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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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Snow Days Become Homeschool Days if Bill Is Signed by PA Governor

In a move that’s sure to please kids, Governor Tom Wolf might just be signing a bill that could lead to homeschooling for public school kids on snow days.  The move is intended to give scho9l districts more options to avoid extra summer days at the end of the year to make up for missed snow days.
WFMZ – Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign a new law that could lead to school work on snow days.   School districts will have the option to implement flexible instructional days. Basically, schools could assign work to be completed on a snow day so it wouldn’t count as a day off. | go to source

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The A.I. Arms Race

With the rise of A.I.-assisted cyber attacks, military strategizing, and even patrol operations using unmanned vehicles, the race to develop your own A.I.’s that are more analytically powerful than your enemies becomes increasingly vital. Skynet, in the end, might end up being an A.I. civil war, not a machine versus human contest for survival.
Datanami – Earlier today, the US-Israeli security firm Cybereason released a report explaining how hackers that are suspected to be backed by the Chinese government infiltrated at least 10 global telecommunications carriers over multiple years to access customer information. “Operation Soft Cell,” as Cybereason called the attack, utilized “espionage and a web of theft targeting specific individuals on different continents likely working in government, law enforcement and politics,” That came on the heels of a warning from the Department of Homeland Security urging American businesses to be aware of a wave of cyber-attacks from Iran and its proxies. “Iranian regime actors and proxies are increasingly using destructive ‘wiper’ attacks, looking to do much more than just steal data and money,” stated Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher C. Krebs on June 22. | go to source

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Bethlehem Protest Ordinance Draws……Protests

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. | go to source

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Parkland School Kids Take Home Top Honors in Science Fair

WFMZ – It was a night for recognizing excellence in science and scientific invention for students in Parkland School District on Tuesday. Students from the district’s middle and high schools were applauded by the Parkland School Board for their academic efforts.  Springhouse Middle School Principal Michelle Minotti recognized seventh-grader Sid Khandelwal. Khandelwal was named best computer programmer in the state at the former state Computer Fair, now renamed the PA Media Design Competition, in Carlisle. | go to source