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…What will the John Q Eridanian say when a princess is allowed to leave for another, god forbid, primitive world like Earth?…

Primitive Pyrimids

  1. Female – Alien {Cerella} – Planet of Origin – Eridanus – Eupepsia
  1. Male – Mixed Galactic Strain {Joyner} – Planet of Origin – Earth – Texas USA

There are some inescapable complications to the blending of civilizations.

What happens when Cerella goes to the grocery store? Will the other children make fun of Joyner’s pale face, not the paleface of the Native Americans?

The real question is whether Ekcello allows them to leave at all. In his book, if it were not for her revolutionary pregnancy, Cerella would never have set foot on Earth. But is it his book to write?

As in any sound decision, giving the issue enough time to sink in is important and that is the only tool Ekcello & Fortan can use, “If the Earthlings take our daughter away, they will use NEWFOUNDLANDER to do so. We cannot allow Earth to inherit the TSF technology. It is too soon in their SOL development.” Now that is practicality personified.

This is the equivalent of a father and mother, grandmother and grandfather talking amongst them selves. Though not especially sentimental by nature, there is the bond of tradition. Their daughter is considered Eridanus royalty by most, if not all its residents, Gifted or not. What will the general public say when a princess is allowed to leave for another, god forbid, primitive world like Earth?

Say that Cerella & Joyner do leave. It will take nearly two years, during which time she can change her mind. At least that is one optimistic way to look at it. Joyner’s boundless energy alone may tempt them to turn back {out of exasperation}.


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…When heaped on top of an already formidably accumulated pile of reasons, has ultimately culminated in a Space Family McKinney pow-wow…

Pow Wow by Jean Clayton

With Roy and Francine in the twilight of their lives, far from dead but golden nonetheless, that and the fact he flat-out misses the company of his brother, is not lost on Deke McKinney. As much as Eridanus has become home to him, Earth is within reach and time is a wasting.

Up until now, Deke has taken up the task of an anchor. He and his growing family are the very reason for staying put… even after Cerella was cared for by Dr. Jean-Luc Picard on Earth. Even after he and Sammy Mac were roaming the halls of King Ranch in the dark of night to retrieve his wife and child. At the time, it just made sense to return to Eridanus.

But the anchor is starting to lose its grip. When heaped on top of an already formidably accumulated pile of reasons, has ultimately culminated in a Space Family McKinney pow-wow.

The preeminent tribe of space travelers is confronted by a conundrum; not the daunting query from Mars, but nearly as seminal in nature. They have no need of permission, but a quorum amongst them is certainly required. The issue is an old one. The timing is not.

Only the cast of characters has changed, thereby severely muddying the possible outcomes. Being a groundbreaking family usually does not include introducing the 1st & 2nd true alien beings ever {that we know} on Earth. The Milky Way Census Bureau will have a time with that one…

  1. Female – Alien {Cerella} –  Country of Origin – Epsilon Eridani
  2. Male – Mixed Galactic Strain {Joyner} – Country of Origin – Texas USA Earth

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Global IQ Ranking – WIF Lists

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The Smartest Countries

in the World

Imagine the world is a high school. You’ve got the big, jock countries like Australia, South Africa, and the USA. You’ve got the self-consciously old-fashioned intellectuals like Britain and France, and then you’ve got the cool kids everyone wants to hang out with (yeah, Italy, we’re looking at you). But what about the brainboxes? Who in our analogy are the nerds spending their spare time in the science labs while the other countries are learning to smooch and bum smokes?

Well, thanks to some slightly dubious science, we possibly have the answer! Between 2002 and 2006, a joint British-Finnish study carried out IQ tests in countries all over the world, then ranked each nation by their average national score. While IQ tests may not be perfect – they miss intelligence defects even clever people suffer from, like dysrationalia, which is a fancy way of saying “choosing the simplest answer to avoid having to think too hard” – and this particular study was controversial for its methodology, it still makes for a fun comparison. Want to discover which countries are getting beaten up for their lunch money every morning? Read on.

