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Newsletter of the 210th Marine Expeditionary Unit, STARFLEET Marine Corps
DISCLAIMERS: Paramount Pictures and its licensees have the sole authority to generate profit from Star Trek trademarks, and this publication in noway intends to infringe upon copyrights held by Paramount Pictures, Viacom, or any other Star Trek copyholders. The opinions expressed in thispublication are not necessarily those of STARFLEET, The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc. or the STARFLEET Marine Corps.
What Have They Done to My Trek?
The Dark Side
CalendarFood and Drink From Headquarters
2009 General Staff Listing
Region 12 Staff UpdateWhen Things Go Very WrongFirst Aid—HygieneNews From Region 12Fiction SectionNot Entire Successful—Part IV
Editor:J.D. Clancy jdclancy@multinatl.orgContributor:Mark Webb, MAJwebbmaw@cox.net
What Have They Done to My Trek? 
The Dark Side
By Major Mark WebbIn my previous rantings, I have spent a great deal of time talking about time-linesand the future and the past. I have talked about people and heroes and the impactthat changes in their lives would bring to those around them. Now, fellow Trek-kers, let us talk about the individuals who brought about this change in the time-line, the villains of the piece, the Romulan crew of that terrible ship.OK. The ship comes back in time after old Ambassador Spock’s failure to saveRomulus from destruction. It follows Spock’s ship back so that it can capture it,and take revenge on old Spock. They get into a scrap with George Kirk’s starshipand it is destroyed, no doubt causing significant damage to the Romulan ship. Theythen wait for more than 20 years to confront young Spock and Old Spock and havethem watch the destruction of the planet Vulcan.My first question is, what did they do all that time they were waiting? Did I experi-ence some missing time in which this was explained? I get that their ship mighthave taken some damage, but did it take 20 years to repair it? What were they do-ing? Where were they? We know they weren’t on Romulus, because if they were,that people would have learned from this future technology and they would havebuilt a mighty fleet and conquered the Federation and the Klingons and anyone elsewho gave them lip. So were they on Reisa all this time, soaking up rays and gettinglucky? Were they in suspended animation, waiting for their chance to get even?Bad writing, guys. By the way, if you the reader have answers to my questions andwish to discuss them further, I invite you to email me atblackrogues@cox.netandlet me know. Maybe we’ll put your comments in our little newspaper here.So they wait for J T Kirk and young Spock and they destroy Vulcan. They are inturn destroyed by Kirk and Spock before they can destroy Earth or take their tech-nology back to their decidedly more primitive past selves. What did this gain forthem? Is this what you would have done? Even if I didn’t know one possible out-come of the future, I wouldn’t have done that, so why did they do it? If I’d beenamong their crew, I’d have killed that crazy commander of theirs. He was obvi-ously a moron. He was so crazed by the destruction of Romulus that he didn’t eventhink about the possibility that he could have prevented the whole thing with thetechnology in his own ship.Well, what else can you say about those individuals? What a bunch of geniuses. What I’d really like to know, is, what arethe writers going to do in the future with our time-line? Are we going to see more Batman-like features on this same time-line, or was this an experiment? Are we going to be treated to Star Trek 12, the Beginning, and Star Trek 13D and Star Trek Continues? If they were going to do this, why did they sell off all that property last year? Why couldn’t they have just left itto the fans to carry on. They could have put it out there as a sort of open-source thing and let people who love Trek take itfrom here. They are doing that anyway. If you know what they are thinking, please email me at the email address above.
2010 STARFLEET International Conference; July 29-August 1, 2010; Wagoner, Oklahoma; website: www.ic2010.org2011 STARFLEET International Conference; August 11-14, 2011; Pocono Manor, PA; website: www.ic2011.org
The Black List—Fall 2009—Page 2
From Headquarters
Food and Drink 
By J.D. ClancyYou’re cooking a nice dinner. In these times, you may nothave enough spare money for a bottle of vintage wine to serve withit. (heck, you may not even have money for a bottle of cheap ‘bumwine’) The obvious solution is to make your own! You may bethinking that you need a lot of skill and expensive equipment tomake wine. Nothing could be further from the truth!Step #1: Make an extra-rugged bag by double-bagging plastic trashbags.Step #2: Pour into the bag: warm water, your choice of fruit or fruit juice, raisins, tomatoes, yeast, and as much sugar as you can get. If sugar is not on hand, powdered drink mix (Kool-Aid) will work too!Note: If you do not have yeast, moldy bread does just fine. Slices should be moist and can be put in a sock to strain anystray elements. Then throw the sock full of bread into the plastic bag.Step #3: Tie off the bag with a knot. Penetrate the bag with a straw, or some other type of tube to allow carbon dioxide torelease.Step #4: Let the bag sit and brew. Three days is enough, if you really can't wait. A week is a more reasonable time. Nor-mal wine takes around a month to brew.NOTE: this method can also be used to make wine in prison, while in detention, or even in a Klingon Death Camp.DISCLAIMER: The Food and Drug Administration advises the public not to consume any liquid resulting from thismanufacturing process.
