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Today on Context Florida: Fracking, U.S. Therapist General, delayed justice and the latest Salt Shaker Test

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Today on Context Florida:

Sarah Maricle Ayers warns that Floridians should weigh facts on fracking before banning its benefits. The exciting energy frontier that hydraulic fracturing represents is one of the best-kept secrets in Florida. The process consists of blasting a water, chemical, and proppant solution under high pressure to create fissures in rocks, which then allows the release of the oil and hydrocarbons locked within. Current dialogue, unfortunately, ignores the tremendous benefits offered by fracking, and raised awareness is desperately needed.

Barry Mauer suggests that the United States could use a Therapist General. A Therapist General, should such a post be established, ought to pay attention to the U.S. economic system, which is designed to turn every citizen into an addict – a consumer addict, that is. Consumerism drives our economic system and there is no more reliable consumer than an addict.

Catherine Durkin Robinson thanks Gov. Rick Scott for signing the death warrant on Oct. 30 of the man who killed her high school friend in 1986. He was some poor, white trash scum – a serial rapist and murderer – who was finally arrested in 1990. He was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to death three times. The last trial was in 2005. He will be put to death on Jan. 7, 2016. Finally.

Steve Vancore applies the Salt Shaker Test to latest Florida GOP PPP poll. SurveyUSA conducted the survey, and they used what our lawyers will advise them to call, “an interesting methodology.” It also appears that they used interactive voice recording (IVR) technology – also known as “robocalling” – and not live operators. There are several problems with that.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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