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Clicks of the Week: November 19 to 26, 2012 Edition

Welcome to Clicks of the Week: November 19 to 26, 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.


    (I continue to do a poor job collecting local/national news throughout the week. Next week’s will be more comprehensive…)

  • Up, down and all around, Edmonton council gets an earful on city budget
  • “The city is looking at a smaller 2013 tax increase than originally proposed, but most of that saving will disappear if money requested by seniors, artists and social groups is approved.”

    So many numbers…

  • New look for K-Days launched
  • “Months after Edmontonians voted for the new name of the city’s summer fair, Northlands unveiled the new look for next summer’s event. “The ‘K’ stands for whatever you want it to,” Northlands President Richard Anderson said. “K-Days is a nod to the past, we’re certainly going to honour Klondike Days, and other events prior,” Anderson continued. “It’s really a foundation for the future, the question is, what’s your ‘K’?””

    Hmmmmm. I am not overly impressed with this theme, lol it’s whatever you want it to be?

  • Ukrainian community marks 79th anniversary of Holodomor, famine that killed millions
  • “Edmonton’s Ukrainian community gathered at city hall Saturday to mark the 79th anniversary of Holodomor, a deliberate famine/genocide imposed in the Ukraine in 1932-33, that left millions dead. Natalia Talanchuk is a Holodomor survivor. She was just eight years old when the famine was imposed by the Joseph Stalin-led communist Soviet Union regime during the 1930s. “I can’t sleep at night sometimes thinking about it because it haunts me,” Talanchuk said.”

    The Natalia Talanchuk interview almost brought me to tears. So sad.

  • Other jurisdictions eyeing Edmonton’s potential foray into Internet voting
  • “A 17-member citizens’ jury in Edmonton gave a unanimous thumbs-up to Internet voting Sunday after spending three days listening to experts talk about the pros and cons associated with the technology. Their approval is the next step in a process that could see absentee or disabled voters given the chance to cast special ballots online in Edmonton’s next civic election on Oct. 21, 2013.”

    Online voting, here we come!

  • More cold, snow forecast for this winter over last: meteorologist
  • “The Weather Network’s top forecaster is advising Canadians to keep their winter mitts close and snow shovels even closer as he expects much of the country is in for a harsher blast of winter than it was dealt last year. “We’ll get more winter this year than we did last year,” said director of meteorology Chris Scott. And that means a return to more “typical” historic conditions of cold and snow gripping much of the country, he said.”


  • Justin Bieber awarded Diamond Jubilee medal by Stephen Harper
  • “Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber now has a Diamond Jubilee Medal to add to his accolades. Prime Minister Stephen Harper presented the medal to Bieber at Scotia Bank Place in Ottawa prior to Bieber’s concert on Friday night. A spokeswoman for the prime minister says the Stratford, Ont., singer’s family was with him as Bieber — who was dressed in overalls for his concert — received the honour from Harper.”

    Um. I’m sorry but if he can do costume changes during his concert he can change out of overalls to receive the freaking Diamond Jubilee medal!


  • Confetti from police files tossed at Macy’s parade
  • “Shredded Long Island police records that landed on spectators at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade were brought by a department employee who tossed the confidential confetti with his family, a New York TV station reports. Among the easily identifiable records from the Nassau County Police Department were what appears to be details of Mitt Romney’s motorcade route to and from the final presidential debate at Hofstra University.”

    You know I think the dollar store sells confetti..

  • Two dead, at least 80 more injured in estimated 140-car pileup in Texas
  • “Two people died at least 80 more were injured in an estimated 140-car pileup that shut down a Texas interstate on Thanksgiving Day.”



  • Active video games don’t boost kids’ daily physical activity levels, study finds
  • “Active video games may help get kids off the couch, but child fitness advocates say they shouldn’t be seen as a substitute for real exercise. Active Healthy Kids Canada has released its official position on active video games after convening an international panel of researchers to look at the latest evidence on the subject. The organization says “exergames” are a good way to break up the time kids spend being sedentary. However, they’re not as good as having kids play real active games or sports.”

