Wednesday, December 31, 2014

cop & polling day

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w go out of one's way; cop; polling day; 47:21] I think often, unfortunately, a lot of the people who argue for voluntary voting are the same people who, like in the United States, go out their way, go out their way to keep people off the rolle and to make it difficult for people to vote. I think compulsory voting is very important. It means that you can actually debate the issues and don't have to worry about, you know, the get out of the vote which is the obsession. You win an election is in many countries by getting people to vote rather than what they vote for and issues, and the truth is that, you know, you cop results in this country and you know I think, you know, unfortunately, we did not win the last election, but you cop it, because you know that everyone got their say on polling day.​

Definitions:
cop:
1. to receive or suffer sth unpleasant;
2. police officer;

polling day:
a day on which people vote in an election;

poll:
1. the process of voting at an election;
2. the process of counting the votes;
3. the process of questioning people who are representative of a larger group in order to get information about the general opinion

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

self-obsessed & go out of one's way

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w self-obsessed 47:01] So, in spite of your view that a lot of young people are immature, self-obsessed, narcissistic, you still think they should get a vote? 

 [w go out of one's way; cop; polling day; 47:21 I think often, unfortunately, a lot of the people who argue for voluntary voting are the same people who, like in the United States, go out their way, go out their way to keep people off the rolle and to make it difficult for people to vote. I think compulsory voting is very important. It means that you can actually debate the issues and don't have to worry about, you know, the get out of the vote which is the obsession. You win an election is in many countries by getting people to vote rather than what they vote for and issues, and the truth is that, you know, you cop results in this country and you know I think, you know, unfortunately, we did not win the last election, but you cop it, because you know that everyone got their say on polling day.

Definitions:
self-obsessed:
the act of being constantly preoccupied with the thought of yourself and everything in this world that involves you or should involve you. A self-obsessed individual is someone who just can't help thinking and talking about themselves.

go out of one's way:
1. to make an effort to do something; to accept the bother of doing something. 
2. to travel an indirect route or an extra distance in order to do something.


Monday, December 29, 2014

parrot & arbitrary

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w apathetic; deface; ballot; plank; referendum; parrot; arbitrary; 45:57] Well, the thing that many of us applaud Australia is the compulsory voting. When you live in a society where everyone is really apathetic. Well, you know, if you want to make protest you could perhaps deface the ballot paper, you don't have to vote -- if you want to, you go and make some kind of statement, but at least you're making a statement. People have died to get the vote. People have chained themselves to get the vote. Women were force raped to get the vote and so don't knock it. You know, and I just really think that it is the absolute plank of a healthy democracy. I feel very strongly about this. And what's so interesting about the voting age is, as I'm sure many people are familiar with the famous Scottish referendum that we had last September, yeah, where the voting age was  reduced to 16, and again, the same kind of questions arose. At what age are you a responsible, accountable adult,  or what stage are you just parroting the views of your parents? And I think the answer is, as Laura said, is obviously you can have very mature 16-year-old, you can have completely immature 30-year-old. So I'm afraid that's what democracy is. That's why I would agree with James there that you have to have some arbitrary age and why not have the age when you can die for you country. It seems a good one to me.

Definitions:
parrot:
to copy or repeat what someone says without thinking about it or understanding it properly;

arbitrary:
1. not seeming to be based on a reason, system or plan and sometimes seeming unfair;
2. using power without restriction and without considering other people;

ballot & plank

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w apathetic; deface; ballot; plank; referendum; parrot; arbitrary; 45:57] Well, the thing that many of us applaud Australia is the compulsory voting. When you live in a society where everyone is really apathetic. Well, you know, if you want to make protest you could perhaps deface the ballot paper, you don't have to vote -- if you want to, you go and make some kind of statement, but at least you're making a statement. People have died to get the vote. People have chained themselves to get the vote. Women were force raped to get the vote and so don't knock it. You know, and I just really think that it is the absolute plank of a healthy democracy. I feel very strongly about this. And what's so interesting about the voting age is, as I'm sure many people are familiar with the famous Scottish referendum that we had last September, yeah, where the voting age was  reduced to 16, and again, the same kind of questions arose. At what age are you a responsible, accountable adult,  or what stage are you just parroting the views of your parents? And I think the answer is, as Laura said, is obviously you can have very mature 16-year-old, you can have completely immature 30-year-old. So I'm afraid that's what democracy is. That's why I would agree with James there that you have to have some arbitrary age and why not have the age when you can die for you country. It seems a good one to me.

