The resident faculty left this note outside the mail room: “Astronomers are wrong! Our home is too a planet!”

What an obvious 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 My Dad in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan saw that Babies Are Born Scientists in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive brought us Carrying On Paul and Sheila Wellstone’s Progressive Legacy in Morning Feature, we discussed the importance of Determined Enthusiasm in Furthermore!, readers helped tell Tuesday’s Tale: Squatching It in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported on Ocean Acidification: Finding New Answers in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, we asked Will Ohio Decide the Presidential Election? in Morning Feature, the Squirrel ranted on Inedible Wingnuts in Furthermore!, addisnana offered Random Thoughts from Phone Banking in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan highlighted Climate Change: Study of Earth’s Water System in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we discussed Walmart, Strikes, Lies, and ‘Something for Nothing’ in Morning Feature, addisnana declared It’s Time to End Presidential Debates in Furthermore!, triciawyse brought us Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan shared Sustainable Energy Pathways in Our Earth.

On Friday, we reviewed Paul Ryan’s Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Debut in Morning Feature, and triciawyse shared Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee.

On the weekend, we looked at Mitt Romney, Lies, Faith, and Confirmation Bias in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked Ignorance is Bliss? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive shared Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, and we chuckled at Silly Sunday: Just for Grins in Evening Focus.

Note: Please share your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week.

That leaves only the note 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 note read:

Astronomers are wrong! Our home is too a planet!

Astronomers have only de-certified one planet – Pluto – so if the resident faculty are going to make their weekly clues that easy for the staff to decipher, they may as well just tell us that this week they’ll discuss Chrystia Freeland’s new book Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else. Ms. Freeland summarized her thesis yesterday in the New York Times, concluding:

It is no accident that in America today the gap between the very rich and everyone else is wider than at any time since the Gilded Age. Now, as then, the titans are seeking an even greater political voice to match their economic power. Now, as then, the inevitable danger is that they will confuse their own self-interest with the common good. The irony of the political rise of the plutocrats is that, like Venice’s oligarchs, they threaten the system that created them.

Unless the resident faculty are planning an inter-planetary relocation – and we assure you the staff would not join them – we’re confident this is their topic for the week.


Happy Monday!