Fake Mars Mission: ‘Real World’ Meets Space Travel

3 06 2010


via NPR.org

A fake mission to Mars is getting under way at a research institute in Moscow, where six men will spend the next year and a half inside a mock spaceship.

Six men will enter a fake interplanetary spaceship in Moscow, close the hatch, and then live inside it for more than 500 days.

The international “crew” includes two men from Europe, one from China and three from Russia. They’ll spend the next 520 days living inside just a few bus-sized modules at Russia’s Institute for Biomedical Problems.

The team will have to put up with endless astronaut food, the grind of exercise and maintenance work, science experiments, fake emergencies — plus extreme isolation from the outside world.

“We get to see what happens to them over the course of an awful long time, and that’s not been done before,” says Nick Kanas, a psychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco who worked on a 105-day pilot study leading up to this new Mars simulation.

“The notion of being with the same people, without escape, for a long period of time, is perhaps more stressful than a lot of people can think,” says Kanas.

Kanas has studied the psychology of space station crews who have spent up to seven months in space. But he notes that a real mission to Mars would take far longer — probably about 2 1/2 years.

That means the crew would be too far away to enjoy things that NASA uses to cheer up space station astronauts. There’d be no resupply missions, so no fresh food or surprise presents. And forget about talking to Mission Control in real time.

“On Mars, you ask a question, you’ve got to wait a half an hour or longer to get the answer,” says Kanas.

That’s why the new Mars500 study will include a 20-minute time delay for communications with the outside world. Researchers will carefully monitor the crew’s physical and psychological condition as the men pretend to travel to Mars, explore the Martian surface, and then head home.

Some things can’t be simulated — like microgravity. And real space travelers to Mars would have to deal with the psychological impact of facing actual danger.

But in this Mars simulation, if there’s a serious medical or psychiatric problem, researchers could just open the hatch, says physician Christian Otto, who has worked with NASA to study how people are affected by sensory deprivation and social isolation.

Otto has done two yearlong postings in Antarctica and notes that when you’re there in winter, with no chance of rescue, “you know that the rest of your crewmates and yourself are going to have to solve any problem that comes up.” That’s not true for the Mars500 crew.

Still, Otto thinks this study is important and unique because of its long duration. He knows from his own experiences that people’s mood and performance decline as isolation stretches past six months to a year.

“What happens when we go beyond a year, when we go beyond a year and a half, when we go beyond two years?” he asks, noting that there’s a real dearth of research.

Just a few Russian cosmonauts have spent more than a year living continuously in space, says Otto, and no American has done so.

The current American record-holder for the longest single space mission is Michael Lopez-Alegria, who spent 215 days in orbit. He says he found it surprisingly OK


“I think what keeps people interested and happy is being busy, and we were certainly busy for the whole time we were there,” he says.

He did find himself missing ordinary social things, like getting to see different people, and having conversations about sports or politics over dinner. But he could always look out the window and gaze back home.

“Looking out the window and seeing the Earth below, and seeing places you recognize and where you grew up and places you visited has a lot to do with keeping sane, so to speak,” Lopez-Alegria says.

That’s a view the fake spaceship in Moscow won’t have. But the first real mission to Mars wouldn’t have it either. From so far away, the crew would see the Earth as just a tiny speck in space.

“No human being ever in the history of man has seen the Earth as an insignificant dot in space,” says Kanas. “And what the impact of that kind of isolation will be is hard to predict at this point.”


Superforce Sponsors Monique Sciberras! The Australian, Miami Connection

8 05 2010


11-26-2013 UPDATE

Sciberras are not stoping!  From new moves and techniques to perfecting the craft she is an artist at, Monique has worked very hard at maintaining a constant absorption if knowledge, and taught by some of the best around the world.   Follow her on Twitteror Like her Facebook page and show support.

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Watch this video of one of her recent 2013 fights.


One of her King's Cup appearances.

One of her King’s Cup appearances.



We’re not going to spoil it just yet, but, we will say that this is an inspirational story of overcoming tribulations and adversity and finding a purpose in life through the eyes of a child.

A Star is born and a new journey commences as we embark on a mission (who some say is a mission from god) to make sure the world gets the chance to see Monique Sciberras and The Sciberras Family story, which is in the works. (http://moniquesciberras.blogspot.com/)

Monique Sciberras is a young Australian girl who was born under difficult circumstances and who endured a rough beginning, partially because of the conditions which she was born under and also her father’s “situation”.

