Clicks of the Day: August 24, 25, 26 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (August 24, 25, 26) 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.


  • New drinking and driving penalties to come into effect in days
  • “In only a few days, drivers who blow between those two numbers the first time will have a suspended license and their vehicles seized for three days, a second offence will lead to a 15 day license suspension, 7 day vehicle seizure and the driver will be required to take a special course called “Planning Ahead”.”

    Don’t drink & drive!

  • Mock disaster provides training scenario for emergency crews
  • “On Sunday morning, dozens of civilians had to be rescued from the LRT – after an unknown chemical was released. It was all part of a training exercise for three departments – the Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue and Alberta Health Services. All three responded to the staged scenario, the release of a chemical agent on the LRT. The training exercise took place at the Macdonald LRT Yard in northeast Edmonton – and involved about 60 civilians who volunteered to play ‘victims’.”

    SO cool/interesting.

  • Tour of local farmland aims to teach Edmontonians about locally-grown food
  • “A series of three-hour tours were held Sunday in northeast Edmonton, with the goal of showing Edmontonians where local food is grown. The bus tours were put on by the Greater Edmonton Alliance and Live Local – and more than 400 people hopped on the buses, to see farmland within the city limits.”

    Very cool! If they do it again on a day that I didn’t already have plans and am not working … I would like to check it out.

  • Fringe draws record crowd
  • “The 31st annual Edmonton International Fringe Festival was the biggest to date, and according to event co-ordinators, they don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. Fringe Program Director Thomas Scott said ticket sales exceeded 110,000, breaking previous records.”

    Just keeps getting bigger & better! Sad to say I personally did not partake in as much Fringing this year as I wanted to.

  • Caution urged after bride’s photoshoot death
  • “The recent drowning of a Quebec bride has prompted one photographer to caution newlyweds about modelling their wedding outfits near moving water. Maria Pantazopoulos drowned last Friday after her wedding dress became heavy with water and she was swept away near Dorwin Falls in Rawdon, about an hour north of Montreal. The 30-year-old Laval woman is believed to have been participating in a “Trash the Dress” photo shoot, a wedding photography trend in which brides destroy their gowns in a symbolic final send-off for the garment.”



  • Evidence is mounting of a new massacre in Syria
  • “Row upon row of bloodied bodies wrapped in colorful blankets laid out on a mosque floor in a Damascus suburb. Long narrow graves tightly packed with dozens of victims. Nestled among them, two babies were wrapped in a single blood-soaked blanket, a yellow pacifier dangling beside them from a palm frond. Evidence mounted on Sunday of a new massacre in Syria’s deepening civil war, with activists reporting a killing spree by government forces after they seized the suburb of Daraya from rebel control three days ago. Reports of the death toll ranged from more than 300 to as many as 600.”


  • Chicago: Another bloody weekend, at least 7 dead, 24 wounded
  • “Increasingly, Chicago is gaining a reputation as the city of drive-by shootings. This weekend seven were shot dead and 24 others were sprayed with bullets in the windy city. In a continuing spate of shootings, at least seven people died this weekend and dozens more have been wounded in the past few days.”


  • Venezuela struggles with refinery blaze after deadly blast
  • “Venezuelan firefighters struggled on Sunday to put out a blaze at the country’s biggest refinery sparked by an explosion that killed 41 people in one of the global oil industry’s deadliest accidents. Officials at the 645,000 barrel-per-day Amuay refinery are trying to stop the fire still raging at two storage tanks from spreading to other nearby fuel storage facilities. That would delay Amuay’s restart beyond the current estimate of two days. But the incident is likely to have little impact on world fuel prices because the OPEC nation can use its existing stocks to supply its domestic market and maintain exports.”

    Sad situation.

  • Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dead at 82
  • “Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82. The former astronaut was recovering from a recent heart surgery. A statement from his family said he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. After setting foot on the surface of the moon, he spoke the famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” a moment that was broadcast around the world to an estimated 600 million people.”

    May he rest in peace.


  • Too many pregnancies still unplanned
  • “An Edmonton doctor says half of all babies born in Canada are still unplanned, more than a decade after a national organization called for an overhaul in the way Canadians deal with issues around contraception. Sarah Halleran, an obstetrician and gynecologist, says unplanned pregnancies are the result of either an improperly used contraceptive, or, in many cases, no contraceptive at all, indicating an ongoing problem with misinformation or lack of education.”


  • Syphilis epidemic rising in the U.S. and Canada
  • “The resurgence of syphilis has risen dramatically over the past 20 years in the United States and Canada — from 177 cases in 1993 to 1,750 cases in 2010. It is temporarily shutting down the porn industry in Southern California. Adult Production Health & Safety Services (APHSS) sounded the alarm about “recent unsubstantiated rumors of syphilis among adult performers.” The usual annual testing for syphilis is in September, but because of the alarm the agency opened up their semi-annual syphilis testing immediately.”

    Oh dear.

