Archive for February 26th, 2016

The Bible on should we profit from our relatives/strangers?

February 26, 2016

Sarah Skwire has this interesting discussion on the topic.

After all whom to lend and not to lend and on what terms is critical to evolution of banking.

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Municipalities and neighborhoods establish local currencies to invigorate their communities..

February 26, 2016

Marina Primorac of IMF has this nice piece on local currencies:

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Economic strategies of various candidates standing for US Presidential elections..

February 26, 2016

Michael Boskin of Stanford Univ sums up the different economic strategies:

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Prof. Anatoly Liberman’s quest for the history of lost words…

February 26, 2016

This is a superb profile of Prof Anatoly Liberman (of Univ of Minnesota) who is trying to figure out the origins of common words

Anatoly Liberman is a tall man with a slight stoop and an accent that is hard to place. The stoop comes from decades spent searching for the hidden history of words in one of the fifteen languages he can read. It may also be from the weight bearing down on his shoulders as he races the clock. At the age of seventy-nine he is trying to finish one of the greatest achievements in the annals of lexicography: a history, as complete as possible, of some the last words in the English language whose origins remain unknown.

They are simple words, common words, but words whose origins are a mystery: he, she,girl, pimp, ever, gawk, yet. We use these words every day, but Liberman has been working for thirty years to unearth their roots. His sharp mind, breadth of language, and sense of mission have kept him moving steadily toward that goal for the last half of his life. He is driven by the knowledge that if he were gone, no one would have the depth of linguistic knowledge, let alone the drive, to complete his work.

One is short of words  to see the effort and joy of discovery Prof gets while discovering the origins:

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