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Friday, September 4, 2020

"Cheek by jowl" nghĩa là gì?

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Mark Timberlake on Unsplash

"Cheek by jowl" có từ cheek là má và jowl cũng là má -> cụm từ này nghĩa là được sắp xếp sát nhau, ngay cạnh nhau; vai kề vai, má áp má.

Ví dụ
He remarked that his colleagues (đồng nghiệp) were packed "cheek by jowl" as he gave a speech (phát biểu) to the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, the Bloomberg news agency reported attendees as saying.

Historic Spitalfields struggles (khó khăn) to preserve (bảo tồn) its heritage, cheek-by-jowl with the City skyscrapers (nhà chọc trời).

It was not by chance that the first areas in the renewed lockdown were social housing towers where immigrant (nhập cư) families lived cheek by jowl. 

Ngọc Lân

Bài trước: "Until the last dog is hung" nghĩa là gì?

"Queer the pitch" nghĩa là gì?

Đố anh bắt được em! Photo courtesy: Peter Miller

"Queer the pitch" có từ "queer" tiếng lóng là làm hỏng = làm hỏng đường ném bóng -> làm hỏng kế hoạch, công việc hoặc thành công của người khác. Cụm từ này thường được sử dụng bởi người Anh.

Ví dụ
In informal consultations (hội ý), several UNSC members took a dim (mập mờ) view of Pakistan’s effort to queer the pitch and use the UNSC to achieve their political objectives in cooperation with mentor, China.

Meanwhile, Stroll reckoned (tính toán) his chances of raising a decent amount of money were strong in Spa, saying that he felt the track would suit the team’s RP20 this weekend – although he added that an unsettled forecast could queer the pitch for the teams over Saturday and Sunday.

The outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic has queered the pitch for seamless continuity (liên tục) in operations of 21 iron ore (quặng sắt), manganese and chromite mines in Odisha. The state government had recently auctioned these blocks whose leases are expected to expire by March 31, 2020.

Ngân Nguyễn

Bài trước: "Run into the sand" nghĩa là gì?

"Until the last dog is hung" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Jack Brind on Unsplash

"Until the last dog is hung" = cho đến khi con chó cuối cùng bị treo cổ -> nghĩa là đến tận cùng/cuối cùng.

Ví dụ
“This is our 22nd year here” said Vance, who runs the stand with his wife Ruth and their two children. “People come in at six in the morning to start getting things ready to start selling dumplings (bánh bao) around 9:30 a.m. and we’re here until the last dog is hung at night around 11 p.m.” Vance said.

Who do they think they are — are we under their jurisdiction (quyền hạn xét xử)? It's just outrageous. We're going to fight this action until the last dog is hung.

Putin will undoubtedly settle for a halfloaf provided the fighting ends and security is restored. In any event, he’s not going to hang around until the last dog is hung.

Ngọc Lân

"Have wicked way with" nghĩa là gì?

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"Have (one's) wicked way with (someone)" (tiếng lóng) nghĩa là quan hệ tình dục với ai.

Ví dụ
Our deal is you get me off this roof and I'll let you have your wicked way with me.

Sadly no because she can be very antisocial (chống đối xã hội) towards her piggy friends. She was originally with 3 others, but would keep herself separate and when she has a boyfriend she will simply 'have her wicked way' then not so politely dismiss him!

Ashley made a frustrated gesture (cử chỉ bực bội) with her hands. “This all sounds kind of crazy. Are you sure it's not some kind of elaborate hoax (trò lừa)? Or maybe you've made it all up, just so you could get me alone on this trip so you could have your wicked way with me."

A: “Move that fine ass. We have a three-hour drive ahead of us. Six if I have to pull over on the side of the road and have my wicked way with you.”
B: “We are not stopping on the side of the road to have sex before we go spend the weekend with my parents and brothers."

Thu Phương

"Get on my wick" nghĩa là gì?

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"Get on (one's) wick" nghĩa là chọc tức ai. Thường nghe ở Anh.

Ví dụ
Those loud shouty Cetti’s warblers (chim chích) really get on my wick these days.

