2016年5月15日 星期日

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People in Need Are Filling and Taxing Libraries

"We performed at four funerals last year. I was dancing round a coffin!"

Anxious, depressed patrons who say they have nowhere else to go are turning some libraries into stressful hotbeds.

Czech Parliament Drags Feet on European Union Treaty

The Czech parliament's lower house has again postponed the vote on the
European Union's stalled reform treaty.

The DW-WORLD Article
Published: March 30, 2008

ANYONE who thinks that Berkeley is just a hotbed of political radicalism is in for a surprise. College Avenue, the town’s main drag, is packed with more hipsters with BlackBerrys than hippies with beards. The city’s revamped shops can compete label-to-label with SoHo’s sophisticated boutiques, and its restaurants match its bigger neighbor across San Francisco Bay. But the spirit of 1969 hasn’t completely gone away. Walk down Telegraph Avenue and along one block you’ll find activists for Free Tibet, patchouli-scented advocates of homeopathic medicine, and crusty purple-haired free-love followers, still eager to convert you to their cause.

Jerry Yang accused Microsoft of trying to destabilize Yahoo without a real desire to complete a deal, and he responded sharply to recent comments by investor Carl Icahn.

Leeches and High-Tech Healthcare

Germany was once the world’s leading exporter of leeches, used for the medical application of blood-letting. The practice died out in the 20th century in most of Western Europe, although it was continued in the less affluent countries of Eastern Europe which weren’t able to switch to the use of allopathic medicines, as easily.

However, over the past 20 years the use of leeches has made something of a comeback in Germany. 350,000 leeches are now used here per year, to treat infections, chronic pain, aid against rejection in the post-operative stages of transplants, as well as in pain therapy, osteo-arthritis and a number of other illnesses and ailments.
Leeches -- and the possibilities they hold for further medical applications --intrigued one visionary and entrepreneurial, out-of-work mechanical engineer a few years back, as he heard about their use in the UK on the BBC World Service. He is now founder and CEO of Germany’s only leech-breeding laboratory. In an old abandoned building occupied by Russian soldiers in GDR times in Potsdam, Detlef Menzel has successfully created a state-of-the-art, aquatic leech lab, where he produces 150,000 leeches a year. Leah McDonnell visited his lab, and filed this report.

  1. 《形容詞》【医学】逆症療法の

Allopathic medicine and allopathy (from Greek ἄλλοςállos, other, different + πάϑοςpáthos, suffering) are terms coined by Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy.[1] It meant "other than the disease" and it was intended, among other things, to point out how traditional doctors used methods that had nothing to do with the symptoms created with the disease, which meant that these methods were harmful to the patients.[1] Originally intended as a characterization of standard medicine in the early 19th century, these terms were rejected by mainstream physicians and quickly acquired negative overtones. During the 19th century it was used widely among irregular doctors as a pejorative term for regular doctors.[1] In the United States the term "allopathic" has been used by persons not related to homeopathy,[2] but it has never been accepted by the medical establishment, and is not a label that such individuals apply to themselves.[3][4]
In the United States, allopathic medicine can sometimes refer to the medical training that leads to the degree Doctor of Medicine rather than the degree Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, although this is uncommon. See comparison of MD and DO in the United States.[5][6]
Generally, allopathic medicine refers to "the broad category of medical practice that is sometimes called Western medicine, biomedicine, scientific medicine, or modern medicine,"[7] with varying degrees of acceptance by medical professionals in different locales. See medicine.

denounce (CRITICIZE) Show phonetics
verb [T]
to criticize something or someone strongly and publicly:
The government's economic policy has been denounced on all sides.
We must denounce injustice and oppression.

denunciation Show phonetics
noun [C or U]
public criticism of something or someone
denounce (ACCUSE) Show phonetics
verb [T]
to accuse someone publicly of being something bad; to give information against:
His former colleagues have denounced him as a spy.

denunciation Show phonetics
noun [C or U]
The noun commie has one meaning:
Meaning #1: a socialist who advocates communism
Synonym: communist

1945年美國自來水開始加氟 許多人說這是共產黨人的陰謀

Jan. 25, 1945: Fluoridation — Better Teeth, or Commie Plot?

