The IPA’s Tim Wilson confronts Human Rights Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick over the refusal of her Human Rights Commission to defend our free speech - indeed, over it’s disgraceful attack on this fundamental freedom.
Why was it silent when so many ordinary Australians rose up against the Gillard Government’s attempt to restrict our right to speak freely?
Unusually, this debate is hosted by the ABC, which graciously allows Wilson to be the token, lone conservative.
More often, though, an ABC “debate” sounds like this, as described by Media Watch Dog:
Monash University academic Waleed Aly is a recent addition to ABC Radio National’s already substantial stable of leftist or left-of-centre presenters in Australia’s own Conservative-Free-Zone. On his “Drawing Room” segment on Radio National Drive on Wednesday, the topic was “The Tipping Point of Climate Change.”This was foreshadowed as a “debate” but it was your typical ABC discussion where presenter Waleed Aly essentially agreed with green activist Helen Caldicott who essentially agreed with green activist Nick Feik who essentially agreed with Waleed Aly. Enough said…The highlights of the oh-so-ABC debate, where everyone agreed with everyone else, occurred when:- Nick Feik (The Monthly’s online editor) declared that the failure of nations to act on climate change was due to Fox News in the United States and News Limited in Australia. This stopped the US and Australia from having a “reasonable and intelligent, sort of, national dialogue.” Sort of.
- Helen Caldicott declared that climate change sceptic Christopher Monckton has “got thyrotoxicosis and bilateral exophthalmos”. She gave the impression that such conditions should prevent Monckton from engaging in the public debate. Waleed Aly said nothing to stop Dr Caldicott’s ad hominem attack on Monckton’s alleged medical condition.
- Dr Caldicott referred to “the lovely Bob Brown”. [How lovely – Ed.]. She also criticised a person she called “that guy Jenkins from Western Australia”. Apparently, Caldicott was referring to Liberal Party MP Dr Dennis Jensen. Aly did not correct this error.
- Caldicott opposed Australia’s coal exports to China. All of them, apparently.
- Caldicott declared: “What about their children’s futures? I’ve got a grandson called Liam, who’s three and a half, in Boston. I could eat him he’s so gorgeous. And I look at him and I think: ‘My God, when he’s 20 how hot is it gonna be?’” No one bothered to inform Caldicott that since the world has not warmed for 17 years (see Stop Press) it’s possible that it will not warm for the next 17 years. In which case, it’s possible that the world will not be hotter when Liam turns 20. How about that?
- Aly concluded by declaring that Helen Caldicott’s most recent book – which suggests that the planet will run out of water – is realistic.
Broderick’s Human Rights Commission is so determined to actually strip us of free speech that it granted its Human Rights Medal to the barrister who helped to restrict my own.
- 1371 – Robert II (pictured) became King of Scots as the first monarch of the House of Stewart.
- 1819 – Under the terms of the Adams–Onís Treaty, Spain sold Floridaand other North American territory to the United States for about US$5 million.
- 1958 – Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and Syrian PresidentShukri al-Quwatli signed a union pact to form the United Arab Republic.
- 1995 – The photos taken by the Corona spy satellite program were declassifiedunder an executive order signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
- 2011 – New Zealand suffered one of its worst peacetime disasters when a 6.5 MLearthquake struck Christchurch.
- 1371 – Robert II becomes King of Scotland, beginning the Stuart dynasty.
- 1495 – King Charles VIII of France enters Naples to claim the city's throne.
- 1632 – Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published.
- 1744 – War of the Austrian Succession: The Battle of Toulon begins.
- 1797 – The Last Invasion of Britain begins near Fishguard, Wales.
- 1819 – By the Adams-Onís Treaty, Spain sells Florida to the United States for five million U.S. dollars.
- 1847 – Mexican-American War: The Battle of Buena Vista – 5,000 American troops defeat 15,000 Mexicans.
- 1848 – The French Revolution of 1848, which would lead to the establishment of the French Second Republic, begins.
- 1853 – Washington University in St. Louis is founded as Eliot Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
- 1855 – The Pennsylvania State University is founded in State College, Pennsylvania(as the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania)
- 1856 – The Republican Party opens its first national meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- 1862 – Jefferson Davis is officially inaugurated for a six-year term as the President of the Confederate States of America in Richmond, Virginia. He was previously inaugurated as a provisional president on February 18, 1861.
- 1872 – The Prohibition Party holds its first national convention in Columbus, Ohio, nominating James Black as its presidential nominee.
- 1879 – In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of 5 and dime Woolworth stores.
- 1889 – President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states.
- 1899 – Filipino forces led by General Antonio Luna counterattacks for the first time against the American forces during the Philippine-American War. The Filipinos failed to regain Manila from the Americans.
- 1904 – The United Kingdom sells a meteorological station on the South Orkney Islands to Argentina, the islands are subsequently claimed by the United Kingdom in 1908.
- 1909 – The sixteen battleships of the Great White Fleet, led by Connecticut, return to the United States after a voyage around the world.
- 1915 – World War I: Germany institutes unrestricted submarine warfare.
