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  1. This thread is becoming weirder and weirder by the day....and very hostile
  2. Some good news... Studies Spot Obstacle to Human Transmission of Bird Flu 03.22.06, 12:00 AM ET WEDNESDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies help explain why human-to-human transmission of the bird flu virus has so far not happened -- and might not happen in the future. Both reports found the H5N1 virus prefers to settle in cells deep within the lungs, rather than in the upper respiratory tract, as happens with human flu strains. That's important because "most of the coughing and sneezing that transmits flu is going to be from the upper respiratory tract, and not way down in the lower respiratory tract," explained Dr. Arnold S. Monto, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. "So, unless you have relatively close contact, you're not going to have much [bird flu] virus get out." The findings may also explain why bird flu has proven so lethal whenever it has managed to get a foothold in humans, the experts added. Since 2003, the H5N1 virus has been found in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and has led to the slaughter of tens of millions of domestic fowl. While infection has primarily been limited to birds, the virus has killed 103 people via bird-to-human transmission. Scientists worry, however, that the germ could mutate into a form that would make human-to-human transmission far easier, raising the specter of a pandemic that could kill millions of people. One of two studies published this week that looked at that possibility was conducted by researchers working at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Tokyo. They reported their findings in the March 23 issue of Nature. The team focused on two variants of a receptor molecule lying on the surface of cells that line the nasal/bronchial passages and the lungs. These receptors, called SAalpha2,3Gal and SAalpha2,6Gal (2,3 and 2,6, for short), are the biochemical "hook" flu viruses use to latch onto cells. Scientists long ago determined that H5N1 strongly prefers the 2,3 form of the molecule. "What this paper was doing was identifying where the locus of these 2,3 receptors are in humans," Monto explained. The Japanese-American team found that, as expected, H5N1 avian flu is drawn to the 2,3 receptors. Luckily for humans, they also found that 2,3 is most abundant on cells within the alveoli, the most remote, microscopic branches of the lungs' "respiratory tree." H5N1 was much less likely to bind to cells in the upper respiratory tract. In contrast, common human flu strains prefer to bind with the 2,6 receptor, which is found in plentiful numbers on upper respiratory tract cells. That makes sense, experts say, because every time humans cough or sneeze, droplets from this area are easily expelled into the air, making human-to-human transmission of ordinary seasonal flu possible. H5N1 colonizes a much deeper, tough-to-access region of the lung -- making infection more difficult to spread and treat in humans, the researchers said. The finding also helps explain another phenomenon: The fact that many people have tested positive for exposure to H5N1, but have never developed actual infection or illness. "They didn't have bird flu, but they made antibodies to it," explained Dr. Marc Siegel, a clinical associate professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine and author of Bird Flu: Everything You Need to Know About the Next Pandemic. According to Siegel, it appears that these people may have encountered H5N1, but because the virus failed to reach the lower lung, it never gained a "foothold" for infection. How, then, to explain the more than 200 documented human cases where people did develop full-blown bird flu? "I've always assumed it's due to [the patient's] high viral load," Siegel said. In other words, these patients -- most of whom worked every day in close proximity to infected birds -- were so surrounded by H5N1 that it eventually managed to colonize the lower reaches of their lungs. Once the virus does lodge and flourish in the lower lung, it can quickly prove deadly, Monto said. "It causes pneumonia, a whiting out of the lungs," he said. "In fact, a lower respiratory pathology fits very well with what we are finding" in human cases. The Japanese/American findings were echoed in another paper, scheduled for release in the March 24 issue of Science but published early to coincide with the Nature study. In that study, Dutch researchers at the University of Rotterdam again found that avian flu preferred receptors on cells deep in the lungs, and shunned binding with cells in the upper respiratory tract. All of this means that human-to-human transmission of H5N1 is highly unlikely, at least for now , experts say. However, any mutation or series of mutations that caused H5N1 to switch its preference from the 2,3 receptor to the 2,6 receptor could change all that. Could such genetic changes occur, as experts believe may have happened in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic? "That's the $64,000 question," Monto said. "We're all concerned about mutations or any re-assortment that might change the virus." But Siegel believes the virus would have to undergo a number of complex genetic mutations to move up the respiratory tract. "And even if it does, that's still not an assumption that it's going to cause a severe pandemic," he said. Still, he and other experts agree that as the virus circulates in millions of migrating birds, vigilance will be key. "All of this argues for intensified surveillance and attempting to contain, if possible, the disease in poultry," Monto said. web page
