The Grazerite Gazette

Newsletter of the USS Jaresh-Inyo

NCC 74922 

Prometheus Tactical Cruiser

SFI - Region 12

Volume #2  Issue #2

March-April 2011

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 Second Seat
  • Second Thoughts
  • Data From the Science Labs: SBSP Part 2
  • Science: Holodwck
  • Science: Space Dangers
  • Medical: Bolians
  • Medical: Pon Farr
  • Marines Among Us
  • All Frequencies Open
  • From the Pool Table
  • Trek Tech
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Unusual Friendship
  • Attention All Hands!
  • Jaresh-Inyo
  • Current Officers

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Captain Glenna M. Juilfs

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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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One of the best jobs I have as a Commanding Officer is being able to give people awards, promotions, and recognition! Without further ado...

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I have your attention for the 2010 Awards Presentation? (yes, I am late...sorry!)

Officer of the Year: Captain Cory Whorton

Leader of the Year: Colonel Christina Doane

Volunteer of the Year: Captain Glenna Juilfs

Division of the Year: Science Division under the command of Commander Patrick Litton

Outstanding Achievement in the Academy: LTjg Michael Krogh AND Lieutenant Commander Sharon Norris

Publication of the Year: Engineering Division's Prometheus Class Technical Manual written by LTjg Charles Robinson

And finally, the most prestigious JI Member of the Year Award goes to....

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Litton!!

Now for the promotions!

1. Lieutenant Tim Cofer, for your two years of dedicated service to the JI as her Chief Nurse, I hereby promote you to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, effective immediately.

2. Ensign Aaron Coutu, in a relatively short time, you have become one of the most active participants in our merry little band. Your articles and insight are very appreciated, and your go get and can do attitude are extremely welcome. I hereby promote you to the rank of Lieutenant junior grade, effective immediately.

3. Ensign Andy Drummond, for your year of dedicated service and attention to duty, I hereby promote you to the rank of Lieutenant junior grade, effective immediately.

4. Lieutenant JG Michael Krogh, again in a relatively short time, you have proven yourself to be a valuable asset and addition to this crew as well to TRACOM in the post of Maritime Operations Branch Director. I hereby promote you to the rank of Lieutenant, effective immediately.

Congratulations to all of the newly promoted officers!! Please be aware that the higher in rank you go, the longer it is between promotions. Certificates will be coming later next week.

Excellent job, crew. I could not ask for a better bunch of friends and family members than you all. In all seriousness, being your CO is my greatest honor. Thank you, and I look forward to many wonderful things from all of us down the road.

April Showers bring April Twisters. I wanted to take some space in this newsletter to ask anyone who can to donate to the Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross here . I know that many of you know that Arkansas has been hit pretty hard with tornados and flooding this spring. 

Congratulations to the Award winners this year. Officer of the Year: Captain Cory Whorton; Leader of the Year: Colonel Christina Doane; Volunteer of the Year: Captain Glenna Juilfs; Division of the Year: Science Division under the command of Commander Patrick Litton; Outstanding Achievement in the Academy: LTjg Michael Krogh; AND Lieutenant Commander Sharon Norris; Publication of the Year: Engineering Division's Prometheus Class Technical Manual written by LTjg Charles Robinson and finally, the most prestigious JI Member of the Year Award goes to.... Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Litton!! Once again Congratulations to everyone. 

I also want to take the chance to congratulate the follow people on their promotions. Lieutenant Tim Cofer, for your two years of dedicated service to the JI as her Chief Nurse, I hereby promote you to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, effective immediately; Ensign Aaron Coutu, in a relatively short time, you have become one of the most active participants in our merry little band. Your articles and insight are very appreciated, and your go get and can do attitude are extremely welcome.

I hereby promote you to the rank of Lieutenant junior grade, effective immediately; Ensign Andy Drummond, for your year of dedicated service and attention to duty, I hereby promote you to the rank of Lieutenant junior grade, effective immediately; Lieutenant JG Michael Krogh, again in a relatively short time, you have proven yourself to be a valuable asset and addition to this crew as well to TRACOM in the post of Maritime Operations Branch Director. I hereby promote you to the rank of Lieutenant, effective immediately. Once again Congratulations.

Commander Patrick Litton it has been an honor to serve with you onboard the USS Jaresh-Inyo. You are a great guy and you will defiantly be missed. Good luck on your next assignment. Commander I salute you. 