By Tony LongEmail 01.25.08 | 12:00 AM

1945: Grand Rapids, Michigan, becomes the first U.S. city to fluoridate its drinking water supply.
Fluoridation, implemented as a means of reducing tooth decay, involves adding one part per million of fluoride to the water supply. (The optimum level, according to the Centers for Disease Control, falls between 0.7 and 1.2 ppm.) Fluorine, of which fluoride is a compound, is one of Earth's most abundant elements, found in almost everything. In mammals, the highest natural concentration of fluoride is found in bones and teeth.
Grand Rapids undertook a study before implementing its fluoridation project, meant to clear up any safety concerns. Fluoride protects tooth enamel but is nevertheless toxic, even potentially lethal, in concentrated form. The Grand Rapids study concluded that the benefits strongly outweighed any risks, and the program got the green light.
Dissenting voices continued to be heard, however, and they grew increasingly strident as more and more municipalities fluoridated their water. Since it coincided with escalating Cold War hysteria, fluoridation was denounced by right-wingers as a communist plot to bring America to its knees by poisoning the water supply.
The Russian-conspiracy theory was completely bogus, of course, but fluoridation remained a health concern. In fact, it's still a concern today.
Roughly 170 million Americans drink fluoridated water today, and statistics show that dental health in the United States has improved dramatically as a direct result of it. But, aided partly by the internet's long reach, there is continuing resistance.
Opponents of fluoridation point to newer studies that link it to osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Some dentists question the need to keep fluoridating water, because most modern toothpastes contain fluoride, which is itself controversial.
Institutions such as the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Family Physicians continue to maintain that the overall risks are minimal and that these new claims are exaggerated.
(Source: Various)

a hotbed of sth a place or situation where a lot of a particular activity, especially an unwanted or unpleasant activity, is happening or might happen:
The police department was a hotbed of corruption.
In the 60's the city was a hotbed of crime.

drag (PULL)
verb -gg-
1 [T] to move something by pulling it along a surface, usually the ground:
Pick the chair up instead of dragging it behind you!
She dragged the canoe down to the water.

2 [T + adverb or preposition] to make someone go somewhere they do not want to go:
She had to drag her child away from the toy shop.
I really had to drag myself out of bed this morning.

3 [T] to move something on a computer screen using a mouse (DEVICE)

4 [T] If you drag a subject into a conversation, etc. you begin to talk about it even if it is not connected with what you are talking about:
She's always dragging sex into the conversation.

5 [T] to pull nets or hooks along the bottom of a river or lake in order to find something:
They found the man's body after dragging the canal.



1[MASS NOUN] The action of pulling something forcefully or with difficulty:the drag of the current
1.1The longitudinal retarding force exerted by air or other fluid surrounding a moving object:the coating reduces aerodynamic drag
1.2[IN SINGULAR] A person or thing that impedes progress or development:Larry was turning out to be a drag on her career
1.3Fishing Unnatural motion of a fishing fly caused by the pull of the line.
1.4[COUNT NOUN] archaic An iron shoe that can be applied as a brake to the wheel of a cart or wagon.
2[IN SINGULAR] informal A boring or tiresome person or thing:working nine to five can be a drag
3informal An act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette:he took a long drag on his cigarette
4[MASS NOUN] Clothing more conventionally worn by the opposite sex, especially women’s clothes worn by a man:a fashion show, complete with men in drag
5informal A street or road:the main drag is wide but there are few vehicles
6historical A private vehicle like a stagecoach, drawn by four horses.
6.1British informaldated A car:a stately great drag with a smart chauffeur
8A thing that is pulled along the ground or through water, in particular:
8.1historical A harrow used for breaking up the surface of land.
8.2An apparatus for dredging or for recovering objects from the bottom of a river or lake.
8.3another term for dragnet.
9A strong-smelling lure drawn before hounds as a substitute for a fox.
9.1A hunt using a drag lure.
10[MASS NOUN] North American informal Influence over other people:they had the education but they didn’t have the drag

