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Clicks of the Week: November 12 to 19, 2012 Edition

Welcome to Clicks of the Week: November 12 to 19, 2012 Edition!

Clicks of the Week is a weekly round up of news. It used to be Clicks of the Day, but Linda’s life got busy so now it’s a weekly thing. Number of Clicks will be dependent again on the busyness of life that week.

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

    (okay this section is really weak this time around, it’ll be stronger next week).

  • Harper warns of consequences if U.S. fails to avoid fiscal cliff
  • “Prime Minister Stephen Harper says if President Barack Obama and U.S. lawmakers can’t find a solution to the looming fiscal cliff it could spark other unforeseen economic woes.”

    Indeed.

  • Formerly homeless Edmontonians getting married, shelter seeks donations
  • “A year ago they were homeless, sleeping in a parking garage, and preparing for a baby. Today, they have a five-month old child and an apartment of their own. And, they’re planning a wedding. For the first time ever, Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) is hosting a wedding for two clients.”

    I LOVE THIS STORY!

  • Keystone XL pipeline concerns resurrected, protesters call on Obama to reject project
  • “Thousands of environmentalists marched outside the White House on Sunday, armed with banners and signs, chanting and voicing their opposition against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.”

    While I worry about the environmental impact, I recognize we need this for, well, basically the world to function.

  • Call to help dozens of pets answered
  • “Mere moments after the story of Dan Lapotac, and the dozens of pets he had been looking after went to air, Janice Dodd’s phone started ringing, and it hasn’t stopped. “The calls started literally one minute after it went to air, one minute,” Dodds said. Dodds is an animal advocate who took up Lapotac’s cause after hearing about his living conditions. Lapotac has been living in a makeshift tent on the Enoch Cree Nation for four years – while he started with only four cats, the number of pets in his home has grown steadily. Recently, two litters of kittens and another litter of puppies were born, adding up to nearly 50 cats, and eight dogs.”

    Local animal story of the week, for sure. I am so happy the Edmonton Emergency Vet Clinic offered to spay/neuter these cats for free and that there’s been a bunch of people calling, hoping to help & adopt. I hope every animal finds their forever home!!

  • Traffic circles proposed as way to deter speeding
  • “The city is considering modifying five neighbourhood roads, including adding traffic circles, as a way to discourage speeding and address safety concerns… Plans include adding modified traffic circles, raised crosswalks, curb extension intersections, medians, speed tables and curb extension mid-blocks.”

    Way too expensive.

    World

  • Civilian death toll climbs in Israel-Gaza crisis as world leaders urge ceasefire
  • “More Palestinian civilians were caught in the line of fire Monday as Israel expanded the scope of its campaign in the Gaza Strip, hitting densely packed areas of the territory with airstrikes. Israel began targeting the Gaza homes of Hamas activists and suspected military commanders over the weekend, bolstering its efforts to stop Hamas rocket fire on the state. The new approach, however, has led to an increased number of civilian casualties as airstrikes devastate more crowded areas of Gaza.”

    This violence needs to stop.

  • Dolphins shot, mutilated, stabbed along Gulf Coast
  • “Over the past several months, dolphins have washed ashore along the northern Gulf Coast with bullet wounds, missing jaws and hacked off fins, and federal officials said they are looking into the mysterious deaths. The most recent case was of a dolphin found dead off the coast of Mississippi, its lower jaw missing. Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday they’re asking everyone from beachgoers to fishermen to wildlife agents to be on the lookout for injured or dead dolphins — and any unusual interaction between the mammals and people.”

    This makes me so sick. If someone is doing this to the dolphins I honestly wish only the very worst things on them. Horrifying.

  • The Petraeus scandal: What we know
  • What a scandal.

  • What the hell is China building here?
  • “What the hell is this 157m high metal structure in the the city of Fushun, in northeast China’s Liaoning province? It’s made of an astounding 3000 tons of steel and it will glow at night — decorated with 12,000 LED lights. According to Fushun Municipal Government’s officials, this titanic structure does absolutely nothing except serve as an elevated sighting position. They claim it is pretty “landscape architecture” — like the Eiffel Tower. It uses four elevators to take people to the top.”

