Journey in Life: May 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Quá choáng

một phụ nữ ngồi ở thành bể bơi khách sạn và... cạo lông chân
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The woman sits perched on the edge (đường mép, đường rìa) of the water scraping (cạo, nạo) away with a razor (dao cạo)

A group of children happily paddle (lội nước, vầy) back and forth in front of her as she shaves

'If public pools (bể bơi công cộng) have taught me anything, it's that people are disgusting (đáng kinh tởm, nhục nhã, hổ thẹn) animals (động vật).' wrote one social media user

Chơi chó chó liếm mặt

người đàn ông iowa vẫn đang nằm viện vì bị chó bắn :D
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The bizarre (kỳ quái, kỳ dị) incident (việc bất ngờ xảy ra; việc xô xát, rắc rối) occurred Wednesday.

Richard Remme, 51, told 911 dispatchers (người gửi đi, người điều vận) that he had been playing (chơi) with his dog (chó), a Labrador-pit bull mix named Balew, when the dog accidentally (tình cờ, ngẫu nhiên) hit his gun.

The gun fired, injuring Remme.

"Unfortunately, in this case, you can't foresee things that can happen, and this was just one of those freak (điều kỳ dị, người dị hợm) accidents (rủi ro, tai nạn), Wrestling around with your dog, you wouldn't think it could happen, but it did and it was unfortunate."

Remme said Balew is a "big wuss" and instantly started whining (rên rỉ, than van, khóc nhè) after the gun fired, as though he knew something went wrong...

Câu hỏi thường thức

liệu tảo biển có khiến bò đánh rắm ít thối hơn không nhỉ?
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Early indications (biểu thị, dấu hiệu; tác dụng chữa được bệnh gì, chủ trị) of a UC Davis study show feeding dairy cows seaweed (rong biển, tảo biển) may reduce (giảm) methane emissions (phát thải) caused by their belching (ợ to),

...The two test groups eat seaweed sweetened with molasses (mật đường) for two weeks at a time before returning to a normal diet for a week. Each cow eats a snack from an open-air device that simultaneously (đồng thời) measures (đo lường, đo đạc) their breath's (hơi thở) methane content. Their milk is also tested for yield, flavor and nutritional content throughout the experiment.

California lawmakers passed legislation in 2016 that forced owners of the state's 1.4 million dairy cows to cut methane emissions by 40 percent by 2030. Dairy farmers have experimented with greenhouse gas reduction techniques such as methane digesters in recent years in hopes of finding a cost-effective way to comply with the new regulations. Cows emit methane primarily through belching as well as defecation (đại tiện) and flatulence (đầy hơi; tự cao tự đại, rỗng tuếch).

“Results are not final, but so far we are seeing substantial emission reductions," Kebreab said...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

"Wise after the event" nghĩa là gì?

mỗi cú đánh phải quyết trong 1 tích tắc thôi... Photo courtesy Marianne Bevis.

'Wise after the event' nghĩa là giải thích cái gì sau khi nó xảy ra rồi (chứ không dự đoán được); chuyện xảy ra rồi mới nói.

Ví dụ
It is easy to be wise after the event. Professional tennis players have to handle so many things and have to take quick decisions. They may not be right all the time, but their decisions reveal their character and attitude.

Of course, it’s easy to be wise after the event, but with the shockwaves still rippling through the business community, is he right? Does there need to be fundamental changes to the way British businesses operate and what can we learn from Carillion’s demise to make sure such a large-scale failure does not happen again?

The report also didn't hold back in its criticism of the role of The Pensions Regulator (TPR), with MPs suggesting they had ‘no confidence' in the leadership of that organisation. It was even briefed to the press ahead of the launch that the report might call for the abolition of the regulator or its merger with the Pension Protection Fund, though the final report did not contain this recommendation. But is such criticism fair, or is it a case of everyone being wise after the event?

Phạm Hạnh


Kiếm việc mà làm đi chứ

bố mẹ kiện lên tòa án, yêu cầu tòa bắt đứa con 30 tuổi (thất nghiệp) ra khỏi nhà...
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An upstate New York judge Tuesday ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents’ house after they went to court to have him ejected (tống ra, đuổi ra).

Michael Rotondo told the judge he knows his parents want him out of the split-level ((nhà, phòng) có sàn của phòng này ở nửa chừng (cao hơn hay thấp hơn) phòng bên cạnh) ranch (nông trại) they share. But he argued that as a family member, he’s entitled to six months more time.

