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New Legislation Aimed At Making Legal Sense of 5G Consequences

The National Law Review – Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) released the WIN 5G Act.  The legislation is currently in draft form and has not been formally introduced.  According to Rep. Matsui’s office, the “legislation proposes a consensus-based, compromise approach to rapidly and equitably reallocating spectrum between the frequencies of 3.7 GHz-4.2 GHz.”  The bill requires the FCC to designate satellite users operating in the C-Band to serve as a “transition facilitator” that will create a transition plan for C-Band spectrum.  The bill also proposes a plan for reallocating spectrum between 3.45-3.55 GHz for commercial wireless use. | go to source

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Traffic Alerts – PM – Juloy 2nd, 2019


LAST UPDATED: 07/02/2019 09:25:13 am

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. | go to source

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Evening Forecast- Thunderstorms, Shows – Jul 2nd, 2019

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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. | go to source

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Calls for “Gun Rights” Now Come from the Left

Vox, Quoted from Hot Air: I’m also not interested in creating a parallel cultural universe wherein balaclava-clad “gun bunnies” pose for the ’gram (I’d much rather shore up support for Rojava’s all-women YPG Women’s Defense Unit). I’m interested in reclaiming the notion of armed self-defense from those who have long used it as a cudgel to repress dissent and terrorize marginalized communities, and emphasizing its potential as a transformative tool toward collective liberation. | go to source

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Pokemon Go Gifts a City and a Grandson to a Lonely Widow

One never knows the places that life might unexpectedly lead you to when you least expect it. This is the story of Sofia and Diego. Sofia is a widowed woman in her late 60s. Diego is a 7-year old adventurer from Barcelona, who also happens to be Sofia’s grandson.
Sofia and Diego would find a lynchpin between them, and even between themselves and the world around them. That lynchpin is none other than Pokemon Go, the go outdoors app that sends you into the world looking for Pokemons (gotta catch them all, you know).
The Conversation – Meet the 67-year-old nurse Sofia, who lives in Badalona in Spain. After losing her husband to cancer a decade ago, Sofia initially found it hard to fight the grief and depression. Her daughters and grandchildren helped her in this transition.
Sofia is especially close to her seven-year-old grandson, Diego. They do many activities together, constantly sharing intergenerational skills. It was Diego who first introduced Sofia to Pokémon Go.
As they wandered the streets of Badalona together, Diego would show her the digital overlays of Pokémon Go that reinvented Sofia’s everyday experiences of mundane spaces.
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The Tax Man Gets Punched in the Metaphorical Face with New Bill Signed Into Law

When there is bipartisan agreement that the tax man needs to be taxed in his effort, or her, in the event the tax woman is a woman, well, one must ask oneself if it is political Christmas.  That’s just what appears to have taken place so, if you’re a bit on the wrong side of the tax woman, or tax man, if you happen to be a man who is a tax man, you might give out a bit of a Bronx Cheer to the IRS handlers, the congress and the President of the United States of mother freaking America (insert obligated internal humming of the Beatles song, The Taxman, here).
The Daily Signal -President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan bill Monday to force greater accountability on the IRS in the property seizures, as well as protect taxpayers from identity theft, boost whistleblower protections, and modernize the tax agency.
“We just finished signing, the important signing, of the Taxpayer First bill, the IRS Taxpayer First, which is a tremendous thing for our citizens having to deal with the IRS,” Trump told reporters after the signing. “It streamlines and so many other changes are made. That was just done and signed. It’s been made into law. So we are all set on that.”     
The new law, the Taxpayer First Act, requires the IRS to show probable cause that the smaller transactions were made in order to evade financial reporting requirements.  | go to source

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Facebook Blocks Itself after Sarin Scare

Facebook faced a Sarin scare recently when an abundance of caution led to a good old fashioned building scare in the heart of Facebook,  the HQ in Silicon Valley.  
France 24 -Facebook Inc evacuated four buildings and two people were being evaluated for possible exposure to the nerve agent sarin on Monday after a package at the social media company’s Silicon Valley mail facility tested positive for the toxic compound.  The people who came in contact with the suspicious package at about 11 a.m. PT (1800 GMT) did not show any symptoms of exposure to sarin, said Jon Johnston, fire marshal for the city of Menlo Park, California, where Facebook is based.
“The (Facebook) facility tests all of the packages that come in and they had a positive test, so they just initiated their standard protocol. Now we’re just waiting to verify whether that’s true or not,” he said. | go to source

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At Long Last, Researchers Gain Control of DNA-Based Robots

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. | go to source

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Dr. Heavy Metal is a Thing Which is Real

Bang your head, Dr.  That’s right, you can be a Doctor just for banging your head.  Well, sort of…..If you go to the right kind of school, you can get a PhD for doing it…
Mixdown – According to Anarchist Geography, a site run by University of Newcastle’s Director of Human Geography Simon Springer, there are two fully-funded PhD scholarships up for grabs. This will include the Geography of Heavy Metal Music course, as well as Geographies of Homelessness, Veganism and Unschooling.
“Heavy Metal is a global phenomenon, representing a major cultural trend for the past four decades,” the description reads. “Numerous sub-genres exist within the general framework of Heavy Metal, each representing unique subcultures.” | go to source

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Kentucky Man Faces Drug Charges After Fatal I-78 Crash

A used syringe could lead to more charges for the Kentucky driver involved in the I-78 crash that killed a father and son.
Reading Eagle -Investigators found used hypodermic needles near the steering wheel of the SUV driven by a Kentucky man that struck another SUV on Interstate 78 over the weekend, killing a father and his son from Schuylkill County, state police in Hamburg said Monday.
Christopher A. Cornelius, 41, of Louisville was charged Saturday with possessing and intending to use drug paraphernalia. The investigation of the crash itself continues. | go to source

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Rightzilla – “GOD IS LOVE,” “BUILD THE WALL,” “WALK AWAY,” and “CHOOSE LIFE” knitted hats all banned on Ravelry – Michelle Malkin

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, 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: | go to source

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Leftzilla – Social media trolls try but fail to give Kamala Harris the Obama-birther treatment – Think Progress

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. | go to source

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Russia’s Jamming the Airways in Drone Defense Gone Wrong

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. | go to source

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Axon Says No to Making Face ID Cams for Cops

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. | go to source

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A New Flexible Battery Could Power Your Pants

SciTech Europa – Jenax has developed flexible lithium-ion cell technology that can be a great solution for the IoT and wearable products. Lithium-ion batteries are the most widely adopted chemistry for energy storage, and Jenax’s battery – J.Flex – is an advanced version of lithium-ion batteries with flexibility, enhanced safety and fast charge capability. J.Flex is unlike conventional batteries and other thin film batteries because of the degree of flexibility it features. J.Flex can be bent, flexed and rolled to any direction. | go to source