The resident faculty left a dream journal outside the mail room door this morning. It had to be a clue. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, Lake Toba asked Where Is the American Spring? in Furthermore!, addisnana pondered Polls, Pols, and Ponies in Midday Matinee, we discussed Melissa Harris-Perry, Joan Walsh, President Obama, and Race in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan warned that Oceans May Mask Global Warming in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive reminded us The Slogan Is “Yes We Can,” not “Yes He Can” in Morning Feature, the BPI Squirrel chittered A Christie Diet-Tribe in Furthermore!, we questioned the sentence of Church or Jail? in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan noted the Effects of Gulf Oil Spill on Fish in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive announced a White House Petition Contest in Morning Feature, Lake Toba challenged us with #OccupyWallStreet Needs Your Support in Furthermore!, addisnana celebrated Perfection in Midday Matinee, we saw the GOP Propose to Deport Victims of Domestic Violence in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan told of scientists Exploring Worldwide Weather in the Indian Ocean in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we began Talking Values with We’re All Here, Together in Morning Feature, the BPI Squirrel ranted on The H-word in Furthermore!, and winterbanyan shared 33 Men in a Lifeboat in Midday Matinee and asked What Triggers Mass Extinctions? in Our Earth.

On Friday, we continued Talking Values with Do Unto Others in Morning Feature, MKSinSA reported that Breaking Up Is (Not) So Hard to Do in Furthermore!, Asimo727 called us to Take Action to Support American Jobs in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan noted Namibia’s Startling Weather Change in Our Earth.

On the weekend, we concluded Talking Values with We the People in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked about Channeling Dead Presidents? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive shared Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, we asked Does Online Anonymity Undermine Civil Dialogue? in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

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Thus we return to the resident faculty and the dream journal they left outside the mail room door, 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 staff knew this had to be a clue.

For example, your lowly mail room clerk has wonderful dreams about flying. The Squirrel said his dreams about flying are nightmares. But neither of our dreams seemed to belong in the resident faculty’s journal category of Upward Mobility. And while Chef often dreams about cards, the suits in her dreams are Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs rather than Education, Income, Occupation, and Wealth. The Janitor Professor of Astrology has had troubling dreams about being naked in class ever since the Cream Cheese Incident, but that wasn’t what the resident faculty’s Class Breakdown category seemed to be about. Either the resident faculty have stranger dreams than we guessed, or they were using “dream” in a very different sense.

The word “dream” on the journal’s cover was written with red, white, and blue glitter. Pootie the Precious stared at it intently and pawed it gently. She is fascinated by shiny objects, so the staff at first dismissed her curiosity. Finally she pulled out her iHazPhone and sent a message to the Squirrel:

PootieP@BPI: Da colorz r empor impur da kee!

Guessing that Pootie the Precious might be right, the Squirrel got busy on his Blewberry. He typed in {American dream upward mobility education income occupation wealth class breakdown} and found the book Class Matters, a compilation of New York Times articles from a 2005 series. The Times staff combined academic research, interviews, and polling data to examine whether American society has a class structure, how class is transmitted, and how Americans felt about it … before the Great Recession.

The resident faculty’s dream journal was rather long, so we think they may revisit this topic from several perspectives over the coming weeks.


Happy Monday!