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Clicks of the Day: Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, February 27 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

  • Robocall, voter suppression allegations broaden in number and type
  • “Calls for a public inquiry are mounting as the list of federal candidates claiming they were targeted by deceitful robocalls and other voter suppression tactics continued to grow on Monday. Another three federal candidates added their names to the ever-lengthening list of places bombarded by election day calls directing voters to non-existent polling stations. As numbers of affected ridings broaden, so did reports of the types of voter suppression tactics used during the 2011 election. Along with robocalls, candidates are complaining that they were bombarded by live calls harassing voters at all hours of the night or during religious holy days.”

    Tsk. Tsk.

  • Death of woman, 51, investigated as possible homicide
  • “A Garneau-area woman says her next-door neighbour came to her house Sunday morning, bleeding, barely able to speak, and pleading for help… The injured woman died in hospital Sunday night. Police, who called the death suspicious, have a 28-year-old man in custody.”

    Homicide #2? Let’s see how 2012 shapes up.

  • Having kids, being new to Canada, keep people away from voting booth: StatsCan
  • “Single parents, new immigrants and those in the skilled trades are among the Canadians least likely to cast a ballot, a Statistics Canada survey suggests. And one researcher says that’s a worrying trend for democracy.”

    Understandable. But everyone should vote so we aren’t left with a failure of a government.

  • Rich people less ethical, more likely to cheat and lie, study says
  • “A new study says rich people are more likely to engage in unethical behaviour than their poorer counterparts — like cutting off motorists, lying in a negotiation and cheating to win a prize.”

    Lol. Typical rich folks.

  • Operation VicTory: Anonymous Gives Public Safety Minister Vic Toews Deadline For Bill C-30
  • “In a new video, hacker group Anonymous says they’re giving Vic Toews seven days before they reveal a new scandal about the Public Safety Minister… The video’s message blasts Toews for his support of online surveillance Bill C-30, about which Toews has said he’s “open to amendments.” According to Anonymous, that’s not good enough. The video also claims that the bill is being disguised as a way to protect victims of child pornographers, but actually serves a more wide-reaching purpose.”

    This is all very interesting to watch unfold. I wonder what will happen next.

  • ‘Perfectly nice’ Liberal staffer behind Vikileaks, Rae says
  • “Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae has admitted a Liberal staffer was behind the Vikileaks30 Twitter account that aired details of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’s divorce in retaliation for an online surveillance bill, and that the staffer has resigned. A subdued Rae, who identified the staffer as Adam Carroll, made the admission in the House of Commons on Monday afternoon before offering Toews an unconditional apology.”


  • Canada facing obesity epidemic: top doctor
  • “Obesity among the nation’s children has reached historic highs, with diseases once associated with the middle-aged now affecting teenagers and young adults, Canada’s top doctor warned Monday. ‘Canada is facing an obesity epidemic. Never in our nation’s history have the overweight and obesity rates in children been this high… The risk is that this will be the first generation of children not to live as long or as healthy as their parents. That indeed is a great tragedy.'”


  • Unlimited human eggs ‘potential’ for fertility treatment
  • “It may be possible to one day create an “unlimited” supply of human eggs to aid fertility treatment, US doctors say. One British expert said the study re-wrote the rule book with “exciting possibilities” for improving fertility.”

    Seems like things could go wrong with this scenario.

  • Big NZ fossil penguin reconstructed
  • “A large extinct penguin has been reconstructed from fossil remains discovered in New Zealand. Researchers used bones from two separate examples of the ancient birds, using the skeleton of a modern king penguin as a guide. They show the 25 million-year-old Kairuku penguin was tall at 1.2m (4ft 2ins), with an elongated beak and large flippers.”

    So cool!!!

  • Asexual worms could hold key to immortality
  • “British scientists have found that a species of flatworm can overcome the process of ageing to become potentially immortal. They say their work sheds light on the possibility of alleviating ageing and age-related characteristics in human cells.”

