For some reason I have more free time today than I thought (I thought I was going to be busy but some lessons were cancelled). In the midst of preparing for English camp (week-long English lessons during the students’ summer vacation), I guess I’ll take a break and share some links…
Noynoy Aquino is sworn into the Philippine presidency. He promises to crack down on corruption, end insurgencies, and modernize the system… it sounds very hopeful but we shall see.
How did Gen. McChrystal lose his careful touch? I wrote some long post about this whole situation but for some reason it disappeared and I’m too lazy to rewrite it. In any case, some BBC correspondent considers the general’s slip-up in light of a previous encounter. I’m including it because I think it was kind of a crap news feature, and we should all be reminded of the crap that’s out there.
Yet another South Korean entertainer (Park Yong-Ha) found dead from suicide. I remember when we kept hearing about these when I was interning at AsiaPacificArts and having to do news bites on Korean entertainers offing themselves way too often. Either there’s some weird conspiracy going on, or (more likely) the pressure really is just too much. Suicide culture in Asia (especially East Asia) is ridiculously layered.
Nigerian president suspends the national team after a poor showing at the World Cup. Um yeah… a bit harsh. Anyway, the headline was kind of deceiving, when you read the article it’s not as ridiculous. I guess he’s just reorganizing the entire system. Or maybe it is as ridiculous as it sounds— aren’t there other things that need reorganizing? Like um, government-related things?
Meanwhile, back home… “The US House of Representatives has approved a landmark bill designed to overhaul the US financial system.” Here we go again… very necessary steps, but we’ll see if it passes the Senate AND if anything comes of it. When things pass either nothing happens or the bureaucracy makes the process as slow as molasses and our grandkids see the results.