Archive | October, 2012

Dr. Edgar D. Mitchell, Astronaut Apollo 14 Mission, 6th man to walk on the moon

29 Oct

English: Astronaut/Scientist Sally Ride With P...

English: Astronaut/Scientist Sally Ride With Phil Konstantin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Phil Konstantin By Phil Konstantin

Phil Konstantin By Phil Konstantin (Photo credit: Officer Phil)

English: I personally took this photo of NASA ...
English: I personally took this photo of NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell in San Diego. You can see all of my astronaut photos at: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Edgar Mitchell S70-55388

Edgar Mitchell S70-55388 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On doing some follow-up research on Capt. Salas, I stumbled upon Astronaut Dr. Edgar D. Mitchell, 6th man to walk on the moon’s surface. He is still alive, and spends his time given speeches and writing books. Dr. Mitchell has stated that he is 90 percent sure that we have been visited by aliens to our planet. What gives this man credibility?  Well, he did walk on the moon, and on the way back, he said that he experienced some sort of soul reality experience. He is very credible to me, and I have visited his website and have spent the last hour reading some of his articles. If a man who went to the moon says that he is 90 percent sure that we have had visitations from other beings, then that is good enough for me.  You can check out Dr. Mitchell’s website at:    I have been a huge follower of the Apollo space programs back in the 1960’s, as I was growing up.  Space exploration fascinated me, so you can imagine how thrilled I was as well as millions of others who witnessed Neil Armstrong, when he stepped on the surface of the moon on July 21, 1969.  I remember it being a bright, sunny, Summer day, and I opened the screen door of our house and kept one foot in the living room. The moon was visible, and overhead. So I was able to see both my TV, as well as the moon. This is something that you never forget.  We all watched live as Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the surface of the moon! Incredible. So thank you Dr. Mitchell, for your contribution to the space program. Without pioneers like you, we wouldn’t have gotten as far as we did (space shuttle) in our exploration of space.  Thank you for being bold enough to go and for checking it out for the rest of us.  At 7:46 into his speech, he acknowledges that was are not alone in universe! Very interesting.

English: Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 1...

activity (EVA). Lunar dust can be seen clinging to the boots and legs of the space suit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thank you for allowing  me to express my feeling about the subject of UFOs. I am sure that there are many other sites, and speakers on the subject, but there two are very important to me. I hope this does make you stop and think for a moment. What did all those astronauts see? Why were they not allowed to share this information with the public until now? Quit lying to us NASA, U.S. Air Force,  and our government. We need to contact them and demand full disclosure under the Freedom Of Information Act. I now that’s what I plan to do!

My thanks to Officer Phil Konstantin, of the California Highway Patrol, retired, and for use of his Edgar Mitchell picture, while he worked at NASA. Phil’s long career is impressive, and you can see more of all his astronaut photos at  at his website : Phil used to work at NASA and met many famous Astronauts.  Very impressive.  Thanks Phil!


UFO’s and proof of their exsistence

29 Oct

Capt. Robert Salas, UFO researcher

Capt. Salas at conference

Let me start off by saying that yes, I believe that UFOs exist. Why do I feel that way? Because too many people have actually seen them for them not to exist. Are these people lying? Maybe, but if you have an open mind and approach this subject with it, I believe that you can learn more.  About 4 or 5 years ago, I can’t remember the actual date, I saw a notice in my local newspaper about a UFO symposium being held right here in Ventura, CA. I went, and of all the speakers that  I heard that day, Captain Robert Salas, who was in a Lt. Colonel in the air force back in 1967, and was  actually  involved with a UFO sighting, stuck me as very believable.  He did not see the UFO, but if you listen closely to his story, you can hear the fear in the officer up topside who saw the glowing light and heard it. Do I believe his story? Yes, because if you are lucky enough to sit and listen to Mr. Salas, you can see that he is telling the truth.  He has nothing to gain by making this up, and today, he is very angry that our government is hiding something the truth from us. People, we need to wake up to the facts.  He has written a book, ” Faded Giant,” which is available from Mr. Salas is my neighbor, and lives nearby. Not down the street, but for his privacy, I will not reveal exactly where he lives. All that I ask is  if you are interested in hearing his story, click on the YouTube link that I have included down below. He is not alone in his endeavour to tell the truth to the American public. He  is joined by several other researchers,  most of whom were in the Air Force, who can now tell their story. While they were in the A.F., they were told to shut their mouths, and that nothing had happened.  It is their hope to arm the American public with this knowledge in hopes that many of us would get angry enough to get involved, and force the government to tell us the truth! One of the questions I asked Captain Salas was if he was afraid to be telling his story. He smiled, and said, “afraid of what? What can they do to me? I’m no longer in the Air Force.” To that, I applaud him and for his efforts to travel nationwide and tell his story. If you google Robert Salas, you will see that he has been on Larry King, and well as other UFO conferences.  I will allow you to make up your own mind. Thanks for listening to me.