Definitions:
ballot:
1. the piece of paper on which sb marks who they are voting for;
2. the system of voting in writing and usually in secret; 
3. to total number of votes in an election;

plank:
1. a main point in the policy of an organization, especially a political party;
2. a long narrow flat piece of wood that is used for making floors etc.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

apathetic & deface

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w apathetic; deface; ballot; plank; referendum; parrot; arbitrary; 45:57] Well, the thing that many of us applaud Australia is the compulsory voting. When you live in a society where everyone is really apathetic. Well, you know, if you want to make protest you could perhaps deface the ballot paper, you don't have to vote -- if you want to, you go and make some kind of statement, but at least you're making a statement. People have died to get the vote. People have chained themselves to get the vote. Women were force raped to get the vote and so don't knock it. You know, and I just really think that it is the absolute plank of a healthy democracy. I feel very strongly about this. And what's so interesting about the voting age is, as I'm sure many people are familiar with the famous Scottish referendum that we had last September, yeah, where the voting age was  reduced to 16, and again, the same kind of questions arose. At what age are you a responsible, accountable adult,  or what stage are you just parroting the views of your parents? And I think the answer is, as Laura said, is obviously you can have very mature 16-year-old, you can have completely immature 30-year-old. So I'm afraid that's what democracy is. That's why I would agree with James there that you have to have some arbitrary age and why not have the age when you can die for you country. It seems a good one to me.

Definitions:
apathetic:
showing no interest or enthusiasm;

deface:
1. to spoil the appearance of something, especially intentionally;
2. to deliberately damage something valuable by writing on it or breaking it;

Friday, December 26, 2014

ideological & fractionally

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w ideological] Well, no, no, no, I don't argue that drives their policy either. I think it's ideological. I think it's ideological the difference between the two approaches. 

 [w fractionally 42:51] When you actually start countries at the same point, if you start Australia and the US over the generation, the 30-year period. That's under consideration from 1990 to 2020, the US and Australia are almost identical. So the US had a large rise in emissions and then a drop, Australia had a - is almost, almost at exactly the same emissions, only fractionally above where we are 25 years ago. So we've done a tremendous job, but we can do more going forwards.

Definitions:
ideological:
based on, or relating to, an ideology;

ideology:
a set of beliefs, values, and opinions that shapes the way a person or a group such as a social class thinks, acts, and understands the world

fractionally:
to a very small degree.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

crystal ball & put a premium on

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w crystal ball; premium; 20:24]Well, I haven't got crystal ball, but I applaud the government for doing that and I'm glad that you cite us as a, I've got here, I did some homework, 15% by 2020 of renewables. And I think our government puts a premium on the science. We're very sensitive to the science and technology. And that's why I ask these politicians again, both of you, is there any conflict of interest at all, for example with coal industry or not? Is it purely science? No one has answered this, yeah, please answer me. I'm an outsider and I am just innocently asking the question.

Definitions:
crystal ball:
a clear glass ball used by people who claim they can predict what will happen in the future by looking into it.

put/place/set a premium on something/somebody:
to think that sb/sth is particularly important or valuable.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

cover & Orwellian

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w cover; Orwellian 38:35] Well, I mean Greg provides a cover. Comes here and talks about climate change and actions af if something is actually happening. It's Orwellian. The fact is, the fact is: this is a government that is tearing down the structures. They would have gotten rid of the climate change authority if they could have. They want to trash renewable energy target. They are not ...

Definitions:
cover:
1. a false identity or a pretext that provides protection for somebody such as a spy or detective
2. protection provided, especially to an attacking force, by other forces located nearby or in the air;
....

Orwellian:
used to describe a political system in which a government tries to have complete control over people's behaviour and thoughts.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

substantially & get on board

Definitions:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w substantially 36:55] And are they going to be substantially beyond the 5% reduction by 2020 that you've already committed to.

