Friday Fun Facts

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Just Because

In old Germanic tribes, the day of the week was dedicated to the goddess Freya, which is why in English Friday called Friday.

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 In Catholic countries Friday – the sixth, not fifth day of the week.

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“Friday” – the proper name of the character of the novel by Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe”, the native and the novel’s heroine, “Friday, which kills” the science fiction of Heinlein – spy and trained killer.

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 In most places, where the adopted five-day week, Friday – the last working day before the weekend and is therefore seen as an occasion for celebration and relaxation – “Friday’s syndrome.”

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Abbott wants his job back

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 Shorten is doing well

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And Tomorrow is the cox plate.

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What’s your tips? Pick the winner for Bragging rites.

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379 thoughts on “Friday Fun Facts

  1. Has anyone in the Coalition ever actually met a pregnant woman?
    The Coalition’s paid parental leave changes make it seem like the government is made up of men.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016-opinion/has-anyone-in-the-coalition-ever-actually-met-a-pregnant-woman-20161023-gs8zeu.html

    And –
    Paid parental leave designed ‘to get women back to work’: Social Services Minister Christian Porter
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/paid-parental-leave-designed-to-get-women-back-to-work-social-services-minister-christian-porter-20161023-gs8wjh.html

    In the fantasy world Porter inhabits working class women will soon be expected to give birth in the workplace, have a cup of tea, a brief lie-down and then get back to work ASAP while their babies are tied to their chests to make sure work is not interrupted for breastfeeding. It was good enough for serfs in the Middle Ages, it should be good enough for working-class Australian women today.

    Meanwhile wealthy women will recline in their luxurious mansions after giving birth in private clinics, they and their offspring pampered and fussed over by a bevy of poorly paid 457 nurses and nannies flown in from some third-world hell-hole or other. They won’t have to think about going back to work, not ever, because they will never have sullied their manicured hands with any work at all. Such is life in Porter-land.

  2. Now on to part 8

    The Appalachian States (Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia)

    President
    Very Little polling has been done at the Presidential level in these states but it’s probably safe to assume that Trump is comfortably ahead.

    Senate
    The only senate race in these states is in Kentucky. Again, very little polling has been done with the only poll can find from a relatively unknown pollster showing republican senator Rand Paul leading democratic candidate Lexington Mayor Jim Gray 33%-27% with 40% undecided.

    House
    No competitive races in these states, the republican seats are safely republican while the 3 Democratic seats (2 in Tennessee, based on Nashville and Memphis, and 1 in Kentucky, based on Louisville) are safely Democratic.

    Governor
    One governor’s race in this area in West Virginia and it’s a race to watch. Incumbent Democratic governor Earl Ray Tomblin is ineligible to run due to term limits and republicans would love to gain one of the last statewide offices in West Virginia that’s still in Democratic hands however the most recent polls have the democratic candidate, coal and agricultural executive Jim Justice in the lead by a fair margin over republican candidate, West Virginia State Senate President Bill Cole. The Democrats’ fortunes in West Virginia really have taken a downward tumble over the last decade and a half and it’ll be interesting if they fall further.

    Ballot Initiatives
    No statewide ballot initiatives up for a vote in any of these states.

    • As puffy said earlier, his name isn’t “Azim Mahoudamin”. If it was we’d have headlines screaming about a foiled terrorist attack.

      White blokes who want to kill a shopping centre full of innocent bystanders are just mentally disturbed and in need of help and counselling while blokes with foreign names thinking about doing the same thing are always terrorists, or so the powers that be would have us believe.

      If Man Monis had been just plain old Gary Brown, who armed himself and took hostages over a family court issue he would have been excused on the grounds of being a depressed bloke who suffered at the hands of the courts. Just as white possibly ‘Christian’ teenagers who carry knives are just boys being boys while teenagers with ties to Islam, or who just look like they might be Muslims, are arrested and locked up for doing the same thing.

      Australia, the land of equality. Bah humbug to that.

    • They would much rather have Gillian Triggs head on a plate.

      Still, one out of two targets is not bad, in their eyes.

  3. “I have come to this conclusion with regret, but the best interests of the Commonwealth can be served only when its first and second law officers enjoy each other’s complete trust and confidence within a mutually respectful relationship,” he said in a letter to the Attorney-General.

    Attorney-General George Brandis said his resignation was the “proper cause of action”.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-24/justin-gleeson-resigns-as-solicitor-general/7960632

    Wrong bloke went.

