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

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (June 1, 2, 3) of 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

  • Gay pride festival organizers say premier’s attendance ‘a huge milestone’
  • “For the first time in its 32-year history, Edmonton’s pride parade will be attended by Alberta’s leader. Premier Alison Redford has accepted an invitation to speak to thousands set to gather in Churchill Square on June 9 for the Edmonton Pride Festival. ‘This is a huge milestone for us,’ said Colleen Sutherland, co-chair of the Edmonton Pride Festival Society.”

    Good for her. (Surprised it’s taken this long).

  • Cowboy recovering after being stomped by bull at Stony Plain rodeo
  • “A bull fighter is in hospital, recovering from serious injuries after he was stomped and tossed by a bull at the Stony Plain rodeo grounds Friday night.”

    Very scary. I dislike rodeos…

  • Investigation after homemade explosives found at south side playground
  • “A bomb squad was called to a south Edmonton playground Saturday after the discovery of ‘homemade explosive devices.’”

    Scary…

  • Roadside assistance program launched for Alberta cyclists
  • “As cycling becomes a more popular method of transportation, the Alberta Motor Association has announced a new program offering roadside assistance for cyclists. ‘It just makes sense,’ Don Szarko with the AMA tells CTV News.”

    I think this is interesting!

  • Mercury contaminating bird eggs in oilsands region: Environment Canada
  • “Environment Canada scientists have observed evidence of toxic contamination of wildlife upstream from Alberta’s natural bitumen deposits that coincides with the oilsands industry’s expansion, Environment Minister Peter Kent was told last summer. According to internal documents obtained by Postmedia News, the government was urged to investigate recent scientific observations of a 40 per cent increase of mercury in bird eggs, considered to be a key environmental indicator of contamination of the natural ecosystems.”

    Sigh.

  • Gang ties possible in Eaton Centre shooting: police
  • “Toronto police identified the man killed in the violent shooting at the Toronto Eaton Centre Saturday evening and said they have a clear idea of the identity of the shooter. Ahmed Hassan, 24, of Toronto, was killed and seven other people were injured Saturday evening during what the city’s police chief called a “wanton and incredibly dangerous” shooting.”

    Crazy shooting…

  • Quebec tuition activists vow summer of protests
  • “Frustrated after a breakdown in negotiations, thousands took to the streets of Montreal Saturday and promised a summer full of demonstrations unless the dispute over tuition fees is resolved.”

    Of course they promised that, lol.

  • Canadian health authorities warn of ‘bath salts’ drug
  • “The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse has issued an alert about “bath salts”, a new synthetic drug that is illegal in some countries and in parts of the U.S., but still legal in Canada. The drug, which can be injected, snorted, smoked and swallowed, has moved across the border from Maine into New Brunswick and appears to be taking hold in the Maritimes.”

    Apparently it’s the zombie/cannibalism drug…

    World

  • U.S. man confesses killing, eating roommate’s heart, brain
  • “The college student suspected of killing and eating parts of a man staying at his home ranted months ago about “mass human sacrifices” on Facebook, one of several details that emerged Friday in the second gruesome case of alleged cannibalism in the U.S. in a week.”

    What is happening… Also the below article would normally fall under “other/weird news” but it ties in with this so up here it shall go:

  • Zombie Apocalypse: CDC denies existence of zombies despite cannibal incidents
  • “The horrific face-eating arrest in Miami and several other seemingly subhuman acts has many people wondering what’s behind this flesh-munching wave of terror. A zombie apocalypse, however, is not what we should be worried about, at least according to the federal government. Over the years the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a couple of tongue-in-cheek “zombie warnings,” which really are just disaster-preparedness stunts. But on Thursday, the agency made it official: Zombies don’t exist.”

    We’ll see.

  • French police closing in on ‘Canadian Psycho’
  • “French authorities are closing in on the fugitive suspect in a grisly Montreal killing who has gained worldwide notoriety as the “Canadian Psycho.” Using cellphone signals along with witnesses and video surveillance, police in Paris zeroed in on a series of apartments, hotels and bars across the French capital where people reported seeing Luka Rocco Magnotta.”

    Hope they catch him.

  • Greek crisis spurs epidemic of suicides, mental illness
  • “Behind every suicide in crisis-stricken countries such as Greece there are up to 20 more people desperate enough to have tried to end their own lives. And behind those attempted suicides, experts say there are thousands of hidden cases of mental illness, like depression, alcohol abuse and anxiety disorder, that never make the news, but have large and potentially long-lasting human costs. The risk, according to some public health experts, is that if and when Greece’s economic woes are over, a legacy of mental illness could remain in a generation of young people damaged by too many years of life without hope.”

    Very sad.

  • More than 150 dead after Nigeria plane crash: officials
  • “A plane with more than 150 people on board crashed into a heavily populated neighbourhood in the Nigerian city of Lagos on Sunday. Federal aviation authorities said no one on board survived the crash. Harold Demuren of Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority confirmed that all passengers aboard the Dana Air flight from Abuja to Lagos died.”

