This morning the resident faculty left a note outside the mail room that read: “This is wrong and here’s the law.”

It was their weekly 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 told us about a Log Jam in Midday Matinee, and winterbaynan saw the Media Ignore Climate Change in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive shared When One Woman Can Change Things in Morning Feature, the Squirrel ranted on the House Republicans’ Hostage Menu in Furthermore!, readers helped tell Tuesday’s Tale: Cleanup on Aisle 9, A Jill Graber Story in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan showed us What Your EPA Has Been Doing Lately in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, we shared The GOP’s Stall Tactics in Morning Feature and addisnana shared Bear Politics in Midday Matinee.

On Thursday, the Squirrel grumped about NASA Replies to Dexter in Morning Feature, triciawyse brought us Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan spotted Clean Air Act Gets Shell Oil in Our Earth.

On Friday, the Squirrel was surprised by Defending Lincoln? in Morning Feature and triciawyse offered Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee.

On the weekend, we pondered Unnatural Sounds: “A Song of Our Warming Planet” in Saturday’s Morning Feature and discussed The Riot that Wasn’t in Sunday’s Morning Feature, 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.

That leaves only the note 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.

The note read:

This is wrong and here’s the law.

The staff pretended to puzzle over the clue as we sipped Chef’s cinnamon-mocha lattes, so the Squirrel could have the honor of deciphering it for us. We felt that was appropriate as Chef had no pecan danish ring this morning, and we thought the Squirrel might get grumpy if he weren’t able to reveal this week’s topic.

So we chatted about the Tour de France and Chris Froome’s outstanding stage victory atop Mont Ventoux yesterday. Chef wondered why the summit of Mont Ventoux is such an ugly, barren, limestone moonscape. The Squirrel tapped on his Blewberry: “It used to be forested, but the trees were cut down starting in the 12th century, to provide wood for shipbuilders in the nearby naval port of Toulon.

Chef thanked him for the explanation but noted that he was supposed to be deciphering the week’s clue.

“Oh that,” he texted in reply. “It’s obvious. Black letter law is what you find in law books. Red letter law is about feelings and moral judgment. So this week the resident faculty will revisit Jonathan Haidt’s book The Righteous Mind and use progressive, libertarian, and conservative responses to the death of Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman trial as a case study in their different moral matrices.”

Chef looked at him.

“You didn’t have a pecan danish ring,” he texted. “So I snuck some macadamias from the kitchen and went outside and listened at the hot tub faculty lounge squirrel bath.”

Ah. Okay then.


Happy Monday!