Clicks of the Day: September 21, 22, 23 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (September 21, 22, 23) of Clicks of the Day!

Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday with quantity and quality of content differing depending on how busy Linda’s day is.

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Teen finishes ride from Edson to Edmonton, raises $1,500 for the Stollery
  • “An Edson teen wrapped up the bike ride of his life on Sunday – after cycling from the small Alberta town all the way to Edmonton to raise money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital.”

    So impressed with him!!!

  • Even more products added to nation-wide ground beef recall
  • “A nation-wide recall involving ground beef products from an Edmonton manufacturer has been expanded for the sixth time. The products by Edmonton’s XL Foods Inc. are being recalled over concerns of possible E. coli contamination. The recall was first issued a week ago and on Sunday the Canadian Food Inspection Agency expanded the recall for the sixth time – to include even more potentially affected products.”

    This is getting ridiculous now. Six times the recall has been expanded? What a mess.

  • Quebec student group wants free tuition now that hike is off the table
  • “One Quebec student group says that with tuition hikes officially off the table, it will now champion the idea of free education. The new Parti Quebecois government scrapped a controversial increase in post-secondary tuition fees this week and a hardline student group is now turning to free education as its long-term goal.”

    Wow. Cheapest tuition in Canada still not good enough for ya eh.

    World

  • America soon to ban smiling on drivers’ license photographs
  • “In an effort to weed out the bad guys, the FBI is rolling out a nation-wide facial recognition system. Soon, it will be illegal for drivers to smile on their driver’s license photographs, as exaggerated smiles prevent the software from working properly.”

    Sigh.

  • Himalayas avalanche sweeps away climbers in Nepal
  • “At least nine people have been killed and several are missing in Nepal after an avalanche hit climbers and guides at a camp on a Himalayan peak. The bodies of a German and a Nepalese guide have been recovered from the slopes of Mount Manaslu, police say. A further seven bodies have been sighted by rescue pilots. Spanish foreign ministry officials say one of the dead is a Spanish national.”

    Very sad.

    Health

  • Why sleeping in and sleeping pills will just make you more tired
  • “Insomnia is rampant. One in three of us — more than ever before — struggles with sleeplessness, and one in 10 has a diagnosed sleep disorder. While we should rest for up to nine hours a night, we average less than seven, leading to a reliance on sleeping aids and pills for quick-fix results. So why are we unable to switch off? A new study by the Lighting Research Centre, at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York State, published last week, identified how exposure to certain types of light can disrupt our sleep. Researchers confirmed that “blue light” from the screens of smartphones, tablet computers and e-readers is particularly detrimental — especially when we’re exposed to it two hours before bed.”

    Lol – I definitely look at my phone or computer two hours before bed (typically) but I have no problems zonking out!!

  • Weight and taste sensitivity are linked, new study says
  • “The secret to avoiding weight gain may be residing on the top of your tongue. According to a new German study, obese children have less sensitive taste buds than kids of normal weight, and that may drive them to eat more.”

    Interesting!

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Device that shuts people up, dynamics of sloshing coffee are among 2012 Ig Nobel winners
  • “For anyone who’s ever been tired of listening to someone drone on and on and on, two Japanese researchers have the answer. The SpeechJammer, a device that disrupts a person’s speech by repeating his or her own voice at a delay of a few hundred milliseconds, was named Thursday as a 2012 winner of the Ig Nobel prize — an award sponsored by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for weird and humorous scientific discoveries.”

    Lol funny.

  • Tweets will be downloadable by the end of the year
  • “Speaking at an Online News Association conference, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said that users would have the ability to download their tweets by the end of this year.”

    I’m not sure if I would ever use a record of my tweets but cool!

  • Second hostage situation in a month liveblogged on Facebook
  • “For the second time in a month, criminals have used public Facebook status updates to communicate with police and loved ones during hostage situations.”