  3. Yes, I agree RMT.. I wasn't here for Boomer's postings nor was I here for Cortez's postings but I agree with RMT that you cannot base anything on what he says presently. The risk is too high and the reward far too low. If I were the infamous JT or part of the JT Hoax, I would make sure when I came back, I would try to throw everyone further off the trail that they are presently on. And yes, I believe this entire saga of JT is based on money. You can all see what they (yes, they...I believe it was a bunch of people behind the character of JT) are doing and how they are making money on this so why on earth would he come back some 6 years later and give up, saying that he is Titor. Unless this ploy is used to again throw us even more off the tracks since we may be getting to close for their comfort. One could only think of how many characters they have created to keep this hoax alive. I don't think you all realize (the ones that think Titor is believable and real) how easy it is to play a hoax over the internet. If we wanted to, I believe we could make up a pretty good hoax with the likes of Darby, RMT, Creedo and others just from this board. We are all strageically placed around the US and you all know what you are talking about (At least I hope!). Like I have said many times before, we LIVE in the INFORMATION age. Meaning that ANYONE can know about ANYTHING if they research it enough. That's why you cannot fully trust anyone over the internet that is claiming to be something as a Time Traveler, unless they are very good at predicting the very near future that we can all experience. Facts, right RMT...all that we need are the facts and the science to back those facts up. If those two add up together, they will equal the truth. But in this age, those facts are usually hard to come by..
  4. Bird flu gene split widens risk The Times March 22, 2006 LONDON: The virus that causes bird flu has split into two genetic subgroups, widening the gene pool from which a form that could trigger a human pandemic might evolve. A new analysis of more than 300 samples of the H5N1 virus taken from human victims and birds has revealed that before 2005, every known human cases of avian flu had been caused by a particular subtype of the H5N1 virus which affected Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. But the H5N1 virus that started to infect people in Indonesia last year has now been found to have subtle genetic differences, which scientists likened to those between human cousins. While this mutation has not in itself made the H5N1 virus any more readily transmissible from person to person - the key step if it is to start a pandemic - the changes are worrying because they show the virus is increasing in genetic diversity. "As the virus continues its geographic expansion, it is also undergoing genetic diversity expansion," said Rebecca Garten of the US Centres for Disease Control and Surveillance in Atlanta, Georgia, who led the study. "Back in 2003 we only had one genetically distinct population of H5N1 with the potential to cause a human pandemic. Now we have two." Influenza viruses are separated into strains, which are labelled according to the particular versions of two proteins they carry - hemagluttinin (H) and neuraminidase (N). These strains are then subdivided into slightly different genetic groups called genotypes, and some genotypes can be separated further into smaller family units called clades. The majority of the H5N1 viruses identified so far, including all those that have infected humans, belong to genotype Z, though three other genotypes - V, W and G - have been found in a small number of birds. The CDC study, which was presented on Monday at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, has now picked out two distinct clades of genotype Z H5N1 among human infections. Article
  5. Re: some answers Do we colonize the moon due to overpopulation? a new era looms for old age If so, do we then dig too deep and send the moon crashing to earth? Do you travel through this time period and go some 100,000 years into the future and meet 2 distinct races, one above ground and one below? If so, I hope you didn't go out at night.. ;)