I’m getting these ads all the time also, the three word slogans really get on my wick.

Aggie, sometimes you get on my wick! You'd think the rest of us married saints, so you would, to hear the way you talk. Let oul's Davy rest in peace.

To be honest I would give it a miss but this bloody report is getting on my wick, it really is! I didn‛t realise writing stuff out was so damned difficult, especially when it‛s got to be brilliant to prevent his head office asking too many questions.

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"Dip your wick" nghĩa là gì?

Hãy là người lớn có trách nhiệm. Photo by Elly Fairytale from Pexels

"Dip (one's) wick" = nhúng bấc -> (tiếng lóng) nghĩa là quan hệ tình dục (nói về đàn ông). "Wick" tiếng lóng là dương vật.

Ví dụ
My father once told me, "don't dip your wick until you're ready to be a father." To this day, I've never made a candle.

Well, he won't be the first guy to get the urge (hứng thú) to dip his wick into a much younger woman when the clock starts tolling fifty.

"People like that hot little number you were making time with a little while ago. You think she'd let you dip your wick once she found out you were blowing freaking fags when you were twelve?” He grinned, with hate in his eyes. 

Revenge Bros say things like "Man doesn't want baby, woman has baby and man is forced to pay child support". Back to basics with this 1, sex CAN lead to pregnancy, that's the risk u take every time u dip your wick. If ur not prepared for that risk, DON'T HAVE SEX.

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"Point you in the right direction" nghĩa là gì?

Hãy tìm đến người bạn cảm thấy tin tưởng nhất. Photo by Sheep . from Pexels

"Point someone in the right direction" nghĩa là chỉ ai đó đi đúng hướng, giúp họ đạt được điều gì.

Ví dụ
If you are not sure about a choice you have to make, ask a parent or pastor (mục sư) to help point you in the right direction.

Your cancer center may have a therapist (nhà trị liệu) on staff who could speak with. If not, your oncologist (bác sĩ chuyên khoa ung thư) or healthcare team can point you in the right direction.

But because so many people are losing their way, trying to find The Way; it is my job to not only just to point you in the Right direction, nor just give you driving directions to where to go.

I want to point you in the right direction towards figuring how to do that. Because this is big. This is everything. You can talk till you are blue in the face about spirituality (tâm linh), enlightenment (giác ngộ), you can read about this stuff till your eyes get tired, but none of that is going to have nearly the same effect on you as being able to let go of thoughts and doing it over and over again.

Thu Phương

"This too shall happen to you" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by KEVIN MACH from Pexels 

"This too shall happen to you" nghĩa là rồi bạn sẽ phải trải qua điều người khác cũng gặp phải, rồi sẽ nếm mùi đời.

Ví dụ
Holy Spearit sees you not being greedy too. Same shall happen to you.

I think no amount of  "training" can ever make one ready for it. Each time you go kunobata maoko you're reminded of the reality that this too, shall happen to you.

What is it you are doing Shifty Schiff?  You are so Partisan (đảng phái) and you’re hatred for DonaldTrump is obvious... shame on your unconstitutional investigations (điều tra vi hiến). But This too shall happen to YOU.

Hope all these Trump’s hopeless supporters are paying attention every time their occult (huyền bí) leader, trump, throws his most trusted friends, enablers & supporters under the bus! Something that is second nature to this unethical (vô đạo đức) man! This too shall happen to you if you don’t wake up!

Thu Phương

"Whatever happened to" nghĩa là gì?

Mọi người có vấn đề gì với khẩu trang vậy? Photo by Norma Mortenson from Pexels

"Whatever happened to (someone or something)?" nghĩa là để hỏi về điều gì đã xảy ra mà người hỏi chưa biết.

Ví dụ
So whatever happened to Mr. Pillow Stuffer and his oleander extract (chiết xuất cây trúc đào)? He was boasting (khoe khoang) up a storm on Anderson Cooper.

Whatever happened to the guy who got shot outside of WH while tr*mp was having a press conference? Haven't heard one word about it.