10. Austria (average IQ: 100)

We’re gonna go out on a limb here and suggest not many of us associate intelligence with wearing lederhosen. But maybe that’s why we’ve all been underestimating Austria for so long. They’re willing to dress like a person with their fashion sense surgically removed because they don’t care what we think. They’re too busy using those gigantic sausage-and-beer-fueled brains of theirs to pay attention to mere mortals like us.

Part of Austria’s geniusness (that’s a word, right?) may be due to its comparative wealth. The CIA World Factbook ranks it the 33rd richest nation by GDP per capita, which doesn’t sound all that impressive until you realize the much-larger UK ranks at 40th. Since income and education tend to go hand in hand, it stands to reason that Austria might have more brains to spare, especially given its tiny population. Only 8.474 million people call this spectacular alpine nation home, fewer than Czech Republic, fewer than Cuba, fewer even than London.

Historically, the Austrians have put those big brains of theirs to good use. Their Hapsburg dynasty once ruled most of Europe.

9. Switzerland (average IQ: 101)

A short hop across a near-impenetrable barrier of frozen mountains from Austria, Switzerland is the place to be if you want cuckoo clocks, triangular chocolate, guns, or Nazi gold. It’s also home to some of the smartest people on the planet. Yep, the Swiss apparently value intellectualism almost as much as they value morally-dubious neutrality, and they have the historical figures to back up this claim. It was in the capital of Bern that the German-born Albert Einstein dreamed up his general theory of relativity.

So what is it about living in this bracing mountain environment that turns the Swiss into such geniuses? Well, they’re rich for starters. Seriously, if you were to grab Switzerland by the ankles, turn it upside down, and shake it vigorously, enough spare change would fall out to finance at least three globe-straddling empires. The multilingualism of the Swiss may help, too. At the Federal level, Switzerland gives German, French, and Italian equal weight, which may be significant as some studies link speaking multiple languages with increased intelligence.

On the other hand, maybe they’re just spending so much time avoiding fighting wars that they’ve got time to read all those brainy books gathering dust on other nation’s shelves?

8. Mongolia (average IQ: 101)

A great, big expanse of vast steppe in Asia, Mongolia has desert, mountains, yurts, and almost nothing else. We mean that in all seriousness. Despite being big enough to squash Texas and California flat and still have room for Montana, it is home to barely 3 million people, most of whom could spend their whole lives swinging a string of dead cats and never get even remotely close to hitting anything. One apparent upside of all this space? Intelligence. Lots of intelligence.

When you think about it, Mongolia scoring so highly is kinda unexpected. While breathtaking, their country ain’t rich. The CIA World Factbook ranks them at 122nd for GDP per capita, only slightly above Albania. But it seems what little money they have, they spend wisely. The country ranks surprisingly high on education, beating out even some European systems. On a perhaps more controversial note, some “race realists” have suggested Mongolians may just naturally have better visual-spacial awareness, giving their overall IQ scores an additional boost.

Whatever the truth, it seems that one thing is clear. If you’ve ever had a hankering for sparkling intellectual discussion in the emptiest landscape you’ll ever see, go to Mongolia.

7. Iceland (average IQ: 101)

annnd we’re back in Europe, this time in the far, frozen lands of the north, where “banking” is synonymous with “crime” and summer is just God’s cruel joke breaking up the punishment of winter. Yep, it’s the teeny tiny island nation of Iceland, a place that was once just a glorified fishing port, became a casino banking mecca, and now is famous as one of the richest, safest countries on Earth. Evidently, all that safety has combined with all that enforced time spent indoors escaping the weather to create a nation that seriously likes to study.

What’s amazing about this is that you wouldn’t have put money on Iceland hitting so high up these rankings a few decades ago. Prior to the 1980s, the very-literally-named land of ice was a kind of mid-ranking boring outpost of fishermen. The economy exploded in the ’80s, blew up even larger in the ’90s, and somehow managed to claw out of the devastating financial crash by turning the entire country into one of the world’s tourist hotspots. See, that’s those clever Icelandic brains for you, thinking their way out of a pickle that doesn’t involve reckless borrowing or blowing the national budget on lottery tickets.

6. Italy (average IQ: 102)

Oh come on, this isn’t fair! Italy already has class, great looks, a cool persona, and more sun than most of us will ever see in a lifetime. And now you’re telling us they’ve also got a world-beating IQ? We don’t wanna moan and say that life isn’t fair, but clearly life isn’t fair.

