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Morning Feature – Squeezed (Meta Monday)

January 14, 2013

Morning Feature

Morning Feature – Squeezed (Meta Monday)

The resident faculty left a pitcher of fresh orange juice outside the mail room this morning. It was both a refreshing treat and their weekly clue…. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, you shared your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week, addisnana rejected the call to Be Very Afraid in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported on Double the Melting in West Antarctica in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, addisnana discussed Corporate Taxes: A Citizen’s View in Morning Feature, the Squirrel wondered about GOP Limbo: How Low Can They Go? in Furthermore!, readers helped tell Tuesday’s Tale: The Halftime Speech in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan saw how Global Warming Slows Global Economy in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, addisnana warned “Oh Crap!” or Aging Sewers in Morning Feature, the Squirrel asked President Obama to Send In the Clown in Furthermore!, addisnana speculated on Time Travel and the Tea Party in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported on Studying Coupled Human-Environment Interaction in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we began our series on Talking Guns with ‘Rights’ and Wrongs in Morning Feature, triciawyse offered Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan brought us New Information About Magma Formation in Our Earth.

On Friday, we continued our series on Talking Guns with More Guns, More Crime in Morning Feature and triciawyse shared Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee.

On the weekend, we concluded our series on Talking Guns with Words to Use, Words to Avoid in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked Yes, We Have No Bananas? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive offered Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, and winterbanyan brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

Note: Please share your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week.

That leaves the pitcher of orange juice left by the resident faculty as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

Chef’s expert taste buds could tell the juice was freshly squeezed. While the Squirrel is not an orange juice connoisseur, he did see the halved oranges floating in the pitcher and concurred in Chef’s assessment. Your lowly mail room clerk said nothing, as we believe it’s rude to speak while swallowing.

Much gluck-gluck-gluck-ulllp-ahhh-ing later, all that remained were the squeezed out orange halves at the bottom of the pitcher. The staff quickly deduced that this was the resident faculty’s weekly clue, owing to the strip of duct tape stuck to the bottom of the pitcher, with the word “Clue!” elegantly calligraphed by Ms. Scarlet in blue marker.

The Professor of Astrology Janitor was delighted that the resident faculty had used the roll of duct tape that he gave them for the holidays. Pootie the Precious was equally delighted when Chef rolled the strip of tape into a ball and let her bat it around the floor. Your lowly mail room clerk looked expectantly at the Squirrel, who tapped at his Blewberry.

“Yes, I eavesdropped at the hot tub faculty lounge squirrel bath. The resident faculty plan to discuss how and why today’s economy is squeezing workers, and what we can do about it.”

We would have replied, but our glass was not quite empty and it’s rude to speak while swallowing.

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Happy Monday!

  • addisnana

    I’m looking forward to this week.

    I do think that colored duct tape was one of the fun innovations of late. Gray was pretty boring and since the colored stuff was on sale at the local hardware store, I stocked up. Campers used to come and borrow it and I noticed that they were more likely to return the neon duct tape than they were the gray. :smile:

    • winterbanyan

      Hah! That’s funny, addisnana! More likely to return the neon duct tape. I like it. :lol:

    • NCrissieB

      Hrmm. I wonder if campers were more likely to return the neon duct tape because the color reminded them they had borrowed it. We’ve all bought grey duct tape and it’s probably easy to think “Oh yeah, I brought that with me.” I’ve never bought neon duct tape, so I’d know to return it.

      This sounds like fodder for a comprehensive study by someone like Dan Ariely…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • winterbanyan

    Living among the squeezed, I’m definitely looking forward to this week’s topic. I note that Krugman has a column which points out that Japan’s current government is taking a very different tack from austerity and deficit reduction. As a result, Japan’s economy is improving and the fearsome inflation and increased interest rates have not occurred.

    I mention this because workers are getting squeezed all the while being told their only salvation lies in economy-wrecking austerity. Wake up call?

    I’d rather be an orange, btw.

    • NCrissieB

      I’m not sure I’d want to be an orange. I might be mistaken for Speaker of the House…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • addisnana

        :lol: :lol: :lol: I dare say you would be a vast improvement from the current orange guy.