Ships Roster is up to date as of now. Please let me know if you have anything you need to change, if you need a crew assignment, or if you need access to it.

Best Wishes to Everyone and Their Families,

Captain Cory Whorton
XO USS JARESH-INYO
(479) 283-2643 CELL

 

I want to add my congratulations to all those who have received promotions, awards, and new positions. 

This is a great crew and I'm proud to be counted among you.

 

Hello and welcome to the Medical Department. As many of you may have noticed, there has been a change in this department. Captain Samuel Cummings has changed from Chief Medical Officer to Chief Flight Surgeon. I am now Chief Medical Officer. I am glad he is still with us, only across the corridor. He is a great asset to this Department and we do not want to lose him. Thanks for all the work you've done in this Department. 

We have two new nurses in this department: Tammy Ayers and Michael Lawton. Please welcome them. 

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please email me with them. I want to make this department a place that we all can be proud of. From time to time, I will send articles of different medical areas. I f you have any article suggestions, please feel free to let me know. I welcome comments, suggestions, questions, and (if I must :)) complaints. If there is any thing you would like to know about, please let me know. 

Let me tell you about myself. 

I am LT. Colonel Tina Davis. I joined Starfleet in 1999. I was a Morale Officer and a Counselor on two other Chapters. 

I joined Starfleet Marines. I have taken many courses in both Starfleet Academy and Starfleet Marine Academy. 

My Starfleet rank is Commander. My Marine rank is Lt. Colonel. My call sign is "Lady Doc". Call me "Doc" or what ever you feel comfortable. Just don't call me late. LOL. 

Anything else you would like to know about me, please let me know. 

 

Space Based Solar Power- Part 2 of a 2 Part Report on Solar Power

Space Based Solar Power (SBSP) is a system for the collection of solar power in spacefor use on Earth. SBSP differs from the usual method of solar power collection in the solar panels used to collect the energy would reside on a satellite in orbit, often referred to as a solar powered satellite (SPS) rather than on Earth's surface. In space collection of the Sun's energy is unaffected by the various obstructions which reduce efficiency or capacities of Earth surface solar power collection.

Collection of solar energy in space for use on Earth introduces 2 new problems and alleviates an existing one. First installation of the collection satellite and second transmitting from them to the surface for use. The first requires upgrading and extension of existing solar panel technologies. Many SBSP designs have hav proposed the use of microwave beams for wireless power transmission. The collecting satellite would convert solar energy into electrical energy, powering a microwave emitter oriented toward a collector on the Earth's surface. Dynamic solar thermal power systems on satellites are also being investigated. Since the beam can be steered, it can be directed as needed to accomodate periods of high power use in paticular locations. As well, one of the current problems of electricityuse is long distance transmission from from generating sites to usage sites. Because at least one type of receiving antenna, the rectenna is relatively in expensive, it may be possible to reduce the need for electricity transmission by sensible siting of receiving antennas potentially reducing cost and grid interconnect failures such as the blackouts of 1965 and 2003.

The benefits of Space Based Solar Power can be very beneficial to the Earth as Earth's natural resources continue to dwindle and can be economically beneficial over the long run.

By LTCMDR Robert Towne
Chief Science Officer


Image © Mafic Studio, Inc. [more images]

Lieutenant Commander Robert Towne, you are hereby appointed to the billet of Chief Science Officer, effective immediately and shall remain in effect until you choose to resign, transfer, or subject junior officers to more laboratory experiments. Please choose your assistant chief from the available pool of candidates.

Dude, welcome to your new billet. Moving forward!
Cap'n gary

   

empty holodeck

Holodeck

What is it?
Reality is perfectly simulated down to the slightest and tiniest detail. Individuals can be simulated, and experiences such as cliff diving or sailing aboard a pirate ship can be convincingly portrayed, even to the point where they are undetectable.

Is it feasible?
Today's 3-D graphics are almost photorealistic, and it won't be long before processors are powerful enough to display such imagery in real time. The ability for people to run, jump and interact with various objects in a confined space is farther off, but brain research is making sufficient progress so that physical simulators might not even be necessary to achieve these effects — it might soon be possible to electronically stimulate the human brain, creating convincing simulations with little physical effort.

Similar real-world technology
British researchers hope to have a special helmet built within the next three to five years with attachments for the nose, ears, and mouth that reproduce sights, sounds and tastes. This bulky and awkward helmet isn't hyperrealistic like the Star Trek holodeck, but it's a start.