    Sign of the times…

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Apple, Samsung demand changes to jury’s $1B patent trial verdict
  • “Neither side in a bitter patent battle is satisfied with Apple Inc.’s $1 billion jury verdict over Samsung Electronics Co. after a three-week trial this summer. Samsung wants a new trial. Apple is seeking an additional $707 million in damages and interest.”

    Okay, I love you Apple but let’s not get too greedy!!

  • Controversial 9/11 film soars to #1 on PBS, breaks local records
  • “A daring new documentary that uses scientific analysis to challenge the official 9/11 story became the most popular film on PBS during the week of the 9/11 anniversary, which followed its record-breaking broadcast on Colorado Public Television (CPT12).”

    Awesome! Need to watch it.

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Will humans eventually all look like Brazilians?
  • “It really happened: Six generations of inbreeding spanning the years 1800 to 1960 caused an isolated population of humans living in the hills of Kentucky to become blue-skinned. The startlingly blue people, all descendants of a French immigrant named Martin Fugate and still living near his original settlement on the banks of Troublesome Creek when hematologists studied them in the 1960s, turned out to have a rare blood condition called methemoglobinemia… Stearns says globalization, immigration, cultural diffusion and the ease of modern travel will gradually homogenize the human population, averaging out more and more people’s traits. Because recessive traits depend on two copies of the same gene pairing up in order to get expressed, these traits will express themselves more rarely, and dominant traits will become the norm. In short, blue skin is out. Brown skin is in.”

    Fascinating.

  • Scientists find way to ‘kick-start’ infertile sperm dramatically increasing pregnancy chances
  • “Researchers have found that adding a missing protein to infertile human sperm can ‘kick-start’ its ability to fertilise an egg and dramatically increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.”

    Neat!

  • A new-found world, possible to sustain life
  • “In the region of Dorado constellation, 50 light years from Earth, researchers found Gliese 163c, orbiting the star Gliese 163, with potential structures and compositions scientists believe could possibly sustain life.”

    Cool.

  • Race is on as ice melt reveals arctic treasures
  • “With Arctic ice melting at record pace, the world’s superpowers are increasingly jockeying for political influence and economic position in outposts like this one, previously regarded as barren wastelands. At stake are the Arctic’s abundant supplies of oil, gas and minerals that are, thanks to climate change, becoming newly accessible along with increasingly navigable polar shipping shortcuts. This year, China has become a far more aggressive player in this frigid field, experts say, provoking alarm among Western powers.”

    Interesting!

  • Burnt items show humans recycled even 13,000 years ago
  • “Archaeologists have discovered that humans from the Upper Palaeolithic Age recycled their stone artifacts to be put to other uses. Researchers found a high percentage of burnt remains in the Moli del Salt site in Tarragona, Spain which date back to the end of the Upper Palaeolithic Age some 13,000 years ago. The study found that the recycling of tools was normal during the Upper Palaeolithic Age and was more common for domestic activities and seems to be associated with immediate needs.”

    Neat!

    Weird News, Other News, Good News & Fluff (Usually cat videos)

  • Synchronized toilet flushing in Zimbwabe to unblock sewers
  • “In a case of get ready, get set, flush, home owners in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe have been asked to flush their toilets at a specific time. The two main dams, supplying water to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, have been drying up due to severe droughts in the southwestern part of the country. This has raised fears of worsening water shortages before the rainy season starts in November. Now the Bulawayo City Council is asking its 1.5 million residents to flush their toilets simultaneously, at precisely 7:30 pm, to unblock the sewers.”

    That’s a cool experiment!

  • Woman with cancer saved by coughing up tumour
  • “A 38-year-old woman from the UK coughed up an entire tumor a year ago, and now doctors have told her that she is cancer free.”

    Wow!

  • [Video]: 1989 Radio Shack cellular phone commercial
  • Funny! Wow $799 eh?

  • [Photos]: The 50 most romantic photographs of all time
  • “From twitterpated youths to death do us part, from 1586 to 2012, and from Paris to Times Square: this is the look of love. Warning: heart fluttering, heart breaking, and heart re-making all straight ahead.”

