2017年8月10日 星期四

treacherous, roadkill, runway, deficit, privatizing infrastructure, the machine that changed the world.


The internal combustion engine had a good run. But the end is in sight for the machine that changed the world. Our cover this week




Japan Carmakers' Swift Marketing Maneuvers
Forbes - NY,USAThe road has lately become more treacherous for Japanese automakers, facing a global slowdown. But cutting back is not their only response. ...




The Wall Street Journal

“The Muppets,” premiering Sept. 22 on ABC, marks the biggest attempt in 20 years to resurrect one of entertainment’s most beloved franchises as a force on prime-time television. The troupe of fur-and-foam misfits formed an indelible bond with their original fans—many of whom are now in their 40s. In today’s treacherous TV climate, of course, they could be roadkill.
The Muppets are returning to prime time with a show skewed toward their now-grownup fans. After 20 years, can they revive the TV franchise?
WSJ.COM|作者:JOHN JURGENSEN


The LAT sees Obama's two-year job proposal as "the latest indication that the president-elect has decided to use the transition period to influence events at a time of crisis, when the current administration appears powerless to stop a slide." All three papers highlight the fact that Obama's new plan is more aggressive and expensive than the one he proposed during the campaign, though the WP notes that Obama's address was vague on specifics and price tags. (The Post also projects that the package will cost "well over" $200 billion, which would be "bold" compared to previous presidents' similar plans.) The NYT and WP both consider the possibility that Republicans could block such an ambitious deficit-spending measure.

TOP STORY

Cleaning up road kill and maintaining runways may not sound like cutting-edge investments. But banks and funds with big money seem to think so.

Reeling from more exotic investments that imploded during the credit crisis, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the Carlyle GroupGoldman SachsMorgan Stanley and Credit Suisse are among the investors who have amassed an estimated $250 billion war chest -- much of it raised in the last two years -- to finance a tidal wave of infrastructure projects in the United States and overseas, The New York Times reported.

Their strategy is gaining steam in the United States as federal, state and local governments previously wary of private funds struggle under mounting deficits that have curbed their ability to improve crumbling roads, bridges and even airports with taxpayer money.

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the machine that changed the world. 指汽車

roadkill

(rōd'kĭl'pronunciation
n.

An animal or animals killed by being struck by a motor vehicle.動物の路上轢死体.
Slang. One that has failed or been defeated and is no longer worthy of consideration: “Many radio rightists betray a truculent nostalgia for the old foes who became their roadkill” (Richard Corliss).

run・way

走路; 滑走路; (動物の)通り道; (劇場の)花道; 水路.


deficit Show phonetics
noun [C]


the total amount by which money spent is more than money received:

The country is running a balance-of-payments/budget/trade deficit of $250 million.

The UK's deficit in manufactured goods fell slightly in the last three months.



pri・vat・ize

━━ vt. 私企業[民営]化する; (公的な事柄を)私物化する.
 pri・vat・i・za・tion ━━ n.
 pri・vat・iz・er ━━ n. 民営化論者.




treacherous (DANGEROUS) Show phonetics
adjective


If the ground or sea is treacherous, it is extremely dangerous, especially because of bad weather conditions:

Snow and ice have left many roads treacherous, and motorists are warned to drive slowly.




treacherous (NOT LOYAL) Show phonetics

adjective MAINLY OLD USE

A person who is treacherous deceives someone who trusts them, or lacks loyalty:

Vargas plays the part of treacherous aristocrat who betrays his king and country.
I feel a bit treacherous to my own sex if I ever make general criticisms of women.

treachery Show phonetics

noun [U] FORMAL

Corley said she was standing down as leader because of the treachery of her own colleagues.



treach・er・ous

━━ a. 裏切り[反逆]の ((to)); あてにならない.
treach・er・ous・ly ad.
treach・er・ous・ness n.

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