2016年1月9日 星期六

orchestrate, pencil, election-year, supermajority,overconfidence, anyone's guess


Georgia Proves Volatile as U.S. Ally
Russia's claim that the U.S. orchestrated the conflict in Georgia has sharpened the superpowers' dispute. But despite close links with Georgia, the U.S. for years has found the relationship with Saakashvili hard to manage.
紐約時報QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"We attack people, we burn their homes and then we take their animals."
RONO KIBET, an ethnic Kalenjin, describing orchestrated violence against the Kikuyu tribe in Kenya’s postelection chaos.



The Los Angeles Times fills its lead slot with a look at the presidential candidates' strategies for the last nine days on the campaign trail. McCain plans to spend most of his time attacking Obama's economic plan and warning of a Democratic supermajority, while the Obama campaign is concerned primarily with staving off overconfidence.



Barack Obama's "message of hope" will remain the same through Nov. 4, the LAT reports, while John McCain is sharpening the points of a "three-pronged" final attack that will focus on Obama's tax plan, his limited experience, and the excessive power the Democratic Party could wield if he is elected. Both sides admit the outlook is bleak for McCain, and the LAT reports that McCain's aides privately discuss his return to the senate. Even though Obama leads comfortably in several states that McCain cannot afford to lose, his campaign is concerned about "overconfidence." Obama campaign officials cite the razor-thin margins by which many battleground states were won in recent elections as caution that the race is still anyone's game.


The Mortgage Dilemma

DESPITE EFFORTS by the federal government and the private sector, foreclosures are still on the rise. The Bush administration is under pressure to do more about the problem, and the latest statements from senior officials suggest that it will soon try. In part, this reflects election-year politics:...
(The Washington Post)
PHILADELPHIA--Dec. 21--W. Edwards Deming, the quality control expert whose ideas on manufacturing were taken up by his countrymen only after he had revolutionized Japanese industry, died Monday morning at age 93
He died in his sleep at his Washington home about 3 a.m. with his family around him, said Kevin Cahill, one of his grandsons.
An aide said he died of natural causes. Deming remained active as a teacher and consultant until just before his death, traveling around the United States offering advice and seminars on quality control to businesses and business students.
Despite failing health, he had already penciled in several dozen seminars for 1994, his office said.

 早期台灣百能免削鉛non-sharpening pencil 筆廣告,其品牌名英文為Bensia Brand就是台語免削之音譯.

還有:self sharpening pencil.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLLmQQbcPrA


pencil Show phonetics
noun [C]
1 a long thin usually wooden object for writing or drawing, with a sharp black or other coloured point, made from a type of carbon, at one end:
a box of coloured pencils
pens and pencils
He sat with his pencil poised, ready to take notes.
The pencil's blunt - you'd better sharpen it (= make its point sharp).
Write your comments in the margin of the report in (= using) pencil.
a pencil sharpener


2 the form of some types of make-up:
an eyebrow pencil
a lip pencil

3 LITERARY a thin beam of light:
A pencil of light showed as the door opened slightly.

pencil Show phonetics
adjective [before noun]
describes something that has been drawn with a pencil:
pencil sketches/drawings
Cut on or just inside the pencil line.

pencil Show phonetics
verb [T] -ll- or US USUALLY -l-
to write something with a pencil

pencilledUS ALSO penciled Show phonetics
adjective
pencilled comments/notes

anyone's guess

Something that no one knows for sure, as in Will it rain next Sunday? That's anyone's guess[Mid-1900s] Also see your guess is as good as mine.



orchestrate

verb [T often passive]
to arrange something carefully, and sometimes unfairly, so as to achieve a desired result:
Their victory was largely a result of their brilliantly orchestrated election campaign.
See also orchestrate at orchestra.

A closer look at what has unfolded since a deeply flawed election plunged Kenya into chaos shows that some of the bloodletting may have been premeditated and organized.

orchestration

or・ches・trate



━━ v. 管弦楽用に作曲[編曲]する; 入念に準備する.
or・ches・tra・tion n.
orchestra


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