 [w get on board 37:42] And so if the other major trading partners, the other countries is agree to an 80% reduction, for example, by 2050, and equivalent reductions to the EU, 40% by 2030, would you be agreeing to get on board with those kind of targets?

Definitions:
substantially:
very much; in most details, even if not completely;

get on board:
to agree; to go along with;

preempt & with regard to

Definitions:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w preempt; with regard to 36:18] Yeah, you can understand that I won't pre-empt my colleagues or suddenly announce them this evening. But what I can guarantee is that firstly, we're doing our best to help play a leadership role with regard to the great forests and the protections; secondly, to help develop some of the technology to reduce emissions from the existing power stations; and then thirdly we pay a ... in terms of targets.

Definitions:
preempt:
1. to do something that makes it pointless or impossible for somebody else to do what he or she intended;
2. to do or say something that stops someone else's plan or action
3. to do or say sth before sb else does


with regard to:
concerning a particular subject;

Sunday, December 21, 2014

lead up to & biodiveristy

Definitions:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w in the lead up to; biodiversity; 35:34] Sure. Look, obviously, as you say, in the lead up to Paris conference which is at the end of 2015, we will be talking publicly. We'll go through a process of discussion between now and then, it starts, tomorrow, in fact, Australian is hosting an Asia-Pacific rainforest summit, working with countries from around the region in protecting the great forests of the region which reduces emissions improves biodiversity and it protects local communities, right here, in Sydney. We are the International host of that, and that then flows onto the world parks congress. So, we are engage in ...

Definitions:
lead up to:
1. lead up to something if events, problems, actions etc lead up to an important event, they happen one after another in a way that makes it possible for the event to happen;
2. lead up to something to gradually direct a conversation towards a particular subject, especially one that is difficult or embarrassing

biodiversity:
the existence of a large number of different kinds of animals and plants which make a balanced environment

Saturday, December 20, 2014

ballpark & come up with

Definitions:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w ballpark; come up with; 36:07] Do you currently have even ballpark figures for the kind of targets that Australia will need to reach in 2030 and in 2050, which you are going to have to come up with around March or April next year.

Definitions:
ballpark:
1. an area or a range within which an amount is likely to be correct or within which sth can be measured;
2. a place where baseball is played;

come up with:
1. to think of something such as an idea or a plan;
2. to produce or provide something that people want;

Friday, December 19, 2014

delegate & across the board

Definitions:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w delegate; across the board; 34:44]When I was at the United Stations, I was able to work with youth delegates from all around the world, and across the board, from young people developing countries to developed countries, we're saying that we really need urgent action on climate change, and we need international community to come together. So something that I'm really hoping to see is Australia continue to engage really meaningfully in these UN negotiations, and part of that should be an increased investment in renewable energy.

Definitions:
delegate:
a person who is chosen or elected to represent the views of a group of people and vote and make decisions for them;

across the board:
including all parts of something;

Thursday, December 18, 2014

rent-seeking & rule out

Definitions:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w bailout; rent-seeking 31:35] On the negative side though I worry that it encourages business to think of government as a customer or a source of finance. Now, earlier this year the Abbott government made, in my view, an excellent decision to refuse a bailout to Qantas, but Qantas has recently said that they will be seeking funds through the Emissions reduction fund to buy a whole new fleet of planes that are more energy efficient. It will be quite ironic if the government refused to bailout for Qanats for jobs but turned around and gave bailout for the environment. This is the kind of, you know, industrial scale rent-seeking that these kinds of policies encourage that is very damaging.

 [w rule out; 33:21] Do you rule it out?

Definitions:
rent-seeking:
the activity of companies or individuals of obtaining privileges such as a monopoly right over a product or service in order to increase their income;

rule out:
to stop considering something as a possibility;

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

pariah & bailout

Definitions:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w whereby;pariah; 30:00] We do know, because it's simply, we can see the action already. Already we are seeing, the fleeing of the renewable energy sector from Australia; already we are seeing increased usage of brown coal in Australia; already we are seeing a response whereby Australia is so embarrassed by its position. They don't want to debate climate change at the G20. I mean the world wants to discuss climate change and to be engaged in it. Australia's gone from a leader to a pariah.