    Hmmmmmm. It definitely does look like an interdimensional portal, lol.

  • Remembering Neft Dashlari, Stalin’s utopian ocean city made from oil and steel
  • “Shortly after the Second World War, the Soviet Union constructed a massive industrial city-complex in the Caspian Sea off the coast of Azerbaijan. Home to over 5,000 workers, it was an intricate maze of oil platforms linked by hundreds of miles of roads and featuring a park, cinema, and apartment blocks. Called Neft Dashlari, the ocean city is still in use today, but it’ll be only a matter of time before the sea completely consumes it.”

    Fascinating!

    Health

  • Can you move it and work it on a treadmill desk?
  • “As we’ve reported, there’s a backlash brewing to sedentary office life as more people realize how sitting all day can do a body wrong… Take Salo, a financial consulting firm based in Minneapolis. The company has 12 treadmill desks, and encourages walking meetings and a mini-breakaway game — a mixture of pingpong, tennis and a bit of squash. Throughout the day, employees rotate on and off the available treadmill desks.”

    Love this… and other ideas to get people moving at the workplace (‘walk and talk meetings’). There should be a push to have these initiatives put in place at al workplaces!!

  • Real-life sleeping beauty slept 64 days in a row
  • “This 17-year-old teenager from North Fayette, Pa., has a rare condition called Kleine-Levin Syndrome — or “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome” — that makes her sleep 18 to 19 hours a day. And when she does wake up, she is often so tuckered out that she is in a sleepwalking state and doesn’t remember doing basic things like eating, according to KDKA-TV.”

    Wow! Weird.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Recruiters post 1.7 million jobs on new Facebook jobs board
  • “Facebook launched a job-board application, featuring 1.7 million listings from five different recruiting organizations. The new application, a product of the Social Jobs Partnership that Facebook started last year with several public agencies, aggregates jobs that are already available through the separate organizations to give job seekers a central location to look for work. This initial slew of jobs — sorted by industry, location, and skills — comes from BranchOut, DirectEmployers Association, Work4Labs, Jobvite, and Monster.com.”

    Oo! That’s interesting.

  • Facebook ‘couples’ pages spark anger and praise
  • “The global behemoth of social media has introduced an automatic “couples” page that has triggered the same instant revulsion and joy of its past changes… Facebook introduced the “couples” page last Thursday as “a new look for the Friendship page.” If you and someone you are in a relationship with both list that by name on your status, Facebook has already created a page just for the two of you. To see it, go to www.facebook.com/us. The page collects all of your joint tagged pictures, lists your mutual friends and tracks your shared posts.”

    This is stupid.

  • Nintendo Wii U consoles sold out, alraedy selling for over $500 on eBay
  • “One reason some people waited in long lines to be the first to get the new Nintendo Wii U console has nothing to do with the games. With Wii U devices all but guaranteed to be sold out at retailers around the world this Christmas, some buyers immediately put their new consoles on Ebay. Wii Us are already selling for over $500 on the site. There were well over 2,500 consoles listed on the world’s largest auction site just hours after it went on sale on November 18 at the Nintendo World store in New York City and around the globe.”

    Some people are evil and greedy!

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • RIM will pull the covers off its BB10 devices January 30
  • “RIM’s BB10 has been a hell of a long time coming. But the company has finally pinned down a launch date for the new OS: it will officially enter into the world on January 30th next year. The new software is pretty much make-or-break for RIM, whose fortunes have been failing of recent time. CEO Thorsten Heins, however, promises great things.”

    It will be sad when this fails and then RIM fails.

  • Retailers try to keep consumers at home as Black Friday deals come to Canada
  • Bring on the deals!

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Nose cell transplant enables paralysed dogs to walk
  • “Scientists have reversed paralysis in dogs after injecting them with cells grown from the lining of their nose. The pets had all suffered spinal injuries which prevented them from using their back legs. The Cambridge University team is cautiously optimistic the technique could eventually have a role in the treatment of human patients.”

    That’s fantastic.

