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Today on Context Florida: Festival of Bad Ideas, craft beer, education and argue jurisdiction

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Today on Context Florida: Some Florida towns have a strawberry festival; others a seafood festival, a jazz festival, or even a frog leg festival. In Florida’s capital, Diane Roberts says there is an annual Festival of Bad Ideas – the 60-day Legislative Session. Peter Schorsch is a huge fan of craft beer: the taste, the smell and even the interesting artwork on the bottles. However, he cannot help but wonder; what might happen if crafties get what they want from Florida…

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Today on Context Florida: Blatant hypocrisy, unfair criticism, Gerry Jaski and the SOTS we deserve

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Today on Context Florida: As a Florida man “of a certain age” with a wife and two daughters, Daniel Tilson is sick and tired of pandering politicians putting so many of our beloved women at risk every year during the state’s 60-day legislative session.  He is fed up with ambitious elected ideologues talking tough about protecting individual liberty and personal freedom – except for that of the women in our lives. Tilson calls that hypocrisy. Blatant hypocrisy, to be more accurate.…

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‘House of Cards’ dealt Netflix a winning hand

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Even if it never wins another award, “House of Cards” already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix’s expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had “House of Cards” flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Instead, the show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics, giving Netflix the financial clout and creative firepower to further transform how we watch…

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Labs extend record as U.S. top dog, but bulldogs make waves

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America’s fondness for Labrador retrievers is still setting records, but bulldogs are breaking new ground. Labs reigned as the nation’s top dog last year for the 24th year after breaking poodles’ decades-old record in 2013, according to American Kennel Club rankings set to be released Thursday. But bulldogs have hit a new high — No. 4 — and their bat-eared cousins, French bulldogs, sauntered into the top 10 for the first time in nearly a century. German shepherds, golden retrievers…

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Debates rage over color of dress photographed in rare light

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It’s the dress that’s beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white? Friends and co-workers worldwide are debating the true hues of a royal blue dress with black lace that, to many an eye, transforms in one photograph into gold and white. Optometry experts are calling the photo a one-in-a-million shot that perfectly captures how people’s brains perceive color and process contrast in dramatically different ways. “This photo provides the best test I’ve ever seen…

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Today on Context Florida: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, negative editorials, Gunshine Staters and development projects

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Today on Context Florida: Everyone seems to be completely blowing off Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s candidacy and thinks her chances of winning a 2016 Senate race. At the risk commendation to outlier status for eternity, Peter Schorsch makes the case for her. Benjamin Franklin delivered the line, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Were he alive today, Steve Crisafulli believes Franklin would amend his short list of inevitabilities with a declaration that Florida Republicans…

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Facebook adds new gender option for users: fill in the blank

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Facebook users who don’t fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank. “Now, if you do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, you are able to add your own,” said a Facebook announcement published online Thursday morning and shared in advance with The Associated Press. Facebook software engineer Ari Chivukula, who identifies as transgender and was part of…

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