2015年12月18日 星期五

in (or within) one's sights, gunsight, tomb, tombstone, poisonous glances/variant, devastating famine, collective memory

Audio: The magical combination of geeks in T-shirts and venture capital that has disrupted other industries has put financial services in its sights. From payments to wealth management, from peer-to-peer lending to crowdfunding, a new generation of startups is taking aim at the heart of the industry—and a pot of revenues that Goldman Sachs estimates is worth $4.7 trillion http://econ.st/1IClcUP

Just months after paying a $9 billion fine to the American authorities for violating sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Sudan, BNP Paribas is back in the gunsights. France's national financial prosecutor is looking into allegations that senior figures at the bank had inside knowledge of the possible size of the eventual settlement when they sold almost 290,000 shares in 2013 http://econ.st/1wYkdnh

Students of the changing nature of Britain’s establishment have relished the meltdown of courtesies as the grandees exchanged poisonous glances and frosty put-downs.

  Legend recounts that after hearing the voice of God, the Christian hermit Alexandra sold her house, shut herself in a tomb and never looked at the outside world again,

I was shocked at the number of red flags that popped up from the pages of the historical accounts of the Egyptian queen’s final day. How was it that Cleopatra managed to smuggle a cobra into the tomb in a basket of figs?
Read more: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/03/maybe-cleopatra-didnt-commit-suicide/#ixzz2PAq8B9Ls

in (or within) one's sights

Visible, especially through the sights of one’s gun:make sure we don’t lose the quarry once we have him in our sightsfigurative the company was quick to stress that it has no other hostile targets in its sights
5.1Within the scope of one’s ambitions orexpectations:he had the prize firmly in his sights

n.1.A sight{9} attached to a gun, used for aiming it at the target. Same as sight{9}.

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tombs (複数形)
give a person hark from the tomb, (全1件)
1 墓(穴), 埋葬場所;霊廟(れいびょう), (地下)納骨所
beyond the tomb
from the womb to the tomb
2 墓石, 墓碑, 墓標;墓用建造物.
3 ((the 〜))死.
give a person hark from the tomb
[アングロフランス語←ギリシャ語týmbos(墓地). ラテン語tumēre(隆起する, はれる). △TUMOR



"Our country still cannot confront its own history. That is why I took the risk of writing this book. But (political) pressure is an indication just how necessary it is to tell the truth."

Nonetheless, there are signs that China is gradual opening up. In Chinese language, Yang's book was only allowed to be sold in Hong Kong. But he has not had any trouble yet.

On the Internet recently, there was a surprising public debate on the number of people who died in the devastating famine. And a documentary filmmaker from Beijing started a project on it. Yang says keeping this event in the collective memory is vital.

He titled the book "Mubei," or "Tombstone," because "it is a tombstone for my father. Secondly, it is a tombstone for the 35 million people who died. And thirdly, it is a tombstone for the totalitarian system."



IN BRIEF: A stone that is used to mark a grave.

pronunciation Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead. Do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead. — Anna Cummin

January 9, 2011, 10:47 pm

Tombstone Politics

Timothy EganTimothy Egan on American politics and life, as seen from the West.
If it turns out that a poisonous variant of free speech is partially to blame for the shootings in Tucson, we will most certainly be struck by the fact that Gabrielle Giffords was seen last week in Congress, reading part of the Constitution that allows an American citizen to say just about anything.
But as Rep. Giffords herself also pointed out, in March when she was a target because of her vote on health care reform, free speech does have a cost.
“We’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list,” said Giffords. “Crosshairs of a gunsight over our district. When people do that, they’ve got to realize there’s consequences.”
Giffords had already felt a blunt edge of opponents’ rage — a window in her Tucson office was shattered after she voted to expand health care for other Americans.


Pronunciation: /ˈpɔɪzənəs/
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  • (of a substance or plant) causing or capable of causing death or illness if taken into the body:poisonous chemicals
  • (of an animal) producing poison as a means of attacking enemies or prey; venomous:a poisonous snake
  • extremely unpleasant or malicious:there was a poisonous atmosphere at the office

Poisonous and venomous are not identical in meaning, although they are often used interchangeably. A poisonous animal or plant produces toxins that are harmful when the animal or plant is touched or eaten, whereas a venomous snake or other creature is able to inject venom by means of its fangs, spines, or stingers.