With a lot of perseverance, and through martial arts which he taught her, she gained the balance in her life that she needed in order to fight through these conditions.

Although we cannot give too many details now, we can say that this will be a documentary from Mount Sciberras Productions in association with Superforce Entertainment and Madskitz Studios.

COMING SOON: documentary – Monique Sciberras, better known as The Real Karate Kid.

Details: TBA

Release Date: TBA

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26 03 2010


Conan O’Brien released a statement in January stating that he no longer desired to be the entertainer of “The Tonight Show” on NBC if it appeared at 12:05 a.m.
Mr. O’Brien’s brief run as host at 11:35 p.m. was cut short last month, as NBC decided to restore his predecessor, Jay Leno, to that time period. Mr. O’Brien has been growing increasingly upset in recent days about how he believes he was treated by NBC’s management.

A representative for Mr. O’Brien said that the issue came to a head for the host in January and that he had “sat up all night drafting the statement.” NBC, whose “Tonight Show” has been broadcast at 11:35 p.m. for decades, declined to comment. Mr. O’Brien was scheduled to do “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday night.

In a statement back in January, Mr. O’Brien said, “I sincerely believe that delaying the ‘Tonight Show’ into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. ‘The Tonight Show’ at 12:05 simply isn’t the ‘Tonight Show.’”

Mr. O’Brien’s comments came two days after NBC formally outlined a plan to move “The Jay Leno Show” to 11:35 p.m. in March, elbowing Mr. O’Brien’s “Tonight Show” back half an hour. Mr. Leno seems supportive of the plan. In his statement, Mr. O’Brien rejects it outright. The statement reads:

People of Earth:

In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over “The Tonight Show” in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004, I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my “Tonight Show” in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the “Tonight Show” to 12:05 to accommodate the “Jay Leno Show” at 11:35. For 60 years, the “Tonight Show” has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the “Tonight Show” into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The “Tonight Show” at 12:05 simply isn’t the “Tonight Show.” Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the “Late Night” show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard, and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of “The Tonight Show.” But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet, a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the “Tonight Show,” I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.



After 16 years of making a name with his distinctive brand of intellectually silly comedy on the “Late Night” show on NBC, Mr. O’Brien replaced Mr. Leno as the host of “The Tonight Show” a mere seven months ago. He is just the fifth man to lead “Tonight,” after Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Mr. Leno.

Mr. Leno, meanwhile, moved to prime time in September as the host of “The Jay Leno Show.” But the 10 p.m. experiment was a bust for many NBC affiliates, which have seen the ratings for their late local newscasts plummet.

Mr. Leno’s last show at 10 p.m. was Feb. 11, and  “The Jay Leno Show” would be shown at 11:35 p.m. instead. NBC smoothly kept this under the radar by distracting viewers with  The Winter Olympics in Vancouver, setting the stage for  the new schedule which started on March 1. But the network acknowledged that day that Mr. O’Brien was not yet on board with the move.

Ever since the Leno-to-11:35 move was described in the news media last Thursday, people close to Mr. O’Brien have said privately that he is upset with the plan.

Fox has expressed interest in starting a late-night show starring Mr. O’Brien — provided he found a way to extricate himself from his NBC contract.

On Monday, Kevin Reilly, the president of Fox Entertainment, strongly endorsed Mr. O’Brien in an interview. “He would be a very compatible fit for our brand,” Mr. Reilly said. “He is one of the few guys on the planet that has demonstrated he can do one of these shows every night.”

Mr. O’Brien’s contractual complications were outlined in an article on Tuesday in The New York Times.

Update: 5:26 p.m.: The Internet has voted, and it’s supporting Mr. O’Brien in his struggle against NBC.

“Hey, NBC said they wanted drama at 10,” Jay Leno joked one night. “Now they’ve got it.”

FOX talking with Conan O’Brien’s reps, but no deal to snag late night comic from NBC.

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22 03 2010

Ralph Macchio stopped by Joy Behar’s Show on HLN this weekend and confirmed one of my worst fears yet-  Will Smith is re-doing The Karate Kid.  It’s true.  The Mayans were right..it looks like the end is coming after all.

