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Friday, October 30, 2020

"Depend on the kindness of strangers" nghĩa là gì?

"Depend on the kindness of strangers" = dựa vào lòng tốt của người lạ -> nghĩa là tự lừa bản thân.
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Blanche Dubois’s famous line, from “A Streetcar Named Desire,” has long struck me as poignant (đau nhói: “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Perhaps Ms. Dubois was being a bit melodramatic (quá đáng). It’s also entirely possible she had depended on the kindness of strangers a little more than was good for her.

Knight tells us that the contestants will not even have so much as a tent (cái lều), and will need to depend on the kindness of strangers for nearly everything. The contest starts this Friday morning, July 10th.

It’s never wise to depend on the kindness of strangers – or Donald Trump – but it should be a different story when it comes to your neighbor (hàng xóm).

Moreno has fond memories of harvest (thu hoạch) season with his father. It was a time of year when they had to depend on the kindness of strangers who volunteered (tình nguyện) their time and energy to the harvest. It was the only way that running the church was possible. 

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"The lap of luxury" nghĩa là gì?

"The lap of luxury" -> nghĩa là sống trong điều kiện giàu sang, xa hoa.

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Their values don’t align (ngang hàng) with your values. They are living in the lap of luxury while you are wallowing (đầm mình) in the pits of despair. The are wealthy while you struggle to make a dollar out of fifteen cents. Your anger explodes into intense rage, usually against someone in you community.

Businessmen and women, who used to travel shorter distances by flights, are now opting (thích) to drive or to be driven rather than take a flight. The younger generation is more aspiring and more willing to spend their money. Many youngsters aspire (tham vọng) to get into the lap of luxury. We opened bookings (đặt hàng) for the Audi Q2 only on October 3, but have received over 100 bookings.

Build your own pool and swim in the lap of luxury. The local lido (bể bơi công cộng) is out. So why not make a splash in your own backyard with a private pool? Splashing out £50,000 on a heated outdoor pool might sound like an extravagance (phung phí), but David Cameron is only going with the flow at his £1.5 million Cotswolds home.

As Coppola’s latest adventure begins, we see Felix, who has made his millions as an art dealer, in the lap of luxury with a chauffeured (tài xế) Mercedes, first-class hotels and sensational (kỳ lạ) magic in his persona (tính cách).

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Không hề giấu diếm

phát thanh viên truyền hình dọa... giết thị trưởng vì lộ chuyện nhắn tin hẹn hò giữa hai người...
An inappropriate relationship (mối quan hệ không đúng đắn) between a news anchor (phát thanh viên truyền hình) and the married mayor (thị trưởng) of Anchorage, Alaska is blowing up both their careers. Anchor Maria Athens shot a bizarre (kỳ lạ, kỳ quặc) promo for her Facebook page accusing (buộc tội) Mayor Ethan Berkowitz of being a pedophile (kẻ ấu dâm). Athens also left him a voicemail that ended with her threatening to kill him and his wife. The mayor said he had an inappropriate texting relationship with Athens, but denied her other claims. Police found no evidence of Athens' claims against Berkowitz.

Có một việc thôi

có một việc để chính phủ làm thôi,

đừng can thiệp vào lựa chọn cá nhân của người dân, chấm dứt "phong tỏa"...
Here’s a response to a recent comment by Thomas Hutchison:

Mr. Hutchison:
Commenting on a blog post in which I link to several essays that argue against covid-19 lockdowns, you write “All have good points, but all seem to fall short in not being specific enough about what to have done/to do instead.”

With respect, to oppose the lockdowns is to endorse leaving individuals free to choose their own levels of prevention (ngăn ngừa, ngăn chặn), both for themselves and their loved ones. Individuals differ in their risk preferences (ưa thích rủi ro), in their and their loved-ones’ vulnerabilities (dễ tổn thương), and in many other personal and family circumstances that require the making of trade-offs – trade-offs that will and should be made differently by differently situated people. Therefore, to criticize those who oppose government-imposed lockdowns for not specifying “what to have done/to do instead” is to miss the point entirely.

There is no one set of specific actions to be done. There is, instead, a range of different responses that is as wide and open-ended as is the vast range of differences among individuals. Or, put differently, there is one specific thing for government to do: get the hell out of the way of individual choice and initiative. Immediately end the lockdowns, grand and petit, as well as all threats and prospects of such. This course of action is the one that the authors of the pieces to which I linked call for wisely – and specifically.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics

Hãy đánh giá đúng

ko phải những thành tựu kinh tế chỉ có người giàu hưởng (như truyền thông hay nói), mà người nghèo mới là người thắng cuộc lớn nhất,

ở các nước giàu, giờ ko phải đói ăn đói mặc nữa, kể cả người nghèo, có lo là lo những vấn đề của "thế giới thứ nhất", như béo phì hay netflix chẳng có gì hay để xem...
trích dẫn hôm nay… is from page six of the print version of Art Carden’s and Deirdre Nansen McCloskey’s superb lead essay for the September/October 2020 Cato Policy Report – an essay  (tiểu luận) (“How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World”) that is excerpted (đoạn trích) from their forthcoming book (for which I have already placed my order at Amazon, and encourage you to place yours), Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich):

It would be cold comfort (sự an ủi ít ỏi) if the gains since 1800, or 1960, had gone to the rich, as you hear claimed every day. But the poor have been the big winners. The great economist Joseph Schumpeter described “the capitalist achievement” in his 1942 book, Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy: “Queen Elizabeth owned silk stockings (vớ dài bằng lụa). The capitalist achievement does not typically consist in providing more silk stockings for queens but in bringing them within the reach of factory girls in return for steadily decreasing amounts of effort.” Marie Antoinette is supposed to have said, when told that the peasants had no bread, “Let them eat cake” (well, “brioche,” but same difference.) In rich countries now, people worry about different problems. All of us, even the poor, have too much bread. We eat too much cake. We are on our way to a world in which everyone has “first‐​world” problems such as bulging waistlines, cluttered closets, and nothing good to watch on Netflix.

"Fall into your lap" nghĩa là gì?

"Fall into your lap" = rơi vào lòng -> nghĩa là tự dưng đạt được điều gì, không cần cố gắng.

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In essence, changing - or 'spoofing' - your location with an app such as a VPN will open up a world of new cities and streets for you to virtually (gần như) explore. Let's face it... what are the chances that there's a Lucario just loitering (lảng vảng) in your location? And a Mewtwo is hardly just going to fall into your lap.

When it comes to building a strong and successful business, this isn’t something that’s likely to just fall into your lap. Rather, you have to be proactive (chủ động giải quyết khó khăn) in going after what you want, and these three top tips are designed to help you do that. Put them into action today to create an enterprise (sự nghiệp) that goes from strength to strength.

Risk-takers know that success isn’t going to fall into your lap. Sometimes you have to hunt (săn tìm) for it. And in that chase, opportunities arise, those best waves, if you like, that may never have been found if they had waited.

You shouldn’t wait for signs (dấu hiệu) of child identity (nhận dạng) theft to fall into your lap, though—especially if you’re estranged from the child’s other parent or have a family member you think could be capable of such a crime. 

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