The cause of high Italian IQs is as mysterious to us as it is to you. Going on a long Google search mainly turned up blogs with names like “race realist” and “not politically correct” so we decided it’d probably be more fun – not to mention informative – for all of us if we just cracked some light-hearted jokes about pasta and pizza, while secretly wishing we were Italian. Or we could, y’know, point back at Italy’s long, illustrious past as the seat of the Roman Empire, a multi-nation state that made staggering scientific and engineering advances at a rate usually reserved for countries in the grip of the industrial revolution, while also producing art and literature that would still stand up some 2,000 years later, but where would be the fun in that?

5. Taiwan (average IQ: 104)

So, this is a little controversial. We’ve included Taiwan on this list of countries, while excluding Hong Kong, despite the international community recognizing both as part of China. Well, it’s true that Taipei doesn’t have a seat at the UN and isn’t included on any other official list of countries. But it’s also completely self-governing, calls itself separate from China, and functions like a totally independent state, so we’re including it here. And that’s just as well, because Taiwan’s average IQ is enough to leave other countries eating its dust.

Founded after Chairman Mao’s victorious forces chased his enemies off the Chinese mainland at the conclusion of the Chinese civil war, Taiwan today is a prosperous, forward-thinking nation that also just happens to look darn fine in a picture. You better believe Taipei uses that prosperity to invest in its young. A 2015 study by the OECD comparing data from 76 studies placed Taiwan’s education at 4th best in the entire world (in case you’re wondering, the USA came in at a mildly-embarrassing 28th). Gee, it’s almost like an intelligent population might somehow be linked to investing heavily in your education system.

4. China (average IQ: 105)

If any Taiwanese readers were hoping to beat out their old nemesis in these rankings, we’ve got some bad news. The original study this article was based on had mainland China just edging out its breakaway state, with an average IQ of 105 compared to Taiwan’s 104. Ouch. Well, them are the breaks, Taipei. At least you guys can comfort yourself at night with your functioning democratic system.

Actually what’s driving China’s high score is unfortunately hard to say. Beijing is notoriously uncooperative about divulging actual, useful data relating to a lot of fields, and the OECD education rankings just miss China entirely. Still, China certainly has its fair share of very smart people. The Middle Kingdom is competing with and outperforming the US in key technological sectors, and much of the most interesting cutting edge tech is now coming with a ‘made in China’ stamp.

On the other hand, China is also notorious for grade inflation and handing out junk degrees from its universities, so we’re not really sure what this tells us. Except, perhaps, for reinforcing our introductory point about the IQ study this article is based on being more a guideline than the last word on the subject.

3. Japan (average IQ: 105)

Still in Asia, the next country on our list is one famous for technology, cuteness, and generally doing so many things in such a weird way that it fueled basically 90% of early internet memes. Yep, Japan is another world leader in the being really, ridiculously smart stakes, romping home with an average IQ score of 105. That’s over 100 times the intelligence of the average person you’ll find dynamite fishing, kids!

We’re all familiar with the Japanese stereotypes: absurdly hard-working, absurdly dedicated to their jobs, and absurdly stressed out by their high pressure schooling. But, hey, it seems to be working. In that 2015 study we told you about earlier, the OECD ranked Japan joint 4th with Taiwan for education, where math and science were concerned. Countries 3rd, 2nd, and 1st were… well. You’ll be finding that out as you keep on reading.

Given their great education system and general braininess, it’s perhaps no surprise that Japan spent decades at the forefront of technological change. For a long, long time, everything exciting and important was coming out of Tokyo.

2. South Korea (average IQ: 106)

Did you know South Korea comes 3rd in global education rankings? Well: surprise! And get used to these references, by the way, because from here on out, all countries are ones that are going at the education rankings like gangbusters. The democratic brother of despotic North Korea, South Korea is a hi-tech paradise, with world-beating internet, widespread use of smartphones, and all other things that point to an entire industry of clever people doing clever things to collectively make the world a cleverer place. And all this in a country that manages to cram more than 51 million people into a place smaller than Iceland (pop: 334,252).

