No. 535: Climate change, raging cyberthreats and disillusioned voters – but all you need is love

They're history: But they were brand-new on Sept. 30, 1960, when "The Flintstones" (and friends) debuted on the ABC Television Network.


The September that wouldn’t die: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and yes, it’s still September out there – though this is the last time we’ll say that for a while.

Come on, people now: Give it a shot.

That makes this Sept. 30, of course, known best as National Love People Day – an unconditional hug-a-thon that may be a tough sell after last night’s contentious display in Cleveland, or may be just what America needs. Stay tuned.

Listen up: Whether you’re into politics, music, sicko studies of serial killers or just about anything else, today’s your day – Sept. 30 is also International Podcast Day.

Tom’s very big day: He never had his own podcast, but all-time innovator Thomas Edison had an all-time day on Sept. 30, 1890, earning eight different U.S. patents, including one for a “Propelling Device for Electric Cars” and three for his iconic phonograph.

Other patents issued on this date include one in 1862 for New York inventor Theodore Timby, who created the rotating gun turret for battleships.

In the flow: The world’s first hydroelectric power plant, spanning Wisconsin’s Fox River, powered up on Sept. 30, 1882.

Speaking of hydroelectric-generating marvels, the Arizona/Nevada border-straddling Hoover Dam was officially dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt on this date in 1935.

Sub standard: Actually, the USS Nautilus was leagues ahead of other submersibles.

Atomic age: It didn’t carry Captain Nemo 20,000 leagues under the sea, but the USS Nautilus – the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine – was commissioned on Sept. 30, 1954.

Yabba dabba doo! Now history’s second-longest-running primetime animated series (behind “The Simpsons”), “The Flintstones,” premiered on the ABC Television Network on this date in 1960.

Blades of glory: And it was Sept. 30, 1982, when pilots Jay Colburn and H. Ross Perot Jr. (son of the billionaire and then-future presidential candidate) touched down their Bell 206L-1 helicopter in Texas, completing the world’s first round-the-world helicopter flight.

Gumming up the works: American entrepreneur and manufacturer William Wrigley Jr. (1861-1932) – who turned his back on his father’s hometown soap factory and eventually grew Chicago’s Wrigley Co. into the world’s largest chewing gum distributor – would be 159 years old today.

Tru to form: Capote, man of many talents.

Also born on Sept. 30 were Soviet scientist Otto Yulyevich Shmidt (1891-1956), who led the USSR’s exploration (and exploitation) of Arctic resources; radiation-focused German physicist Hans Geiger (1882-1945), who was there when it counted; civil engineer Nora Stanton Blatch Barney (1883-1971), the first U.S. woman to earn a civil engineering degree; American industrialist Irving Kahn (1917-1994), who invented the teleprompter and pioneered cable television; and American novelist, screenwriter, playwright and actor Truman Capote (1924-1984).

Magical realism: And take a bow, Laura Esquivel – the Mexican writer and politician, who currently serves in Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies (akin to the U.S. House of Representatives) and is known best for her internationally acclaimed novel “Like Water for Chocolate,” turns 70 today.

Wish the multitalented scribes, the enterprising industrialists and all the other Sept. 30 innovators well at, where story tips and calendar events double our pleasure, double our fun.


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The voters speak: Hofstra University’s latest Kalikow School poll includes some fairly shocking revelations – including more than 40 percent of respondents who believe millions of fraudulent votes were cast in the 2016 presidential election, and 39 percent who say they’d want their state to secede from the union if their candidate loses on Nov. 3.

These and other mind-bending truths pack the new poll of likely voters, designed by Hofstra’s Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency and executed between Sept. 14 and 22 by British Internet researcher YouGov. Other eye-openers: the 40 percent of respondents who say the economy, not public-health concerns, should dictate the national COVID-19 response (a much stronger sentiment among Republicans than Democrats) and the 11 percent who say they’re not likely to accept the results of a close finish, either way, in the Nov. 3 election.