Another face muzzle (khẩu trang) discarded on the floor in SW London. Whatever happened to caring about the environment, virtue signallers? Is that no longer important?

Glanced at a mother not wearing a mask at the supermarket this morning. She gave me the dirtiest look as if daring me to challenge her right not to wear one. I am hating this us vs them culture. I want to ask “Whatever happened to harmony?” But has that ever truly existed?

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"The unexpected always happens" nghĩa là gì?

Cuộc đời là thế mà. Photo by Kaboompics .com from Pexels

"The unexpected always happens" nghĩa là những điều bất ngờ/ không lường trước được luôn luôn xảy ra.

Ví dụ
Experience (kinh nghiệm) has taught me that in business, any business, you have to expect the unexpected. The unexpected will happen tomorrow. I guarantee it. Because the unexpected always happens you can program for it.

We are not to simply bandage the wound (băng bó vết thương) of victims beneath the wheel of injustice (bất công) we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself. If history repeat itself and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience....

Much of what we plan never happens and much of what happens we never planned for. Vacation plans and coronavirus come to mind as examples. This year isn't really unique in regards to change. The unexpected always happens. How we handle it determines the quality of our life.

Thu Phương

"These things happen" nghĩa là gì?

Chuyện vặt ấy mà, đừng lo lắng. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash 

"These things happen" nghĩa là chuyện chỉ không may xảy ra, con người mắc sai lầm là chuyện thường, đừng lo lắng vì điều đó chẳng ích gì.

Ví dụ
She was a great member of this community, and we will miss her with all our hearts. These things happen, we are all human, and some factors of our lives are outside of our control.

A:“What happened in Madison?”
B: “Well, really not much of anything. You know how these things happen when you least expect them to.”

Everyone is vulnerable (dễ tổn thương) to mistakes, Director. Sometimes you can't change them back and it's easier to forget that these things happen but it's never too late to redeem (bù đắp) yourself and be better next time.

The aircon installation (lắp máy điều hòa) guy knocked a hole in the wall of the baby's room and plastered (trát vữa) over it without saying anything. I should've examined it more carefully before he left.I wouldn't be mad if he had admitted it, because sometimes these things happen.

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"What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" nghĩa là gì?

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"What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" nghĩa là điều gì xảy ra ở Vegas sẽ ở lại Vegas. Tại Hoa Kỳ, thành phố Las Vegas (một nơi nổi tiếng ăn chơi) quảng cáo du lịch với câu "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas", ngụ ý rằng người ta có thể ăn chơi thoải mái tại Las Vegas mà không phải sợ những người mình quen biết dèm pha khi mình về nhà. Cụm từ có nghĩa tương tự là "what happens on the road stays on the road", "what happens on tour stays on tour" hoặc "what happens in..."

Ví dụ
I wish corona virus started in Las Vegas cuz what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. No one here knew or even gave a damn who she was, what she did, or whom she did it with. 

She too was like a younger sibling. But he was also a teammate. And teammates know and abide (tuân thủ) by one simple rule, with no exceptions; what happens on the road stays on the road.

As long as what happens on the road stays on the road, according to a saying popular among soldiers who bend their marriage vows (lời thề). What some of them don't realize is that the same thing might be going on at home.

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"It could happen to a bishop" nghĩa là gì?

Vô tình thả tim ảnh người yêu cũ. Chắc ai đó đã từng? Photo by Kerde Severin from Pexels

"It could happen to a bishop" = nó có thể xảy ra với một giám mục -> nghĩa là bất cứ ai cũng có thể trải qua điều đó, hoặc điều gì cũng có thể xảy ra. Thường để an ủi.

Ví dụ
Don't get upset over it. It could happen to a Bishop.

No problem John, sure it could happen to a bishop as we used to say. The piece is excellent otherwise.

She also used to say, It could happen to a bishop. That means it's not your fault, roughly. Which definitely doesn't apply to Keith, in this case.

A: “Me finger slipped and spelt out Hugo’s Twitter handle totally by accident. And I didn’t spot (phát hiện ra) it before I hit the Tweet button.
B: “It could happen to a bishop, your honour!”

