2009年11月07日

相互関係はない・・・


There is no reciprocity. Men love women, women love children, children love hamsters.

相互関係はない。男は女を愛し、女は子供を愛し、子供はハムスターを愛する。
(アリス・トーマス・エリス)


News is the first rough draft of history.

ニュースは歴史の最初の草稿である。
(ベンジャミン・ブラッドリー)

2009年11月05日

EU改革、前進する


European Union Reform Moves Ahead
( New York Times )

A landmark agreement aimed at giving the European Union a global stature on par with major powers like the United States and China cleared its last major hurdle on Tuesday.

The president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klauswas, was the last European Union leader to approve the so-called Treaty of Lisbon, which will try to increase Europe’s clout on foreign policy issues and will streamline the organization’s decision-making. The treaty required ratification by all 27 member states.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・stature 身長、(到達した)名声、地位
・par 同等、同価値、パー(ゴルフの基準打数)
・approve 承認する、良いと認める


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ベルリンの壁の残骸を一掃せよ


Now Clear Away the Rubble of the Wall
( New York Times )

The year 1989 was a turning point for Europe and for the world, a time when history went into high gear. This acceleration was
symbolized by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the velvet revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe. Totalitarian and authoritarian regimes were exiting the stage of history.

Those events, and their peaceful unfolding, were made possible by changes that began in the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s. We initiated them because they were overdue. We were responding to the demands of the people, who resented living without freedom, isolated from the rest of the world.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・totalitarian 全体主義(totalitarianism)の
・initiate 始める、起こす(initial:最初の、イニシャル)
・resent 憤る、憤慨する


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2009年11月02日

お尻を叩く代わりに怒鳴る親たち


For Some Parents, Shouting Is the New Spanking
( New York Times )

“This is ridiculous! I’ve been doing things all day for you!”

Many in today’s pregnancy-flaunting, soccer-cheering, organic-snack-proffering generation of parents would never spank their children. We congratulate our toddlers for blowing their nose (“Good job!”), we friend our teenagers (literally and virtually), we spend hours teaching our elementary-school offspring how to understand their feelings. But, incongruously and with regularity, this is a generation that yells.

“I’ve worked with thousands of parents and I can tell you, without question, that screaming is the new spanking,” said Amy McCready, the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, which teaches parenting skills in classes, individual coaching sessions and an online course. “This is so the issue right now. As parents understand that it’s not socially acceptable to spank children, they are at a loss for what they can do. They resort to reminding, nagging, timeout, counting 1-2-3 and quickly realize that those strategies don’t work to change behavior. In the absence of tools that really work, they
feel frustrated and angry and raise their voice. They feel guilty afterward, and the whole cycle begins again.”


【 まずは準備運動 】

・proffer 差し出す、申し出る、提供する
・literally 文字通りに、逐語的に
・virtually 事実上、実質的には
・offspring (人・動物の)子、子孫
・absence 不足、欠如、不在
・guilty 有罪の、罪の意識がある


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