The resident faculty left a 2008 “Hope” campaign poster outside the mail room door. The staff knew it was a clue. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, addisnana mused on Old Feet in Midday Matinee and winterbanyan reported on Evolving to Fight Epidemics in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive shared President Obama Launches Campaign Against Romney in Morning Feature, the Squirrel asked What Is Fair? in Furthermore!, readers collaborated on Tuesday’s Tale: The Sleep Clinic in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan found a Game Change in Epidemiology in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive reminded us that To Win, Progressives Must Speak Out in Morning Feature, winterbanyan encouraged us to Forget the Doomsday Preppers in Furthermore!, addisnana struggled with Rusty Tummy Syndrome in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported that Climate Change Stunts Plants in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we began playing TEDscotch with Population, Food, and Energy in Morning Feature, triciawyse brought us Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan celebrated the Cold War Cleanup at Savannah River in Our Earth.

On Friday, we continued playing TEDscotch with Connectedness and Social Media in Morning Feature and triciawyse offered Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee.

On the weekend, we concluded the game of TEDscotch with Mistakes and Humility in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked He Said What? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive shared Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, we chuckled at Silly Sunday: Confusion Day Edition 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 2008 campaign poster left outside the mail room door as the resident faculty 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 immediately sorted out that clue.

The poster was the iconic “Hope” image created by Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey, based on a 2006 Associated Press photo by freelance photographer Mannie Garcia. The poster has since spawned countless parodies, and in 2010 Sarah Palin sneeringly asked the audience at a Tea Party event: “How’s that Hopey, Changey stuff workin’ out?” While her tone and wording were derisive, the underlying question will be on many peoples’ minds as the news coverage shifts from the GOP primary to the contest between President Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Do those who voted for the president still have the hope they felt in 2008? Should they? Given the daunting challenges we face, as a nation and as a species, is hope reasonable? What should we say about hope when talking with voters like archetypal Fred in 2012?

With no shortage of distressing news, we need to share hope again … and that’s what the resident faculty will discuss later this week.


Happy Monday!