- 1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House.
- 1942 – World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as the Japanese victory becomes inevitable.
- 1943 – World War II: Members of White Rose are executed in Nazi Germany.
- 1944 – World War II: American aircraft mistakenly bomb the Dutch towns of Nijmegen, Arnhem, Enschede and Deventer, resulting in 800 dead in Nijmegen alone.
- 1948 – Communist revolution in Czechoslovakia.
- 1957 – Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam survives a communist shooting assassination attempt in Ban Me Thuot.
- 1958 – Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic.
- 1959 – Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
- 1972 – The Official Irish Republican Army detonates a car bomb at Aldershot barracks, killing seven and injuring nineteen others.
- 1973 – Cold War: Following President Richard Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China, the two countries agree to establish liaison offices.
- 1974 – The Organisation of the Islamic Conference summit begins in Lahore, Pakistan. Thirty-seven countries attend and twenty-two heads of state and government participate. It also recognizesBangladesh.
- 1974 – Samuel Byck tries and fails to assassinate U.S. President Richard Nixon.
- 1979 – Independence of Saint Lucia from the United Kingdom.
- 1980 – Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3.
- 1983 – The notorious Broadway flop Moose Murders opens and closes on the same night at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
- 1986 – Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
- 1994 – Aldrich Ames and his wife are charged by the United States Department of Justice with spying for the Soviet Union.
- 1995 – The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.
- 1997 – In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly has been successfully cloned.
- 2002 – Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush.
- 2006 – At least six men stage Britain's biggest robbery, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or €78 million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
- 2011 – An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 185 people.
- 1040 – Rashi, French rabbi (d. 1105)
- 1403 – Charles VII of France (d. 1461)
- 1440 – Ladislaus the Posthumous, Bohemian and Hungarian monarch (d. 1457)
- 1500 – Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (d. 1564)
- 1612 – George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, English statesman (d. 1677)
- 1645 – Johann Ambrosius Bach, German composer, father to Johann Sebastian Bach (d. 1695)
- 1645 – Johann Christoph Bach, German musician (d. 1693)
- 1705 – Peter Artedi, Swedish naturalist (d. 1735)
- 1714 – Louis-Georges de Bréquigny, French historian (d. 1795)
- 1732 – George Washington, First President of the United States (d. 1799)
- 1756 – Georg Friedrich von Martens, German diplomat (d. 1821)
- 1761 – Erik Tulindberg, Finnish composer (d. 1814)
- 1778 – Rembrandt Peale, American artist (d. 1860)
- 1788 – Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (d. 1860)
- 1796 – Alexis Bachelot, French missionary (d. 1837)
- 1796 – Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian mathematician (d. 1874)
- 1806 – Józef Kremer, Polish messianistic philosopher (d. 1875)
- 1817 – Carl Wilhelm Borchardt, German mathematician (d. 1880)
- 1819 – James Russell Lowell, American poet and essayist (d. 1891)
- 1824 – Pierre Janssen, French astronomer (d. 1907)
- 1825 – Jean-Baptiste Salpointe, second Archbishop of Santa Fe (d. 1898)
- 1836 – Mahamahopadhyay Pandit Mahesh Chandra Nyayratna Bhattacharyya, CIE, eminent Sanskrit scholar, academic administrator, philanthropist and social reformer (d. 1906)
- 1839 – Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher (d. 1906)
- 1840 – August Bebel, German politician (d. 1913)
- 1849 – Nikolay Yakovlevich Sonin, Russian mathematician (d. 1915)
- 1857 – Robert Baden-Powell, British soldier, author, and Scout movement founder (d. 1941)
- 1857 – Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, German physicist (d. 1894)
- 1864 – Jules Renard, French author (d. 1910)
- 1874 – Bill Klem, American baseball umpire (d. 1951)
- 1878 – George Bryant, American archer (d. 1938)
- 1878 – Walter Ritz, Swiss physicist (d. 1909)
- 1879 – Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted, Danish physical chemist (d. 1947)
- 1880 – John Daly, Irish athlete (d. 1969)
- 1880 – Frigyes Riesz, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1956)
- 1881 – Joseph B. Ely, American politician (d. 1956)
- 1881 – Albin Prepeluh, Slovenian author and politician (d. 1937)
- 1882 – Eric Gill, British sculptor (d. 1940)
- 1883 – Marguerite Clark, American actress (d. 1940)
- 1886 – Hugo Ball, German author and poet (d. 1927)
- 1887 – Ksawery Tartakower, Polish chess player (d. 1956)
