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  • Here's the most important thing you'll read today: a Redditor asked in an AITA post whether he was "perpetuating ethnic stereotypes" by joking that his office cat, an orange tabby named Jorts, was dumb. In a delicious follow-up post, it turns out he met with HR along with his coworker Pam over the situation, and tons of hilarious details came out including the fact Pam had been "putting margarine on Jorts in an attempt to teach him to groom himself better."
  • It seems the Democrats don't have enough votes to build back better this year, so they are kicking that ball into 2022.
  • The Times reports that NYC's unemployment rate is over double the national average because of the “double whammy" of tourists not coming to visit and suburban workers not coming to the office anymore.
  • It's one of the best annual posts of the year: read Defector's 2021 hater's guide to the Williams-Sonoma catalog.
  • Kirsten Dunst, the "preëminent performer of conflicted, jumbled femininity," gets the New Yorker profile she deserves.
  • Alan Ruck had a thoughtful, reasonable response when asked about the controversial Jeremy Strong profile in the New Yorker: "I think everybody's entitled to their opinion. So I didn't think that piece was a hit piece. Some people said, 'Oh, it was an attack on Jeremy,'" he said. "I didn't think that at all. I mean, they laid out these facts. So, this is what this guy does and this is how he prepares, and this is what he's like on set."
  • Here's a nightmarish story about the journalist who created the popular podcast-turned-TV series The Shrink Next Door, got fired from his job, and now is suing to get back some of the profits he says he's owed.
  • Eric Adams is one of those dudes who just sleeps on a mattress on the floor (when he's not staying at his co-op in New Jersey) and thinks people are going to be impressed by that.
  • The Tampa Bay Times is celebrating Festivus this year by inviting readers to send in their complaints, though it's unclear whether they will have the traditional feats of strength.
  • Denis Villeneuve's next project after Dune Part 2 will be an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama.
  • Fred Armisen, Jon Hamm, Mark Hamill, Ringo, Jeff Lynne, Vanessa Bayer, Weird Al Yankovic, Taika Waititi, Tim & Eric, and a ton of other people star in a very odd new music video for George Harrison's classic "My Sweet Lord."
  • And finally, in honor of poor Jorts, here's a different orange tabby proving they know how to drink: