Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, March 28 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • VIP movie theatre set to open in city April 20
  • “Cineplex Entertainment says it will open the company’s first Alberta VIP movie theatre in Edmonton on April 20. Cineplex Odeon Windermere and VIP Cinemas will be an 11-screen, 49,000-square-foot theatre at the Currents of Windermere shopping development near Terwillegar Drive and Anthony Henday Drive. Three of the auditoriums will be VIP Cinemas – a premium, adults-only movie-going experience. For a charge of up to $10 more for a 3-D movie, moviegoers receive reserved seating in large leather seats with more legroom and movable tray tables. VIP customers can also order from in-seat menu service.”

    Soo frivolous.

  • Feathers fly over backyard chicken flock
  • “Edmonton homeowner Crystal Sherris wants to keep her backyard chickens but the city’s bylaw enforcement branch is crying fowl. She is one of an unknown number of Edmontonians who keep hens in defiance of the animal licensing control bylaw. Some raise chickens for the eggs, and because they make pleasant pets. Others appreciate their gardening value; chickens eat weeds, bugs and slugs, and also deposit rich manure, known to be among the best animal fertilizers available.”

    Great story. I was planning on doing a Feature Story on this one. So interesting!

  • Dealers taking advantage of Health Canada’s medical marijuana program
  • “Sick and dying Canadians can apply to Health Canada for a licence to use marijuana to ease their symptoms, but an exclusive Global News investigation has learned drug dealers are hijacking the licencing process.”

    What a system.

    World

  • Lawyer says Afghan massacre suspect had Iraq incident that triggered ‘tremendous depression’
  • “The U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians suffered a traumatic incident during his second tour in Iraq that triggered “tremendous depression,” his lawyer said Wednesday. Lawyer John Henry Browne said he could not discuss the details of the matter because it remains classified. But he expects the issue to become a focal point in the case against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.”

    Despite the horror that he’s charged with, can’t imagine his tours over there were walks in the park. I do feel sorry for him.

  • What Everyone Should Know About Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)
  • “Here is what everyone should know about the case…”

    What will happen… what will happen.

    Health

  • Hard-to-swallow advice on getting your kids to eat better
  • “Brussels sprouts, a nation turns its noses up to you. Such is the scenario at dinner tables across the country, with a report finding today’s generation of kids is widely setting the mealtime agenda. In fact, even as 72 per cent of Canadian moms agree their dishes should be more nutritious, 76 per cent put taste before health when preparing a meal. Studies suggest an undesirable food generally needs to be reintroduced between 10 and 30 times before a child will eat it without complaint. Freedhoff says the key is to have kids try at least one bite but not force-feed the full serving if it doesn’t agree with them.”

    I love brussel sprouts… lol

  • Complicated link between diet drinks, health: Study
  • “Studies have hinted that diet-soda lovers could face higher risks of diabetes and heart disease, but new findings suggest that overall diet may be what matters most in the end. Several studies have found that people who regularly down diet soda are more likely than people who don’t to have certain risk factors for those chronic diseases — like high blood pressure and high blood sugar. And one recent study became the first to link the beverages to the risk of actual heart attacks and strokes. Still, researchers have not been able to say whether it’s the sugar-free drinks, themselves, that deserve the blame. Many factors separate diet- and regular-beverage drinkers — and, for that matter, people who stick with water. Overall diet is one.”

    Still water is probably better for ya, lol.

  • Europeans are world’s heaviest drinkers: WHO report
  • “People in Europe drink more alcohol than in any other part of the world, downing the equivalent of 12.5 litres of pure alcohol a year or almost three glasses of wine a day, according to report by the World Health Organization and the European Commission. But while the title of world’s heaviest drinkers goes to the European Union as whole, where consumption is almost double the world average, there are also wide variations in drinking levels between sub-regions, as well as big differences in how frequently, where and when people drink.”

    Lol probably didn’t need a study to tell us this one.

    Technology/Social Media

  • Twitter admits ‘unfollowing bug’
  • “Twitter users are being affected by a bug which is causing them to ‘unfollow’ fellow tweeters without their permission. The bug is causing Twitter users to randomly unfollow people without account holders’ prior consent or knowledge. Twitter has advised affected people to visit its support page and go to fellow tweeters’ profile pages to check whether they are still following them or not.”

    This bug has really been bothering me!! Glad they’re finally admitting to it but hopefully a fix will be made shortly.

  • Google’s Dropbox competitor will reportedly launch in April
  • “Google’s cloud storage service that looks to compete directly with Dropbox may launch during the first week of April, according to a report from GigaOm. Google Drive will apparently allocate 1GB of storage to users for free, and additional options will be available for a fee. Dropbox, the market leader in cloud storage, currently offers 2GB of free storage.”

    More competition should be good for us consumers :D

  • 10.5 billion minutes spent on Facebook daily, excluding mobile
  • “On average, Facebook users spent more than 10.5 billion minutes per day on Facebook during January 2012, excluding mobile devices. This comes out to 12 minutes and 26 seconds per user.”

    I’d say I’m above average for time spent on Facebook then, lol.

  • Business owners concerned not all online review websites are accurate
  • “In today’s digital age, many people use the internet to read reviews, before trying out a new restaurant or business. Many sites offer consumers the chance to write reviews, good or bad, for any business. Some businesses believe this isn’t necessarily a good system, especially when it comes to the website “Yelp.” Yelp has an automated review filter that is designed to catch fake or bad-natured reviews. Staff members will also delete posts that violate the company’s terms and conditions. A few local business owners say yelp is filtering out a little too much.”

    Remember to take all online reviews with a grain of salt ;)

    Business/Consumer/Media/Work

  • Jeremy Lin goes to lunch with ESPN editor who was fired over headline
  • “When Jeremy Lin said he harbored no ill feelings over a racially insensitive headline about him that appeared on ESPN, he meant it. Lin recently had lunch with the editor who was fired for writing the headline during the height of Linsanity with the New York Knicks in February. Anthony Federico apologized after the incident and Newsday’s Anthony Rieber reports that the meeting came at the instigation of the Asian-American point guard.”

    Class act!

  • The No-Hour Workweek: Reinventing Employee Expectations For The Modern Economy
  • “The 9 to 5 is dead, but we’re still harnessing workers with its outdated strictures. Happy workers are more healthy and more creative, so it’s time to start giving our workers the leeway to be happy (because otherwise they work all the time). The secret: Treat them like people.”

    Good practices :)

  • Comcast, NBCUniversal pledge to hire 1,000 veterans
  • “Brian Roberts, Comcast Chairman and CEO, announced this morning that his company and NBCUniversal would commit to hire 1,000 veterans as part of the Hiring our Heroes campaign… The 1,000 positions will be filled over the next three years.”

    Good for them.

    Environment/Space/Animals

  • Billions of habitable worlds in Milky Way
  • “Astronomers hunting for rocky planets with the right temperature to support life estimate there may be tens of billions of them in our galaxy alone. A European team said on Wednesday that about 40 percent of red dwarf stars–the most common type in the Milky Way–have a so-called “super-Earth” planet orbiting in a habitable zone that would allow water to flow on the surface. Since there are around 160 billion red dwarfs in the Milky Way, the number of worlds that are potentially warm enough and wet enough to support life is enormous.”

    Gotta love the universe :)

  • This ancient whale enjoyed tropical waters
  • “An ancient beast related to today’s Arctic-loving beluga whales and narwhals seemed to prefer toasty, tropical waters. Called Bohaskaia monodontoides, the new species of toothed whale lived some 3 million to 4 million years ago during the Pliocene in warm water. Researchers aren’t sure why modern belugas have left these tropical destinations and strayed pole-ward, where life would seem to be more difficult.”

    Cool. Love fossils and learning about what used to roam our world.

    Entertainment

  • Anchorman 2 Is Happening, Will Ferrell To Star
  • “Grab your dog and a glass of Scotch, and toast to this classy bit of news. Nearly eight years after Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy hit theaters comes word that anchorman Ron Burgundy will return to the big screen for a sequel.”

    Huge news to a lot of people, lol. I watched Anchorman after its original craze so it was never really as huge for me but should still be a fun movie! Haha.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Lorax Statue Stolen From Dr. Seuss’ Garden, Family Hopes For Its Return
  • “The Grinch returned all those stolen presents. Now the family of Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) is hoping that the person or persons who took a Lorax statue from the garden of the late, great author’s home also has a change of heart.”

    Evil! Who could steal The Lorax from Dr. Seuss’ family :(

  • Dog Saves His Own Life By Dialing Emergency
  • “After George, the two-year-old Basset Hound from West Yorkshire, England got so tangled in a phone cord that he began choking, the frantic pup somehow managed to alert authorities by dialing 999 — the British equivalent to 911, the Sun reports. Concerned by the heavy breathing on the other end, the emergency operator dispatched police to the home. Since George’s owners, Steve Brown and his daughter Lydia, weren’t home, their neighbor let the police into the house, where George was choking on the living room floor.”

    Wow what a story!

  • [Video]: Baby squirrel gets adopted by a cat, learns to purr
  • “A baby squirrel gets separated from his family, but luckily finds a home with a cat that just had a litter of kittens. Now the squirrel is just part of the family, and has even learned to purr.”

    Awwwww!!!!!! Sooooo, so cute.


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Clicks of the Day: Monday, March 26, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, March 26 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Premier Redford calls election
  • “Alberta political leaders on Monday morning fired the opening shots in what is expected to be a ferocious 28th general election, focusing on education, health care and red light districts. Premier Alison Redford visited Lt. Gov. Donald Ethell just before 10 a.m. Monday, where she delivered a writ asking him to dissolve the house and call an election for April 23.”

    And it’s on! Please become informed on party/candidate’s platforms and remember to vote.

  • The race is on: Ipsos poll shows PCs and Wildrose neck and neck
  • “An Ipsos poll taken in the days leading up to Monday’s election call in Alberta shows the Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose party tied with the support of 38 per cent of decided voters.”

    Interesting. Side note: my neighbourhood’s first political sign went up today – it was for the Wildrose Party.

  • Correspondence with killer informs book on Twitchell case
  • “Exclusive interviews reveal ‘charismatic, charming’ side to murderer… Lillebuen’s book about the Mark Twitchell case, The Devil’s Cinema, is set for release Tuesday. Lillebuen has followed the Internet-luring case since the story broke in 2008, when he was a crime reporter at The Journal. Over roughly three years, Lillebuen worked to weave together interviews and research into the more than 300-page book, which includes exclusive interviews and correspondence with Twitchell.”

    Even just the article about Lillebuen and Twitchell’s correspondence and the upcoming release of the book is fascinating, can’t imagine how fascinating the actual book will be.

  • Alberta Judge wants bars to limit number of drinks a person can be served
  • “An Alberta judge says the provincial government needs to pass a law that would limit the number of drinks a person can be served in a bar. Proposed by provincial court Judge James Jacques, the recommendation is part of a report into the death of a man who died in Fort McMurray in 2007. 50 year old Ronald Macaulay died after drinking at least 20 ounces of hard liquor in less than three hours. The Alberta Gaming and liquor Commission says it isn’t sure a law is needed adding it isn’t feasible.”

    Yeah I think that would be kind of hard to enforce…

    World

  • Afghan massacre suspect’s wife: ‘He did not do this’
  • “The wife of a U.S. soldier accused of murdering 17 Afghan civilians believes her husband could not have carried out the crime. ‘I don’t think anything will really change my mind in believing that he did not do this,’ Kari Bales told TODAY’s Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview that aired Monday. ‘This is not what it appears to be.'”

    Screaming denial…

  • From coast to coast, protesters demand justice in Trayvon Martin case
  • “The saga of Trayvon Martin continued to energize thousands around the country Monday, spurring demonstrations across the United States and even turning what had been a regularly scheduled city commission meeting into a hot-ticket event. Exactly one month ago, the 17-year-old was shot dead in Sanford, Florida, while heading back from a convenience store, where he’d picked up a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. The teen’s admitted shooter, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, hasn’t been charged in the case, and his lawyer has said his client shot Martin in self-defense. Yet the young victim’s parents, as well as their supporters, have suggested that the shooter thought their son was “suspicious” because he was black, adding that they feel local police bungled the case in numerous ways — chief among them, by not arresting Zimmerman.”

    A case many are following. I wonder what will happen.

  • The “walking dead” phase of the Republican primary is upon us
  • “Rick Santorum lost his temper with the New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny on Sunday when Zeleny, perhaps the most even-tempered reporter we know, pushed the former Pennsylvania Senator on his remark that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would be the “worst Republican” to nominate against President Obama… It’s the latest in a series of head-scratchers from Santorum.”

    Quite the would-be leader.

    Health

  • By the numbers: Hospital wait times (Canada)
  • “The wait list in Canada for a number of procedures and treatment is long and provinces are struggling in their efforts to lessen the backup, a lengthy report suggests… About eight in 10 Canadians are still able to access treatments within benchmarks – or set appropriate wait times – agreed upon by the provinces, which means that about 20 per cent are waiting longer than they should.”

    Ridiculous wait times.

  • New devices provide medical breakthroughs in diagnosing
  • “Canadian scientists are developing a new electronic chip that could detect cancer earlier and without invasive biopsies… Using blood samples, the scientists isolate circulating cells from the blood and look for specific markers using the chip. Urine samples or even swab samples from the cheek or the throat could be used in the process… If other illnesses are associated with molecular markers, the device could also help with diagnosing.”

    Cool, though I’m never fond of the idea of electronic chips being inserted into humans.

  • Scientists find gene that can make flu a killer
  • “In a study published in the journal Nature on Sunday, British and American researchers said they had found for the first time a human gene that influences how people respond to flu infections, making some people more susceptible than others. The finding helps explain why during the 2009/2010 pandemic of H1N1 or “swine flu”, the vast majority of people infected had only mild symptoms, while others – many of them healthy young adults – got seriously ill and died. In future, the genetic discovery could help doctors screen patients to identify those more likely to be brought down by flu, allowing them to be selected for priority vaccination or preventative treatment during outbreaks, the researchers said.”

    It’s all in the genes.

  • Popcorn has hidden health benefits
  • “Pass the popcorn. A new study confirms that the hull of popcorn has some good nutritional qualities — assuming it’s not smothered in butter, oil and salt.”

    Lol. But I love oil and salt (and white cheddar) on my popcorn!

  • Chocolate Eating Linked To Lower BMI
  • “Good news, chocolate fans. A new study suggests that people who eat the sweet stuff may more frequently have lower BMI. Given prior research suggesting chocolate consumption may be beneficial for metabolic function, linking it to reduced risk of diabetes, stroke and heart attack, the authors claim that the new study may point to something beyond a mere association. ‘Chocolate can be rich in antioxidants, which can protect against oxidative stress,” said Golomb. ‘That has the ability to ‘poison’ cell metabolism a little bit.'”

    I still dislike chocolate ;)

  • How Apple is changing kids’ brains
  • “Though Apple is actively marketing the iPad as a valuable learning tool for children and teens, many experts are wary about the effects on young, developing minds. They point to studies that show a strong relationship between increased media use and cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and worry that children’s real-life social skills will be permanently damaged. But in an increasingly technology-focused society and economy — jobs in science and technology fields are expected to grow twice as fast as jobs in other sectors over the next 10 years — others argue that exposure to technology, no matter how early, will only help children develop into the tech-savvy adults the country needs.”

    True enough!

  • So DO red heads feel more pain? Scientists set out to discover truth of controversial theory
  • “A trial is investigating whether pale-skinned and red-haired people react differently to pain. And it could mean redheads need to be treated differently when receiving anaesthetics.”

    Lol. Oh the studies that are conducted.

  • One in three babies born this year will live to 100
  • “One in three babies born this year will live to the age of 100, official projections have concluded.”

    That is unless the world ends, lol.

    Technology/Social Media

  • New Japanese security camera scans 36 million faces per second
  • “If you thought Big Brother had already arrived, Hitachi Kokusai Electric has just kicked the gauge up several notches, in the form of millions of indexes. According to DigInfoTV, a Tokyo video news site, Hitachi Kokusai Electric’s new development can sift through data on 36 million faces in one second. The report states the technology can find a face matching against either surveillance footage or a photo.”

    Oy. Also…

  • The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
  • “Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks… Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.”

    Well. That’s unfortunate.

  • Visual.Ly Launch Automatic Infographic Tool; Creates An Infograph In Just A Few Clicks
  • “Since its launch back in July, the data visualisation platform Visual.ly has allowed budding designers and users to create their own infographics with little effort, claiming to have created more than 11,000 infographics, 4,000 designers and have around two million visitors to the site per month. The only thing users needed before designing their infographic were facts and figures for whatever topic was being covered. Now that accessibility has opened up even further with their new tool Visual.ly Create, a service that allow anyone to create and share infographics with virtually no effort.”

    Cool. I want to try. I just need data to actually plug into infographic form, lol.

