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Traffic Alerts – PM – Juloy 2nd, 2019

From 511pa.com

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

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

KREIDERSVILLE RD / MAIN ST / WALNUT DR
LAST UPDATED: 07/01/2019 10:15:17 am
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MUNICIPALITY: LEHIGH TOWNSHIP
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

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.
Tonight
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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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 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: | 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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US Schools Turn to Microphones and A.I to Identify Threatening, Fearful Speech

Some US Schools are looking to A.I.-driven microphones to attempt to identify potential threats at schools, but the early results are unsure, and the ramifications on privacy for students has only just begun to reveal themselves.
Pro Publica – Ariella Russcol specializes in drama at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, New York, and the senior’s performance on this April afternoon didn’t disappoint. While the library is normally the quietest room in the school, her ear-piercing screams sounded more like a horror movie than study hall. But they weren’t enough to set off a small microphone in the ceiling that was supposed to detect aggression.  A few days later, at the Staples Pathways Academy in Westport, Connecticut, junior Sami D’Anna inadvertently triggered the same device with a less spooky sound — a coughing fit from a lingering chest cold….The students were helping ProPublica test an aggression detector that’s used in hundreds of schools, health care facilities, banks, stores and prisons worldwide, including more than 100 in the U.S. Sound Intelligence, the Dutch company that makes the software for the device, plans to open an office this year in Chicago, where its chief executive will be based. | go to source

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Northampton County Residents May Get Big Water Bill Increase of 17 Percent

Facing a potential significant water bill increase, Northampton County residents have been given a time and place to voice their views of this proposed water increase by Community Utilities of Pennsylvania.
Mcall – Customers in Hanover Township, Northampton County, who get their water from Community Utilities of Pennsylvania can sound off next month on a proposed rate hike. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has scheduled a public hearing at 6 p.m. July 15 at the Hanover Township Community Center, 3660 Jacksonville Road. F. Joseph Brady, an administrative law judge assigned to the case, will take testimony during the hearing, the PUC said Tuesday. A PUC decision is expected by Jan. 1. | go to source

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Rightzilla – That Project Veritas story exposing Google? CNN media expert Brian Stelter cannot find the story using which…which search engine?!?! – Twitchy

Brian Stelter of CNN just stepped into Twitter ratio land with a tweet bemoaning the lact of evidence he could find when searching for an anti-google story on….Google.
Twitchy – There is all the usual media dismissals at play here. He wonders why we would listen to people he deems to be “non-technical”, and of course uses the “heavily-edited” deflection (calling out the “snippets”, as “contextless”) is used. Also, for a refreshing change, the press dismisses the words of a whistleblower, a category they normally reserve for sainthood. Enter now CNN’s media corgi-with-distemper, Brian Stelter. He responds to Warzel after engaging in his most favored of activities — watching Fox News. | go to source

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Northampton Area School Board Exchanges District Improvements for Warehouse Development Approval

The Northampton Area School Board is horse-trading with warehouse developer JW Development Partners. In exchange for school board approval of plant construction plans, the developer will also further develop and maintain some district property.
Allentown Morning Call – The board Monday approved an indemnification and maintenance agreement between JW Development Partners, East Allen Township and the district that addresses stormwater maintenance facilities and a traffic signal to be installed at the future intersection of Nor-Bath Boulevard and the realigned Seemsville Roadd.  As part of the development of his Northampton Business Center, including six warehouses totaling nearly 2.5 million square feet between Seemsville and Howertown roads, Jaindl will extend Seemsville Road east into East Allen Township across 13.5 acres of a 92-acre parcel owned by the district. | go to source

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Home Cleaning Invader Steals Dirt, Leaves Toilet Paper Origima Behind

A would-be home invader successfully entered another person’s home, only to find that the lack of order about the place was just too much. Switching over from stealing to cleaning, and even origami-making, the clean-minded thief left the home empty-handed, with only a sense of pride in the work complete, including the cool toilet paper origamis left all around.
Yahoo News – Nate Roman tells The Boston Globe that when he returned to his Marlborough home from work May 15, he could tell a stranger had been there.  Nothing was missing, but the 44-year-old Roman noticed the beds were made, the rugs vacuumed and the toilets scrubbed. They even crafted origami roses on the toilet paper rolls. | go to source

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Easton’s Kindergartners Exceed Expections