    Pack away that Wii! Lol.

  • Early exposure to air pollution may be linked to autism: study
  • “Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and first of year of life may have links to autism in children, a U.S.-based study has found. The study, conducted in California and published online Monday in Archives of General Psychiatry, examined the relationship between traffic-related air pollution, air quality, and autism. It found children living in homes with highest levels of traffic-related air pollution were three times as likely to have the developmental disorder when compared with children residing near lowest levels of exposure.”

    Sigh – feels like everything these days can be linked to every kind of cancer/disease/disorder/disability/illness/etc.

  • 31 kids a day injured in inflatable bounce houses: study
  • “U.S. researchers are calling for a design overhaul of the inflatable bounce houses that are a staple of children’s parties after finding that as many as 31 children per day are injured while playing in them. A study out of Ohio says that between 1995 and 2010 there was a 15-fold increase in the number of bounce house-related injuries in the United States, from fewer than 1,000 per year to nearly 11,000.”

    That is a lot of inflatable bounce house injuries.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Libel case that snared BBC widens to Twitter
  • “The Internet, it is sometimes said, turns every citizen into a journalist. If that is the case, some Twitter users in Britain are discovering one of the downsides of the business. As many as 10,000 Twitter users reportedly face the threat of legal action because of comments posted on the Internet or forwarded to others in which they referred to a BBC report wrongly linking a former Conservative Party official to the sexual abuse of a child.”

    Interesting. Careful what you retweet.

  • $700 hack threatens millions of Yahoo mail users
  • “A new exploit being sold for $700 may put tens of millions of Yahoo Mail users at risk. Once victims click on a malicious email link, the exploit allows an attacker to steal and replace tracking cookies, while remotely controlling the victims’ browsing sessions.”

    That sucks. Good thing I’m a gmail lady.

  • Cell phones becoming the go-to device for online activities, banking and more: study
  • “As smartphone use becomes more common, people are increasingly using their phones to take pictures, check their email or do online banking. That’s what a new study reveals, hinting once again that phones have become so much more than just calling and texting devices. ”

    Makes sense.

  • Facebook asked by privacy groups to stop proposed policy changes
  • “Facebook (FB) Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg was asked by two privacy groups to withdraw proposed changes to the company’s governing documents, saying they raise risks to members’ data. Facebook shouldn’t roll back voting options for users, shift controls on messaging or combine data from affiliates, including newly acquired mobile photo-sharing service Instagram, said Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and Jeffrey Chester, president of the Center for Digital Democracy, in a letter to Zuckerberg. Facebook proposed modifications to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and its data-use policy last week.”

    Facebook owns us…


  • WestJet testing system that allows Internet access on mobile devices
  • “WestJet Airlines plans to test a new entertainment system next year that will allow passengers to use their tablets, computers and smart phones to access in-flight television and connect to the Internet, CEO Gregg Saretsky said Tuesday. A prototype is expected to fly some time in the first half of 2013. The new system could eventually lead the Calgary-based airline to do away with seat-back systems and shed about 1,200 pounds (544 kilograms) from each aircraft.”

    Forward-thinking, that WestJet.

  • WalMart’s internal compensation documents reveal systematic limit on advancement
  • “Two years ago, when she started working at the deli counter of a Walmart in Illinois, Lisa hoped that her job would amount to the beginning of a career, one that would pay enough to cover her bills and enable her to stay current on her student loan debt. But despite one raise since, Lisa, who asked that only her first name be used, now earns just $9.10 an hour, or about $13,000 a year on part-time hours. Seven months pregnant, she recently filed for bankruptcy. With no alternatives at hand, Walmart now seems like a dead-end to poverty, she says.”

    Very sad.


