The Long Journey And Can They Survive It ?

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Absolutely! There are many types of life forms out there.(likely millions and millions). With 100-200 billion ( recent studies even suggest two trillion) galaxies in the ‘observable’ universe one can only imagine how many stars are within those galaxies. Ponder that and the trillions of planets traveling in their own solar systems around them (our earth travels around the Sun with 7 siblings),

The odds say that they more than likely will look quite different from earthly humans, perhaps even just that of a simple single or multicellular celled organisms . For certain the life (upright human) form as we know it on the planet earth will not be the same on a different planet. All it would take is a small difference in the amount of gravity plus or minus or that of minerals and oxygen content to alter the physical appearance of that planet’s inhabitants, not to mention the atmosphere that we breath and specific moisture content provided on the planet earth. As an example, the adult human earthly body consist of 60% water. The amount of water content can create a difference in physical appearance due to muscular and bone structure, and then there is the light, which would effect vision, skin color and tissue texture. There is even a remote chance that they could even resemble some of the characters in Star wars, who knows?. More than likely intelligent life forms would resemble us in some ways, or visa versa, maybe?

The fact is, Planetary (astro physics) Science has limited knowledge of the Universe at large but astro-science is gaining on it. We do not know much about the real potential killer out there, this being that of Radiation. There are many limitations with regard to dealing with it, but one of the present best solutions is that of a magnetic shield. This requires a lot of power, but in order to reach the planetary destination and then return, this is an absolute must. Lead/aluminum is used at present for the International Space Station “ISS”, but this is in permanent orbit, and not a traveling space vehicle designed specifically for deep space travel.

We are aware of distance to our neighbors and galaxies due to red shift, which is very helpful, but at present a lot of speculation. We do not really have the tools to obtain detailed information with regard to moisture/water content in the planets in our galaxy, specific to oxygen, minerals, etc., except that of those in our sun’s own group, although science is certainly learning more and more.

Then there is the distance to our closest star ‘in the milky way galaxy (of which we are a minuscule member, note: to travel across the milky way it would take 100,000 light years. It would require traveling at the speed of light for about 4.24 light years to distant Proxima Centauri. Do consider that you would be traveling at a sustained speed of 60,000 km/hr for 76,000 continuous years. A note of interest here, today’s science lacks the propulsion & support necessary to get there, to ‘physically explore‘ beyond even that of Mars, let alone beyond and in a reasonable time period and then return them safely to earth. The necessary propulsion, maybe? would be utilizing present day conventional planetary travel fuel to a certain point, and then futuristic methods, such as Ion, or perhaps pulse that would kick in at a certain point, when beyond earth’s present gravity limitations. Although we still would utilize slingshot kicks, utilizing planets gravity while traveling near them. no matter which, we are a very long way from the necessary propulsion system(s) necessary to go much further than Mars-with man on-board. Some day, we will perhaps find a method to defy gravity, thus releasing man from earth’s gravitational grip, and then develop the ability to travel at extreme speed and distance and achieve perhaps “Bent drive, which is not a potential reality for a very long time”. This is defying today’s known science, and the space voyagers never come back. Another scenario would be no one will be there, as perhaps their civilization has been gone for millions or billions of years (do consider that we are potentially dealing with Civilization that went extinct a very long time ago, and we just received a signal). The next question would be the targeted planet as to its stability and sustainability. The proposed target would have to mirror the highly stable conditions our earth provides; just the right type of sunlight and water for life to evolve on the planet. Of course, gravity, as we know it is critical. Keeping our space travelers alive for perhaps thousands of years is a huge (truly an understatement) undertaking. Then there is the radiation. Our travelers would be vulnerable to it from the time they reach the earth’s ionosphere which is about 30 miles above earth, providing a protecting/shielding for our space travelers would in itself be a massive undertaking since we presently lack the ability to provide protection, not to mention the necessary weight restraints, although this hurdle could certainly be overcome.

As to the topic of suspended animation during the spacefaring journey ? This is likely 50 years out since this task is a truly herculean endeavor.

The planet earth is but a pebble in the Milky Way galaxy, and in the big picture of the Universe, much less than a grain of sand in size. It is most likely that there is indeed life in the Universe, but we are at the present rate, hundreds of years, if not thousands of years before we can even travel to the nearest galaxy.

