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

Thor and Loki Photo of the Week

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 … Continue reading 

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.


  • 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.”



  • 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.”


  • 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.


  • 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.”


  • 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.”


  • 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.


  • 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.”



  • 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.”


    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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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 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.”’


  • 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.”


  • 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).


  • 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.


  • 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.”


  • 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.”


  • 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.”


    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.”


  • 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.


  • 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.”



  • ‘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.”


  • 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.”


  • 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.”


  • 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.”


  • 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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