1. Some have breathed sighs of relief, others, including churches, right-to-life groups and the Australian Medical Association, bitterly attacked the bill and the haste of its passage. But the tide is unlikely to turn back.

  [参考译文] 一些机构终于松了一口吻,但是其他一些机构,包括教堂,倡导生命之权的团体和澳大利亚医学协会,尖利地抨击这个法案,责备法案的经过过于匆忙。但是大势已定,不可逆转。

  2. There are, of course, exceptions. Small--minded officials, rude waiters, and ill mannered taxi drivers are hardly unknown in the US. Yet it is an observation made so frequently that it deserves comment.

  [参考译文] 当然,例外是存在的。在美国,心胸狭窄的官员,粗鲁的传者,和没有礼貌的出租车司机也并不少见。但是人们常常得出这样的察看意见,这使得它值得被讨论一下。

  3. In Australia- where an aging population, life-extending technology and changing community attitudes have all played their partother states are going to consider making a similar law to deal with euthanasia.

  [参考译文] 在澳大利亚--人口老龄化,延短命命的技术和变化看的社会态度,这些因素都在发挥作用逐个其他的州也会思索制定相似的关于安乐死的法律。

  4. We live in a society in which the medicinal and social use of substances (drugs) is pervasive: an aspirin to quiet a headache, some wine to be sociable, coffee to get going in the morning, a cigarette for the nerves.

  [参考译文] 我们生活在一种药品(毒品)的医学用处和社会用处都很普遍的社会里:一片用来止头痛的阿斯匹林,一些用来社交的葡萄酒,早上自己提提神所喝的咖啡,一支用来定神的香烟。

  5. Dependence is marked first by an increased tolerance, with more and more of the substance required to produce the desired effect, and then by the appearance of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when the substance is discontinued.

  [参考译文] 对药品的依赖性首先表现为不时增长的耐药量,要产生想得到的效果所需要的药品剂量越来越大,然后表现为当中止用药后,令人不快的停药病症的呈现。

  6. "Is this what you intended to accomplish with your careers?" Senator Robert Dole asked Time Warner executives last week. "You have sold your souls, but must you corrupt our nation and threaten our children as well?"

  [参考译文] 上星期参议员罗博特多尔质问时期华纳公司的高级管理人员们:"难道这就是你们希望能够成就的事业?你们已经出卖了自己的灵魂,但是难道你们还非要蜕化我们的国度,威胁我们的孩子们吗?"

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