Easton Kids are hitting their marks and then some. The latest performance tracking numbers show the kindergartners are exceeding last year’s results by significant margins.
Allentown Morning Call – Easton Area School District’s youngest students excelled this year, with 91% hitting their benchmarks at the end of the year, a growth of 40% from the beginning of the year. Last year, 88% of students hit their benchmarks by the end of the year, compared with 73% the prior year. No school was below the 85% mark this year. Tracy Piazza, the district’s director for teaching and learning for kindergarten through fifth grade, said the growth could be attributed to a number of factors, including the staggered rollout of full-day kindergarten starting in 2015 and intensive training and professional development with a consulting firm to personalize learning for students. | go to source

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Allentown is Home to Robot-Human Cohabitation in Amazon Warehouse

Mcall – Amazon employees start their shifts passing through turnstiles and a sign reminding them what they can’t bring with them as they report for work alongside robots.  Cellphones, belts, keys and loose change must be stored away in one of hundreds of lockers by the break area at the West Deptford, New Jersey, fulfillment center. Inside, 7.75-inch-tall robots that can carry up to 1,250 lbs. and have no resemblance to the humanoid robots of science fiction, help them do their jobs. | go to source

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Allentown Charter School Celebrates First Graduating Class

WFMZ – Executive Education Academy Charter School in Allentown said farewell to its first graduating class on Friday, June 14. Commencement was held at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.  77 seniors comprised the EEACS Class of 2019. Many of them will be going on to two and four-year colleges and universities, including Arcadia University, Lehigh University, Penn State, and West Chester University. | go to source

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Perkasie Stunned with Sudden Death of Police Chief

Mcall Online -Condolences flooded Perkasie Borough offices Monday after the sudden death of police Chief Steven Hillias on Sunday. He was 49.  The nature of the medical episode he suffered while off duty had not been determined, but officials said it was unexpected and he had not been battling illness. | go to source

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Bethlehem Super Sells Taxes at School Board Meeting, Card Included

A new addition to Bethlehem Area School District tax bills: What you get for your money – Allentown Morning Call

At a school board committee meeting Monday, Superintendent Joseph Roy held up a card that gives information on how many students Bethlehem Area educates and some highlights of the education the district provides. Copies of that card are going to go out with property tax bills, Roy said….

…On one side, the card says: “Thanks to your tax dollars, BASD educates 13,700 students across our 22 schools. Our students benefit from your support and, in return, they create our future as parents, employers, employees, civic and business leaders.”

It thanks the taxpayer “for your part in building Bethlehem and investing in our future.” | go to source

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Millennial Bear Teen Thugs on Leihghton Auto Body Shop Roof

Young Bear Scales Roof at Auto Body Shop – WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

An auto body shop in Carbon County got an unexpected visitor: a young bear.

The bear scaled the roof at Wentz Auto Body Shop near Lehighton and one of the employees caught it on camera.

“It actually went off our steps here onto this roof here, so then it just hung out there. It got its wits back together and split,” said manager Chris Wentz. | go to source

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Time to Pay the State Police, Small Town Pennsylvania

Lawmakers push for Pennsylvania State Police protection fee – WPMT FOX 43

Some Pennsylvania state lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that would allow the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) to charge municipalities which rely on their service…..

The winners: Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT, and contractors for PennDOT, according to Governor Tom Wolf….The losers: Municipalities, which haven’t paid in years, that could suddenly be facing a huge expense. | go to source

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Artificial Intelligence to Reach Human-Level Intelligence by 2040 – AiThority

One group of intrepids is wagering that the year 2040 won’t just be the year I finally get that prostate exam, it will be the year that AI will become human.  I 

Wire – Artificial Intelligence to Reach Human-Level Intelligence by 2040 – AiThority

From AiThority –

NEORIS, a digital transformation service provider that accelerates the digital capabilities of global enterprises, unveiled its most recent analysis entitled Artificial Intelligence: Rethinking Humanity’s Evolution. The comprehensive assessment cites the latest trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and presents a compelling thesis, by 2040 the world will see an AI-triggered transcendental shift on humanity’s evolution.

Since AI’s inception in 1956, in the form of “a machine that could think,” AI continues to evolve and impact society, businesses and humanity. Its cognitive tools have systematically reshaped how people and companies interact and possesses the power to radically transform business exchanges and human capabilities. | go to source

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Pakistan Finally Reveals Total Loans Accepted From China Under IMF Pressure – EurAsian Times

In the backdrop of the major escalation by the US against China in the trade war through the Huawai freeze-out, there’s this news of Pakistan having to come clean on the amount of loans it has received from China.   

Wire – Pakistan Finally Reveals Total Loans Accepted From China Under IMF Pressure – EurAsian Times

From Eurasian Times –

Under pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Islamabad has disclosed every type of loan that Islamabad has received from its strategic ally, China.  Foreign loan disbursements in Jul-Apr of the current financial year showed loans for the Karachi Nuclear Power Plants, known as K2 and K3, and China SAFE deposits as part of federal debt obligations.

