1. “Russia warns of civil war if Ukraine uses force to quell eastern revolts.” Russia warned Tuesday that any use of force in Ukraine’s eastern region could lead to civil war, as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities.
“Pro-Russian protesters seized government buildings in the three cities of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv on Sunday. Rebels occupying Donetsk’s regional government building Monday declared a ’people’s republic’ and called for a referendum on secession from Ukraine to be held by May 11. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said reports that the protesters are facing a crackdown by Ukrainian authorities are of particular concern. ’We are calling for the immediate cessation of any military preparations, which could lead to civil war,’ it said in a statement on its official website. The ministry alleged that what it called ’American experts from the private military organization Greystone,’ disguised as soldiers, as well as militants from the Ukrainian far-right group Right Sector, had joined Ukrainian forces preparing for the crackdown in the country’s east.”
2. “Mickey Rooney: Girl Crazy.” Dan Callahan on the acting legend.
“I saw Rooney live with his last wife Jan in a nightclub act at the Irish Repertory Theater in 2004. He came out like an elderly toddler who had been shoved on the stage by his parents and rasped a song called, ’Nothing Can Stop Me Now!’ After the applause died down, he looked out at us and said, ’Ladies and gentlemen, this is what’s left of Mickey Rooney!’ There was a lot of rage in what he did, and a lot of maudlin yanking at the tear ducts, too, but Lord, what a trouper! Toward the very end of his life, when he had tried and conquered practically every form of show business known to man or beast, Rooney even shot a pilot for a reality TV show, which did not get picked up. As he sat in a car with his wife Jan, Rooney laid out what might have been his motto: ’The minute you’re born,’ he said, ’you’re running out of time.’”
3. “Jessie J Tweets (Then Deletes) That She Is No Longer Bisexual.” The 26-year-old singer took to Twitter to discuss her personal life at length, sparking mixed reactions from fans.
“I was becoming famous at the very same time and felt pressure to tell everyone all my business that really looking back was really no ones to know. I fell for a person who happened to be a girl. Every other relationship I’ve had has been with a man. My record label didn’t care and it wasn’t part of my launch! Then I was asked in an interview back in the day about relationships, first time ever, and I was honest and then BAM it took over, the word bisexual before my name on almost every article I read? Like I had to say it when I introduced myself? It was crazy. Instantly I was boxed. But at the same time felt I was put forward as spokes person to break out of those same boxes? Weird. Who made it a big deal? Me? No. The media? Yes. I’m not looking for sympathy I am just being real. And yeah I have learnt to keep things private the hard way because of this exact reason. So I keep my relationships private now.”
4. “Why The Conversation Should Be Required Viewing at the NSA.” Francis Ford Coppola’s psychological thriller, which turns 40 today, may be the best exploration of the dangers of surveillance that pop culture has ever produced.
“You can see the present-day lessons here pretty clearly. The hardest thing to believe about the National Security Agency’s invasion of millions of emails and phone calls wasn’t that the agents did what they did. Big Brother Cinema prepared us for that. It’s how thoughtlessly they did it, how little regard they showed for the human beings whose information they were taking. How could PRISM so matter-of-factly request all of Verizon Communications’ customers’ phone call information? Seize over half a million email address books in a single day? See one of its members draw a self-satisfied smiley face on a slide that illustrated how the NSA had circumvented Google’s encryptions? It all seems to stem from the very thing The Conversation warns us about: how easy it is to turn people into faceless ones and zeroes.”
5. “Nine CEOs with the Worst Reputations.” Some CEOs are not popular with employees.
“Despite a business model that some say is outdated, and disappointing per-share earnings, GameStop Corp. (GME) CEO Paul Raines received a total compensation package of roughly $11.4 million during the company’s 2012 fiscal year, a 95% increase from 2011. In fact, the combined compensation of GameStop’s top five executives, including Raines, was $34.7 million in 2012, up from $19.4 million in 2011. Comparably, the average hourly salaries of sales associates and game advisors were just above minimum wage. According to Glassdoor, employee morale is low not only due to the modest pay, but also because of the increased number of store closings. Some analysts are questioning whether the retail video game seller can survive competition from larger retailers such as Walmart and Amazon.com, and whether it can sustain its business model.”
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