Clicks of the Day: Monday, March 12, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, March 12 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

  • Beating the boom of an aging population
  • “It’s a reality that brings national challenges when it comes to retirement income, health care and housing, but it will also play out at the community level, where finding solutions will be a unique journey… An investigation by Global News has found that the search for solutions will be more pressing for some communities, which are home to a disproportionately high number of seniors. Surviving a tidal wave of seniors is not assured for all communities. Some are at risk of literally dying off with their populations.”

    Interesting report – part one of a three part Global News look at Canadian communities and an aging population.

  • ‘Democracy not Robocracy’: Demonstrators gather across Canada to protest robocalls
  • “While their numbers weren’t particularly massive, Canadians across the country gathered Sunday to voice their doubts in the electoral process as the robocalls scandal continues to unfold. The rally was part of dozens of events planned nationwide as allegations continue to swirl that fraudulent phone calls were made to voters in dozens of ridings redirecting them to the wrong polling stations in last year’s federal election.”

    Unrest with our government.

  • Taliban vows revenge after U.S. Sergeant on SEAL team ‘shoots dead nine sleeping Afghan children before burning their bodies’ in deadly rampage that killed 16
  • “NATO troops in Afghanistan are on high alert after the Taliban vowed to avenge the deaths of 16 innocent civilians – including nine children and three women – who were shot and killed by a rogue U.S. soldier who opened fire after suffering a ‘mental breakdown’ early Sunday morning.”

    This is crazy.

  • Tobacco companies tell historic trial: Smokers have only themselves to blame
  • “Tobacco companies embroiled in a historic civil suit kicked off the trial Monday by arguing that smokers who get sick or can’t kick the habit have nobody to blame but themselves. The landmark class-action case, with up to $27 billion at stake, kicked off in a Montreal courtroom where Canada’s three biggest cigarette companies began their battle against a group representing all of Quebec’s 1.8 million smokers.”

    That’s quite a case.

  • West Coast quake warning: prepare for the inevitable
  • “B.C. coastline could face annihilation by tsunami… A monster earthquake rival-ling the one that devastated Japan last March is all but a certainty on North America’s Pacific coast.”


  • Revenue Canada issues ‘phishing’ warning
  • “The Canada Revenue Agency is warning Canadians to be aware of emails circulating during tax season, as they may be part of a phishing scam… The emails look official, and will often link to a website that will appear similar to the website of a legitimate business, bank or government department… ‘The CRA does not use email to send information about refunds or payment benefits, and will not ask for personal information through email.’”

    Sad thing is there’s sure to be people to fall for this.

  • [Infographic]: Average Cost Of A Factory Worker In The U.S., China And Germany
  • “The average hourly wage for Chinese manufacturing workers is less than a tenth that of their average U.S. counterparts, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It being about twice as cheap to live in China, those lower Chinese wages go further. But Chinese factory workers also tend to work longer hours, making them more appealing to some employers… So how does the global workforce differ?”

    Interesting numbers.

  • New report reveals how corporations undermine science with fake bloggers and bribes
  • “One way that corporations prevent negative information about their products from getting out is by harassing scientists and the journals that publish them… Corporations also form front organizations to hide their efforts to undermine science. That’s what happened when producers of unhealthy food got together to cast doubt on the FDA’s recommended health guidelines… Sometimes corporations just go for it and buy off legit organizations, as Coca Cola did when they appear to have paid dentists to stop saying kids shouldn’t drink Coke.”

    Wow. And yet, unsurprising. Corruption is eveeeerywhere.

  • Minnesota girl, 12, sues school, cops, over Facebook privacy
  • “The lawsuit, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, was brought after a middle school student was forced to give her passwords to her school. The suit is being brought on the grounds that the young girl’s right to free speech under the First Amendment and her right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment had been violated.”

    Good for this girl for standing up for her rights.

  • Yahoo sues Facebook over patents; it’s war in Silicon Valley
  • “Yahoo has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook, essentially arguing that the social network misappropriated most of the technologies that have helped turn it into a multi-billion dollar sensation. “For much of the technology upon which Facebook is based, Yahoo got there first and was therefore granted patents by the Unite States Patent Office to protect those innovations,” according to the Yahoo filing.”


