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January 2012

Clicks of the Day, Current Events, Lists

Clicks of the Day: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Tuesday, January 31 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

  • Accused in beating of Canadian in Mexico says he was forced to sign confession
  • “The man accused in the savage beating of a Canadian tourist says he was forced to sign a confession he never read.”

    And the sketchiness of this whole situation grows.

  • After record year, Edmonton has yet to see a murder in 2012
  • “After a record-breaking year that saw two homicides on the last day of 2011, Edmonton has recorded no homicides throughout the first month of 2012… The longest homicide-free stretch the city saw in 2011 lasted six weeks, from mid-October to the end of November.”

    Hope this doesn’t jinx it! lol.

  • Katz pharmacy sale has online world buzzing about arena millions
  • “Daryl Katz may have a $920-million public relations problem on his hands. The Oilers owner sold a chunk of his pharmacy business for that much Monday, and even with a separate $70 million purchase, closed out the day with $850 million more cash than he started with. That earned him online accolades from some for being “a shrewd businessman” but raised the question for others: “why are WE paying” for the downtown arena?”

    Well it’s true…

  • Killer whales moving in on polar bears’ territory
  • “Researchers say melting Arctic sea ice is enticing more killer whales to Nunavut waters where they are competing with Inuit hunters for food and threatening to replace polar bears as the North’s top predators.”

    This is so sad :( We caused this. Ugh.

  • Romney Wins Big in Florida Primary, Regaining Momentum
  • “Mitt Romney rolled to victory in the Florida primary on Tuesday, dispatching an insurgent threat from Newt Gingrich and reclaiming his dominant position as he urged Republicans to rally behind his quest to capture the party’s presidential nomination.”

    They’re just see-sawing along those Republican presidential candidates, lol.

  • Chief Justice says system must get a grip on social media like Facebook, Twitter
  • “The verdict is in from Canada’s top judge: The justice system must get a firm grip on social media such as Twitter and Facebook. That’s because both a free press and an independent judiciary have key roles in a democracy committed to the rule of law.”

    Lots of things need to get a grip on social media.

  • Facebook to Celebrate 8th Birthday on Heels of IPO Announcement
  • “Eight years ago this week, Facebook was born. Do you even remember life before it?”

    Life before Facebook, so different our day-to-day lives would be!

  • Colbert’s Super PAC Raises More Than $1 Million
  • “Stephen Colbert’s quasi-satirical presidential bid has raised serious cash — over $1 million, as of Tuesday morning, the comedian announced.”

    Lol, Stephen Colbert is amazing.

  • FDA approves computer chip for humans
  • “Medical milestone or privacy invasion? A tiny computer chip approved Wednesday for implantation in a patient’s arm can speed vital information about a patient’s medical history to doctors and hospitals. But critics warn that it could open new ways to imperil the confidentiality of medical records.”

    Implanting computer chips into humans? Just perils about confidentiality of medical records? I believe this is the opening of Pandora’s Box for a lot of bad things. Geez!

  • Love And Health: Research Examines Love’s Impact On Us
  • “Researchers found that when the couples were separated physically, they had higher cortisol levels and had worse sleep than when they were together.”

    I think my cortisol levels and sleeping patterns are doing pretty good! :)

  • Elephant Took 24 Million Generations To Get Huge, Evolution Study Says
  • “How long did it take evolution to turn a mouse-sized mammal into one the size of an elephant? A thousand generations? A million? Actually, it’s 24 million generations. That’s the “speed limit” of large-scale evolution, according to a team of biologists and paleontologists at Australia’s Monash University.”

    Whew. That’s a long time.

  • Hello Kitty’s Citizenship Controversy: Is She British or Japanese?
  • “Hello Kitty’s entire history is being questioned following the publication of Hello Kitty’s Guide to Japan in English and Japanese. Is the world’s most famous cat from London or Japan?”

    So funny. It’s these kinds of articles where it’s so satisfying to be a journalist – one day you’re doing some hard-hitting piece, the next an expose on the origins of Hello Kitty!!! Awesome, haha.

  • Kristen Bell’s Sloth Meltdown Goes Viral
  • “So Kristen Bell has a big thing for sloths. She shared her adoration for the furry creatures during an Interview on “The Ellen Show,” which is airing today.”

    LOL!! This is HILARIOUS! I love Kristen Bell :)

  • [Video]: Girl Can Say Any Word Backwords
  • “Alyssa has the strange ability to say any word backwards.”

    That’s pretty crazy! Kind of a useless superpower but still, lol.

  • [Video]: Simpsons Acapella Multitrack
  • Love it!!!

  • [Video]: Office Assistant Dog
  • “A dog helps out around the office.”


Thor Photo of the Day:

This is what Thor looks like when she’s eyeing a bird outside, lol. She also makes funny clicky noises.

