what does"empowered"mean?

Reply Thu 21 Jul, 2011 01:25 am
A Definition of Empowered Interaction
what does empowered interaction mean?
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Reply Thu 21 Jul, 2011 07:34 am

Depends on the context.

It's a stupid phrase.

"Empowered" means having permission, being allowed, having the right to do something.

An "interaction" is just an engagement etc. Use your dictionary, there are a lot of synonyms depending on the context.
High Seas
Reply Thu 21 Jul, 2011 07:58 am
McTag wrote:

It's a stupid phrase.

It's not a stupid phrase - on the contrary, it's a very useful phrase indeed, serving to warn listeners that some PC enormity is to follow, but it can't be ridiculed for what it is, a bald-faced lie, and must instead be suffered in silence by those in possession of facts proving the opposite. Try our current president's statements on US sovereign debt default - has happened many times before - or even our currently most famous historian, the Rev. Al Sharpton.
"............We hear repeatedly these days that the United States has never yet defaulted on its debt. In his July 11 news conference, President Barack Obama himself said so. Congressional failure to raise the country’s debt ceiling, he said, would threaten U.S. full faith and credit “for the first time in our history.” But the assertion is not true. In commentary posted last week on the website of the Alabama-based Ludwig von Mises Institute, John S. Chamberlain reminds us that the United States has defaulted on its debt a number of times.

In the decades after the Revolutionary War, Congress left public finance to private banks and issued only limited debt. In 1861, however, Congress created a paper currency – “the greenback” – to finance the Civil War. The first greenbacks, $60-million in demand notes, were declared redeemable at the rate of 0.048375 troy ounces of gold per dollar. The Treasury defaulted on these notes within five months yet kept issuing more of them. The greenback routinely traded throughout the war at a discount of 40 per cent.

During the Great Depression, the U.S. defaulted again, this time on debt incurred during the First World War. In 1917-1918, the U.S. issued its famous Liberty Bonds, 20-year debentures that paid 4.25 per cent and were proclaimed redeemable in gold at the rate of $20.67 per troy ounce. By 1933, however, the government had $22-billion in bonds set to mature in 1938 – and only $4.2-billion in gold to redeem them.

President Franklin Roosevelt defaulted on much of this debt, devaluing the dollar by 40 per cent – and, as Nobel economist Robert Mundell has argued, thus making the Great Depression worse and thus contributing to the causes the Second World War."

From today's Toronto Globe and Mail (Canada seems to be free of PC on the US Federal debt) http://www.ctv.ca/generic/generated/static/business/article2102745.html

As to the Rev. Sharpton: http://books.google.com/books?id=qrg0C_XHJY0C&pg=PA192&lpg=PA192&dq=%22White+folks+was+in+caves%22+sharpton&hl=en#v=onepage&q=%22White%20folks%20was%20in%20caves%22%20sharpton&f=false
Reply Thu 21 Jul, 2011 09:03 am
@High Seas,

Well thank you. It sounds like a stupid phrase to me, here in the UK.

I hope zhanglizoe is wiser after that.

Thinking for a moment about the Rev Al Sharpton, interesting quote by the way, we don't seem to have a many nutters as you do there in the States, at least, not so many of them get on national TV.
High Seas
Reply Thu 21 Jul, 2011 09:25 am
Well Zhang Li here must have learned from our interaction a lot more than he/she would have learned from a dictionary, so it's a net gain Smile
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