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We know that Arabic doesn't even have capital letters.

But they do know about transliteration, and probably have rules for it,

Yeah, lots of different ones, so it doesn't help.
Anyway, it should be Usama, not Osama. There is no vowel "o" in standard Arabic.
\\P. Schultz
Has anyone written a Soundex system for Arabic names yet?

In the first place, if it was for Arabic
orthography, it would only help Arabs.
In the second place, it's not needed, because the
ambiguities and spelling variations that
characterize Western names don't exist for Arab names.

In the third place, if you mean a Soundex system
for transliterated Arab names, it wouldn't be
useful. There are too many undisambiguatable
ambiguities.
\\P. Schultz
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Has anyone written a Soundex system for Arabic names yet?

In the first place, if it was for Arabic orthography, it would only help Arabs. In the second place, it's ... if you mean a Soundex system for transliterated Arab names, it wouldn't be useful. There are too many undisambiguatable ambiguities.

It wouldn't be useful? Even a little help would be useful. If I look up 'al Qaeda', I should get results for 'al-Qaida', 'Alqaida', 'al Qaida', etc. There are several issues that occur often, the previous, it can also be seen in 'Taliban' permutations, and those based on sounds that end up transliterated as 'X', 'Kh', 'K' and 'G', the leader of Libya being a good example of that.

Personal accounts are good because they lessen the liability against future taxes of the retiree while sequestering the funds he's been paying in so they cannot be used to mask current general fund deficits.
What it boils down to, apparently, is that others must accept your logic, or else you will kill them.

Werl, sure. Look about you; it's the only known effective algorithm.
happens when you go out and start wars.

Yep. Mess with us and we'll kill yer toddlers! Should we put that on our coins?

I know a true man would approve.
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My, a new usage of 'mankind'. Could you count me out please?

Nope. We're all in this together. Mankind also contributed lots of money to the tsunami victims, and killed 6 million ... and slaughtered all the Neanderthals so we could have Europe, and hosts a Miss Universe Pageant every year. Yay, Mankind!!

Mankind evidently overlooked a number of Neanderthals. I find them not only in Europe; a good few have emigrated to America.
There are some desires which, though very powerful, have not, as a rule, any great political importance. Most men at some period of their lives desire to marry, but as a rule they can satisfy this desire without having to take any political action. There are, of course, exceptions; the rape of the Sabine women is a case in point. And the development of northern Australia is seriously impeded by the fact that the vigorous young men who ought to do the work dislike being wholly deprived of female society. But such cases are unusual, and in general the interest that men and women take in each other has little influence upon politics.The desires that are politically important may be divided into a primary and a secondary group. In the primary group come the necessities of life: food and shelter and clothing. When these things become very scarce, there is no limit to the efforts that men will make, or to the violence that they will display, in the hope of securing them. It is said by students of the earliest history that, on four separate occasions, drought in Arabia caused the population of that country to overflow into surrounding regions, with immense effects, political, cultural, and religious.

The last of these four occasions was the rise of Islam. The gradual spread of Germanic tribes from southern Russia to England, and thence to San Francisco, had similar motives. Undoubtedly the desire for food has been, and still is, one of the main causes of great political events.
But man differs from other animals in one very important respect, and that is that he has some desires which are, so to speak, infinite, which can never be fully gratified, and which would keep him restless even in Paradise. The boa constrictor, when he has had an adequate meal, goes to sleep, and does not wake until he needs another meal. Human beings, for the most part, are not like this. When the Arabs, who had been used to living sparingly on a few dates, acquired the riches of the Eastern Roman Empire, and dwelt in palaces of almost unbelievable luxury, they did not, on that account, become inactive.

Hunger could no longer be a motive, for Greek slaves supplied them with exquisite viands at the slightest nod. But other desires kept them active: four in particular, which we can label acquisitiveness, rivalry, vanity, and love of power.

to be continued tomorrow.
This is part of an installment of Bertrand Russell's 1950 Nobel Lecture "What Desires Are Politically Important". The full text is at http://xahlee.org/Periodic dosage dir/ p2/russell-lecture.html

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My, a new usage of 'mankind'. Could you count me out please?

Nope. We're all in this together. Mankind also contributed lots of money to the tsunami victims, and killed 6 million ... and slaughtered all the Neanderthals so we could have Europe, and hosts a Miss Universe Pageant every year. Yay, Mankind!!

Indeed, a great solution to all
with some 'unbewaltigde vergangenheit'.
Don't worry, mankind did it,
Jan

"A small bomb to me, a great bomb for mankind: (Col. Tibbet)
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But they do know about transliteration, and probably have rules for it,

Yeah, lots of different ones, so it doesn't help. Anyway, it should be Usama, not Osama. There is no vowel "o" in standard Arabic.

Depends on the language you want to transliterate to,

Jan
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