Most likely, the starting point of this intergalactic voyage would begin at the present International Space Station, and likely the spacecraft would be almost as large as the ISS, as gravity restraints would be much less, than taking off from our planet Earth.

As to present mankind initiating a spacefaring galactic journey this is most likely a resounding NO! At this time juncture, and as to “Beam me up Scotty” not possible, this is re-arranging matter, no can do!

How big is the Universe One ask? Well it is really big, and we are are a very long way from even having the tools to see how far it actually goes; most likely – to infinity, so there is no finding the edge. But then again?

In closing, a thought to consider with regard to the little white E.T. ghostly visitors with large eyes that periodically come up pertaining to alien visitors. If, in fact, they are for real, answers to appearance are due to their coming from a constant temperature environment that is likely warm and very steady, as they have no body hair, their skin pale due to less sun exposure, their eyes are large because to they live in a darker environment. Also, their appearance suggest that they do not have adequate vitamin D, thus causing a more frail look, not that this is meant to mean they are weak, just that they look frail or that perhaps they live underground or in enclosed terrestrial campus’s.

And then there is the problem of space debris, at the speed our voyagers are traveling, how do you avoid it. This is not like having the immediate ability to quickly maneuver, etc. as the spacefarers are traveling at tens of thousands of miles per hour.’

For now and for the foreseeable next century, the best bet would be to voyage to Mars and begin colonization, if it could sustain colonization? And one more very critical subject is the very possible threat to the subject planet’s inhabitants due to our introducing virus’s and bacterium’s, we brought with us, or their infecting the spacefaring visitors.

by Gary T. Petler

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The Long JourneyAndCan They Survive It ?

And then they were history……….

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And then they were history..........

When the world wide web came to fruition in the 1990’s, many players got into the action, some to late and some with a unique’ niche’.  Born in this period was the likes of Netscape ( Mosaic), Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, America Online (AOL) , and later Safari, Yahoo and Google. Google eventally greatly reducing the others market share, excepting that of the greatly reduced presence of Internet Explorer and Safari. The reason for this blunder by Microsoft was simple, they were to large to initiate change, quickly, as well as this was not within their business model.

Keep watch, as one of your favorite Internet browsers nears its end. Thus, joining the ranks that have already preceded it almost always due to the entry of the new kid on the block. Even Google, the big kid on the block, is potentially a target, and is most likely always looking over its shoulder. They are extremely successful, yet, at some point the largest companies falter or worse, as they become simply too big to make market shifts quickly their end of dominance.

The record of failure of large companies is replete with examples of how the giant corporations faltered and some totally collapsed. For example, IBM, Zerox, NCR, Macy’s, Rexall, Woolworth, Sears and the other clothing/apparel giants of the last 75 years, The steel companies and hundreds of others. Why? Too fast of growth and unsustainable customer support as well as employee discourse

Fifteen years ago during an interview, Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft, was asked what his greatest fear was? His answer “the kid(s) in the garage”. For examples, Apple , Google, Yahoo, and many others. Microsoft’s solution was to knock out the competition before it was strong enough to pose any real threat either by purchasing it, or crushing it, with no empathy.

In time, other than Yahoo and Google, the early spear-headers have shrunk or been bought up by their competitors, such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and of course Time Warner really bad decision to tie in with AOL, which is likely the worst financial event in the history of Time/Warner Brothers, they overpaid a bundle for this browser and it was not worth a whole lot in actual value, standing by itself.

Contrary to some observations often times the giants do fail due for lack of innovation, as they consider the newcomers will not last. The list is getting very long. Take for example the majority of the once upon a time clothing chains, such as J.C Penny, Sears, K-Mart, Macy’s, just to name a few or that of the grocery chains, such as Safeway, A&P, Kroger, Albertson’s and so many more. Now comes the newest threat, this one to the giant; Walmart. Who would think this possible? the king of low prices and expansion, wrong! They are now faced with a huge threat from non-other than Amazon.

Walmart attempted the small neighborhood convenience “Express Store” and failed after just a year. Conversely, the local convenience store near you, is continuing to thrive, due to one word “Convenience”, as well as they sell gas, which is their anchor product. Also to be considered, they charge more for just about everything, but the customers could care less, as again, it is convenient.