    That’s the problem with humans, trying to do whatever it takes to live forever.

  • Social networks getting a bit less social: poll
  • “Users of online social network sites such as Facebook are editing their pages and tightening their privacy settings to protect their reputations in the age of digital sharing, according to a new survey. About two-thirds, or 63 percent, of social networking site users questioned in the Pew Research Center poll said they had deleted people from their “friends” lists, up from 56 percent in 2009.”

    This is true.

  • Facebook just created an app store ecosystem where OS doesn’t matter
  • “Though carrier billing is nothing new, Facebook has essentially brought about an entire app store ecosystem, and it’s an ecosystem that doesn’t care what OS you’re using or who made your phone… now, perhaps, it’s time for developers to see Facebook as something more than an alternative and instead as a major player in the mobile applications space.”

    Interesting. I honestly never play any games or use any apps on Facebook though but obviously there are many who do.

  • Flickr disables Pinterest pins on copyrighted images
  • “To protect itself from copyright lawsuits, and appease disgruntled photographers and publishers, the young social media company introduced a snippet of code Monday that website owners can now add to their sites to prevent unwanted pinning. If a person on Pinterest attempts to share something from a site with that code in place, she will see a message that reads: ‘This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!'”

    A good move on Pinterest’s part.

  • Earth calling… but not very far: The tiny yellow dot in our galaxy that shows the (comparatively small) distance radio broadcasts have travelled in a century of reaching out to aliens
  • “Since the invention of radio more than a century ago, man has been broadcasting into space in the hope that any listening aliens could learn of our presence. Yet, despite waves travelling a distance of 200 light years in all directions, they still have 118,800 light years to go until the entire Milky Way has heard the word. In the photograph below, the small yellow dot – with the even tinier Planet Earth buried somewhere in its centre – reveals the limited extent of broadcasts since Marconi invented the radio in 1895.”

    Interesting to see it laid out like that, lol. It’s true though. I remember learning about this on Through the Wormhole, lol.

  • Millions to mark Leap Day birthday
  • “Some people devote their lives to ending world hunger, some to lifting children from poverty, and still others to getting Leap Day the respect it deserves. The cause may seem frivolous but it is not the least bit trivial to leapers, those born on February 29, a date that appears on calendars once every four or sometimes eight years. Leapers face a range of troubles over their birthdays, from computer snafus to police suspicion during traffic stops to hearing about delivery room negotiations to alter their birth certificate to a day earlier or a day later.”

    Lol fun read. I’m glad I’m not a Leap Year baby. Sounds like too much of a hassle… :)

  • Pottermore Announcement: Harry Potter eBook Rentals Coming Soon
  • “Today, in a press release, J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore announced a Harry Potter “e-book and digital audiobook distribution agreement with OverDrive for public and school libraries.” According to the Associated Press, Pottermore is “an immersive online environment that combines elements of a role-playing game and a digital encyclopedia with social networking and an online store.” It’s also the only place readers will be able to purchase the eBook version of the Harry Potter series.”

    Will be news when it actually happens, lol.

  • RIP: Jan Berenstain, at 88
  • “Jan Berenstain, who co-created the beloved Berenstain Bears book series with her husband Stan, passed away Friday after suffering a stroke. She was 88.”

    Sad. But I’m sure she lived a full life. I loved the Berenstain Bears! Although I always thought it was weird that Brother and Sister bear’s names were Brother and Sister, but everyone else has real names, lol.

  • [Video]: Piper (Mini Horse) and Mango (Fat Cat)
  • Ah, gotta love fluff.

  • [Video]: Cat Asks for Food
  • Lol. So cute.

Thor and (or) Loki Photo of the Day:

Hehe!! Look how Thor’s arms are wrapped around Loki.

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Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, February 22 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

  • Health Quality Council of Alberta releases report into health care issues
  • “After interviewing more than 2,000 doctors and extensive in-depth discussions with stakeholders, the HQCA made 21 recommendations.In the final report released Wednesday, the concerns over unacceptably long wait times were justified… The report adds no deaths can be attributed to excessive wait times.”

