The resident faculty left an unopened deck of cards outside the mail room. As the staff poker game is over for the week, we think it was a clue. (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 shared The Rockschach Test in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported on Atlantic Coastline: High Sea Level Rise in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, we offered a Nutshell: Reason, Morality, and Climate Change in Morning Feature, readers collaborated on Tuesday’s Tale: Hurricane Shopping in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan brought us Innovation in Biofuel and Biobased Products in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Lake Toba celebrated Joe Biden Comes to Town in Morning Feature, the Squirrel asked What Is ‘Serfdom?’ in Furthermore!, addisnana mused about “Lunch at the Club?” in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan highlighted the development of Zero Net-Energy Ready Homes in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we began a series on Joan Walsh’s What’s the Matter with White People? with The Golden Age That Never Was in Morning Feature, triciawyse brought us Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan warned that Common Nanomaterials May Harm Agriculture in Our Earth.

On Friday, we continued our series on What’s the Matter with White People? with Stayin’ Alive, Coming Apart in Morning Feature and triciawyse shared Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee.

On the weekend, we concluded our series on What’s the Matter with White People? with An Obama Epiphany in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked about A Matter of Birth? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive shared Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, we chuckled at Silly Sunday: Hurry, Cane! 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 unopened deck of cards left outside the mail room door as the resident faculty made their way from the wine cellar library where they spend 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 poker game was over for the week and the resident faculty knew that, so the unopened deck had to be a clue. The Squirrel, still grumpy about last night’s futile trip to the Republican National Convention here in South Blogistan, had dried out his Blewberry overnight and began tapping away at it. Your lowly mail room clerk emptied the overflowing spam folder. The Professor of Astrology Janitor mopped up the remains and asked why the resident faculty couldn’t simply tell us what they had planned for the week. Chef wondered if even they knew yet.

“Dey r a week errlee,” Pootie the Precious texted on her iHazPhone.

“What do you mean?” the Squirrel texted back.

Lass weekz Weekend Reading hadda artickel bout da nu nu deel,” she replied, “an da rezzeedented fackultee sed dey would do sumpin bout dat neckzt week. Nu nu dekk. Nu nu deel. Dey r a week errlee.”

“Ahh,” the Squirrel texted. “Yes, I just brought up Michael Grunwald’s article in Foreign Policy about his book The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era, and the resident faculty did say they would discuss it the first week of September. New new deck. New new deal. You’re right. They’re a week early.”

“Wait a minute,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor asked, shaking his head as he looked at Pootie the Precious. “You follow the campus reading list?”

“Uv korse!” she texted. “Y do u tink ai spen so long in da litter box?”

“Gee thanks, I think,” your lowly mail room clerk said.

“So if you do all that reading,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said, “why is your spelling so awful?”

“Da spelchekkurr on mai iHazPhone iz set fur LOLCatz,” she replied.

Having resolved two mysteries in one morning, Pootie the Precious curled up for a nap. Maybe she’ll wake up with equations for a unified field theory. Or maybe not.

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Happy Monday!