State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood rejected that as outrageous, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported.

Rotondo told reporters he’ll appeal (kháng án).

Mark and Christina Rotondo brought the court case after several eviction (đuổi ra khỏi nhà, trục xuất) letters offering money and other help were ignored.

..."Michael, here is $1,100 from us to you so you can find a place to stay," a Feb. 18 letter starts. It goes on to suggest he sell his stereo, some tools and any weapons he may have to gain money and space. "There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you," the letter reads. "Get one — you have to work!"

Cơ hội tăng thu từ nguồn khách Trung Quốc

nghĩ xem có cách nào không, 

chỉ riêng năm 2017, họ chi tiêu cao nhất thế giới, gần 260 tỷ usd, mà phần lớn là... ở châu phi (hơn cả ở nhật bản và úc), do có sự hợp tác chặt chẽ của ngân hàng 2 nước, đưa ra các chương trình khuyến mãi hấp dẫn đối với thẻ tín dụng...
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Chinese travelers are the world’s top tourism spenders, shelling out (trả tiền, thường là miễn cưỡng) almost $260 billion in 2017 alone. A growing part of that spend is now happening in Africa, encouraged by relaxed visa rules, increased interested in the continent’s cultural and historical sites, and a initiatives that seek to appeal to Chinese tourists.

Last week, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China launched a joint loyalty program with Kenya’s Stanbic Bank, aiming to create incentives (động cơ thúc đẩy, khuyến khích) for travel, shopping, and leisure to tourists visiting the two nations. The “I Go Kenya—I Go China” scheme follows the bank’s similar program in South Africa last year, which rewarded its cardholders by offering a range of discounts and special offers from merchants (thương nhân, chủ tiệm) across the travel, hospitality and lifestyle sectors. The state-owned financial behemoth (động vật khổng lồ, một thứ gì đó khổng lồ và mạnh mẽ) is doing this as part of its plan to internationalize (quốc tế hóa), and push its banking card product abroad.

Meanwhile, Africa is becoming increasingly attractive destination for Chinese tourists. A recent survey by the global travel platform Travelzoo found that the continent was the top destination of choice for Chinese tourists seeking more adventurous holidays in 2018, beating Japan and Australia. Visitors were especially drawn to Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Namibia, Madagascar, and Tanzania...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

"Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones" nghĩa là gì?

Google không thể bình luận gì vụ Facebook + Analytica. Photo courtesy Book Catalog.

'Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones' = sống trong nhà kính thì đừng ném đã -> nghĩa là sờ gáy mình rồi hãy nói xấu người khác.

Ví dụ
Green MSP Ross Greer defended his parliamentary colleagues: “David Mundell hasn’t given a straight answer to a single question I’ve asked him over the last two years so I’d suggest he doesn’t throw stones in the glass house of misunderstanding Brexit.

For Republicans like Trump and Conway who gloat when Democrats are accused, beware. It’s true that neither political party has a monopoly on virtue. But this White House is the ultimate glass house, and it would be wise not to throw stones. In fact, we’d all be better off focusing on a strategy that protects women rather than scoring political points.

You'd think in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which embroiled Silicon Valley frenemy Facebook earlier this year, Google would've taken a strong position against the companies who use and abuse your personal data for money or influence. The reality is that Google can't throw stones from the glass house it's in. Google makes far more money off its users than Facebook has, and arguably collects more user data than any other company and most governments -- including browsing histories, location data, emails, and your calendar. Its ads were abused by the Russians during the 2016 presidential election campaign. And the company has been hit by privacy scandal after privacy scandal in the past few years, ranging from sizable, like tracking users without their permission, to significant, like Android apps tracking children.

Phạm Hạnh

Những nhà giáo truyền lửa

một thầy giáo toán đã nghỉ hưu, vẫn muốn tạo điều khác biệt cho thế hệ tương lai,

nên lái oto khắp đất nước, đỗ xe trước nhà người lạ và... thủ dâm, một hành động dẫn tới sự ra đời của 79 đứa trẻ...

hiến tinh đó mà, và vợ thầy hoàn toàn thoải mái với điều này ;)
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After retiring from his career as a maths teachers, Clive decided he still wanted to make a difference to future generations.

And to do so, he drives up and down the country pleasuring himself in his van in front of strangers' houses - a move that has so far resulted in 65 kids and another 14 on the way.

