Ukraine’s Truce Collapses, Turns Into More Violence…. And Other News

Before and After Independence Square Ukraine Truce

So much for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s “truce”…

Hours after the Ukrainian government announced a truce between police and anti-government protesters, Kiev broke out into a ball of violence. Since the truce announcement at least 20 protesters have died in gunfire that opened in Kiev’s Independence Square – in addition to one police officer. That makes almost 100 deaths since Tuesday – yikes. Meanwhile, the international community is not impressed. The European Union has agreed to impose sanctions on Ukrainian officials “responsible for violence and excessive force”. And in case asset freezes and visa bans don’t scare Ukraine into co-operating, maybe a stern message from President Obama will (but probably not). Appalled at the video of security forces firing automatic weapons at protesters, Obama called on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to immediately withdraw security forces from the streets of Kiev. So far, no response. BBC News

WhatsApp, Facebook?Facebook just bought an app worth 19 Instagrams. The social network paid $19 billion (19 times what they paid for Instagram two years ago) to acquire WhatsApp, the app you get someone you know switches to the iPhone while you’re still stuck with a disgruntled Blackberry. While not super popular in North America yet, the real-time instant messaging application has over 450 million monthly users – mainly in Brazil, South Africa, and Australia. “WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. “Since WhatsApp and (Facebook) Messenger serve such different and important users, we will continue investing in both.” AKA Facebook is desperate to boost its popularity among the younger markets, who no longer think Facebook is cool. Reuters

Obama PicDear art history majors, you will be forever unemployed but at least you got an apology from the president. After making “off-the-cuff” remarks mocking art history degrees, President Obama sent a letter of apology to University of Texas at Austin Prof. Anne Collins Johns, who was offended by his statement. The remarks were made at a speech last month at a General Electric plant in Milwaukee. Obama told the crowd that “folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art-history degree.” Then, realizing his possibly offensive statement, the president quickly added, “Now, nothing wrong with an art history degree – I love art history. So I don’t want to get a bunch of emails from everybody.” Apparently Prof. Anne Collins Johns didn’t catch that last part of the speech and wrote an angry message via the White House website. The president then sent a personal apology note to the university professor saying “Let me apologize. I was making a point about the jobs market, not the value of art history.” End of story, right? Wrong. Because Obama can’t do ANYTHING right in the Republicans’ eyes, Marco Rubio tweeted out this message: “Pathetic Obama apology to art history prof. We do need more degrees that lead to #jobs”. Telegraph

Hot Choc ExplosionHot chocolate explosion!! 30 students at Northside College Prep High School in Illinois were standing around making some sweet hot chocolate when suddenly there was a “a big explosion.” Turns out the gas from a single burner stove somehow ignited improperly, ruining the hot chocolate making experience that is essential to every high schooler’s education. “I was walking around to see what other groups were making,” said Mia Devura, 16. “I turn around and it’s this huge fire that’s up to the ceiling.” The students were evacuated and the ones with serious burns were sent to a nearby hospital. While there were no deaths, the students will never look at hot chocolate the same way again. Chicago Tribune

Pot MoneyLegalized pot (or legalized retard pills as Ann Coulter calls it) is a definite money-maker. Along with its residents, Coloardo and Washington state’s economies are getting high off of marijuana’s recent legalization. Colorado expects to take in more than $133 million from taxes on weed-related sales next fiscal year, well exceeding expectations of $70 million. But what will they spend their newfound wealth on? Colorado Governor John “Buzzkill” Hickenlooper is proposing a large chunk of the extra revenue be used for programs like preventing the underage consumption of marijuana and substance abuse treatment. Huh. Was he high when he came up with that idea? Time

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