    So much love.

  • [Video]: Proof that cats are better than dogs
  • YES!!! :) I still love dogs though but my love for cats is exponentially greater. #CATLADY


Thor (and/or Loki) Photo of the Day:

My Thor is soooooo cute!!!!!!


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Clicks of the Day: Thursday, September 20, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Thursday, September 20 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday with quantity and quality of content differing depending on how busy Linda’s day is.

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Katz Group declines mayor’s invitation to negotiate publicly
  • “Two days after the mayor issued a public statement – inviting the Katz Group to hold public negotiations on the downtown arena project – the company has responded to, and declined, the offer.”

    Ah. Will this never end.

  • Developer doesn’t want teenage neighbours, St. Albert mayor says
  • “Plans to develop land across from Servus Place in St. Albert have been put on hold indefinitely and the developer is now under fire for comments he made about teenagers in the neighbourhood. Conditions on Canterra Development’s plan to build on a vacant field across from Servus Place in the Kingswood neighbourhood included donating 10 per cent of the land to the community. However, now that the city wants to build a high school in that space, St. Albert’s mayor says the developer is refusing to move forward with the plan. Mayor Nolan Crouse says the developer told him on several occasions that “teenagers don’t make good neighbours.””

    Yikes… who says that?!

  • Edmonton boy hurt in Highway 63 crash could have brain damage, paralysis
  • “A seven-year-old Edmonton boy seriously hurt in a crash on Highway 63 is slowly improving but doctors still don’t know if he will fully recover, his parents say.”

    So sad.

  • Bill to offer EI benefits to families with sick children
  • “The federal government is bringing in new rules to help families of gravely ill or injured children. Legislation to be tabled this week called the Helping Families in Need Act will allow parents whose children develop serious diseases such as cancer to collect Employment Insurance benefits for up to 35 weeks. There will also be amendments to the Canada Labour Code to protect the jobs of parents who take leaves of absence to care for critically ill children.”

    Sounds great.

  • Tuition hikes scrapped at first Parti Quebecois cabinet meeting
  • “It’s over — the tuition increase that triggered such social strife in Quebec has been cancelled. The Parti Quebecois government repealed the fee hike, by decree, in its first cabinet meeting Thursday on its first full day in office. Premier Pauline Marois acted on a promise that she had made during the election campaign. She announced the decision at a news conference after the meeting.”

    So the riots will stop…

    World

  • U.S. judge won’t force YouTube to remove anti-Islam film clip
  • “A U.S. judge has denied a request to force YouTube to remove an anti-Islam film trailer that has been blamed for causing deadly protests in the Muslim world. The judge rejected the request from Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress who appears in the clip, in part because the man behind the film was not served with a copy of the lawsuit.”

    Hmm.

  • More charges sought in deadly U.S. theatre shooting
  • “Prosecutors are seeking more charges against the suspect in the U.S. theatre rampage that killed 12 in one of the worst mass shootings in the country’s history, a new court document says.”

    Hmmmm.

    Health

  • Almost a third of Canadian kids are overweight: study
  • “Almost a third of Canadian children are considered either overweight or obese, new figures from Statistics Canada reveal. According to the latest Canadian Health Measures Survey, 31.5 per cent of children aged five to 17 were overweight in 2009 to 2011. That’s an estimated 1.6 million kids.”

    Sad but not surprising!

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Apple: We’re ‘just getting started’ with Maps, be patient
  • “Ever since Apple rolled out iOS 6 on Wednesday, iPhone users have panned the new maps app for being noticeably worse than Google Maps. One even created a new Tumblr curating user-submitted images of mapping fails on the new OS. Now, Trudy Miller, a spokesperson for Apple, has offered the following statement in response to these complaints: We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get.”