  • New secret dangers of tattoos: CDC reports mass infections, more
  • “According to a report released by the Center for Disease Control this week, getting a tattoo can be more dangerous for your health than you might think. Last fall when a cluster of skin infections in upstate New York led back to one tattoo artist, local public health officials reacted normally, investigating the artist’s hygiene practices. They found that all of his equipment and methods were sanitary, but the nationally distributed ink he had been using on patrons, even in unopened bottles, was not. Soon after, similar investigations in Colorado, Washington and Iowa turned up harmful strains of bacteria in three other brands of tattoo ink. According to research reported Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, at least 22 skin infections across the four states were linked to contaminated ink.”


  • Childhood music lessons have lasting benefits
  • “A little bit of musical training can go a long way when it comes to the adult brain, according to a new study published this week. The study showed that musical training can improve listening skills, the processing of sound and strengthen attention spans.”

    My parents wanted to put me in piano or guitar lessons but I was never interested, lol.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Facebook to disable millions of pet accounts
  • “Facebook is presently in the process of disabling millions of “fake” accounts, many of which are pet accounts that people have created for their beloved furry friends. The news of the tens of millions of “fake” accounts was reported the first week of August. Pet profiles, along with business profiles, are considered to be “user-misclassified” accounts; this comprises 2.4 percent of the overall illegitimate, or “fake”, account category. What this means is soon, if not already disabled, it’ll be bye-bye to Fluffy’s and Fido’s profiles.”

    Oo interesting. I always find pet social media accounts to be funny.

  • Smartphone case claims to reduce risk of cancer
  • “A new smartphone accessory made from the same material as NASA spacecraft claims to reduce antenna radiation and improve performance. But how do we know if it works? It’s still unclear as to exactly how bad the problem of cellphone radiation really is – but recent studies show that just 50 minutes of cell phone use affects brain activity in the area of brain closest to the phone, and the World Health Organization have reclassified cell phone radiation as “potentially carcinogenic for humans.” A company called Pong, however, claim that they’ve developed a solution, in the form of a phone case.”



  • Report: Apple holding separate iPhone 5, iPad Mini events
  • “Apple will hold two separate events to unveil its new iPhone and the iPad mini, according to a new report. As previously reported, Apple will announce the iPhone 5, or whatever it chooses to call the new smartphone, on Sept. 12. But its smaller iPad mini will not make its debut until October, according to All Things D. Citing “several sources,” ATD said the rumored iPad mini will hit store shelves after the iPhone 5 is safely in the hands of the Apple faithful.”

    Me want the new iPhone!!

  • Jury awards Apple more than $1B, finds Samsung infringed
  • “After 21 hours of deliberation, a nine-person jury has sided with Apple on a majority of its patent infringement claims against Samsung Electronics. The jury also awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages.”

    Eep! (Go Apple!)

  • Apple’s $1b patent verdict could corner smartphone market
  • “Many analysts said the decision could spell danger for competitors who, like Samsung, use Google Inc.’s Android operating system to power their cellphones. “I am sure this is going to put a damper on Android’s growth,” New York-based Isi Group analyst Brian Marshall said, “It hurts the franchise.””

    Oy. Good thing I love Apple and prefer to buy Apple smartphone products! Lol. (I hope prices don’t rise though lol)


  • Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists
  • “Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages. Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to just 5% to feed the extra 2 billion people expected to be alive by 2050, according to research by some of the world’s leading water scientists.”

    I would NOT be okay with a completely vegetarian diet… #meatever #meatlover Oh dear.

    Weird News, Other News, Good News & Fluff

  • Wheelchair rugby player Garett Hickling to carry flag at Paralympics
  • “Wheelchair rugby player Garett Hickling will carry the flag for Canada at the Paralympic opening ceremonies in London.
    The 41-year-old from Kelowna, B.C., is a five-time Paralympian and three-time Paralympic medallist.”

    Good for him.

  • Japanese toilet maker rolls out poop-powered motorbike
  • “TOTO, Japan’s leading toilet makers, have recently released an eco-friendly motorbike. Why is a toilet manufacturer dabbling in motorbikes is a question you may have just very reasonably asked yourself? Well, there’s an explanation for that. It seems the archipelago’s demand for more environmentally sustainable vehicles has inspired the company to unveil a three-wheel 250cc motorcycle that runs on crap. And not just any kind of crap either. The engine is powered by biofuel from converted livestock poop and household wastewater pumped in from Kobe City and Shika-o Town in Hokkaido.”

    Lol wow! Weird.

  • [Video]: Ribbon eel
  • “Filmed off the coasts of Indonesia, a blue ribbon eel.”

    So pretty!!!

  • [Video]:Cat scratches his butt
  • LOL!

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

Walking down the hallway and spotted the kitties in the guest bedroom, lol.

Have your say on some of these Clicks of the Day’s! Leave a comment! Or tweet me!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

If you're Edmonton area, subscribe to my newsletter for hyperlocal recommendations on what to do, eat, and things to know this week!
If you're Edmonton area, subscribe to my FREE newsletter for hyperlocal recommendations on what to do, eat, things to know this week, and more!