Don't Blink: News Roundup for November 25

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.

In Canada it appears that the federal Conservatives may get drawn into the Quebec Corruption probe. In Vancouver police have intervened to stop a suicide pact involving dozens of, primarily aboriginal, children and teens.

Meanwhile, in Texas, you are apparently within your rights to use a firearm to prevent someone from cutting in line. Throughout the U.S., and presumably elsewhere, it appears that Wal Mart is using the food stamp and medicaid programs to keep its employees alive while paying them slave wages. Also in the US Open Culture has published the speech Richard Nixon had prepared in the event that the Apollo astronauts were unable to return from the moon.

In the rest of the world, there is some hope that new leadership in China will improve conditions in Tibet. In Bangladesh at least 112 people have died in a garment factory fire.  A similar incident in the United States in 1911 caused sweeping reforms in labour laws and workplace safety. Sadly it is unlikely that anything will change substantially in the world's sweat shops in the foreseeable future. In Iran the punitive, ignorant international sanctions against the civilian population are causing medical shortages. In Saudi Arabia men are using SMS to automatically track the movement of women.

Japan is running out of ninjas so they will have to find someone else to send on their mission to search asteroids for the seeds of life. Genetic scientists are looking for ways to resurrect the extinct giant Galapagos tortoise and examining the worlds newest species to see what they can tell us about the state of the planet.

As the world prepares to meet in Qatar to discuss climate change, Mother Jones has published a timeline of the science of climate change, Scientific American tells you what to expect from the conference and a new report says the acidification of the oceans is threatening arctic marine life.

In technology news, the emerging science of 'collective intelligence' seeks to make the world smarter, a competition is underway to make a water bottle that fills itself  and your smartphone is leaving a toxic trail around the world.

Finally io9.com has a good list to print out for your emergency preparedness kit: "Wine pairings for the post-apocalypse". Even if you're a fully trained sommelier, you probably don't know what to serve with rats, crickets or dog food. They've also found the world's oldest known Twinkie, 36 years after being removed from its wrapper it shows little sign of wear. Although they aren't going to make them anymore, they will likely survive the apocalypse.

The World Weekly News reports that American wild turkeys have had enough and aren't going to take anymore.

And the 1940s Fleischer Studios Superman cartoons are now online to watch and/or download.

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