The arch in an inactive holodeck, pre-2371 

    

One of the gravest dangers facing future astronauts traveling to Mars will be radiation in space: If the long trip doesn't kill them, cancer eventually could.

These threats can, however, be defeated. In "Star Trek," a deflector shield surrounded the Starship Enterprise, and radiation bounced off it. Now tests show it's possible to create a real deflector shield that would have the same effect.

A new study found that a portable magnetic shield could be the key to protecting spacefarers during long-duration missions. A spaceship could be outfitted with a mini magnetosphere that would force the harmful charged particles in space to curve around the ship, rather than hitting the people inside.

While this idea has been tossed around since the 1960s, most experts thought it couldn't work because the magnetic field required to produce the effect would need to be too large. But a new test in the laboratory showed the process seems to work on a smaller scale, too.

The newly tested mini m

Ruth Bamford of the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in England and her colleagues conducted tests on a miniature plasma field in the laboratory with similar properties to the wind of charged particles in space coming off of the sun (the source of much of the most harmful radiation to humans). When scientists set up a magnetic field inside this artificial solar wind, they found that the magnet created a bubble where no radiation could enter.

"We switched it on and there it was," Bamford told Space.com. "When we put the probe in we found out there were no particles inside the little bubble. If a spacecraft had been somewhere in this bubble it would have been protected from this beam. That was lovely to see."

Bamford detailed her findings in the Nov. 4 issue of the journal Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion.

The engineering details of how to use this technology on a spaceship must still be worked out. Moreover, the portable magnetic shield could only protect against particles coming from the solar wind, while other kinds of harmful particles, such as high energy gamma rays and X-rays, wouldn't be affected. Still, the technique is promising, since particles from the solar wind are extremely dangerous, especially during solar storms, when the wind plasma flares up and sends out surges of radiation.

"The protons [from the solar wind] apparently are the greatest concern for the health of the astronauts, because of their large concentration during storms, and because the particles are large enough to break DNA down," Bamford said. "In the early Apollo missions, the astronauts were very lucky to not be in space during a radiation burst. There was a storm between Apollo 16 and 17, which would have been fatal if the astronauts had been in space."

    

Bolians



Bolians are another of the blue-skinned species of Star Trek Online, and their unique mouth anatomy allows them to consume substances that many other species are forced to avoid.

Bolians also have Corrosive Blood, which gives them a 20% bonus to toxic resistance and deals toxic damage to any creature foolish enough to bite them.

They were distinguished by their blue skin with a vertical cartilaginous ridge bifurcating their heads and running the length of their bodies. A Bolian's pulse could be detected by feeling along their ridge. Their cobalt-based blood chemistry is compatible with Andorians, but toxic to Vulcans.



Mot

    

Kun-Ut Kali-Fi Eh Pon Farr (Marriage Challenge and Pon Farr)

Upon the reaching of pon farr (mating time), male Vulcans beginto experience progressively more serious biochemical changes, ultimately leading to plak-tau (blood fever) which necessitates that they complete the kunut kali-fi or suffer madness and death. The onset of pon farr varies from individual to individual and depends on many factors, including genetics, environment, diet, and mental discipline. If the Vulcan is on-planet, they immediately will return to their traditional family lands. If the Vulcan is off-planet, they must make arrangements to return to T’Khasi as quickly as possible.

If the Vulcan is bonded, his intended will know through their link that pon farr has arrived. The changes in the male will trigger biochemical changes in his female counterpart, regardless of the distance involved. The female will inform her clan matriarch of the arrival of pon farr, who will in turn inform the clan matriarch of the male’s family. The male’s family will arrange for the kun-ut kali-fi ceremony to take place at the clan’s traditional ceremonial grounds.

If the Vulcan is unbonded when pon farr arrives and he is not under the control of the plak-tau, his family will make arrangements for several satisfactory potential mates to be available for his choosing. He will make his own selection based on a logical weighing of the qualities of the potential mates. This is known as telsu dvelan (bondmate selection). If the unbonded Vulcan is under the control of the plak-tau, his family will either select a suitable mate for him (the most common option) or hold a modified version of the kun-ut kali-fi, known as the ko-telsu kalifi (wife challenge), where interested females fight for the privilege to be bonded with the male. They do not necessarily fight to the death. Once a female has been selected, the usual kun-ut kali-fi takes place.