Earlier, the $2 billion worth of China SAFE deposits, which Islamabad had received in July 2018, were shown on the books of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). SAFE is an acronym for the State Administration of Foreign Exchange managed by the Chinese central bank. | go to source

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New Jersey Man with Ties to Hamas Accused of Plotting to Bomb Trump Tower

Depending on the media outlet, the headline will refer to the accused wanna-be Orange bomber as a New Jersey man or a Muslim extremist, or, if you’re really pushing it, just Muslim.  Here’s how Reuters chose to go with this

Wire – New Jersey man charged with threatening to bomb Trump Tower

From Reuters –

A 20-year-old New Jersey man accused of threatening on social media to “shoot everybody” at a pro-Israel march and bomb the Trump Tower skyscraper in New York City was arrested on Wednesday on a string of federal charges, prosecutors said.

Jonathan Xie, of Basking Ridge, was taken into custody on charges of attempting to provide material support to Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip and which the United States designates as a terrorist organization, making false statements and transmitting threats over interstate commerce, according to federal prosecutors. | go to source

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Smashing Pumpkins Zen from Cranes

Sometimes, you have to say to yourself, friend, friend of me that is me, why, why have I never considered the full scientific and physical and lulz-like qualities of dropping a 1000 pound fatty orange boy from umpty ducking feet high and measuring the full effects of the wonder of that thing?  Well, some dream this dream, a dream more common than the one where you wake up naked in front of class, the impossible dream for the perfect smashing pumpkin zen that can right the world, and yes, right the world they did, because this dream became our Lulz of the Day.
From Vice –

What would happen if you dropped a 1,300-pound pumpkin onto a car? Like, a for-real car that somebody once drove around and wrote “PLAN // AHEA // D” on before it ended up in the junk yard.

I don’t know why the folks at Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm in Massachusetts decided to do just that, but I’m glad that they did. Forget face masks and scented candles; sometimes you need self-care that feels as angry as you are, something destructive rather than constructive, something big but abstract, visceral but consequence-less.
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Rightzilla – Obama Judges Kill Americans’ Privacy to Help Democratic House Harass Trump – Human Events

There;s a lot of fire in this rightzilla of the day, with the recent decision by “Obama Judges” to rule in favor of the US House’s efforts to get Donny boy’s tax records.  It’s always good if you  can work the word kill into a zilla.
From Human Event –
Two Obama appointees just greenlit two of the most invasive Congressional subpoenas for private financial information in American history.
The two subpoenas from the House often came without House approval, but instead with written memorandums by self-serving chairmen. They compelled invasive disclosure of intimate information from accountants and banks concerning the private records of private people from a time period Trump was neither a candidate nor the President. Their orders eviscerate and endanger privacy for all Americans……

The judges’ mutual refusal to stay their judgment pending appeal further reflects the partisan motivation behind their conduct. Anyone think they would have approved Congressional subpoenas into Obama’s still-sealed educational records? Anyone think they would have approved Senatorial subpoenas into Biden’s family finances that concern the large sums of money foreign countries and their agents paid his family during his Vice Presidency under Obama? Anyone think they would have approved wide-scale subpoenas into the activities of the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State? | go to source

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Leftzilla – Trump’s Plan to Pardon Several War Criminals Hurts the Military—and Threatens Its Moral Authority – Mother Jones

A headline that hits Trump’s base right in the proverbial win the Leftzilla of the Day.  Mother Jones succeeds in sounding like a rightzilla going after a leftzilla President, but it works!
From Mother Jones –
Two years ago in Mosul, Iraq, a group of Navy SEALs were administering medical aid to a young injured ISIS fighter. He was so young, they later said he was likely a teenager. Then Edward Gallagher, the senior member of SEAL Team 7 and a distinguished veteran of several combat deployments, approached them without warning and stabbed the injured fighter repeatedly in the neck and side. Gallagher’s crimes reportedly did not stop there. According to a confidential Navy report obtained by the New York Times, in the weeks before and after this incident, he also indiscriminately killed civilians, including an adolescent girl “in a flower-print hijab,” and pressured members of his unit to not rat him out. Gallagher was finally taken into custody last year in advance of his court martial—scheduled to begin on May 28—where he stands accused of a laundry list of war crimes.
Now, thanks to President Donald Trump, he may emerge from the process with a presidential pardon, exonerated of his misdeeds and free of any consequences.
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