 [w bailout; rent-seeking 31:35] On the negative side though I worry that it encourages business to think of government as a customer or a source of finance. Now, earlier this year the Abbott government made, in my view, an excellent decision to refuse a bailout to Qantas, but Qantas has recently said that they will be seeking funds through the Emissions reduction fund to buy a whole new fleet of planes that are more energy efficient. It will be quite ironic if the government refused to bailout for Qanats for jobs but turned around and gave bailout for the environment. This is the kind of, you know, industrial scale rent-seeking that these kinds of policies encourage that is very damaging.


Definitions:
pariah:
a person who is not acceptable to society and is avoided by everyone;

bailout:
an act of giving money to a company, a foreign country, etc. that has very serious financial problems.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

electorate & whereby

Definitions:
qanda_2014_ep41

[w pose a question; mandate; electorate 29:39] Anthony Albanese, can I just pose a question to you just on this issue. I mean, they had a mandate to get rid of the carbon tax and they very clearly said they weren't going to have an Emissions Trading Scheme, so the only policy they have left, the policy they went to the electorate with, is direct action, isn't it time to see whether that works. You can't possibly know yet, because it hasn't even started. 

 [w whereby;pariah; 30:00] We do know, because it's simply, we can see the action already. Already we are seeing, the fleeing of the renewable energy sector from Australia; already we are seeing increased usage of brown coal in Australia; already we are seeing a response whereby Australia is so embarrassed by its position. They don't want to debate climate change at the G20. I mean the world wants to discuss climate change and to be engaged in it. Australia's gone from a leader to a pariah.

Definitions:
electorate:
the people in a country or an area who have the right to vote, thought of as a group;

whereby:
because of which, by which;

Sunday, December 14, 2014

pose a question & mandate

Definitions:
qanda_2014_ep41

[w pose a question; mandate; electorate 29:39] Anthony Albanese, can I just pose a question to you just on this issue. I mean, they had a mandate to get rid of the carbon tax and they very clearly said they weren't going to have an Emissions Trading Scheme, so the only policy they have left, the policy they went to the electorate with, is direct action, isn't it time to see whether that works. You can't possibly know yet, because it hasn't even started. 

Definitions:
pose a question:
to ask a question, especially one that needs serious thought;

mandate:
1. the authority bestowed on a government or other organization by an electoral victory, effectively authorizing it to carry out the policies for which it campaigned;
2. an official command or instruction from an authority;

Saturday, December 13, 2014

nickel & sector

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w nickel 28:38]There was a system which did that. The ALP's carbon tax was accompanied by $30 billion of payments to large firms, $5.5 billion including cash payments of $250 million each to  Loy Yang, Hazelwood and Yallourn Power Stations - the dirtiest brown coal power stations in Australia; $9.2 billion to zinc, cadmium, steel, nickel, all of the major so-called polluters, then you had another &300 million to steel in addition to everything else. Enormous flows of funds. We don't provide a dollar to anybody unless they actually reduce emissions.

 [w sector 29:20] What we're seeing under your policy, right now, Greg, is brown coal increase in terms of its usage. We're seeing the renewable energy sector essentially flee from Australia.

definitions:
nickel:
a chemical element. Nickel is a hard silver-white metal used in making some types of steel and other alloys;

sector:
a part of an area of activity, especially of a country's economy;

Friday, December 12, 2014

fabricate & unequivocally

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w fabricate 28:21] What you've just done is fabricated something. Now, you can apologize. 

[w unequivocally 28:25] Actually, actually the person who unequivocally said that a carbon tax would be decent way of doing this was the prime minister, Tony Abbott.

Definitions:
fabricate:
1. to invent false information in order to trick people;
2. to make or produce goods, equipments, etc. from various different materials;

unequivocally:
expressing your opinion or intention very clearly and firmly;

Thursday, December 11, 2014

knowingly & backflip

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w knowingly 27:52] Knowingly, deliberately false.

 [w backflip 27:51] Not just ... in the Parliament you supported an Emissions Trading Scheme. You and Malcolm Turnbull supported it. Tony Abbott came in and you backflipped completely on your core beliefs.

