Clicks of the Day: Monday, June 4, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, June 4, 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.


  • Police investigate suspicious package near Mill Woods school
  • “Police closed a road in front of a Mill Woods elementary school Monday afternoon as they investigate a suspicious package, just days after explosive devices were found in the field of the same school. Police say a 33-year-old man was arrested on Monday. The man was carrying a backpack and police say he told officers there were explosives in it. Officers believe the man is involved in a similar incident involving explosives over the weekend.”

    Very scary.

  • Millet mom gets six years for drowning her two sons
  • “A mother, convicted of manslaughter in the drowning deaths of her two sons, was sentenced in a Wetaskiwin courtroom Monday. Allyson McConnell was handed six years with credit for time served. She could be eligible for parole in as little as 10 months.”

    Ah the justice system.

  • Man acquitted in decades old murder
  • “A man charged with murdering a female cab driver more than 30 years ago was acquitted Monday. Robert James Fletcher, 52, was charged with first-degree murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping and possession of an offensive weapon in connection with a 1981 homicide of 33-year-old Gerdina Kruidbos. On Monday, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Doreen Sulyma acquitted Fletcher of those charges. The judge found there to be reasonable doubt in the case.”

    Back to square one?

  • Canadian government to request Magnotta’s extradition
  • “A 29-year-old Canadian man wanted in a gruesome slaying and dismemberment investigation has been arrested in Berlin, and the federal government has already begun the process of seeking his extradition from Germany. Luka Rocco Magnotta was arrested at an Internet cafe in the German capital shortly before 2 p.m. local time on Monday, Berlin police spokesperson Stefan Redlich told CTV News. Redlich told The Canadian Press that police acted on a tip from someone who recognized Magnotta at the cafe. Reports say Magnotta was reading news about himself and the case online. ‘

    Well done, police!

  • Eaton Centre shooting not a gang war, say cops
  • “Toronto police say the deadly Eaton Centre shooting that claimed the life of one person and left several others injured over the weekend was not a gangland attack, but did involve three people with connections to the same crew. At a news conference on Monday, Det.-Sgt. Brian Borg said a suspect that turned himself in early Monday morning was known to police and was currently sentenced to house arrest on unrelated charges.”

    Can you imagine just being at the mall and shots start being fired? Such a scary incident.

  • Sites go dark in C-38 protest, Oliver launches campaign
  • “Hundreds of websites went ‘dark’ across Canada Monday as a protest against the government’s new environmental legislation, while Conservative MPs fanned out across the country to sell the bill to Canadians. “Black Out, Speak Out,” a protest by a number of environmental groups against the federal government’s C-38 budget implementation bill kicked off Monday with as many as 500 websites either darkening their pages or linking to the main protest page. Among its proposed changes, if passed, the legislation will revamp the approval process for massive energy projects and will eliminate funding for Canada’s National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy.”



  • Buckingham Palace rocks in queen’s honor
  • “With a military band, a string orchestra and electric guitars on full blast, London’s Buckingham Palace was transformed into a rock venue on Monday as some of the biggest names in music celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee.”

    It seems like it’d be really fun to be a Royal.


  • New drug offers hope to breast cancer patients
  • “It’s the news that could offer hope to thousands of women suffering one of the deadliest types of breast cancer. A new drug unveiled in the UK is expected to cut the debilitating side effects of traditional therapy and offer several months to life expectancies.”

    Here’s hoping!

  • Immune-system test may predict early death
  • “A blood test that measures a marker of immune-system activity may help doctors identify people who are at risk of dying at an early age, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic measured levels of the immune-system molecules known as free light chains in 15,859 Minnesotans age 50 and up, and found that people whose levels were in the top 10% were four times more likely than the other study participants to die over the next 13 years.”


    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • ‘Diet glasses’ fool wearers into eating less
  • “Goggles that trick the wearer into thinking the plain snack in their hand is a chocolate cookie, or make biscuits appear larger have been unveiled in Japan, offering hope to weak-willed dieters everywhere. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed devices that use computer wizardry and augmented reality to fool the senses and make users feel more satisfied with smaller – or less appealing – treats.”

    Lol. That’s one way to go about weight loss.

  • Report: Facebook Considers Granting Access to Children Under 13
  • “Your kids could soon be tagging each other, sending event invites for playdates and commenting on other kids’ walls — provided they’re old enough to read. That’s the brave new future Facebook is imagining as it develops tools for children under 13, according to what “people who have spoken with Facebook executives” told the Wall Street Journal.”

    Too young to be on FB? (Though I’m sure kids 13 and under already on it, it’s pretty easy to lie about your age online).

  • Facebook will disappear by 2020, says analyst
  • “Facebook’s sliding stock price has at least one hedge fund manager predicting a dismal decade ahead for the social network. ‘In five to eight years they are going to disappear in the way that Yahoo has disappeared,’ Ironfire Capital founder Eric Jackson told the CNBC show Squawk on the Street on Monday.”