  • It’s been nearly 28 years since we have had a colder-than-average month
  • “This is the 332nd consecutive month with an above-average temperature.”

    #endoftheworldclimate

  • ‘Rogue planet’ spotted 100 light-years away
  • “Astronomers have spotted a “rogue planet” – wandering the cosmos without a star to orbit – 100 light-years away… One tricky part is determining if rogue planet candidates are as massive as the “failed stars” known as brown dwarfs, further along in stellar evolution but without enough mass to spark the nuclear fusion that causes starlight.”

    What a badass planet! ;)

  • Belly button bacteria oligarchs dominate our navel’s ecosystem
  • “The Belly Button Biodiversity Project, which explores the bacterial ecosystems living in its participants’ navels, has discovered that a small number of bacterial phylotypes (or “species”) dominate the micro-landscape. The biologists’ results show a “jungle of microbial diversity” with over 2,300 species of bacteria present and only eight of those recurring frequently — a similar diversity distribution to that of tree species in tropical rainforests.”

    Something to think about next time you pick your belly button, lol.

    Entertainment

  • Lucasfilm wants to make ‘two or three’ movies a year. That’s a lot of Star Wars.
  • “Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Lucas’ anointed successor, Kathleen Kennedy, says that the company wants to produce “two or three films a year”, which aside from the odd Indiana Jones flick certainly suggests we can expect all kinds of Star Wars output over the next decade.”

    That’s a lot…

    Weird News, Other News, Good News and/or Fluff

  • The top places to survive the end of the world
  • Interesting! I wonder how Mike & I (and family & friends) will do when the apocalypse arrives.

  • 31 kids who are too clever for their own good
  • “Meet your future statesmen, poets, inventors, and pioneers. Also, scoundrels.”

    This is a MUST read!!!! So funny. Brings me much laughter and joy.

  • 34 insanely simple two-ingredient recipes
  • “Cooking doesn’t get much easier than this. BTW, these are mostly desserts. I hope you’re OK with that.”

    I’m not big on desserts but this is a list worth checking out!

  • Ecuador officials deny donkey the chance to run for office
  • “The demand of dozens of citizens has been denied in the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil: There will be no jackass running for the legislature. At least 40 people paraded their candidate through the city’s streets to the electoral council offices. Mr. Burro even wore a tie. But officials refused to even let them in the door on Thursday.”

    Lol. What’s with people pushing for animals to run for office everywhere?

  • A harbor for Akutan, but no road to it
  • “Akutan, the Aleutians community with a brand new but so-far unused airport on another island, also has a new harbor but no road connecting it to the town 2 miles away. KUCB reports the harbor was begun by the Army Corps of Engineers with $29 million in federal stimulus money even though the connecting road was likely years in the future.”

    #poorplanning

  • [Video]: Little girl dresses liker her cat
  • Sooooooooooooooooo precious.

  • [Video]: Cat and doberman bffs
  • Besties!!!

  • [Video]: Kittens and ducklings playing together
  • This is a cute-xplosion.

  • [Video]: Red Panda gets surprised
  • Poor panda!!!


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

Best buddies.


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Linda

Clicks of the Day, Current Events, Lists

Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, July 11 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

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

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Dozens face more than 100 charges in undercover drug bust
  • “In an effort to curb illegal activity in the downtown core, Edmonton police have carried out an undercover drug operation – and laid more than one hundred charges. After a six-week focused drug operation, 30 people were arrested, and now face 155 charges related to drug trafficking.”

    Intense. Well done, police.

  • Vancouver roads most congested in Canada: study
  • “Vancouver is the most congested city in Canada when measured by rush-hour traffic, a new study has found. Los Angeles is the worst in all of North America, the study also reveals… Edmonton made the greatest strides in dropping its rank from eighth worst congested city in North America to 23.”

    My commute is excellent ! :)

  • City looks to install ‘smart’ parking meters
  • “Some drivers may be left fuming if the city makes the move to a new parking meter system that allows for higher rates at popular destinations. And the proposed switch to the so-called “smart” parking meters could also put the brakes on free on-street parking after 6 p.m.”

    That would be very upsetting.

