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Today on Context Florida: Rules to live by, put up or shut up and microchipped credit cards

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As Dr. Marc J. Yacht looks back on a life of “debauchery and sin, wild parties, fast women and fried foods,” he decided to consider adjusting his lifestyle to put him on the road to better health. His resolutions are simple: stop drinking, gambling, eating pizza with extra cheese, smoking four Churchill cigars a day, starting fights on the tennis court, and driving 80 miles per hour through the school zone. However, Yacht says he owes it to friends and relatives to provide them a set of rules to live by. Those rules would assure a happy and long life with a minimum of stress.

For Jac Wilder VerSteeg, we will, at long last, have a put up or shut up year. In 2016, people will have to act instead of speculate or opine, and we are going to have some answers, finally. In 2016, we’re going to find out who schlongs who. We will find out whether the rise of The Donald is the solidifying phenomenon that, however unlikely, it appeared to become in the final months of 2015. Trump is the biggie of 2016. We will find out if the polls are just notional things, people toying with the idea of Commander in Chief Trump. Starting in just over a month – just over two months for Floridians – people will have to put their votes where their poll-answering mouths are.

Bill Day’s latest:


Blake Dowling asks if you received your new credit card in the mail with a microchip in it. Does it allow the credit card company to know everything about you day or night? Maybe. But in the short term, it’s an added layer of security attempting to slow down the roaring rapids of credit card fraud and data breaches. The deployment of this type of credit card is much-needed in the United States, because such fraud has doubled in the past seven years.

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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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