If you own property in Florida, that is. A harbinger of much worse to come?Meanwhile, rising tides have given a St. Petersburg couple new neighbours:No word yet on whether the mammals have asked to borrow a cup of sugar or a fillet of fish from the Smi… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Now Might Be A Good Time To Sell
Florida governor Rick Scott continues to deny that his office has forbidden state staff to use the term “climate change.” Really, Rick? Watch Florida emergency management director, Bryan Koon squirm under questioning.
Florida governor Rick Scott vehemently denies there’s any such thing as a ban prohibiting state employees from using terms such as “climate change” or “global warming.”
Tell that to longtime Florida public servant, Barton Bibler.
…Bibler reportedly included an explicit mention of climate change in his official notes from a Florida Coastal Managers Forum . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Can You Get to the Top of a Rightwing Party Unless You’re an Unrepentant Liar?
When this happens, do you still have to yell “Fore’?
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The rightwing state government in Florida knows how to respond to climate change – bar employees of the state environmental protection department from using the words “climate change, global warming” and “sustainability.” There, problem solved.
Florida governor Rick “I am not a scientist” Scott is said to be behind the “see no evil, hear . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Well, That Certainly Fixes Everything
* Record floods and extreme weather: Florida’s floods are linked to climate change
Weather has been erratic around the globe and has caused a lot of damage.
WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES: The Greater Naples, Fla., YMCA was left Monday with fire, smoke and water damage after a suspected lightning strike at the facility caused about $2 million in damage. (David Albers/Naples Daily News/Associated Press.) WSJ
. . . → Read More: LeDaro: Weather and lightning strike
What is happening with nature? Thunderstorms, pouring rain, fires and now sinkholes in Florida. All these are causing a lot of destruction and in some cases death. In case of Florida scientists say it is the limestone below the earth which melts away with too much water as rains have provided plenty of water. However, . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Sink-hole swallows vacation villas near Orlando, Florida
Can you handle the contradictions?
I’ve been seen things in twitter for the last few days that puts some grotesque perspective on the American culture.
I’m actually quite speechless:
Two Florida towns, 125 miles apart. Two people firing weapons at unarmed aggressors, purportedly in self-defense.
George Zimmerman, the 29-year-old neighborhood-watch commander, fatally . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Zimmerman and Alexander: Racism and Sexism in America
This seems a bit strange given the number of Canadians that spend winters in Florida – especially Quebecers – but the Sunshine State now requires non-U.S. residents to carry an International Driving Permit (IDP) to operate a motor vehicle.
The requirement came into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 and affects people who . . . → Read More: Morton’s Musings: Florida decides Canadian tourists a bad idea
The NY Times:
Several recent polls and studies suggest that long waiting times in some places depressed turnout in 2012 and that lines were longest in cities, where Democrats outnumber Republicans. In a New York Times/CBS News poll taken shortly after Election Day, 18 percent of Democrats said they waited at least a half-hour . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: SHOCKING: Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Suppress Democratic Votes
Over the next few days, Republican lawmakers, Party officials, delegates, and supporters will gather in Tampa, Florida for the Republican National Convention. During their weeklong convention, we can expect to hear a lot of debunked talking points, particularly about the need to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
For more than . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Keystone XL Pipeline To Take Center Stage At Republican National Convention
Flash: Aggrieved Daily Caller Ex-College Republican thumbsucker (is there any other kind?) has a megasad cuz his bike was stolen (if stats hold true, by a blackity-blackblack black kid!), causing him to boldly and ham-fistedly declare:
“I am Derbyshire! (Burp.)”
Judge must be over 30 by now, but apparently he’s never been robbed . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Today In The Annals of Stupid Backlash Tricks
Hey, remember when Faux News used to merely employ dog whistles in its race-baiting wingnut agit-prop?
Now they rock Les Paul Customs plugged into Marshall stacks that go to eleven (TO ELEVEN):
A Fox Orlando affiliate decribed Neo-Nazis as “a civil rights group” on a television broadcast and online. The group of Neo-Nazis, . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Meet the NEW New Civil Rights Movement (Fox News Stylez)
Gulf Coast hip hop impresario David Banner drops some straight knowledge re: Trayvon, race, and class in the US of A in this BlackEnterprise.com interview:
“The fact [is] we have to get some type of legislation now.
“What do we want to see implemented to make sure this doesn’t happen again because y’know American . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: David Banner on the Shooting of Trayvon Martin: “We Have to Get Some Type of Legislation Now.”
Now Zimmerman’s lawyers are claiming that Trayvon Martin shook Zimmerman’s head so hard that he got shaken -baby syndrome and as a result of that he didn’t know what he was doing when he shot the teenager. A 28 years old man, 180lb, given shaken baby syndrome by 150lb teenager who was armed with skittles . . . → Read More: LeDaro: George Zimmerman’s lawyers propose a bizarre defence
Right media’s new job: no brown Skittles allowed!
Trayvon Martin, a victim in death as he was in life on the night he was killed by an overzealous and perhaps racist self-professed cop of the streets, is being vilified and murdered all over again by the right, the media and the assassin’s lawyer.
You knew . . . → Read More: "Fucking coons" a "term of endearment"? The smearing of Trayvon Martin.
At least Gerarldo Rivera preceded this outlandish claim with “I think”. Otherwise, he would have been taken away the men in the white coats. Just more Fox News craziness. Sad.
Hint to Rivera. Don’t ever come to Vancouver. You might shoot someone. We all wear hoodies here. It has something to do with the weather, . . . → Read More: Geraldo Rivera: "I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was."
The Trayvon Martin murder is not an isolated case. It’s the reality of a country obsessed with firearms and violence. It’s a place where people hide in their bedrooms away from people outside crying for help. It’s a world where if you are black and walking with Skittles and Iced Tea, you can be killed . . . → Read More: "Stand Your Ground": the insanity of a country with a lust for guns
Aw the south, Florida in particular. Mmm, smell the get away with murder, or at least beating one’s wife, aroma about the place.
Judge John Hurley [who also ordered that Joseph Bray, 47 and his wife Sonja, 39, get marriage counseling] handed down this ruling instead of setting bond or slapping Bray with a prison . . . → Read More: Florida judge orders man charged with domestic battery to give wife flowers, take her to Red Lobster, then out bowling
It’s easy to forget that climate change hasn’t always been such a partisan issue. This is Mitt Romney, current Republican front-runner, in 2003: “I think the global warming debate is now pretty much over and people recognize the need associated with providing sources [of energy] which do not generate the heat that is currently . . . → Read More: openalex: Republicans and Democrats Together on Climate Change…in Florida
A Miami police officer is accused of driving 120 mph on a turnpike because he was late for his off-duty job working security at a school. According to the website for Florida State Route 91 (who knew that highways had … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Boundless Irony on Route 91
It’s always comedic to watch US republicans speak their politics, but this clip (below) of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) at the GOP presidential candidates debate in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, makes me think of the governing mob mentality of the young … . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: Video: Audience boos gay soldier questioning Rick Santorum
Montreal photographer Isabelle Hayeur first trained her camera on waterfronts in 2008 to create “Underworlds”, now open at Division Gallery in Montreal. Long observing the transformations of her own local rivers, including the changes to ecosystems and the disappearance of some animal species, she was inspired to create a body of work that bore witness […] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Underworlds Takes Views of the Chemical Coast – New photography by Isabelle Hayeur