  • Stephen Harper draws criticism for Calgary is Canada’s ‘greatest’ city comment
  • “Other politicians across the country aren’t pleased after hearing his Stampede declaration.”

    Nooo!! :P

  • Alberta begins carbon capturing
  • “For the first time ever, Alberta will bury millions tonnes of carbon dioxide from upgraded oilsands bitumen. Under Shell Canada Ltd.’s Quest carbon capture and storage project, more than a million tonnes of CO2 will be captured from Fort Saskatchewan’s Scotford Upgrader and stored deep underground every year. The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) recommended the Quest project, aimed at reducing carbon dioxide levels believed to have a harmful greenhouse effect on the atmosphere.”

    Hmm.. Good right? I am not all that educated on carbon capture techniques. Although storing it deep underground makes me wonder how safe it would be for the underground.

  • Fire knocks out 911 service for up to 30,000 in Calgary
  • “An explosion in the electrical room in Calgary’s Shaw Building took out 911 service for up to 30,000 landline customers and disrupted Internet, cable and local radio stations.”

    Yikes!!

    World

  • Costa Concordia captain admits being distracted ahead of sinking
  • “The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia said in an interview broadcast Tuesday that he was distracted by a phone conversation shortly before the cruise liner crashed into a reef off an Italian island and capsized, killing 32 people. Francesco Schettino described the collision to private Italian TV channel Canale 5 as a “banal accident” in which “destiny” played a role.”

    Oyyy.

  • Afghans protest public slaying of woman, call for more rights for women
  • “Dozens of men and women took to the streets of Kabul on Wednesday to protest the recent public slaying of an Afghan woman accused of adultery whose brutal, execution-style killing was captured on video… It was a reminder that girls and women still suffer shocking abuse in Afghanistan, but the protest also indicated that people’s views on women’s rights here could be slowly changing.”

    Sad story. We are so lucky in Canada.

  • Cuban cholera outbreak reaches Havana
  • “The BBC has learned that a patient has been diagnosed with cholera in the Cuban capital, Havana, days after three people died in a rare outbreak in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo. More than 50 people were infected and about 1,000 have received medical attention.”

    Uh oh.

    Health

  • H1N1 vaccine linked to potentially fatal nervous system condition: study
  • “Researchers in Canada have found that for every million doses of the H1N1 pandemic vaccine that were administered in 2009/10 there were two extra cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome which can be fatal in extreme cases. The benefits of vaccination still outweighed the risks, they concluded as the risk of death from H1N1 in the region was one in 2,500. It was found the increased risk was between 12 per cent and three fold, due to small numbers involved.”

    Hmmm.

  • Your dog or cat may be good for your baby’s health
  • “A new study from Finland suggests babies who grow up with pets, especially dogs, are not as likely to develop colds and other respiratory infections by the time they reach one year old.”

    Hooray! :)

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • China’s video sites ordered to censor content
  • “If you run a video website in China, you will now be charged with a daunting task: watch all your content and censor out any questionable content before posting… Chinese video websites can be held legally liable if they fail to comply with the self-screening and censorship policy.”

    Hrmmm.

  • NYC phone booths to be resurrected as wi-fi hotspots
  • “Some of the 12,400 phone kiosks across the city will be spruced up for use as more than toilets of the homeless–instead, you’ll be able to tap into the rusted, fecal totems for gloriously free WiFi. The program will eventually extend to all five boroughs, says the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications.”

    Really cool!

  • Amazon targets Apple’s Game Center with GameCircle
  • “Amazon has announced GameCircle, a platform that comes with some of the features found in Apple’s Game Center. Designed for the Amazon Kindle Fire, GameCircle will attempt to engage players by tracking their achievements and delivering a leaderboard to see how they stack up against other folks. In addition, Amazon says GameCircle supports a syncing function that lets users save in-game progress to the cloud and pick up where they left off after restoring their tablet or switching to a different device.”

    Everyone’s always copying Apple.

