The resident faculty left a map of France marked with obscure symbols and arrows outside the mail room. As the staff don’t intend to time-travel to 1944, we hope it was a clue. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, you shared your stories of offline activism in Things We Did This Week, addisnana mused on Labor Day Campers in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported on an International Effort to Document Environmental Change in Our Earth.

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On Thursday, we began our series on Dr. Jay Rosen’s PressThink discussion of The Savvy Herd with The Cult of Savviness in Morning Feature, the Squirrel highlighted DNC Day Two: Challenge, Change, and Choice in Furthermore!, triciawyse brought us Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan celebrated that Bangkok Climate Talks Make Progress in Our Earth.

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On the weekend, we concluded our series on The Savvy Herd with Push-Back on Post-Truth in Saturday’s Morning Feature, triciawyse invited us to a Happee Caturdai PQ Birfdai Partee in Midday Matinee, Ms. Crissie was asked Buy Your Own…Twice? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive offered Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, and winterbanyan brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

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Thus we return to the strangely-marked map of France, left outside the mail room 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.

Chef recognized France but little else about the map. The Squirrel texted that the map must be outdated, as it did not include the modern highways or high-seed rail lines he found in maps online. Your lowly mail room clerk saw that most of the symbols were around Normandy, and guessed the map might be from World War II. Then the Professor of Astrology Janitor glanced at it and said, “Ah yes, Monty’s controversial phase lines overlay.”

“In English, please?” Chef asked.

“The phase lines indicated where the front lines were projected to be by various dates after the D-Day invasion,” he explained. “Commanders don’t like phase lines because things rarely go to plan, but logistics officers need them to estimate supply needs and routes. British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery was the Allied ground commander for D-Day and next few months, and he included the phase lines on a map used in one of the campaign briefings. He later said the campaign went exactly as planned, but of course the actual front lines did not correspond to his phase lines. American and British historians have debated that map for decades.”

He paused, perhaps noting our blank stares, and added, “When I’m not buffing floors and researching Bippiescopes, I read military history.”

“Ahh,” the staff replied, in unison and with roughly equal degrees of befuddlement.

“My guess,” he concluded, “is that this week the resident faculty will discuss why each of us should have personal campaign plan to focus our activities from now until November 6th, and how to coordinate our personal plans with Organizing For America and our state and local Democratic Party groups. They were muttering about that as I gathered their laundry from around the hot tub faculty lounge.”

“How do you do that?” Chef asked.

“Well, I pick it up and put it in a basket,” he replied.

“No,” she said. “How do you talk in strike-through text?”

“Ahh,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor replied. “Given my title, I get lots of practice.”


Happy Monday!