    Oh ye of little faith.

  • Microsoft touts new features for Xbox 360
  • “On the day before the video game industry’s biggest convention, Microsoft emphasized at a news conference Monday just how much the company is trying to transform its Xbox 360 from a gaming console into an entertainment hub… The company’s biggest announcement was for a planned multimedia service called Xbox SmartGlass, which would link the Xbox 360 console to smartphones and tablets. With the service, Microsoft said, users could watch a TV program and receive related information about it.”



  • Cdns OK with debt to buy a home, get married: Survey
  • “Canadians are OK with going into debt for major milestones, such as buying a home, or paying for school, a wedding or honeymoon, a new survey has found. The TD Canada Trust Report says 41% of respondents find it difficult to save money and continue to enjoy their current lifestyles, so many rely on loans, lines of credit, credit cards, and gifts from friends and family.”

    Hm. I want to try as best as possible not to go into debt for a major milestone (for example Mike and my wedding next year). But I can see where Canadians are coming from. Still, debt = bad.

  • Canada on track to pass 100-per-cent wireless penetration rate
  • “Canadians’ growing love affair with mobile devices is putting the country on track to achieving a wireless penetration rate that exceeds 100 per cent in about three years. More than three-quarters of Canadians owned a wireless device at the end of 2011 but that number is expected to climb as it becomes increasingly common for consumers to own more than one mobile gadget.”

    We are so connected.

  • Rogers eyes new services to reboot revenue growth
  • “Rogers Communications Inc. is moving to implement a raft of untested initiatives over the coming quarters, a period that could reignite growth for the country’s biggest mobile operator — or shape up to be as challenging as the present… the company is turning toward three new markets: so-called “machine-to-machine” technology; retail transactions made with smartphones; and video consumption over mobile devices.”

    Good luck to them!

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Is London’s ‘Big Ben’ tower to be re-named Elizabeth tower?
  • “A majority of British parliamentarians are in favor of naming the tower which houses the famous ‘Big Ben’ bell at the Palace of Westminster the ‘Elizabeth’ tower in honor of the British monarch.”

    It just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Lol.

  • Spritz this perfume on your e-reader to make it smell like a paper book
  • “For those who complain that ebooks lack the olfactory experience of opening a freshly printed book, Passion Paper has conveniently bottled the scent of ink on paper. It’s meant for a person to wear, but you could easily spray a little on near your screen before you settle down with a good ebook.”

    Ah, there’s an invention for everything.

  • [Video]: World record of the day
  • “The Romanians claim to have trumped last June’s release of 11,000 floating paper lanterns in Poland with 12,740 of their own on Saturday.”

    So pretty.

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

Thor watching her prey, Loki. Lol.

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Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, May 30 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 man facing several child pornography offences
  • “A 36-year-old Edmonton man is facing charges of sexual assault, possessing and making child pornography. Police say the offences were allegedly committed against the man’s niece, who is now five-years-old.”


  • Province to file $10B suit against tobacco manufacturers
  • “In an effort to recoup healthcare costs connected to smoking, the Alberta government is preparing to file a multi billion dollar lawsuit against tobacco companies.”

    That’s a whole lotta money!

  • Quebec protests spreading beyond Montreal and being just about tuition
  • “The unpredictable nightly protests that helped spur a government crackdown have largely been a Montreal-only affair — until now. Since Premier Jean Charest passed a law last week limiting protests in the province, defiant demonstrations have popped up in cities not known as hotbeds of activism. Small groups from Granby, south of Montreal, to Jonquiere, north of Quebec City, have joined Montrealers in taking to the streets with pots and pans to protest Bill 78. Their message is clear: This conflict is not just about tuition anymore.”

    I believe Edmontonians are staging something in a couple weeks in solidarity with Montrealers on this.

  • Note with severed foot warned of more killings
  • “Montreal police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for a 29-year-old male model and adult-film actor in connection with a dismembered torso found in their city and two body parts found in the mail in Ottawa.”


  • City webmaster posts video linked to slaying
  • “An Edmonton webmaster may have posted video footage online of a killing linked to the mailing of dismembered human remains to political addresses in Ottawa and Montreal this week. In the days leading up to the discovery of the foot, Edmontonian Mark Marek was told a video on his website could be footage of the murder. The horrific online “shock” video Marek posted online is entitled “1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick” and contains the apparent murder, beheading, dismemberment, cannibalism and necrophilia of an unidentified Asian man by another man.”

    What is going on?!!?


  • Face-chewing victim has months of treatment ahead
  • “A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre, vicious attack faces a bigger threat from infection than from the injuries themselves, according to experts on facial reconstruction. He will require months of treatment to rebuild his features and be permanently disfigured. Though gruesome, such severe facial injuries are generally not life threatening. The most serious risk to Ronald Poppo as he remained hospitalized Wednesday were germs that may have been introduced by the bites of the naked man who attacked him. One of the 65-year-old’s eyes was also gouged out.”