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Video game collection sells for $1.25M
  • “So you’ve spent 15 years amassing what might be the most impressive collection of rare video games on the entire planet. What do you do now? Sell it to a Canadian. For $1.25 million dollars. No, that’s not a typo. A 32-year-old video game enthusiast in France put his entire collection of roughly 7,000 old-school game cartridges and discs up for auction on eBay, asking a cool one million Euros for the lot (about $1,247,775 in Canuck-bucks, plus an extra $1,250 for shipping.) And it sold, at least provisionally, to a man in Quebec.”

    Wowsa!

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Fossil find of ancient life ‘nursery’
  • “A volcanic eruption some 579 million years ago buried and fossilized a “nursery” of the some of the world’s earliest animals, British scientists say. Researchers from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, in collaboration with the Memorial University of Newfoundland, discovered more than 100 fossils in Newfoundland rocks of what are believed to be “baby” rangeomorphs, bizarre frond-shaped organisms that lived 580 million to 550 million years ago that were unlike any creature alive today.”

    Neat!

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • U.S. woman kept friend’s corpse for months as company
  • “A woman said she kept the dead body of her companion in a chair in their southern Michigan house for months because she didn’t want to be alone.
    Linda Chase, 72, said she kept the remains of Charles Zigler clean and dressed and talked to the body while watching NASCAR on television.”

    Oh, geez.

  • Death of baby panda has sent Japan into mourning
  • “The death of a rare newborn Giant Panda at Tokyo’s oldest zoo has interrupted regular TV programming and sent shock waves across Japan. The unnamed male cub, weighing just 144 grams, was found lying on its back against his mother’s stomach early this morning. The Globe and Mail says the zoo issued a statement saying “they administered cardiac massage and other treatment but they confirmed the death at 8:30am.” It is believed to have died of pneumonia when being fed by its mother Shin Shin and milk got into his lung.”

    So sad :'(

  • Dog adopts baby chimpanzee after its mother dies at zoo
  • “Thanks to Reddit user dmonnens, the world gets to see these heartwarming photos of a dog who, according to the thread, adopted a baby chimpanzee after its mother died at a zoo. Since the dog had just given birth, it was able to raise the baby chimp with her litter of puppies.”

    Utterly precious!!!

  • Homeless couple in Sao Paulo, finds duffel bag with $10,000 in cash, turns it over to police
  • “When the duo stumbled across a duffel bag containing 20,000 Brazilian Reais ($9,831) at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Folha de S.Paulo reports they decided to do the right thing and turn it over to police. Santos found the bag near a bus station when he and his wife went to investigate why a nearby shop’s fire alarm had gone off. Though they could desperately use the funds, they never considered taking the money. “I learned from my mother to never take anything that belongs to others,” he told TV Globo.”

    Very impressed.

  • World’s most expensive foods
  • Including a $69 “haute” dog, $110 ramen noodles, and a $1,000 bagel! Who pays for that stuff!

  • Internet cat video film festival to be held in Minneapolis
  • “Move over, Cannes, Minneapolis might just be home to the greatest film festival ever. On August 30, feline aficionados will have the chance to laugh in unison with others at the first-ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival. Viral videos of cats doing their thing will be projected on a building wall near the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, KARE 11 reports. Leading up to the festival, people have the chance to submit their favorite clips through the festival’s nomination form. The submission period will close on July 30.”

    Hehehehe!!!! So cool!!


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

Thor got a new box to play in today! Loki’s not allowed in, lol.


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Linda

Clicks of the Day, Current Events, Lists

Clicks of the Day: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Tuesday, June 26 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

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

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Edmonton police tweet, too
  • “@CstPower: “Drunk fight: ‘… she had a knife.’ ‘Ok, what did the knife look like?’ ‘It doesn’t matter.’ ‘…?’ They fight & I get the headache #eps” You don’t often get to hear those kinds of comments from members of the Edmonton Police Service. In fact, you often won’t interact much at all with officers unless you’ve been a victim of a crime or have committed a crime. But that’s all very different these days thanks to social media (specifically, Twitter).”

    Go Twitter cops!

