Tag Archives: Florida

Estimates “off” regarding sea level rise

Remember when scientists thought the coasts were a hundred years from some kind of disaster? Well. Based on new evidence, the Arctic Council — a cooperative effort among eight nations to monitor climate change — concluded that the Arctic warmed … Continue reading

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Plutocratic messianism and public education

Janet Reitman’s Rolling Stone essay on Betsy DeVos explains how Christians and billionaires have created a racket that operates under the fiction of public education. One of those consortium, the Council for National Policy, hides Christian policy behind its bloodless … Continue reading

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Florida — the state with the prettiest name, Part #239!

To say that the Sunshine State has endured the stupidest primary election of my lifetime sounds precipitate, given that the state isn’t underwater yet and the Democratic Party sees no alternative to running Charlie Crist templates until Gainesville condo owners … Continue reading

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Grounded: landline use during tropical storms

Phone service was scratchy in the first few hours after Hurricane Andrew made landfall, but if you were out of power for as long as many people were (my parents were lucky: only ten days) you could at least count … Continue reading

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Florida — the state with the prettiest name, part #678

As the Donald Trump candidacy has adulterated political discourse, so have Florida’s waterways become more toxic thanks to the Southeast’s biggest Trumpist, our governor Rick Scott: We’ve got 450 tons of phosphorus a year flowing into Lake Okeechobee from farms, … Continue reading

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Big Sugar and its sweet Florida deals

During the Fourth of July long weekend, many Floridians on the Treasure Coast saw green more than red, white, and blue: a toxic algae bloom clogging canals and fouling beaches. Extreme heat was a factor (today’s our ninth straight morning … Continue reading

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It gets better…sometimes

The scariest moment of my sexual life occurred fourteen years ago when an unknown male person tapped on the back window of my SUV when I was in it with my lover at the time. I don’t know if he … Continue reading

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‘The water comes from six sides in Florida’

Why South Florida in the next century will look beautiful as a canal zone: When the system was designed—redesigned, really—in the nineteen-fifties, the water level in the canals could be maintained at least a foot and a half higher than … Continue reading

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South Florida: advances ‘being made” to stop rising seas

Faint good news, I guess. At high tide, flood gates installed decades ago on some South Florida canals no longer work. Saltwater is slowly killing freshwater marshes at the tip of the state. And after a recent king tide, one … Continue reading

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For the “Change We Can Believe In” file

Progress of a sort: Miami-Dade County commissioners have passed a new ordinance that alters the county’s regulations for possession of marijuana. Instead of issuing criminal charges, officers’ will now have the discretion to give a civil citation if the carrier … Continue reading

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The state with the prettiest name

Why, if he’d had a gun he would’ve been OK: Omar Rodriguez drove his car up and down the Kendall street where his son lives and he stared at Jose Rey. Then he parked on the swale and flashed his … Continue reading

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The stupidity of Florida legislators

Hours after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Florida House violated the Constitution but stepped away from ordering them back into session for ending early, it’s time to survey the damage. No, Floridians won’t get horrifying legislation written to … Continue reading

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