Not sure if this is appearing in Singapore newspapers, i don’t really have access to them, but apparently they censored Obama’s speech over in China.
“Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions…To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
In the live feed, the speech was cut to an analyst and on Chinese transcriptions that appeared in the press, they were omitted as well.
Maybe change is too much for China to handle. Let’s just stick to capitalism okay, god it’s so much easier to please the proletariat with.
In the past week, there’s a bloodbath going on at the technology front, layoffs are coming and they are massive and across the board. Microsoft is cutting close to 5000 jobs, IBM 16000 (?), Intel, Samsung, Sony and LG are all actively “restructuring”, and even Google cut a hundred jobs, most of them in the staff recruitment dept. Since tech is the only sector im monitoring, i can only imagine what the situation must be for the rest.
N.B – I’m not talking about the local Singapore economy, but about MNC’s and the American economy because they are the one’s who will be hurting first, and the effects will gradually filter down to our level. All of the above companies (with the exception of LG i think) have a significant presence here, us being a regional hub and all.
edit*: About 10 mins after writing this i stumbled upon this dummies guide to the unemployment rate. again this applies to the american economy. scaremongering ftw. credits mint.com
Looking back at my GP assignments and essays, i was made keenly aware that all through the years GP was the only subject i was ever interested about in JC. I remember the male teacher that tried and gave us personality tests to find out what kind of student we were, and printed out topic packages on “media”, “the environment”, “technology” and sourced out writing tips. I can’t remember his name, its disturbing. And then the crappy Mrs Rajan who could only regurgitate the standard stuff. And i realise that my writing has been so insipid of late because i’m not asking the right questions of import, i’m only content to sit back, idle, chill, engage in repetitive loops of reassuring behavior which does not include thinking apparently. Hmmm how am i going to fix it.