2016年10月1日 星期六

stash, hickory, hefty, tax break, camomile, Products for a Happy Life

This vast bunker holds what may be one of the world's biggest stashes of gold.
“There has been a real interest in alternatives to bank deposits.”
BLOOMBERG.COM

The Science of Meditation

Meditation is a bit like camomile tea – simply good for everything. And
if it doesn’t help, it certainly can’t hurt. This at least is the
impression from mainstream media where stories about the benefits of
mind-body-techniques have become a regular staple.

The DW-WORLD Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=evywhzI44va89pI3



Products for a Happy Life (Paperback)
Book Description
Today our aspirations run to accumulation: real estate, 401(k)s, college degrees, wealth. Everything else is simply of the moment, purchased with plastic, disposable and almost always made by someone overseas.

Products for a Happy Life does not aim to reject commercial society. Rather, the book seeks to "untake" for granted some of its simplest, most elegant and most functional items: a hefty pair of scissors, a hammer with a hickory handle, a cotton T-shirt.

These tangible goods, once made in factories not far from the homes they were destined for, promise nothing more than to do their jobs. The simple, but refined two-color illustrations found in Products for a Happy Life will make you appreciate the things stashed in your drawers, closets and cabinets, some of them so prosaic they cannot even be desired.

Like this book, these items will always be where you last put them, and they will not disappoint.



How Japan Helped Ease the Rice Crisis
BusinessWeek - USA
But how did the stash get so big, and why does rice-rich Japan import the staple? by Kenji Hall With prices now falling, the global rice crisis seems to be ...


These tangible goods, once made in factories not far from the homes they were destined for, promise nothing more than to do their jobs. The simple, but refined two-color illustrations found in Products for a Happy Life will make you appreciate the things stashed in your drawers, closets and cabinets, some of them so prosaic they cannot even be desired.


American corporations reaped a $265 billion windfall thanks to a one-time tax break aimed at bringing home profits stashed overseas, according to recent government data.

Go to Article from The New York Times»



stash 
 [T] INFORMAL
to store or hide something, especially a large amount:
The stolen pictures were stashed (away) in a London warehouse.

stash
noun [C]
They discovered a stash of money hidden at the back of a drawer.


tax break is a tax saving. This includes:
  • Tax exemption, an exemption from all or certain taxes of a state or nation in which part of the taxes that would normally be collected from an individual or an organization are instead foregone.
  • Tax deduction, an expense incurred by a taxpayer that is subtracted from gross income and results in a lower overall taxable income,
  • Tax credit, more valuable than an equivalent tax deduction because a tax credit reduces tax dollar-for-dollar, while a deduction only removes a percentage of the tax that is owed.



401(k)s 美國各種退休金制度

take sth for granted
to believe something to be the truth without even thinking about it:
I didn't realize that Melanie hadn't been to college - I suppose I just took it for granted.


hefty
adjective
large in amount, size, force, etc:
a hefty bill/fine
Her salary will go up by a hefty 10%.
a hefty woman with dyed blond hairhickory 
noun [C or U]
a small tree from North America or East Asia which has edible nuts, or the hard wood from this tree



camomilepronunciation

IN BRIEF: n. - Eurasian plant apple-scented foliage and white-rayed flowers and feathery leaves used medicinally.【植】甘菊;春黃菊屬植物

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