Dinner and a Newser – Show Notes – July 2nd. 2019


  • WFMZ -Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez indefinitely pulled an ordinance from Bethlehem City Council’s Tuesday night agenda requiring demonstrators to obtain a city permit before engaging in a protest…..The ordinance pulled Tuesday night requires that six or more individuals who wish to stage a protest obtain a city permit five days before it occurs. An exception in the proposed law waives the five-day requirement if the protest is in response to a current event.   Should the law eventually be enacted, those that fall under its guidelines will be required to pay a permit application fee and complete an application. Law enforcement officials will then review the application for any potential issues they believe would likely require a larger police presence.



  • From Weather.gov –

    This Afternoon
    A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
    A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

  • From 511pa.com

    LAST UPDATED: 07/02/2019 09:25:13 am
    DESCRIPTION: Downed tree on PEMBROKE RD / WILLOW PARK RD / FREEMANSBURG AV / STEFKO BL both directions between FREEMANSBURG AV and COOLIDGE ST. All lanes closed.

    LAST UPDATED: 07/01/2019 12:35:51 pm
    DESCRIPTION: Flooding on STATE HILL RD southbound between GRANITE PT DR / + SPRING ST and HOBART AV. There is a lane restriction.

    LAST UPDATED: 07/01/2019 10:15:17 am
    DESCRIPTION: Bridge outage on KREIDERSVILLE RD / MAIN ST / WALNUT DR both directions between LEHIGH DR and ELM RD / + WALNUT DR. All lanes closed.


  • THE Ohio State University (you have to say it that way, it’s the law) has announced findings that show how researchers are now, at long last, able to control DNA-based robots.  Did you even know DNA-based robots was a thing?  Well, it is, and thank whoever and whatever I have to thank that they FINALLY got control of DNA-freaking-based robots, though, as you hear more, you’ll see it’s not as all doomy and scary as PG Gordy makes it out to be (but his way is way funner, methinks, even though I am him, but I am STILL unbiased).
    OSU News -Researchers have devised a magnetic control system to make tiny DNA-based robots move on demand—and much faster than recently possible.
    In the journal Nature Communications, Carlos Castro and Ratnasingham Sooryakumar and their colleagues from The Ohio State University report that the control system reduced the response time of prototype nano-robot components from several minutes to less than a second.
    Not only does the discovery represent a significant improvement in speed, this work and one other recent study herald the first direct, real-time control of DNA-based molecular machines. |




  • Popular Mechanics – Russian efforts to protect one of its most important military bases in Syria is causing GPS headaches in the surrounding Middle East—even in nearby Israel. GPS jamming and spoofing designed to overpower legitimate GPS signals and replace them with fake ones is meant to protect Khmeimim Air Base, but is causing problems as far away as the island of Cyprus.
    According to the Times of Israel, pilots flying throughout the Middle East began encountering GPS disruptions in the spring of 2018. The problem includes GPS jamming, in which a third party attempts to prevent the satellite-based navigation system from reaching receivers, and GPS spoofing, in which the third party broadcasts a fake signal to make GPS devices think they’re somewhere else other than where they actually are.

  • Facial recognition is a controversial enough topic without bringing in everyday policing and the body cameras many (but not enough) officers wear these days. But Axon, which makes many of those cameras, solicited advice on the topic from and independent research board, and in accordance with its findings has opted not to use facial recognition for the time being.
    The company, formerly known as Taser, established its “AI and Policing Technology Ethics Board” last year, and the group of 11 experts from a variety of fields just issued their first report, largely focused (by their own initiative) on the threat of facial recognition.



  • Rattling the culture war cage, Michelle Malkin makes claims of the criminalization of loving God, among others, and she claims to have receipts.
    Michelle Malkin – Following up on my syndicated column this week about the unraveling of the Trump-hating founders of knitting and crocheting website Ravelry.com, I have received several tips from conservative crafters who have been censored or banned from the site for the peaceful expression of their political views. As I reported, the purge has been taking place over 10 years. One user, who goes by the handle “Deplorable Knitter,” sent me copies of the pieces that earned her the wrath of Ravelry since the November 2018 midterms:


  • Think Progress invokes ghosts of zillas past in this birther moment relived in the candidacy of one Kamala Harris.
    Think Progress – A birther-style attack against Sen. Kamala Harris’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination failed to take hold after legions of her online supporters — including most of her political opponents — rushed to denounce social media postings challenging her legitimacy to speak as a black American.
    Harris spoke passionately about racial issues during last week’s Democratic debate, and since then a misguided series of social media posts began sprouting on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter suggesting that her parentage — Harris’ mother was Tamil Indian and her father is Jamaican — disqualified her from the community of black people in the United States.


  •  Eminent domain fight sparks organized backlash in Fulton County – The Daily Gazette For the second time in 2019, a major economic development project in Fulton County has been stymied amid pushback from an organized community group fighting against development of rural farmland. On Tuesday the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors voted unanimously to stop an eminent domain action aimed at obtaining 159 acres of farmland from two parcels owned by the estate of Robert Bowe. “The eminent domain action was viewed as a way to get control of the site and to allow the negotiation to happen under the oversight of a judge,” IDA Chairman David D’Amore said. “Mr. Bowe’s asking price far exceeded the multiple appraisals that we’d secured,” D’Amore said. “Since Mr. Bowe died, there is no clear next step, but to wait to see who the property falls to.” Bowe, who died on Veterans Day, had wanted $5,000 per acre for the land, a total of $795,000, but county appraisals had valued the property at $3,000 per acre, $477,000.

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