2009年06月29日

マイケル・ジャクソン死去、光と影に包まれて


A Star Idolized and Haunted, Michael Jackson Dies at 50
( New York Times )

For his legions of fans, he was the Peter Pan of pop music: the
little boy who refused to grow up. But on the verge of another
attempted comeback, he is suddenly gone, this time for good.

Michael Jackson, whose quintessentially American tale of celebrity and excess took him from musical boy wonder to global pop superstar to sad figure haunted by lawsuits, paparazzi and failed plastic surgery, was pronounced dead on Thursday afternoon at U.C.L.A. Medical Center after arriving in a coma, a city official said. Mr. Jackson was 50, having spent 40 of those years in the public eye he loved.

As with Elvis Presley or the Beatles, it is impossible to calculate the full effect Mr. Jackson had on the world of music. At the height of his career, he was indisputably the biggest star in the world; he has sold more than 750 million albums. Radio stations across the country reacted to his death with marathon sessions of his songs. MTV, which grew successful in part as a result of Mr. Jackson’s groundbreaking videos, reprised its early days as a music channel by showing his biggest hits.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・idolize 偶像(idol)を崇拝する
・legion (古代ローマの)軍団、軍、多数
・quintessentially 典型的に、心底から
・plastic surgery 形成外科、美容整形手術
・coma 昏睡
・reprise 反復する、再現する


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2009年06月26日

1杯のマティーニで結構だ・・・


My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.

私の考える好ましい人とは、私を好む人のことだ。
(ベンジャミン・ディズレーリ)


One martini is all right, two is too many, three is not enough.

1杯のマティーニで結構だ。2杯だと多すぎる。3杯だと足りない。
(ジェームズ・サーバー)

注:サーバーさんは大正解です。

2009年06月24日

アルコールは体にいい? 科学者に疑問の声


Alcohol’s Good for You? Some Scientists Doubt It
( New York Times )

By now, it is a familiar litany. Study after study suggests that alcohol in moderation may promote heart health and even ward off diabetes and dementia. The evidence is so plentiful that some experts consider moderate drinking ― about one drink a day for women, about two for men ― a central component of a healthy lifestyle.

But what if it’s all a big mistake?

For some scientists, the question will not go away. No study, these critics say, has ever proved a causal relationship between moderate drinking and lower risk of death ― only that the two often go together. It may be that moderate drinking is just something healthy people tend to do, not something that makes people healthy.

“The bottom line is there has not been a single study done on
moderate alcohol consumption and mortality outcomes that is a ‘gold standard’ kind of study ― the kind of randomized controlled clinical trial that we would be required to have in order to approve a new pharmaceutical agent in this country,” said Dr. Tim Naimi, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・ward off〜 〜を避ける、防ぐ
・mortality 死すべき運命、死亡数・率(形容詞:mortal)
・pharmaceutical 製薬(上)の、薬剤の(pharmacy:薬(剤)学、薬局)
・agent 代理人、動因、作因、剤
・epidemiologist 疫学(epidemiology)者


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2009年06月22日

テヘラン、騒乱のただ中に


Violence Grips Tehran Amid Crackdown
( New York Times )

Police officers used sticks and tear gas to force back thousands of demonstrators under plumes of black smoke in the capital on Saturday, a day after Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said there would be “bloodshed” if street protests continued over the disputed presidential election.

The violence unfolded on a day of extraordinary tension across Iran. The opposition leader, Mir Hussein Moussavi, appeared at a demonstration in southern Tehran and called for a general strike if he were to be arrested. “I am ready for martyrdom,” he told supporters.

Mr. Moussavi again called for nullifying the election’s results, and opposition protesters swore to continue pressing their claims of a stolen election against Iran’s embattled and increasingly impatient clerical leadership in Iran’s worst crisis since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・plume 羽毛、羽毛状に立ちのぼるもの
・dispute 議論する、論争する
・embattled 敵に包囲された、絶えず悩まされる
・impatient 短気な、がまんできない
・clerical 聖職者(の)


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2009年06月19日

愛国心とは・・・


Quitting smoking is easy, I have done it thousands of times.

タバコをやめることは簡単だ。私はこれまで何千回もやめた。
(マーク・トウェイン)


Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

愛国心とは、悪党の最後の隠れ蓑だ。
(サミュエル・ジョンソン)



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