But he's not a creep (=a detestable person, người đáng ghét, đáng ghê tởm) - he just gives his sperm (tinh trùng) away for free to help women have children.

Whereas sperm from a fertility clinic would usually cost around £6,000, Staffordshire-resident Clive gives his away for free.

Often spending an entire day on the road, he drives his van to wherever he's needed, climbs into the back and fills a syringe (xơ-ranh, ống tiêm, ống chích; vòi phụt nước) with his sperm, which he keeps warm under his arm until handing it over...

Bài trước: Gã hàng xóm ồn ào

Chắc chắn ai đó sẽ xuống địa ngục

cảnh sát nói linh mục đến nhà thờ thì thấy một đôi trai gái đang làm tình dưới bức tượng Đức Mẹ Đồng Trinh ;)
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Seaside Heights police say 43-year-old Anthony Getchius, of Newark, and 48-year-old Noelle Smart, of Jersey City, are facing lewdness (tính dâm đãng, dâm dật) charges.

Authorities say the pair was found around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in "a sacred (thần thánh, thiêng liêng; sùng kính, bất khả xâm phạm; long trọng) area" on the grounds of Our Lady of Perpetual (vĩnh viễn, bất diệt; suốt đời, chung thân) Help. They were in a secluded (hẻo lánh, ít người tới thăm; ẩn dật) garden located between the rectory (nhà ở của linh mục, nhà ở của hiệu trưởng) and the church, which is next door to police headquarters.

Bài trước: Luôn có sẵn

Monday, May 28, 2018

"A rolling stone gathers no moss" nghĩa là gì?

Stone lanterns covered with moss in Japanese city Nara. Photo courtesy Joanna Pędzich-Opioła.

'A rolling stone gather no moss' = đá lăn lóc cóc bám rêu -> nghĩa là nếu một người không ổn định một chỗ (làm, ở v.v...) thì khó tích lũy được tài sản, địa vị, trách nhiệm, hay cam kết... (a person who does not settle in one place will not accumulate wealth, status, responsibilities, or commitments); một nghề cho chín còn hơn chín nghề. 

đây là nghĩa được tra mới, hồi sinh viên học có thấy giải thích là 'luôn vận động thì không bao giờ buồn chán', các bạn xem ví dụ có đúng ko...

Ví dụ
They say a rolling stone gathers no moss, which means Wyvern Lingo have done their share of rotations down the hill over the past few years. The Bray trio – childhood friends who forged lasting musical bonds as they grew older – have pretty much reinvented themselves in the past four years.

The Starbucks Corporation could not be a more perfect example of the proverb, “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” Rampant (lan tràn, cực kỳ phát triển, không bị kiềm chế) global expansion (mở rộng toàn cầu), along with diversification (đa dạng hóa) and risk taking (chấp nhận rủi ro) in the areas of product testing (thử nghiệm sản phẩm), employee relations (quan hệ với cán bộ nhân viên), technology, and sustainability, have all propelled (đẩy đi, đẩy tới) the coffee mega-chain into lifestyle-brand status.

A rolling stone gathers no moss. Seriously, as a businessman yourself, you know that one teeters (lảo đảo, bập bênh) between the euphoria (niềm phấn khích, phê) of new ideas and the angst (cảm giác lo âu, lo sợ) that everything will collapse (sụp đổ) for an untold reason (lý do không được kể lại, không được nói ra). Reality (thực tế) will turn out to lie somewhere between the two, more often than not in green, i.e. in positive territory.

Phạm Hạnh

Lễ hội bia Oktoberfest ở công viên Hibiya

tại Nhật, đúng ngày này 8 năm trước, 28/5/2010 :)


Bài trước: Vuvuzela Beer Club - Số 8 Tràng Thi

Schnapsidee nghĩa là gì?
Utepils nghĩa là gì?

Luôn có sẵn

một đàn ông florida bị phát hiện đi bộ khỏa thân, trên tay cầm sẵn lọ dầu ăn... :))
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The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a homeowner at 8:30 p.m. on May 17 saying home security footage caught a naked (khỏa thân) man, later identified (xác định danh tính) as 63-year-old Joseph John Musso walking around near his home.

When deputies arrived, they saw him walking with a plastic bottle of cooking oil because he "liked to rub it on his legs,".

After a brief chase, and a struggle to handcuff (còng số 8) Musso, a deputy used a Taser and arrested him. Musso told deputies that "he receives sexual gratification (hài lòng, vừa lòng) by being naked in public," WEAR TV reported.