11Music One of the basic patterns (rudiments) of drumming, consisting of a stroke preceded by two grace notes usually played with the other stick. See also ruff4.

the force that acts against the forward movement of something which is passing through a gas or a liquid:
Engineers are always looking for ways to minimize drag when they design new aircraft.

main drag noun [C usually singular] US INFORMAL
the largest or most important road in a town:
There's a great little restaurant just off the main drag.


━━ v. (-gg-) 引く, 引っ張る, 引きずる[られる]; 引きずり込む[出す]; 足を引きずって歩く; だらだら進む ((along, on)); (時間が)のろのろ経(た)つ; だらだらと続く ((on)); 長びかせる; 水底を捜す; 【コンピュータ】ドラッグする.
drag down 衰弱[落ちぶれ]させる; 引きずり下ろす[倒す].
drag one's feet [heels] 足を引きずって歩く; ぐずぐずする, いやいややる.
drag in (話を)そらす.
drag on (話を)だらだらのばす.
drag out (無理に)聞き出す; =drag on; 引っぱりだす ((from)); 長引く.
drag oneself やっとの思いで…する.
drag up 〔英話〕 いいかげんに育てる; 〔話〕 (問題を)むし返す.
━━ n. 引きずること[物]; 引き網; そり; 錨(いかり); まぐわ (harrow); (車の)歯止め; じゃま(もの) ((on, upon)); 影響力, コネ, ひき (pull); ひいき; 【コンピュータ】ドラッグ; 【狩】擬臭(を利用しての狩); 【航空】(航空機に対して働く)抗力; 〔俗〕 道路; 〔俗〕 (タバコなどの)一服; 〔米俗〕 連れの女; =drag race; 〔俗〕 (同性愛の男が着る)婦人服; 衣服; 〔俗〕 (単数形で) 退屈な人[もの].
drag and drop 【コンピュータ】ドラッグ・アンド・ドロップ.
drag bunt 【野】ドラッグバント.
drag・ging ━━ n. 【コンピュータ】ドラッギング.
 ━━ v. 引きずる; おくれてついて行く; 引きずられて汚れる[ぬれる], すそを引きずって汚す[ぬらす].
drag・gy ━━ a. 〔話〕 のろい; 退屈な; 不快な.
drag・net 引網; 捜索網; (D-) ドラグネット ((米国の連続テレビ番組)).
drag queen ドラッグ・クィーン ((女装した男性同性愛者;またそのショー・パフォーマー)).
drag race ドラッグレース ((車の加速競走)).
drag strip (drag race用の)直線コース.

hipster(n.)someone who rejects the established culture : advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle

a.[Cf. F. homéopathique.]
Of or pertaining to homeopathy ━━ n. 【医】同種療法.; according to the principles of homeopathy. [Also homœpathic.]

Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is a holistic system of treatment that originated in the late eighteenth century. The name homeopathy is derived from two Greek words that mean "like disease." The system is based on the idea that substances that produce symptoms of sickness in healthy people will have a curative effect when given in very dilute quantities to sick people who exhibit those same symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are believed to stimulate the body's own healing processes. Homeopaths use the term "allopathy," or "different than disease," to describe the use of drugs used in conventional medicine to oppose or counteract the symptom being treated.

patchouli Note: click on a word meaning below to see its connections and related words.
The noun has 2 meanings:
Meaning #1: small East Indian shrubby mint; fragrant oil from its leaves is used in perfumes
Synonyms: patchouly, pachouli, Pogostemon cablin
Meaning #2: a heavy perfume made from the patchouli plant
Synonyms: patchouly, pachouli