Definitions:
knowingly:
1. if you do something knowingly, you do it deliberately even though you know that what you are doing is wrong or illegal;
2. in a way that shows you know or understand something;

backflip:
1. a completely reverse in attitude;
2. a backward somersault.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

coalition & cadmium

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w in real terms; back up; coalition 26:22]Well. This is a bad policy. The distinction which Greg drew should be one which taxes polluters, which is what an Emissions Trading Scheme or Market-based Mechanism does, whether it's direct fixed price in the carbon price that was there leading to a Market-based Mechanism. The second is one that just gives money to the big polluters, that's Greg's scheme. $2.5 billion, and it won't work. Ross Garnaut has said that it would cost, in real terms, to meet the target, it would require about $4 billion every year, and that was backed up by Kent Henry, supported that analyses by Ross Garnaut. What worries me about the Coalition isn't-- there are two groups, one are the climate sceptics who don't believe in climate change, don't believe it's happening, don't believe that any human activity is causing global warming. That's one thing, that's understandable, but it's even worse people like Greg, who actually knows and wrote a thesis of calling for an Emission Trading Scheme about it, wrote a thesis.

[w cadmium 27:40] No, Zinc, Cadmium and Lead completely false statement on national television which you should withdraw it.

Definitions:
coalition:
a government formed by two or more political parties working together;

cadmium:
a chemical element, is a soft poisonous bluish-white metal that is used in batteries and nuclear reactors.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

in real terms & back up

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w in real terms; back up; coalition 26:22]Well. This is a bad policy. The distinction which Greg drew should be one which taxes polluters, which is what an Emissions Trading Scheme or Market-based Mechanism does, whether it's direct fixed price in the carbon price that was there leading to a Market-based Mechanism. The second is one that just gives money to the big polluters, that's Greg's scheme. $2.5 billion, and it won't work. Ross Garnaut has said that it would cost, in real terms, to meet the target, it would require about $4 billion every year, and that was backed up by Kent Henry, supported that analyses by Ross Garnaut. What worries me about the Coalition isn't-- there are two groups, one are the climate sceptics who don't believe in climate change, don't believe it's happening, don't believe that any human activity is causing global warming. That's one thing, that's understandable, but it's even worse people like Greg, who actually knows and wrote a thesis of calling for an Emission Trading Scheme about it, wrote a thesis,

Definitions:
in real terms:
after considering all the things that affect the true value of something;

back up:
1. to provide support for a person or idea;
2. to make a copy of computer data to keep in case anything goes wrong with the original;

Monday, December 8, 2014

tonne & incentive

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w incentive; tonne; 25:07] Sure. The world has two primary systems. One of them is the electricity tax model, and in the other one is the incentives model. The UN Clean Development Mechanism, the largest, most successful system in the world is based on the incentives approach about a billion tonnes of emissions reductions being produced through the Clean Development Mechanism approach where you reduce emissions by providing incentives.

Definitions:
tonne:
a unit for measure weight, equal to 1,000 kilograms;

ton:
in United states, equal 907kg; in UK, equal to 1,016 kg

incentive:
something that encourages you to do something;

Sunday, December 7, 2014

dodgy & subsidiary

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w dodgy; subsidiary; 24:45]Look, it seems like a dodgy deal, to me, that you deal with someone who says that what you're doing is a waste of money and yet, all of a sudden, he supported it. Now, there is obviously some sort of deal been done. The subsidiary question, I suppose, is direct action evidenced anywhere in the world to be successful or this is just a hope.

Definitions:
dodgy:
1. seeming or likely to be dishonest;
2. not working well;
3. involving risk, danger or difficulty;

subsidiary:
1. having secondary importance, or occupying a subordinate position;
2. related to something else but less important than it

Saturday, December 6, 2014

dairy & piggery

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w indigenous; methane; dairy; piggery 23:06] What we've just done is invest two and half billion dollars in reducing emissions in helping indigenous communities to engage in land management, to reduce emissions from savannah wildfires, to work with farmers in capturing carbon in the landscape, to work with the agricultural producers in cleaning up emissions from waste methane from dairies and piggeries, to help energy efficiency on a grand scale.