"Amok Time"

Spock battles Kirk to the death

Colonel Christina Doane, you are hereby appointed to the position of Officer In Charge of the Warriors of Justice, 212th MSG effective immediately and shall remain in effect until you choose to resign, transfer, or attack senior officers with foam fisheys. Please select a DOIC from the available pool, and don't forget to change the information on your bi-monthly report.

Lady, welcome to your new billet. Moving forward!
Cap'n gary

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).  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.

 

              

Communication [com·mu·ni·ca·tion]
[kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuhn][ka-myū'nĭ-kā'shan]

Communication is the activity of conveying meaningful information. Communication requires a sender, a message, and an intended recipient, although the receiver need not be present or aware of the sender's intent to communicate at the time of communication; thus communication can occur across vast distances in time and space. Communication requires that the communicating parties share an area of communicative commonality. The communication process is complete once the receiver has understood the sender.
-Wikipedia

1: an act or instance of transmitting 
2a : information transmitted or conveyed 
b : a verbal or written message 
3a : a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior; also : exchange of information
b : personal rapport <a lack of communication between old and young persons> 
4: plural
a : a system (as of telephones) for transmitting or exchanging information
b : a system of routes for moving troops, supplies, and vehicles
c : personnel engaged in transmitting or exchanging information 
5: plural but sing or plural in constr
a : a technique for expressing ideas effectively (as in speech)
b : the technology of the transmission of information (as by print or telecommunication)
-merriam-webster.com

1. the act or process of communicating; fact of being communicated. 
2. the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs. 
3. something imparted, interchanged, or transmitted.  -Dictionary.reference.com

1.The act of communicating; transmission.
2.
a.The exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior.
b.Interpersonal rapport.
3.communications (used with a sing. or pl. verb) 
a.The art and technique of using words effectively to impart information or ideas.
b.The field of study concerned with the transmission of information by various means, such as print or broadcasting.
c.Any of various professions involved with the transmission of information, such as advertising, broadcasting, or journalism.
4.Something communicated; a message.
5.communications A means of communicating, especially: 
a.A system, such as mail, telephone, or television, for sending and receiving messages.
b.A network of routes for sending messages and transporting troops and supplies.
6.communications The technology employed in transmitting messages. -Answers.com

By definition, the Grazerite Gazette is a form of communication. Let's work together to make it even better.

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

Greetings all

Its been a busy time for me here lately and kinda hard to keep up, 2 jobs, prepping 3 cars for the season opener on the 22nd of April so I've to cut back some on the fleet stuff a little for little while anyway. 
I'm proud to report I completed FOS with Honors and even earned my first Boothby award and well on my way to a second. 

I can also say the deck plans are progressing a little slower than I want but it is coming along, its a bit bigger project than I thought it would be. I figured out a way to go to IC in August and look forward to that, I've never been to one before. I'd still like to hear from the other departments for additions to the manual. 

I still haven't heard from the Engineering staff, I cant brag on ya if I don't what to say.

The Chiefs tidbits of useless information:
Its been asked, How do you eat an elephant? Easy one bit at a time. So it stands to reason no matter how big the task it CAN be handled.

That’s all for now, But we’ll be back next time with more info for you.

TREK TECH / Medical technology is boldly going where 'Star Trek' has gone before

March 15, 2004 By Bernadette Tansey, Chronicle Staff WriterLike some wizard, Dr. "Bones" McCoy needed only to wave his tricorder sensor like a talisman over "Star Trek" crew members to detect any ailment -- and to cure many of them.

In reality, McCoy's "sensor probe" was a prop contrived from a salt shaker by a TV crew making do on the tight budget of a fledgling series.

Cheesy props or not, "Star Trek's" futuristic sickbay tools presented a captivating vision of what medicine might one day achieve, inspiring legions of fans who later became some of the world's most inventive scientists.

And in 2004, many of the high-tech instruments simulated on the "Star Trek" set are a reality, used to treat patients in hospitals and clinics around the world.

Rather than undergo exploratory surgery, many patients now rest on tables similar to the Enterprise's sickbay bed while an automated scanner delivers diagnostic images of the body's interior.

Blade-free "surgery" is possible with equipment like the CyberKnife, developed at Stanford University. And devices like McCoy's needle-free "hypospray" injections are now commonplace vaccination tools.

Nothing close to today's non-invasive diagnostic tools existed when Gene Roddenberry conceived the "Star Trek" series in 1964, according to British radiology professor Paul Goddard, who gave a talk in 2001 called "The Medicine of Star Trek: Are we making it a reality?"