  4. Does this mean the baddies have won, again. Who will keep them in check now? I think we can say a final farewell to the Australia we all knew and once loved.

  5. I would have thought that Gleeson had a bit more bottle as he must have been aware that the Senate is primed to reverse the direction that Brandis brought in before election.

  6. Agriculture Department head Paul Grimes questioned Barnaby Joyce’s ‘integrity’ days before

    “This letter shows Paul Grimes was deeply concerned about Barnaby Joyce’s behaviour. He was challenging Joyce’s integrity,” Mr Fitzgibbon said on Monday.

    “He clearly thought what Joyce did was not appropriate. This letter indicates he was being bullied.

    “What Barnaby Joyce did was to sack Paul Grimes to save himself.”

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/agriculture-department-head-paul-grimes-questioned-barnaby-joyces-integrity-days-before-being-sacked-20161024-gs9b67.html

  7. It gets worse –

    From Doug Cameron, more about the exploits of Nigel Hadgkiss.

    More devious activities from the head of Fair Work Building and Construction. Nigel Hadgkiss took it upon himself to stop funding the Commonwealth Ombudsman to oversight the activities of the FWBC. This is the guy who would be given increased powers under the proposed ABCC Bill. There is already masses of evidence that under Nigel Hadgkiss the FWBC is biased, incompetent and secretive. Despite the lack of funding the Ombudsman found significant problems with the behaviour of Fair Work Building and Construction against witnesses forced to provide evidence under coercive powers. This also stinks

    https://www.facebook.com/senator.doug.cameron/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf

  8. Where’s Malcolm?

    The shit hits the fan this afternoon with the Gleeson resignation, the Barnaby allegations and ScoMo’s appalling speech on housing and the Prime Minister of Australia can’t be bothered making even a brief comment?

    Is he too tired to interrupt his afternoon nanna nap?

  9. Sounds familiar…

    The interrogation came out of the blue and continued mercilessly, even while she was doubled over sobbing.

    The woman, who was 41 at the time of the incident, has been awarded more than $1 million in a negotiated workplace bullying settlement.

    As two bosses hurled accusations at her during a meeting called to provide her with feedback on an internal job application, the woman who could only speak on the condition of anonymity, said she was in shock and disbelief.

    Like many cases of workplace bullying, the circumstances at first glance appear trivial.

    The woman who worked in middle management had made an error in an internal application for another job within her NSW state government agency. She had accidentally duplicated an answer to one question in response to another. She says she accepted the error had effectively invalidated the application.

    However, her bosses insisted on meeting to provide feedback despite her saying it was unnecessary because she understood her error.

    When she sat down with a male and female supervisor, they accused her of having an inappropriate relationship in the office and of passing off a colleague’s ideas as her own, which she flatly denies.

    “I was blindsided by it. I couldn’t understand where the allegations were coming from,” she says.

    “Had they given me some sort of notice or asked me in a less hostile environment, I could explain it. It was just incorrect. But they just kept going and going.

    “I was sobbing and doubled over and they were still making allegations about information sharing.

    “It just didn’t stop. At one point they said we can put you in contact with the counselling service.

    “I said I will absolutely need it after this meeting and still they went on. I don’t know why I didn’t walk out. It went on for ages.”

    http://www.theage.com.au/business/workplace-relations/more-than-1-million-paid-out-for-workplace-bullying-20161021-gs827s.html

    Let this be a lesson to the NSW Public Service. The lady has already learned hers.

    • Sounds all too familiar, and the same sort of thing must happen all too often.

      What makes these management people the way they are? Are they just born bitches or does the system make them that way?

      My son says all the trouble in his NSW public service workplace comes from certain female managers. Having had a lovely lunch with an overseas visitor and my son at a local tea rooms ruined by a couple of these women sitting at the next table and loudly telling the whole place about their machinations I believe him

  10. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/oct/24/justin-gleesons-letter-amounts-to-a-curse-on-george-brandis-it-may-yet-come-to-pass

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-24/underemployment-phenomenon-emerges-with-rise-of-part-time-work/7958462

    https://theintercept.com/2016/10/21/it-isnt-just-donald-trump-the-bush-campaign-plotted-to-reject-election-results-in-2000/

    https://www.revealnews.org/episodes/how-to-really-steal-an-election/

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/oct/23/dads-army-creator-jimmy-perry-dies-aged-93

    https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/oct/23/christopher-marlowe-credited-as-one-of-shakespeares-co-writers

  11. Go, Gabrielle, you good thing!

    The solicitor general, Justin Gleeson, has resigned. Do not consider this a backward step on Gleeson’s part.

