The resident faculty left a note that read “Due Date: November 4, 2014” on the mail room door. As we’re not gestating any elephants, the staff recognized the 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 mused on The Afterlife of Data in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan offered a Science News Roundup in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive shared Comments on Feminism, Inequality and Meritocracy, and More in Morning Feature, the Squirrel ranted on the GOP’s immigration plan of Higher, Deeper, Alligatorier in Furthermore!, and readers helped tell Tuesday’s Tale: Paranoiburg in Midday Matinee.

On Wednesday, we discussed Immigration Reform: Plans and Distinctions in Morning Feature, addisnana was Rethinking Timbuktu in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan brought us NOAA: State of the Climate in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we explored gun safety for women in Barbarians at the Gate and The Enemy Within in Morning Feature and triciawyse brought us Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee.

On Friday, we discussed Hagel and McCain: BFFs split over BFM in Morning Feature and triciawyse offered Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee.

On the weekend, Winning Progressive was Shooting Down More NRA Myths in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked about SkeetGate? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive brought us Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, we chuckled at Silly Sunday: The Harbaugh Halftime Speeches in Evening Focus, 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.

Thus we return to the note 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. The note read:

Due Date: November 4, 2014

While Blogistan Polytechnic Institute has an Official Garden of Envy at our Archtownistan campus, we have no zoo. While the main campus is home to the Squirrel and Pootie the Precious, they’re on the staff. What’s more, even if we thought of the main campus as a zoo, as it sometimes feels, we have no elephants.

The elephant’s long gestation period allows baby elephants’ brains to develop enough that they can recognize the herd’s complex social structure and perform difficult tasks like nursing. Nursing might seem easy, but an elephant’s trunk has over 15,000 muscles and elephant calves must move their trunks out of the way in order to nurse. As if that weren’t difficult enough, elephant calves nurse while walking beneath mom as the herd moves. All of that requires a well-developed brain, so an already-pregnant elephant could have a due date of November 4, 2014. But no other animal comes close to that gestation period and, again, we have no zoo and no elephants.

So that due date obviously referred to something else, and the Squirrel quickly found it on his Blueberry:

Squirrel@BPI: The midterm elections are on November 4, 2014. Twenty-one months may seem like a long time, but I bet the resident faculty plan to discuss why grassroots Democratic activists need to start preparing for the 2014 election right now.

We hope he’s right. If not, we’re gonna need a much bigger litter box.


Happy Monday!