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Today on Context Florida: Refugees past and present, Fort Lauderdale Boat Show and IT buzzwords

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With the news of Jeb Bush and other politicians calling for discrimination against Muslims in admitting Syrian refugees to the United States, Martin Dyckman is reminded of a parallel in history – American opposition to admitting Jewish refugees in the 1930s. Then, the pretext was that the Jews might include German spies. Never mind that the U.S. abounded with native-born, German-speaking Nazi sympathizers. Any form of religious discrimination is an insult to the American flag, Dyckman says. No one who stands for that sort of vetting deserves to sit on a soil and water conservation board, let alone in the Oval Office.

Tom O’Hara believes that it’s a shame Barack Obama missed the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show this month. The president would have been proud of all he has done for the rich, he says, because rich people are doing really, really well these days.

Buzzwords, jargon and catchphrases abound in the world of Information Technology, writes Blake Dowling. In 2015, the world was awash in terms like Cloud, Big Data, Corporate Vulnerability, the Internet of Things, Wearables, Software as a Service and much more. What does it mean to you and your business, Dowling asks. Perhaps nothing or maybe everything.

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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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