 At this stage, your homemade wine may not look ap- pealing, but its just three days away from goodness!
Region 12 Staff Update
REGION COORDINATORVice Admiral Jeffery HigdonSENIOR VICE COORDINATORRear Admiral Beatrice HartJUNIOR VICE COORDINATORBrigadier Rolando GomezHONORARY VICE COORDINATORAdmiral Helen PawlowskiFINANCIAL OFFICERCommander Jeff GallusPUBLICATION OFFICERCommodore Raymond BrownSHAKEDOWN OPERATIONSBrigadier General Gary HollifieldRECRUITING & RETENTIONCommander Chris TolbertWEB ADMINISTRATORVice Admiral Michael Dugas
The Black List—Fall 2009—Page 3
When Things Go Very Wrong
By J.D. ClancyThis time, we talk about knives. The focus of this discussion is the knife as a tool, not a weapon. The variety of styles and materials of knives is vast. Some people may ask: do I really need a knife at all? The answer depends uponyou. If owning a knife goes against your beliefs, you need to have other tools that take the place of a knife.Most people are familiar with the ‘Swiss Army’ knife. ‘Swiss Army’ refersto a particular brand, but most people use the name for any knife with a variety of blades and tools that fold up into a safe-to-carry item. An advantage of this type of knife is versatility. The disadvantage is that the tools are not quite as good as thefull-size item (for example, the screwdrivers may be awkward to use or fold upwhile being used)Similar to a Swiss Army knife is the ‘Leatherman’ or multi-tool. Like aSwiss Army, the multi-tool has a variety of blades and tools that fold into a compactknife. The multi-tool is different in that it is designed as a pair of folding pliers, witheach side of the handle containing the blades and tools.For folding knives, a ‘lock-back’ style would be preferred. When theblade is opened, it ‘locks’ in this position for use. When you are done, there issome kind of mechanism to unlock the blade so it folds into the handle. This typeof knife is safer to use than a non-locking folding knife.There are also a variety of straight knives. Bayonets, buck knives, hunt-ing knives, survival knives and ‘Rambo’ knives are typical. Straight knives canvary in size, but all will have a blade permanently attached to a handle and be carried in a sheath. Some straight knivesand bayonets will have a ‘saw toothed’ back. This is not meant to be used for especially violent combat- it was originallydesigned for use as a wood saw.A disadvantage of wearing a sheathed belt knife is unwanted atten-tion from other citizens and law enforcement officials in urban areas. If youwander around a disaster with a large knife on your belt, it may make othersfeel uncomfortable. This can bring you to the attention of any police who arein the area. Of course in wilderness areas it would not be unusual for you tohave some kind of survival knife on your belt.The survival or ‘Rambo’ knife has a handle that is hollow and can be used to store small items. An advantage of the hollow handle is that you can insert a stick into it and now you have a spear. This is one type of knife to be carefulabout when purchasing through mail order and internet sources. Very cheap versions have been available for years, andthey are of extremely poor quality.Like the survival knife, a bayonet can be easily madeinto a spear. Insert a stick into the loop meant for the rifle barrel,and lash the handle to the stick with rope. Military bayonets areusually rugged and well-made because of their original purpose.Most are obtained surplus and may need some cleaning andsharpening before they go into your survival kit.Specialty knives are available for hunting/butchering. If you intend to hunt game, a skinning/gutting knife would be agood idea. A heavy butcher knife makes cutting through boneand tendon easier. Filet knives are thin and flexible- great forcutting meat off the bone or dealing with fish.In a disaster, don’t forget knives you may have around your house! Most people have kitchen knives that work  just as well for food preparation tasks in a disaster. You probably have some kind of box cutter/utility knife/paint scraperin a tool box that could be useful.Quality is a definite issue when buying a knife. Don’t expect too much use out of a $1 bargain basement lock back. On the other hand, a $300 knife is probably not a wise use of your survival supplies budget. Like any other item, be
Survival knife (top) and M1 Garand Bayonet  Multi-tool with a variety of bladesKa-Bar brand straight knife Lock-back knife with extended blade

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