Of course, a lot of South Korea’s intelligence wins likely come from it being a wealthy country with a sterling education system. Not that it was always this way. Back in the dark ages of the mid-20th century, Pyongyang was actually richer than its southern neighbor by a significant margin. North Korea was blessed with the monetary backing of the Soviets, and had a huge amount of mineral wealth. South Korea, by contrast, had to transform itself through sheer brute willpower alone. Even ignoring the IQ scores, we guess it paid off.

1. Singapore (average IQ:108)

When Singapore declared independence from Malaysia in 1965, it was one of the poorest states in the world. Literacy was at third world levels. Not a desirable start for a country that wanted to be a world leader in education, attainment, and wealth. Yet, somehow, Singapore managed to pull it off. From being a tiny island with no natural resources, its exceptionally long-serving leader Lee Kuan Yew managed to turn his home into a global powerhouse. In doing so, he raised the education level of Singaporeans so high that they cruised to an easy first place in these very rankings.

According to the OECD, Singapore has the single greatest education system in the world. The only other territory that hits the same level on the IQ rankings is Hong Kong, but since that ain’t a country, it doesn’t get a spot on this list! The city state – one of only three left in existence – is also home to fantastic infrastructure and cleanliness that is so strictly enforced you can get publicly caned just for chewing gum. Whether that’s worth it just to live surrounded by a country of brainboxes is another matter entirely.


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The NULL Solution = Episode 179

… If Lorgan is the physical embodiment of the God we worship, then that image of a grandfatherly-like deity with a white beard is totally out-the-window..

God Resting On 7th Day by Granger

Francine Bouchette-Crippen has been summoned several times to Harmonia. Each time, the issue concerned the status of a civilization which has displayed hostile behavior toward Harmonia members. The meetings are informational in nature. No voting is involved, more in the scope of ‘News from around the Great Expanse’.

This is right up her alley.

“I can’t begin to describe Harmonia, Roy.” The former KHST Houston television anchor and recent/current press secretary for NASA was born to the bigtime. Not that every representative on the Mars-based community is experienced in media relations; look no further than Skaldic the Null and Snoof, from a world of three-eyed humanoids. “It is nothing short of providential.”

“Is Lorgan the physical embodiment of the God we worship? If he is, then that image of a grandfatherly-like deity with a white beard is totally out-the-window.”

“If a shiny silver ball is God, what would symbolize Jesus Christ?”

“How about that lighthouse?” Roy poses.

“Wow that fits right in with the Bible.”

“Gus did imply that Mars looked like what the Garden of Eden was supposed to look like.”

Francine sees the comparisons, but is not convinced that this sequence of events equates to the creation story in Genesis.

“I think we are ‘getting out over our skis here. If an Old Testament prophet were around to see what’s going on he would say, ‘I have seen Heaven and I have seen Mars and Mars is no heaven!’.”

“You’re right, but you have to admit that the parallels are uncanny.”

“In that case, the alien invasion {that vanished} must be lost in the fiery lake.”

That statement is uncanny.


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…What began as a like-minded alliance has morphed into a freighter of regret…

i regret everything by NintendoVii

Not long after Collapsar Axis’ exit from its native dimension, the residents, old of the Ÿ€Ð homeworld or the new gypsies picked up along the path to perdition, become restless as rumors spread like a firestorm. There has not a dictator made, that can squelch an entire population when those people have a mind to squawk.

Like a noisy squawk box, they harp in unison at the realization that they are going nowhere in an unfamiliar somewhere. What began as a like-minded alliance has morphed into a freighter of regret. The promise of roaming free rings hollow, when the roaming lacks purpose.

“We want to go back to our worlds!” is the common cry heard throughout. Eternal regret was not what this divergent group bargained for. They are paying the price for throwing in with a cross-eyed visionary.

And the emergence of unwelcome company, in this living hell, does little to soothe their savage souls.

“Great Župzïð, our battle cruisers have been engaged!” Collapsar Axis has gone from being the fearless big dog in the neighborhood, to just another malcontent. Entire fighting forces are being added to the mix; those that were roving the “real” Great Expanse with bad intent.

“Contact their flagship. I would like to speak with its leader.”

