Journey in Life: 11/20/20

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Con mình cứ đòi nuôi chó. Có mẹ nào nhà đang nuôi chó tư vấn cho mình với

mua luôn cho rồi, con cứ đòi nằng nặc 100 lần, sao chịu nổi, đi làm về đã mệt thì chớ :)
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Dear Dan,

One of the not very well-paid cleaners (người quét dọn) working in my office sometimes chats with me about her life, including her family's financial difficulties (khó khăn tài chính). Last week, she told me that she had just got a puppy (chó con). I was shocked that she would take on the responsibility of caring for a pet when she doesn't have the money to take care of her family. How could someone in her situation be so careless (bất cẩn) and irresponsible (vô trách nhiệm) with money (tiền bạc)?
—Andrea

This probably wasn't a great choice on her part, but to understand how she could make such a decision—and to figure out if you or I would have made the same call if we were in her shoes—we need to better understand her circumstances and capacity to make good choices.

Consider the following scenario (kịch bản): You are relatively poor, and as you go through your day, every decision you make is consequential (do hậu quả, là kết quả logic của). You decide whether to get coffee and walk to work, or skip the coffee and take the bus. You decide whether to take a short break or make another $6. On your way home, you decide whether to fill a prescription or to have a better dinner. When you get home, you are exhausted from all the difficult choices you've made throughout the day. You are depleted (suy yếu, kiệt sức)—the term we use to describe the type of mental exhaustion (mệt mỏi tinh thần) that stems from making decisions and resisting temptation. And now your children ask you for the 100th time to get a puppy. You know that, for your long-term financial well-being, you should resist. But do you have the mental stamina (nghị lực)? Unlikely.

You may be more likely to make better decisions than your colleague, but we don't know whether that is because you are better at making sensible long-term decisions—or because you simply aren't as depleted at the end of the day. My guess is that life circumstances and depletion, not heedless (không chú ý, lơ là) irresponsibility, explain many such less-than-desirable decisions.

Sao em vẫn tin?

những lời đường mật (tán tỉnh) ở quán bar nhỉ,

-> cứ thử khen chồng vài tuần liên tục xem kết quả như nào :)
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Dear Dan,

I am happily married and was never much for the bar scene. But I do wonder if those cheesy pickup lines (lời tán tỉnh) actually work—"If I told you that you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me" and so on. I can't imagine anyone would buy such transparently empty (rỗng tuếch) flattery (nịnh bợ, tâng bốc), but these lines are so common that they must be doing something. Any insight?
—Barbara

I'm no expert here, but my guess is that these kinds of pickup lines work much better than you might expect. Some interesting research shows that we love getting compliments (lời khen), that we are better disposed toward people who give us compliments and that we like those people even when we know that the compliments are insincere. So beyond the pickup lines, the real question is why we don't give compliments more frequently. After all, they're free, and they make the recipient happy. Try out some pickup lines and compliments on your husband for the next few weeks, and let me know how it works out.

Chuyện như đùa

chim (dương vật) của Napoleon bị cắt khi mổ xác khám nghiệm và... chu du khắp nơi, qua tay bao người: thầy tu ở Corsica, năm 1927 được trưng bày ở Manhattan, năm 1977 được bác sĩ John Lattimer mua lại với giá 3.000 usd, năm 2007 vào tay... con gái của Lattimer :)
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Napoleon’s Penis: The Broad Strokes Of Its Existence

Napoleon Bonaparte , or more accurately, “Le Petit Caporal,” (in every way) was one of the most famous (nổi tiếng) French statesmen (chính khách) and commanders (người chỉ huy, sĩ quan cao cấp) of all time (mọi thời đại). He strode out of the French Revolution (Cách mạng Pháp), victorious, and became Napoleon I, Emperor of France. He ruled from 1804 until 1814 and again in 1815, during the Hundred Days. According to a 2016 article in Time, many people have been “fixated on Napoleon's penis since Napoleon's doctor allegedly cut it off during his autopsy (khám nghiệm tử thi) in 1821 and gave it to a priest (thầy tu) in Corsica.” Over the years this famous “dead” penis has been likened to a piece of dry leather, a shriveled eel, and beef jerky.

