Professor Plum never looked like a young Tom Cruise. The resident faculty need to come up with better clues. (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 buzzed about The Last Mosquito in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan shared Refineries: EPA Updates Clean Air Standards in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive reminded us that The Walker Recall is About Democracy, Not Deficits in Morning Feature, the Squirrel reflected on Passion, Politics, Parties, and Patience in Furthermore!, readers collaborated on Tuesday’s Tale: The Mystery Club Meeting in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported on Opening the Tree of All Life in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, we shared Nutshell: Wisconsin Recall Results in Morning Feature, addisnana brought us an object lesson in Freedom of/from Religion in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan saw the Evolution of Mammal Eating Habits in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we looked at Traditional Marriage, Implicit Bias, Social Science, and Conservatism in Morning Feature, triciawyse offered Fursdai Funnies in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan brought us EPA Cleans Up New Bedford Harbor in Our Earth.

On Friday, we explored Pew Research on the Partisan Divide in Morning Feature, triciawyse shared Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported on the Coupling of Carbon to Climate Increases in Our Earth.

On the weekend, we returned to Pew Research and Partisanship: Who’s In Charge? in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked about Layoffs, Layoffs, Layoffs? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive offered Weekend Reading in Furthermore, we chuckled at Silly Sunday: Maybe Next Week in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan compiled 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 clue 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 staff are confident that you do not want to see the video of Professor Plum imitating a young Tom Cruise in the iconic underwear dance scene from the film Risky Business. Suffice it to say that Professor Plum’s attempt at that bounce split puts a new and very different spin on the phrase “Old Time Rock and Roll.” We hope he’s okay.

That left only the task of deciphering the clue. We asked the BPI Risk Management Consultant to look it over, and he texted back on his Blewberry:

Squirrel@BPI Risk management consultant? I thought I was the roving reporter?

We explained that his reporting had so impressed the Faculty Senate that they had given him more responsibility.

Squirrel@BPI Gee thanks. Like I don’t have enough to do besides researching my thesis on 21st Century Political Nuttitude? Will my pay reflect this “more responsibility?”

We assured him that the Faculty Senate agreed to double his current pay.

Squirrel@BPI You realize that zero times two is still zero, right?

We replied that such mathematical acumen was one reason the Faculty Senate selected him for this position.

Squirrel@BPI What were the other reasons?

Well, because squirrels are used to evaluating risks.

Squirrel@BPI Okay fine. What am I supposed to do?

We showed him the email from the Faculty Senate, which said his first (and thus far only) duty as Risk Management Consultant was to decipher this week’s clue.

Squirrel@BPI Well duh. They’re going to discuss Democrats’ and Republicans’ very different view of “risk-takers,” how the GOP want to push more risks down on working people, and why Democrats know more Americans will be more innovative and more productive if they feel safer about taking risks. Isn’t that obvious?

We said that proved he was clearly the right choice for BPI’s Risk Management Consultant.

Squirrel@BPI Maybe. Or maybe it proves that my tree is next to the hot tub faculty lounge and I overheard their game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

We explained that if he wanted to keep his new consulting job, he probably shouldn’t share secrets like that.

Squirrel@BPI I know that. Hint.

Okay then. For the record, Chef did put out more macadamias.

Squirrel@BPI In that case….

We asked him to continue, but he doesn’t text with his mouth full.


Happy Monday!