Book Faded Giant by Robert Salas

San Francisco Giants win the 2012 World Series

28 Oct

SF Giants' World Series Trophy at Yahoo!

SF Giants’ World Series Trophy at Yahoo! (Photo credit: Shemp65)

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on winning their 7th World Championship. They won in 2010, and again tonight, in 2012!  They were tied 3-3 with the Detroit Lions, and went into extra innings. Theriot came in to score 4-3 which move them ahead in the 10th inning. The Lions struck out which allowed the Giants to win.

SF Giants win the 2012 World Series

English: San Francisco Giants cap insignia

English: San Francisco Giants cap insignia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Real Reasons behind the Postal Service’s crisis

28 Oct

United States Postal Service

United States Postal Service (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First of all, let me state for the record that I like the Postal Service, and have been a customer of theirs since I was a teenager. They were doing okay financially  for a while.  Fact: from 2003 to 2006  (well into the digital age) the PS reported a cumulative net income of 9.3 billion. What does this tell us? They were  doing well during those years.  Additionally, their  best years of record were 2005, 2006, and 2007. Then 2 big things happened.  The recession hit, and like everyone else, the PS suffered from the effects of it. When there is no money for people to buy stamps, or to send packages, it affects the PS as well. When the economy is good,  businesses send mail. When it is not, like everyone else, they cut back.  Second, Congress passed the “Postal Accountability Enhancement Act in 2006. What this basically did was to insure that the health coverage for postal retirees to be paid 75 years into the future.  For this to happen, Congress required the PS to pay 5.5 billion a year for 10 straight years!  What is really interesting about this is that there is no other government agency or private company is required to do this. So the PS started off each year with a 5.5 billion dollar bill each year. Any business that is forced to have this over their head is naturally going to have a crisis.  An interesting fact is that the PS was not having financial difficulties until Congress passed this bill. The PS would have had a 611 million surplus if not for the bill passed by Congress. But the PS had another added twist to their woes.  It seems that the PS  had been overpaying  into their worker pension funds. An audit by the Inspector General’s office showed an overpaymentof $75 billion, while a second independent analysis by the Regulatory Commission show the overpayments at $50 billion! Consider this important fact. If the PS were a private sector business, it would  have been able to make significant cutbacks  and stop these payments before reaching this point. The fact is, they are bound by unique laws and Congressional mandates. So the fact is the internet has both hurt and helped the PS. People order items online and the PS delivers their packages. UPS, and other agencies don’t have a monopoly on deliver service at this time. The PS does their fare share of internet deliveries.

761,004,005 People Worldwide Use the Internet

761,004,005 People Worldwide Use the Internet (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

The internet cannot be blamed for the current financial woes of the PS especially when they have had significant mail volume over the last four years.  Congress has forced the PS with an unfair burden of expected of nobody else: they must pay their retiree health benefits now for employees who haven’t even been born yet!  If the PS could get credit for overpayments into its retirement fund something only Congress could authorize this would alleviate their current financial problems. Right now, there are bills in Congress that would solve their problem, but there are also proposals to block the help to their problems. It would seem that this is more of a political problem and not a financial one. So my question is has  Congress done this as an excuse to put the Postal Service back into private hands?  The PS insolvency could have real-world consequences that will affect the communication and commerce of every citizen as well as those who are unemployed. The PS is at the mercy of Congress to do anything about their problem. It has proposed cutting back on services, laying employees off, and discontinuing Saturday delivery, something that Congress must first approve. Also, on January 27, 2012, the Postal Service will increase the cost of a first class stamp by one cent, from 45 to 46 cents. They are not asking for much, and personally, I think they should have asked for a 3 cent increase. They deserve it! 

So this is what I propose. Find the names of your Congress person and email, call, or write them. Ask them to take the chains off of the Postal Service, and to help them resolve their financial problems. Tell them that you feel the current mandates by Congress forced upon the Postal Service are not right, and that if they want your vote at re-election time, they had better  do something about it!

Radio waves and our exposure to them. Are they dangerous?

27 Oct

English: Three radio masts off Blacker Lane, N...

English: Diagram of the electric (E) and magne...

English: Diagram of the electric (E) and magnetic (H) fields of radio waves emanating from a radio transmitting antenna (small dark vertical line in the center). The E and H fields are perpendicular as implied by the phase diagram in the lower right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Animated diagram representing the difference b...