    He indicated why he made this decision. The relationship between the first and second law officers of Australia was “irretrievably broken”, he said.

    Gleeson’s letter amounts to what is effectively a curse on the attorney general, George Brandis. Gleeson was emphatic. He hopes his resignation will better allow the Senate to get to the bottom of the whole sorry saga.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/oct/24/justin-gleesons-letter-amounts-to-a-curse-on-george-brandis-it-may-yet-come-to-pass

    I may have to marry her when I grow up.

  12. Bernard Keane’s take on the Gleeson resignation..

    Justin Gleeson resigns, tosses final grenade at Brandis
    The ongoing stoush between George Brandis and Justin Gleeson has reached boiling point, with the Solicitor-General tendering his resignation.

    Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson has resigned, delivering a scorching letter to Attorney-General George Brandis in the wake of Gleeson’s demonstration that Brandis misled Parliament and personal attacks on Gleeson by Coalition senators.

    Citing the need for the Attorney-General and Solicitor-General to work closely together, Gleeson advised Brandis of his resignation earlier today, saying “I make it perfectly plain that my motivation is solely to further the best interests of the Commonwealth by enabling the restoration of a functional working relationship between the first and second Law Officers”.

    [Just what is the Solicitor-General, anyway?]

    That relationship was irretrievably broken when Brandis, without consulting Gleeson, issued a direction attempting to regulate access to Gleeson that was both beyond the Attorney-General’s powers and had been made without consultation with Gleeson. A Senate inquiry is currently underway into the issue, and both Gleeson’s submission and his evidence to the committee made clear that Brandis had indeed failed to consult him, confirming Brandis had misled the Senate in claiming to have done so. Gleeson was the subject of repeated criticisms and commentary by Coalition senators during his evidence.

    Gleeson goes on to tell Brandis in his letter:

    “For the avoidance of any doubt, I also make perfectly plain that I reject absolutely each and every attack and insinuation that has been made in recent times upon my personally, or upon my office, by Government members of Parliament, including you, in the Senate Committee processes.”

    Brandis himself continues to insist, in the face of evidence, that he consulted with Gleeson and that he can define “consult” to mean what he wants

    https://www.crikey.com.au/2016/10/24/justin-gleeson-resigns-tosses-final-grenade-brandis/

  13. When a resignation is not a resignation –

    Family First’s Bob Day to vote for government’s industrial relations bills
    http://www.afr.com/news/family-firsts-bob-day-to-vote-for-governments-industrial-relations-bills-20161024-gs97bb#ixzz4NzQT4YtU

    Day should abstain from voting because of his obvious conflict of interest, his building industry involvement. That is apart for the bleeding obvious reason -the bastard has resigned from the senate.

    L:abor needs to challenge this vote in the High Court , if it happens.

  14. I didn’t think Bob Day would have the hide.

    If anyone’s vote requires government ministers to skedaddle out of the chamber like gazelles, it would be Bob Day’s.

    Turnbull has given up any vestige of the enlightened, exciting Renaissance Man that he started out as.

    Bill Shorten should ask Turnbull whether he will accept Day’s vote.

  15. Snot just did what a pollie should never do: answer a question with an open-ended question.

  16. Perhaps Bob is desperate for a few more weeks sucking on the taxpayers teat ? He sure needs every penny ant the moment.

  17. http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/7017-australian-views-on-immigration-population-october-2016-201610241910

    https://www.gofundme.com/a-thank-you-to-senator-day-2unkpt8f If you open the tweeter’s tweet & see the thread, he has more to say about this thing

    http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-tom-hayden-snap-story.html

  18. Penny Wong –

    Tonight, the nation’s 2nd highest law officer resigned over a naked power grab by George Brandis, and an explosive letter reveals Barnaby Joyce sacked his department head to cover up his own crimes. Read together, the Grimes letter and the Gleeson letter tell you something shocking about the integrity of senior ministers in this government, and why they should be the ones resigning

    https://www.facebook.com/senatorpennywong/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