    Interesting findings. Still no one can see the system is working…

  • Most expect to work beyond age 66: poll
  • “As Canadian live longer and face tougher financial choices in their golden years, fewer than a third of respondents in a new survey plan to be fully retired by 66. Sun Life Financial’s annual Unretirement Index poll, released early Wednesday, found that only about three in 10 Canadians surveyed said they plan full retirement at that age. Nearly five in 10 – about 48 per cent – said they plan to work part-time or freelance while they ease into retirement.”

    It’s good to keep busy even later in life but it’s sad more and more people need to work longer in order to keep on top of debt.

  • The ‘Riskiest’ Cities In Canada: Study Finds 50 Cities At Risk Of Cybercrime
  • “The study ranked cities based on access to Wi-Fi hotspots, consumer spending on computers, the use of the Internet and smartphones, and behaviour on social networking sites.Burlington was followed by three British Columbia cities, including Port Coquitlam in second place, Vancouver in third and Langley in fourth.”

    Edmonton takes the 9th spot (up from 13th last year). Let’s all be a little more careful and a little smarter when it comes to passwords, online banking, online shopping, scams, etc.

  • Anonymous reveals name of Vic Toews’ alleged mistress
  • “Hacktivist group Anonymous has released more details about Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who was under siege on twitter last week for his controversial ‘online snooping bill.’ Anonymous’ latest leak claims to reveal the woman involved in Toews’ now-public divorce. In a seven-minute YouTube video, Anonymous names Stacey Meek as his alleged mistress, claiming that she was a babysitter with whom he had an affair between 1986-1993.”

    I’m actually surprised there isn’t more media coverage on this…

  • Quebec Man, Sentenced To 6 Years For 24th Drunk Driving Conviction
  • “The St. Ubalde, Quebec, resident was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison for his 24th drunk driving conviction, in what is believed to be an all-time Canadian record. But Gingras’ numerical achievements don’t end there. According to La Presse, the 67-year-old man has drunk driving convictions going back 47 years, as well as six convictions for driving while under a ban, four convictions for refusing to submit to a breathalyzer, and 30 convictions for theft and assault. In all, he has racked up 58 charges in 47 separate cases.”

    And yet… only six years in jail? He’s obviously not getting it. And next time he could kill someone. I’m surprised he hasn’t yet. Wow.

  • Health Canada backs vegetable oil claims but experts are skeptical
  • “While the food industry applauded Health Canada’s decision to approve a new claim that advises Canadians to replace saturated fat with vegetable oil, health experts and nutritionists say the move isn’t in the best interests of Canadians and will likely mislead consumers.”

    Eating healthy is too hard (and expensive) anyway.

  • Google Plans to Sell Internet-Enabled Glasses By Year-End
  • “Google plans to start selling glasses by the end of the year that can stream online information and make it visible via a small screen near the eyes, the New York Times reported.”

    The future is coming!

  • Will You Be Twitter’s 500 Millionth User?
  • “Shortly after 1 p.m. ET, Twitter hit 500 million users, according to Naturally, the analyst company is on to the next benchmark — the countdown to 600 million registered users. The estimated time until the next Twitter celebration is only 108 days away. There were an estimated 922,000 users accounted for in the past 24 hours.”

    Twitter is on fire! Also:

  • Twitter co-founder Stone says it’s unhealthy to stare at tweets all day
  • “‘To me, that sounds unhealthy,’ Stone told a Montreal business luncheon, recounting how some people have said they’re so engaged, they’ll log onto Twitter for 12 hours straight. ‘I like the kind of engagement where you go to the website and you leave because you’ve found what you are looking for or you found something very interesting and you learned something. I think that’s a much healthier engagement.'”

    Lol. Yeah #yeg!

