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: October 2011

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."

Tags: politics

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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Great thoughts on programming

October 19, 2011 ·

Getting stuck ... more accurately:  not getting stuck.  Really solid stuff.

Tags: software development

Debt Bondage

October 18, 2011 ·

"Peonage", as one of the commentors points out, is debt-slavery, and, boy, have we Americans embraced it, for all that the Bible warns us against exactly this.  No wonder God goes to such lengths to school us to avoid debt any way we can, and if we fall to it, to get out as quickly as we can.  This assumption of life-long, revolving peonage is simply insane (and unsafe).

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full explanation

October 16, 2011 ·

Well, OK, not necessarily a 'full' explanation, but this post is an excellent overview of what financialization really is and how it has been used to cause not only an explosion in prices (that is, inflation) but also the direct theft of our wealth by the large banks and financial institutions.  All supported by, even encouraged by, our national government.

"The solution is not to demand "free stuff" or "fairness."

"The only solution is to remove the excess leverage from the economy - to get rid of the debt that has been accumulated and force recognition of the fact that not only are many people bankrupt but the financial institutions are as well.  Only when the balance sheets on both sides are cleared can the economy recover."

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