  19. Part 9

    Pennsylvania

    President
    Pennsylvania has been a key swing state for several elections however the last time a Republican has carried the state was in 1988. Polls has consistently put Hillary Clinton in the lead and she is likely to carry the state

    Senate
    One of the key races for the Senate in this election is the race in Pennsylvania between incumbent Republican Pat Toomey and Democratic Candidate Katie McGinty. Polling is currently showing a tight race with a slight edge to McGinty

    House
    Pennsylvania was gerrymandered by the Republicans prior to the 2012 election and it was so bad the Dems only won 28% of the seats despite winning a bit over 50% of the vote on the house ballot. However there are a couple of districts that are competitive. The most competitive this cycle is the 8th District due to the narrowness of the district (PVI R+1) and the fact that the incumbent is retiring. Also if the democrats do well then the 6th, 7th and 15th (all PVI R+2) could be within their reach.

    Pennsylvania’s governor is not up for election this cycle

    Ballot Initiatives
    The only ballot initiative up for a vote is one raising the retirement age of Pennsylvanian judges from 70 to 75

    Also here’s a bit of info about the Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) that I have been referring to

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cook_partisan_voting_index

  20. Final part for tonight part 10

    Ohio and Indiana

    President
    Ohio is the another contender for the title of mother of all swing states having gone to the winner of the presidency at every election but one since 1948. Recent polls have shown Hillary Clinton taking the lead again and if Trump continues to tank then she’ll keep the state in the Democratic column. Indiana on the other hand is a reliably Republican state with the GOP winning all but one of the last 12 elections in Indiana (2008). Some polls, however have shown the race tightening here but Trump has a slight edge for now.

    Senate
    The Ohio Senate race should’ve been a close one but the general consensus is that the Democratic candidate, former Governor Ted Strickland, has run a shocking campaign and that the incumbent republican Rob Portman will win easily. In Indiana, on the other hand, the Democrats got lucky when former Senator Evan Bayh jumped into the race at the last minute in order to try and win his old Senate seat back. The most recent poll has him leading the republican candidate, Congressman Todd Young, by six points in the race to succeed retiring republican Dan Coats.

    House
    Ohio, like Pennsylvania, has been heavily gerrymandered by the republicans to given them an overwhelming majority of seats even when the overall vote is tight (like it was in 2012). And the only district that may be competitive is the Dayton-based 10th district (PVI R+3) and even then it is probably a long shot. Indiana has also been gerrymandered however a couple of polls (albeit for pro-Democratic groups) appear to have the 9th District based in Southwest Indiana as potentially competitive. This could be due to the fact that this is the seat that Todd Young is vacating to run for the Senate and the seat has been represented by Democrats recently from 2006-2010, however it is a long shot given the partisan nature of the district (R+9). Additionally the 2nd District in Northern Indiana (R+6) could be a target if the Democrats are having a good election.

    Governor
    The governorship in Ohio is not up this time around but the Indiana governorship is up for grabs and it looks like Mike Pence’s decision to forgo the race to become Trump’s running mate may have put the GOP’s hold on the governor’s mansion in jeopardy. Recent polls have the Democratic candidate, former speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, John Gregg leading by between 5 and 12 points over republican candidate, Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb.

    Ballot Initiative
    The only initiative on the ballot in these two states is one in Indiana that would establish a constitutional right to hunt and fish.

  21. I might leave you with this. An appraisal of media depictions of Hillary Clinton over the past 25 years

  22. Looks like the ACT cabinet will have seven.

    Pleased to say that my electorate, 1 of 5, will have two in there: Yvette and Gordon Ramsay.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-24/labor-rachel-stephen-smith-gordon-ramsey-cabinet-canberra/7960350?section=act

    Yvette, like her dad, is a goodie. Gordon Ramsay is a hard worker around Kippax, where I live.

    Portfolios won’t be allocated till Shane Rattenbury makes up his mind whether he wants a ministry (he will).

  23. You may be about to watch or will choose to miss

    Q&A
    Monday 24th October at 9:36 pm (66 minutes)
    Arthur Sinodinos, Tanya Plibersek, Chris Mitchell, Robert Manne & Christine Dolan: On the panel: Cabinet Secretary Arthur Sinodinos, Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek; Former Editor-in-chief of ‘The Australian’ Chris Mitchell; investigative journalist Christine Dolan & writer Robert Manne. #QandA
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    2016, Premiere, CC, Live, News, Factual
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