  • A Famous Inventor’s Forgotten Idea: A One-Handed Touch-Screen Keyboard
  • “We’re talking about an interface with exponential possibilities. If the five-button keyboard gives us 2^5 binary combinations (or 32), realize that a 10-button version could offer 2^10 (or 1024) different letters and commands. Scale the idea to the typical 100-button QWERTY on our laptops, and your options are labeled in scientific notation. Just when you thought typing classes were a dated idea…”

    Sometimes I wish my phone were easier to touch screen type with one hand!

  • US congressman chimes in on Jeremy Lin’s roots
  • “Amid a recent war of words between Taiwan and China over the ancestral homeland of rising NBA star Jeremy Lin (林書豪), a US lawmaker yesterday stressed the Taiwanese American’s US roots during a meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou.”

    Lol, funny.

  • Social messaging cost carriers $14B in SMS revenue
  • “The research firm revealed yesterday that carriers lost $13.9 billion in SMS revenue in 2011 because of consumers chatting with friends on social-messaging applications. Those applications range from everything from Facebook’s mobile app, which features chatting, to instant-messaging apps. Apple’s iMessage is also included in that list… ‘Social messaging has disrupted traditional services, and operators’ revenues in this area will come under increasing pressure.'”

    Who needs texting any more when you’ve got Facebook and Twitter and iMessaging… :) lol.

  • Texting makes you a linguistic Soup Nazi, study says
  • “A study suggests that those who text more are less accepting of new words and more rigid about existing ones.”

    That’s a weird find.

  • [Video]: Dog Chases Mountain Lion Into Los Altos Tree
  • “Sure, they can be ferocious predators, but sometimes a mountain lion appears as docile as a common house cat. The latter happened in the Los Altos Hills Tuesday morning, when Cody, an 85-pound German shepherd, chased a trespassing mountain lion into a tree in his owners’ backyard.”


  • [Photos]: 20 Cats In Sinks
  • “What is with cats loving to lounge in sinks.”

    Lol, love it!!!!!

Thor Photo of the Day:

The two besties :)

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Clicks of the Day: Feb. 17, 18, 19 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (February 17, 18, 19) 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!)

  • ‘Gag order’ in Internet snooping bill prevents Canadians from knowing whether personal information is handed to authorities
  • “A “gag order” written into the government’s proposed Internet snooping bill makes it an offence for telecommunication companies to tell customers whether their personal information has been handed over to investigators, police or government, according to one privacy lawyer.”

    Wow. This bill just gets better and better each day doesn’t it?

  • Operation White North: Anonymous Demands Public Safety Minister Vic Toews Resign, E-Snooping Bill C-30 Scrapped
  • “Hacker group Anonymous has posted a video demanding the resignation of Toews and calling for the controversial online surveillance bill C-30 to be scrapped. The video’s message targets Toews for reintroducing bill C-30 despite backlash from internet users and privacy advocates. “We know all about you Mr. Toews, and during Operation White North we will release what we have unless you scrap this bill. We told you to expect us.””

    You do not want to be on Anonymous’ target list.

  • Toddler injured in second dog attack in Alberta this week
  • “For the second time in just three days, a family pet turned on a young child in our province. But unlike the tragic incident in Airdrie on Wednesday, in which a newborn died after being attacked by the family’s Husky, the most recent victim, a Fort Saskatchewan toddler, escaped with just stitches.”

    This is so sad. And the worst part is that when I hear these kinds of stories I always worry about the animals involved :( Because they’re sure to be put down and that’s just very sad. There could be so many factors as to why the dogs did it… I’m sure they didn’t mean to. :(

  • Alta. to force cellphone companies to alert consumers about roaming charges
  • “The Alberta minister responsible for consumer protection wants the federal government to enact national standards that force cellphone companies to be more forthright about the costs of downloading a movie in Arizona or texting from Texas, so Canadians can avoid “bill shock.” Service Alberta Minister Manmeet Bhullar said if the federal government doesn’t take action to protect consumers, the province will.”