  6. Am I here to harass? No To block information? No, In fact, I am a type of information aficionado. Do I believe that Zombies will run aimlessly around the face of the earth, eating other people? No Do I believe in Boomer? No Am I here to discuss politics? No In agreement with RMT, you cannot base your facts around gossip. Maybe we will have zombies eating other people in 15 years, I am not one to debate the future. Maybe the govt. will help if this is the case. Maybe we should look at this upcoming threat of Avian Flu that is ever present in the world today and see how our govt. reacts? Due to the wealth of information provided by the internet, any typical browser can access information that is both very true and very false. Ex: Any information regarding Titor would be looked at as false by many people, especially on this forum. Therefore, the information he provided does not have any germane circumstances pertaining to the future. Thus concluding, your zombie idea is very "far fetched" and I pointed out that this idea reminded me of the movie/game, Resident Evil. The background on Resident Evil was that this corporation (umbrella), fixated with making the perfect human, created a virus called The T-Virus. They injected this virus into sample people and also had it in a laboratory underground. The container holding the T-Virus fell to the ground and broke thus making the security system quaratine the area. To make a long story short, the cp system killed everyone and then they came back to life as zombies (because of the T-Virus in their system). A special force group had to go in and see what happened, yada yada yada, they got trapped and then escaped. It just seems that you get a lot of your basic ideas from movies and I thought you would enjoy that I found relevance to your idea and Resident Evil. If you took that the wrong way, then I am sorry. Have a good day! Roo
  7. By BRIAN ROSS (ABC News) March 13, 2006 — In a remarkable speech over the weekend, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt recommended that Americans start storing canned tuna and powdered milk under their beds as the prospect of a deadly bird flu outbreak approaches the United States. Ready or not, here it comes. It is being spread much faster than first predicted from one wild flock of birds to another, an airborne delivery system that no government can stop. "There's no way you can protect the United States by building a big cage around it and preventing wild birds from flying in and out," U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Michael Johanns said. U.S. spy satellites are tracking the infected flocks, which started in Asia and are now heading north to Siberia and Alaska, where they will soon mingle with flocks from the North American flyways. "What we're watching in real time is evolution," said Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. "And it's a biological process, and it is, by definition, unpredictable." Industry Precautions America's poultry farms could become ground zero as infected flocks fly over. The industry says it is prepared for quick action. "All the birds involved in it would be destroyed, and the area would be isolated and quarantined," said Richard Lobb of the National Chicken Council. "It would very much [look] like a sort of military operation if it came to that." Extraordinary precautions are already being taken at the huge chicken farms in Lancaster County, Pa., the site of the last great outbreak of a similar bird flu 20 years ago. Other than the farmers, everyone there has to dress as if it were a visit to a hospital operating room. "Back in 1983-1984, we had to kill 17 million birds at a cost of $60 million," said Dr. Sherrill Davison, a veterinary medicine expert at the University of Pennsylvania. Can It Be Stopped? Even on a model farm, ABC News saw a pond just outside the protected barns attracting wild geese. It is the droppings of infected waterfowl that carry the virus. The bird flu virus, to date, has rarely been transmitted to humans. There have been lots of dead birds on three continents, but so far, fewer than 100 reported human deaths. Compare that to more than 30,000 deaths each year in the United States from seasonal flu. Should that change, the spread could be rapid. ABC News has obtained a mathematical projection prepared by federal scientists based on an initial outbreak on an East Coast chicken farm. Within three months, with no vaccine, almost half of the country would have the flu. That, of course, is a worst-case scenario — but one that cannot be completely discounted. The current bird flu strain has been around for at least 10 years and has taken surprising twists and turns — not the least of which is that it's now showing up in cats in Europe, where officials are advising owners to bring their cats inside. It's advice that might soon have to be considered here.
  8. Yes but the conditions are favorable to sustain life since there is water present. This is the first liquid water we have ever found outside of our little ball that is so close to the surface, usually it is ice. This doesn't mean that there is life but it also doesn't mean that there isn't and that is a very important discovery.
