Journey in Life: 03/21/18

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Đâu chỉ có Trump

thủ tướng Đức Gerhard Schröder cũng là lá bài của Putin mà thôi,
./ ủy viên hđqt của Gazprom (tập đoàn dầu lửa đứng đầu thế giới của Nga),
./ ủng hộ quyết định xâm lược Ukraine của Putin,
./ ủng hộ dự án đường ống Nord Stream dẫn khí gas trực tiếp từ Nga sang Đức, hiện Đức phụ thuộc 35% và 39% dầu và khí tự nhiên nhập khẩu từ Nga -> bị lệ thuộc các quyết định chính trị
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1. Not too long ago, Germany did have a national leader, Gerhard Schröder, who in essence ended up as a paid agent of Vladimir Putin. After leaving office, he has spent much of the rest of his career working for Gazprom. Try on this bit for size:

Mr Schroeder was Germany’s Social Democrat leader from 1998 until 2005. He is a personal friend of Vladimir Putin and once described the Russian President as a “flawless democrat”. He joined the board of the Russian energy giant Gazprom after losing Germany’s 2005 election and has defended Russia’s response to the crisis in Ukraine on several occasions.

In other words, Germany had its own Trump long before the United States did. You could call Schröder the Ur-Trump, albeit with a different socioeconomic pose.

2. It was Schröder who made the decision to take Germany off nuclear power and also to make the country energy-dependent on Russia:

As Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder was a strong advocate of the Nord Stream pipeline project, which aims to supply Russian gas directly to Germany, thereby bypassing transit countries. The agreement to build the pipeline was signed two weeks before the German parliamentary election. On 24 October 2005, just a few weeks before Schröder stepped down as Chancellor, the German government guaranteed to cover 1 billion euros of the Nord Stream project cost, should Gazprom default on a loan… Soon after stepping down as chancellor, Schröder accepted Gazprom’s nomination for the post of the head of the shareholders’ committee of Nord Stream AG, raising questions about a potential conflict of interest.

Russia now provides 35% of Germany’s oil imports and 39% of the natural gas imports.

Tính ưu việt của chế độ dân chủ tư bản chủ nghĩa

nhận tiền vận động tranh cử từ... chế độ độc tài
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Mr. Sarkozy, 63, was taken into custody in Nanterre, northwest of Paris, after answering a police summons, according to a French judicial official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, in line with department policy…

The suspicions behind this case first emerged in 2012, when the investigative news website Mediapart published a report suggesting that Mr. Sarkozy’s 2007 campaign had received up to 50 million euros, or nearly $62 million at current exchange rates, from the regime of Colonel Qaddafi, the longtime Libyan strongman who was killed in 2011. Such support would have violated France’s strict campaign finance laws, which cap spending and prohibit foreign funding.

Lưu ý khi đặt tên đề tài nghiên cứu

"If your wife tells you to throw yourself off a cliff, pray to God that it is a low one" nghĩa là gì?

'If your wife tells you to throw yourself off a cliff, pray to God that it is a low one'
~ ngạn ngữ Tây Ban Nha

= nếu vợ bắt nhảy khỏi vách đá, thì hãy cầu Chúa rằng nó chỉ thấp thôi

-> chồng ngoan vợ bảo gì nghe nấy, chỉ đâu đánh (loanh quanh) chỗ đấy

Photo courtesy Ian D. Keating.

Bài trước: "If you have nothing better to do, go to bed with your own wife" nghĩa là gì?

Bí quyết giúp da mặt trắng không tì vết

áp dụng như sao màn bạc, bôi chất dưỡng làm từ... da quy đầu (của trẻ em) lên mặt ;); giá một lọ 650 usd
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People have put a lot of wild things on and around their faces in the name of smooth (nhẵn, trơn, mượt, mịn), blemish-free (không tì vết), youthful-looking (tươi trẻ) skin: Leeches (con đỉa) ! Horse oil! Bee venom (nọc độc, lời chua cay nặng nề, miệng lưỡi độc ác)! Snail  (ốc sên) mucus (nước nhầy)! Bird poop (phân chim)! Animal placenta (nhau thai)! Literal neurotoxins!

But it seems Cate Blanchett decided to one-up us all with something she referred to as a "penis facial" (not the X-rated kind).

The facial is derived from cells that are clones (sinh sản vô tính) of baby foreskin (da quy đầu) cells.

"The foreskin is collected during circumcision (cắt bao quy đầu) and the stem cells are then harvested and extracted through a centrifuge (máy ly tâm)," she told THR. "I am always very mindful to explain radical serums (huyết thanh, nước sữa) and potions that I carry in my back bar, so I always explain that EGF is derived from newborn baby foreskin, but cells were taken and from that, new cells are cloned from a laboratory."

It costs $650.

Bài trước: Ở nơi đó em cười

Cảnh sát giao thông nghiêm túc

phạt người đi xe đạp vì làm hỏng... ổ gà
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The wheels of justice are turning in Russia.

...Andrei Chikin suffered bruises (vết thâm tím) and damaged his bike when he ran into a snow-covered pothole (hốc sâu, ổ gà) in November 2017. The victim (nạn nhân) filed an official complaint (khiếu nại) about the existence of the pothole to traffic police following the incident (việc tình cờ xảy ra, việc xô xát, việc rắc rối), after which he was handed an administrative fine.

“Chikin A.V. ran over a pothole while steering a Forward Apache bicycle, causing damage,” reads the traffic police ruling posted on Chikin’s social media page.

After filing a complaint against the ruling, citing a lack of evidence that the pothole was damaged, the offense was ruled as “minor” and the traffic police ruling let Chikin go with a “verbal reprimand.” (khiển trách, quở trách)

Nghề dịch vụ truyền thống

những năm 1960, Harrods thuê nhân viên "giải tỏa bức xúc khách hàng", khách hàng nào đến công ty to tiếng về chất lượng sản phẩm, trưởng phòng bèn gọi 'nhân viên' này lên xạc (sacrer, gốc pháp) cho một trận, kiên quyết sa thải nhân viên dù khách hàng có chột dạ can ngăn,

-> khách hàng yên tâm về cam kết của công ty đối với chất lượng cao của sản phẩm,

nhân viên đó, sau khi khách hàng về, lại ra đằng sau nhà kho,... đợi lần gọi kế tiếp :)
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Harrods in the sixties employed someone to be sacked- surely the best job in the world.

Apparently the employee was paid to sit among the boxes on Harrods top-floor smoking his pipe and reading the Sporting Life. From time to time a bell would ring and he would be summoned (gọi đến, triệu đến) to a department where an irate (nổi giận, giận dữ) customer was being mollified (làm nguôi, xoa dịu) by the Head of the Department.

Let us say today that Lady Ponsonby-Waffles has discovered one of the precious china teacups she recently purchased is chipped.

The Department Head greets our friend with “Lady Ponsonby-Waffles is a most valued customer, your failure to check the quality of her china cups has led to her current predicament, you sir are fired”

Despite Lady Ponsonby-Waffles pleas for mercy, the Head cannot be swayed (đu đưa, lắc, gây ảnh hưởng, tác động). Our friend slopes (chuồn, biến, lẩn) disconsolately (thất vọng, chán chường) to the exit. Lady Ponsonby-Waffles drops her complaint convinced to the store’s determination to enforce the highest standards. Our friend, once passing the Department’s exit, slips back to his Sporting Life and his Pipe, to await the next occasion he would be called upon to be sacked (sa thải).