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Clicks of the Day: Monday, January 30, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, January 30 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

  • Number of sexually transmitted infections decreases in Alberta
  • “Government numbers suggest Alberta’s rate of sexually transmitted infections is on the decline for the first time since 2004.”

    Great news!!

  • Apple engineers: Work on fake gear, earn company trust?
  • “Apple puts new employees to work on “dummy projects” to see if they can be trusted. After earning their stripes with Apple brass, those employees will then be put on real projects to help the company.”

    Lol. Extreme but believable, especially when you’re as powerful a company as Apple.

  • 5 Ways Twitter Is Changing Media Law
  • “If there is a common thread here (beyond Twitter’s ability to attract interesting lawsuits), it’s that established laws are not holding up under the weight of billions of 140-character messages… The bottom line is that Twitter is not just creating new forms of speech but helping shape rules for how that speech can be used.”

    Really interesting examples!

  • 5 things you need to know about changes to Google’s new privacy policy
  • Including “Your information can be shared between Google’s services” – “Your private information remains private” – “More relevant and refined search results” and more.

    I’m just going with the flow, lol.

  • Don’t blame C-sections for fat children: Study
  • “Children born by Caesarian section are no more likely to become obese than if they are born vaginally, according to a Brazilian study. Past research from Brazil had found a link between excessive weight and C-sections, leading some scientists to suggest that not being exposed to bacteria from the birth canal could make children fatter, but the latest findings — published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition — suggest this doesn’t appear to be the case.”

    I had never heard of that correlation before to begin with. Although my mom had a C-Section when giving birth to my brother and he did grow through a “fat” childhood phase. HMMM! (He later grew out of that though).

  • Study confirms value of close friendships to health
  • “She’s your BFF, best friend forever, and she can finish your sentences and discern your moods immediately. In times of crisis, she’s always there, and you are a less stressed person for it. Now there’s scientific proof of that.”

    Helpful :) Even better are family members who are best friends because best friends can still come and go, family is more likely to be forever.

  • Parents need to talk more to kids about drugs: Survey

    “Canadian parents should talk more to their kids about the dangers of illicit and non-prescription drugs, according to a new national survey by the Partnership for a Drug Free Canada. It suggests that while 92 per cent of parents of 11- to 19-year-olds said they talked with their kids about drugs in the past year, 40 per cent also said their conversation only lasted a few minutes or less.”

    I’ll be sure to talk thoroughly to my future children about the dangers of drugs, etc.

  • Walnuts Are Drugs, Says FDA
  • “Omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts have been shown to have certain health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. These claims… are well supported by scientific research… This evidence was apparently not good enough for the FDA, which told Diamond that its walnuts were ‘misbranded’ because the ‘product bears health claims that are not authorized by the FDA.'”


  • Food Network Executive to Run YouTube Channel
  • “The hiring of Mr. Seidel from a television channel is a coup because of what it says about the seriousness of YouTube’s effort to create an alternative to cable television on the Internet.”

    Sign of the times.

  • News Cafes and Open Newsrooms: Experiments in Innovation
  • “The Hub explores how the news cafe/open newsroom model provides a different level of community engagement as well as a possible economic plus for the news organization.”

    What a concept. I’m trying to picture it in our newsroom.

  • Here’s The Ferris Bueller Super Bowl Ad You’ve Been Waiting For
  • Lol, the Internet is erupting over this ad :) I only have vague memories of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off so it doesn’t mean as much to me, lol. On another note – Matthew Broderick looks like he’s getting old!

  • [Video]: The Story of Chuck and Sarah
  • :( One of the best TV couples ever!! I still wish the writers hadn’t taken away Sarah’s memory just a few episodes before the series finale, ugh. It made me so sad. I like happy, fairytale endings…

  • [Video]: Lion King-ing
  • “It’s the new internet fad that involves your pets, Lion King-ing! Your cats will love it!”

    LOL now this is a fad I wholeheartedly can get on board with!! Hilarious. We Lion King-ed with Thor when she was a kitty. Should do it again and upload, haha.

Thor Photo of the Day:

Sleepyhead Thor :)

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Clicks of the Day: Jan. 27, 28, 29 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (January 27, 28, 29) of Clicks of the Day!

(I only do one Clicks of the Day post for the weekends so that I can actually have a weekend, lol. And amount of content will fluctuate depending on how much of a weekend I actually have!)

  • Mexican suspect in beating of Calgary woman confesses to media
  • “The man arrested on Friday in connection to the beating of Canadian Sheila Nabb in Mazatlan, Mexico confessed to media on Saturday, admitting he is responsible for the attack.”

    His oh-so-public confession seems way too sketchy to me to be believable. Something else is going on.