  • Japanese Court Tells Google to Stop Search Autocomplete
  • “A Japanese court has ordered Google to shut down its autocomplete feature in Japan after a man took a complaint to court that said autocomplete feature was casting him in a negative light. The mans’ name was not revealed, though the complaint said autocomplete coupled his named with over 10,000 negative words, and it is negatively affecting his career. As one might imagine, Google is choosing not to shut down the autocomplete feature, stating that the company is situated in the United States, and does not have to oblige Japanese law.”

    Lol.

  • Customer Sues Apple for $1 Million After Apple Store Door Breaks Her Nose
  • “Though Apple’s all-glass fronted retail stores include warning stickers, as part of a safety measure introduced last year, one customer – 83-year-old Evelyn Paswall – recently broke her nose, after a transparent Apple Store glass door caught her out. Discontent with the practicalities of all-glass store fronts, Paswell and her family have decided to sue Apple for $1,000,000.”

    People seem to sue for anything and everything these days.

  • Angry Birds Space Tops 10M Downloads in Three Days
  • “Angry Birds Space developer Rovio just made a bold claim about its latest bird-tossing time-killer: 10 million downloads in three days.”

    And the wild popular continues! I haven’t tried this one yet. My Angry Birds fever has slightly declined.

    Business/Consumer/Media/Work

  • Canadian job applicants need not worry about boss snooping around Facebook
  • “Labour laws in Canada offer strong protection from employers who ask jobseekers for personal information such as social media passwords, lawyers said. Rules in the U.S. are much more lax… Labour matters generally fall under the jurisdiction of the provinces, but federal laws are also in place to help protect personal information.”

    Yay, Canada.

  • Music Industry Can See The Light After ‘Least Negative’ Sales Since 2004
  • “The music industry enjoyed its best sales performance for eight years in 2011, as CDs’ collapse decelerated, digital sales continued growing and new services were launched to capitalise on in-roads made in combating piracy. Global recorded music trade revenue fell by just three percent through the year. ‘2011 marked the least negative result in global recorded music sales since 2004, when revenues were flat.'”

    That’s good news! :)

  • Humor writer says he’s uncovered another serial plagiarist
  • “Steve Jeffrey, the publisher and editor of The Anchor Weekly in Chestermere, Alberta, has wantonly plagiarized from humor writers, writes George Waters, who describes how he discovered that Jeffrey apparently had reproduced his own work. Waters read every one of Jeffrey’s columns from the last year and found that in 42 of the 52 issues he looked at, his “Sittin’ in the Lighthouse” column contained material filched from other writers… My conversation with Jeffrey was surreal. When I relayed Waters’ allegations, Jeffrey responded, “I don’t know what to say.” When I asked if the columns that ran under his name weren’t his, he said, ‘I would say yes because I don’t like humor.'”

    Awful. How can you even play dumb about that too?

    Education

  • The Latest Trend in College Admissions: Parents Write Letters of Recommendation
  • “In an era of helicopter parenting, perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that mom and dad may be penning letters of recommendation for Junior. Recently, the Associated Press reported on a handful of colleges… that welcome parents to write letters of recommendation for their children who are applying. Wisely, it turns out that those admissions officers who sanction the practice aren’t really seeking objectivity from parents; they’re seeking texture. And who better to offer that than the people who’ve been there from day one? Still, it does seem a little strange.”

    Interesting. (Odd?)

    Entertainment

  • Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed
  • “The good news? The Hunger Games made $155 million at the box office its opening weekend, making it the third-best debut in North American box office history. The bad news, however, reflects a level of idiocy that we weren’t really expecting… The posts go on and on and on. It’s not just a coupe of tweets, it’s not just a coincidence. There’s an underlying rage, coming out as overt prejudice and plain old racism.”

    Terrible. Absolutely awful. Come on, people.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • $26 hot dogs get their day at Rangers Ballpark
  • “Texas will debut its newest culinary creation — the Champion Dog — when the club plays the Chicago White Sox on April 6. The hot dog isn’t for those watching their waistlines, as the all-beef frank weighs in at a full pound — before the toppings. It’s also not for those watching their wallets, as the dog that measures nearly 2 feet in length will come with a sticker price of $26.”

    Waste of money…

  • [Video]: Cat streaker interrupts basketball game
  • “A stray cat got the scare of a lifetime after being chased off the court of an Israeli basketball game by the biggest dog he’s every seen.”

    LOL hilarity.


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Clicks of the Day: March 23, 24, 25 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (March 23, 24, 25) 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!)

