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Ford 總統特赦水門案的Nixon,撒謊的 Clinton 和德國因為銀行貸款優待剛下台的總統,雖然變成人民的羞恥但是並沒有人想關他,為什麼? 因為處裡政治人物只需要拿掉他的政治生涯就夠了,像台灣這樣關前總統,漢學者們一致認為就是中國歷代更替的政治追殺。

 

想關阿扁的人才不是真心追求正義,不過是自己氣不過在洩恨罷了。

 

Bahadurshah Zafar印度蒙兀兒帝國末代皇帝烏爾都語詩人。英軍攻打到他建造的新首都New Delhi 的時候,他出來跟英軍說:

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星期天在火車上遇到一個英國籍漢莎航空飛行員,他剛下飛機,好像要回家(不然他住飯店就好唄)。上火車的時候,火車有延滯卻沒有廣播,我趕快問坐在前面的他確定一下自己有沒有做錯車。要下車的時候才發現我們同一站下車,這時他突然跟我講英語,我嚇了一跳問他母語是什麼,就這樣聊起來了。

 

他跟我一樣都是大學讀工科,他說他從來沒想到今天會變成飛行員。公司(漢莎航空)後來還讓他去讀MBA。他說讀了一些他根本用不上的東西,例如寫企劃書,算應收帳款等等。

 

跟他提到我想離開工程去讀社會研究,因為工程公司人和很難,這樣 defeats the purpose of working in this field,他心有戚戚焉點點頭。

 

接著他跟我說有一本社會研究的書很有趣,叫做 The Evolution of Cooperation,裡面有談到 game theory (尤其是 Prisoner's Dilemma)。我很高興,因為很多這種書只談生物行為,但是無法解釋複雜的人類行為。他說這本書的作者是個芝加哥大學畢業的政治學教授,跟我有地緣關係(很久沒有聽到這種話,哈哈)。

 

火車延遲8分鐘,他擔心趕不上下班火車,希望能當第一個下車的人,可惜他前面的小姐有點自私不讓他。我想到要交換聯絡資料時已經沒有多少時間了,很可惜,不過我想我們哪天再見面會認得出對方的。

 

在此節錄 Wikipedia The Evolution of Cooperation (1985) 這本書的簡介 (目前只有英文,日文,德文阿拉伯文)

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News in English: Germans welcome their new president

 

Today Germany's new president Joachim Gauck (pronounced “Yo-ah-im Gaok”) inaugurates.  He was a Lutheran pastor and a civil rights leader in East Germany.

 

After the unification of Germany, he was elected by the Bundestag (the German parliament) to be the 1st Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives (1999-2000) that preserves and protects the former E. German secret police archives and investigate past crimes of the secret police Stasi.

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English or any other langauge is a great tool - it, however, should not be the goal or the end of any learning.
A great example of this is you can read about how other people anaylize your culture or your people.
It shows you more perspectives and helps to picture where the truth lies most likely.
It is especially very helpful if you can see your blind spot through the eyes of the others.

I would like to bring you a mind revolution, and it starts with helping you learn English.

英文或任何語言都是個好工具,但不應該是任何學習的目的,也不是終點。
舉例來說,你可以閱讀外國人怎麼分析我們的文化和人民。
這會提供不同的觀點,幫助你分析事實的真相最可能是靠近哪一邊的說辭。
特別是如果能從旁觀者的眼光看到自己的死角,那會對你非常有幫助。

我希望帶給你一場大腦革命,而且就從幫助你學英文開始。

HARVARD BUSINESS
"Conduct Reconnaissance into the Future -
How Chinese Entrepreneurs Anticipate the Future of Their Business"

By Donald N. Sull, Yong Wang
http://www.cathayforbusiness.com/HBR_Articles/pdf/Conduct_Reconnaissance_into_the_Future.pdf

"Ting Hsin did many things right in entering the packaged noodle market.
Unfortunately, Ting Hsin has stumbled a few times since coming to dominate the noodle market.
The Wei brothers entered into several unrelated businessses, including hypermarkets, personal computer retailing, and fast-food restaurants.
This diversification, among other factors, led the group to stretch its resources too thin and forced the family to seek outside financing from partners.
We are not arguing that the Ting Hsin Group is a model of all aspects of managing in an unpredictable market.
Ting Hsin's entry into noodles does, however, illustrate one important point that we shall discuss more generally in the remainder of the chapter." (Pg.8)

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昨天台灣朋友問我民主黨 the Democrats 是不是比共和黨 the Republicans 好? 因為在台灣輿論都這麼寫,她說。

  

就黨綱而言,the Democrats want to improve the lives of the middle-class and lower-class Americans.  通常選舉政見是社會福利政策和為中低薪水的人減稅。The Republicans, however, will support business people (large corporations, investors and perhaps entrepreneurs).  They believe that will boost the economy.  以前民眾都是心理比較喜歡民主黨,但是會8年換黨平衡一下,但是最近10幾年大家發現其時民主黨高層也都是家財萬貫的富家子弟,並沒有幾人會去執行幫助很多中低薪水的一般民眾的政策,頂多是照顧幾個超級窮困卻有潛力的人來打廣告。中產階級意識到民主黨和共和黨都不怎麼照顧他們,也沒有人替他們出聲,所以有幾個代表這樣心聲的笑話就流傳開來: 

If you want to go to Harvard, you have to have a rich daddy, or you have to be super smart but dirt poor. (貧窮但是聰明的孩子可以領全額獎學金。)

(加州人說) If you are smart and your daddy is rich, you go to Stanford.  If you are smart but your daddy is not rich, you go to Berkeley.  If your daddy is rich but you are not smart, you go to USC (University of Southern California).

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