Journey in Life: 02/19/21

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Friday, February 19, 2021

"Graveyard shift" nghĩa là gì?

Đêm vẫn đắt khách. Photo by Andre Benz on Unsplash

"Graveyard shift" -> nghĩa là kíp làm đêm, ca đêm.

Ví dụ
“They turned off power Sunday in the middle of the night,” Rankin said. “I was at work — I work (the) graveyard (shift), and my husband (chồng) told me about 1:50 (a.m.), they lost power.”

Motherboard is reporting that Amazon has been quietly transitioning (chuyển đổi) warehouse workers at Amazon warehouses nationwide to a 10-hour graveyard shift, known as the “megacycle.”

One night while working the graveyard shift for the California Highway Patrol, my partner and I saw another patrol car make a double stop. They told the back vehicle to pull in behind them when they stopped the front vehicle.

While working the graveyard shift for the highway patrol, my partner and I received a call from the sergeants (trung sĩ) that they stopped a vehicle for a possible DUI driver. As I approached (tiếp cận) the driver’s side of the vehicle, I could see the two occupants had been drinking. I directed the driver out of the car and conducted field sobriety tests.

Ngọc Lân

Im lặng không là vàng

giáo sư say sưa giảng bài qua zoom suốt hai tiếng, đến cuối buổi mới biết là mute (câm, lặng thinh)...

After delivering a Zoom lecture for two hours, Professor Dong Wang of National University of Singapore soon realized that none of his students heard a word because his mic had been muted (câm, thầm lặng, lặng thinh, ngầm, không nói được nên lời, im hơi lặng tiếng; chặn tiếng, làm câm).

Wang then called for questions from the roughly 20 students who actually stayed connected to the online class throughout the whole thing — and got nothing but crickets.

...A student answered that they only heard a little at the beginning, at 6 p.m., and nothing else from 6:08 p.m. on as his screen froze.

A clearly rattled (bối rối, lo sợ, ngơ ngác) Wang then told the class that he’d repeat the entire lecture another time.

Azusa Chan, one of the students, told the news outlet that the professor inexplicably (không lý giải nổi) muted himself.

“Students tried all sorts of things to get his attention by unmuting and even calling his phone number. However, he did not respond and continued with the lesson,”

"The shifting sands of" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Billy Pasco on Unsplash

"The shifting sands of" = cát lún -> nghĩa là tình huống, hoàn cảnh luôn thay đổi, khó đoán và khó đối phó.

Ví dụ
Remember the precious (quý giá) cargo you four friends are carrying: two children who are oblivious (không biết) to the shifting sands of adulthood around them.

So many irons in the fire, all subject to (phụ thuộc) the shifting sands of what the pandemic allows: Parker sounds energised by possibilities. Meantime, what she’s most buzzed by right now is Rough Magic’s extensive new artist development programme, Compass, a massive blooming and expansion (mở rộng) of its 19-year strong Seeds programme, merging artist development and core programming – especially for the independent company’s 40th anniversary in 2024 – in a new structure, with multiple opportunities for artists, plays, theatre professionals.

For the president and CEO of the US Toy Association, Steve Pasierb, 2020 was a year of maneuvering (vận động) through the shifting sands of an event landscape beholden (chịu ơn) to a pandemic that refused to play by the rules. One major pivot (là điều thiết yếu) to the all-virtual platform later, and Pasierb is ready to explain why the success of Toy Fair Everywhere means it’s destined to be a part of the global toy industry fabric forever. 

Others may thrive as the shifting sands of consumer behavior create opportunity from chaos (hỗn loạn). Recent earnings remarks from Global Diversified Marketing Group Inc (OTC: GDMK), a food and snack manufacturer, importer and distributor in the United States, Canada, and Europe, warrant examination because the Company ship its catalog of Italian Wafers, Italian filled croissants, French Madeleines, Wafer Pralines, shelf-stable Macarons, and other gourmet snacks to stores and other brick and mortar locations.

Ngọc Lân

"Brew a plot" nghĩa là gì?

"Brew a plot" có plot là âm mưu, mưu đồ -> cụm từ này nghĩa là âm thầm bày mưu lập kế.

Ví dụ 
The children brewed an evil plot to get revenge on their teacher. 

We brewed a plot so that we would not have to help with dinner.

My siblings and I are brewing a plot to surprise our parents with a trip for their anniversary.

Theories suggest that Francis discovered his wife's work and brewed a plot to murder her. But to hide his involvement, he murdered other prostitutes (gái mại dâm) in the area. 

Thùy Dương

Alo, đội trưởng eng éc đây

lợn có thể được dạy để sử dụng cần điều khiển chơi game... :D

Pigs have previously been found to be capable of a host of tasks, including solving multiple-choice puzzles (câu đố), and learning commands (hiệu lệnh) such as “sit”.

Now researchers in the US say they have successfully trained four pigs to manipulate (vận hành, thao túng) a joystick and control a cursor (con trỏ trên màn hình điện toán) on a monitor.

“Potentially there may be more that pigs are capable of learning and understanding and responding to than we have previously envisaged,” said Prof Candace Croney of Purdue University, who co-authored the research.

Bài trước: Số nhọ

"Seismic shift" nghĩa là gì?

Xanh lét sang đỏ lòm. Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash

"Seismic shift" có seismic là động đất, địa chấn, shift là thay đổi -> cụm từ này nghĩa là thay đổi lớn.

