Journey in Life: 10/08/15

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

"Cut to the heart" nghĩa là gì?

All day long, I've been having intermittent Twitter problems. Oh well. Photo courtesy Mr.TinDC.

'Cut to the heart' có từ cut là xẻ, mổ và từ heart là điểm mấu chốt, chủ yếu; vì thế cụm từ này có nghĩa là mổ xẻ từng chi tiết, tới tận trung tâm vấn đề; ngoài ra còn có nghĩa là bị xúc phạm hoặc bị phản bội; làm đau lòng, chạm tự ái, tổn thương tình cảm.

Ví dụ
Differences on the nature and form of federalism (chế độ liên bang) cut to the heart of Nepal's political predicament (tình thế khó khăn).

Clinton's comment cut to the heart of a lively debate about what role, if any, China's top leader should have at the U.N. summit.

Lena Dunham's concerns cut to the heart of one of the main problems at Twitter and at similar social networks: Anonymity breeds pestilential  (độc hại, quấy rầy, làm khó chịu) human behavior.

During a dispute over which denomination (giáo phái), Catholic (Thiên chúa giáo) or Orthodox (Chính thống giáo), would have principal access to holy sites, Czar Nicholas I demanded recognition of his right to act as “protector” of all Orthodox subjects of the Ottoman Empire, a significant population stretching across strategic territories. The demand—which amounted to a right of intervention in the affairs of a foreign state—was couched in the terms of universal moral principles but cut to the heart of Ottoman sovereignty.

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"Tour de force" nghĩa là gì?

Top Secret CIA Putin Threat Analysis. Photo courtesy Thomas.

'Tour de force' (tiếng Pháp) nghĩa là thành công, thành tựu (một cách khéo léo, một cách xuất sắc) (an impressive performance or achievement that has been accomplished or managed with great skill; triumph, masterpiece, achievement, success, masterful performance, magnum opus).

Ví dụ
Putin's Syria tour de force.

Ted Cruz' tour de force on the Senate floor.

Carrey's latest comedic tour de force.

Calculations of power without a moral dimension will turn every disagreement into a test of strength; ambition will know no resting place (nơi yên nghỉ, nấm mồ); countries will be propelled into unsustainable tours de force of elusive (khó nắm bắt) calculations regarding the shifting configuration of power.

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Lời thú tội của một sát thủ kinh tế

This excellent short film from activist Wesley PP Hall does a fantastic job of simplifying concepts that our leaders and mainstream media would prefer us to dismiss as confusing or complex. The voiceover is provided by John Perkins, who wrote the book ‘Confessions of an Economic Hitman’, a shocking expose of international corruption.

nguyên nhân sâu xa của nghèo đói, chiến tranh và khủng bố, đó là...

hệ thống ngân hàng toàn cầu, chủ nghĩa tư bản???

The producer combines Perkins’s powerful words with great visuals to successfully link a whole range of topics together in an easy-to-understand (and hard-hitting) way. Perkins speaks openly about how the global banking system works, and how it is directly linked to other issues, such as war and increased terrorism.

In a nutshell, Perkins explains how developing countries are targeted for their resources, then offered loans. The money doesn’t go to the people, of course, it goes to corporations who build infrastructure under the pretense of aid, usually destroying the environment in the process. Later, the masses- who never received anything beneficial from the loans in the first place- are expected to foot the bill. When the country’s debt is too large to pay back, bribery is used:”Sell us your oil at a low price, sell us a pound of flesh…let us build a military base here, that kind of thing,” Perkins explains.

Then, he says, “where we fail, the jackals go in to overthrow or assassinate the leaders. Where the jackals fail- as they did in Iraq– then we send in the military.” Perkins concludes that this sick pattern of disposing of (often democratically elected) politicians in order to gain control of a country‘s resources is a key contributing factor to terrorism, and it causes “an unsafe, unjust, unsustainable and very very dangerous world.”

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