  • Anti-cancer ‘super’ aspirin under development
  • “Studies in mice show the compound to be effective in fighting, amongst others, cancers of the colon, lung, breast, prostate, pancreas and blood.”

    Woot woot.

  • Heart Attacks Rise Following Daylight Saving Time
  • “‘The Monday and Tuesday after moving the clocks ahead one hour in March is associated with a 10 percent increase in the risk of having a heart attack,’ says UAB Associate Professor Martin Young, Ph.D., in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease. ‘The opposite is true when falling back in October. This risk decreases by about 10 percent.’”

    That’s unfortunate.

  • Cat Detects Owner’s Breast Cancer Before Doctors, Saving Her Life
  • “Call it a sixth sense, a special connection, or just plain mystery. But whatever gift cats and dogs have that allows them to detect health conditions in their owners sure has been saving a lot of lives. Wendy Humphreys, a mother of two from Britain, found out first-hand how powerful that gift can be when her cat Fidge sniffed out a potentially fatal health condition that even doctors hadn’t detected, the Daily Mail reports.”

    Go dogs and cats!!! :) Especially cats. Hehe. Speaking of cats…

  • Cats may purr to your heart’s content
  • “A 10-year study at the University of Minnesota Stroke Center found that cat owners were 40 per cent less likely to have heart attacks than non-cat owners. Could a cat’s purr be the reason?”

    So if I have two cats perhaps I am 80 per cent less likely to have a heart attack! Lol.

  • Naked yoga all about liberation for Edmonton men
  • “For McBain, yoga is about creating balance in the body by developing strength and flexibility through poses or postures. He says one of the most liberating things about it is letting go of ego and accepting that no one is better than anyone else. Naked yoga helps people do that because no one is wearing $400 Lululemon yoga clothes or $15 Zellers exercise wear that says they’re not the same. And, he adds, because bodies are not hidden under baggy clothes, he is more easily able to correct people’s poses.”

    Sounds like there’s good benefits but I would never be able to do naked yoga, yikes.

  • Time-lapse video shows pregnancy-to-birth in 90 seconds
  • “A couple took on a unique and creative project they posted on YouTube. They documented the woman’s pregnancy in a time-lapse series that showed the growth of her belly over the nine-month period of her pregnancy, and finally birth of a baby girl.”

    This is an unbelievably cool video. So creative. Great music too.

  • [Video]: Kitty Elevator
  • “A cat calls for the elevator and then calmly rides to the second floor.”

    Lol so awesome.

  • [Video]: Cute cat thinks it’s a dog
  • Hahahaa!!!! Thor fetches balls too, but it’s the panting and mouth gaping look of this cat that clinches the dog resemblance, lol.

Thor and (or) Loki Photo of the Day:

Loki’s signature sideways tilted head look – Thor just passed out, lol.

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Clicks of the Day: March 1, 2, 3 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (March 1, 2, 3) 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!)

  • Deadly storms roar across Midwest, South
  • “A series of tornadoes that cut a swath of death and destruction across at least 10 states left stunned residents digging through rubble Saturday, looking for survivors and bodies. The death toll stood at 32 early Saturday, including 14 each in Kentucky and Indiana, three in Ohio and one in Alabama. Tornadoes also were reported in Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.”

    Devastating. Why do people live in Tornado Alley?

  • Poland defends rail safety after collision that kills 16
  • “Poland’s government insisted Sunday that rail travel is safe in the country despite a train collision that killed 16 people, assurances that come months before masses of sports fans will enter the country for a major soccer tournament – many of whom will crisscross the nation by train.”

    VIA Rail last weekend, now this. I’ve never travelled on a train myself but these stories sure aren’t helping, lol.

  • A tearful Vladimir Putin claims victory in Russia’s presidential vote; opponents allege fraud
  • “Vladimir Putin swept Sunday’s presidential election to return to the Kremlin and extend his hold over Russia for six more years, incomplete returns showed… Accounts by independent observers of extensive vote-rigging, however, looked set to strengthen the resolve of opposition forces whose unprecedented protests in recent months have posed the first serious challenge to Putin’s heavy-handed rule. Another huge demonstration was set for Monday evening in central Moscow.”