And if this were not shame enough, in 1927 his manhood was compared to a “maltreated strip of buckskin shoelace,” when it was “displayed in Manhattan.” Clearly, this is the twisted story of how one of the most legendary military leaders of all time kept such a thing secret during his lifetime.

...In 1977, Dr. John Lattimer, a professor emeritus and former chairman of urology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons , and a practicing urologist living in New Jersey, bought the “petit penis” for $3,000. When he died 30 years later, Napoleon's member fell into the hands of Lattimer’s daughter. A Vintage News article quotes writer Tony Perrottet, author of Napoleon’s Privates: 2,500 Years of History Unzipped , as saying it had taken on “quite a mythic status.” According to Perrottet, after Napoleon died on the island of St. Helena in 1821, his physician placed the body part in a “little leather presentation box” but without formaldehyde. For this reason, it dried out and came to look “a bit like beef jerky.”

đọc thêm ở đây,

Ở trên bãi cỏ thì không bị cấm rồi

hai em gái say rượu, khỏa thân đánh nhau trên bãi cỏ trước nhà... ;)
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At 4:25 a.m. Sept. 19, police were dispatched (phái, cử) to a residence (nhà lớn, nguy nga tráng lệ; dinh thự) on a report of two females fighting in the front yard. One of the females was naked (khỏa thân).

Police arrived to find that the women, 27 ,of University Heights, and 24, of Cleveland, were intoxicated (say rượu). Both had minor injuries.

The two women were issued criminal summons for disorderly conduct. One was released for hospital treatment, and the other to a responsible party.

Meanwhile, inside the home was a Cleveland Heights man, 27, who was found to be wanted on felony (trọng tội) warrants for kidnapping (bắt cóc). The man was arrested and turned over to Cleveland police.

Canada: đất nước vượt tầm kiểm soát

một phụ nữ ở Fergus bị phạt 25k usd vì... nhập lậu tinh bò... :D
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A release issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said the woman imported the bovine semen without a permit between Feb. 25, 2017 and Feb. 24, 2018.

The CFIA said it executed warrants in Ontario and Alberta on May 10, 2018 "that resulted in a large seizure of unlawfully imported bovine semen."

The rest of the seized semen, a total of 1,553 straws, were forfeited (bị tước, bị thiệt, phải trả giá) to the Ministry of Agricultural for disposal.

Bài trước: Nào ai có ngờ

Nào ai có ngờ

hình sự hóa lao động tình dục khiến gia tăng bệnh truyền nhiễm ở tỷ lệ gần 60%, giảm thu nhập, ko có tiền đóng học phí cho con...
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We examine the impact of criminalizing (hình sự hóa) sex work (lao động tình dục), exploiting (khai thác, tận dụng) an event in which local officials unexpectedly criminalized sex work in one district in East Java, Indonesia, but not in neighboring districts. We collect data from female sex workers and their clients before and after the change. We find that criminalization increases sexually transmitted infections (bệnh truyền nhiễm lây qua đường tình dục) among female sex workers by 58 percent, measured by biological tests. This is driven by decreased condom access (giảm việc tiếp cận và sử dụng bao cao su) and use. We also find evidence that criminalization decreases earnings (giảm thu nhập) among women who left sex work due to criminalization, and decreases their ability to meet their children’s school expenses (học phí) while increasing the likelihood that children begin working to supplement household income. While criminalization has the potential to improve population STI outcomes if the market shrinks permanently, we show that five years post-criminalization the market has rebounded and the probability of STI transmission within the general population is likely to have increased.

That is from a new NBER working paper by Lisa Cameron, Jennifer Seager, and Manisha Shah.

Bài trước: Bỏ mẹ rồi

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