    This continues to be such a gruesome story.


  • Shark fin soup linked to Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinson’s
  • “The consumption of shark cartilage supplements and shark fin soup has been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and ALS (Lou Gehrig disease), due to biomagnification of a toxin produced by algae.”

    More reason to leave the poor sharks alone.

  • Doctors overdiagnosing healthy people as sick: Researchers
  • “Driven in part by commercial interests, doctors around the world are overdiagnosing and overtreating illnesses in healthy people, an editorial published in the British Medical Journal says. Aside from being a threat to human health, treating people unnecessarily wastes health-care resources, wrote Ray Moynihan, a researcher at Bond University in Australia.”

    Tsk, tsk.

  • Scientists confirm existence of ‘old person smell’
  • “You know that smell in retirement homes and your grandmother’s house? Mothballs and stale air may not be entirely to blame. In a new study, researchers have confirmed for the first time that older people have a recognizable body odor that can’t be fully explained by grooming, diet, or other environmental quirks. In fact, the study found, this “old person smell” is distinctive enough that young adults can more often than not identify an old person by body odor alone.”


  • Night shift work linked to breast cancer risk
  • “Women who work night shifts have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to doctors at the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen.”

    Weird link.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Zynga wants to be a mobile gaming network
  • “Zynga is building a portfolio of mobile, casual and social games across a variety of social networks and platforms, including, most notably, Facebook and iOS. It has at least 100 million monthly players across its Farmville and Citiville games on Facebook and has expanded its mobile reach significantly with the acquisitions of Draw Something and Words with Friends. But Zynga Founder and CEO Mark Pincus has bigger plans: He wants to be a network.”


  • Social Media Day is June 30. How will you celebrate?
  • “Social Media Day is exactly one month away! On Saturday, June 30, digital enthusiasts will hold meetups across the globe to celebrate the one thing that unites us and keeps us in constant contact: social media.”

    Anything being planned locally??

  • Dubious medical syndrome of the day: “Smartphone Face”
  • “Beware, teenage texters and overworked professionals. If you stare at your phone for too long, you just may end up with a case of “smartphone face.” At least, that’s what a bunch of British cosmetic surgeons say. British cosmetician Dr. Mervyn Patterson explains exactly what the condition consists of in the London Evening Standard: ‘If you sit for hours with your head bent slightly forward, staring at your iPhone or laptop screen, you may shorten the neck muscles and increase the gravitational pull on the jowl area, leading to a drooping jawline.’”



  • Pinterest analysis: PBS, USA Today engage with readers most effectively
  • “Several websites, including this one, have published articles recently about how journalists are using Pinterest. But none of these offers data-based analyses that measure whether newsrooms are using Pinterest to engage effectively with readers. As a way of measuring engagement, follower counts are a basic metric. But knowing how critical the tweet to retweet ratio is for measuring engagement on Twitter, I sought to apply this principle to Pinterest. I wanted to compare average repin to pin ratios for a variety of local and national news organizations.”



  • Forget ‘Men in Black 3′: Why aliens won’t attack Earth
  • “SETI hunter Jill Tarter says Sir Stephen Hawking is wrong about aliens coming to attack or colonize Earth. If aliens can get here, Tarter reasons, they’ll be advanced enough not to need slaves, food or other planets.”

    We won’t until it happens now will we?


  • Big Brother Canada: Big Brother franchise headed north
  • “Just like its U.S. sibling, Big Brother Canada will feature a group of diverse castmates living under the constant watch of TV cameras. Chairman and CEO of Insight Productions and Executive Producer of Big Brother Canada, John Brunton, said the franchise presents an opportunity to make serious waves north of the border.”

    I have never been interested in Big Brother but this is huge news for a lot of people, lol.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Interned UBC students receive degrees 70 years later
  • “A crowded reception room at UBC plays havoc on Mits Sumiya’s hearing aid. He leans in, fiddling with the device’s remote, eager to repeat his story of how he was pulled from the University of British Columbia and forcibly interned along with roughly 21,000 other Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. At 89, he’s one of the youngest remaining to receive the honourary degree from UBC 70 years after 76 Japanese Canadians were exiled from the B.C. coast.”


  • Houston waiter receives $5,000 tip, gift is to buy a car
  • “Greg Rubar has been working at D’Amico’s Italian Market Café in Houston for 16 years. This past week a couple, who have been coming into the restaurant and waited on by Rubar for eight years, left him a $5,000 gift in cash after their usual Saturday lunch. The bill for their meals? About $27… The couple had known that Rubar’s car had been ruined on a flooded roadway and wanted to help, so they gave him 50 $100 bills.”

    Wow can you imagine??

  • [Video]: Cat vs. Gravity
  • Very impressive cat!

  • [Video]: Cat tail chasing
  • It’s about 40 seconds longer than it needs to be but it’s pretty cute, haha.

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

The kitties (especially Thor) love their puzzle rug pieces!

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