    I mean when tens of thousands of people are protesting against this guy almost every weekend for months leading up to this ‘election’ – you have to think something’s wrong.

  • Elections Canada Receives 31,000 complaints of robocalls
  • “Canadians recently flooded Elections Canada with more than 31,000 reports about robocalls and misleading phone calls placed during the last federal election, prompting the agency to publicly confirm on Friday that it is investigating.”

    Ridiculous amount.

  • Alta. husky that killed newborn euthanized
  • “Having had time to reflect, search for answers and determine the best course of action for our family, we have made the decision to euthanize our family pet,” reads the statement which was issued through the RCMP.”

    This makes me very sad. If there are families willing to adopt the dog they should have let them adopt the dog…

  • Proposed bylaw could ban smoking around Edmonton’s outdoor recreation sites
  • “The City is considering a new bylaw that would ban smoking within 10 meters of any outdoor playground, skating rink, sports field or spray park. The proposal which will go before a city committee on Monday, was first raised by local elementary students last spring. The issue is already stirring up debate, with some doubting whether legislating such a law is necessary.”

    As much as I hate smoking and being around smoke, this bylaw might be a bit much. Although it is better for smokers’ health if they don’t smoke as much so if this will help with that then woot woot!

  • Chronic diseases taking toll on Canadians
  • “Chronic diseases are increasingly putting Canadians’ health at risk and adding greater financial burden to the country’s health-care system… ‘Canada is facing a growing burden from such chronic diseases as diabetes and cancer. This burden is expected to increase due to an aging population and rising rates of obesity.’”

    Ruh roh.

  • Chocolate may be good for your heart: Study
  • “Eating chocolate is not only a treat for the tongue — it may also have some tangible benefits for heart health, such as lowering blood pressure slightly… The study also found that participants had small improvements in blood vessel function and a dip in their insulin levels.”

    Good news for chocolate lovers! Now someone tell me chips are healthy.

  • Government moving forward on proposed unsolicited credit card cheque ban
  • “The federal government is moving forward with proposed regulations that ban credit-card companies from sending customers unsolicited cheques, one of several measures announced Sunday aimed at protecting Canadian consumers.”

    Good news!

  • Canada tops globe in Internet usage
  • “Whatever the reason, Canadians are spending more time online than any other country, including highly wired societies such as China, South Korea and the United States. The average Canadian spends about 45 hours a month browsing the Internet… Their voracious appetite for all things Internet has huge implications for advertisers and media companies, with digital advertising spending targeted toward Canadians surpassing $2.5-billion last year. This year, companies are scrambling to measure the effect of all that spending.”

    Internet guzzlers we are.

  • A Lawyer Who Is Also A Photographer Just Deleted All Her Pinterest Boards Out Of Fear
  • “She browsed Pinterest’s Terms of Use section. In it she found Pinterest’s members are solely responsible for what they pin and repin. They must have explicit permission from the owner to post everything… If that didn’t scare Kirsten enough, the all caps section of Pinterest’s Terms of Use did. Pinterest writes: “YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE ENTIRE RISK ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SITE, APPLICATION, SERVICES AND SITE CONTENT REMAINS WITH YOU.” What’s more, Pinterest places all blame and potential legal fees on its users.”

    I haven’t pinned anything in over a week. Slightly worried (as are many) about all of these Pinterest copyright issues… Yeesh.

  • Twitter sells your feed to Big Data
  • “Twitter users are about to become major marketing fodder, as two research companies get set to release information to clients who will pay for the privilege of mining the data. Boulder, Colorado-based Gnip Inc. and DataSift Inc., based in the U.K. and San Francisco, are licensed by Twitter to analyze archived tweets and basic information about users, like geographic location. DataSift announced this week that it will release Twitter data in packages that will encompass the last two years of activity for its customers to mine, while Gnip can go back only 30 days.”

    Well it is all public information, technically. Can’t be too upset about that? Meanwhile:

  • Twitter hands over user info for criminal investigation
  • “The handover ends a bitter battle between Boston law enforcement and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over whether the information should have been shared for the investigation. Law enforcement officials have argued that the data Twitter could provide–namely, IP address information associated with the account–is an integral component in their ongoing investigation. The ACLU, however, told the Globe that sharing the information is a violation of the user’s First Amendment rights.”