    Wow. Tragic.

  • Syria’s president denies role in Houla massacre
  • “Syrian President Bashar Assad denied Sunday that his government had anything to do with last week’s gruesome Houla massacre, saying not even “monsters” would carry out such an ugly crime.”

    Do you believe him… ?

    Health

  • Global cancer cases to rise 75 per cent by 2030: study
  • “Global cancer cases are projected to rise 75 per cent by 2030, in part because many other diseases are being stamped out and more developing countries are adopting Western lifestyles linked to cancer, international health experts reported. While population growth and aging explain much of the increase, at least one-fifth of the new cancer cases will likely be due to preventable factors, the researchers predict.”

    Sad. :(

  • AMA is considering labels on genetically engineered food
  • The American Medical Association is now considering the labeling of products that contain genetically modified or engineered foods.”

    Would be good to know.

  • Raisin snack cuts excessive calorie intake and promotes satiety in kids
  • “Eating raisins as an after-school snack prevents excessive calorie intake and increases satiety – or feeling of fullness – as compared to other commonly consumed snacks, a new study has suggested.”

    Good to know! Although raisins are so blagh.

  • Shocking proof that the sun makes you age prematurely
  • “This guy is 69 years old, but half of his face looks much, much older than that. He was a trucker and, for 28 years, his face received much more sunlight on the left side, resulting on premature aging. We all knew that being exposed to the sun makes you age prematurely, but seeing the dramatic difference in a single face is just stunning.”

    Stunning indeed. Wow!

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • E3 predictions: what to expect when you’re Electronics Entertainment Expoing
  • “Will E3 2012 be the year of the Wii U? From a hardware perspective, most signs seem to be pointing to ‘yes.’ Odds seem pretty good that Microsoft will be the least buzzy of the big three press conferences this year. Likely no major new hardware on this end (for Sony), but the company is expected by some to give a jolt to flagging Vita sales with a significant — and permanent — price cut. Expect (mobile/casual gaming) creeping to continue, try as the Nintendos of the world might to keep the focus on the console.”

    Lots of tech-y game news expected for this week’s Clicks as I follow E3 headlines.

  • Nintendo unveils new Wii U GamePad
  • “Nintendo unveiled a new Wii U GamePad today that sports a near-field communications reader and that can be used as a TV remote. The new game console tablet features a 6.2-inch touch-sensitive screen and a fully independent infrared TV remote, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed during a streamed presentation (see below) in advance of this week’s E3 game conference. Known mostly for use in electronic wallets, the NFC technology in the GamePad will be able to read and write data from cards and figures.”

    Idk if this will be successful.

  • Google to alert Chinese users when it is censoring search results
  • “The Internet search giant Google has announced, via its official blog, that it will change the way in which its service functions in China. Google will now issue an alert to users when they key in search terms which are likely to trigger a block from the Chinese authorities (a strategy which has been called the “Great Firewall of China”). The BBC reports that Google has also gone further and the search engine will suggest certain search terms which could allow the user to avoid censorship.”

    Good job, Google.

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Copyright board to charge for music at weddings, parades
  • “After paying for the hall, the rings, the food and the dress, couples planning weddings will have even more fees to worry about when it comes time to dance. New copyright rules will impose fees on venues holding live events that play recorded music.”

    Awful money grab.

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Venus will kiss sun June 5
  • “If by chance the skies are clear on the evening of June 5, skywatchers should be able to see Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, snuggling up to Helios, the personification of the sun… this will be one of the greatest shows on earth — the last chance for everyone to see an astronomical event that occurs in pairs eight years apart and only four times in 243 years.”

    Extremely rare.

    Entertainment

  • Andy Samberg leaving SNL, spokesperson confirms
  • “Samberg won’t return as a cast member next season, according to his publicist, Carrie Byalick. Samberg’s exit follows that of “SNL” cast member Kristen Wiig.”

    I love Andy Samberg. Sadness!

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • [Photos]: 40 of the most powerful photographs ever taken
  • “A moving collection of iconic photographs from the last 100 years that demonstrate the heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty, and the triumph of the human spirit. Warning: Some of these will make you weep.”

    I didn’t weep but I was close to doing so. Very powerful images…

  • [Video]: Synchronized kittens
  • Lol!

  • [Video]: Rescued cat loves dog
  • “Thomas O’Malley Flufferpants, the cat, was rescued off the streets with severe respiratory and dental problems, after a few doctor visits he is doing better and has even made friends with Murkin a shelter dog that was adopted at 6 months old.”

    This is beyond adorable. Just melts my heart. Ah, interspecies mingling.

  • [Video]: Dog, cat cover Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ in adorable parody
  • “May we introduce “Dogtye” and “Katra,” the cleverly nicknamed animals that tackle the roles of Gotye and Kimbra for the nearly two-minute clip mimicking the duo’s hypnotizing music video.”

    So cute and great video production!


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

Thor with her best friend Pascal. They are so cute.


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Linda