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  •   枯鱼之肆 n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    (-9,-9) pragmatic incrementalist :-P

    by Enterik on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:43:42 AM PST

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    •  朝三暮四 (0+ / 0-)

      I won't name names!

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 09:48:08 AM PST

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      •  Perhaps I was not clear... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...Chinese is not my first language or even my second. The Chengyu is quoted...

        枯鱼之肆

        ...was meant to express my fear that such endeavors as we are discussing may come too late for the American economy and workers.

        My understanding was that it meant "Dried Fish Market" as in Americans are like a fish flopping on the ground asking for water when a passerby says he is walking to the river and will be back later with some water for the fish, who then states, "I will be in the dried fish market by then".

        Hopefully a misunderstanding of my intent was the source of the fickleness you sensed...

        (-9,-9) pragmatic incrementalist :-P

        by Enterik on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 10:11:52 AM PST

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        •  That's a correct use of the idiom (0+ / 0-)

          Or to use the American idioms, a day late and a Dollar short, missed the boat, etc.

          My response was a step back from there.

          朝三暮四 (morning 3, evening 4) means to be indecisive or to constantly change direction and lose.

          Sometimes, to succeed, you have to chose a direction to get going and then adjust course.

          I think it's time for the US to prime the pump on cleantech industry and I see that happening (Obama is trying), but it would be good to speed things up a bit.

          Toward that end, a little competition between nations can be good.

          What about my Daughter's future?

          by koNko on Thu Dec 02, 2010 at 03:24:17 AM PST

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          •  If only competition were unecessary... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...but then it's hard to get the bewildered herds moving at all, especially the American one...守株待兔

            In China, competition is the general state of things, a lesson learned upon ones first set of placement tests for school.

            Now let's end our conversation with the most general sense of agreement. Surely, we differ in the tone and detail of our positions, but those differences are not nearly as significant as the practical identity of what we propose for the direction and means forward.

            Thus I will give you the last word after offering a quintessentially American holiday sentiment as my recommendation for what the US should do...

            Put one foot in front of the other
            And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor
            Put one foot in front of the other
            And soon you’ll be walking out the door

            You never will get where you’re going
            If you never get up on your feet
            Come on, there’s a good tail wind blowing
            A fast walking man is hard to beat

            Put one foot in front of the other
            And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor
            Put one foot in front of the other
            And soon you’ll be walking out the door

            If you want to change your direction
            If your time of life is at hand
            Well don’t be the rule be the exception
            A good way to start is to stand

            Put one foot in front of the other
            And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor
            Put one foot in front of the other
            And soon you’ll be walking out the door

            If I want to change the reflection
            I see in the mirror each morn
            You mean that it's just my election
            To vote for a chance to be reborn

            Sung by Fred Astaire in Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

            (-9,-9) pragmatic incrementalist :-P

            by Enterik on Thu Dec 02, 2010 at 05:27:19 AM PST

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