Walmart is one the largest giant-of-giants ( $482 billion in sales last year), it also needs to re-think its continued expansion. They have pretty much saturated the US market, and can only grow as the population grows. They have obliterated the competition when it comes to apparel, housewares and grocery chains and in most cases, the demise of the ‘Mom & Pop’ stores nationwide. began in Seattle, Washington, the founder selling books from the trunk of his Volvo in the early 1990’s. For a short period of time he used Ebay in mid-1994 for more exposure. Then his own website shortly thereafter, as it provided a larger potential audience pool for sales. Jeff Bezos was absolutely on target and, at this posting Amazon is the largest on-line retailer in the United States with exponential growth in every direction. You name it; and they are going into that market. As to his competition, they have been left in the dust; a perfect example is that of Barnes & Noble, they are holding on for now, as their survival is that many customers still prefer to shop for books that they can physically browse through in the brick and mortar stores. The Mom & Pop book stores too have vastly diminished in the past ten years. Yet, some are surviving, as again, many buyers like to physically visit the book stores, now a niche’ market. Speaking of markets, Amazon just bought Texas based Whole Foods for Billions, a perfect vehicle to quickly get into the grocery business. In time, I am sure that Walmart is in their sights for expansion, of course, at the expense of the still barely surviving grocery chains, albeit, a few are still holding their market share, and in some cases prospering, but not many.

Another case in point is that of Ebay. It too has experienced the threat of Amazon, the difference as to it’s survival is that Ebay is not in the inventory business, but that of a middle man in exchange for a fee, where the majority of Amazon is bound to products stored on the shelves for shipment in most cases, hence tremendous overhead in storage and handling.

Another neighborhood store success story is that of The “Dollar” type stores, such as Dollar General, .99 cent stores, Dollar Tree, etc., again, convenience; especially due to their low prices. Their success is apparent, as they are survivors, and Walmart simply could not compete with their lower overhead and lower employee cost per square foot – a winning combination.

Having outlined just some of the ups and downs of the competition, now the big kid on the block Walmart and that of Amazon, have to deal with the potentially largest on-line provider in the world of just about everything and it is called Alababa. Their (Alababa) potential market is within five years of serving all of Asia, and the U.S.A. is certainly in their sights. The threat of very serious competition never ends.

By Gary T. Petler

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A Green Fact

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Before you toss an item out the window, or leave it on a beach or a river, Consider this:

It takes this long for these items to decompose

Plastic bag: 500-1,000 years

Styrofoam cup: over one million years

(Americans alone, throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam coffee cups every year.)

Disposable diaper: 500 years

A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose — and even longer if it’s in the landfil

Banana peel: a month or more

Aluminum can: 250 – 500 years

Plastic Jug & Water bottles: One million years

(Because plastic water bottles are shielded from sunlight in landfills, they will not decompose for thousands of years.)


The Great Pacific Garbage Patch‘ is floating somewhere in the mid-pacific between San Francisco and Hawaii. And is twice as large as the state of Texas. It’s also 80 percent plastic, and it eventually ends up on beaches.

Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as one million sea creatures a year! And when you look at the food chain, much of the debris eventually ends up on our plates.

 Americans alone use an estimated 500 million straws every day. Straws and stirrers are among the top 10 marine plastic debri found during coastal cleanups. Some researchers estimate that 90 percent of individual seabirds, many whales and dolphins, and some sea turtles have ingested plastics, including plastic straws. Ocean plastics eventually break into smaller fragments, where they are carried up the food chain, possibly concentrating toxic chemicals in predators.

 if you don’t need a straw, don’t use one.

Recycling is an excellent way of saving energy and conserving the environment. Did you know that:

  • 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.

  • 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.

  • 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.

  • 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.

  • Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfills will never decompose.

  • Aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks and .350,000 aluminum cans are produced every minute!

  • A wide variety of different materials can be recycled, including paper, plastic, glass, metal, textiles and electronic equipment.

The United States population discards each year 16,000,000,000 diapers, 1,600,000,000 pens, 2,000,000,000 razor blades, 220,000,000 car tires.

One-third of the water used in most homes is flushed down the toilet.

A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water.


A Green Fact


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Diet-Exercise-Fitness for Life

Vitamins and minerals intake must be balanced. If not, increasing dosages of one vitamin may decrease absorption of another.

-Vitamin C enhances immunity and is an antioxidant (antioxidants combat free radicals that “rust” your organs).