    That’s a really great move.

  • Antarctica’s underground lake could hold clues for life on other planets
  • “Russian scientists are planning to use robotic probes to reach water layers at the bottom of an ancient sub-glacial lake in Antarctica in 2013-2014… ‘There is no other place on Earth that has been in isolation for more than 20 million years. It’s a meeting with the unknown.'”

    So interesting. I wonder what creatures lie in that lake?!?!

  • How Companies Learn Your Secrets
  • “The desire to collect information on customers is not new for Target or any other large retailer, of course. For decades, Target has collected vast amounts of data on every person who regularly walks into one of its stores. Whenever possible, Target assigns each shopper a unique code — known internally as the Guest ID number — that keeps tabs on everything they buy. Also linked to your Guest ID is demographic information like your age, whether you are married and have kids, which part of town you live in, how long it takes you to drive to the store, your estimated salary, whether you’ve moved recently, what credit cards you carry in your wallet and what Web sites you visit. Target can buy data about your ethnicity, job history, the magazines you read, if you’ve ever declared bankruptcy or got divorced, the year you bought (or lost) your house, where you went to college, what kinds of topics you talk about online, whether you prefer certain brands of coffee, paper towels, cereal or applesauce, your political leanings, reading habits, charitable giving and the number of cars you own.”


  • ESPN fires writer for penning racist Jeremy Lin headline; suspends anchor for 30 days
  • “ESPN battled Sunday to contain the furor over its tasteless “chink in the armor” Jeremy Lin headline, firing the overnight headline writer and suspending an anchor who said the phrase on air. “We will be better in the future,” the sports network promised in a statement.”

    The anchor should have gotten the same treatment as the writer. Terrible, ESPN.

  • How You Could Get Sued For Using Pinterest
  • “The Boston Business Journal stopped using Pinterest one day after setting up its account after realizing it could be sued for images it uploaded to the site… he had pulled the content after taking a careful read of Pinterest’s user agreement and finding out the company reserves the right to sell images users upload.”

    This is very interesting.

  • Looking for coverage? Press Pass, a Twitter-powered journalist directory may be the answer
  • “The site lists journalists by region, beat or by publication, making it incredibly easy to find the journalist who can cover your story. Not only can you find out which journalists work at major publications and sites, you can connect with them through Twitter. You can also find out what they’re personally interested in, as Press Pass highlights the stories that they’re sharing through their Twitter feed. The site analyzes each journalist’s tweets, creating a profile based on that content – including what they’re reading, topics they’re interested in and who they’re talking to. Each journalist is ranked based on the number of followers they have and their number of tweets.”

    Pretty useful!

  • Old Dogs New Tricks and Crappy Newspaper Executives
  • “Now, like many of you, I am struggling hard to teach this old dog new tricks. Struggling to accept that much of what we know is no longer valid. And trying to come to grips with the fact that crappy newspaper executives are a bigger threat to journalism’s future than any changes wrought by the Internet. Today news organizations that do not embrace how news is now created and consumed – Digital First and Print Last – are ignoring not only how their customers desire to get news but how they understand it as well. We ignore this at the risk of killing our business but worse we ignore it when the solution to our future is sitting under our noses – the power of our brands – if we would only let go of the past and embrace the future.”

    Fantastic speech. So true.

  • Tweeting about a bad day could lose you your job
  • “If an employee writes anything vaguely negative about their employer, including saying something as anodyne as ‘I had a bad day at work’, bosses are well within their legal rights, to sack the staff member. Equally, it still remains a grey area as to what type of comment on social media constitutes “bringing a company into disrepute”. Somebody writing “I had a bad day at work”, and that person’s job being publicly available via a search on LinkedIn, could get somebody in trouble with their company, resulting in them losing their job, according to Whelan – as it could make the firm concerned look like a bad place to work.”

    That warning keeps coming back … careful what you tweet everyone!

