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.

Entries for month: December 2009

paint notes

December 28, 2009 ·

All paints Sherwin-Williams.

Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Room:  Classic Light Buff, on Extra White base, Super Paint, Interior Satin Latex
     Y3 Deep Gold - 3 1 -

White trim is non-tinted Extra White base, Pro-classic, Semi-gloss Acrylic Latex

Living Room, green wall:  Artichoke, on Deep base, Super Paint, Interior Satin Latex
     B1 Black - 56 1 1
     G2 Green - 37 - -
     N1 Raw Umber - 19 - -
     Y3 Deep Gold 4 14 1 1

Tags: miscellany


December 17, 2009 ·

So, here's the quote of the day:

"Europol says that in some EU countries, up to 90 percent of the entire market volume is fraudulent."

What's the topic and the market in question?  The EU's cap and trade system for carbon credits.  Yes, you read that correctly:  90% of the freakin' market is fraudulent.  Oh, and it's mostly controlled by the mob.

I think this just about sums it all up:
In the words of Christopher Booker of the Telegraph: "Forget Big Oil: the new world power is Big Carbon. Truly it has been a miracle of our time that they have managed to transform carbon dioxide, a gas upon which all life on earth depends, into a 'pollutant,' worth more than diamonds, let alone oil. And many of those now gathered in Copenhagen are making a great deal of money out of it."


Tags: politics

Please don't think it will be cheaper

December 03, 2009 ·

"In 2000 the average federal civilian compensation was $76,187, while private sector employees earned $45,772. In 2008, while those not embraced by the comfortable, recession-proof arms of the federal government have seen their average compensation grow to only $59,909, federal workers now take home a whopping average of $119,982." -

So, let's see if we've got that average compensation straight:

Employment 2000 2008 % Change
Federal Gov't $76,187 $119,982  57%
Private Enterprise $45,772 $59,909  31%
Fed vs Private 166% 200%  20%

So, not only was the federal pay scale 66% more than the private in 2000, but over the next years the gap widened by another 20% even on top of the 31% growth in the average private compensation, due to a phenomenal increase of 57% in average federal compensation over a mere 8 years.  The net result: average compensation across the Washington establishment is fully double the average compensation of production Americans.

Bottom line is that, if you think FannieMed would be cheaper than private insurance, it's just highly unlikely that would be true, even if we didn't reform our current disastrous mess.  No one with much sense is recommending that we stay with the status quo, but this sort of thing is a factor in why many of us with a grip on the historical and current facts are strongly against a government takeover at any level of the process.

Tags: politics

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