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • White supremacists, anti-racism protesters face off in Edmonton
  • “Anti-racism protesters and white supremacists clashed briefly downtown Saturday afternoon before police formed a line between the two groups to keep them apart.”

    So sad that racism and these “supremacists” still exist…

  • Graham James eligible for day parole Sept. 20, 2012
  • “Graham James could be out of jail in only six months. Information from the Parole Board of Canada, obtained late Friday by Global News in Winnipeg, shows the disgraced former hockey coach and sexual predator will be eligible for “unescorted temporary absences” and day parole on September 20, 2012. The Parole Board also confirms James is eligible for full parole just two months after that, on November 18.”

    What a justice system.

  • [Video]: Bogus beggars catch distracted drivers
  • “Traffic cops posing as panhandlers — so they can better spot drivers who are talking or texting on their cell phones.”

    Weird but effective?

  • Those cheatin’ hearts: Which Canadian city is tops for affairs?
  • “Ottawa will never be confused for Canada’s wildest city, but the nation’s capital can now make a claim to infamy: It’s got more people who cheat on their significant others than any other metropolis in the country – at least, according to a controversial website. Ashley Madison, a Canadian site for people who want to cheat on their husbands, wives or other people they’re supposed to be committed to, has released a top 10 list of cheater-friendly cities in Canada as determined by membership per capita.”

    Edmonton takes the fourth spot! Despicable.

  • Miss Universe Canada disqualifies transsexual contestant
  • “Vancouver’s Jenna Talackova was everything Miss Universe Canada was looking for when she was selected among 65 finalists for the 2012 competition, to be held in Toronto in May. But the Donald Trump–owned beauty pageant confirmed Friday that the 23-year-old has been disqualified from the competition. The reason, Talackova claims, is she was born male.”

    That’s not fair…

  • Canada and Japan agree to enter negotiations on a free trade deal
  • “The prime minister’s long-anticipated announcement was made with his Japanese counterpart following a bilateral meeting here and came with pledges that an economic partnership would bring a bonanza of economic opportunity. ‘The potential for increased trade between us that will create jobs and growth and long-term prosperity is really enormous.'”

    Nothing wrong with more trading opportunities.

  • Analyst warns extending retirement age to 67 could hurt provinces’ bottom line
  • “Changes to Canada’s Old Age Security program expected to be outlined in this week’s federal budget will mean higher costs for the provinces, territories and municipalities, analysts warn… The changes will mean other levels of government will be forced to top up social program supplements for low-income earners to make up for moving the qualification period by two years.”

    Bad news.

    World

  • Families paid $50,000 by U.S. for each Afghan villager killed in shootings
  • “The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed in the shooting spree attributed to a U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official and a community elder said Sunday. Each wounded person received $11,000… A U.S. official confirmed that compensation had been paid but declined to discuss exact amounts, saying only that it reflected the devastating nature of the incident.”

    Don’t think that really makes losing a family member any better…

    Health

  • Ottawa opens emergency drug stockpile to help ease medication shortage
  • “The federal government has offered to dip into its emergency supply of medications to help ease the ongoing drug shortage created by production problems at Sandoz Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has told provinces and territories it is willing to open up some of its holdings in the National Emergency Stockpile System to help alleviate demand for drugs that are in short supply.”

    I suppose that’s what such an emergency stockpile system would be needed for.

  • Seaweed toast is same as half an hour on treadmill
  • “Breakfasting on a slice of bread baked with ground-up seaweed could help burn more calories than half an hour on a treadmill, according to new research.”

    I love seaweed salad so perhaps seaweed toast is the way to go for me! Haha.

    Technology/Social Media

  • Canada’s critical IT systems at risk
  • “More than one-tenth of the federal government’s most critical IT systems that deliver services to Canadians are so old they may be on the verge of “total failure,” according to an internal government review.”

    Interesting, lol.

  • Facebook responds to password hungry employers, warning of legalities
  • “Facebook is responding to reports of employers requesting access to the profiles of potential or current employees, asking for user names and passwords to access private accounts. In a statement released Friday, chief privacy officer Erin Egan said Facebook will fight to stop any company asking for private user information and warns users to keep their login information confidential.”

    You go, Facebook! But then…

  • Facebook Asserts Trademark on Word ‘Book’ in New User Agreement
  • “Facebook is trying to expand its trademark rights over the word “book” by adding the claim to a newly revised version of its “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,” the agreement all users implicitly consent to by using or accessing Facebook… ‘You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook and F Logos, FB, Face, Poke, Wall and 32665), or any confusingly similar marks, without our written permission.'”

