Surfside Tragedy Response, Colombia Butterflies, Great Immigrants, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 1, 2021


WUSF: State Launches Website To Provide Surfside Assistance, Warns Of GoFundMe Scams . “Florida has created a new website that pools together federal, state and community efforts to help victims, families and first responders affected by the Surfside collapse, amid warnings of GoFundMe scams.”

The City Paper: Colombia home to 20% of world’s butterfly species, reveals report. “The yellow butterflies that swarm the imaginary and magical landscapes of Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude are just one species of 3,642 that inhabit the very real Colombia, and country home to 20% of all butterfly species on the planet. The findings are the result of years of research by scientists, collectors, students and amateurs documenting species across topographically challenging terrain. The list of 3,642 species and 2,085 subspecies was compiled by Dr Blanca Huertas, Senior Curator at the Natural History Museum in London.”

New-to-me: a database of great immigrants to the United States. From New York Carib News: Carnegie Corporation of New York honors 34 great immigrants. “The Great Immigrants initiative is intended to increase public awareness of immigration’s role in our country, reflecting the priorities of Andrew Carnegie, a self-made industrialist. In 1911, he established Carnegie Corporation of New York, a grantmaking foundation dedicated to the causes of democracy, education, and international peace. To date, the Corporation has honored more than 600 outstanding immigrants, whose stories can be viewed through the Corporation’s online database, which is among the leading resources of its type.”

KTVB: New database project can help locate ‘problematic hot spots’ for Idaho landslides . “A new statewide inventory of landslides has been released by [Idaho Geological Survey] that will help emergency managers and planners identify ‘problematic hot spots.’ The inventory contains more than 2,400 landslide entries ranging from prehistoric to current. Data were collected from archives, unpublished field observations, satellite images and newly mapped landslides.”


Mining Weekly: Johannesburg Geology Museum laments threats, frustrations. “The Geological Museum Association (GMA) has lamented the continued challenges, including theft, flood damage and lack of funding, experienced by the Johannesburg Geology Museum over the last decade. GMA Treasurer Bruce Cairncross says the association is actively seeking short- and long-term solutions to preserving what is ‘the most important institutional geological artefact collection’ in South Africa.”

Politico: Team Trump quietly launches new social media platform. “Former President Donald Trump’s team quietly launched a new social media platform on Thursday, billing it as an alternative to Big Tech sites. The platform, called GETTR, advertised its mission statement as ‘fighting cancel culture, promoting common sense, defending free speech, challenging social media monopolies, and creating a true marketplace of ideas.'”


Motherboard: Norway Law Forces Influencers to Label Retouched Photos on Instagram. “Legislators in Norway have passed new regulations requiring influencers and advertisers to label retouched photos in a bid to fight unrealistic beauty standards.”

Reuters: Putin signs law forcing foreign social media giants to open Russian offices. “President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that obliges foreign social media giants to open offices in Russia, a document published by the government on Thursday showed, the latest move by Moscow to exert greater control over Big Tech.”

AZ Central: Republic takes Senate, Cyber Ninjas to court for audit records. “The Arizona Republic has gone to court to demand records from the state Senate and one of its contractors to shed light on the audit of 2020 election results. The news organization on Wednesday filed a special action in Maricopa County Superior Court seeking financial records and communications about the audit from the Senate and Cyber Ninjas, the contractor it hired to lead the work.”


Axios: Conservative social media app frenzy dies down after Capitol riots. “The massive migration by the fringe-right to new social networks has largely died down, according to new data from Sensor Tower. By the numbers: Almost every major conservative social network has seen a dramatic decrease in downloads since the Capitol insurrection.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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