  • Sex will not induce labour: KL study
  • “Despite a widespread belief that sex during the later stages of pregnancy can jumpstart labour, a new study from Malaysia found no differences in the timing of delivery between women who had sex near term and those who abstained. “We are a little disappointed that we did not find an association,” said Dr Tan Peng Chiong.”


  • Billion-ton comet may have missed Earth by a few hundred kilometres in 1883
  • “A reanalysis of historical observations suggest Earth narrowly avoided an extinction event just over a hundred years ago.”

    Aren’t we lucky. :o

  • Five new space projects even more awesome than the Mars rover
  • Including a chance to join the ’70-mile high club’ and dive-bombing out of the sun!

  • Astronauts bring back new life
  • “It is not every day that astronauts can claim to return to Earth with a new species of life. But when the astronauts on ESA’s CAVES underground training course returned to the surface they were carrying a special type of woodlouse.”

    Interesting. Hopefully it doesn’t evolve above ground and destroy us all.

  • Scientists: Galapagos tortoise can be revived
  • “Lonesome George, the late reptile prince of the Galapagos Islands, may be dead, but scientists now say he may not be the last giant tortoise of his species after all. Researchers say they may be able to resurrect the Pinta Island subspecies by launching a cross-breeding program with 17 other tortoises found to contain genetic material similar to that of Lonesome George, who died June 24.”

    Playing God, eh.

  • [Photo]: The most incredible photographs of volcanic eruptions
  • Incredible, incredible photographs!!!

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

  • Japan’s ninjas heading for extinction
  • “Japan’s era of shoguns and samurai is long over, but the country does have one, or maybe two, surviving ninjas. Experts in the dark arts of espionage and silent assassination, ninjas passed skills from father to son – but today’s say they will be the last.”

    This is sad.

  • [Photos]: The house in the middle of the street
  • “Homeowners Luo Baogen and his wife refused to allow the government to demolish their home in Wenling, Zhejiang province, China, claiming the relocation compensation offered would not be enough to cover the cost of rebuilding. So, adjacent neighboring homes were dismantled, and, bizarrely, the road was built around the intact home, leaving it as an island in a river of new asphalt.”

    I just can’t see how this is real but I mean, the photos and The Atlantic are pretty legit. So strange!!!

  • Family swept to sea in effort to save dog – who evetually got out of the water on its own
  • “A couple died and their 16-year-old son went missing after being swept into sea in Northern California while trying to save their dog, authorities said Sunday… The dog got out of the water on its own.”


  • Some idiot apparently named their kid ‘Hashtag’
  • And yet, I’m not surprised? (Because a lot of people are really stupid).

  • [Photos]: Top-notch journalism at its best
  • Lol. These will have you cackling! So funny.

  • [Video]: Gangnam Reindeer Style Christmas Lights (Lethrbidge)
  • There’s a lot of these videos circulating (understandably) but I decided to link to the house in Lethbridge because of obvious geographical connections. Lol.

  • [Video]: Kitten vs. Paper ball
  • Fills my heart with joy :)

  • [Video]: Univision weather cat is the cutest news blooper ever
  • “As far as news bloopers go, it doesn’t get much cuter than this: a neighborhood kitty wandering on-camera during Univision 23 meteorologist Eduardo Rodriguez’s forecast segment recently. The Univision weather cat’s tail first floats along the bottom of the screen in the video above, then the surprise visitor takes a poke around the bottom righthand corner of the shot. ”

    Um. The uploader has not made this video available in your country?!?! WAH. I WANT TO SEE THIS.

  • [Video]: Six-day-old lamb and dog BFFs
  • Awwwww!!!

  • [Photo]: 25 years of cell phones in a single image
  • Look at how its evolved!

  • [Video]: Jimmy Fallon & Rashida Jones Parody Holiday Medley
  • Pretty funny :)

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

Sleepy Thor & Loki (and Pascal) on the new sectional.

Lol. My kitties sleeping. So precious.

