Don't Blink: News Roundup for November 22

In the information age we are inundated by news and trivia, Don’t Blink is a regular featured designed to hilight a whole bunch of stories you may have missed in a relatively small amount of space.

First, for the Canadians reading this, do you remember the old Stephen Harper? The one who hinted at Alberta separatism and was all about the right of individuals and the provinces? I don't think that the Stephen Harper who sits in the Prime Minister's office remembers him. That Stephen Harper can't be bothered to talk with the provincial First Ministers. If you have concerns with the way the PMO is handling things, such as the 25 billion dollar planes that the military doesn't really want, feel free to post them online somewhere (and the government will have those posts removed).

In other news, a man falsely accused of making bombs during the G20 police riot, isn't able to enter the US despite being cleared of charges. Also, public protests have shut down a proposed mega-quarry in Southern Ontario.

Meanwhile, in the US, where you can not go if you have been falsely accused of a crime (during an illegal crackdown that no one seems to have authorized) Elmo has quit Sesame Street. Kevin Clash, who has been the voice of Elmo for 28 years, has resigned after being accused of having sex with underage teen boys. An attorney for the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund has been arrested for possession of child porn after she was a accused of bringing underage girls to Canada to perform sex acts and video taping it.

In other news, the Mormon church has apparently posthumously baptized Adolph Hitler and Vlad the Impaler. US abortions have fallen five percent, not for moral reasons but because if increased use of birth control. And the US Association of Publishers has decided that taking books away from blind people is a good way to get a little extra cash.

If all of this makes you extra thankful this Thanksgiving, Foreign Policy has two good articles for you : The first explores the relationship between pilgrims and Zionists and the second explores just how un-American Thanksgiving is

In world news the UN says that reductions in carbon emissions are happening too slowly to prevent dangerous levels of global warming. Meanwhile the European Environment Agency says the effects of warming are already being felt across Europe and they are getting worse. In New York climate scientists say that they will share their report as soon as the pages are dry again and Canadian scientists could not be reached for comment because they've all been fired.

In other science news, NASA scientists claim to have discovered something "earthshaking" on Mars but won't say what it is. My suspicion is that they've found a Starbucks. President Obama has said that the United States intends to send a manned mission to Mars by 2030, This would make the astronauts on that mission the only Americans more than 50 feet from a "Double Ristretto Venti Nonfat Organic Chocolate Brownie Frappuccino Extra Hot with Foam and Whipped Cream Upside Down Double Blended" and it is not like Starbucks management to allow that to happen.

Also worth noting: This island, which appears on just about every map in the world, apparently doesn't exist but this tiny "dwarf planet" definitely does.

Psychologies have created a plugin to help give recognizable emotional facial expressions to virtual characters (such as those in video games)   and remember, when you start your holiday shopping, that the nerds on your list would all love the "Heroes of Science" action figures. They may not carry ray guns or rescue prinses but you can have hours of fun making them have terse disagreements and scoff at one another's lack of ingenuity.

In arts and entertainment, Alfred Hitchcocks oldest surviving film is available to watch online you can also watch a free John Waters double feature and listen to almost 9,000 free Grateful Dead recordings or watch 3 John Coltrane performances. The Dead Milkmen are getting a new 7" series ready, Lenny Kravitz is apparently going to play Marvin Gaye in the biopic and winter is coming.

Finally, an app called AdjustYourPrivacy can monitor and control your privacy settings on a number of social media websites and, in a World Weekly News exclusive, Mitt Romney has been names President of Disneyland.

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