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Bài trước: "If anything should happen" nghĩa là gì?

"If anything should happen" nghĩa là gì?

Viết sẵn di chúc đề phòng. Photo by Nathan Engel from Pexels

"If anything should happen" hoặc "if anything happens" nghĩa là trong trường hợp khẩn cấp xảy ra.

Ví dụ
'If anything should happen to me,' my mom said, 'I want you to know that I wrote you a letter.'

All my other insurance (bảo hiểm) is for your benefit, if anything should happen with me , Lewis, get the money ont of the insurance Companys, for they have to pay it.

I don't blame her either, she understands that being moral is cool and if anything should happen let it be outside the house, I'm not putting any blame on Nengi, I like her and I always support the two.

Told my mum I wrote a will and if anything should ever happen to me she should search my phone very well. The only thing she picked from my talk is" what kind of rubbish are you saying". She kept saying i should change the subject.

Thu Phương

Bài trước: "Bring to your attention" nghĩa là gì?

Trump sai rồi

nói rằng tăng thuế nhập khẩu thì đối tác thương mại của mỹ phải trả tiền, nhưng, với ví dụ máy giặt và máy sấy ở mỹ, đó là người tiêu dùng, thuế thu về 82 triệu usd, thì giá tăng 1,5 tỷ usd, tạo ra 1.800 việc làm mới, nhưng chi phí quá cao: 817k usd mỗi việc làm,

Research to be released on Monday by the economists Aaron Flaaen, of the Fed, and Ali Hortacsu and Felix Tintelnot, of Chicago, estimates that consumers bore between 125 percent and 225 percent of the costs of the washing machine tariffs. The authors calculate that the tariffs brought in $82 million to the United States Treasury, while raising consumer prices by $1.5 billion.

And while the tariffs did encourage foreign companies to shift more of their manufacturing to the United States and created about 1,800 new jobs, the researchers conclude that those came at a steep cost: about $817,000 per job.

Mr. Trump imposed the tariffs last year in response to a complaint by the Michigan-based manufacturer Whirlpool, which claimed foreign competitors were cornering the American washing machine market with cheaper models that threatened domestic manufacturers. The tariffs started at 20 percent per imported washer and rose to 50 percent late in the year, after total imports exceeded a quota set by the administration.

Dân chủ có sướng không?

hơn 270 nhân viên bầu cử ở indonesia đã chết vì quá sức do phải đếm phiếu bầu (tháng 4/2019)...
Ten days after Indonesia held the world’s biggest single-day elections, officials say more than 270 election staff have died, mostly of fatigue-related illneses caused by long hours of work counting millions of ballot papers by hand.

The 17 April elections were the first time the country of 260 million people combined the presidential vote with national and regional parliamentary ones, with an aim to cut costs.

Voting was largely peaceful and was estimated to have drawn 80% of the total 193 million voters, who each had to punch up to five ballot papers in more than 800,000 polling stations.

But conducting the eight-hour vote in a country that stretches more than 5,000km (3,000 miles) from its western to eastern tips has been a huge logistical feat and deadly for some of the more than seven million officials, who had to count ballot papers by hand.

Ơ đùa

Việt Nam sắp trở thành trung tâm tội phạm mạng...
Vietnam has the potential to become a mid-level cybercrime (tội phạm mạng) hub (trung tâm), according to sociologist Dr Jonathan Lusthaus, who's been studying cybercrime globally (trên toàn cầu) for more than seven years.

Lusthaus is director of the Human Cybercriminal Project at the University of Oxford, and an adjunct associate professor at University of New South Wales Canberra Cyber.

Vietnam has a "very good tradition of hacking" as well as other "technical pursuits", Lusthaus told ZDNet on Monday.

"If you look at other parts of South-East Asia, I don't think you always see that same level of interest in technology," he said.

Vietnam's economy is growing more than 6% per annum, a figure that's expected to trend upwards of 6.5% through 2020. Money attracts crime (tội phạm) and encourages cyber espionage (gián điệp mạng).