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Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, August 8 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.


  • High river levels prompt Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival to move to Leduc
  • “The Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival will move this year from the North Saskatchewan River to Leduc because the river is too high and fast to guarantee the safety of paddlers. The annual three-day competition, which starts Aug. 17, will be at Telford Lake instead of Louise McKinney Park. The river has not only been high, but fast, explained festival president Blain Selinger. Teams are not allowed to take to the river if the water is moving faster than 450 cubic metres per second. For many weeks, Selinger said, water has rushed faster than 700 cubic metres per second. And just when it starts to slow, a heavy rain in Edmonton or to the west causes it to pick up again.”

    I’m sure it will still be a hit!

  • Alberta health minister should be punted over expense scandal: Opposition
  • “The opposition is calling on Alberta’s premier to punt her health minister over the health expense scandal. Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith called the $350,000 debacle the “exclamation point” on Fred Horne’s 10-month term as Health Minister.”


  • Police report spike in license plate thefts in west Edmonton
  • “Edmonton police are reporting a nearly 50 per cent increase in license plate thefts in the city this year. Police say as of last month, 233 license plate thefts had been reported, compared to 158 in July of 2011.”


  • Edmonton woman wins best blogger competition
  • “An Edmonton woman won a nationwide competition to be the blogging ambassador for the BiLLe Canada Wednesday. Sheri Landry, who blogs for a living at, won the contest after beating out eight others for the title of Canada’s Best Blogger. Landry won a one-year contract to work with BiLLe in social media and blogging, a 20-hour a week commitment worth 100,000 euros (over $155,000 CDN).”

    Congratulations Sheri! (Also: Last currency conversion I checked it was $123,092 CDN. Just noting this because I don’t want you to think the $124,000 CDN number I wrote in my Tuesday column was incorrect, lol.)


  • Wisconsin temple shooter killed himself, FBI says
  • “Wade Michael Page – the man who killed six at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday – killed himself after a police officer shot him in the stomach, the FBI said today. The second officer to arrive at the temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin disabled Page, who then shot himself in the head, The Wall Street Journal reported.”



  • U.S. kids cholesterol levels down
  • “Finally, some good news about cholesterol and kids: A big U.S. government study shows that in the past decade, the proportion of American children who have high cholesterol has fallen. The results are surprising, given that the childhood obesity rate didn’t budge. How can that be? Some experts think that while most kids may not be eating less or exercising more, they may be getting fewer trans fats. That’s because the artery-clogging ingredient has been removed or reduced in many processed or fried foods such as doughnuts, cookies and french fries.”


  • Natural births, not C-sections, trigger brain-protecting proteins in babies: Study
  • “The popularity of C-sections may carry a new and unsuspected risk. A team of scientists led by the Yale University School of Medicine is reporting that natural or vaginal births, but not caesarean sections, appear to trigger the brains of newborns to release a protein critical for the survival and development of neurons and connections in the hippocampus — the brain region involved in learning and memory that shrinks with age.”

    Gotta go all naturale~

  • Study: Fewer lies linked to stronger health and relationships
  • “A new study suggests honesty really is the best policy when it comes to your health. Researchers found those telling lies experienced more negative health effects than those who told the truth. They also say lying can put strain on relationships.”

    Lol… obviously…

  • One-third of moms suffer from PTSD symptoms after birth: Study
  • “Post-traumatic stress disorder is common among soldiers and victims of violent crime, and now researchers have found one in three mothers suffer from symptoms after giving birth. Researchers from Israel’s Tel Aviv University said women who have a natural birth, without an epidural, are more likely to suffer from symptoms of PTSD. The study included 89 post-partum women and found 3.4% actually had full-blown PTSD, such as flashbacks of the labour and heart palpitations while talking about the birth.”