...According to county court records, Musso faces charges of indecent (không đứng đắn, không đoan trang, khiếm nhã) exposure, lewd (dâm dật) and lascivious (dâm đãng, khiêu dâm) behavior (hành vi), resisting an officer (chống người thi hành công vụ) and loitering (đi quanh quẩn vô công rồi nghề, lảng vảng). He was released May 18 on $3,000 bond.

Ý thức nâng lên nhờ nghệ thuật cộng đồng

các nghệ sĩ hà lan phản đối dự án nghệ thuật ở thành phố (do nghệ sĩ châu âu nước ngoài thiết kế và lắp đặt) bằng một đài phun nước cao 7,5 m với... hơn 220 dương vật bằng gỗ, đặt tại nhà vệ sinh công cộng, sẽ phun nước khi người dùng xì nước hố xí...
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when the Dutch city of Leeuwarden commissioned 11 fountains by modern artists to celebrate being made European capital of culture 2018, it probably didn’t expect such stiff (cứng rắn, kiên quyết, không nhân nhượng) opposition (phản đối).

Internationally renowned (nổi tiếng) sculptors (nghệ sĩ điêu khắc) – including the British artists Cornelia Parker and Lucy Orta – each designed a fountain for one of 11 cities in the province of Friesland. For the city of Workum, Parker took her inspiration from a pair of lions on a 17th-century coat of arms, designing two huge replicas, with water spouting from their claws.

But a group of local artists were not happy with what they saw as the elitist imposition of outside art on their small city. Their response? A crowdfunded 7.5-metre (25ft) fountain adorned with more than 220 wooden penises (dương vật). Inside is a public toilet. When you flush, the penises start to squirt.

Henk de Boer, the artist behind the penis fountain, says he decided on a phallic (dương vật) design from the Dutch expression Jan Lul, used to describe someone who is excluded, and which roughly translates to “John Willy”. Besides, the penis is “the quintessential (tinh hoa, tinh túy) fountain”, he says.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

"The fat is in the fire" nghĩa là gì?

"thằng béo" gây rắc rối... Photo courtesy Marco Verch.

'The fat is in the fire' = mỡ đang trên chảo -> nghĩa là sắp gặp rắc rối (something has happened that will surely lead to an unpleasant result or angry reaction).

Ví dụ
This is the practical truth and now the fat is in the fire so to speak as the gun owners knew this was the end game for all ‘common sense’ gun laws. The reality I see is that the heartland will likely not play along and thus practically I don’t see the 2nd getting repealed ever. As a long time gun owner, and target shooter, I think getting necessary votes are practically impossible.

On the Monday when Butterfield revealed the existence of a taping system before the committee, in open session, all of us reporters in the Senate Caucus Room looked at each other with a look that said, "The fat is in the fire now." Being able to hear the exchange between Dean and Nixon on alleged hush money would resolve who was telling the truth. The implications of that were earthshaking (gây chấn động toàn cầu).

If North Korea detonated a nuclear (hạt nhân) device at 150 kilometers altitude (độ cao so với mặt biển) above New York City, the line-of-sight circle would impact the entire Eastern Seaboard of the United States. EMP effects could shut down our electric power grid for many months, if not indefinitely. So, it seems clear to me that the "fat is in the fire" already. President Trump does not have months to prepare to block such scenarios (kịch bản) — not only test scenarios, but also direct EMP attacks (tấn công) on the United States.

Phạm Hạnh


Vợ chồng khai thuế lợi tức: Làm thế nào có lợi hơn?

vợ cứ muốn chồng phải tự khai thuế để (có thể) giảm số tiền phải nộp,

đối với chồng (lương cao), mất tới 1-2 ngày, thà thuê tư vấn làm giúp còn hơn,

-> nếu vợ vẫn bắt tự làm thì yêu cầu "cô đi mà làm" :D
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Dear Dan,

My wife and I often argue about infrequent but time-intensive and complex administrative tasks like filing taxes. She’s very sensitive about money and thinks that since we save some by doing these tasks ourselves, I should spend a day or two on them. I think my time is worth some money and would rather pay an expert to take things off my plate. How can I convince her?

—Michael

In general it’s easy for us to discount someone else’s annoyance. So, for the next few of these irritating administrative tasks, why not ask your wife to do them herself (or at least do them together with you). After experiencing the pain of these tasks first-hand, she will most likely change her mind and see the rationale of paying a professional.


