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> Let's not forget the big core library which you need to implement if you want it to be usable at all

Wouldn't one just point the translator/compiler to whatever Ruby's equivalent is of /usr/lib/python2.7 and let it be "turtles all the way down"?

Core != Stdlib. Core is implemented in C. There are 111 methods just on the String class in coreā€¦

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