    Lol. Bring back Google Maps! :'(

  • Most parents keep kids calm with mobile devices: study
  • “You do your best to connect with your family, your children, setting aside family-only time in order to connect with your kids. Family dinners work well, but using smartphones and tablets is a rising trend in bonding with, teaching and pacifying young ones, a recent survey shows.”

    Understandably!

  • By 2014, 1 in 10 social media reviews will be fake: study
  • “For most of us, an exceptional number of top-notch online reviews determines which movie, hotel room, car or gadget we will choose over the competition. It’s the same for foodies deciding where to host a celebratory dinner or just looking for a great morning cup of joe. What’s now a huge problem with falsified online restaurant reviews is going to explode over time. By 2014, 10% to 15% of social media reviews will be fake and paid for by companies, according to a new study by tech research company Gartner. Increased customer reliance on amateur reviews exacerbates unmerited ratings.”

    Oh darn. Well just know that MY reviews will be real (and I have a backlog of restaurants I have to still review…)

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Zellers sets mascot Zeddy free as they prepare for liquidation in new video
  • “After being the smiling, fuzzy face of Zellers since 1986, teddy bear mascot “Zeddy” has been set free from his duties of taking pictures with small children at Zellers locations across Canada. The video is part of the Zellers marketing campaign to not just spread the word that they’re going out of business (soon to be replaced by Target locations in many parts of Canada), but that they’re looking for a new home for Zeddy. The company’s Facebook page is hosting a contest to give a charitable organization the chance to be Zeddy’s new home and receive a $5000 donation.”

    Aw poor Zeddy – but also, neat for them to go about this approach as part of their going-out-of-business!

  • Air Canada to hire 900 over next year, 200 more for new low-cost carrier
  • “Air Canada says it will hire about 1,100 employees across a number of fields, including 200 at its new low-cost carrier. The airline said Thursday the jobs are part of its strategy to “seize new commercial opportunities, enhance customer service and renew our workforce.” Air Canada says it will hire approximately 400 flight attendants and some 500 airport customer service agents and baggage handlers.”

    Economy boost~

  • Aging Canada: Dwindling birthrate and aging population to hurt economy says expert
  • “Canada’s aging population, combined with a lacklustre birthrate, is going to dramatically impact our country’s economic performance in the future, according to an expert in the field. Canada is going to prove troublesome within the next 12 years, David Foot, a professor of economics at the University of Toronto and co-author of the book “Boom, Bust & Echo: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Shift” told the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta.”

    Oh we’ll see.

  • Canadian creates ‘sexy’ multi-height heel
  • “Tanya Heath is on a double mission: to prove women can wear heels without ruining their feet, and that her answer to their plight, a heel that switches from high to low, can be made entirely in France. The Paris-based Canadian started with a simple idea. When your shoes start to hurt — half way through a party, a wedding or a workday — press a button in the sole, slot out your dressy high heel and replace it with a walking version.”

    Great idea!!

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • “There is no such thing as time”
  • “Julian Barbour’s solution to the problem of time in physics and cosmology is as simply stated as it is radical: there is no such thing as time. “If you try to get your hands on time, it’s always slipping through your fingers,” says Barbour. “People are sure time is there, but they can’t get hold of it. My feeling is that they can’t get hold of it because it isn’t there at all.” ”

    Hmmm.

    Weird News, Other News, Good News & Fluff (Usually cat videos)

  • Sir Richard Branson wants to start colony on Mars
  • “Sir Richard Branson wants to start a colony on Mars. The entrepreneur — who runs the Virgin Galactic program, which is planning to launch space tours of Earth in 2014 — is “determined” to populate the ‘Red Planet’ and thinks it is an achievable dream.”

    Lol.

  • World’s thinnest house gets closer to big opening
  • “Good news for giraffes! Construction has started on a house that’s being called the world’s narrowest. The dwelling — located in a passageway between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland’s Wola district — measures 47 inches at its widest point and 27 inches at its narrowest.”

    Many of my comments today for stories appear to be ‘hmmm’ but I feel like it applies, lol.

