Tag Archives: Florida

‘The Florida Project’ an amateurish look at life on the periphery

The initial reviews for The Florida Project suggest a digital sociology experiment rather than a successful narrative film. Watching Sean Baker’s story about scrappy kids and their parents trying to survive in the third-rate motels clustered around Walt Disney World … Continue reading

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Irma update, FPL anger edition

My parents and several friends belong to the ten percent of FPL customers without power this morning. Although the utility had been promising full restoration for the southeastern coast of Florida all week, it revised its statements on Friday: now … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irma’s highest body count

While I’ve been posting about missing cable and internet and running out of James Salter novels to read, seniors are dying from heat exhaustion. In Hollywood Hills about twenty miles north of me, Hurricane Irma claimed her highest death toll. … Continue reading

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Miamians are just wild about turn signals

Miami-Dade County boast several miles of beautiful beaches and many first-rate hotels, but to enjoy them you have to make it to them alive. In my county, drivers make right turns from the leftmost lane, cruise in the rain with … Continue reading

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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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