Libyan rebels were severely pushed around this week, outnumbered and outgunned by Gadhafi loyalists. That's in spite of the air power assistance they got from NATO and the western and Arab countries that want the rebels to succeed.
Lots of other developments this week in the Libyan conflict: American lawmakers arguing about arming the rebels, reports of the CIA on the ground and al-Qaeda among the insurgents.
But there are signs Gadhafi's allies believe victory is not in the cards. High-level defections from Gadhafi's inner circle, including his foreign minister, suggest some of his cronies think the writing is on the wall and the rebels will prevail.
Libya is a mess. The rebels can't seem to force regime change and the west is wondering what to do next. We'll look at some of the options.
Wanna make democracy pay?
You could actually make some cold hard cash off of our federal election and not the kind that our national parties pass around in brown envelopes. (Talking historically, of course.)
Intrade, the futures market trading site, has listed some possible outcomes for #Elxn41 along with the other international stories they track. And the Canadian futures are seeing some action.
Day 6 actually helped Intrade frame the questions and we will be tracking the odds on Intrade's site as the campaign develops.
And here's the best part: Intrade's markets can be more accurate than polls. So keep an eye on what they're predicting, because when there's actual cash involved adjustments come quickly. Those numbers will move.
Last week we introduced you to the Campaign Cocktail. Our mixologist Oliver Stern will be designing a new mixed drink each week of the campaign that will speak to the events of the week. This week it's all about Elizabeth May and the exclusion of the Green Party from the televised debate.
Oliver addresses this by uncorking the Green Fairy. Yes, he's using absinthe as an ingredient. Legend says once upon a time drinking absinthe drove people insane. If you're having trouble coping, feel free to drink straight out of the bottle.
But Oliver's cocktails are pretty tasty... Gambling and booze on this week's Day 6. And more vices ahead.
Youth is wasted on the young, getting old isn't for sissies and it all happens in a flash. It also happens to women faster than it does to men.
Men don't feel old until they're really old. Women feel old when they're young. How young? Twenty-nine! That's right, Natalie Portman is a Golden Girl.
Rupinder Gill is crunching the numbers and compares women's egos to the bizarrely inflated egos of men.
Radiation is escaping from the reactors in Fukushima.
It's been detected in the ocean, in the food and of course in the millions of litres of now contaminated water used to cool the stricken reactors.
Stabilizing the reactors within the rubble of the housings is going to be an ongoing and critical project for years - possibly decades - to come. But what if more radiation escapes?
Although Fukushima isn't the same kind of crisis as Chernobyl, Soviets built a concrete barrier around that reactor to limit contamination and radiation leaks. Now in Japan some are considering the Chernobyl option as a possible solution.
Our guest says it's a bad idea.
Economists say beautiful people are happier than ugly people.
More bad news from economists. And what's the economic angle in that piece of obvious knowledge anyway? Well it turns out beautiful people make more money too. The humiliation just keeps on coming.
Other researchers have found that North America's obvious bias against overweight people is beginning to be exported to developing countries where historically no one minded if you were a plus-sized person.
Kathryn Borel has been looking at the science and now she has some words for the scientists.
Claire Brosseau who often entertains us with her wit and personality is very close friends with Jessica Pare, who plays Megan on TV's hit series Mad Men. She's Don Draper's girlfriend.
So we asked Claire if she would like to talk to Jessica about being famous and successful and presumably rich and obviously beautiful. And we gently suggested Claire not make it all about herself.
Maybe we were a little too gentle.
It's one of three songs in the Billboard top ten radio hits dropping the f bomb in the title alone. Nasty!
Pop music is struggling in the age of piracy and digital downloads and might be trying to redefine itself. But getting blue with the lyrics is nothing new for pop. We've got a track from 1933 that we can't play on the radio. But we'll play it for you.
The history of porno pop today on Day 6.
We went insane this week bringing you drinking, gambling and swearing in this episode alone. That's one way to start your weekend.
Stick with us kid. Just don't tell your Mom.
Brent Bambury @CBCDay6