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Meme-ification of reason (and politics) — an experiment

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Part of my job at Sachs Media Group is running data experiments that nobody has asked us to run, for the simple pleasure of satisfying curiosity and the attempt to better understand what kinds of things matter to people. Our themes generally relate back to the space of communications or politics. For example: does reading news on a mobile device versus a newspaper change people’s perception of social dynamics? (Yes.) This week’s experiment took a similar approach, using a survey…

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Lessons for Florida from a California cannabis tourist

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Editor’s note: This article is cross-posted on PoliticsOfPot.com. In November, Florida voters will likely approve Amendment 2 – a proposal that seeks to expand health-care options to include medical marijuana. At that point, it will be incumbent on lawmakers to implement regulatory schemes that protect rather than exploit Florida’s health-care system. Toward this goal, looking at the experience of other states can offer a roadmap of what to do or to avoid. In terms of the latter, California offers a lot…

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Florida job projections looking strong compared to national averages

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics, our nation’s single-most gatherer of employment data, intermittently projects which occupations will see the greatest jobs growth over time. According their most recent such analysis, about one-third of all new jobs to be created between now and 2022 will be in the fields of healthcare, healthcare support, construction, and personal care. Using these data and applying them to all of America’s 350-plus metropolitan areas, The Atlantic analyzed and reported in greater detail the “what and…

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Miami and Orlando slated to be among 10 best American cities of the future, new study says

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Two Florida cities are slated to be in the 10 “best” American cities in the future, according to an analysis by CreditDonkey, a financial education website. The Huffington Post Looking at data for 420 cities, CreditDonkey compared data on five criteria: (1) percentage of housing built in 1990 or later, (2) population change since 2010, (3) construction jobs as percentage of population, (4) space travel companies and proposed spaceports, and (5) available DeLorean cars, like those from “Back to the…

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Throwback Thursday: Ali’s Miami Beach fight, fixes, and Twitter

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Fifty years ago today, on March 6, 1964, the cover of LIFE Magazine showed a sweaty, smiling Cassius Clay. We all know today why: Clay had just beaten Sonny Liston in the world heavyweight championship, held a few days prior in Miami Beach, Fla. The fight was named the fourth greatest moment of the twentieth century by Sports Illustrated. Liston held the title, and was the most intimidating fighter of his day. Clay was a spotlight-loving, quick on his feet…

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What Rick Scott is reading: Florida’s housing costs drop relative to household income

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Florida has experienced the second largest drop in the nation in the percent of residents paying greater than half of their income toward housing costs. Between 2009 and 2012, severely cost-burdened working households fell in 30 states. Arkansas led the nation with a 3.8 percent drop in cost-burdened households. Florida’s drop was the second most notable, at 3.4 percent. In 2009, just over one-third of Floridian households spent more than half of their paycheck on housing costs. In 2012, this…

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Twitter exemplifies, not defies, political polarization, study says

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Americans lament a lack of civil political dialogue between groups people with different beliefs. We see it as … bad … that Americans are becoming more polarized. Case in point: even our comedy is divisive. In a Tallahassee performance last week, Louis Black said he would be railing in usual fashion against “both” parties. But really, the railing was against members of just one party, with customary profanity. It was a pep rally of divisiveness. Followed by him asking, I…

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