Perhaps most telling is this: While likely voters in the poll favor Democrat Joe Biden by more than 10 percentage points, his lead shrinks below 4 percentage points when respondents are asked whom they think will actually win. “The erosion of trust in the (electoral) process … is alarming,” noted Craig Burnett, Hofstra associate professor of political science and Kalikow poll program director. “It speaks volumes about the degree to which we are divided as a country.”

Hunter’s lodge: Four workers can raise a prefab Hunter Shelter in four hours.

Small houses, big deal: A business-development services provider has helped land an important federal purchase order for a local manufacturer, marking a milestone for an ambitious “Create Local, Make Local” movement.

The Shinnecock Indian Nation has awarded a purchase order to Selden-based Dynamic Supplier Alignment to deliver and install two Emergency Housing Systems manufactured by Riverhead-based Hunter Systems. The purchase, funded through the U.S. Treasury Department, will provide a fast portable-housing alternative for dislocated tribal citizens on Long Island’s Shinnecock Indian Reservation.

It’s also a first for DSA and Hunter Shelters, which have long collaborated at Eastern Suffolk BOCES’ Gary D. Bixhorn Technical Center on the creation of an emergency-housing system that can quickly provide zero-net shelters in disaster zones and elsewhere. “This is an amazing start to a strong and great relationship between the Shinnecock Nation, DSA and Hunter Shelters,” noted DSA President Ron Tabbitas. “We needed our first federally funded contract to prove our model works, and now we have one, thanks to the Shinnecock Nation.”



Keep the change: Tech-heavy (and weighing in at nearly twice its proposed budget), the $32.8 million Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center is out-thinking climate change.

The threat is real: And so are the solutions, according to one Long Island cybersecurity expert, who extolls the virtues of best-practice data protection.

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus: Statewide spikes, vaccine verifications and trick-or-treating tips – another busy week for Long Island’s one-and-only pandemic primer.



If you thought last night’s debate was maddening, stay tuned – the electoral chaos is just getting started, warns legal eagle Michael Sahn, who sees serious challenges ahead.



Dirty money: As more vendors go “touchless,” experts debate how clean cash really is. Huffpost explores.

Nervous in the service: Management plays a huge role when it comes to reducing workplace anxiety. Inc. explains.

Watch and learn: Two new video series will focus on digital transformations and the future of commercial high-tech. Forbes previews.



+ BookClub​, a Utah-based platform for author-led book clubs, raised $6 million in seed funding​ led by Maveron, with participation from ​GSV Ventures​, ​Signal Peak Ventures, ​Pelion Venture Partners and private investor Mike Levinthal.

+ Turntide Technologies, a California-based tech firm working on a sustainable electric motor, completed a $33 million funding round. Backers included the Amazon Climate Fund, Meson Capital, BMW iVentures, JLL Spark, WIND Ventures and Tony Fadell’s Future Shape.

+ NeuroTherapia, an Ohio-based clinical-stage biopharma developing therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, closed its $8.8 million Series A financing round led by Brain Trust Accelerator Fund II, with participation from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dolby Family Ventures and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

+ Spiceology, a Washington State-based spice company, closed a $4.7 million financing round led by Ty Bennett, with participation from the Cowles Co., Kickstart Funds III & IV and multiple angel investors.

+ Laika, a New York City-based information security and compliance-as-a-service platform, raised $10 million in equity financing led by Canapi Ventures, with participation from Bain Capital, NYCA Partners, Third Prime, Plaid, GLG, Flatiron Health, Shutterstock and Quovo.

+ RoadRunner Recycling, a Pennsylvania-based tech firm providing a sustainable commercial waste and recycling-management solution, closed a $10 million Series C funding round. Backers included Avery Dennison and Valo Ventures.



Oh, you’re witty: No, THIS kind of retort, as in flexible (and recyclable).

Reduce: Scientists have created a super-enzyme that devours plastic bottles.

Reuse: Even cutting-edge composites sometimes need a second chance.

Recycle: A Swiss packaging giant announces the world’s first “retort pouch.”

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