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發表於 2018-11-11 21:47:39 | 顯示全部樓層 |閱讀模式
本帖最後由 騰杰 於 2018-11-15 11:02 編輯

The Dark Side of Modern America 1a

The five justices who ended Election 2000 by stopping the Florida hand recount have damaged the credibility of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the lawless decision in Bush v. Gore promises to have a more enduring impact on Americans than the outcome of the election itself.
- Professor Alan M. Dershowitz

dark
邪惡的,陰險的;有威脅的

recount
重新計算;(尤指大選中)重新計算選票

credibility
可信性;可靠性

the Supreme Court
(美國的)最高法院

lawless
不受法律控制的,無法無天的;違法的

enduring
持久的;持續的

impact
(尤指新事物的)巨大影響,強大作用


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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-11 21:48:03 | 顯示全部樓層
本帖最後由 騰杰 於 2018-12-2 21:50 編輯

The Dark Side of Modern America 2a

At 8:46, Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower. This was 32 minutes after evidence that the plane had possibly been hijacked and 25 minutes after knowledge that it definitely had been.

Flight
航班飛機,班機

crashed
撞毀,撞壞;墜毀

been hijacked
被劫持(飛機或車輛)

definitely
肯定,當然,毫無疑問

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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-11 21:51:07 | 顯示全部樓層
本帖最後由 騰杰 於 2018-12-2 21:51 編輯

The Dark Side of Modern America 2b

Skeptics about the official account believe that the attempt to crash an airliner into the World Trade Center (WTC) could not have been successful under normal circumstances. The basic problem, they argue, is that there are standard procedures for situations such as this and that, if they had been followed, Flight 11 would have been intercepted by fighter jets within 10 minutes of any sign that it may have been hijacked. Had the plane then failed to obey the standard signal to follow the fighter jets to an airport to land, it would have been shot down. This would have occurred by 8:24, or 8:30 at the latest.
- Professor David Ray Griffin

Skeptics
持懷疑態度的人

account
報導;報告;記述;描述

airliner
大型客機,班機

standard operating procedure
標準操作程式

this and that
各種各樣的事情

been intercepted
被攔截,截住

at the (very) latest
最晚,最遲
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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-14 21:39:17 | 顯示全部樓層
本帖最後由 騰杰 於 2018-11-14 21:40 編輯

The Dark Side of Modern America 3a

As was clear after the first roadside bombs (known as IEDs, improvised explosive devices) killed U.S. troops in their very vulnerable Humvees in 2003, military vehicles designed to withstand them were desperately needed. Yet the Bush administration was unconscionable slow in replacing the Humvees or in armoring them properly. To date, IEDs have been responsible for almost 70 percent of all American combat deaths in Iraq.
Can anything possibly be more abominable than this very rich nation sending its young men off to war without providing them with the proper equipment?
- Mr Vincent Bugliosi

roadside
路邊

improvised explosive devices 臨時爆炸裝置

vulnerable 脆弱的

withstand 抵住、頂住

desperately 非常

unconscionable 違背良心地

To date 到目前為止

abominable 令人髮指的
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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-14 21:42:24 | 顯示全部樓層
本帖最後由 騰杰 於 2018-11-14 21:43 編輯

The Dark Side of Modern America 3b

While young American soldiers were scavenging for their “hill-billy” armor to protect themselves in a war that only big corporations, like Halliburton, profited from, a story from the December 10, 2004, New York Times was captioned “It's Inauguration Time Again, and Access Still Has Its Price---$250,000 Buys Lunch with President and More.” Can you imagine that? A quarter of a million dollars spent by the nation's very wealthy just for lunch, while young Americans, mostly from low-income families, were dying violent deaths on the battlefield in Iraq because of inadequate protection.
- Mr Vincent Bugliosi

scavenge
(從廢棄物中) 撿破爛

hillbilly 山區鄉巴佬

corporations (大) 公司

caption 給 (圖片、照片等) 加說明文字

Inauguration Time 美國總統就職日

Access (使用或見到的) 機會
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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-15 11:10:43 | 顯示全部樓層
本帖最後由 騰杰 於 2018-11-25 19:50 編輯

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The Dark Side of Modern America 1b

The Supreme Court, which consists of only nine relatively unknown justices with small staffs, has wielded an enormous influence on the history of our nation. Though only one part of our delicate system of checks and balances, the high court speaks the final word on many of the most divisive and important issues of the day. This enormous power has always been viewed as legitimate because of the unique status of the justices as transcending partisan politics, eschewing personal advantage and pronouncing the enduring constitutional values of our nation.