Cybersecurity firms have already seen a rise of offensive cyber activity from Vietnam through 2018, including the rise of threat groups affiliated with, or even part of, the Vietnamese government.

Bản lĩnh chính trị của các TGĐ

57% TGĐ ở Mỹ theo đường lối đảng cộng hòa,
TGĐ trung vị chuyển tới 75% tài trợ chính trị cho đảng viên cộng hòa, 
các công ty do TGĐ cộng hòa lãnh đạo có lượng tài sản gấp đôi các công ty do TGĐ dân chủ lãnh đạo, ít minh bạch hơn đối với cổ đông trong việc khai báo tài trợ chính trị của mình,
We find that more than 57% of CEOs are Republicans [defined by 2/3 or more campaign contributions to Republicans], 19% are Democrats…and the rest are Neutral [do not contribute 2/3 of their campaign spending to either of the two major parties]. Therefore, Republican CEOs are more than three times as Democratic CEOs. Furthermore, Republican CEOs lead companies with almost twice the asset value of companies led by Democratic CEOs.

That is from 2000-2017, across the S&P 1500. And:
We show that the median CEO directs 75% of his or her total contributions to Republicans.

We find that companies led by Republican CEOs are less transparent to their investors on whether how, and how much they spend on politics.

The most Republican-leaning sectors are energy (89.1%), manufacturing, and chemicals. Business equipment and telecoms are the least-leaning R to D sectors for their CEOs, though still Republican by clear margins. In the Northeast and West the number of Democratic CEOS has almost caught up to the Republicans. As for female CEOs, they lean Republican 34.3% to Democratic 32.3%, a small margin but still more Republican donors.

"It just so happens" nghĩa là gì?

Gì cơ? Ngạc nhiên thật đấy! Photo by Elizaveta Dushechkina from Pexels

"It just so happens (that)" nghĩa là chuyện xảy ra một cách đáng ngạc nhiên. Thường nói về sự thật gây kinh ngạc.

Ví dụ
It just so happens that I start my working life on the 3rd of January 1950 in Bulawayo in the central telephone exchange building on Main Street. 

It's really not a left and right matter. All the BLM movement wants black lives to matter as much as the rest. It just so happens that Donald Trump is a racist and sexist right winged (cánh hữu) president.

I have some anti democrat (chống dân chủ) posts in there as well but it just so happens that this current administration has been an absolute clown show and is spouting propaganda (tuyên truyền) left and right. Just last night they used the White House, the people’s building, to push ridiculous lies.

The Testroderm was prescribed (kê đơn) by him, and it just so happens he's a slimeball proctologist (bác sĩ chuyên về trực tràng, hậu môn) in Charlotte, where Shandy Snook is from. And it just so happens that her father was a patient of this proctologist, which would suggest Shandy knows him and is able to get prescriptions when she wants them.

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"Anything can happen" nghĩa là gì?

Một năm đầy nốt trầm, thiếu nốt thăng. Photo by
Evie Shaffer from Pexels

"Anything can/might happen" nghĩa là mọi chuyện đều có thể xảy ra, mọi khả năng/kết quả là có thể.

Ví dụ
It's 2020, the year where anything can happen. 

We are born in one day. We die in one day. We change in one day. And we fall in love in one day, anything can happen in just one day. Keep the faith never give up. 

They are taking all the possible precautions (phòng ngừa) and safety measures for themselves but as for students, they keep ignoring. Shame on Indian government. U people have proved that anything can happen in India if there's money. 

Honestly, I just want to say thank you God for giving me breath, and for keeping me alive and healthy. With the way this year is going it shows anything can happen at any second. I need to stop dwelling (đắm chìm) on the negatives frfr and start being thankful/grateful for what I do have.

Thu Phương 

"As it happens" nghĩa là gì?

Mọi chuyện sẽ ổn cả thôi. Photo by Stanley Morales from Pexels

"As it happens" nghĩa là điều đó xảy ra một cách trùng hợp, thực tế, ngạc nhiên.