My first reaction: WHAT?!  Are you friggin’ serious?  Where do you get off taking a legendary film, after Mr. Miyagi has passed away, and after Daniel San has a 14 year old son in real life and will not star in this one.  I’m sure it’ll be fascinating to watch, cinematic-wise, but, that’s because when you have billions of dollars to blow on your son by giving him a HUGE PRODUCTION, the film at least “looks” good.  Doesn’t mean it’ll actually BE GOOD.

That’s right, Ralph Macchio will not have any part in the new film and will not be a part of it, although him and Will Smith are actually good friends.  According to Macchio, Mr. MIB himself, who is producing this production for his son to play the leading role, called Ralph Macchio to let him know his intentions. (The Real Karate Kid)

On Joy Behar,  Macchio’s own words were, “Will called me and said, ‘I know I’m touching your baby, but I want your blessing.”  Apparently Macchio backs Smith’s plans, and responded with this, when Joy Behar asked him if he would star in it-

“I’m not going to be in it.  I wouldn’t want to touch the legacy that is behind this films that came out in the beginning.  I want to just leave that story and legacy (Daniel LaRusso and Mr. Miyagi) how it is.”

Words with meaning between the lines, perhaps?  I think Ralph is indirectly saying, “Will, stay the hell away from my baby.”  I think Macchio is just being polite, and Smith is being an ego-centric pig.

The reason the movie is being made is not even because of it’s legacy-  it’s literally a gift Will Smith wants to give his son!

Here’s my beef.  Does the word really need another Karate Kid?  Half the movie’s charm was found within Mr. Miyagi and his ways, and he’s no longer alive.  Without Miagi, it’s just another Rumble in The Bronx.  How about the fact that Will Smith is doing this “for his son”?  Gee, I wish I can give my son one of the greatest films for boy’s ever made and one of the fondest memories of movies from childhood, and put it in a box and give it to my son.

The Pursuit of Happiness starred Will’s little boy, and many other films.  Must be nice being privileged.  However, who cares about you and your family bond?   First Jada Pinkett tries to become a wanna be rocker singer and her and Will think they own the world.  Now it’s Will and his boy; yippee!  Just look how cheery they look in that picture above; it’s disgusting. Seriously, just put down the film legacies, and drop the egos for a second, so we can clear all this up and make it better.

Looks like The Church of Scientology has created yet another fine specimen of the human ego’s crap when it mixes with a lot of riches and could do anything they want.  NOBODY WILL GO SEE YOU NEW STUPID KARATE KID MOVIE, WILL!  Especially when you call Macchio to ask for his blessing as if him not giving you the blessing would have stopped you, you big ego’d hound.

Leave childhood movies alone!  They are not gifts to give your son and have him star in for your own personal egotistical satisfaction.  You’re becoming borderline Michael Jackson-ish in your splurging.  You’re worst than Beauty Pageant mothers pushing their 4 year old daughters on stage to look like 30 year old models.

Will Smith is worse than the mother's that put their kids through this.

The only thing that will be anything like the original Karate Kid with this project is that Will Smith’s son will really be picked on and bullied (hopefully) for taking part in this massacre of a film legacy.  Some people believe Godfather 3 was an abomination.  This will make G3 look like the Easter Bunny!

You thought The Next Karate Kid was bad?  At least that one still had Pat Morita(Mr.Miyagi) starring in it?

What’s this one going to be like?  The Fresh Karate Kid of Belle Aire?  This is worse than Lucas and Spielberg going back and pulling out their old films and “touching them up” instead of leaving them like they were- BUT WORSE…WAY WORSE.

SINCE we’re on the subject of Will Smith-  Welcome To Miami should be pulled from the records of history and burned into non-existent.  Is there anything that you have seen that you do not want to put your name on, Will?  Is nothing sacred, or are we still living in your Big Willy Getting Jiggy With It All-About-You-World?

COME NOW, we do Kata!

We highly recommend you check out the inspiring story of Young Monique Sciberras in the style and fashion of the old Karate Kid movie and teachings.

USPS To Change Delivery of Mail to 5 Days a Week Instead of 6

19 03 2010

The U.S. Postal Service will move this month toward reducing mail delivery from six days a week to five, a change Postmaster General John Potter has said is critical to reducing its massive debt.

Potter said Monday he’ll submit a formal request by the end of this month to the Postal Regulatory Commission, which must issue an advisory opinion on any change in mail service that would have national impact.

“We know we’re going to have less mail in 2020 than we have today,” Potter says. “We can’t freeze wages. We can’t freeze fuel costs.”

