The resident faculty left a bikini outside the mail room door. As none of them usually wears a bikini, the staff think it was a clue…. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, addisnana shared End of the Road Radio in Midday Matinee and Lake Toba concluded his Interview with The Carter Center in Evening Focus.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive encouraged us to Blame the GOP, Not Obama in Morning Feature, JanF wrote Sorry About Your Baby in HEMMED In, winterbanyan discussed Uncritical Love in Midday Matinee, and JanF offered a Quick Take on A Silent Majority? in Evening Focus.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive explained why the GOP Is the True Enemy of Medicare in Morning Feature, the BPI Squirrel chittered “On Wisconsin!” in Furthermore!, addisnana mused on Paying it Forward in Midday Matinee, and JanF brought us a Quick Take on Up In the Air? in Evening Focus.

On Thursday, we began our series on negotiation with The Problem and the Method in Morning Feature, and JanF said she was Proud to Be a Badger in HEMMED In.

On Friday, we continued our series on negotiation with Yes, But… in Morning Feature, and addisnana shared the amazing story of Norwegian Couple Save 40 Youth in Furthermore!

On Saturday, we concluded our series on negotiation with Does It Work, Really? in Morning Feature and JanF offered Saturday Videos in HEMMED In, before kicking off the Horn of Africa Crisis Blogathon with Blogging for People in Our Earth and bringing us This Week’s News and Views in Evening Focus. Saturday evening in Our Earth, rb137 joined the blogathon with 48 for East Africa – Millions and Counting.

On Sunday, Ms. Crissie was asked to Beam Us Up? in Morning Feature, Winning Progressive shared Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, and JanF continued the blogathon with One Person: You in Our Earth. And later in Our Earth, JanF brought our weekly Eco News Roundup.

This week: JanF will liveblog the Wisconsin state senate recall elections Tuesday, starting at 8pm ET in Evening Focus.

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That brings us to the bikini left outside the mail room 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. As none of the resident faculty has worn a bikini in decades in years this summer – and especially as there is no longer any evidence that any of them ever wore a thong – it had to be a clue.

And gathering thongs can mean only one thing: it’s time for the curvaceous and coveted Bippies … the 3rd Annual BPI Awards honoring ads for products that don’t exist, movies and TV series that were never made, and political columns that were never written. Since their debut in 2009, the reputation of the Bippies has grown wide. Last year’s Bippies were not covered by every major media outlet, a transcendental feat not seen since the Five Houses of Zen were not bundled into mortgage-backed securities in 2008.

Historically the Bippies have spread over several weeks. But this year, encouraged by their Puns of Steel workout plan, the resident faculty will tighten the Bippies into a single week of bump and ceremony. The votes are being tabulated in the HEMMED Lab, the blue carpet is being cleaned in the HAWED Lab, and the faculty senate – after a six-hour debate over whether to take a bathroom break – approved a covered litter box to keep the results secure.

All we need now is the opulent Kodiak Theater. We’re still negotiating with the bears on that.

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Happy Monday!