  9. Avian Flu: Do You Want The Good News Or The Bad News? Author: Dr Robert Gamble Avian Flu: The bad news first Well, it's flu season again. Only this time, we hear everyone talking about avian flu…the Super flu which is expected to wreck havoc across our land in the not so distant months. So what is avian flu? Avian flu is bird flu. Yes, you read that right, "Avian flu is bird flu." And why might that be such bad news? If you pursue the news much, you will read that the deadliest disease in history is widely regarded as the Spanish Flu epidemic which killed 40 million people in just months. Scientists now believe the epidemic was an avian flu pandemic. In other words, the virus came from birds - it is believed - and a virus similar to this one -called the "H5N1" (a form of avian flu virus). Its origins? Most scientists agree it originated in Asia, as this one. Flu comes every season. It comes in one of two forms, Type A or Type B influenza. Type A is the more potent of these kinds of flu, and avian flu is Type A. These strains kill. The current avian flu bug is infecting and spreading throughout the poultry industry in Asia. Why so often in Asia? Simply put…and here is a key to understanding how to deal with avian flu - poultry farms are absolutely filthy. The stench from such farms, especially those throughout Asia, can be detected a mile away. Those farms are packed with animals which are weak with compromised, weakened, immune systems. Let these two phrases sink in together: avian flu and weakened immune systems. Whether we are dealing with the aftermath of the horrible conditions and weakened immune systems of millions who survived World War I or the horrible conditions of Asian and European poultry farms and their millions of animals with weakened immune systems, the key to this potential pandemic is "weakened immune systems and avian flu". Because of the rapid spread and highly dangerous nature of the avian flu to birds, millions of flocks have been destroyed throughout the afflicted countries. However, that is simply not working because migratory birds are carrying the avian flu to distant lands, thus spreading its contagion. Interestingly, the migratory birds are not dying like the chickens. Why? Because their immune systems are much stronger, we are told by scientists. Let that one sink in too: avian flu is not killing those animals so readily which have strong immune systems. Hum…avian flu and immune systems…Could be we have something here. Incidentally, there have been only about a hundred deaths from avian flu worldwide. It is almost impossible for avian flu to make the transition from bird to human easily. Avian Flu: Now for the really bad news Of course, as soon as there is the slightest danger -avian flu or otherwise -our government jumps into high gear to infect every one of us, if possible, with its antiviral drug program against the slightest hint of avian flu. To date, everyone of the influenza drugs have proven worthless…or worse, against avian flu or any other kind of flu. Note this statement from the former Chief Vaccine Control at the Federal Food and Drug Administration: There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza. The producers of these vaccines know that they are worthless, but they go on selling them anyway. --Dr. J. Anthony Morris I wonder if this will apply to the alleged avian flu "antidote". Note: The last few decades have seen a dramatic shift in fatalities from seasonal flu (some of which are avian flu). Researchers now know the increase in the population does NOT account for the doubling of the seasonal average death toll from flu (avian flu or otherwise). Less than 20,000 were dying per year for decades. But, since the advent of the flu shot, averages of over 40,000 people per year have been dying. Why? One suggestion is a combination of two factors: the continued impairment of the immune system of the average American as witnessed by the multitude of epidemic diseases among us (not present in appreciable amounts in previous decades). The second factor follows below… (like the second Horseman of the Apocalypse). Let's see…one thing we do know about flu vaccines. They are not proven to work… No, two things we know…Yes, yes. They can kill. Just as surely as the avian flu can kill. Many authorities believe the flu shot actually weakens the immune system…ah, there it is again…the immune system weakened. Why is that? Let's see. The ingredients in the flu vaccine (remember this when dealing with the avian flu) include: " Formaldehyde, you know…embalming fluid known to cause cancer. " Aluminum, the very metal related to Alzheimer's disease, cancers of numerous types and traumatic seizures. " Carbolic Acid: a terribly caustic poison. " Ethylene Glycol: You will definitely need this fluid this winter, but please only use it as anti-freeze for your car, as it was designed to be used originally. " Mercury: This is present in the vaccine ingredient called thimerosol. This is a known medical crippler and killer. It kills brain cells and immune cells and is linked to childhood brain and nervous diseases because of its use in