Once Potter makes the request, the Postal Regulatory Commission will hold public hearings in Washington and around the USA and seek expert testimony, Commission Chairwoman Ruth Goldway said.

“The Postal Service is an enormous organization. This change in service that they’re proposing is a very complex and significant change,” Goldway said. “The Postal Service is an essential part of the country’s infrastructure, so you don’t want to change it willy-nilly.”

Even if the independent commission approves the dropped day, the Postal Service also needs congressional consent. Federal law requires six-day delivery.

Potter raised the issue last year in testimony before a House oversight subcommittee. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the Postal Service, said then that other cost-saving measures should be considered before cutting delivery.

As more people communicate and pay their bills online, Postal Service projections show Americans in the next decade will send significantly less mail than they do now, reducing revenue while labor and fuel costs increase. Potter will release the details today of a $4.8 million study that projects how steeply mail volume will fall and how deeply the Postal Service will be in debt by 2020. The Postal Service delivered about 177 billion pieces of mail in 2009.

The Postal Service has already borrowed $10 billion from the U.S. Treasury. Potter says it expects to borrow another $3 billion this year, leaving it just $2 billion under the $15 billion cap set by Congress.

Potter also will ask the regulatory commission to reconsider requiring the Postal Service to set aside money for future retiree health care benefits.

The commission is concluding hearings on a Postal Service proposal submitted in July to close and consolidate 154 post offices throughout the USA, Goldway said. The commission expects to issue its advisory opinion in the next two weeks.

“The Postal Service is nervous about its financial conditions and is making a lot of broad proposals,” she said. “Some of the proposals, when they see the light of day may be very worthwhile.”

(Source: http://usatoday.com)

39% Of Bagged Salad Is Gross, Some Has Poop

26 02 2010

39% Of Bagged Salad Is Gross, Some Has Poop ?~!!

Food Safety and Handling for Consumers

Superforce stumbled upon an article that we wish to share with the world, in order to raise awareness of a growing problem, right in our own backyard.

We obtained this information, through The Consumerist, and here is the story, with By Ben Popken on February 25, 2010 3:55 PM


As we told you earlier this month, sister pub Consumer Reports tested 208 bagged salads and found 39% had excessive bacteria, including fecal contamination. That means there’s poop in the greens. And now there’s something you can do about it.

Consumer Reports tested for total coliforms and other bacteria including enterococcus. According to industry experts, 10,000 or more colony forming units per gram (CFU/g) is excessive. The tests of 16 different brands had 39% exceeded that level for total coliforms, and 23% for enterococcus.

Hate spinach? Bacteria doesn’t. Many of the unacceptable packages contained spinach and were within 1-5 days of their use-by date. Bag vs clamshell, organic vs non, baby greens or no baby greens, made no difference. And packages that were 5-8 days until their use-by date fared better.

Even if the package says super-duper-washed, you should still wash them by hand. Or, better yet, just buy your salad elements separately, wash them, and chop them.

The big problem is the FDA hasn’t set limits for how much poop or other bacteria can be in bagged salad. Tell ’em to get crackin’ by signing this petition.

Bagged salad: How clean? [Consumer Reports]

via consumerist.com

Andrew Koenig Dead: ‘Growing Pains’ Actor’s Star Suicide in Vancouver, BC

26 02 2010

"Boner" from Growing Pains

His parents said at the press conference that he took his own life and confirmed the body was that of Andrew. The exact cause of death has not been revealed.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver police say “Growing Pains” actor Andrew Koenig has been found dead. At a press conference in the downtown park where his body was found, police said foul play was not suspected, but would not release a cause of death because the coroner is still investigating.

The actor’s father, Walter Koenig, said his son “took his own life.” Walter Koenig played Pavel Chekov on the original “Star Trek” TV series.

Friends found the body at around noon Thursday in a heavily wooded area about 100 feet (30 meters) from a popular foot path.

Koenig, 41, was visiting friends in Vancouver when he went missing more than a week ago.

The Venice, California, native had a recurring role on the 1980s sitcom as Boner, a pal of star Kirk Cameron’s character, Mike.

boner from growing pains and kirk cameron


Missing “Growing Pains” star Andrew Koenig emptied out his apartment in Venice, CA because he wanted to start over in Vancouver … this according to a long-time friend.

Lance Miccio tells TMZ he went to Koenig’s apartment last night, and found it cleaned out.

via Huffington Post