    Yikes… #controlfreaks

  • How George Takei Conquered Facebook
  • “On March 23, 2011, Takei put up his fan page. Now, one year later, he has nearly 1.4 million fans on his Facebook page, who regularly like, share, and comment on his near endless stream of posts, videos and geeky pictures.”

    Cool read. George Takei is awesome! I don’t “like” him on Facebook (yet?) but I frequently see friends re-post/share stuff he’s posted and it’s always great content!

  • Lost Phones Cost Americans $30 Billion a Year
  • “Every 3.5 seconds, someone in America loses a cell phone. And more often than not, it happens in a coffee shop, a new study says. All those absentminded moments add up to $30 billion in annual losses, the report, from mobile security company LookOut claims. And after cafes, the most common places people abandon their handsets are bars and offices.”

    If we were just a little more mindful think of how much money we’d be saving!

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Statistics Canada report says people with higher incomes and education levels carry more debt
  • “People with higher incomes and more education tend to have higher debt, a new survey by Statistics Canada shows. Statistics Canada said the higher debt numbers for those with higher income and education correspond to lenders’ assessments of their ability to repay the money. British Columbia was second only to Alberta for the highest debt; in B.C. the mean is $155,500, while in Alberta it’s $157,700.”

    Eep.

  • The average cost of a wedding: $15,000? $20,000? Nope, higher
  • “The average cost of a wedding in the United States last year was $27,021 (U.S.), with costs topping $65,000 (U.S.) in New York… The venue, dress, ring, photographer, planner and florist form the main expenses, but many niggling details drive up costs astronomically: think guest favours, rehearsal dinner, bridesmaids shoes and stationary for invites.”

    All ever so expensive.

    Environment/Space/Animals

  • James Cameron dives to deepest ocean point
  • “Hollywood director James Cameron has plunged nearly 11km (seven miles) down to the deepest place in the ocean, the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific. He made the descent alone in a prototype submarine called “Deepsea Challenger”, taking around two hours to reach the bottom. His craft is kitted out with cameras and lights so he can film the deep. This is only the second manned expedition to the ocean’s deepest depths – the first took place in 1960.”

    Pretty bad ass.

    Entertainment

  • The Hunger Games makes a killing
  • “Those of us who are sick of vampire love triangles can breathe easy – with The Hunger Games shattering box office records, it appears the cultural zeitgeist has a new non-Twilight champion. The games have begun and this weekend’s premiere has made a killing, first smashing records as the all-time highest grossing non-sequel midnight screening ever. It’s now amongst the list of one of the best opening days ever at an estimated $68.25 million.”

    Gooooo Hunger Games!!!!

  • BioWare’s ‘great Canadian success story’
  • “Welcome to BioWare, a crown jewel among a quietly booming Canadian video game industry and the force behind Mass Effect 3, the first smash-hit game of the year. North American consumers snatched up a reported 900,000 copies on its March 6 release, a figure staff say typically doubles when worldwide sales are factored in… BioWare and its 400 or so Canadian employees epitomize the success story several provinces – including Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec – are chasing with a series of tax incentives to diversify Canada’s economy. By its own estimates, the game industry directly employs 15,700 people, rakes in $1.7-billion in annual sales and is projected to grow 17 per cent over the next two years. Mass Effect 3’s success will help drive the growth.”

    Go BioWare and the Canadian gaming industry. :)

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Why humans walked upright
  • “The necessity of carrying more of scarce, high quality resources may have prompted human beings to adapt to walking upright, a study reveals.”

    That’s cool!

  • Reebok pulls controversial ‘cheat on your girlfriend, not on your workout’ posters from gyms
  • “Reebok has withdrawn a controversial ad campaign telling gym visitors to cheat on their girlfriend rather than on their workout.”

    Awful campaign, seriously.

  • How To Maximize Your Apartment Space
  • “Living in a small space doesn’t necessarily mean you need ot think small.”

    Good tips!

  • [Video]: Snow catcher cat
  • “Secret Service cat practices for the moment he will eventually have to take a snowball for you.”

    LOL.

  • [Video]: Cat turns off the lights
  • “Amazing cat jumps seven feet, turns off lights”

    Pretty impressive!


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Always wrapped around one another :)


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