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There's a chart I saw recently that I can't get out of my head.
A Harvard business professor and economist asked more than
five thousand Americans
how they thought wealth was distributed in the United States
this is what they said they thought it was: dividing the country into five rough
groups of the top bottom and middle three twenty percent groups
they asked people how they thought the wealth in this country was divided
then he ask them
what they thought was the ideal distribution
and ninety two percent
that's at least nine out of ten of them
said it should be more like this
in other words
more equitable than they think it is
now that fact is telling admittedly
the notion that most Americans know that the system is already skewed unfairly
but what's most interesting to me
is the reality compared to our perception
the ideal is as far removed from our perception of reality
as the actual distribution is from what we think exists in this country
so ignore the ideal for a moment
here's what we think it is again
and here is the actual distribution
shockingly skewed
not only do the bottom twenty percent and the next twenty percent, the bottom
forty percent of Americans
barely have any of the wealth, I mean it's hard to even see them on the chart
but the top one percent
has more of the country's wealth
than nine out of ten Americans believe the entire top twenty percent should have
but let's look at it another way because I find this chart kind of difficult to
wrap my head around
instead let's reduce the three hundred and eleven million Americans to just a representative
one hundred people
make it simple
here they are
teachers, coaches
firefighters, construction workers, engineers, doctors, lawyers, some
investment bankers, a C.E.O., maybe a celebrity or two.
now let's line 'em up according to their wealth
poorest people on the left, wealthiest on the right. just a steady row of folks
based on their net worth.
we'll color code them like we did before based on which twenty percent quintile
they fall into
now let's reduce the total wealth of the United States which was roughly fifty
four trillion dollars in two thousand and nine
to this symbolic pile of cash
and let's distribute it among our one hundred Americans. Well, here's socialism, all of the wealth of the country
distributed equally
we all know that won't work
we need to encourage people to work and work hard
to achieve that good ole American dream and, keep our country moving forward.
So, here's that ideal we asked everyone about
something like this curve
this isn't too bad! we've got some incentive as the wealthiest folks are
now about ten to twenty times better off
than the poorest Americans.
but hey, even the poor folks aren't actually poor since the poverty line has
stayed almost entirely off the chart. We have a super healthy middle-class with
a smooth
transition into wealth, and yes, Republicans and Democrats alike chose
this curve.
nine out of ten people, ninety-two percent
said this was a nice, ideal distribution of America's wealth
but let's move on
this is what people think America's wealth distribution actually looks like
Not as inequitable, clearly.
But for me,
even this still looks pretty great!
Yes, the poorest twenty to thirty percent are starting to suffer quite a lot,
Compared to the ideal,
And the middle class is certainly struggling more than they were while the
rich and wealthy are making roughly a hundred times that of the poorest Americans
and at about ten times that of the still healthy middle class.
Sadly, this isn't even close to the reality.
Here is the actual distribution of wealth in America.
The poorest Americans don't even register.
They're down to pocket change.
and the middle class is barely distinguishable from the poor.
In fact, even the rich between the top ten and twenty percentile are worse off
Only the top ten percent are better off, and how much better off?
So much better off that the top two to five percent
are actually off the chart at this scale.
And the top one percent,
this guy,
well, his stack of money stretches ten times higher than we can show.
here's his stack of cash restacked all by itself
this is the top one percent we've been hearing so much about
so much green in his pockets that i have to give him a whole new column of his
own because he won't fit on my chart
one percent of America has
forty percent of all the nation's wealth
the bottom eighty percent
eight out of every ten people or eighty out of these hundred
only has seven percent between them and this has only gotten worse in the last
twenty to thirty years
while the richest one percent
take home almost a quarter of the national income today
in nineteen seventy-six they took home only nine percent
meaning their share of income has nearly tripled in the last thirty years
the top one percent own half the country's stocks, bonds and mutual funds
the bottom fifty percent of Americans own only half a percent of these investments
which means
they aren't investing -
they're just scraping by. I'm sure many of these wealthy people have worked
very hard for their money, but do you really believe that the C.E.O. is working
three hundred and eighty times harder than his average employee, not his lowest
paid employee, not the janitor
but the average earner in his company, the average worker needs to work more than a
to earn what the C.E.O. makes in one hour
we certainly don't have to go all the way to socialism
to find something that is fair for hardworking Americans
we don't even have to achieve what most of us consider might be ideal
all we need to do is wake up
and realize that the reality in this country
is not at all
what we think it is.