  • 29 Percent of People Socially Network While They Eat
  • “The company surveyed 1,641 people last December and found that, for a lot of them, mealtime is the best time to check up on Facebook, Twitter, and whatever other social media sites they might use.”

    Count me among that statistic! (Gotta tweet photos of my food lol)

  • Switching to iPads saves Vancouver City Council 50K pages a year
  • “Vancouver began its paperless City Council test in January. After two months, the transition to iPads has brought about a 40 percent reduction in the amount of pages printed for meetings.”

    Go Vancouver City Council!

  • Hackers Will Replace Terrorists as Top Threat, Says FBI
  • “Could Anonymous be the next al-Qaeda? FBI Director Robert Mueller warned a group of cybersecurity experts on Thursday that online attacks will replace terrorism as the most serious threat facing the U.S.”

    Yeah I can see that. Meanwhile:

  • Hackers had ‘full functional control’ of Nasa computers
  • “Hackers gained “full functional control” of key Nasa computers in 2011, the agency’s inspector general has told US lawmakers.”


  • Oceans are acidifying faster than ever
  • “Acidity in the Earth’s oceans is increasing more rapidly than any time in the last 300 million years, leading to severe consequences for marine ecosystems.”

    Of course, mankind ruins everything it touches, lol. #bitter #endoftheworldiscoming

  • Shelter from the solar storm? U.K. lab creates system to protect satellites from nasty space weather
  • “British scientists have developed a system to help protect navigation and communications satellites from potentially devastating solar storms, they said on Friday. Services spanning everything from mobile phones to sophisticated weaponry increasingly depend on global positioning system, or GPS, technology. However damage by a massive burst of solar energy could knock out GPS satellites and send them veering into the paths of other craft or scramble their communications.”

    That’s good! Otherwise we would be quite helpless.

  • Asteroid 2012 DA14 heads for Earth next year
  • “Scientists are predicting that the asteroid 2012 DA14 has a good chance of colliding with Earth in eleven months. Watch the skies in February 2013!”

    It could break into tiny pieces or it could make a huge impact. We’ll have to see what happens!

  • Revealed: The best and worst places to be a woman
  • “Including “best place to be a woman: Iceland” – “best place to be a mother: Norway” – “best place to give birth: Greece” and more!”

    Interesting read.

  • Alberta couple celebrates 8 decades together
  • “A Lamont couple celebrated a huge milestone on Saturday – one that only two other Canadian couples have ever reached: their 80th anniversary. The big day, which even had the Queen and Governor General sending their congratulations, was commemorated by five generations of family, all in one room.”

    So, so cute. Mike and I will reach that milestone I’m telling you right now!! ;)

  • Edmonton man about to embark on trip of a lifetime
  • “A 25 year-old who wasn’t supposed to live past his teenage years is getting ready to defy the odds once again. This time, Adam Biel plans to set a world record by cycling from the southern tip of Argentina to the northern tip of Alaska – and he plans to complete the 22,700 kilometre journey in just 100 days.”

    Amazing. People are doing really cool things in the world.

  • QR Code Condoms Let You Check In Before Getting it On
  • “Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW) distributed more than 50,000 condoms in QR code-emblazoned wrappers to college students in the state of Washington. The wrappers enable people to scan the QR code with their smartphone to check in to the site and anonymously let the world know where they practiced safe sex. Users can also check in to the site by computer.”

    WHY?!?!?! My goodness.

  • Japan gets a cat curfew
  • “Times are looking tough for Tokyo’s cat cafes, where feline aficionados can drop in for tea and some time with a cat. At most such establishments, it’s the post-work rush that brings in the most cash, with tired and harried professionals dropping by on their way homes to pet and play with the animals as a way of relieving stress. But now the purrs of delight may be getting quieter. A revision to Japan’s Animal Protection Law, due to come into force on June 1, will slap a curfew on the public display of cats and dogs, forcing cat cafes to shut up shop at 8 p.m.”

    Lol! So funny. I didn’t even realize Japan had “cat cafes”!! Hehe.

  • [Video]: Sportscaster Breaks Through his Stool
  • Lol. You got to admit he maintains his composure quite well!

Thor Photo of the Day:


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