  • Shafia murder a domestic violence issue, not one of ‘honour’
  • “A jury took 15 hours to find three members of an Afghanistan-born Montreal family, Mohammad Shafia, 58, his wife Tooba Yahya, 42, and their son Hamed, 21, each guilty of four counts of first-degree murder.”

    Huge story for Montreal except that their Evening News was pre-empted on the day the decision came down, oy. Managed to get a 30 second breaking news update in around the 6 o’clock hour but a whole cast + Shafia pack would have been the preferred option, lol.

  • Costa Concordia recovery ‘will take up to 10 months’
  • “The operation to recover the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia could take up to 10 months, Italy’s top rescue official has said.”

    What an extended eyesore that will be. Hopefully they get all of the fuel out and nothing bad happens to the environment.

  • Another potential drug overdose in Calgary, and two Edmonton women hospitalized after taking ecstasy
  • “Police in Calgary are once again investigating a potential drug overdose that could be linked to ecstasy… There have been at least half a dozen deaths in Calgary and another five in B.C. linked to a spate of deaths from a toxic chemical being found in ecstasy pills.”

    This is so stupid. Can people not be so dumb? Stop taking ecstasy first of all then if you’re going to – stop overdosing! Unbelievable.

  • Rogers uses charter claim to fight truth-in-advertising law
  • “Rogers Communications Inc. is asking an Ontario court to strike down part of a federal law requiring a company to have “adequate and proper” tests of a product’s performance before advertising claims about the product — on the grounds that it violates its freedom of expression.”

    You know it’s a good company to buy from when they don’t want to test out their products before they can make claims on it…

  • Rapid virus evolution witnessed in lab
  • “The finding raises questions of whether the five bird flu mutations may also have multiple functions, and could they evolve naturally?”

    Oh, joy.

  • Frequent overtime more than doubles chance of depression, study says
  • “Overtime can make your wallet smile, but your insides weep. A new study shows people who work overtime regularly are more than two times as likely to experience a new “major depressive episode” than their counterparts who work a standard work day.”

    It’s true, sometimes money isn’t worth it lol. Sometimes.

  • Twitter Censorship Move Sparks Backlash: Is It Justified?
  • “Internet scorn for Twitter’s announcement Thursday that it would censor tweets was swift and unforgiving… Like Yahoo and Google before it — and for the same reason, becoming a global powerhouse — Twitter has confronted an inconvenient truth: Freedom of expression is sacrosanct and protected by the Constitution in the United States, but in other parts of the world, not so much. Following the backlash, Twitter on Friday said that it will not filter tweets, but instead will be ‘reactive only, that is we will withhold specific content only when required to do so in response to what we believe to be a valid and applicable legal request.'”

    Hm. Not thrilled about it really but what can we do.

  • Facebook Timeline: what’s the fuss about?
  • “Timeline will tell the story of Facebook users’ whole lives. But only if they choose to share it.”

    Yes, people blow things out of proportion and as with the above comment – really there’s nothing we can do about it, lol. When Facebook decides it’s going to change, it’s going to change.

  • [Photo]: Trees Cocooned in Webs After Flood
  • “Trees shrouded in ghostly cocoons line the edges of a submerged farm field in the Pakistani village of Sindh, where 2010’s massive floods drove millions of spiders an possibly other insects into the trees to spin their webs.”

    Crazy photos.

  • Long Married Couple Presley and Ethel Bradshaw Die Hours Apart
  • “Presley and Ethel Bradshaw, a Kentucky couple, had been married for 73 years when they died Monday, hours apart.”

    Sooooooooo adorable… I love stories like this. And it’s not the first time I’ve heard of that in the last few months so it appears more loving, long-lasting couples seem to be dying together lately!

  • The 2-Minute Move That Will Elevate Your Personal Brand
  • “What’s missing for most people in this day-to-day email equation is a helpful and memorable email signature. This precious real estate at the bottom of every message is often filled with either too much or too little information (or, worse, dead space).”

    Oo, this gives me great inspiration in snazzying up my own email signature!

  • Tigger on top among Edmonton cat names
  • “Their tops are made out of rubber, their bottoms are made out of strings, and there are at least 272 of them in Edmonton. Tigger is the top name for cats in our city, according to a Journal analysis of Edmonton’s licensed cat database. Nearly one per cent of the 34,000 felines licensed here carry the moniker inspired by Winnie the Pooh’s bouncy, exuberant pal.”

    First of all – LOL what an awesome topic for an article. Secondly – Thor doesn’t get mentioned but there I saw a cat named Thor at PetSmart a few months ago! I’m sure it gained popularity the past couple years because of the new movie, lol.

  • [Video]: Dog and Kittens Napping
  • Oh my god this is sooooooo cuteeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

Thor Photo of the Day:

Lol Thor is the funniest cat ever!!

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