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The only phrase more frightening than “I would like to speak to your manager”

Patricia McCloskley pointing her pistol, with the caption “Look at me -- I’m the manager now”.

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The story of 2020 (so far) as hilariously told from one of the “Ant-Man” opening scenes

This is a 23-image Facebook find, and you need to read it all. Trust me on this one.

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Happy Canada Day 2020!

And is there a better way to mark Canada Day than by watching Stewart “Brittlestar” Reynolds’ YouTube classic, Explaining Canada Day to Americans? I think not:

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Florida of the day: Please don’t microwave library books

Facebook post with photo of book with scorch marks around its embedded RFID chip: Temple Terrace and all Hillsborough County Library Cooperative libraries quarantine all materials for 72 hours after they are returned. Please do NOT attempt to microwave library materials as the RFID tags, located inside, will catch fire. Stay safe out there.
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The public library of Temple Terrace (a Tampa neighborhood just a little north of Seminole Heights, where I live) had to post a Facebook notice telling people not to microwave books that they borrow.

It’s generally a bad idea to microwave paper, including money…

…but it’s even worse to microwave library books, as they have RFID tags, which are made of a thin layer of metal. Microwaves heat up thin layers of metal really quickly, bringing them up to the temperature that will ignite paper:

The library quarantines returned books for 72 hours before loaning them out again, which is believed to be enough time for contaminated surfaces to become safe:

Remember, viruses aren’t made of living cells. From a certain point of view, they’re just chemicals — DNA, protein, and fat — but they’re chemicals that have a knack for replicating themselves by rewriting the DNA of cells that they infiltrate:

So yes, keep borrowing books and other materials from the library. Wash your hands after using them. But don’t microwave them!

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“I’ll give you my Bloody Mary pitcher when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!”

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The McCloskeys are the comedy gift that keeps on giving.

Thanks to Alistair Morton for the find!

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“Karen” of the day

Thanks to Sarah Ann for the find!

Need context? I’ve got your context right here:

And because there is no bar too low for him to sink beneath:

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Russia pays Taliban-friendly militants to kill U.S. troops; Trump administration hasn’t done anything yet

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For months, the Trump administration has known about it: Russian military intelligence had secretly been offering bounties to Taliban-related militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan, including American troops. They paid out rewards for successful attacks that took place last year.

The administration’s response is summarized in this paragraph from the New York Times:

The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said. Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the officials said.

…and later on in the article:

The disclosure comes at a time when Mr. Trump has said he would invite Mr. Putin to an expanded meeting of the Group of 7 nations, but tensions between American and Russian militaries are running high.

If you’re eligible, remember to vote this November. And get it right this time!