    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Mike Tyson Twitter threat, police force social media giant to hand over information
  • “The Manhattan district attorney’s office subpoenaed the social network company after it initially refused to provide the identity of the user, whose Twitter handle is @obamamistress. New York City police confirmed today they had been given the information on the person who made violent threats to audience mambers attending former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s one-man show on Broadway, The New York Post reported. Fox News said the tweets included: “i’m serious, people are gonna die like aurora.” Also: “gosh i’m still making this hit list damn i wanna kill a lot of people.” Before complying with the subpoena, Twitter had told the NYPD in an email, “We appreciate the timeliness and sensitivity of this matter, and have reviewed the reported Twitter account.”


  • New digital divide: whites less likely to own smartphones
  • “Nielsen’s latest Mobile Insights study shows that whites are the only group of U.S. mobile subscribers who are more likely to own an old-school “feature phone” than a smartphone like the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. Two-thirds of Asian-American mobile subscribers, 57 percent of Hispanics, and 53 percent of blacks own smartphones. For non-Hispanic whites, the figure is just 45 percent.”


  • Apple, Amazon security questioned after hack
  • “The vulnerability of living a digital life “in the cloud” is in focus, after hackers proved the vulnerability of some popular online accounts that Internet users rely on everyday. Wired reporter Mat Honan’s AppleID was hijacked by hackers last week, enabling the identity thieves to take control of his iCloud account and remotely wipe the data from his Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac devices.”

    It is rather worrisome…

  • Beetles’ sticky feet lay groundwork for undersea robots
  • “Tomorrow’s robots could climb up submerged walls in the manner of an underwater Spider-Man by using a gripper design found in beetles. A number of beetle species can walk straight up smooth, dry plant leaves due to sticky adhesive-covered hair-like structures known as setae at the tips of their legs. Researchers analyzing ladybugs and a leaf beetle (Gastrophysa viridula) unexpectedly discovered that those insects also could use these setae to walk underwater.”



  • TV nets give less coverage to Sikh shooting
  • “Two days after six people were killed at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, the story has become just one item among many in the national news cycle — a stark contrast to the flood of media coverage in the days following the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12. With the exception of CNN, which continues to broadcast much of its prime-time programming live from Wisconsin, the major networks have not sent their anchors to Wisconsin and have given significantly less coverage to the shooting. Moreover, the Sikh temple shooting has not launched the national mourning that followed the shooting in Aurora.”

    That’s really sad.

  • The highest-paid media figures
  • “TV Guide is out with its annual list of the highest-paid television stars, and there are plenty of media figures in its ranks. Among the top were Matt Lauer — who signed an eyepopping $21.5 million contract after much speculation that he could leave “Today” — and Anderson Cooper, who kicks off the second season of his daytime show in September.”


  • WestJet winning market share from Air Canada
  • “Canadian airlines reported strong passenger demand in July as the busy summer season kicked off, but analysts cautioned the news was not all good for Air Canada, which is to report second-quarter results Wednesday. Observers said Canada’s largest carrier seemed to be losing market share to WestJet Airlines Ltd. on its U.S. transborder and domestic routes and experiencing weakness across the Atlantic in part due to the Olympics in London.”

    WestJet is awesome!!

  • New York Times poised to offload how-to site
  • “The New York Times has announced that it is poised to sell the resource guide, ending a costly and ill-fated attempt to extend its online publishing business. AllThingsD first reported that the Times is looking to sell to the online Q&A business site The NYT bought About for $400m in 2005.”

    I had no idea NYT owned


  • Canada at halfway mark to meeting 2020 emissions target
  • “Canada is halfway toward its target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from its 2005 levels by 2020, Environment Minister Peter Kent announced on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters from the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence in Ottawa, Kent credited the government’s “sector-by-sector” approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions for bringing Canada halfway to its goals.”


  • July 2012 warmest month in 100-plus years of U.S. records
  • “U.S. scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the Lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. They say climate change is a factor. And even less a surprise: The U.S. this year keeps setting records for weather extremes, based on the precise calculations that include drought, heavy rainfall, unusual temperatures, and storms.”