Now in one fell swoop, five partisan judges have caused many Americans to question each of the assumptions undergirding the special status accorded these nine robed human beings.

wielded
擁有,運用,行使,支配 (權力等)

delicate 精緻的

checks and balances 三權分立

divisive 引起分歧的

transcending 超越

partisan 偏護的

eschewing 迴避

pronouncing 正式宣佈

enduring 持久的

constitutional 憲法規定的

in one fell swoop 一下子

gird 捆上

accord 授予 (權力、地位)

robed 身着禮袍的

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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-15 11:13:00 | 顯示全部樓層
The Dark Side of Modern America 1c

Bush v. Gore showed them to be little difference from ordinary politicians. Their votes reflected not any enduring constitutional values rooted in the precedents of the ages, but rather the partisan quest for immediate political victory. In so voting, they shamed themselves and the Court on which they serve, and they defiled their places in history.
- Professor Alan M. Dershowitz

rooted in sth
由……產生

precedents 實例; 範例

rather 而是

quest 追求

defiled 玷污
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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-18 15:29:46 | 顯示全部樓層
本帖最後由 騰杰 於 2018-11-25 19:52 編輯

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The Dark Side of Modern America 2c

UA Flight 175 left Boston at 8:14 AM, which was just when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was learning that Flight 11 may have been hijacked. At 8:42, its radio and transponder went off and it veered off course. Knowing by then that the earlier flight had definitely been hijacked and was flying across New York City, FAA officials would surely have been ready to contact the military immediately. They, in fact, reportedly notified North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) at 8:43. NORAD should have had fighter jets intercepting this plane by 8:53. And by this time, being 7 minutes after the first hijacked plane had hit the WTC, the fighters certainly should have been ready to shoot down this second hijacked plane if it did not immediately follow orders. Instead, however, no planes intercepted Flight 175, and it crashed into WTC' s South Tower at 9:03.
- Professor David Ray Griffin

been hijacked
遭到劫持

transponder 發射機應答器

veered 突然變向

reportedly 據說

intercepting 攔截
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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-18 15:31:51 | 顯示全部樓層
本帖最後由 騰杰 於 2018-11-18 15:35 編輯

The Dark Side of Modern American 3c

And there is more. In June of 2004, the army told the Pentagon it needed 2,600 M1117 armored vehicles (not armored Humvees) for its military police. Yet the Bush administration only contracted with one company, Textron in New Orleans, and for only 1,250 vehicles. Why no more? “That's all they had the money for,” Clay Moise, the Textron vice president, said in January of 2007. And this is from the administration that gave the super rich in America, those who don't need one dime from anyone, a $1.3 trillion tax break over ten years.
- Mr Vincent Bugliosi

contract with
與……訂立合同 (或契約)

vice president (商業公司的) 副總裁,副總經理

dime (美國、加拿大的) 十分硬幣,十分錢

trillion 萬億; 兆

tax break 賦税優惠; 減税

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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-25 19:36:48 | 顯示全部樓層
本帖最後由 騰杰 於 2018-11-25 19:49 編輯

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The Dark Side of Modern American 1d

Millions of Americans were baffled and outraged by the ending the presidential election of 2000 with its controversial ruling in Bush v. Gore. The Court had held a unique place in our system of checks and balances, and was seen as the embodiment of fairness and principle precisely because it was perceived to be above the political fray. How could it issue decisions that reeked of partisan politics, and send to the White House a candidate who, for all it knew at the time, may have actually lost the election?

were baffled 被弄迷糊

(were) outraged 感到非常憤怒

controversial 有爭議的;引起爭議的

checks and balances (組織內部的)制約與平衡,制衡原則

the embodiment of sth (某種品質或思想的)化身,表現;典型

the fray (常指亂糟糟的)激戰;激烈爭吵

reek of sth 明顯帶有,充滿(令人不快的特性)

partisan politics 黨派政治
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