The field of radiology had been advancing slowly, and no body scanners of any kind were in clinical use, Goddard said.

But the past 40 years have seen the rise of an array of non-invasive scanning technologies like ultrasound, CAT scans, PET scans and magnetic resonance imaging. MRI works by subjecting the body to a magnetic field and then detecting the varying responses of different types of tissue.

"We're a little bit closer to what they show on 'Star Trek' 's sickbay," said Dr. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, director of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford. "We've got tools that are not quite at that level yet."

Where imaging techniques in the 1960s could only outline basic internal anatomy -- an X-ray revealing a broken bone, for example -- current technologies can also detect tissues with abnormal concentrations of blood vessels, or with a speedier metabolic rate. Both are characteristics of cancer.

LTC Tina Davis
USS Jaresh-Inyo
Semper-Fi


A Canada goose sits on her eggs in an urn amid other grave markers in Forest Lawn as a white-tailed deer lounges near by.
Sharon Cantillon / Buffalo News

Deer friend protects nesting goose

Pair's attachment described as offering lesson for humans

By Maki Becker
NEWS STAFF REPORTER

Published: April 9, 2011

Craig Cygan was driving through Forest Lawn with two border collies in his pickup truck when he noticed the deer sitting by some gravestones.

He didn't think much of it. Cygan had seen deer roaming the grounds many times before.

But the next day, he saw the deer sitting in the same spot.

And then again on the following day.

He figured someone must be leaving food there for the animal. Cygan grabbed his camera and got out of the truck to snap a couple of photos.

"As I was doing it, [the deer] was walking toward me," Cygan told The Buffalo News. "He was blocking my vision from something."

Cygan noticed a large granite urn behind the deer, "and a little head was peeking out."

A Canada goose had built a nest in the urn.

To Cygan, the deer appeared to be standing guard, protecting the goose and her eggs.

"I can't explain it," he said. "They have no common bond whatsoever. ... Is he protecting the nest? I don't know. But that's what it seemed like."

Now, geese and deer are not unusual in the historic cemetery. Forest Lawn had hired Cygan, of the company Borders on Patrol, to keep Canada geese -- and their droppings -- from overrunning the cemetery. His dogs, bred to be herders, help keep the birds moving along. But some like the serene spot, and every spring, several have been known to nest in urns.

For years, many visitors, particularly runners, have noticed at least two docile deer in the cemetery.

But wildlife experts are puzzled over why these two animals seem to have formed an interspecial bond.

Normally, Canada geese mate for life, and the male goose stands guard by the nest, said Joel Thomas, wildlife administrator for the SPCA Serving Erie County.

But no male goose has been in sight at this nest.

"The female apparently has no mate," Thomas said. "He would be right there driving other animals and people away. He's absent for some reason. Why the [deer] has taken over is anybody's guess."

Thomas is leery of anthropomorphizing the unusual relationship.

"The easy thing to do would be to Disney-fy the whole thing," he said. "I'm not a big fan of that."

He said different species have been known to help each other. Deer and geese, both grass eaters, do graze together.

"They sort of watch out for each other," he said. "Everyone watches for danger, and they sort of depend on each other."

But for one animal to take the place of another species' mate?

"What's going on in their little minds? We can only guess," Thomas said.

He cautioned against people flocking to the cemetery to see the animals for themselves. White-tailed deer are powerful animals, he warned.

"An unarmed human is no match," Thomas said. "If he's protecting something, let's not annoy him. Let's let him do that."

After a local television news station aired video of the goose and the deer and the Associated Press picked up on the story, Forest Lawn officials were anticipating visitors coming to take a look. They were busy erecting a snow fence to keep visitors a safe distance from the animals. They were also working on setting up a live web cam so that people could observe the animals from their computers.

Joseph Dispenza, president of Forest Lawn, said he hopes people take away a life lesson from the goose and her deer protector.

"For me, it is a clear, present, obvious, unshakable showing that the human condition and wildlife [are] part of our life," Dispenza said. "Spring means love, and life goes on, no matter what. These two little creatures don't know that they're not supposed to care about each other. And they do. Isn't that how we're all supposed to live?"

He says finding each other in a place where people are laid to rest makes sense for the pair.

