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Published 9 July 2019

·  Two Large Earthquakes Rattle L.A.— but Where Was the Early Warning?

·  California Earthquake: When Will the Bay Area Get a Warning System?

·  Residents of Welsh Coastal Village Could Become Britain’s First Climate Refugees

·  Why L.A.’s Early Warning System Didn’t Send an Alert Before the 6.4 Magnitude Quake

·  A Fox News Host Compared Desperately Overcrowded Migrant Detention Centers to “a Big Party” with Too Many Guests

·  Democratic Rot and the Origins of American Conspiracism

·  The Day America’s Denuclearization of North Korea Died

·  German Far-Right Hosting Lectures by Nazi Veterans, Security Agency Warns

·  Canada’s Infrastructure, Coastal Communities Most at Risk from Climate Change: Government Study

·  Facebook Is Trying to Stop Bogus Health Claims from Spreading Online

·  Two New York Counties Consider Merging 911 Centers

Two Large Earthquakes Rattle L.A.— but Where Was the Early Warning? (Alissa Walker, Curbed LA)
No alert from the city’s new early warning app for the 6.4 or 7.1 quakes

California Earthquake: When Will the Bay Area Get a Warning System? (Paul Rogers, Mercury News)
Ridgecrest Earthquake highlights seismic risks across California

Why L.A.’s Early Warning System Didn’t Send an Alert Before the 6.4 Magnitude Quake (Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Day)
Did the ShakeAlertLA system fail to provide an earthquake early warning?
Los Angeles residents were asking that question after the July 4 earthquake that was felt through Southern California, when they didn’t get an early warning from the much anticipated
ShakeAlertLA app, released by the city of Los Angeles earlier this year.
Did it fail? Not quite. The ShakeAlertLA smartphone app was only designed to alert users of cellphones physically located in Los Angeles County if there was at least “light shaking,” or level 4 on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, expected for Los Angeles County.

Residents of Welsh Coastal Village Could Become Britain’s First Climate Refugees (Alice Tidey, EuroNews)
The villagers of Fairbourne, northern Wales, could become Britain’s first climate refugees. The rising tide is threatening the coastal village and an official report has called for Fairbourne to be “decommissioned” in 2045, with the process to be completed by 2055. The council argues it will not be able to foot the bill to keep the village and its infrastructure protected from flooding.

A Fox News Host Compared Desperately Overcrowded Migrant Detention Centers to “a Big Party” with Too Many Guests (Tom Porter, Houston Chronicle)
“Fox and Friends” host Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday defended the Customs and Border Protection agency after a group of Democratic lawmakers alleged mistreatment of migrants. Kilmeade compared overcrowded facilities to a busy house party. He said: “In the beginning it would be okay with 30. Then after 100 people it would be a little bit taxed, maybe you get an outdoor facility. Can you picture 5,000?”

Democratic Rot and the Origins of American Conspiracism (By J. C. Pan, New Republic)
Crank ideas have always flourished in times of great instability and inequality.

The Day America’s Denuclearization of North Korea Died (Uri Friedman, Defense One)
The first Trump-Kim summit was about convincing Pyongyang to give up nuclear weapons. By the third meeting, it never even came up.

German Far-Right Hosting Lectures by Nazi Veterans, Security Agency Warns (Times of Israel)
Report says some 60 events, featuring six former Waffen-SS and Hitler youth members, were held last year

Canada’s Infrastructure, Coastal Communities Most at Risk from Climate Change: Government Study (Moira Warburton, Reuters)
Canada’s physical infrastructure and coastal communities could face significant damage over the next 20 years and top the list of areas most at risk by climate change, a government-backed study released on Thursday showed.

Facebook Is Trying to Stop Bogus Health Claims from Spreading Online (Jamie Ducharme, Time)
Facebook is working to limit the reach of posts making “sensational health claims” in an effort to tamp down on misinformation, according to a new announcement from the social media network.
Social media sites are notorious breeding grounds for dubious health information, from anti-vaccine arguments to too-good-to-be-true wellness claims. A Wall Street Journal
investigation published Tuesday, the same day Facebook made its announcement, found that Facebook and YouTube are rife with posts promoting questionable alternative cancer therapies, for example. Many of these therapies are unproven, and can be dangerous if patients rely on them instead of doctor-prescribed care.

Two New York Counties Consider Merging 911 Centers (Samantha Field, Observer-Dispatch)
At the public meeting held on June 27 at Chittenango High School, Winbourne Consulting delivered its examination of the feasibility of Madison and Onondaga counties combining their 911 centers.