Don't Blink: News Roundup for November 28

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, the RCMP has vowed to crack down on white-collar crime (chances are Harper will cut their budget if they try it, but hey, we can hope.) Meanwhile Conservative senators are urging the Maritime provinces to merge into a single province (a bad idea, but I did say Conservative Senators). In an unexpected development, that is bad news for Quebec separatists, two-thirds of Quebecers polled said the Canadian flag is a source of 'personal or collective pride'. And the Harper Government has reiterated that no one, not the opposition, not the parliamentary budget officer and not the military gets to know the specifics of their military budget cuts.

South of the border, another anti-abortion Congressman has been exposed as a hypocrite. In Arkansas rapists who cause pregnancy may lose their visitation and custody rights. That would cut the number of states where rapists get visitation rights to only 30. In other news shredded confidential police documents were used as confetti in the Macy's parade and the US once considered nuking the moon.



Across the pond, in the UK, big tobacco is being forced to run a nationwide ad campaign to apologize for lying about the dangers of smoking. China's new passport have infuriated the country's neighbors because it includes a map of China which includes territories that China doen't control, yet. (Yet.) The deforestation of the Amazon is slowing down but illegal logging continues. Hackers broke into the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Atomic Energy Agency this week.

In Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai's brother has made off with more than 800 million dollars after running a ponzi scheme from the country's largest bank. The World Meteorological Organization says that climate is "changing before our eyes", the situation is getting serious enough that even Bill O'Reilly fans are getting worried. Hopefully world governments will take notice and do something but, just in case, Britain is going to build houses that float. In Japan the foot soldier equivalent of a drone aircraft has been unveiled and it turns out that Disney, Wal-Mart and Sears all used the factory where 112 garment workers died - just something to remember when you're doing your holiday shopping.

In science news, an RNA based vaccine may eradicate the flu forever, and researchers have reversed autism symptoms in mice.  Scientists have also found a place big enough to hold all the solar panels we need to power the world - space. And the biggest known black hole in the universe has been discovered, with a mass of one to three billion suns, it dwarfs the previous record holder - Glenn Beck's mouth.

Ok, now that the thinking parts are over, check out full live sets from Jimi Hendrix, Roxy Music and the Ramones. Next check out that 1962 Beatles demo that Decca Records rejected.

Finally, io9 says that scientists have sequenced Bigfoot's DNA, the National Post says that the creature is a result of human women mating with an ‘unknown hominin and the World Weekly News says he's a bigamist. To help you celebrate the existence of Bigfoot, Boing Boing has dug up a book of Labatt beer drinking songs from 1930.

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