2016年8月23日 星期二

a tone-deaf response to, tone, take issue with sth, tone deafness on the issue, jukebox, juke, tinge, prettify, at a fast/good clip,

Bright Spot in Downturn: New Hiring Is Robust

Critics say this is a tone-deaf response to growing concerns about sexual assault on campus.
Stanford bans liquor from parties after sexual assault case shocks campus
New rules banning ‘hard alcohol’ and ‘shots’ from campus events were…

In spite of the recession, the American economy is actually generating jobs at a healthy clip, with many major institutional employers looking for more workers.

U.S. online-advertising revenue
grew 10.6% in 2008 to $23.4 billion, the slowest rate of growth since 2002, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report. In 2007, online advertising revenue had grown at a 26% clip.

Growing Numbers Advocate Independence
The year 2008 has been a historic one for Taiwan, with the opening of direct cross-Taiwan Strait transportation links marking a major milestone in relations between Taiwan and China.
Yet there is a split in public opinion over whether the fast pace of development of this relationship is to Taiwan's benefit. While 38.3 percent of respondents said China policy was on the right course, 35.1 percent disagreed. (Table 17)
In terms of relations with China, this year's survey exposed a paradoxical trend.
The State of the Nation survey first began analyzing the inclinations of Taiwan's people toward independence from and unification with China in 1994. The latest numbers reveal that 23.5 percent of respondents want formal independence for Taiwan (whether as quickly as possible or as a long-term goal), the highest percentage in the history of the poll and far higher than during the pro-independence Chen Shui-bian's eight years in power.
In contrast, only 6.5 percent of respondents hoped for unification with China (either quickly or eventually under certain conditions) – the lowest percentage ever. Some 7.6 percent of those surveyed favored unification in last year's poll, down dramatically from the 13 to 18 percent who backed unification in the poll's earlier years.
The majority of Taiwanese (57.8 percent) still favored maintaining the status quo.
In the more than six months that Ma has been in power, the number of people advocating independence has risen. National Sun Yat-sen University's Lio suggests the trend reflects concern that while relations between Taiwan and China have advanced at a rapid clip over the past few months, the government has ignored the divergence that still exists domestically over Taiwan's international identity.
Lio cited the violence seen during the visit by Chinese negotiator Chen Yunlin in early November and the rise of a student movement criticizing police crackdowns of protests during the visit as indicative of the government's tone deafness on the issue.
With the opening of direct transportation links with China, respondents believed the areas the government must pay greatest attention to are economic prosperity (24.7 percent), national sovereignty (19.4 percent), and cross-strait peace (16.8 percent). (Table 19)
The poll suggests that Taiwan's people are most concerned about whether the direct links will provide momentum for positive economic growth in Taiwan.

一九九四年開始,國情調查開始分析台灣人民對於兩岸統獨發展的意向;最新數字顯示,期待獨立(包括儘快獨立及長程目標獨立兩者)的比例為歷年最高, 達二三.五%,遠高於陳水扁八年執政時期的數字;而期待統一(包括儘快統一與在一定條件下統一)的比例是歷年最低的一次,為六.五%(去年為七.六%,更 早前則在一三%到一八%之間)。但是,認為兩岸應維持現狀的人仍佔大多數,有五七.八%。

CHINA’s lunar new year sees the world’s largest migration, as tens of millions of workers flock home. Deserting for a few days the factories that make the goods that fill the world’s shops, they surge back to their native villages. This week, however, as they feasted to the deafening rattle of the firecrackers lit to greet the Year of the Ox, their celebrations had an anxious tinge (see article). Many will not have jobs to go back to.

A Jukebox on MySpace That Takes Aim at AppleBy BRAD STONE
Published: September 15, 2008

Just a few years ago, a Web site offering virtually every notable song ever recorded for free listening would have had music business executives speed-dialing their lawyers.
In the next two weeks, a battered music industry, facing slumping CD sales and a bleak future, will help to introduce just such a service, called MySpace Music.

They are never far from us, the cereal mascots of our youth. Years after we've given up loops and pebbles and puffs, last tipped the pink-tinged sludge from the bottom of a bowl into our mouths, still we can see them. Surely they hang out together at the end of Saturday-morning cartoon duty, when the inevitable Bowlers for Dollars have taken over the airwaves. Picture it: some sugar-lighted lounge. Jingles on the juke. Marshmallow bar stools. No kids allowed, ever.

"Isolarion", named after a detail on a medieval map, is unsparing, but not bleak. It blends humour and passion, for example, in the author's entanglement in a local-government consultative exercise. Mr Attlee tries valiantly to understand, and then to frustrate, the well-meaning busybodies who want to prettify the road and clear its pavements of the sprawling wares of his beloved Asian greengrocers. Seldom has the suffocating atmosphere of local democracy in Britain—politically correct yet tone-deaf, participatory in rhetoric yet bureaucratic in spirit—been better captured.

Tone is a literary compound of composition, which shows the attitudes toward the subject and toward the audience implied in a literary work.[1] Tone may be formal, informal, intimate, solemn, somber, playful, serious, ironic, condescending, or many other possible attitudes. Works of literature are often conceptualized as having at least one theme, or central question about a topic; how the theme is approached within the work constitutes the work's tone.

You can take issue with the individual works in both of the gallery shows, but their ambition is considerable and fully corroborated by the display in Boston.

take issue with sth FORMAL
to disagree strongly:

I took issue with him over his interpretation of the instructions.

To make pretty or prettier, especially in a superficial or insubstantial way.
━━ vt. めかし立てる, 飾りたてる.
 pret・ti・fi・ca・tion ━━ n.

n. A money-operated phonograph or compact disk player, equipped with pushbuttons for the selection of particular recordings.


also jook n.
A roadside or rural establishment offering liquor, dancing, and often gambling and prostitution. Also called juke housejuke joint.
intr.v.juked also jookedjuk·ing jook·ingjukes jooks.
  1. To play dance music, especially in a juke.
  2. To dance, especially in a juke or to the music of a jukebox.
[Probably from Gullah juke, joog, disorderly, wicked, of West African origin; akin to Wolof dzug, to live wickedly, and Bambara dzugu, wicked.]

noun [C]
a very slight amount of a colour or of a feeling:
His hair is starting to show tinges of grey.
I have a tinge of regret that I didn't accept her offer.

verb [T usually passive]
to contain a slight amount of:
Her joy at the birth of her son was tinged with sadness that her father had not lived to see him.

Her dark hair is now tinged with grey.

clip (SPEED) 
at a fast/good clip fast:
We set off at a good clip, but we gradually slowed down.

(tōn'dĕf') 音盲/音痴の(tone-deaf)
Unable to distinguish differences in musical pitch.

Someone who is tone-deaf is not able to recognize different notes or sing tunes accurately.