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Florida of the day: Congressional candidate says Socrates “would be cancelled real quick” if he were around today

For a guy from a party whose members talk a lot about so-called “Western Civilization”, Florida Rep. Anthony Sabatini (Republican member of the Florida House of Respresentatives, representing Lake County, just west of Orlando) seems happy to talk about it while knowing very little about it.

The dumbest tweet of the day

In a tweet posted yesterday evening, he (or his Twitter team) wrote:

His understanding of who Socrates was doesn’t seem to be any deeper that of Bill S. Preston and Theodore “Ted” Logan…


…and it’s quite likely that he doesn’t know that Socrates was, in fact, “cancelled”.

WHAT?! Socrates was cancelled?

Yup, and it was all written up by his student, whose name you should also have heard of: Plato.

If you ever go to the “Met” in New York, you can see what happened to Socrates in Jacques Louis David’s painting, The Death of Socrates, pictured below:

Let me give you the twenty-second version of what happened.

In his philosophizing, Socrates was a social and moral critic of his native Athens (in his time, your allegiance was to a city, not a nation), arguing against the city’s sociopolitical status quo and its “might makes right” ethos.

As a result, he was tried and sentenced to death for the crimes of:

  • Corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens, and
  • Impiety, or more accurately, “not believing in the gods of the state”.

For his sentence, he was made to drink hemlock.

Well, that’s a really obscure historical footnote, right?

In case you think this is an obscure historical footnote, let me assure you that IT IS NOT. Socrates is pretty much the grandaddy of Western philosophy. His life, and especially his death, are a core part of the Western canon.

In fact, the story of Socrates’ “cancellation” is at least well-known enough for Steve Martin to have turned it into a skit in his 1980 TV special, Comedy is Not Funny (which may seem like a typical Adult Swim routine to today’s audiences, but was mind-blowingly weird back then):

Okay, okay. So an ignorant-pretending-to-be-erudite tweet is the one dumb public thing that Rep. Sabatini did, right?


Also, in his most recent financial disclosure, he claimed a net worth of $-111,000. That’s right: NEGATIVE one hundred and eleven thousand dollars. I suspect some seriously creative accounting:

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Florida deal of the day: A one-of-a-kind custom “Flintstones” golf cart

I never thought I’d want a golf cart until I saw this onea custom one-of-a-kind “Flintstones”-themed cart rebuilt from the ground up. Someone in nearby Ruskin, Florida is selling it for $12,000 or best offer.

Here’s what their ad in Facebook Marketplace has to say:

Used — like new.

Custom built one of a kind flintstone golf cart.

Cart has been rebuilt from the ground up

Brand new tires


Waterproof radio & speakers

All custom fiberglass work and professional grade automotive wrap

Rear cargo doubles as a cooler and has a drain built in

Designed to be easy to maintenance

Price is obo contact for more info. More pictures available on request.

I must admit it; I’m tempted.

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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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You might want to wear a mask…

…and this is Florida in mid-June; you’ll also want lots of bug repellent and sunscreen.