Imported Folio

Distract & Conquer

story by GEORGIO VALENTINO What do wealth, power and privilegedo when they find themselves on the wrong side of public opinion? They don’t back down, that’s for sure. No, when push comes to shove, the powerful push back. And they begin by muddying the waters to distract and dilute opposition. That’s exactly what Gate Petroleum did last Friday, Sept. 6, when the company’s vice president of Marketing, Communications & Government Affairs issued a news release with the subject line, “PONTE VEDRA CORPORATION PROPOSES THREE-YEAR STAY PERIOD ON DEVELOPMENT OF OUTPOST PROPERTY.” Folio Weekly readers will recall Lindsey Nolen’s Aug. 28 …

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Get ‘Em In, Make ‘Em Stay

story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER I must confess, as an artist and resident of the city, I read the headline of Sean T. Smith’s Aug. 14 Backpage Editorial—“Make Jacksonville Great Already”—with a fair amount of skepticism. Here’s why: Again and again, Jacksonville has failed to learn the lessons of larger, more culturally adroit cities. Instead, it has bungled in its attempts to encourage growth. Then I read the piece and, overall, I agree with Mr. Smith. I believe that the core of what he’s saying is that the greater Jacksonville area has everything it needs in terms of talent to …

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Canine Nomenclature

story by DAVI In the five years I’ve been a dog, never have I tracked down the story behind my breed. Yet here I am, discovering how Dachshunds earned that title and learning how a handful of other common breeds became so named. While the naming process of some breeds is more obvious than others—just watch a Golden Retriever chase a tennis ball—you may be surprised to learn how some canine monikers came to be. Once you learn the origins of these names, you’ll likely nod your head in agreement.   POODLE Despite the Poodle’s pop-culture reputation as pampered lap …

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Absorbing Information

story by SHELTON HULL In his 1979 masterpiece, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, author Douglas Adams offered up perhaps the finest words ever written in the English language—about towels. The quotation is so good it’s worth reprinting (almost) in full: “A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth … you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal and, of course, dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.” Adams’ sage advice …

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