  • Asia’s most expensive drink goes for $26,000
  • “Asia’s most expensive drink can be had for a whopping S$32,000 (around US$26,000) at a club for the super rich in Singapore, reported Malaysia’s Bernama news agency Tuesday.”

    What a waste of money!

  • [Photos]: Rich cats of Instagram
  • Loooooove this!!!

  • [Video]: Pig rescues baby goat
  • “A goat at a petting zoo gets it’s foot caught, fortunately for him, a super hero pig comes along to save the day.”

    How amazing!!!!!


Thor (and/or Loki) Photo of the Day:

Thor loves teasing Loki by swinging her tail. Loki always tries to catch it – only succeeds sometimes.


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Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, September 19 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday with quantity and quality of content differing depending on how busy Linda’s day is.

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Decision to take child off life support upheld
  • “Days after a judge decided to take an allegedly abused toddler off of life support, the appeal of that decision was denied. On Wednesday, the Appeals Court officially found no error in the decision from Friday, September 15 – and denied the appeal. Friday’s decision came after a doctor testified the child, who cannot be identified, but has been called “Baby M” suffered profound and irreversible brain injury, as a result of cardiac arrest. Two counts each of aggravated assault, criminal negligence causing bodily harm and failing to provide the necessities of life were laid against the parents.
    The charges could be upgraded, in the case of the child’s death.”

    This story is just so sad.

  • Edmonton city council mulls turning on taps to High Level Bridge waterfall
  • “The city is still trying to decide if it should turn the taps on to the iconic High Level Bridge waterfall next year. According to a report debated Wednesday during city council’s executive committee meeting, reopening the waterfall would cost $735,000 up front, plus yearly maintenance of around $40,000. Though the waterfall is much beloved, committee members aren’t sure they can commit funds to it.”

    To be honest I’ve never witnessed the waterfall! Would love to but that’s a lot of money…

  • New census data illustrates changing definition of ‘family’ in Canada
  • “Traditional marriage appears to be on the decline in Canada, while same-sex couples, step-families and common-law unions are on the rise, according to new census data from Statistics Canada.”

    Mike and I are on our way to a pretty traditional marriage/family, lol. Exciting/interesting to see all of the different kinds of pairings/families/’Brady Brunches’ out there though!

  • Same-sex snafu: census may have counted roommates as married couples
  • “An unexpectedly high number of same-sex marriages in places like the oilpatch left census-takers scratching their heads — until they realized many of the “couples” were only splitting the rent. As a result, Statistics Canada said Wednesday, it may have overestimated by as many as 4,500 the number of same-sex married couples in parts of the country. A last-minute discovery forced the agency to hold back some census data on gay and lesbian married couples when they realized they couldn’t be certain if some people were hitched or only roommates.”

    Snafu indeed, lol.

  • Most Canadians have paid under the table to avoid tax: poll
  • “Most Canadians have paid cash in order to avoid the sting of taxes – and they don’t feel bad about it either, according to a new poll. The results, released Wednesday by H&R Block Canada, found that 84 per cent of those surveyed admitted to paying cash for a product or service to avoid the sales tax. When presented with two quotes from a contractor – a cheque payment or a lower cash payment with no tax – 55 per cent of Canadians said they would choose cash.”

    Understandable, lol.

  • Source of Quebec City legionnaires’ disease identified
  • “Public health authorities say they have identified the source of Quebec City’s outbreak of legionnaires’ disease: an office building in the provincial capital. They say samples taken from a cooling tower in a building on St-Joseph Street in Quebec City’s lower-town area match the genetic fingerprint of the strain of Legionella bacteria found in patients who’ve been treated. Since the outbreak began in July, 180 cases have been reported. Thirteen people have died.”

    Eep…

    World

  • 129 inmates escape Mexican prison near U.S. border
  • “Authorities in northern Mexico detained a prison director and two other officials after 129 inmates escaped from the facility through a tunnel, officials said. The three prison leaders will be detained for 30 days during an investigation, Coahuila State Attorney General Homero Ramos told CNN en Español.”