Animated diagram representing the difference between radio waves modulated by amplitude and by frequency. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Radio Shack

Radio Shack (Photo credit: OpalMirror)

Travelers are complaining about scanners at the airports and call this an invasion of privacy. But I ask you to consider something more important. Radio waves from various sources are used daily, and are beaming through us everyday. You don’t have to be at the airport.  Police and other businesses are using radio waves to talk to each other and their dispatchers out in public. Just about everyone except me, have a cell phone and use it constantly. So when you think about it, these radio waves might seem harmless, but are they really? They surround us and pass through our bodies. Some have said that the are not dangerous because radio waves are too short to do any damage to our bodies, and others have said the exact opposite, so I guess it depends on who you talk to, and their knowledge of radio and microwave beams.  When I was in the hospital last year, my doctor ordered 2 x-rays of my stomach. Later he told me that he would like to do another scan, but he was worried about my exposure already to the x-ray beams. I thought that was really nice of him to think about my health. The nurse explained to me about the number of x-rays in just one chest scan, and how dangerous they are.  Today, x-ray technicians in the hospital use lead coats and step back behind a wall,  but are they really being protected. Also,  try and stay away from devices that put out beams like a microwave oven at home. I usually put my food in it, and then  go to another room in my apartment  until it beeps when it is done. You may think that I’m being silly, but I’m not. I once spoke with a guy who worked for Southern California Edison  one of  the power companies in southern California. He told me that what I was doing was a good idea. Most people put their food,  popcorn, or beverage in the microwave, and stand right in front of it. I used to do that. This is probably one of the most dangerous things you can do. Sure, the microwave oven is built to suppress these waves, but they can’t stop all of them! They have to go out somewhere.  If you really count all the radio, microwave, and other beams floating around us constantly, it would probably shock you!  These are just a few examples of radio waves around us all the time, and our exposure to them.  I didn’t even mention shortwave ham radio operators and their use of radio waves. So my question to you is : do you work in an industry where you are being exposed to x-rays, radio, or microwave beams? If so, aren’t you worried about it? I  would love to read some of your responses should you decide to share them on this blog with others. Thank you. In the meantime  shield yourself as much as possible. Take care of yourself. You only have one body!

Actor Morgan Freeman

26 Oct

Morgan Freeman, Academy Award-winning American...

Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman (Photo credit: Alan Light)

I am currently watch the movie “Se7en” with Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt on TV. I have seen this movie about seven times, and I still enjoy watching it like was the first time. Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee. He starting acting in the 1960’s. His many films include Brubaker 1980, Driving Miss Daisy 1989, The Shawshank Rdemption 1994, Deep Impact 1988, The sum of all fears 2002, and Unforgiven  in  1992. He has the unique ability to play different characters in his films. In Deep Impact he played the President of the U. S. and was very believable. I enjoy watching this talented man. He has the capability of making you believe that he is actually the person he is portraying in the movies. That is why he is one of my favorite actors.  I look forward to seeing  any movies that he will continue to make. Thanks Morgan for all the great films you have made, and allowed us to see why you are  such a great actor.

Morgan Freeman

The importance of learning new words & facts

23 Oct

Words have a power all their own

Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)

Hello my friends. Today, I want to discuss the importance of learning; especially new words and facts. By design, we all are intelligent creatures, and we seem to have an innate desire to learn. From the moment of our birth we spend the rest of our lives learning new and sometimes exciting things. Some people love learning small trivial facts which they store away and use at a later time. As a writer and an avid reader, I love to learn new words. While reading I often will stop and lookup the meaning of a word that is new to me. I learn at least one new word a day.  One of my favorite websites (I’m sure that there are many more) is You can learn the word of the day, play several crossword puzzles (another great way to learn words), and look up the definition of words. There are many other useful features on the site.  I like the fact that even if you don’t know the exact spelling of a word, you can type it in, and it will come up with a list for the word that you maybe searching for.  As I get older, I find it harder to remember things which my doctor tells me is the natural progression of aging. But there are brain exercises that you can do to help you remember. When I was younger I learned a neat trick. When a person would introduce themselves to me, I would quietly in my mind make an association with their name with something else. For example, I met a young girl who works in the office of the pool therapy that I go to. Her name is Trisha. At first, I thought she said Trish. Lets face it, nobody likes to be called by the wrong name, so I immediately associated her name with Trisha Yearwood. Not that she looked like her, but that’s the first thing that came into my mind. So how do you learn new words or names of friends? I would love to hear of any methods that you use. Let me know, and remember to keep on learning everyday!

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