  • Massive meteorite crater found in Canadian arctic
  • “Researchers in Canada’s western Arctic have found evidence of a crater that formed when a huge meteorite slammed into Earth millions of years ago. Measuring about 15 miles (25 kilometers) across, the formation was named the Prince Albert impact crater after the peninsula where it was discovered. Researchers don’t know exactly when it was created, but evidence suggests the crater is between 130 million and 350 million years old, according to a statement from the University of Saskatchewan.”

    Cool beans!

  • Going squirrelly: Alberta rodents feeling effects of climate change: ecologist
  • “Research from the University of Alberta suggests that squirrels in the province’s southern foothills are starting to suffer from climate change. The finding raises questions about what’s happening with other wild populations in the area.”


    Weird News, Other News, Good News & Fluff

  • Teen ‘gamer’ collapses after four-day Xbox marathon
  • “Tyler Rigsby, 15, of Columbus, Ohio, only came out of his room to use the bathroom, have a quick shower and grab some snacks from the kitchen, his mom told media. She said her son was so addicted to the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, that she hardly saw him for four days. The New York Daily News reported that when Tyler and his mother visited a relative on Tuesday morning, the teenager collapsed three times. “I was very scared,” his mother, Jessie Rawlins, told WCMH. “I thought he was going to die.””

    How are these kinds of video game-collapse/death situations still happening?

  • Ill teenager misses her family cat, so the internet builds her a virtual cathedral of felines
  • “Because of her weakened immune system, 16-year-old cancer patient Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem has spent many months over the past year recovering in isolation at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. While waiting for a suitable bone marrow donor and receiving subsequent treatments, Maga found herself missing her beloved cat Merry. The hospital stepped in and created “The Cat Immersion Project” for Maga, which allowed her to meet thousands of cats from all around the internet from her hospital bed. It’s absolutely heartwarming, even if you happen to be allergic or feline averse.”

    Soooo great.

  • Nine-year-old’s lemonade stand raises thousands for Detroit
  • “So he did what any enterprising city kid does in the summer: he set up a lemonade stand. But this wasn’t to plump up his piggy bank. His goal was to raise money for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department so he and his buddies could again run around the Zussman Playground after it was cleared of debris. In a matter of days, he raised well over $3,000, received the praise of the mayor, and even won a scholarship towards college.”

    Good for him!!!

  • [Photos]: Collection of Olympic logos
  • All the logos aren’t very pretty, lol.

  • [Video]: Cat escapes dog by surfing across pool
  • Lol is that for real?!

  • International Cat Day: 10 years of clawing, meowing across globe
  • “Today is International Cat Day, a day to celebrate cats all around the world, whether they are a Tabby, Calico or Manx. In 2002, World Cat Day was launched. Each year on Aug. 8, the annual event brings awareness and information about how cats give both love and companionship to their owners (of course, also a warm feeling – and laziness – in the home).”

    Meow!! :) Happy World Cat Day!!!

  • World Cat Day: Pancake snuggles between his protectors
  • “To celebrate the general awesomeness of cats, we have yet another ridiculously cute video for you — of Pancake the kitten snuggling between his two bodyguards, a Doberman and a German Shepherd. In this YouTube video uploaded by user camelsandfriends, the two dogs make it clear that no one, but NO ONE, messes with Pancake.”

    Soooo cute. :)

  • Kitty cam will expose your cat as a cold-blooded murderer
  • “You know everything there is to know about Mr. Minxie-Bums, right? You know just the way he likes his belly rubbed, when he wants his supper, and you know at what time he likes to go outside every night. But do you know what he does when he’s out where the streetlights replace the sun and the rules don’t mean a thing? University of Georgia researchers peek into the secret lives of outdoor cats with their Kitty Cams. The unobtrusive video cameras were attached to 60 urban free-roaming cats whose owners volunteered them for this project. The American Bird Association states that the predatory nature of the domestic cat is one of the leading causes for the decline of many species of birds and small mammals in the United States. Out of the 74 million cats in America, it’s estimated that 30% kill prey.”