    Oy.

    Health

  • Consumer groups urge standards for arsenic in rice
  • “Concern is being raised about arsenic levels in rice after a consumer magazine discovered “troubling” amounts of the potential toxin in more than 200 samples of rice and rice products. The magazine Consumer Reports said Wednesday that it found “measurable amounts” of inorganic and organic arsenic in 223 products which included crackers, rice vinegar and even organic baby cereal. Some of the brands tested by the magazine are available in Canada.”

    Arsenic levels or not… I don’t see myself cutting off the rice intake anytime soon, lol.

  • Monsanto’s GM corn and weedkiller cause rats tumors and mortality
  • “French scientists found tumors, multiple organ damage and premature mortality in rats exposed to Monsanto’s genetically modified corn or the company’s top-selling weedkiller, a study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology shows.”

    Geez.

  • Experimental MS drug shown to reduce relapses: studies
  • “An experimental drug used to treat multiple sclerosis has been shown to significantly reduce the number of relapses suffered by patients, according to two major studies. The studies, both published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, show that the drug BG-12 also reduces the number of brain lesions that are found in MS patients.”

    Promising!

  • Heavy pacifier use may lead to emotionally stunted boys, study reports
  • “You may want to think twice before sticking that pacifier back in your baby boy’s mouth: Three new studies, published Tuesday as a single research report, find that heavy pacifier use leads to stunted emotional development among males.”

    Ruh roh.

  • Gene therapy discovery at University of Alberta helps fight fat
  • “A new way of using gene therapy to help those fighting the battle of the bulge has been discovered by University of Alberta researchers. The treatment focuses on increasing levels of a hormone released from fat cells.”

    Neat-o.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Apple provides 197 security reasons to upgrade to iOS 6
  • “There are now 197 new reasons for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users to upgrade to iOS 6, with Apple closing the same number of vulnerabilities in its mobile operating system. The company released its security bulletin for the new version of iOS today, revealing what security flaws have existed in previous versions. Vulnerabilities include three different ways of completely bypassing iOS’ passcode lock, and at least 10 different ways of running arbitrary code. The latter types of vulnerabilities are what enable users to jailbreak their devices.”

    Lol. I updated! :) Most noticeable feature for me… new Emoji smiley faces! Woo hoo!

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Arctic sea ice reaches record low
  • “The extent of the ice at the end of the annual melt has dropped to 3.41 million square kilometres (1.32 million square miles), just over half the minimum area covered on average between 1979 and 2000. This year has seen the largest annual melt since the satellite records began in 1979, with 11.83 million square kilometres (4.57 million square miles) of ice melting since March. While ice cover is now expected to increase as winter comes, a shift in wind patterns or a period of late season melt could see levels fall further, the NSIDC said. The new record low reinforces the long-term downward trend in the extent of the Arctic sea ice, the scientists said.”

    We are doooomed.

    Weird News, Other News, Good News & Fluff (Usually cat videos)

  • State Department: No secret plan to invade Canada
  • “The U.S. and Mexico are not secretly planning to invade Canada, a State Department spokeswoman confirmed to laughter during a daily press briefing.”

    LOL.

  • [Video]: Psy brings down the Ellen house
  • “There’s nobody quite like him! Korean rap sensation Psy gave a show-stopping performance of his epic song, “Gangnam Style,” right on the show. You won’t see another one like this!”

    He is EVERYWHERE! I cannot get enough of him, lol. I am so happy for his success!!! :) And while we’re at it:

  • ‘Gangnam Style’ mom and son
  • “Their web video was all over YouTube and they’re here to perform their Gangnam Style duet! This mom-and-son dance team are too cute to miss.”

    That mom is 139840928x better a dancer than I am!!! So impressed!


Thor (and/or Loki) Photo of the Day:

It’s blurry but it’s so funny!! Thor is so goofy. :)


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Linda