The front-running ship’s commander breaks off his attack to speak with Župzïð, “You have hijacked my ships. We will fight you to the death.”

Collapsar’s sheer size makes it the likely culprit.

“It is not we who brought you here. We are the confederation called Collapsar Axis. We belong to a galaxy far from this one. We have lost our way.”

That is a Freudian slip if there ever was one. He meant to say, “We are lost,” lost in translation.

“We were engaging a sphere that looked like it was threatening our world,” admits the attacking commander. “Now we find ourselves among strange stars and being asked a ridiculous question. Are you the source of that message?”

That had been the exact mistake made by the Ÿ€Ð fleet back in the day and compounded by Župzïð’s ignorance to this very day.

“We are not the builders of ⃝    . We are victims as well.”

The would-be combatants share a bond of serendipitous proportions.

“Have you seen the beacon of light originating in the Terran system?” Collapsar’s builder asks.

“Yes. What does such a primitive species have to do with such a thing? We disregarded that message as well. It smells like a trap… all that talk of universal peace is for the weak!”

There is a pattern developing. When a certain choice is posed, the proper response is expected.

“Have you seen the beacon in this place?”

“No,” is the simple answer, asked and answered by both men.


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…This appears to be a starfield for feckless foreigners, having all the feel of a jail…

“We will return to Sexta A and reassess our strategic position.”

It is not easy turning around a mobile planetoid {just ask any self-respecting comet}, especially when you cannot find your way. If it is possible, Collapsar’s trail has turned ice cold.

“We appear to be in a singular galaxy. Sexta A or any other galaxies, known or otherwise, have ceased to exist.”

Related imageŽupzïð would issue an order if he had a clue. “You have been in this place for a long period of time. Is there anything that you do recognize?”

O is here, but it looks different.” A shiny black version of Lorgan has been lurking all along. When you peer at this version, the only things you see are the trillions of stars “There is evidence that other worlds have been wandering within these boundaries.”

This appears to be a starfield for feckless foreigners. It has the feel of a jail. Prison planets are scattered all over the “regular” universe, so the concept of confinement is far from foreign.

“The Great Expanse has no boundaries.”

“This one does. There are no stars at the end. ⃝    will not allow us to go no further.”

I am the how & why that blocks your way

Prove your worthiness and the light will show the way back

“Another stupid riddle,” apparently the Ÿ€Ð do not have aptitude or the appetite for them. “Keep a lookout for that ridiculous rotating beam from the Terran system. That will steer us in the right direction.”

What about the riddle, pilgrim?

Lights out this way are few and there is little detectable heat generated by what stars there are. It is like they have been hung in the sky, held in place by invisible strings. Harmonia’s lighthouse is nowhere to be seen.


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…In the bigger picture, you are seeing what Lorgan wants you to see…

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

Two Sides to a Mirror

A pane of glass is meant to look through not at. When you coat one side with a layer of silver and other coatings, you can no longer see through it. Instead you see your reflection. Needless to say, only a fool looks at the backside of a mirror.

For an untold and incalculable period of time, anything that faces Lorgan sees a reflection no matter at what distance. Just how that squares with the logic of physics remains a mystery. Are you staring at reality or some measure of perception, i.e. what you want to see? In the bigger picture, you are seeing what Lorgan wants you to see.

Just what did Collapsar Axis see the moment it decided to pull out of Harmonia? Župzïð the Last saw nothing but yawning darkness, before his cosmic caravan was dispatched from the timestem, unceremoniously so. Other of his followers saw tranquility or rest, but they were not in ultimate control of their fate.

Collapsar finds itself in a place with few stars, easily counted from any angle or field of view. Have they been shrunk to the size of a speck of space dust? Have they traversed one galaxy after another only to be reduced to a lonely habitat in a finite dimension?

Even the reunion with their lost fleet of twelve ships is surreal. Surely, the fleet must believe that they have been rescued from this empty place, only to be regarded as insects in a jar to Župzïð.

“What corner of the Great Expanse is this?” he pleads to the captain of the lead cruiser of the 12, who has been wandering aimlessly for months.

“Not a single parsec is recognizable Supreme Leader.”

Supreme Leader “insists” on positive responses.

We will return to Sexta A and reassess our strategic position.”


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