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Eunoia, who is a grumpy, overeducated, facetious, multilingual naturalised German, blatantly opinionated, old (1944-vintage), amateur cryptologist, computer consultant, atheist, flying instructor, bulldog-lover, Porsche-driver, textbook-writer and blogger living in the foothills south of the northern German plains. Not too shy to reveal his true name or even whereabouts, he blogs his opinions, and humour and rants irregularly. Stubbornly he clings to his beliefs, e.g. that Faith does not give answers, it only prevents you doing any goddamn questioning. You are as atheist as he is. When you understand why you don't believe in all the other gods, you will know why he does not believe in yours.

Oh, and after the death of his old dog, Kosmo, he also has a new bulldog puppy, Clara, since September 2018 :-)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

RIP Valeri Polyakov

Some 40+ years ago I had the honour to meet the cosmonauts Krikalev and Afanasyev. Another I would like to have met, but never did, was Valeri Polyakov because it was he who held the record for longest time (438 days straight) spent in space (aboard the MIR). From his work we know what we do know about the effects of weightlessness on the human body, about the effects of lonelyness in space etc etc,

The NASA picture above shows him (alone in the MIR) grinning happily as the US space shuttle Discovery manoevers around the MIR , practising docking to visit him.

You can read more biographical details here.

Polyakov died last monday, aged 80, in Russia, perhaps unusually in Russia, of natural causes. RIP, Valeri and a big Thankyou.

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Name these scientists

Here are 13 famous scientists.

Can you name them all , left to right, WITHOUT googling them ?

Comments (4)
Jenny (Ibiza) "Galileo, Curie, ?, Newton, ?, Hawking, Einstein, Sagan, ?, ?, De Grasse-Tyson, ?, Darwin." Okay so far.
Billions of Versions... wrote " Nope; Curie; Nope; Newton; Nope; Hawking; Einstein; Slurpy talking guy; Edison; Nope; Tyson; Nope; Darwin. Where's Tesla? Slurpy was driving me crazy so I went to and when I got to Sagan, I went AH HA!" Okay so far.
Petra (A) asks "Could #3 be Oppenheimer?" IDK, but I don't think so.
Infidel753 wrote in his blog that he got 9 out of 13, but didnt tell me which ones.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Rush ya

After last weeks look at Murika, it`s time to look at Rush ya, as in Rush Ya off this mortal coil - in other words, Putin's hit list (so far this year).

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Comments (3)
Billions of Versions... wrote " GOOD GRIEF! And that’s just this year! Why would anyone with any money stay in Russia? Oh, wait. Putin will track someone down no matter where they are." Just move to Ukraine; Putin cannot get there!
Anon wrote "Anatoly Gerashchenko, the former rector of the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), died after reportedly falling down a series of flights of stairs on Tuesday" If push came to shove, I'd take steps to avoid stairs.
Sunday news : Chief of "Putins favourite newspaper" dies suddenly in the woods.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022


Sunday saw the anniversary of the Al Quaida 911 attack on Murika. Some memorial videos were shown on Yurpeen TV, but mostly it was superceded by (over-)coverage of the death of the UK Queen. So I switched channels to see the coverage on Merkin channels. One pointed out that Chimpy subsequently started a war with a country which had nothing to do with the 911 terrorism; very fair I thought as most of the terrorists were from Saudi Arabia. Chimpy also robbed Merkins of much of their freedom with the socalled Patriot Act. ,

Another channel showed this photo below, which I had never seen before, of the Twin Towers under construction in 1971.

But most US channels devolved into an overexpressed almost sickening over-patriotism, claiming (erroneously) that Murika is the number one nation , the greatest country in the world. Many Merkins, high-schoolers, college students, MAGA hat-wearers etc etc have been brainwashed into believing this. However, here is a US panelist with the REAL statistics of where Murika ranks, putting down a brainwashed student.

I ask my Merkin readers to watch that short video and then reconsider their beliefs!

Comments (3)
Pergelator wrote " I will agree that Murika has problems, however, there are a large number of people who would like to move here. Most of them seem to be from Latin America, which is understandable given how bad things are there. But now I wonder, are there other countries that are taking in more immigrants than the USA?" I think we take more Ukranians than you do???
Billions of Versions... wrote " I thought I sent something already. Apparently not. The US hasn’t been number 1 in much of anything for quite a while now." Murika is still number one at their citizens shooting other citizens and their children, Mike.
Kurt (A) observes "On a recent US trip, I was shocked that there are multiple places in the US that can't even provide clean drinking water on tap. Not just Flint Michigan either; I was in 3 towns like this." Fracking, maybe?

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Charles the Third

Yesterday Queen Elizabeth II of the UK died, just after PM Liz Truss - who years ago stated she was for scrapping the monarchy - shook her hand - which had turned blue as captured in HM's last photo. The UK missed the opportunity of scrapping the monarchy and is appointing her first son as monarch. Oh dear; the end of non-interference.

His official title will be King Charles III, pronounced King Charles the Third, of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

I am particularly looking forward to the Irish pronunciation :-)

Comments (3)
Finding life hard? wrote " Apparently the theories are already going around. Eldest grandson started comprehensive school on Thursday. Friday evening he told me his friend said Liz Truss killed the Queen after threatening to do it when a teenager. I had to agree it is a big coincidence that she shakes hands with a well-looking Queen and next day HM is dead. " I think tis just a joke.
Anon thinks ".....certainly no Bonnie Prince Charlie!" True.
Schorsch (D) asks "Where did you find that B&W photo?" In an album of positive analog photos, labelled Marine Mammals, e.g. Prints of Whales?

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

No parachute jump

Mike had a couple of "jokes" in his blog Billions of Versions... yesterday, but they are both wrong. Viz:

"Skydiving without a parachute is a once-in-a-lifetime experience." and

"You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice".

So here's the photo that proves it possible :-

Here I was, about 35 years ago, way high above the clouds (about 10,000 feet amsl), in free fall, without a parachute. All you need is a trustworthy friend to bring you one on the way down, Mike. And steel balls too maybe :-)

Comments (4)
Billions of Versions... wrote " I’ve heard of people surviving when their chute didn’t open. That can be your next daredevil stunt." I'm too old (78) now for that stuff; even base-jumping scares me now.
Jenny (Ibiza) wrote "You are crazy! How long did you fall?" Crazy? No, I was just foolhardy. Terminal speed is about 120mph, so 2 miles high translates into a 1 min fall. But you get the chute on in less :-)
Schorsch (D) wrote "YOLT"
Horst (D) wrote "Photoshopped?" No. That's the original analog photo from way back then. Unedited.

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Friday, September 2, 2022

Self-Education Poem

T oday I read an old poem by Rudyard Kipling giving some tips about self-education :-

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.

But different folk have different views;
I know a person small—
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!

She sends'em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes—
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!

Kinda neat, isn't it :-)

In other good stuff I read today, Sarah Palin lost her seat to a Democrat.

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