  • Newlywed killed in Edmonton armoured-car attack laid to rest in bridal gown
  • “One of three armoured car guards shot and killed during a robbery is being laid to rest in the dress she was married in just two months ago. The family of Michelle Shegelski told mourners at her funeral Tuesday that they chose the dress because her wedding day was the happiest day of her life.”

    May she rest in peace…

  • Special committee to re-visit ‘no-zero’ policy
  • “On Tuesday, the board decided to review the system, and take another look at how students are graded, and whether the no-zero policy is the right one.”

    It should definitely be reviewed.

  • Edmonton radio station selling ‘Calgary sucks’ T-shirts
  • “Stoking the flames of a long-standing Alberta rivalry, an Edmonton rock station is selling T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Calgary sucks” to mark 20 years on the air. FM station 100.3 The Bear is printing the $20-tees featuring such trenchant Cowtown criticisms as “not the capital of Alberta,” and “fake cowboys.”’

    Lol.

  • Most Canadians dislike Stephen Harper: Poll
  • “A majority of Canadians continue to object to the federal Tories and disapprove of their boss, according to national poll numbers released by an Ottawa-based research firm. Most participants in a recent poll by Abacus Data – 49% – disapproved of the Harper government, while 34% approved.”

    Hmmmm.

  • Brazeau apologizes for insulting reporter on Twitter
  • “Senator Patrick Brazeau apologized Tuesday evening for telling a reporter over Twitter that she should change her name to “Bitchburn,” after she reported that he had the lowest attendance record in the Red Chamber between June 2011 and April 2012… Late Tuesday afternoon, a message appeared on Brazeau’s Twitter account, @TheBrazman, saying: “@jenditchburn while u smile Jen, others suffer. Change the D to a B in your last name and we’re even! Don’t mean it but needs saying.””

    Oh dear… lol.

  • Rescuers to ‘move slowly’ through Elliot Lake rubble
  • “Rescue crews should be able to safely sift through the rubble of the collapsed Ontarioshopping mall as they search for survivors despite fears of a further collapse, says an engineering expert, if they work slowly and continue to secure the structure as they remove debris.”

    It was pretty sad when they called off the rescue the other day but good for public outcry for resuming it… Hope they find survivors (and hope no rescuers get hurt).

    World

  • FBI, police, rescue 79 children in child prostitution sweep
  • “The 72 hour sweep conducted by the FBI and local police departments took 79 child prostitutes off the street and resulted in the arrest of more than 100 pimps. Yesterday, the FBI announced the latest coordinated child prostitution sweep had concluded.”

    Good work, police.

  • Turkey threatens Syria with retaliation over jet crash
  • “Turkey warned Tuesday that any Syrian military unit approaching its border will be treated as a direct threat, a serious escalation in tensions days after Syria shot a Turkish military plane out of the sky.”

    Getting tense.

    Health

  • 365 babies born with FASD in Alberta each year
  • “For every day of the year, there’s an Alberta baby born brain-damaged because his or her mother drank while pregnant.”

    Awful.

  • Ozone can harm the heart in as little as two hours

    “Healthy, young volunteers with no history of heart disease showed unfavorable changes in their heart function after just two hours of exercising while being exposed to ozone, report researchers in the journal Circulation… The study is among the first to document the physiological changes caused by exposure to ozone, a major pollutant formed when volatile organic compounds from industrial waste or car exhaust reacts with sunlight.”

    Ruh roh.

  • Doctors worry as the over-stressed turn to pills
  • “Ask around and chances are good you know someone who is taking antidepressants to calm nagging worries, sedatives to sleep, or someone who keeps a quiet stash of some kind of “mother’s little helper” to quickly calm them… Dr. Peggy Richter, the director of Sunnybrook Hospital’s Clinic for OCD and Related Disorders in Toronto, believes anti-anxiety medications are often mis-prescribed.”

    Bad!!

  • Simple brain test may detect autism: Researchers
  • “A simple, widely available brain-imaging test can detect autism in children as young as two years old, offering hope for an earlier, more reliable diagnosis, researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston say.”

    Hooray!

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Five home devices that connect to Twitter
  • “Twitter isn’t just a sounding board for the latest news headlines or funniest memes. It can also be used as a command system for the home devices you use every day — from your coffee pot to your washing machine.”