    Lol!! My cats are in door cats… but I know they would be King of the Outside Realm if we let them out.

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Best of pals! :)

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Clicks of the Day: Monday, August 6, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, August 6 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.


  • No severance pay for former Alberta Health Services CFO
  • “Alberta Health Services announced Monday that former Chief Financial Officer Allaudin Merali, who was fired for his lavish expense claims, will not be receiving severance pay. Merali was fired after it was discovered he had charged nearly $350,000 in expense claims from his time as Vice President and CFO for the former Capital Health Region.”

    Good move by AHS… people are pretty fired up about this expense scandal.

  • Homicide detectives investigate suspicious death in Mill Woods
  • “Homicide detectives are investigating after an early morning fight in Mill Woods left one man dead.”

    No one should die after attending a house party. :(

  • Man dead after collision with stolen vehicle in west Edmonton
  • “A 52-year-old man is dead after a fatal collision involving a stolen vehicle in west Edmonton on Monday.”

    This story makes me very sad – that someone else’s actions (stealing a car, fleeing from police) can end up killing someone completely uninvolved.

  • Players try to break record for longest video game soccer marathon
  • “Some Edmontonians are hoping to play their way to a new world record. Two players kicked off their world record attempt Monday at West Edmonton Mall. They’re hoping to beat the current Guinness World Record for the longest video game soccer marathon, while raising awareness and money for the Ronald McDonald House.”

    That’s a loooot of virtual soccer!


  • Sikh temple gunman identified as Army veteran
  • “A former U.S. serviceman with ties to white supremacist groups was behind the shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin Sunday morning that claimed six lives, reports say. At a news conference Monday morning, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards identified the gunman as U.S. Army veteran Wade Michael Page, 40. Page was shot dead by police Sunday, but not before five men and one woman were killed at The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Three others were seriously wounded in the attack, including a police officer.”

    Ugh, messed up.

  • NASA rover Curiosity makes historic landing, beams back photos
  • “NASA’s Mars science rover Curiosity performed a daredevil descent through pink Martian skies late on Sunday to clinch an historic landing inside an ancient crater, ready to search for signs the Red Planet may once have harbored key ingredients for life. Mission controllers burst into applause and cheers as they received signals confirming that the car-sized rover had survived a perilous seven-minute descent NASA called the most elaborate and difficult feat in the annals of robotic spaceflight.”

    Wanted to stay up to watch this online but fell asleep, lol. Still, woo hoo! Historic indeed. :-)

  • Greece: 6,000 detained during raids on immigrants
  • “Authorities in Greece are rounding up thousands of suspected illegal immigrants in a large-scale deportation drive to combat what a government official compared to a prehistoric invasion.”

    That’s a lot of detainees, yikes!

  • Canada loses a heartbreaker to U.S. in Olympic soccer semi-final
  • Heartbreaking indeed! What. a. game.

  • [Infographic]: Let’s stop Global child mortality
  • “In 1990, 93 out of 1000 children died before reaching their fifth birthday. To combat child mortality, the United Nations set a goal to cut that number to 31 out of 1000 by 2015. Low-tech and cost-effective measures like vaccinations, micronutrient supplementation and insecticide-treated bed nets can help reduce preventable child deaths. Yet globally, in 2010, 7.6 million children still died before turning five, 70% of them in their first year of life.”

    Really, really sad statistics.


  • Honey can ease nighttime coughing in young kids: study
  • “When young children develop nagging coughs that keep them awake at night, parents don’t have many options for how to offer them help. Health Canada no longer recommends over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for children younger than six years, saying there is no evidence the syrups work — and the risks of overdoses and side effects are too high. But now a new study published in Pediatrics backs up what many grandparents have long recommended: a spoonful of honey before bedtime can safely relieve coughing.”


