The resident faculty left an invoice for “3.47 for one hour of breathing, payable in Swiss francs.” We think it was their weekly clue…. (More)

First we thank last week’s writers….

On Monday, you shared your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week and addisnana offered Signage and Getting Lost in Midday Matinee.

On Tuesday, the Squirrel spaced out with Warp Drive Puts Stars In My Eyes in Morning Feature, readers helped tell Tuesday’s Tale: Jock Itch in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan saw how a New Math Model May Help Forecasting in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive returned with Celebrating Obamacare Success Stories in Morning Feature, the Squirrel pondered Interns: Experience or Exploitation? in Furthermore!, addisnana mused on Christmas Trees in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported that Glaciers Sizzle As They Melt in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we began a series on the Limits of Evolutionary Psychology with Evolved to Be Bitchy or Just WEIRD? in Morning Feature and triciawyse shared Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee.

On Friday, we continued our series with Evolved to Rape or “Just So?” in Morning Feature, triciawyse brought us Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan found The Stories of China’s Missing Bees in Our Earth.

On the weekend, we concluded our series with Diversity, Inequality, and “Just Natural” in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked about Demanding Forgiveness? 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.

Thus we return to the invoice 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 invoice read: “3.47 for one hour of breathing, payable in Swiss francs.”

The Squirrel immediately recognized the connection, no doubt encouraged by the appearance of Chef’s pecan danish ring:

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“I know what that means,” he texted on his Blewberry. “The Swiss are considering a Basic Income Guarantee of 2500 francs per month for all adults. That works out to 3.47 francs for every hour of every day of every month, whether they’re at work or at home, on the sofa or in bed … breathing.”

Chef scraped some extra pecans into his bowl, and his tail twitched in delight.

“If you want to see how a Basic Income Guarantee might work,” he texted, “you can check out these two videos.”

“So that’s it?” Chef asked.

“Well, he did make a math error in the second video,” the Squirrel texted, “and he explains the correct answer in his About comment.”

The staff breathed a sigh of relief, which we calculated was worth 0.002 each. Payable in Swiss francs, of course.


Happy Monday!