Văn hóa tip trong nhà hàng

màn hình thanh toán hiện 'không tip', hoặc 15%, 18%, 20% -> cảm thấy bị ép buộc phải chọn tối thiểu 15%, vậy đã là cao hơn bình thường rồi
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Hi Dan.

At a “fast casual” restaurant without table service, the payment screen offered me a “No Tip” option or tips of 15%, 18% and 20%. I felt these were too high, since I had stood in line and was carrying my own food. I gave the minimum 15%—still a lot more than I have ever tipped in a fast-food place. I felt manipulated by the screen and wonder if this system prods people to tip more.

—Robert

Yes, such screens boost tips through a design principle called “active choice.” Many fast-food restaurants simply have an easily ignorable (có thể phớt lờ đi) tip jar. But with the screen, neglecting to tip feels much worse, like a rejection (từ chối) of the staff (bồi bàn). On the other hand, please remember that the people working at fast-food places work just as many hours as standard servers, for less money. Many may not be making a living wage (tiền lương vừa đủ sống). Helping them out a bit is a good thing to do.

Hiểm họa gián điệp Trung Quốc ngày càng gia tăng

Trung cộng tài trợ cho Đảng Lao động của Jacinda Ardern - Thủ tướng New Zealand
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An influential (có ảnh hưởng, có sức thuyết phục) United States Congress hearing (phiên điều trần) has been told "one of the major fundraisers for Jacinda Ardern's party" is linked to the Chinese Communist Party and it showed China had penetrated (thâm nhập) New Zealand's political networks (mạng lưới chính trị).

As a result, US lawmakers needed to consider whether New Zealand should be kicked out of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance (liên minh tình báo) because of problems at its "political core".

The bombshell (vấn đề đột xuất làm xôn xao dư luận) testimony (lời khai) included claims from a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst that "anything on China that was briefed to Bill English was briefed to Mr Yang Jian", the National MP revealed last year as having trained spies for China.

..."It's important for the United States to consider that China may be testing (thử nghiệm) methods (phương pháp) of interference (sự can thiệp, xen vào, xía vào) to probe (thăm dò) for weaknesses (điểm yếu) in democracies (chế độ dân chủ) in order to use the same techniques (kỹ thuật tương tự) against Western countries (các nước phương Tây) in the future (trong tương lai)."


Làn sóng bất tận

nguồn NYTimes,
Hữu Hoàng dịch, Minh Thu hiệu đính,

Trong cuốn sách “The Restless Wave” (tạm dịch “Làn sóng bất tận”):
thượng nghị sĩ John McCain cho rằng nước Mỹ vẫn theo chủ nghĩa biệt lệ (exceptionalism).

Thượng nghị sĩ John McCain đã có một sự nghiệp chính trị lâu dài bằng việc dường như đạt được cả hai điều trái ngược: được ca ngợi là một nhà chính trị phi đảng phái khi nền chính trị bình lặng, và là người tìm kiếm sự đồng thuận giữa hai đảng khi nền chính trị bế tắc.

Đây không hẳn là một lời cáo buộc, mà đúng hơn là một quan sát –điều mà chính thượng nghị sĩ McCain liên tục ngầm thể hiện trong cuốn The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations”, (tạm dịch: Làn sóng bất tận: thời kỳ hoàng kim, sự nghiệp chính nghĩa, cuộc chiến vĩ đại và những điều đáng trân trọng khác,”) tác phẩm cuối cùng ông là đồng tác giả với cựu chánh văn phòng Mark Salter. McCain, hiện giờ ốm yếu và mới phát hiện mình bị ung thư não hồi năm ngoái, đã nói rõ đây có thể là cuốn sách cuối cùng hai người viết.

Đầu tư ồ ạt từ Trung Quốc, mừng hay lo?

Canada ngăn chặn DNNN Trung Quốc mua tập đoàn xây dựng Aecon vì lý do an ninh quốc gia...
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After markets closed Wednesday, Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains confirmed the government's decision to prevent CCCC International Holding Ltd. (CCCI) from acquiring (giành được, thu được, đạt được, kiếm được) the Aecon construction (xây dựng) firm.

The move could have an impact (tác động) on Canada-China relations (quan hệ), which the Trudeau government (chính quyền) has made efforts (nỗ lực) to develop (phát triển) since coming to office (nhậm chức) in late 2015.

