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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, Current Events, Lists

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.


  • 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.'”


  • 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.”


  • 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…


  • 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… ?


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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Clicks of the Day: April 6, 7, 8 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (April 6, 7 and 8) of Clicks of the Day!

(I only do one Clicks of the Day post for the weekends so that I can actually have a weekend, lol. And amount of content will fluctuate depending on how much of a weekend I actually have!)


  • Alberta candidate says he was assaulted while campaigning
  • “Alberta Progressive Conservative Thomas Lukaszuk says he was punched and pushed Saturday afternoon while door-knocking in his Edmonton-Castle Downs riding. Lukaszuk was campaigning when he knocked on the door of a house with two Wildrose lawn signs. What happened next is in dispute. Lukaszuk told reporters the man who answered the door was immediately hostile, pushing him and punching him on the shoulder and chest. He said he tried to calm the man down while backing away, but when he turned around, the man punched him in the back… However, the 67-year-old homeowner, who identified himself only as Al, said he asked Lukaszuk to leave several times, but the three-time member of legislature stayed on his doorstep for up to 15 minutes.”

    Crazy situation… surveillance footage shows their encounter didn’t last as long as ‘Al’ says it does. Well whatever the real story is, violence should never be the answer to any problems.

  • Examining child custody issues in Canada: Part One
  • “Four in ten Canadian marriages end in divorce, and many of those breakups are not amicable – especially when children are involved. Things can get even more messy if parents can’t agree on the issue of custody. In those cases, it’s up to a judge to decide an arrangement based on “the best interests of the child.” And in Canada, that typically has meant awarding one parent with primary care… Dr. Edward Kruk, an associate professor of social work, has been studying the family court system and the effects sole custody decisions have on parents. Dr. Kruk argues that a parent should not be separated from a child unless there’s a proven history of violence. Senator Anne Cools, who has spent decades studying the psychological effects of separating a child from a parent, is also an advocate of shared parenting.”

    I’m all for shared parenting.

  • Examining child custody issues in Canada: Part Two
  • “The family court system’s separation of a child and parent after a divorce can sometimes have devastating consequences. Tom Matty knows first hand about the heart-wrenching effects of not being able to parent his own children… There is also ample research that shows a suicide epidemic among divorced fathers, linked directly to family court judgements that deprive them of day-to-day relationships with their children.”


  • How Mason government would impact Edmonton
  • “Brian Mason says as a former Edmonton city councillor, he understand the issues and needs of the city. He says his government would make sure important things to Edmonton, like funding for the Royal Alberta Museum, are taken into account.”

    I missed posting this on Thursday because I was having website issues. Please take a look and also look at how a Sherman government would impact Edmonton:

  • How Sherman government would impact Edmonton
  • “Liberal leader Raj Sherman is proposing several ideas to help deal with our city’s growth pressures. With the LRT being a big and expensive initiative for Edmonton, Sherman feels his party has a plan to put things on track. “We will also increase the carbon levy and apply it to absolute emissions. That will generate $300 million dollars a year every year for Edmonton, without political interference for greening our public transit system.” Sherman added that while his party would help with municipal funding, it would stay out of the decision-making process.”

    Election day is nearing!

  • Ottawa cuts funding for public Internet access
  • “Ottawa is pulling the plug on its support for a program that helps connect Canadians to affordable Internet access at schools, community centres and libraries. Industry Canada sent out letters on Thursday notifying program coordinators it would not renew funding for the Community Access Program or CAP, a service accessed disproportionately by lower-income Canadians, seniors and those with low computer literacy.”

    That’s really sad. Everyone should be able to have Internet access.

  • MacKay aware of extra $10B cost of F-35, says it includes current salaries, fuel
  • “Defence Minister Peter MacKay says he was aware two years ago that it would cost closer to $25 billion to buy a new fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets. That’s about $10 billion more than the nearly $15 billion the government has maintained would be the price of the 65 radar-evading aircraft.”



  • North Korea moves its controversial missile to launch pad
  • “North Korean space officials have moved all three stages of a long-range rocket into position for a controversial launch, vowing Sunday to push ahead with their plan in defiance of international warnings against violating a ban on missile activity… North Korea maintains that the launch is a scientific achievement intended to improve the nation’s faltering economy by providing detailed surveys of the countryside.”

    This is not good.

  • Syrian rebels say peace plan is doomed as violence continues to escalate
  • “Syria on Sunday demanded written guarantees insurgents will stop fighting before it pulls back troops under the terms of a UN peace plan, and a rebel leader said the initiative was doomed. “The regime will not implement this plan. This plan will fail,” Free Syrian Army (FSA) chief Riad al-Asaad told Reuters. Escalating violence has already raised questions over the ceasefire. Opposition activists said dozens of people were killed and wounded on Sunday when President Bashar al-Assad’s loyalists shelled a rebellious area near the border with Turkey.”

