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Friday, July 25, 2014

So it's come to this? An online quarantine! U.S. Congress members and their legion of genius(!) staffers are placed in the penalty box by Wikipedia after months of intentional mischief & mis-edits that catches the attention of @CongressEdits. But it's not like local, county and state officials (and their staffers) are any different with their deliberate attempt at mis-direction, esp. in Florida and the use of Twitter

@CongressEdits https://twitter.com/congressedits

For an example of the curious self-editing and treatment of news from politicians in South Florida see this blog post from May 9, 2012 titled "The curious case of Broward County Comm. candidate Marty Kiar's Tweets, which, for me, are more revealing for what they DON'T say"

Monday, July 7, 2014

Public Policy Life in South Florida: Billionaire Miami developer Jorge Pérez acts like he's a billionaire sports owner, and thinks his Pérez Art Museum Miami -on public land directly across from his luxury condos- is entitled to more taxpayer $$$. And he might just get it...

My comments below article.

Miami Herald
Pérez Art Museum seeks sharp boost in county funding
By Douglas Hanks dhanks@MiamiHerald.com
July 6, 2014
The Pérez Art Museum Miami wants a $2.5 million boost in government support, with taxpayers set to cover a third of the museum’s budget next year.Housed in a new $130 million waterfront headquarters built largely with government money, PAMM’s celebrated debut late last year also tripled the non-profit’s annual operating expenses, to $14 million from $5 million. Private dollars have not kept pace with the higher costs, leaving a gap that PAMM wants Miami-Dade to help close with a 60 percent increase in the museum’s operating subsidy from hotel taxes, according to interviews and budget documents.
Read the rest of the article at:

Be sure to read reader Gary Rosen and Richard Strell's comments below the article at the URL above, which are very similar to what I've heard from others who've gone to the museum.
Can't begin to tell you how disappointed people I spoke to back in March & April, who were leaving it were: actually angry, yet almost philosophical about  yet another bad decision and blown opportunity for South Florida to suffer through for years to come, just like Marlins Stadium.

#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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@ETARURestaurant, Señor Café

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