  • The hollow emptiness in social media numbers – most accounts are fake or empty
  • “Increasing numbers of studies of social networks point to much smaller numbers of real and active users — sharply reducing the value of the platforms, and social media marketing… In some anecdotal cases, the number of users, active and actual, could be as small as one-third. And nearly one-half of user accounts could be fake or contain no user profiles. No user profiles means very little usable data for marketing or advertising campaigns. This is a huge hole in social media platforms.”

    Makes me wonder just how many of my 3,000 followers are real! lol.

  • Judge tosses law barring sex offenders from Facebook
  • “Over the past few years, many people have asked whether sex offenders should be able to use social-media sites like Facebook and MySpace. This week, a federal judge decided to throw out a Louisiana state law that prohibited sex offenders from joining or even looking at Facebook and other social-networking sites. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson, based in Baton Rouge, said the law was unreasonable and unconstitutional.”

    The importance of keeping your Facebook profile private…

  • 1 in 7 New Marriages Are Now Interracial—But Biases Still Linger
  • “There are now 4.8 million interracial marriages in the United States—about 1 in 12 marriages. That number has doubled in the past 30 years, and has risen especially sharply among black populations… but that doesn’t mean racial stereotypes and biases have ceased to exist, even among those who choose to marry outside their race. There are still well-documented prejudices about the oft-fetishized docility of Asian women, the marriageability (or lack thereof) of black women, and the virility (or lack thereof) of both black and Asian men.”

    Good read.

  • Why We Cheat: Bird Mating Habits Used To Explain Infidelity In New Study
  • “Birds are more inclined to seek out new partners when climate conditions become unpredictable or variable. The likely reason? The researchers found that birds, regardless of whether they’re male or female, seek out diverse genes for their young when they’re uncertain of what the future may bring. Cheating improves a bird’s chances of combining their genes with other genes best suited for whatever environment their chicks may be born into. The flighty findings could provide us with more insight into what makes human beings stray.”

    Fascinating! Although this doesn’t make me condone cheating in any way. I hate cheaters and I hate stories of cheaters. I can’t stand movies with cheating plot lines, lol.

  • Sweden snow: Man ‘survives two months trapped in car’
  • “The man, who was too weak to utter more than a few words, said he had been inside since 19 December. He may have survived by drinking melted snow. The 45-year-old was discovered by snowmobilers who initially assumed the car was a wreck until they dug their way to a window and saw movement inside, reported the Vasterbotten Courier newspaper. The man was huddled in a sleeping bag on the back seat.”

    Wow, can you imagine?!?!

  • [Photos]: Seth Casteel Underwater Dog Pictures: Images Of Swimming Canines Go Viral
  • “An album of photographs from his underwater dogs series that were posted to Facebook have garnered nearly 30,000 “likes” and have been shared almost 22,000 times. His website, which is typically handles around 200 visitors a day, is now overloaded with more than 100,000 daily visitors.”

    Great photos!!!

  • By the numbers: The Simpsons
  • “The show about the dysfunctional five’s daily musings celebrates a major milestone on Sunday with its 500th episode… To commemorate the show, Global News compiled a numbers list that chronicles the Simpsons’ lengthy history” including “$486.52 – price Maggie costs when she’s scanned at the grocery store in the show’s opening credits” and “104 – Mr. Burns’ age.”

    I love The Simpsons! I’m happy for their milestone. Can’t wait to get the entire series on box set when it all wraps up, hehe. Of course the earlier years made for better episodes but I won’t ever stop watching Simpsons even if it isn’t that funny anymore, haha!! :)

  • [Video]: Batman’s Night Out
  • “Batman hits the mean streets of Toronto, I mean Gotham, to scream at people, I mean protect people.”

    Lol. So random.

  • [Video]: Cat Demands Petting
  • “I know you’re busy, but this head ain’t gonna pet itself, sweet heart.”

    LOL. Oh my gosh, sooooo funny and so cute. Hahaha!!

Thor Photo of the Day:

Thor & Loki, up to no good :)

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