Definitions:
dairy:
1. a place on a farm where milk is kept and where butter and cheese are made
2. a small local shop;
3. relating to, producing, or containing milk or milk products;

piggery:
a place where pigs are kept or bred;

06 Five minutes limited

6:40 change nappy - feed - breakfast - handwriting - words - listening - reading - feed - settle Ethan - (nap) - journal - listening - go to city for the Christmas party in Nicole's company - reading - dinner in the city - bath - shower 

Yesterday I have just change a new sheet because of his wet. This morning, Ethan did the same thing. I think the real reason is that I did not put on his pant during night, and he liked to scratch the nappy.

I wouldn't have had a talk with Nicole about her leaving earlier than usual and without letting us know. (When we got up at 7:00, Nicole wasn't home, she had already went to work and without any message to us) But Nicole spoke of it when we were settling Ethan. Then I said my opinion for her inconsideration, but she argued me with the points the I did not call her; I didn't consider her thoughts for working earlier, what I only cared was to respect me, I don't etc..  Then we were arguing, then I got out to the living room with Ethan, then Nicole got out to let us get in.

It's good for us to have a short time to calm down and to think about what we've done and said. After Ethan was settled to sleep, I came out to say sorry to Nicole for: 1. I lost temper again and shouted at her ; 2. I can understand your feeling; 
Nicole apologized to me.
It's good.

Thanks for the stop and apologizing to each other after we had an arguing.


Friday, December 5, 2014

indigenous & methane

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w indigenous; methane; dairy; piggery 23:06] What we've just done is invest two and half billion dollars in reducing emissions in helping indigenous communities to engage in land management, to reduce emissions from savannah wildfires, to work with farmers in capturing carbon in the landscape, to work with the agricultural producers in cleaning up emissions from waste methane from dairies and piggeries, to help energy efficiency on a grand scale.

Definitions:
indigenous:
belonging to a particular place rather than coming to it from somewhere else;

methane:
a gas without without colour or smell, that burns easily and is used as fuel.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

eventuate & cut a deal

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w eventuate 22:00] well, let's integrate technology into our school system so that we're learning how to use it appropriately, and perhaps some of these fears you mentioned might not eventuate. 

[w cut a deal 22:41] To get direct action through the Parliament, you cut a deal with him to retain the Climate Change Authority, to undertake a study on emissions trading worldwide, as you described it as an act of good faith. 

Definitions:
eventuate:
to happen as a result of something.

cut a deal:
to make a business deal.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

time will tell & implacable

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w time will tell, 21:16] Well, I think that time will tell. Obviously everything in moderation and there is capacity compulsive for people to do damaging things to themselves with new technology, but I think, history would show in a few years time that this has been an overwhelmingly positive thing and it's been an overwhelmingly positive development and that our lives have been enriched by it.

 [w implacable 21:33]And, Laura, so, I mean, taking the point there that you are dealing with science. is it implacable?

Definitions:
time will tell:
1. it is impossible to know or judge something until some time in the future;
2. used for saying that you will know in the future whether is something is true or right;

implacable:
1. unwilling to stop opposing somebody or something;
2. that can not be changed;

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

personalise & hearken

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w 20:30] And again,this tendency, and I do think, this is something that happens in the blogosphere to personalise things, you know, it always has to be a personal attack or a personal view or my opinion, and I think this,in turn, hearkens to a greater of problem of this tendency to always be self-referential.

Definitions:
personalise:
1. to design or change something so that it is suitable for the needs of a particular person;
2. to refer to particular people when discussing a general subject;

hearken:
to listen and pay attention

Monday, December 1, 2014

chop/cut someone off the knees & Blogosphere

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w 20:16] So, it's a rather strange sidetracking to try and chop someone off at the knees when really we should be exploring and talking about the papers and science.

[w 20:30] And again,this tendency, and I do think, this is something that happens in the blogosphere to personalise things, you know, it always has to be a personal attack or a personal view or my opinion, and I think this,in turn, hearkens to a greater of problem of this tendency to always be self-referential.

Definitions:
chop/cut someone off the knees:
to squelch or humiliate a person suddenly and thoroughly;

blogosphere:
1. the World Wide Web environment in which bloggers communicate with each other;
2. the imaginary place on the Internet where people's blogs go so that other people can read them and react to them