Ví dụ
Appreciate life as it happens. Moments will pass and you will wish you had treasured (quý trọng) them more.

“As it happens Ms White would appear to be rather pro-trans. “Gender non-conformity is wonderful,” she says in her Twitter bio, “denying biological sex not so.” It is that second clause that got her into trouble.”

The infections (bệnh nhiễm trùng) at Cornell appear to primarily be among a group (groups?) of student athletes. As it happens, today's news circuit has been in no small part about the damage Covid can do to even elite athletes in amazing shape.

Let's talk "bad attitudes" and "bitter cripples (tàn tật)": some of the saltiest motherfuckers I know are also some of the most well-adjusted people I know because, as it happens, loving your crip life can make you want to fight everything that tells you it's worthless.

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"Without a division" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Tingey Injury Law Firm on Unsplash

"Without a division" có từ division là sự chia làm hai phe để biểu quyết (ở quốc hội, nghị viện...) -> cụm từ này nghĩa là nhất trí (không cần đưa ra biểu quyết).

Ví dụ
There was no vote on reclaiming UK's fishing waters (vùng biển đánh cá) last night. The Second Reading of the Fisheries Bill was passed without a Division. 

Commons now debating the draft (dự thảo) Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2020. It proscribes (cấm) the group known as Feuerkrieg Division. The order has been approved without a division.

MPs (thành viên Quốc hội) have approved (thông qua) New Clause 5 without a division. The new clause (điều khoản) will allow named public authorities (cơ quan công quyền) to share information for the purpose of facilitating the exercise of a Minister’s functions relating to trade.

House of Commons (Viện Thứ dân) votes 262-323 against Harman amendment (sửa đổi) trying to preserve current system of appointing (bổ nhiệm) Liaison Committee chair. And then gov's appointment motion goes thru' unamended without a division. So Sir Bernard Jenkin is Liaison Committee chair for the 2019 Parliament.

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Đã khác xưa thật nhiều

credit: nguyễn bá quỳnh,
Trước WW II Roosevelt đã từng muốn giải thoát Việt Nam khỏi tay Pháp nhưng những lời chê bai dân việt từ Virginia Thompson làm ông không quan tâm đến Việt Nam nữa và để mặc cho Pháp tiếp tục dã tâm.

Thompson nhận xét về người Việt thế này: “người dân An Nam mơ giấc mơ buồn bã dai dẳng vô lối. Tư duy của họ lộn xộn và thiếu quyết đoán ... không phân biệt được đâu là thiết yếu và đâu là tầm phào”.

Một nhận xét khác:
“người An Nam rất hấp dẫn và đáng yêu ... nhưng rất trẻ con, ... sẽ dễ dàng bị Moscow dắt mũi (The annamese are attractive and even lovable ...but essentially childish ... would immediately be run invaccordance with dictates from Moscow) - Charlton Ocburn & William C Bullitt

Quý vị nghĩ thế nào về dân ta ngày nay?

"Pay attention to" nghĩa là gì?

Hãy chỉ tập trung vào những điều tích cực! Photo by Matheus Bertelli from Pexels

"Pay attention to (someone or something)" nghĩa là chú ý tới.

Ví dụ
Pay attention to who’s happy for you when you’re happy.

Pay attention to how people move and not what they say.

I hope I can come to work everyday. Also hope that everyone can pay attention to health & hygiene. Hope that everyone is happy.

In games, I love seeing amazing animations. I pay attention to every little thing when it comes to animation in any game. I do not take anything for granted because I am always fascinated by it.

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"Snap to attention" nghĩa là gì?

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"Snap to attention" nghĩa là nhanh chóng chú ý, nhanh chóng vào tư thế nghiêm (quân đội).

Ví dụ

Soldiers snap to attention but instead of saluting they T Pose.

The men snap to attention and salute, “Heil Hitler!” The room is suddenly alive with activity as the officers gather their maps and papers.

Im talking missing games. Like probably won’t happen but how many people would snap to attention if they can’t watch ball on Saturday/Sunday’s.

