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Today in History

"Attack on Derna"On this day, in 1805, United States Marines, under the command of Lt Presley O’Bannon, attacked the Tripolitan city of Derne, in what is now Libya.

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Face of the day

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SBS presenter Scott McIntyre PHOTO-smh.com.au

Today’s face of the day has been sacked for exercising his right to freedom of speech. I do not agree that he should be sacked for saying what he said. If it is okay to do that to him it makes it okay for it to be done to us when we express a different view to that of our employers.

I will note however that he had signed a social media policy which I am not privy to. If it did make it clear that this kind of thing was unacceptable while employed by them then that is a different matter as it was his choice to accept those terms when he took the job.

He has the right to say things that are offensive and we have the right to mock him or disagree with him. That is what Freedom of Speech means. A contract with his employer specifically about the use of Social Media however, complicates the matter.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

demesne (noun) – 1. Law Possession and use of one’s own land.
2. Manorial land retained for the private use of a feudal lord.
3. The grounds belonging to a mansion or country house.
4. An extensive piece of landed property; an estate.
5. A district; a territory.
6. A realm; a domain.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : circq 1300, demeyne (modern spelling by late 15c.), from Anglo-French demesne, demeine, Old French demaine “land held for a lord’s own use,” from Latin dominicus “belonging to a master,” from dominus “lord.” Re-spelled by Anglo-French legal scribes under influence of Old French mesnie “household” (and the concept of a demesne as “land attached to a mansion”) and their fondness for inserting -s- before -n-.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 26

15Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.

Sunday nightCap

Let’s be fair: they were a captive audience

Today’s Trivia

via rogerebert.com

via rogerebert.com

 

 

Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

 

Size does matter! The size of a males shoulder:hip ratio. (source)

 

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Time for your dose of Awwww

I bet you’ve never seen this before