China's embassy (đại sứ quán) in Ottawa responded (phản ứng) to Wednesday's move by warning (cảnh báo) it wasn't good for the countries' business relationship (quan hệ kinh doanh) and that it would "seriously (nghiêm trọng) undermine (xói mòn, làm suy yếu, phá hoại ngầm) the confidence (niềm tin)" of Chinese investors (nhà đầu tư).

The Trudeau government had been urged (thúc giục) by experts (chuyên gia) to proceed (bắt đầu, hoặc tiếp tục cái gì) cautiously (thận trọng) when weighing any investment bids by Chinese state firms and to be as transparent (minh bạch) as possible in reviewing the proposed deal.

Ottawa announced a full national security (an ninh quốc gia) review of the Aecon deal in February.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

6 lý do tốt khiến bạn nên đi bộ mỗi ngày

- giúp giảm cân
- loại hình thể thao “miễn phí” và không cần phải học nhiều
- giúp tăng cường trương lực cơ bắp
- tăng cường hệ thống miễn dịch
- có tác dụng dự phòng loãng xương
- cải thiện tâm trạng

có những dân Tàu không cần biết điều đó, gắn điện thoại vào lúc lắc điện tử để đánh lừa phần mềm là đang đi bộ (trong khi ăn nhậu, hút thuốc) và trục lợi bảo hiểm :D
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This is a video demonstration of a phone cradle spotted at a restaurant in China that swings your phone and tricks it into registering those swings as steps, apparently so patrons who work for companies that offer healthy insurance discounts for walking a certain amount of steps per day (typically 10,000 -- roughly 8km/5-miles, or about an hour and forty minutes of walking) can meet their quota "while dining, drinking, and smoking."

Liệu có chiến tranh thương mại Mỹ-Hoa?

Không.

phân tích của nhà kinh tế Tyler Cowen trên bloomberg.
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Will there be a trade war with China?

No.

Keep in mind that the U.S. is a relatively large buyer in many markets; in economic lingo, it has some monopsony (tình trạng độc mãi, thị trường một người mua) power. So if it cuts back purchases of, say, Chinese toys, China cannot simply reroute those now-surplus toys and sell them to Canada or Indonesia at the same price. This gives the U.S. significant (đáng kể) power in trade conflicts (xung đột thương mại). And China cannot throw around its weight as a buyer in similar fashion because it does not import on the same scale (quy mô).

The Chinese don’t have that many ready American targets (mục tiêu) for economic retaliation (trả đũa kinh tế). Aircraft (máy bay) are one of the major U.S. exports (hàng xuất khẩu) to China, where market demand (nhu cầu thị trường) for domestic flights (các chuyến bay nội địa) is rapidly growing. Beijing has a backlog (khối lượng đơn hàng) of about 400 orders (đơn đặt hàng) with the Boeing Co. It could try to switch some or all of those orders to Airbus SE, but that would mean delays (chậm giao hàng). Airbus would also know it could increase its prices and the Chinese would have to pay. As a buyer, China doesn’t have as much leverage in this market as it might appear.

The U.S. has many more targets when it comes to restricting foreign investment, as there is plenty of Chinese capital (vốn, tư bản) that would love to flee (đào thoát, bỏ chạy). The Chinese government already limits the activities of the big technology companies and many other U.S. multinationals in China, so they don’t have as many extra sticks in this regard.

The reality is China has margins for responding to the U.S., but they are mostly not in the economic realm.

Trái đắng của 'cơn lốc' du khách Trung Quốc tại Phần Lan

lắp đặt nhiều vòi nước nóng tại sân bay Helsinki để chiều theo thói quen của khách TQ :)
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Bearing backpacks (ba-lô đeo vai) loaded with thermoses (phích nước, bình thủy), sipping (nhấp nháp, uống từng ngụm) their steaming-hot (nóng hôi hổi) refreshments (đồ ăn thức uống, món ăn nhẹ) with satisfaction (thỏa mãn), Chinese tourists’ unquenchable (không thể hết khát, không thỏa mãn được, không nén được (dục vọng, tình cảm...)) thirst for hot water, though odd for many Westerners, is having a huge impact on destinations (điểm đến) worldwide (toàn thế giới), causing a “hot water revolution” in the global (toàn cầu) tourism (du lịch) industry (ngành).