While engaged in a routine task such as driving, we let our minds gather wool (tập trung), then suddenly snap to attention only to find that we have lost minutes or even hours in reverie (mơ màng), with no memory at all of what happened in the meanwhile .

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Bài trước: "Rivet your attention" nghĩa là gì?

"Rivet your attention" nghĩa là gì?

Nghệ thuật thu hút đám đông. Photo by Matheus Bertelli from Pexels

"Rivet one's attention (on/upon someone or something)" nghĩa là tập trung (hoàn toàn) sự chú ý vào cái gì.

Ví dụ
We use For Dummies signature icons in the margins of the book to rivet your attention on key bits of information.

“It takes a world-class (đẳng cấp thế giới) storyteller and a great yarn to rivet your attention for nearly 3 hours” - New York Post

If you continue to rivet your attention on reasons to condemn (lên án) your offender (người phạm tội), would you do the same to yourself?

On 23rd you'll be quite spiritual minded with religion riveting your attention. Your efficiency will be better. May buy something new for the home.

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Thôi rồi lượm ơi

trí tuệ nhân tạo học và sẽ cho ra các quyết định/chính sách kinh tế trong đời thực,

các nhà kinh tế thất nghiệp hết... :)

The moonshot goal of this project is to build a reinforcement learning framework that will recommend economic policies that drive social outcomes in the real world, such as improving sustainability, productivity, and equality. To achieve this, we’ll need to advance AI, challenge conventional economic thinking, and create AI that can ground and guide policy making. While none of these tasks are easy, together, they make for a true moonshot.

This moonshot is both ambitious and necessary, and more timely than ever given economic challenges around the world. Importantly, the AI Economist is a powerful optimization framework that can objectively automate policy design and evaluation. This will allow economists and policy experts to focus on the end goal of improving social welfare.

Given the social and ethical implications that economic policies can have, we believe it is essential to have transparency in the process. By open sourcing the AI Economist, not only do we empower collaboration from all over the world but we also enable unfettered review of policy simulations.

The key ingredients are:
A high-fidelity simulation that should be grounded in data, and aligned with economic theory as well as with social and ethical values. Simulations should not be prohibitively expensive to run, and should be maintainable and modular.

AI policy models should be effective in a wide range of scenarios, explainable, and robust to economic shocks.

The simulation and policy models should be calibrated against real-world data and, as much as possible, validated in human-subject studies.

Sai lầm thuộc về anh

by nguyễn bá quỳnh,
Trong khi Eisenhower xem Lào là lãnh thổ mang tính chiến lược thì anh Kennedy lại hùng hổ đòi dựng chiến trường tại Việt Nam & đã muốn lật NĐ Diệm ngay từ lúc mới nhậm chức!

Như tui lờ mờ dự đoán, anh Kennedy mới chính là nguyên nhân thất bại chính của chiến tranh Việt Nam

"Call to attention" nghĩa là gì?

Nghiêm trang quá. Photo by Bao Menglong on Unsplash

"Call (one) to attention" nghĩa là ra lệnh nghiêm, kêu gọi quân nhân chú ý, nhìn về phía trước, đứng thẳng với cánh tay sát hai bên. Còn "call (someone or something) to (one's) attention" nghĩa là khiến một người tập trung, chú ý.

Ví dụ
It is a general call to attention, and may indicate an appeal for help. Its significance will be made known to all radio stations within range of Army stations.

For this reason we wish to stir up (đánh động) your minds in remembrance of a few facts that have been called to your attention by many writers before this .

They are called to your attention, to shew (chỉ ra) that the causes of past failure are attributable (có thể quy cho), not to the impracticability (tính khả thi) of the thing, but to the former plans of operation.

Ladies and gentlemen I have to call attention to this. I present to you one of the best acted and cinematically shot episodes of any show ever to be made, with a soundtrack (nhạc phim) that is to die for. I give you the masterpiece (kiệt tác) called San Junipero (Black Mirror: 2016)

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Một dại khờ một tôi

by nguyen ba quynh, continued, 
Vietnam war, cuộc chiến Bắc - Nam nhưng hơn nửa số bom Mỹ lại rải xuống miền Nam - how stupid they were!