    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Will Apple make the dock connector shift in September?
  • “Rumor alert: Apple will upgrade its recently released third-generation iPad this fall to support a new dock connector, Apple-centric blog iMore reported today. The blog suggests that Apple will update its entire iOS lineup at a rumored Sept. 12 event, supposedly with a new iPhone 5, new iPod nanos and touches, the hotly rumored 7-inch iPad mini, and an updated version of the 9.7-inch iPad, according to unnamed sources. If this new rumor is true, its unclear if this release would be of the iPad 4 or just a slightly modified version of iPad 3.”

    Apple sure likes to make their previous products outdated, fast.

  • Apple says YouTube app won’t be part of new mobile software
  • “Apple’s new version of its iPhone and iPad software will not include a pre-packaged app for Google’s popular video website, YouTube, Apple said on Monday. The move marked the latest sign of the growing rivalry between the two technology companies, close on the heels of Apple’s decision to dump Google’s mapping software from its devices.”


  • Apple design expert calls Samsung a copycat
  • “On the witness stand for Apple, an industrial designer says that Samsung is clearly infringing on multiple patents with its phones and tablets.”

    I stand behind APPLE! Lol.

  • Flexible battery could lead to gadgets that fold up
  • “Korean scientists have created a battery that’s so super-thin and flexible that it could one day lead to gadgets with big screens that can be folded away into your pocket.”



  • Study: 45 million Americans used their phones to shop in June
  • “Shopping on your mobile device is becoming simpler. As app developers continue to make the mobile shopping experience more seamless, consumers are eager to test out new apps and mobile shopping experiences. A recent Nielsen survey showed 45 million American smartphone owners used an app from the Shopping/Commerce category in June 2012 — accessing shopping apps an average of more than 17 times during the month.”

    Still not simple and seamless enough for me! Well not that I’ve been shopping much recently lately.

  • U.S. drought to push Cdn. food prices up 3-4% in 2013
  • “Food prices may grow by as much as four per cent next year, economists predict, as drought conditions in the U.S. are expected to inflate the cost of everything from pork to cereal.”


  • Study: Waitresses wearing red get bigger tips from male patrons
  • “Lady in red? A new French study suggests that waitresses who sport the color red receive bigger tips from male customers. Meanwhile, female patrons are quite indifferent to the server’s choice of colors.”

    I feel like I read this somewhere else before as well.


  • Study: Ocean acidification disrupts food web
  • “Life is becoming harder and harder for the planet’s shellfish, a new study has found, thanks to acidifying seawater that gives them softer and softer shells. And since a wide range of ocean predators rely on shellfish for food — from seals and seabirds to whales and humans — this could be the start of an ecological sea change.”

    Oh dear. :(

  • Study finds more of Earth is hotter and says global warming is at work
  • “The percentage of the earth’s land surface covered by extreme heat in the summer has soared in recent decades, from less than 1 percent in the years before 1980 to as much as 13 percent in recent years, according to a new scientific paper. The change is so drastic, the paper says, that scientists can claim with near certainty that events like the Texas heat wave last year, the Russian heat wave of 2010 and the European heat wave of 2003 would not have happened without the planetary warming caused by the human release of greenhouse gases. ”


    Weird News, Other News, Good News & Fluff

  • [Video]: Hang out with these cats and watch a little iPad magic
  • “Simon Pierro is relatively well known for his tech-friendly iPad magic. Now he’s back with a new set, some cats, and a soundtrack that sort of sounds like it should be coming from a Nintendo Wii. Nonetheless, the tricks are neat enough to be amusing, and simple enough that they’re fun to try and figure out. And the cats are, well, cats.”

    Cute, fun video!!

  • [Video]: Triple bottle-feeding kittens
  • SOOOO CUUUUUTE!!!! Meow.

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