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Poganki (Rus)- small, poisonous mushrooms which usually grow after the fire or in the damp places. No one eats them

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Call it a sad humor

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They say that Russian humor is always laughter through tears. I would agree. But fairly recently I have discovered this trend in a such bastion of sarcasm and irony as British humor. In one British book the author described the face of GHW Bush on TV when he was announcing the Gulf War as "the most horrible face I have ever seen.' And I thought that maybe the author was right- I took a look at the GHW now and he looks like a nightmare. That prompted me to look more closely at the faces and I was amazed at the ugliness and repulsiveness of a lot of people in the swampy places of Power, Media and Money nowadays. It is not the actual fact that bothers me but rather the concentration of them, the %, so to speak, the actual shining of those whom Hemingway called "The people with the dignity of the hard chancre'- Poganki. So I hereby would like to line some of them up so that if you step on them in the woods or in the life you will know who they are and be prepared.

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The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.


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