In snow-crested Scandinavia, where chugging (nốc cạn một hơi (bia, rượu...)) ice water is a long-standing habit (thói quen từ lâu), several hot water dispensers (dụng cụ phân phối) are being installed in Helsinki Airport to cater (phục vụ cho, mua vui cho) to Chinese travelers’ thirst for the throat-scalding (đun (sữa) gần sôi, tráng nước sôi, bỏng) beverage.

...Helsinki Airport is not the only transportation hub that attempts to capture the hearts of Chinese tourists by providing them with hot water, and some of its counterparts have pushed the “hot water revolution” even further. In March, an intelligent hot water installation was set up in Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, where USB heating vacuum cups designed by KLM were distributed to Chinese tourists as Spring Festival gifts.

Here is the full story.

Bài trước: Anh em một nhà

Chính phụ nữ đối xử tệ với nhau

Jane Fonda and Anita Pallenberg in Barbarella. Photo credit pinimg.com.

The greatest tyrants over women are women.
~ William Makepeace Thackeray

= tàn ác nhất với phụ nữ chính là phụ nữ

Friday, May 25, 2018

Người dân phấn khởi vì điện mặt trời vừa dùng vừa bán được

chớ vội mừng, nhà kinh tế Severein Borenstein ở đại học UC Berkeley cho rằng năng lượng mặt trời trên mái nhà vừa đắt đỏ, vừa không hiệu quả...
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Noted UC Berkeley energy economist Severein Borenstein writes against the proposal to make solar required on all new residential construction:

Dear Commissioner Weisenmiller:

I just became aware in the last few days of the proposal in the new building energy efficiency standards rule making to mandate rooftop solar on all new residential buildings. I want to urge you not to adopt the standard. I, along with the vast majority of energy economist, believe that residential rooftop solar is a much more expensive way to move towards renewable energy than larger solar and wind installations. The savings calculated for the households are based on residential electricity rates that are far above the actual cost of providing incremental energy, so embody a large cross subsidy from other ratepayers. This would be a very expensive way to expand renewables and would not be a cost-effective practice that other states and countries could adopt to reduce their own greenhouse gas footprints.

Because I, and most other economists studying California’s energy policy, just became aware of this proposal, we have not had time to participate in the policy process or write public documents on the subject. At the least, I would urge you to delay adopting such a rule until independent analysis from energy experts can be made part of the record.

I will add that I have no financial interest in any energy company. I am expr essing my views purely in the interestof moving forward with California’s fight against climate change in a cost-effective way that can be exported to other states and countries.

Sincerely, Severin Borenstein

I agree and would add that allowing more building near transit and other hubs as with California’s rejected SB827 would not only lower housing prices, rather than raise them as with this proposal, it would also be a much better way of reducing carbon emissions and saving energy.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Anh em một nhà

DNA cổ đại cho thấy nông dân đầu tiên ở Đông Nam Á di cư từ Trung Quốc 4.500 năm trước...
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Researchers extracted (trích, bòn rút, moi) DNA from ancient (cổ đại) bones (xương) found in modern-day Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar to estimate (ước lượng, ước định) when new genes started flowing into the Indigenous hunter-gatherer populations of the time.

They found an influx of genes from South China coincided with (xảy ra đồng thời, trùng với) the appearance (xuất hiện, có mặt) of agriculture (nông nghiệp) in South-East Asia around 4,100 to 4,500 years ago, alongside pottery (đồ gốm) and tools made in the southern Chinese style.

A second gene "pulse" flowed from China to South-East Asia a couple of thousand years later.

The genetic analysis corroborates (chứng thực, làm vững thêm) and extends linguistic and archaeological (khảo cổ học) evidence (bằng chứng, minh chứng) of human dispersal (phân tán, rải rác) in the region (vùng, lãnh thổ),...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

World Cup 2018, cơ hội cuối cho Thế hệ vàng Argentina

liên đoàn bóng đá nước này đưa ra cẩm nang 'hành trình tới Nga', trong đó có hẳn một chương 'làm thế nào để tán gái Nga'... :D
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Setting aside the obvious (hiển nhiên, rành rành) dubious (mơ hồ, thiếu minh bạch, không rõ ràng, đáng ngờ) morals (đạo đức) of the whole exercise, it turns out that the manual’s author, Eduardo Pennisi, believes Russian women have the same standards as pretty much everyone else on Earth. Apparently, they like people who are “clean” and smell “good”.

