The resident faculty left a scary photo outside the mail room this morning. We hope it was just 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, Linda Lee mused on Rigging a Race in Midday Matinee, and Winter B reported that New Study Shows Climate Contrarians Get More Media Contacts in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, we offered A Few Thoughts on Ferguson in Morning Feature, readers helped tell Tuesday’s Tale: Fore! in Midday Matinee, and Winter B saw Australia Retreating From Renewable Energy in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, the Squirrel ridiculed Geraldo Rivera’s “Cop-White Person Take” on Ferguson in Morning Feature, Linda Lee pondered her High School Reunion in Midday Matinee, and Winter B shared Genetic Source of Mental Illness Found in Our Earth.

On Thursday, the resident faculty began a series on Viva Cliché with Back in the Day in Morning Feature and triciawyse offered Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee.

On Friday, the resident faculty continued the series on Viva Cliché with A Penny for Your Thoughts in Morning Feature and triciawyse brought us Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee.

On the weekend, the resident faculty concluded the series on Viva Cliché with Outside the Box in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked Let Me Educate You? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, and Winter B shared our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

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

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Thus we return to the scary photo left outside the mail room as the resident faculty 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:

“Oh dear, he looks frightened,” Chef said as she brought out the decoder ring:

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The Squirrel tapped at his Blewberry as Chef scraped stray pecans into his bowl. “I thought he was imitating a squirrel eating.”

“Nope,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said. “He looks scared.”

“Hrmm,” the Squirrel texted. “Maybe he’s a cop.”

“Uhh, what?” Chef asked as she slid his bowl across the table.

The Squirrel nibbled a pecan and tapped at his Blewberry. “Well, the resident faculty were talking about how cops insist they risk their lives every day, even though data show law enforcement isn’t even in the top 10 most dangerous jobs. In fact, fewer cops died in the line of duty last year than any year since 1959, and almost half of them died in traffic accidents. Only 33 were killed by gunfire, the fewest since 1887.”

“But it’s not just cops who say that,” Chef said. “Everyone talks about how dangerous police work is. And look at the news. An officer was killed in Minnesota last month, and a police chief was killed in Texas just last week.”

“True,” the Squirrel texted. “And the CDC estimates that 1492 loggers die each year in workplace accidents.”

“Wow,” Chef said. “That’s an average of four loggers killed every day. I would never have guessed it was that many.”

The Squirrel tapped his Blewberry. “And this week the resident faculty will explore why you would never have guessed.”

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Happy Monday!