    You can be hopeful but this ceasefire is really looking like it isn’t happening…

  • Navy jet has ‘catastrophic mechanical malfunction,’ hits apartments in Virginia
  • “A Navy fighter jet experienced a “catastrophic mechanical malfunction” during takeoff Friday over the military community of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and rained a stench of jet fuel shortly before crashing into apartment buildings, according to residents and Navy officials.”

    It’s amazing that more people weren’t injured. Crazy.


  • Research raises hope for new generation of longer-lasting painkillers
  • “A team of Montreal researchers has solved the mystery of why the soothing effects of morphine and other similar drugs often wear off within hours, raising hopes of a new generation of longer-lasting painkillers to treat chronic conditions such as arthritis and nerve pain.”

    Oh good longer lasting addiction to painkillers…

  • Exposure of pregnant women to certain pesticides affects pregnancy: study
  • “A new study by a Simon Fraser University researcher says exposure of pregnant women to a pesticide that attacks insects’ nerve systems may affect both length of pregnancy and a newborn’s weight.”

    Among many things I’m sure that would negatively impact womens’ pregnancy.

  • Helene Campbell breathing a bit on her own after rare double-lung transplant
  • “Two days after her rare double-lung transplant surgery a 20-year-old Ottawa woman was becoming increasingly aware and responsive in her bed at the Toronto General Hospital, her mother said. Manon Campbell told Postmedia News Sunday her daughter Helene Campbell is still intubated but is breathing a bit on her own, and while she is not out of the woods yet, she is “getting better all the time.” Helene was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable and degenerative lung disease, last summer. She was told she would need a transplant to survive. A social media campaign about organ donation caught the attention of pop superstar Justin Bieber and TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.”

    Good for her… very happy she got the transplant she needed.

    Technology/Social Media

  • Facebook to fuel next generation of e-commerce
  • “A group of e-commerce startups, backed by some of the tech world’s most pedigreed financiers, are betting that Facebook Inc. can become an e-commerce powerhouse to rival Inc. As the world’s largest social network hurtles toward a $5-billion initial public offering, it will come under more pressure from Wall Street to find new sources of profit growth and reduce its reliance on advertising, which accounted for 85 per cent of its 2011 revenue. Some entrepreneurs and investors increasingly think “f-commerce” – meaning e-commerce on Facebook – is the answer.”

    Not a stretch at all. Facebook is taking over the world after all, lol.

  • If your account is subpoenaed, Facebook sends police, well, everything
  • “As part of its investigation of Philip Markoff, the so-called Craigslist Killer, the Boston Phoenix got hold of the documents that Facebook sent the authorities after a subpoena had been issued. These documents were part of the Boston Police Department’s case file. They reveal that, in essence, Facebook is able to reveal everything you have posted to the site. At least, that is how it seems. In this instance, the company offered up wall posts, a list of friends (complete with Facebook IDs), detailed data of logins and IP addresses, as well as all the photos Markoff posted or was tagged in.”

    Makes sense.

  • Selling You on Facebook
  • “Many popular Facebook apps are obtaining sensitive information about users—and users’ friends—so don’t be surprised if details about your religious, political and even sexual preferences start popping up in unexpected places.”

    I don’t use too many Facebook apps. This is one of the reasons why.

  • EA, named America’s worst company, tries to make amends
  • “In an apparent biteback at EA’s inconclusive ending to Mass Effect 3, voters at Consumerist declare that Electronic Arts is even worse than Bank of America.”

    Seems like a company could be ranked bad for more important things than an inconclusive game ending…

  • The rise of e-reading
  • “A fifth of American adults have read an e-book in the past year and the number of e-book readers grew after a major increase in ownership of e-book reading devices and tablet computers during the holiday gift-giving season. The average reader of e-books says she has read 24 books (the mean number) in the past 12 months, compared with an average of 15 books by a non-e-book consumer. 30% of those who read e-content say they now spend more time reading, and owners of tablets and e-book readers particularly stand out as reading more now.”

    Look at those e-books making us all a bit more bookwormy. :)

  • Is texting making us more creative? Canadian researchers think so
  • “Some call it a universal form of English. Others argue it’s most definitely ruining the language and producing a generation of illiterates. But researchers at three Canadian universities studying text messaging think we may have become more creative because of this new form of communication. ‘There’s a lot of misconceptions going around regarding the way people use language when they text.’ Guilbault said researchers want to analyze the texts to show people’s creativity with the use of language.”

    It’s a whole other way of communication including a level I call text etiquette and text chemistry, lol. If you don’t throw in an lol, haha or a smily face then you sound like a douche!

