Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

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Inflation

September 12, 2013 ·

100 years of inflation, comparing Then to Now.  And this is essentially taking the government’s fudged numbers as fact, not even challenging the 2.5 – 3.5% figure that we’re bullshitted with all the time.

But of course we’re always told that all that government spending, the spending paid for by printed dollars, the printed dollars which inflate costs by deflating the value of the dollars already in circulation, increases GDP.  The so-called Keynesian “multiplier effect”.  Except $18,000,000,000,000 (yes, trillion) has produced only $1,000,000,000,000 of GDP.  I thought all government spending was counted in GDP?  Clearly, not so.

 

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Greece

November 19, 2012 ·

My beloved Hellas.

"And many a man whom law or fraud had sold
far from his god-built land, an outcast slave

 

I brought again to Athens; yea, and some
exiles from home through debt's oppressive load

Speaking no more the dear Athenian tongue
but wandering far and wide, I brought again;

And those that here in vilest slavery
crouched beneath a despot's frown, I set them free."

-- Solon, (c. BC 638 - BC 558), founder of Athenian democracy, after freeing the debt slaves

 

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Twain

August 29, 2012 ·

With thanks to Lew, this is excellent.  Mark Twain's 1901 version of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Mine eyes have seen the orgy of the launching of the Sword;
He is searching out the hoardings where the stranger’s wealth is stored;
He hath loosed his fateful lightnings, and with woe and death has scored;
His lust is marching on.

I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded him an altar in the Eastern dews and damps;
I have read his doomful mission by the dim and flaring lamps—
His night is marching on.

I have read his bandit gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my pretensions, so with you my wrath shall deal;
Let the faithless son of Freedom crush the patriot with his heel;
Lo, Greed is marching on!”

We have legalized the strumpet and are guarding her retreat;
Greed is seeking out commercial souls before his judgement seat;
O, be swift, ye clods, to answer him! be jubilant my feet!
Our god is marching on!

In a sordid slime harmonious Greed was born in yonder ditch,
With a longing in his bosom—and for others’ goods an itch.
As Christ died to make men holy, let men die to make us rich—
Our god is marching on.

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Charity

July 27, 2012 ·

As the Good Book notes, charity without ????? is false, a sin (and a slap to the Greek language).  It's also contra-Biblical, which is no suprise, if you actually pay attention to God's word.  Thanks to a friend of a friend (Ken Bagnull) for this passage from 2 Samuel 24:24:

"But the king replied to Araunah, 'No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.'"

Seriously, how does anyone believe that giving from someone else's wallet is charitible?

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Watch money.

April 02, 2012 ·

“Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue.  When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion—when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed.  Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality.  It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.”

Not my quote, but to the point.

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Burke and modern politics

March 30, 2012 ·

I’m not much familiar with Burke, but this is a though-provoking look at Burke in light of current political discourse.  Some really good stuff in here.

“What they should be doing instead is the hard intellectual and spiritual work of reflection, raising their minds above the sordid state of affairs surrounding us and searching for a timeless understanding of our essential natures which will serve us in the work of social renewal.”

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on war prayers

January 21, 2012 ·

A lift from Norman Horn this morning:

"Almighty king of Sabaoth, that is, of armies, you determine both war and peace for the regions of the earth by means of your angels appointed for the task. You gave new heart and strength to the boy David, so that although he was small, without weapons, and unskilled in war he attacked and overthrew the giant Goliath with a sling. If we are fighting for a just cause, if we are forced to fight, I pray you, first, to turn the hearts of our enemies to the desire for peace, so that no Christian blood may be spilt upon the earth; or to spread the fear that men call panic; or to let victory be gained with the least shedding of blood and the smallest loss by those whose cause is more pleasing to you, so that the war may be quickly concluded and we may sing songs of triumph with one accord to you, who reign in all and above all. Amen."
-- Erasmus, "Some New Prayers" (CWE, 69:137)

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on Public Education

January 13, 2012 ·

What a condemnation.

“I feel ashamed that so many of us cannot imagine a better way to do things than locking children up all day in cells instead of letting them grow up knowing their families, mingling with the world, assuming real obligations, striving to be independent and self-reliant and free...I don’t mean to be inflammatory, but it’s as if government schooling made people dumber, not brighter; made families weaker, not stronger...the training field for these grotesque human qualities is the classroom. Schools train individuals to respond as a mass. Boys and girls are drilled in being bored, frightened, envious, emotionally needy, and generally incomplete. A successful mass production economy requires such a clientele. A small business, small farm economy like that of the Amish requires individual competence, thoughtfulness, compassion, and universal participation; our own requires a managed mass of leveled, spiritless, anxious, family-less, friendless, godless, and obedient people who believe the difference between Cheers and Seinfeld is a subject worth arguing about. An executive director of the National Education Association announced that his organization expected ‘to accomplish by education what dictators in Europe are seeking to do by compulsion and force.’ You can’t get much clearer than that. WWII drove the project underground, but hardly retarded its momentum. Following cessation of global hostilities, school became a major domestic battleground for the scientific rationalization of social affairs through compulsory indoctrination.”

-- John Taylor Gatto

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What does it all mean?

October 28, 2011 ·

Number 9, in particular, is most excellent, although the whole thing is good.

"[The typical 25-year-old] should also be aware that when it comes to matters of money and economics, most of the ostensibly-learned discussants are sadly espousing ideas no more advanced or well-founded than were those of sixteenth century alchemists and leeches in the science of metallurgy or medicine."

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there it is

October 23, 2011 ·

Two simple truths that matter to all of us.

"We can accept these facts or we can continue to play political games and our economy and political system will collapse.  This is not conjecture, it is a mathematical certainty."

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