Bài trước: Em không có lỗi

Em không có lỗi

Sau khi ám sát ông Diệm, messed up miền Nam, đưa một quân nhân điềm đạm (Thiệu) lên làm Tổng thống thì người Mỹ ignore cả chính quyền miền Nam. Chiến địa Việt Nam là chiến địa giữa lính Mỹ và lính Bắc Việt + Trung cộng và Nga Sô Viết. VNCH không có lỗi!, credit: nguyễn bá quỳnh,

Chân dung Nguyễn Cao Kỳ trong con mắt người Mỹ

như thằng thổi kèn ở hộp đêm hạng xoàng, hat tip to nguyễn bá quỳnh,

Bài trước: 
Thôi nghỉ đi

Thôi nghỉ đi

Đặc vụ miền Bắc ngay trong tướng lĩnh cao cấp nhất Nam Việt, đánh đấm gì nữa!!!, hat tip to nguyễn bá quỳnh,

Bài trước: Sai lầm của anh

Sai lầm của anh

credit: nguyễn bá quỳnh,
Đoạn đối thoại giữa NĐD & HCM thể hiện sự hào hùng của hai nhân vật lịch sử với hai ý thức hệ khác nhau. Nhưng Kennedy & các ban bệ Dems thời đó vẫn nhìn dân An Nam với con mắt khinh rẻ của dân da trắng phân biệt chủng tộc & không chấp nhận một đồng minh không biết luồn cúi. Kennedy bị ám sát là một sự trả giá cho việc giết hại tổng thống một quốc gia tự do hay sự trừng phạt từ thượng đế?

Như một số dân biểu Cộng Hoà (ex. Mc Cathy) nhận xét, đa số các lãnh đạo đảng Dân Chủ Mỹ là những kẻ phân biệt chủng tộc!

Nếu em được lựa chọn

from nguyễn bá quỳnh,
Đầu năm 1950, một trong những cố vấn của TT Truman: Raymond B Fosdick đã có ý tưởng lựa chọn HCM thay Bảo Đại vì tin rằng kết quả khả quan hơn.

Đáng tiếc là mấy anh thực dân Pháp lại messed up và để Sô Viết nẫng tay trên...

Định mệnh dân tộc

kể cả có giành độc lập từ Pháp thì..., hat tip to nguyễn bá quỳnh,

industrious: cần cù, siêng năng
honesty: tính lương thiện; tính trung thực; tính chân thật
loyalty: lòng trung thành, lòng trung nghĩa, lòng trung kiên
veracity: tính trung thực/thành thực

Bài trước: Không học thì sau này ăn gì?

Không ngoài dự đoán

các tập đoàn dược phẩm lớn biết trước trump sẽ thắng rồi,

giá cổ phiếu, tuy có cả một thời gian dài rất èo uột, nhưng chỉ ba ngày trước bầu cử, đã tăng đột biến..., theo nghiên cứu hồi tháng 3 năm 2019,
On the day before the 2016 U.S. presidential election (bầu cử tổng thống), the odds of Hillary Clinton winning the presidency, according to political prediction markets (thị trường dự đoán chính trị), were above 90%. Surprisingly, Donald Trump won the Electoral College handily. In this study, we examine how movements (biến động) in specific stock prices (giá cổ phiếu) foreshadowed (báo hiệu, báo trước, là điềm của) the eventual outcome. Specifically, we conduct a series of standard event-study tests focused on pharmaceutical companies (công ty dược phẩm), which became a focal point during the presidential campaign. Results show that while stocks of pharmaceutical companies significantly underperformed the market prior to the election, prices substantially increased beginning three days before the election outcome. This increase is both statistically significant (có ý nghĩa về mặt thống kê) and economically meaningful (ý nghĩa về kinh tế) and robust (mạnh mẽ) to various event-study methodologies. (phương pháp nghiên cứu sự kiện) These results suggest that some sectors of the stock market seemed to anticipate (đoán trước) the election outcome (kết quả bầu cử).

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