VACCINES. " Vaccines for use in avian flu are grown on virus strains developed from pus-laden animal tissue mixed with the above mentioned deadly chemicals. (Bulleted items: Special Report, "Bird Flu, H5N1", Dr. Richard Schulze, November 2005, p. 12. Great "avian flu" resource.) Is it any wonder the drug companies involved sought to be legally protected from law suits by those who might use these drugs against avian flu? Forgive my skepticism, but I have seen from the inside of the medical/drug establishment, the fanatical zeal to make money as a first priority… Been there, opposed that. Avian flu treatment will not be any different. Don't count on the Hippocratic Oath to protect you from avian flu. There is big money in these drugs. Billions. And it is always suspicious when a drug company seeks lawsuit immunity (hum, appropriate wording here) BEFORE THE FACT (before its use against avian flu!) Avian Flu: Now for the good news (finally). Avian flu was not in view when this following statement was made. However, read it carefully with avian flu in mind. In Congressional testimony concerning the potential of bio-terrorism attack upon the United States, Dr. H. Reginald McDaniel stated, In instances of unusual, epidemic, or virulent infectious agent exposure, glyconutrient supplementation has been found effective for enhancing general immune functions and defense. When supplied at higher levels than available in nature, sugars needed for cellular synthesis can take innate defense systems to a much higher level that are effective against infectious agents. In other words, if we were attacked by an enemy with bio weapons -such as avian flu- we could find protection with glyconutrition. This is a powerful, non-prescriptive antidote possibility against avian flu. Glyconutrition enhances the immune system's natural defenses so powerfully that cancers, flu, and other UNDER ACTIVE IMMUNE DISORDERS can be stopped. The evidence is already in place. There is no guesswork here. Avian flu is flu, Type A, precisely the kind of flu glyconutrition is designed to offset. Glyconutrition is effective - presumably against avian flu too - and has no side effects. It is a food substance, proven to be vital for human survival. There are no less than four Nobel Prizes to substantiate the presence and human need for glyconutrition. There is an abundance of evidence showing its effectiveness against all kinds of disease, including flu. It doesn't attack the flu directly. It strengthens the immune defenses - killer T cells and others - and they kill the tumors, flu, herpes simplex, shingles, strep, TB, bacterial infections, cancers, parasitic diseases… Quite a list of killers thus killed. So… Guess what I am going to take to protect my family this year against avian flu…if it develops? About the Author: Dr. Robert Gamble is retired from a very successful medical/surgical career spanning three decades. He is now active in researching medical issues such as glyconutrition… and offers his insights for public benefit. For information about Glyconutrition: Go to http://www.glycoshare.com or write [email protected] Call Toll Free: 1866.735.5871
  10. I think it is more practical to the normal human being that doesn't know much about dimensions/realms to realize that there is life out there and now we have factual evidence that there is. It will be easier to understand to the overall populas of this world to know that life exists not only on Earth, but anywhere else in the universe. I believe it may be a little far fetched for NASA to begin to explain these non everyday terms to unsciencebased people. Maybe this could happen once an overall good understanding of the universe is understood, but as of right now I think this is a step in the right direction and the beginning of more and more people believing in the coloniztion of space. One day if we ever start to populate places such as the moon/mars/etc, then we can begin to understand in what you are trying to explain. But as for the everyday folk, I could almost assure you that this will bring abrupt changes in the way people think of space. To realize that we are not alone is intriguing to some and startling to others, but there will many feelings changed just from finding a minuscule lifeform some 800 million miles away. It may not determine anything to scientists or people that do this type of research everyday, but as I said above, the important thing is that this will fascinate some. This may get the ball rolling for more people/kids to take the route of astronmer/scientist/etc. This will change what 6-8 year olds learn in elementary school, they will not have to imagine ET life anymore, they will experience it as a reality. So I don't agree with you that it does not determine anything. Scientifically, it may not determine much but there are a lot more everyday people than there are scientists last time I checked. It actually may not surprise you or stimulate your thoughts, but that doesn't mean this won't begin to make everyone "Believe" in something more than what we have here on Earth. And that alone will be the most important part of this discovery..
