The resident faculty left a box outside the mail room door this morning. On each side of the box, labels read: “This End Up.” (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, Lake Toba bemoaned a Defeat at the Victory Garden in Furthermore!, addisnana discussed Fall Campers in Midday Matinee, our jaws dropped as Online Gamers Solve Scientific Mystery in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan discussed Preserving the Ozone Layer in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive urged us to Support Obama’s Plan to Create Jobs and Cut Deficits in Morning Feature, the BPI Squirrel ranted on Class Warfare for Dummies in Furthermore!, and winterbanyan offered Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive said we should be Fighting for Good Jobs, Not Just a Paycheck in Morning Feature, the Squirrel was offended by Cartoon Journalism in Furthermore!, addisnana mused on Help from my Friends in Midday Matinee, we discussed Germany Bans Largest Neo-Nazi Group in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan brought us Moving Planet: Pushing for Green Energy on 9/24 in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we began discussing Nudge with Humans and Econs in Morning Feature, the Squirrel celebrated Elizabeth Warren in My New Diet Plan on Furthermore!, we asked Where’s the Long Form, Buffet? in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan warned of Ten Million People at Risk from African Drought in Our Earth.

On Friday, we continued discussing Nudge with Choices, Money, and Health in Morning Feature, MKSinSA detailed Internet Stalking for Fun and Profit in Furthermore!, addisnana was Looking for Pork in Midday Matinee, Asimo727 decried I’ll Gladly Pay You in Retirement for the Work You Do Today in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan celebrated the Joint International Effort to Save Sea Turtles in Our Earth.

On the weekend, we concluded the discussion of Nudge with Personal Freedom in Saturday’s Morning Feature, GlendaW offered A Tribute to Rachel in Saturday’s Midday Matinee, Ms. Crissie asked Pizza or Muffins? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive shared Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, and winterbanyan brought our Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

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Thus we return to the poorly-labeled box left outside the mail room door 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 the resident faculty had wandered through the economic weeds for the past three weeks, the staff hoped the box would not contain yet another book on that topic. After an extensive discussion of which side to open, as all sides were labeled “This End Up,” the staff finally decided to open the side with the fewest layers of packing tape.

On the one hand, our hopes were answered, as the box did not contain another book on economics. On the other hand, our hopes were dashed, as the box was empty. Clearly it was a clue.

The Squirrel suggested the empty box indicated the faculty had no ideas for this week at all. But by the time he offered his thesis, the box was no longer empty, as Pootie the Precious had jumped inside to explore. While Pootie the Precious trades texts with Schrödinger’s Cat on her iHazPhone, the no-longer-empty state of the box did not definitively disprove the Squirrel’s thesis. But what about those labels?

The Professor of Astrology Janitor suggested the resident faculty might be both empty-headed and confused, and offered first-hand testimony that those states often correlate. However, the staff generally do not treat anecdotal testimony as evidence. Surely there must have been harder data somewhere in or on the box.

Unless, Chef mused, our confusion itself was the clue. It’s easy to get lost in the weeds of theory and data. Sometimes we need to take a step back and ask ourselves which way is up. The staff unanimously agreed with Chef. She was slicing bagels at the time, and we didn’t want to distract her by quibbling. Plus we were hungry.

So this week the resident faculty will explore why progressives must discuss moral values before wading into empirical evidence. In unpacking our ideas, it helps to start by opening the top of the box.


Happy Monday!