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Inside the Mind of Florida Man

I used to live in Hollywood. Not in California, where they make the movies, but in Hollywood, Florida where shitfaced shirtless dudes are the norm, and if you start your evening off at a wet tee-shirt contest and end it tripping balls in a motel room with strangers, you had a good night.

In “Florida Man,” a succession of aimless drifters talk to to the camera about boozing, fighting, getting laid, what life really means, and just how cool Florida is.

Director Sean Dunne says in an interview at Directors Notes:

Our approach was to book rooms in 5 different cities and show up and see what the universe would provide for us. No set agenda. We shot each day in two shifts, 5pm – 9pm, then a night shift from midnight until whenever. Basically we just drove around aimlessly, stopping any time we saw something or someone that interested us and one thing would lead to another and the universe would pull us in one direction or another.

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Ritualistic Killing of Florida Family May Be Linked To Occult Practices On Blue Moon

A week ago there was a blue moon, a semi-rare occurrence that always generates a lot of media coverage. This time, however, there’s a dark side as police say a ritualistic killing of a Florida family may be linked to occult practices relating to the blue moon. From the Guardian:

The suspected ritual killing in Florida of a mother and her two sons is being looked at for connections to the recent blue moon and to occult practices, police have said.

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Escambia county sheriff David Morgan said authorities had identified a person of interest in the deaths of Voncile Smith, 77, Richard Smith, 49, and John Smith, 47.

All three victims were struck multiple times with a claw hammer and their throats were slit. Richard Smith was also shot in his right ear.

A day earlier, Morgan said the initial investigation pointed toward some kind of “ritualistic killing”.

“The method of the murder — blunt force trauma, positioning of the bodies — and our person of interest has some ties to a faith or religion that is indicative of that,” Morgan said at a news conference on Tuesday.

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The Happiest Places to Live in the USA

When thinking about where you will settle down and spend your life, what do you consider? For most of us, happiness is towards the top of our requirements. While being happy in your surroundings is subjective, there are many elements pertaining to living in certain areas that can put a smile on your face.

One of these key factors is the cost of living, but it’s important to note that the cost to rent property in the United States fluctuates dramatically state by state. It’s imperative to be aware of the financial ramifications if you’re planning on renting property in certain areas, as this can have a huge impact on your comfort and stability levels on a daily basis.

In addition to financial comfort, your actual surroundings may be affecting your mood more than you think. The study of ecopsychology refers to the relationship between human beings and the natural world through ecological and psychological principles.… Read the rest

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The Legend of Florida Man

Have you noticed that many of the most lurid tabloid headlines begin with “Florida Man…”? It’s such a strong trend that an anonymous person’s Twitter feed @_FloridaMan has become a massive social media success, picked up on by the New York Times:

MIAMI — Dangling into the sea like America’s last-ditch lifeline, the state of Florida beckons. Hustlers and fugitives, million-dollar hucksters and harebrained thieves, Armani-wearing drug traffickers and hapless dope dealers all congregate, scheme and revel in the Sunshine State. It’s easy to get in, get out or get lost.

For decades, this cast of characters provided a diffuse, luckless counternarrative to the salt-and-sun-kissed Florida that tourists spy from their beach towels. But recently there arrived a digital-era prototype, @_FloridaMan, a composite of Florida’s nuttiness unspooled, tweet by tweet, to the world at large. With pithy headlines and links to real news stories, @_FloridaMan offers up the “real-life stories of the world’s worst super hero,” as his Twitter bio proclaims.

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Man Brings Dead Body in Truck to His Lawyer

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Earlier in the day I mentioned how weird events tend to happen in either Ohio or Florida. Well, lo and behold, this little tale takes place in Florida.

Florida lawyer Robert Harris says his client brought the dead body of his neighbor to Harris’ office earlier this month.

According to Newser, “John Marshall, 52, arrived around 4pm with a missing tooth, a puffed-up lip, and ‘what looked like two broken thumbs.'” Marshall claims that he killed his neighbor in self-defense. He says that he grabbed a gun away from Ted Hubbell and shot him.

“It’s the cleanest-cut case of self-defense I’ve ever seen,” Harris told The Florida News Press. Though he did say, “They don’t teach you about this in law school, that’s for sure.”

There was an on-going dispute between Hubbell and Marshall over property work. At one point, Marshall called the attorneys’ office and expressed concern about his safety.… Read the rest

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Florida Officials Push New Kratom Education Initiative

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Kratom tree” by ThorPorreOwn work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Keith Edley via entheology.com:

A recent Sun Sentinel article marked a potential turning point in the hysteria that has recently engulfed West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, and nearby Florida towns regarding kratom. A herbal supplement that has risen in popularity, kratom is now offered at Florida kava bars, convenience stores, and gas stations [7]. The suicide of a 20-year-old Boynton Beach man, Ian Mautner, is promising to become a flashpoint for the issue of kratom’s safety and regulation after several news reports highlighted the fact that he was a kratom user, a factor his mother has argued led him to take his own life [7]. However, the most recent developments in the story indicate that Palm Beach County officials are backing away from an outright ban on kratom and may instead implement educational initiatives to teach consumers about kratom, its effects, and its potential risks [7].

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Anti-Marijuana Ad Positions Marijuana as a Date Rape Drug

Taken from No on 2's Facebook page.

Taken from No on 2’s Facebook page.

What will they come up with next?

via News.Mic:

The news: This has gone too far. In its latest attempt to prevent the legalization of medical marijuana, a Florida group has launched a new campaign that suggests pot — not alcohol or roofies — will be used for date rape.

Sorry, ‘No On 2,’ marijuana is simply not a date rape drug.

Here’s how actual date rape drugs work: Predators slip drugs like ketamines (Special K) or rohypnol (roofies), which typically have no color, smell or taste, into drinks or food when their target isn’t paying attention. The drugs not only make you physically weak but slow down your brain, making you feel confused and sometimes knocking you unconscious, thereby unable to refuse sex.

Marijuana doesn’t work that way. Worse still, misleading ads like these distract people from the fact that a (perfectly legal) drug is the single most commonly used substance to help commit sexual assault — alcohol.

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Florida Man Claiming To Be ‘Palm Reader’ Palming Women In Walmart Parking Lot

Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 3.45.12 PMWhat? Next thing I know you’ll be telling me that the guy offering prostate exams in the back alley behind Taco Bell isn’t legit.

According to an arrest report, a female reported Thursday that she was approached by the man in the Walmart parking lot after she had loaded her child into her car. He said he wanted to read her palm.

The man told the woman he could tell she was pregnant and requested to feel the child’s heartbeat. Although the woman said “no” the man insisted and touched the woman’s breast. Before walking away, the man told the woman the child was a boy.

via Sanford Herald – Sanford man arrested after groping women in Walmart parking lot.

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