-Thiamine helps maintain your central nervous system.

-Niacin aids energy production and synthesis of fat and amino acids.

Niacin is a B complex vitamin that your body needs for protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. When taken in large amounts of more than 1,000 milligrams a day, the vitamin also lowers elevated blood cholesterol levels. There are two forms of this vitamin, niacin and niacinamide, but only niacin has the cholesterol-lowering effect. Niacin also has a side effect, however-an annoying feeling of warmth and skin flushing that results from its function of promoting histamine release, which dilates small blood vessels in the skin.

Niacin is usually found in high-protein foods, such as meats, fish, poultry beans and nuts. One-half of a chicken breast contains 60 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowance of niacin, the RDA being 20 milligrams. The body can also synthesize niacin from the essential amino acid tryptophan. It takes 60 milligrams of tryptophan to make one milligram of niacin.

-Pyridoxine helps protein metabolism.

-Folacin aids new cell growth and red blood cell production.

– E is an antioxidant. The proper combination of minerals are important to regulatory functions of the body.

-Calcium aids in bone formation, enzyme reactions, and muscle contractions.

-Magnesium is required for energy production, muscle relaxation, and nerve conduction.

-Sodium is responsible for nerve impulses, muscle action, and maintaining body fluid balances.

-Zinc helps with tissue growth, healing and immunity.


-Selenium is an antioxidant.


-Caffeine in “small dosages” has been shown to enhance endurance performance in professional and recreational athletes. One theory is that caffeine spares glycogen in muscle and utilizes free fatty acids for energy. In addition, caffeine increases alertness and decreases fatigue. Also, caffeine may improve sodium, potassium, and calcium balance within the working muscles.


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Beef Quality Guide 101

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Meat Quality Grading is an indication of tenderness, juiciness and flavor. It is determined on the amount of marbling and the age of the animal. The higher the grade, the more tender, juicy and flavorful the cut should be.

Prime is the top grade in the U.S. meat grading system. Prime has the most marbling and is produced in limited quantities. Prime Beef is most commonly sold in fine restaurants and some meat markets.

Choice has less marbling than Prime but more than Select. It can usually be found at your local grocery store at a higher price than Select.

Select has the least amount of marbling of the top three grades, making it leaner and probably less tender and juicy than prime or choice grade. Select is the most common quality grade at your local grocery store.

Quality grades determine how much you will enjoy a steak. The higher the grade, the better chance that the steak will taste great.

On the other hand, the quality grade of lower-end cuts of meat like chuck or brisket is not as important. Good cooking methods can are what will make these meats taste best. So don’t feel bad about buying the lower quality grades of the lower-end meats.
All cuts of beef have their own individual differences and qualities that make them perfect for certain recipes and dishes. Knowing all the ways to identify beef cuts will move you toward more economical and better tasting beef.

Rib Roast Small End
Rib Roast Roll
Rib Steak Small End
Rib Eye Steak

Round Steak
Rump Roast, Boneless
Top Round Steak
Bottom Round Steak
Eye Round Steak
Tip Roast
Tip Steak
Heel of Round

Top Loin Steak
T-Bone Steak
Top Loin Steak, Boneless
Porterhouse Steak
Tenderloin Steak
Sirloin Steak, Pin Bone
Sirloin Steak, Flat Bone
Sirloin Steak, Round Bone
Sirloin Steak, Wedge Bone
Sirloin Steak, Boneless

Blade Pot Roast
Blade Steak
Arm Pot Roast
Arm Steak
Cross Rib Pot Roast

Flank & Plate:
Flank Steak

Brisket & Fore shank:
Shank Cross Cut
Brisket Whole
Short Ribs

Misc. Cuts:
Ground Beef
Cubed Steak
Beef for Stew
Cubes for Kabobs

Quick Tip: Instead of using vegetable storage bags.

-Wrap your lettuce in a damp paper towel (you may need a few to wrap a large head of lettuce) and store in a plastic grocery bag. Your lettuce will last a while wrapped like this.

-Tomatoes, apples, and avocados (and most fruit, for that matter). It ruins the taste.

-Avoid using your refrigerator crisper, if you don’t see the veggies, apples, etc. you are less likely to snack on them. The items that should be out of site are the chips, cookies and candy. do place the veggies in a bag, buy place them visible.

Beef Quality Guide 101