In another stunning (gây ngạc nhiên, làm choáng váng) revelation (khám phá, tiết lộ), Russian women like to be treated (đối xử) as human beings (con người). “Russian girls do not like to feel like objects (đồ vật)”. “Many men, because Russian women are beautiful, only want to take them to bed (đưa nàng lên giường). Maybe they want it too, but they are people who want to feel important (cảm thấy quan trọng) and unique (độc nhất vô nhị, chỉ có một, đặc biệt). The advice (lời khuyên) is to treat the women who is in front of you with their own ideas and wishes. Pay attention (chú ý) to their values (giá trị) and personality (nhân cách, nhân phẩm, cá tính, lịch thiệp). Don’t ask stupid questions about sex.”

Additionally, Pennisi advises Argentinian men to avoid printing out their bank statement (in sao kê tài khoản ngân hàng) on a first date (ngày hẹn hò đầu tiên). “Maybe you try to impress (gây ấn tượng) her by talking about the money you have, that you know everything, that you are perfect and the others are poor stupid people,” reads the manual. “In the end, if the girl has a little sense, she will bounce (nhún lên nhún xuống) you. Be real and talk about you in real terms, talk about your faults in a fun way and about your positive points.”...

Đã bao lâu rồi bạn thiếu một cái ôm?

cảnh sát nhận được tin báo tới khám xét câu lạc bộ 'đổi vợ làm tình' vì có bé gái trong đó, đến nơi thì mới phát hiện ra rằng đó là... một phụ nữ 'rất thấp'
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A spokesperson for Durham Constabulary said: ‘Police were called at around 9pm on July 16 2015 following concerns a child had entered a hotel named ClubF on High Street, Stanley.

‘Officers spoke to the staff at the hotel who confirmed the female was one of their customers who was an adult woman.’ Although police did not confirm how tall the woman was, their report stated that she was an ‘adult woman of shorter stature (vóc người)’.

The club, which has a ‘fully equipped dungeon (vọng lâu, ngục tối bên dưới lâu đài, hầm tù, địa lao)’, complete with a mistress (tình nhân) and pole dancing facilities. On its website, the club is described as ‘one of the country’s leading clubs and emphasises friendliness, fun and safety for its members’.

People pay £10 a year to be a member and as long as both parties consent, they can have sex with each other on the beds and leather sofas that are dotted throughout the building.

Có một thế hệ trẻ lớn lên cùng Internet

các em gái nghe lời beauty vlogger: làm trắng vùng kín bằng nước chanh :))
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With the right surgeon (bác sĩ phẫu thuật) you can change just about any aspect of your appearance (vẻ bề ngoài, diện mạo, phong thái).

Whether this is always advisable (thích hợp, đáng theo) or a good idea is another matter altogether.

...Step forward cosmetics (mỹ phẩm) Huda Kattan, the founder of Huda Beauty, which recently posted an article titled “Why Your Vagina (âm đạo) Gets Dark (thâm) And How To Lighten It”. It reads: "We're busting myths (bí ẩn, lầm tưởng) as to why lightening your lady parts with natural ingredients may not be working and how you can actually improve it (if that's what you want!)."

...Huda Beauty then enlists the help of New York dermatologist (bác sĩ chuyên khoa da liễu) Dr Doris Day, who is real and absolutely nothing to do with the star of Calamity Jane.

Dr Day's "DIY vagina lightening hacks" recommend (khuyên, giới thiệu) using a range of items using lemon juice (nước chanh), yoghurt (sữa chua), coconut oil (dầu dừa) and egg whites (lòng trắng trứng).

While the post was no doubt well-intended, Huda has a huge social media following - and it's not gone down well with many of her fans.

One wrote on Twitter: "Honest to god, women like that need a slap (tát). no wonder young girls are insecure (bấp bênh, không vững chắc, không an toàn)."

Gã hàng xóm ồn ào

cãi nhau với... vẹt của bạn gái :D
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A resident (cư dân) in Loerrach, near the Swiss border (biên giới), called the emergency  (khẩn cấp) number Monday to report his concerns (lo âu, mối bận tâm) about loud shouting from a next-door apartment that had been going on for some time.

Police said Tuesday that officers sent to the scene found there was a loud argument going on — but it was between a 22-year-old man and a parrot (con vẹt). The man told them he had been annoyed with the bird, which belonged to his girlfriend.

The parrot responded to being shouted at with loud noises of its own. Police said it couldn't speak but could bark (sủa) like a dog.

Since no one was hurt, the officers left.