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Today on Context Florida: The Civil War, Florida’s black bears and 3D printing

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Wars never end, says Marc Yacht. The bullets may stop but the hatreds continue. Both sides remember. The Civil War never ended. The battles are over, the bullets stopped flying but be assured, the hatreds and conflicts continue. Revision of history, the continued growth of intolerance, the white supremacy mantra and hate pose serious threats to our nation’s future.

At the annual black bear festival near Central Florida’s Ocala National Forest, Kate MacFall writes that there’s a children’s activity called “Come be a bear.” Kids put on little black bear costumes and learn what Florida bears do in their forest homes. No one, though, would want to “Come be a bear” in Florida this fall, thanks to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. On Oct. 24, more than 2,000 trophy hunters will descend on Florida’s woods to kill our native Florida black bears, a rare subspecies of the American black bear.

Blake Dowling notes that the topic of 3D printing is all over the news this year. It’s revolutionary technology to change the way things are made. What effect will this new technology have? Like cell phones and the Internet, it will be a massive event changer. Disruption is coming so get ready; 3D printing is about five years from becoming mainstream. National manufacturing facilities with large R&D budgets are already researching and deploying this type of tech to prepare for the inevitable change.

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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 HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, 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 phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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