2016年6月21日 星期二

visceral, pooh-bahs and plutocrats,

"'Take control' makes a visceral appeal to older people's psyches; to retrieve control of our personal lives is high on our wish list, our failure to do so a daily experience. The prospect of independence takes us back to the good old days when we did things 'our way', unaided by Johnny Foreigner.
This menu of nostalgia and xenophobia is a toxic dish with a peculiar appeal to the elderly palate."

The grey vote is critical, and the prospect of independence takes us back to…
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The faulty vaccines have become the latest lightning rod for widespread, often visceral distrust of China’s medical system, as well as a rebuff to what many Chinese critics see as President Xi Jinping’s bulldozing, top-down rule.


Michelle Obama Seeks Reintroduction
Michelle Obama has become a lightning rod for U.S. Republicans in their attempt to portray the would-be first couple as racially polarizing. In her prime-time speech at the Democratic convention, the Obama campaign sought to humanize a couple that supporters fear may seem distant to many Americans. (Speech)



Blackstone Group
, a lightning rod for recent criticism of the private equity industry, has recruited a veteran public-relations executive from Goldman Sachs

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For the Big Event, It's This Town's Car 
A little advice for would-be machers, pooh-bahs and plutocrats coming to town for the inauguration: If you want to make the proper impression, Thurston, ditch the limo. Go for the Town Car. 
(By Paul Farhi, The Washington Post)
Minister under fire for taking limo to Spain
Ulla Schmidt, Germany's federal heath minister, has had her official limousine stolen in Spain. Leading opposition politicians are now asking why she had the car with her on vacation in the first place.
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The first Christmas trees on U.S. soil were decorated by the Hessian mercenaries the British had hired to kill American insurgents.


Oh, Tanenbaum! Alison Kinney looks at the long history of unrest…
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visceral 

Pronunciation: /ˈvɪs(ə)r(ə)l/ 

ADJECTIVE



1Relating to the viscera:the visceral nervous system
2Relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect:the voters' visceral fear of change

 visceral

知性でなく)本能から生じる;直観的な,本能的な,感情的な;心[腹]の底からの(◆gut の婉曲語)

  • The sympathy is visceral.
  • 同情とは腹の底からわいてくるものだ.

Pooh-Bah

('bä'pronunciation
or pooh-bah n.
  1. A pompous ostentatious official, especially one who, holding many offices, fulfills none of them.
  2. A person who holds high office.
[After Pooh-Bah, Lord-High-Everything-Else, a character in The Mikado by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.]

plu・to・crat


 
━━ n. 富豪; 金権政治家.
plutocracy



lightning rod noun [C] US 原意為避雷針, 轉為"被攻擊、批判的替身":
someone or something that takes all the blame for a situation, although other people or things are responsible too:
In a harsh economic climate, raises for teachers have become a lightning rod for criticism.
  1. 1 ((米)) 避雷針. (また((英)) líghtning condùctor)
  2. 2 批判や攻撃の身代り;(批判などを)一手に引き受ける.
n.
  1. A grounded metal rod placed high on a structure to prevent damage by conducting lightning to the ground.
  2. One that attracts and absorbs powerful, typically negative feelings and reactions, thereby diverting interest from other issues: [His] business dealings have become a lightning rod for criticism” (Walter Shapiro).

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