Journey in Life: 01/12/19

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

"Too clever by half" nghĩa là gì?

hiểu gì không? Photo by Charles Deluvio 🇵🇭🇨🇦 on Unsplash.

'Be too clever by half' nghĩa là quá tự tin vào trí tuệ/trí thông minh của mình tới mức khiến người khác khó chịu, luôn cho rằng mình hơn người; 'tự cao tự đại'.

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The political manoeuvre (thao túng chính trị), too clever by half, pretends there was a good-faith exercise to introduce competition, then sanctions another layer of a monopoly to stifle it.

Some  of the  initiatives (sáng kiến)  that  Kissinger pursued (theo đuổi)  along the way were enlightened  and imaginative,  others impulsively (một cách bốc đồng) brutal and blunt. Some were clever,  others  too  clever  by half. As the  only  European-style realist ever to guide U.S. foreign policy, a power practitioner  unencumbered  by the sentimental idealism that suffuses American history, he seemed painfully amoral  at times.

In spite of its too-clever-by-half title and under the guise of a raunchy (dâm ô, dâm dục) premise (giả thuyết), Netflix’s Sex Education — the tale of a dorky (ngu ngốc, vô tích sự) teenage boy named Otis Milburn and his sex-positive, overenthusiastic sex therapist mom — has executed a thoughtful and charming debut (ra mắt lần đầu tiên) season. A lot of that is due to star Gillian Anderson’s bombastic (khoa trương) performance as the aforementioned unapologetically sex-positive mom.

The Ottoman empire began in the late thirteenth century when the Osmanlis, a Turkish clan or tribe, somehow penetrated into northwest Anatolia, far from the plains and pastures of their ancestral home, very close to the center of Byzantine (Greek) power. This warrior people was swift to move and keen for loot—very dangerous. The Greeks should have known it and seen them as potential, inevitable enemies. Instead, these pseudo-Hellenes, too clever by half, thought they could turn the Ottomans into tools and allies.

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Trông người mà ngẫm đến ta

Charter Communications - công ty mạng ở mỹ bị phạt 62,5 triệu usd vì cung cấp internet chậm, sai lời hứa với khách hàng

...New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood alleged that Charter, using its brand names of Time Warner Cable and later Spectrum, failed to provide the speedy internet service it promised customers. As a result of the settlement, over 700,000 active subscribers (người thuê bao) in New York will be paid $75 to $150 each for a total of $62.5 million in direct refunds (hoàn tiền, bồi thường). Additionally, 2.2 million active internet subscribers will receive free streaming services (dịch vụ phát video qua mạng miễn phí) and premium (cao cấp) channels from Charter valued at $100 million, according to Underwood's office.

"This settlement should serve as a wakeup call (lời thức tỉnh) to any company serving New York consumers: fulfill your promises, or pay the price," Underwood said in a statement. "Not only is this the largest-ever consumer payout by an internet service provider, returning tens of millions of dollars to New Yorkers who were ripped off and providing additional streaming and premium channels as restitution — but it also sets a new standard (đặt ra chuẩn mới) for how internet providers should fairly market their services."

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