  11. Someone just came to me and said that NASA is going to announce that they have found life. At 2:00pm est, our factual view of the solar system will most certainly change.
  12. It's time for TTI Hunters! Instead of searching for Ghosts (Ghost Hunters), we will be searching for Hoaxers. Our 2 hour pilot episode will be the search for the infamous John Titor!! Get ready folks, this is one show you will not want to miss! RMT and Darby will be the head scientists behind the mission and order the shots. Creedo will be there to chime in with his crazy words. Ovlrd and I will cover the cameras and breaking into the houses (the dirty work). Mem will be the person that always has another idea conflicting with those of RMT's. And lastly, Bogz will be the Big Bad Canadian that no one wants to mess with. He is our bouncer just in case any cops arrive at the scene. Oh I almost forgot, our getaway driver will be none other than....Nitescott (I hope you can drive fast!!) Episode two will consist of the search for chronohistorian and maybe some new characters!! More to come!! :P
  13. Bird Flu Spreads in Europe By Cihan News Agency, Anadolu News Agency (aa), Ankara, Jakarta, Paris, Warsaw Published: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 zaman.com Bird flu (Avian Influenza) that first appeared in Asia has since spread across Europe. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization President Jacques Diouf said developed countries are late in taking precautionary measures against the deadly bird flu virus, H5N1. Avian Influenza, discovered in many countries including Turkey, and caused many deaths and is now spreading throughout Europe. Diouf said developed countries began taking measures against the virus after it appeared in Turkey. Bird flu first appeared in Turkey in late 2005, said Diouf speaking to French newspaper, Le Parisien, in which he accused European governments of avoiding looking toward the future and cooperating. The bird flu crisis actually began in 2003, he claimed. "We strengthened veterinarian services in some countries that were affected by bird flu such as Thailand and Vietnam at that time; however, developed countries thought the developments were restricted to Asia and the risk had simply been exaggerated. They only reacted once the virus reached Turkey." Diof noted only $16 million of $1.9 billion of aid promised at an international conference in Peking reached the FAO, and declared that he was sorry that developed countries had spent millions of dollars on drugs and masks instead of forming an aid packet to prevent the epidemic. Countries recently facing cases of bird flu and the measures they took Austria: Two chickens and three ducks have been diagnosed with H5N1 virus in Graz. Bosnia: Two swans were diagnosed with H5N1 virus. Bosnia Veterinary Institute president Jozo Bagaric said 4,420 fowls in 12 villages would be culled. Bulgaria: A swan was diagnosed with H5N1 virus on the Romanian border. Croatia: A swan was diagnosed with H5N1 on Ciovo Island. French: A dead wild swan was diagnosed with the H5N1 virus in Bouches-du-Rhone, France. Germany: German Federal Agriculture and Protection of Consumer Minister Horst Seehofer said the bird flu virus was found in 140 wild birds. Dogs are required to wear a collar, and cats are banned from going outside. Greece: Reportedly, 17 H5N1 cases occurred in the country and the three dead wild swans found two days ago in Thessalonica tested bird flu positive. Hungary: The virus has been found in about 10 wild birds since the first case recorded last month. The region from the River Danube's Slovakia border to Budapest was quarantined. Italy: A swan was diagnosed with H5N1 virus in the south of the country. Health Minister Francesco Storace confirmed that in addition to two dead swans in Sicilia, other birds in various parts of the country also carry the virus. Poland: Two swans found dead in the Vistula River, Torun were diagnosed with the virus. Romania: Cases of bird flu were determined in about 40 villages along the Black Sea coast since the first case was discovered in October. Thousands of fowls were culled. Russia: 24,000 chickens in seven regions died from bird flu in just one day last weekend. H5N1 was found in Dagestan, Kabardin-Balkaria, Kamikia, Adige, Krasnadar, Chechnya and Stravropol. Slovakia: A falcon and loon were diagnosed with H5 virus of bird flu. Slovenia: The number of wild birds that carry H5N1 virus in the entire country reached 20. Reportedly, cases were also seen in Maribor, Austria. Sweden: All dead birds were taken for examination out of Oskarsahmn port. Switzerland: A dead bird was diagnosed with H5N1 virus near Geneva. Ukraine: A common commission has been formed with Russia in the struggle against the spread of bird flu, as concerns that the virus can spread faster when the hot weather onsets. Over 200,000 birds, diagnosed with H5N1 virus, have been killed since 2005. Webpage