    Who knew!

  • Twitter post draws hundreds to crash Barrie, Ont. house party
  • “A Barrie homeowner is reeling after a message posted online to Twitter attracted hundreds of strangers to what was supposed to be a modest party at her house. Approximately 200 teenagers showed up at Diane Glenn’s house Saturday and proceeded to smash beer bottles, torment the family dogs and smear paint on furniture. Some revellers stole jewelry and prescription drugs, while others broke cabinets and stair posts. By the end of the night, the partiers had caused an estimated $40,000 in damage.”

    Unbelievable.

  • Mac users prefer swankier hotel rooms than PC users
  • “According to the CEO of online travel agency Orbitz, people who use Apple’s line of Mac computers not only spend more per night on hotels, they’re also more likely than their PC counterparts to book rooms in classier establishments.”

    Strange study to commission in the first place, lol.

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • World unemployment due to reach 202 million later this year
  • “Global unemployment is expected to hit 202 million in 2012, up 2 million from the previous forecast and is expected to remain at over 6 per cent until 2016.”

    Very sad. Also:

  • Facing more tough competition and lower profits, Rogers cuts 375 jobs
  • “Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) will eliminate 375 jobs, a move that comes as the wireless, cable and Internet provider cuts costs in the face of lower profits and tougher competition on all fronts. The staff reduction is part of a cost-cutting strategy announced earlier this year and include employees in the business, wireless, and cable and Internet divisions. They follow 300 job cuts announced in March.”

    :(

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • ‘UFO’ at the bottom of Baltic Sea disables electrical equipment
  • “Members of the Ocean X team exploring the alleged “UFO-shaped” object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea say that their equipment stops working when they approach within 200 meters of the mysterious object. According to professional diver Stefan Hogerborn, a member of the Ocean X team exploring the object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, the team’s cameras and satellite phone stop working when directly above the object but start working again after they have sailed away.”

    Crazy!!!!

  • Racism is ‘hot-wired’ into the human brain
  • “The human brain is predisposed to racism because areas that detect ethnicity and those controlling emotion are tightly connected, with fear often the overwhelming thought.”

    Hmmm.

  • Scientists are scared of math too
  • “A new study by University of Bristol biologists shows that if a piece of research is packed full of mathematical equations, other scientists tend to ignore it.”

    Math is scary.

  • Sea rise faster on East Coast than rest of globe
  • “From Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston, sea levels are rising much faster than they are around the globe, putting one of the world’s most costly coasts in danger of flooding, government researchers report.”

    Disaster after disaster is in our future, I’m sure. Not to be pessimistic or anything~

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • ‘Pheromone parties’ growing across America
  • “Some say love is blind, but can it smell?That’s the question put to the test at ‘pheromone parties’ — a new dating movement… These parties — which the Associated Press reports have appeared in several cities around the country including New York and Los Angeles — ask that singles submit a worn T-shirt, and then allow other participants to have a sniff. If the smell is intriguing, then a photographer takes a picture of them with the shirt and sends it to a projector so the chemically-appealing participant can come forward.”

    Bizarre.

  • Bangor, Maine prepares for possible zombie apocalypse
  • “It seems that authorities in Maine are not taking any chances. Just weeks after the federal government publicly denied the existence of zombies, emergency officials in Maine have run a training exercise in preparation for a zombie apocalypse… In Bangor, approximately 100 emergency responders from eight different counties participated in the event.”

    It should be taken seriously!

  • Kate Middleton told to curtsy to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie
  • “Kate Middleton may be the future Queen, but the Duchess of Cambridge has been advised that she will be expected to show her respect and curtsy to “blood” Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.”

    Awwwwkward!

  • Big Ben to be named after Queen
  • “Britain’s famous parliament clock tower is to be renamed Elizabeth Tower in honour of the queen’s diamond jubilee, officials have announced.”

    I think that is weird. I will always refer to it as Big Ben!

  • [Video]: Cat vs. humidifier
  • Hehe I love cats!!!


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

Ever the curious looking Loki, hanging off the table. :)


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Linda