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Today on Context Florida: Scott’s record of shame, Windows 10, hurricane gerrymandering and Lake Point

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Today on Context Florida:

Diane Roberts tallies up Rick Scott’s scorecard of shame when it comes to the environment. Her personal favorite is the $174,078,574 in designated Amendment 1 money for salaries and overhead in the Department of Agriculture, DEP, FWC and the Department of State. The state is supposed to be paying salaries and insurance anyway, Roberts says, while pointing out that subsidizing the Department of Agriculture in its aiding and abetting of big polluters is just moronic. And contrary to the will of Floridians.

Windows 10 is here and people are jumping all over it like hipsters at Urban Outfitters, writes Blake Dowling. But a general best practice is to wait out the latest and greatest and let it stabilize before jumping aboard. That’s especially if you have a complex corporate infrastructure that could have a long list of compatibility issues to consider.

Jac Wilder VerSteeg says it appears there is – or shortly could be – a practice that could be described as hurricane gerrymandering. If this strangeness comes about, blame the late, not-so-great “Hurricane” Erika. At one point in August, nearly all of Florida was in Erika’s Cone of Uncertainty (or, as VerSteeg likes to think of it, the Cone of Death!) Nothing of the sort happened. The backlash is so great the National Hurricane Center is considering major changes to the way it warns folks that hurricanes might strike.

For A.G. Gancarski, watching Best of Enemies, the new movie about the series of debates Gore Vidal and William Buckley had at the 1968 Republican Convention in Miami and Democratic Convention in Chicago is a lesson in parallelism. Despite their deep differences, the two were like “matter and antimatter,” or, as Gancarski’s wife said, “two models wearing the same dress.” Political discourse today is radically different from in 1968.

Sally Swartz reports on victories in the ongoing battles between Martin County residents and governments and Lake Point – plus an unrelated win upholding Martin’s protective growth plan – which gave county residents reason to celebrate last week with four big wins.

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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 [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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