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: May 2010

Leave Us Kids Alone

May 30, 2010 ·

To quote Peter Venkman, "Mother Pussbucket!"

This s#!t is out of control.

Ban the Nanny State first and let everything else work itself out, for the love of all that is good and decent.

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Dangers of corporations

May 29, 2010 ·

Corporations are generally only dangerous in the context of government collusion, particularly in the US. Because corporations do not have access to force as a suasive means, in order to be 'dangerous', there pretty much needs to be collusion with an arm of the government. Regulation is exactly this sort of corporate / government collusion, in that most regulation doesn't benefit a market or a set of consumers to nearly the extent that it protects a segment of the companies already involved in the specific market being regulated.

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deliciously eggheaded reading

May 26, 2010 ·

Gotta get into this one on the Subjects of the Constitution, a somewhat novel way of dealing with judicial conundrums by reconsidering what the judicial role actually is.

Focus first on the "who", then on the "when", rather than the "HOW was the Constitution violated" question?  The theory is that why can only proceed from who, and secondarily when.  Can't wait to read it.

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Play On, Play On

May 25, 2010 ·

Duh.  No, really.  Our entire generation grew up with "more violent" movies, "more violent" TV, and the first, untested, unexperience wave of violent video games.  And we're not all axe murderers ... we're not even all gun muderers.  And neither are "kids today".

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The Economy and Money

May 13, 2010 ·

From my buddy Steve:

A few things everyone should know about the economy and money. If you are interested in more you can start with these websites:

A few good books to start with:

  • Economics for Real People
  • Economics in One Lesson
  • What Has Government Done to Our Money
  • End the Fed

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