美國的貧富差距 (Wealth Inequality in America)

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VoiceTube 發佈於 2016 年 5 月 16 日    CH David Wu 翻譯    Furong Lai 審核



1get out of my head 0:02
get (something) out of my head 直譯是「離開我的頭」,它的意思其實是「離開我的思緒」。如果你說 I can't get it out of my head! 就是「我無法停止思考它」的意思!
Stop singing that song! I haven't been able to get it out of my head for the past three days!

I just want to get this paper done and get it out of my head forever.

同樣的意思,你也可以說 get (something) out of my mind
Just get that ridiculous idea out of your mind; nothing bad is going to happen.

來補充兩個 get out 的片語,首先是 get out of the/one's way,就是「不要擋路的意思」。
I'm in a real hurry; please get out of my way.

再來是 get out of sight,是「拿離開我的視線範圍」的意思。
I hate birds! Get that flying creature out of my sight!


2nine out of ten 0:29
nine out of ten 就是「十分之九」的意思。所以當你要表達幾分之幾的時候,就是用 out of 來表達。值得注意的是英和中文的順序是不一樣的,中文我們說「十分之九」,是先說分母「十」,而英文我們說 nine out of ten ,是先說分子 nine
Five out of six students of class 101 failed the exam.
101 班的同學有六分之五沒有通過這項考試。

要表達分數還有另外兩種用法,第一種是用 over ,比如說 nine over ten 就是「十分之九」,two over three 就是「三分之二」。

再來是直接說兩個數字,先說分母再說分子,不過這時候分母必須要改成 ordinal number (序數) ,也就是 first, second, third ....。比如 nine tenth 就是「十分之九」,two thirds 就是「三分之二」。

最後,要表達幾分之幾最普遍的方式就是換算成百分比,直接說百分之幾!比如十分之九就等於 90%,念作 ninety percent
Ninety percent of the people voted against this issue in the referendum.

3mind-blowing 1:31
mind-blowing 是使人感到「印象深刻」、「驚艷」、「驚人」的意思。
The dress that Cinderella wore to the ball was mind-blowing。

mind-blowing 這個複合形容詞是:N+V-ing 的用法,例如:

body-building 強身的;
peace-loving 愛好和平的;
heart-warming 感人的;
law-abiding 守法的。
Amanda is a peace-loving person who devotes her life to helping the poor.
Amanda 是一個愛好和平的人,她畢生致力於幫助窮人。

還有一個很類似的複合形容詞是 adj+N-ed 的用法。通常若是複合形容詞內要加上「身體部位」都會這樣用喔!例如:

cold-blooded 冷血的;
tight-lipped 守口如瓶的;
blue-eyed 藍眼睛的;
warm-hearted 古道熱腸的;
baby-faced 長相稚嫩的;
heavy-handed 笨手笨腳的。
He will never tell you the big secret! He is tight-lipped!

多元的語言 (Linguistic Diversity)

4wrap one's head around 1:35
wrap one's head around 這個片語有「想一想」以及「了解、理解」的意思,後者較常用。wrap one's head around 的用法是 wrap one's head around + 名詞
Let me wrap my head around your question for a few minutes.

What are you talking about! I can't wrap my head around your way of thinking!

wrap one's head around 同義的片語有:wrap one's brain aroundget one's mind around ,都是 「弄懂」、「合理化」的意思。
That explanation is very complicated. I can't wrap my brain around it just yet.

I just can't get my mind around what the baby is thinking.

最近這幾年關於「中產階級正在消失」的議題卻層出不窮,事實上正是如此,我們正邁向一個富人更富,窮者更貧的M型化時代。來看看2015 年美國富豪榜,這些 richest people 到底是誰呢?

【富比世】2015 年美國富豪榜 Richest People In America | Forbes 400 2015




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