  14. He can't account for that..a 5 year old can see that this is a hoax..and not a very good one.
  15. Just as if you didn't know already, Avian Flu is spreading rapidly across Europe. France/Germany were the last reported infections. France Bird Flu 10 new cases in Germany
  16. Hi Ovlrd, Maybe he is the Grim Reaper, waiting...watching...for his chance to strike. But no reason to fear him, everyone's time comes..so for all we know, he follows everyone around. Some people notice him while others do not. Here is a great quote from Star Trek: Generations I remember my grandmother telling me this story about 8-9 years before she passed away(it was when she was younger that this story happened). She began to tell me that one night while sitting there falling asleep, she noticed something, a presense, in the room with her. She looked around the room and saw a figure moving towards her. If I remember correctly, she said it was someone she knew (I think, I can't really remember who she said it was...I was really young) standing beside her bed. This figure was holding a lit candle and it had my grandmothers name on it. The candle was burning and about half way gone. She said the candle symbolized her life and how much time she had left. Since I was young, I wasn't about to ask questions since just the thought sent chills down my spine. Maybe it was a dream that she thought was real or it could have been Mr. Krinkle disguised as a friend or entity that was either kind or cruel, depending on how you look at it (glass half full, glass half empty). Good luck in finding whatever you wish to find out!
  17. I understand where you are coming from but the whole point in Star Trek is to better yourself, the world and help humanity discover the stars. This in itself should be enough incentive to complete your work. Also, if there is no money, that means everything is free, and when everything is free, there will be no need for incentives. Get my point? ;)
  18. Agreed. What I also love about the Star Trek Series is that it is the way "we" should be in the future. Our society is based on money, as everyone knows. Star Trek, on the other hand, deals with human beings wanting to better themselves and the rest of humanity, not just themselves and their country. There is no money in the time of the Kirks, Picards, Archers..etc, they do it because it is what they want and love to do. One day, I would hope that we can show each other what it is like to be kind and generous again. Today, society is always in a rush to get from point A to point B in the fastest possible time, while endangering themselves and others in the process. People hardly ever want to deal with other people when they don't have do (and no, I don't speak for everyone, just society in general). I love when people come to me and ask me if I like Star Trek. Of course I say "H#ll yea!" Then they look at you like there are two heads on your shoulder. "You like Star Trek, that is so fake!" OH boy, that was the wrong move right there. What do you think happened back in the 60's when the original series came out. No one knew what a computer was, no one ever imagined us even going into space. And now you look back on that pilot episode and say "Wow, they have handheld computers just like we do now, they are in space (in which we are somewhat now)..etc" Maybe, 100 years down the line, we will go back to that pilot episode again and say, "Wow, we have ships just like they do (in a sense), we have the ability to transport just like Scotty did with Kirk...etc" You just never know what the future may hold for us, lets just hope it is for the positive. And one last thing...What would our society/world be like a 100, 200 years in the future? Will we all come together as one WORLD instead of nation by nation? Will we ever get along to even start the process of this happening? Gene Roddenberry had a great idea of what the future should be and maybe one day, we will all realize that future is not too far away...
  19. Yea I forsee them getting Gold. I mean, who doesn't? USA won't place, unfortunately..
  20. or just time to make a new calendar :P
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