2013年1月26日星期六

Armageddon,moguls, conspire, wreak havoc

Typhoon Morakot wreaks havoc on Taiwan; popular Chin Shuai Hotel ...
New York Daily News
BY Bill Hutchinson The Hotel Chin shuai lies collapsed in floodwater during typhoon Morakot in Chihpen, in southeastern Taiwan's Taitung county on Sunday. ...



wreak

 
音節
wreak
発音
ríːk
レベル
社会人必須
wreakの変化形
wreaked (過去形) • wreaked (過去分詞) • wreaking (現在分詞) • wreaks (三人称単数現在)
[動](〜ed or wrought)(他)((文))
1 〈罰・復讐(ふくしゅう)などを〉(…に)加える, 〈怒り・不機嫌などを〉(…に)ぶちまける((on, upon ...))
wreak havoc with ...
…をめちゃくちゃにする
wreak vengeance on a person
人に復讐する[恨みを晴らす].
2 …を引き起こす, もたらす
wreak social mayhem
社会的混乱を引き起こす
wreak floods
洪水を引き起こす
Babies wreak simplification on the pronunciation.
赤ん坊は発音を単純化する.
3 〈精力などを〉(…に)費やす, そそぐ((on, upon ...)).
[古英語wrecan. ラテン語urgēre(すすめる)と同系. △URGE
wreak・er
[名]
havoc 
noun [U]
confusion and lack of order, especially causing damage or trouble:
The storm wreaked (= caused) havoc in the garden, uprooting trees and blowing a fence down.
The delay played (= caused) havoc with their travel arrangements.
Spotlight:
Doomsday Clock
Doomsday Clock
Exactly how close are we to the end of days? The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently reset the Doomsday Clock indicating how close the world is to nuclear Armageddon. Earlier this month, the hand was pushed to six minutes before midnight, giving us a whole minute longer in the grand scheme of things. The clock has moved forward and back since 1947, when it was first set at seven minutes to midnight. Scientists deemed the world safest in 1991, adjusting the clock to 11:43 p.m. That was better than 1953, when we were just two minutes from the world 's end. The recent adjustment of the clock indicated an optimistic attitude in light of recent progress in the fight to reduce the world's nuclear armament, and to limit climate-changing gas emissions that have been wreaking havoc on our planet.
Quote:
"Armageddon is not around the corner. This is only what the people of violence want us to believe. The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future."Michael Palin


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Blackstone Group co-founder Peter G. Peterson will unveil the Peter G. Peterson Foundation today and announce his plan to allocate his newfound billions to projects to increase public awareness of fiscal imbalances, Social Security deficits and nuclear proliferation, The New York Times reported.

Though many buyout and hedge fund moguls use philanthropic works to boost their social status and show a softer side, that is not Mr. Peterson's goal, The Times's Landon Thomas Jr. wrote. Mr. Peterson's foundation, worth about $100 million out of the gate and expected to grow to $1 billion, reflects his many years of warning that fiscal and trade deficits will lead to a financial Armageddon.

Ar・ma・ged・don



━━ n. 【聖】ハルマゲドン ((世界終末の際の善と悪との大決戦場)); (国際的な)大決戦, 大動乱.

n.
  1. Bible. The scene of a final battle between the forces of good and evil, prophesied to occur at the end of the world.
  2. A decisive or catastrophic conflict.
[Late Latin Armagedōn, from Greek, from Hebrew har məgiddô, the mountain region of Megiddo : har, mountain + məgiddô, Megiddo.]


For a man who has conspired with Henry Kissinger in the Nixon White House, led Lehman Brothers away from the brink of bankruptcy and been a co-founder of the world's most recognized private equity firm, this latest act is arguably his most ambitious and deeply felt.

con・spire



━━ v. 共謀する, 陰謀をたくらむ ((with, together)); (いくつもの事が)重なって1つの結果を生じさせる ((to do)).


But a larger question looms. Mr. Peterson, who is 81, has scored riches from an industry that has benefited from a generous, controversial tax break. Can Mr. Peterson, who firmly supports the tax break, emerge as a credible voice in favor of broad fiscal constraint in Washington?

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mogul (PERSON) Show phonetics
noun [C]
an important person who has great wealth or power:
movie/media/industry moguls

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