Ví dụ
A Boston development firm plans to swap its approved hotel near South Station for a residential (dân cư) tower “in light of the seismic shifts in the hospitality industry and the impact on capital markets caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

If that was Mother Nature’s way of putting an exclamation (cảm thán) point on the Biden-Harris election then their inauguration (lễ nhậm chức) served as a different seismic shift for others like Jennifer Solis who found the swearing-in amazing.

Seismic shift for Keppel O&M as it ditches rigs and 'low value-adding' repairs. Major changes ahead for the world's largest rig (trang bị cho tàu thuyền) builder as it looks for better opportunities in gas and renewables (năng lượng tái tạo).

The global pandemic has turned our lives upside-down, made us question our values, and altered (thay đổi) the ways we connect with each other. It’s a seismic shift that has played itself out on our screens, in real-time. There’s little wonder, then, that the content we share and develop for our online customers is also adapting to a new, and as yet uncertain, way of being.

Ngọc Lân

Sự sụp đổ của phong trào tự do ở Úc

bó tay với (phản ứng của) chính quyền trước dịch covid-19,
I have been grappling with (vật lộn với) what I think has been the catastrophic (thảm khốc, thê thảm) collapse (sụp đổ) and failure (thất bại) of the liberty movement in Australia in the face of the Covid hysteria (cuồng loạn) and panic (hoảng loạn), and the lockdown (phong tỏa) socialism which has been the result (or in the case of the state of Victoria “lockdown stalinism”). We haven’t seen anything like such an expansion of government power and intervention in the economy since the mid-1970s in this country, and I fear 2021 will continue down this path with barely a squeak (tiếng chít chít) of protest.

In 1972 the social democratic Labor Party came to power and in the space of three years completely transformed the Australian economy, including the introduction of a country-wide single payer health care system, huge increases in taxation, and in government debt. That is the reason why I first became active in libertarian politics and I joined many thousands of people who were appalled (kinh hoảng, kinh sợ, thất kinh) and outraged (xúc phạm, làm tổn thương, lăng nhục, sỉ nhục, cưỡng hiếp) at what was happening. Last year, a conservative government did more in 10 months to expand the power of the state, increase debt, and drastically cut private economic activity than three years of a “socialist” government back in the 1970s.

Yet where are all those who once could be relied on to speak out and stand up for liberty? They are all lying low and saying and doing nothing.

It is hard to know what to do in the face of this. Is it “betrayal” (phản bội) of our ideals? cowardice (hèn nhát)? the failure of their critical faculties, on many levels, to question the dictates of politicians and the so-called advice of technocrats? Have they forgotten all the economics they once knew? Have they stopped loving liberty? Who knows.

DBx: Arriving in my e-mailbox very soon after I read this appalling op-ed in the Washington Post, David’s e-mail struck me with special strength. The op-ed’s headline alone would thrill a Stalinist – “My city in Australia locked down for a single covid-19 case. We welcome the restrictions” – with the first sentence of the op-ed sending the Stalinist into raptures (trạng thái mê ly, sung sướng vô ngần): “Government officials from Western Australia announced on Sunday that millions of people in the southwest part of our state would plunge into a strict, five-day lockdown after the first case of community transmission in 10 months was detected in a hotel quarantine security guard.”

One case of a disease that isn’t especially lethal to people under the age of 50, and that kills mostly the very old and ill, prompts the government to put millions of healthy people under house arrest. One. Single. Case. Not even one single death. One case.

The great collectivist dream is to have every individual sacrifice willingly and without limit for the greater good of the whole, with the details of the nature of this good being specified by the state. The puny individuals are assured by those in power that evil will darken the land if the puny individuals do not stand together, as one, regimented by the state into uniformity of purpose and action.

Collectivist ideology celebrates the embrace of this uniformity. It applauds acceptance of the state’s authority and leadership. It cheers those who refuse to question the state’s commands; it condemns those who dare to so question, and will silence those who do not respond appropriately to the condemnations.

I’m no expert on Soviet or Maoist or Pol-Pottian propaganda (tuyên truyền), but I have – as, surely, you have – encountered over the years examples of such propaganda in which smiling comrades (đồng chí) are shown joyfully marching together – as one, and led by a loving leader – toward some glorious goal. Just as the brainwashed (tẩy não) victims (nạn nhân) depicted in this propaganda happily submit to their enslavement, so too, apparently, do millions of Australians submit to theirs. And the Washington Post publishes an op-ed written by one of them bragging of her comrades’ willingness to behave like well-trained dogs – some eager for snacks as rewards for good behavior, and others fearful of the master’s whip for bad behavior.

Simply disgusting.

Vấn đề khủng bố và những tác động đến nền kinh tế

phản ứng thái quá với nó mới thật sự có hại ý...
trích dẫn hôm nay… is from page 197 of Steven Pinker’s wonderful 2018 book, Enlightenment Now:

The most damaging effect of terrorism is countries’ overreaction to it….

DBx: Indeed so.

And this same truth holds, yet with a thousand times more force, for Covid-19.

Số nhọ

ăn trộm xe tải thì hóa ra là... xe của nhà tang lễ, vẫn còn quan tài và tử thi bên trong... :D
A funeral home (nhà tang lễ) van (xe tải) with a body inside was stolen in Missouri Thursday morning when the driver went into a convenience store and left it running, authorities said.

The vehicle was taken from the parking lot of a QuikTrip around 10 a.m. in St. Louis County.

The driver left the white 2012 Nissan NV1500 van running, and then the suspects hopped in and drove away, cops said.

The body of a woman was inside the vehicle during the theft.

Police say “William C Harris Funeral” was displayed on the side of the van and it had a green wreaths (vòng hoa, vòng hoa tang) with a “H” inside of them on the back.

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