"Of all the places in the world, I am telling you, the profound, spiritual human peace that ... is what makes cemeteries more than real estate is why it's happening here," he said. "That is not accidental. That's providential."

mbecker@buffnews.com

   

eTeacherHebrew Official Newsletter
Issue #114 - 03/11

Passover תשע"א

The Hebrew month of Nissan (נִיסָן). This month is referred to in the Torah as the First month of the year – רֹאשׁ חֳדָשִׁים (rosh xodashim). From this month on, the Torah counts the months as the second month, third month, etc. 
Why does the Torah refer to Nissan as the first month? To remember the grand Miracle of the Exodus, of leaving Egypt and becoming a free nation. 
The name of the month in the Hebrew Language is derived from the word the "נִיצָּן" (Nitsan) which means “a flower bud.” The flower buds appear in the spring as noted in the Song of Songs: 
 

הַנִּצָּנִים נִרְאוּ בָאָרֶץ (שִׁיר הַשִּׁירִים ב, י"ב)
The flower buds appear on the earth (Song of Songs, 2:12)



Picture by Chedva Shenderovits

Nissan is a month of change and growth: Winter turns into spring; cocoons transforms into butterflies, buds become flowers. This is a month of cleansing, not only on the physical level of cleaning the house, but also on the emotional level of cleaning the heart. This is a month of freedom, of making your own choices, of leaving (rather than escaping) negative situations. This is a month of great belief in God’s help and support.
On the evening of the 15th of Nissan (ט"ו בְּנִיסָן), which falls this year on April 18th, we will begin to celebrate Passover (פֶּסַח). This holiday commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt after a long period of slavery, as described in the book of Exodus in the Torah. 
The Torah commands us to tell the story of the Jewish liberation from slavery in Egypt, so that each generation will learn and appreciate the strength and kindness of God, and will know how our nation evolved. To fulfill this obligation, Jewish people all around the world hold a ritual feast called Leyl Haseder (לֵיל הַסֵּדֶר) in which we read the Haggadah (הַגָּדָה)  – the story of the Jewish liberation from slavery in Egypt.


Children act the Exodus from Egypt
Credit: Amikam Regev, Nir Eliyahu Archive

Hebrew Names of the Holiday
The Holiday known as Passover has four different names in the Hebrew language – by learning these names we will have a short Hebrew lesson that will help us to better understand the significance of this holiday.
פֶּסַח (pesax, Passover) – The Torah tells us that when the Hebrews wanted to leave their slavery in Egypt, Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, did not allow it. Requests made by Moses were not answered by Pharaoh and therefore they were followed by God’s plagues. The tenth and final plague was the “death of the first born”. To protect the Hebrews from this plague, they were asked to mark their homes so that God recognizes their home and “pass-over” (פָּסַח)  them. The first-born children of the Hebrews were saved and Pharaoh allowed the Hebrews to leave Egypt.

חַג הַמַּצּוֹת  (xag hamatsot, The Matzo Festival) – When the Hebrews were about to leave Egypt, they were in such a haste, that they couldn’t allow the time for the bread to rise. Therefore, they took only flat bread with them. To remember the Exodus, the Torah commands to eat only unleavened bread (מַצָּה) during the week of Passover.

חַג הַחֵרוּת (xag haxerut, The Freedom Festival) – The celebration of the freedom of the Hebrews from their slavery in Egypt.

חַג הָאָבִיב (xag ha'aviv, The Spring Festival) – This holiday occurs during the spring time. As the Hebrews began new life when they were freed, nature is renewed during this time of the year.


Hebrew Spring Song

The Song of Songs is read during Passover in the Synagogue. The content of this scroll suits the season perfectly: The sights and sounds of nature, as described in this scroll show awakening, youth and spring, just like the month of Nissan.
For, lo, the autumn is past כִּי הִנֵּה הַסְּתָו עָבַר 
You can listen to Yehoram Gaon singing this song here.

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Commander Patrick Litton has requested transfer to the USS Hellfire & Brimstone and his orders have been sent. We wish him well in future endeavors. Patrick was one of the founding members of the JI and it is always so sad to see someone go, but admittedly, the direction of the JI and his were not compatible. I would have done no less in his circumstance.

Cap'n gary


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
CMDR Cory Whorton

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

Chief Science Officer
LTC Robert Towne

Marine OIC
COL Christina Doane

Chief of Computer Operations
LTjg Richard McCreery

Chief of Engineering
LT Charles Robinson
Chief of Security
LT Jonathon Neale

Chief Medical Officer
LTC Tina Davis

Chief Flight Surgeon
CAPT Samuel Cummings

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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