Medical Officer
CAPT Samuel Cummings

Chief of Security
LT Jonathon Neale

Chief of Strategic Operations
LTjg David Stayduhar

Cadet Corps Commandant
COL Gary Hollifield, Sr.

Marine DOIC
COL Christina Doane

Morale Officer
FCPT James Whatley



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