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: June 2011

Platonic Guardians

June 22, 2011 ·

Yes, but who's watching the Watchmen?  Are they fucking serious??  First we get czars for everything ... really?? Tsars? Czars? Ceasars?  What about no man being set up to be King under the US Constitution?  Now we're going to get life & death panels established under Plato's model?  For those weak on their Greek literature, here's a snippet from The Republic itself.

"by law…such an art of medicine…[which] will care for the bodies and souls of such of your citizens as are truly wellborn, but those who are not, such as are defective in body, they will suffer to die, and those who are evil-natured and incurable in soul they will themselves put to death. This certainly…has been shown to be the best thing for the sufferers themselves and for the state."

Gee, sounds grand ...

Tags: politics

Gold Bubble

June 15, 2011 ·

The whole thing is good, but I thought this was an excellent, quick test for determining bubble vs inflation, really for anything not just gold.

"There are ways to measure if gold was in a bubble. You simply take the official gold supply numbers, multiply that by the market price and compare that number with the money supply. If you do that within the United States, you would come to a result of 17 percent. But in 1980, when gold was at $850 per ounce, that number was actually over 100 percent. In other words, at that point gold was so high that every holder of a dollar could have gone to the Fed, cashed in for gold and the United States still would have gold left over. In that situation, where the market value of gold is higher than 100 percent of the money supply, that is arguably a bubble. But we are nowhere near that number today, it is not 100 percent, it is about 17 percent."

The discussion towards the end of Middle Eastern countries asking for metals in exchange for oil is also very interesting.

Tags: politics

Christ and Muslims

June 10, 2011 ·

An excellent piece that cuts through so much emotional rhetoric and really zeroes in on social and political truths and then holds it all up to the light of the true Christ.  Just excellent.

Tags: Chrisitanity

The source of revolution

June 06, 2011 ·

Death by a thousand cuts, isn't that what they say?

"Revolutions happen not upon every little mismanagement in publick affairs. Great mistakes in the ruling part, many wrong and inconvenieng Laws, and all the slips of humane frailty will be born by the People, without mutiny or murmur. But if a long train of Abuses, Prevarications, and Artifices, all tending the same way, make the design visible to the People, and they cannot but feel, what they lie under, and see, whither they are going; ’tis not to be wonder’d, that they should then rouze themselves, and endeavour to put the rule into such hands, which may secure to them the ends for which Government was at first erected."
-- John Locke (1691, Economic Writings and Two Treatises of Governmentchap. 19, sect. 225; Locke’s emphasis)

Tags: politics

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