  • [Infographic]: More smartphone users taking pictures, updating statuses at restaurants
  • “Playing on your phone might be taboo while out to dinner, but more people are pulling out their mobile devices to snap and share pictures of meals and update their Facebook statuses, a new study suggests. According to an infographic by market research firm Lab42, about 19% of those that use their smartphone while at a restaurant update their status on Facebook. Meanwhile, about 24% said they take pictures of their entrees and 18% check-in to the restaurant on services such as Foursquare.”

    I am in the 24% group that take pictures of their entrees… guilty. :)

  • Three futuristic products you’ll never own
  • “The future isn’t what it used to be. Futurists of yesteryear once predicted that by the year 2000 we’d be driving nuclear-powered cars, eating food in pill form and living in domed cities. It never happened. But why? Prognosticating pundits of the past predicted those things because technology could make them possible. They forgot that the fact that something was possible didn’t necessarily make it desirable. Technology evolves, but the human brain doesn’t. The reason many futurists fail is because they forget to factor in what people want.”

    Interesting read!


  • Airlines’ Same Old Story: More Fees, Higher Fares, Fewer Perks, Tougher Restrictions
  • “Last summer, travelers griped about the onslaught of airlines fees—for early boarding, seat assignments, checked and carry-on baggage, and on and on—that could easily wind up adding 50% to the price of a flight. The summer before that, it wasn’t too difficult to come up with 20 reasons to hate the airlines, including disappearing amenities and unreasonable restrictions. Guess what travelers can look forward to this summer? Yep, more fees and restrictions, as well as fewer perks and higher fares to boot. Thanks in part to higher gas prices, airline fares have risen for domestic and international flights alike.”

    Consumers can expect to constantly be screwed moving forward.

  • Trayvon Martin 911 call editing gets NBC producer fired
  • “NBC News has fired a producer following a probe into its broadcasting of a misleading edit of an audio clip of a 911 emergency response call during coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, two sources at the network said… The edit made it appear as though Zimmerman told police that Martin was black without being prompted, when, in fact, the full tape reveals that the neighborhood watch captain only did so when responding to a question asked by the dispatcher.”

    Pretty bad move on the producers’ part… ethics, everyone. Gotta remember ethics.

  • Mike Wallace, CBS Pioneer of ‘60 Minutes,’ Dies at 93
  • “Mike Wallace, the CBS reporter who became one of the nation’s best-known broadcast journalists as an interrogator of the famous and infamous on “60 Minutes,” died on Saturday. He was 93.”

    What a legend.


  • founder Jeff Bezos invests in space travel
  • “ founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos is putting a chunk of his fortune — estimated at $18 billion — toward more out-of-the-box ventures. He created a private aerospace company called Blue Origin in 2000 with an aim to make space travel more affordable, and he’s spending millions to build a clock that’s supposed to last 10,000 years in the desert wilderness of West Texas.”

    Interesting ventures.


  • Bully Re-rated: ‘R’ Doc Cuts a Few ‘F’s, Gets a ‘PG-13′
  • “Bullied kids can now see a movie about bullied kids. Bully, Lee Hirsch’s documentary detailing the torment that children heap on their classmates, had been rated R, which theoretically forbids those under 17 to see it without a parent or adult guardian. At issue were six uses of the F word, three of them hurled in one barrage against a 12-year-old. The Weinstein Company, which is releasing the film, agreed to remove the other three Fs if it could keep the words in the scene it considered essential. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the industry lobbying group in charge of movie ratings, yesterday agreed to the cuts, and the movie, which opened in an unrated version last week, will play in theaters permitting children to see it unaccompanied. The new rating should also encourage educators to show the film in schools.”

    Pathetic that a few F words would result in the R rating when kids see so many worse things on TV every day. I’m glad teens will be able to see the movie now.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Five Charged in China After Teen Trades Kidney for iPhone and iPad
  • “Camping overnight at the Apple store looks pretty tame after this case. Five people in southern China have been charged for taking a 17-year-old boy’s kidney in exchange for an iPad and an iPhone. According to Reuters, one of the defendants received $35,000 for arranging the transplant for an unknown client. He split that money with a surgeon and three other defendants.”


  • Happy First Birthday, Nyan Cat
  • “Has it really been a year since an animated GIF of a Pop-Tart cat surfing a rainbow wandered into everyone’s Internet lives? In web years, that’s like an eternity since Nyan Cat was uploaded by creator Chris Torres. And the string of spin-offs (Torres said a favorite is the “smooth jazz” version) has only cemented the cat in the proverbial Internet Hall of Fame. So give Nyan Cat its due for staying power. As of Thursday, according to YouTube Trends, the original 70 million+ viewed three-minute video still ropes in 1,000,000 people a week to be amused, befuddled or somewhere in between by the clip.”

    Wow can’t believe it’s only been a year since Nyan Cat came to be!

  • [Video]: Cats getting into the freezer
  • “I don’t understand what is in the freezer that a cat would want, but here are two examples of cats getting into the freezer.”

    LOL, so awesome. I hope Thor and Loki never learn how to do that though.

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