- 1888 – Owen Brewster, American politician (d. 1961)
- 1888 – Raymond Lawler, American soccer player (d. 1946)
- 1889 – Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guide (d. 1977)
- 1889 – R. G. Collingwood, English philosopher and historian (d. 1943)
- 1890 – Beatriz Michelena, Latin-American silent movie star (d. 1942)
- 1891 – Vlas Chubar, Soviet politician (d. 1939)
- 1892 – Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet (d. 1950)
- 1895 – Victor Raúl Haya de la Torre, Peruvian politician (d. 1979)
- 1897 – Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (d. 1947)
- 1898 – Thillaiaadi Valliammai, a Tamil satyagrahi from South Africa (d. 1914)
- 1899 – Dwight Frye, American actor (d. 1943)
- 1899 – George O'Hara, American actor (d. 1966)
- 1899 – Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (d. 1986)
- 1900 – Luis Buñuel, Spanish-born film director (d. 1983)
- 1900 – Seán Ó Faoláin, Irish author (d. 1991)
- 1902 – Fritz Strassmann, German physicist (d. 1980)
- 1903 – Morley Callaghan, Canadian writer (d. 1990)
- 1903 – Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (d. 1969)
- 1903 – Robert Weede, American baritone (d. 1972)
- 1906 – Humayun Kabir, Indian educationist and politician (d. 1969)
- 1906 – Helge Kjærulff-Schmidt, Danish actor (d. 1982)
- 1907 – Sheldon Leonard, American actor (d. 1997)
- 1907 – Robert Young, American actor (d. 1998)
- 1908 – Rómulo Betancourt, Venezuelan president (d. 1981)
- 1908 – Sir John Mills, English actor (d. 2005)
- 1911 – Bill Baker, American baseball player (d. 2006)
- 1913 – George Holmes "Buddy" Tate, American jazz musician (d. 2001)
- 1913 – Ranko Marinković, Croatian author (d. 2001)
- 1914 – Renato Dulbecco, Nobel laureate (d. 2012)
- 1914 – Henry Reed, English poet (d. 1986)
- 1917 – Jane Bowles, American playwright (d. 1973)
- 1917 – Reed Crandall, American comics artist (d. 1982)
- 1918 – Sid Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2000)
- 1918 – Charlie Finley, American sports entrepreneur (d. 1996)
- 1918 – Don Pardo, American announcer
- 1918 – Robert Wadlow, World's tallest ever human (d. 1940)
- 1921 – Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Central African Republic leader (d. 1996)
- 1921 – Wayne Booth, American literary critic (d. 2005)
- 1921 – David Greene, British director (d. 2003)
- 1921 – Giulietta Masina, Italian actress (d. 1994)
- 1922 – Jesús Iglesias, Argentine racing driver (d. 2005)
- 1922 – Apostolos Santas, Greek resistance veteran (d. 2011)
- 1922 – Marshall Teague, American race car driver (d. 1959)
- 1923 – Norman Smith (record producer), English singer and record producer (d. 2008)
- 1923 – Bleddyn Williams, Welsh rugby player (d. 2009)
- 1925 – Edward Gorey, American illustrator (d. 2000)
- 1926 – Kenneth Williams, English actor (d. 1988)
- 1926 – Bud Yorkin, American film director
- 1927 – Florencio Campomanes, Filipino political scientist (d. 2010)
- 1928 – Paul Dooley, American actor
- 1928 – Bruce Forsyth, British entertainer
- 1928 – Axel Strøbye, Danish actor (d. 2005)
- 1928 – Clarence 13X, American religious leader (d. 1969)
- 1929 – James Hong, American actor
- 1929 – Donald May, American actor
- 1929 – Rebecca Schull, American actress
- 1930 – James McGarrell, American painter
- 1930 – Marni Nixon, American singer
- 1932 – Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, American politician (d. 2009)
- 1933 – Katharine, Duchess of Kent
- 1933 – Bobby Smith, English footballer
- 1934 – Sparky Anderson, American baseball manager (d. 2010)
- 1935 – Sven Inge, Swedish artist (d. 2008)
- 1936 – J. Michael Bishop, American biologist, Nobel laureate
- 1936 – Ádám Bodor, Hungarian writer
- 1936 – Ernie K-Doe, American singer (d. 2001)
- 1936 – Izaly Zemtsovsky, American-Russian ethnomusicologist
- 1937 – Joanna Russ, American author and feminist (d. 2011)
- 1938 – Steve Barber, American baseball player (d. 2007)
- 1938 – Ishmael Reed, American writer
- 1938 – Pierre Vallières, Canadian politician (d. 1995)
- 1940 – Judy Cornwell, English actress
- 1940 – Johnson Mlambo, South African politician
- 1940 – Billy Name, American photographer
- 1940 – Chet Walker, American basketball player
- 1941 – Giorgos Arvanitis, Greek cinematographer
- 1941 – Hipólito Mejía, Dominican politician
- 1942 – Christine Keeler, English model and showgirl
- 1943 – Terry Eagleton, British literary critic and philosopher
- 1943 – Horst Köhler, President of Germany
- 1944 – Jonathan Demme, American director
- 1944 – Robert Kardashian, American lawyer (d. 2003)
- 1944 – Tom Okker, Dutch tennis player
- 1945 – Leslie Charleson, American actress
- 1945 – Oliver, American singer (d. 2000)
- 1945 – Mall Vaasma, Estonian mycologist (d. 2009)
- 1947 – Carol Burns, Australian actress
- 1947 – Maurizio De Angelis, Italian musician
- 1947 – Harvey Mason, Jazz drummer (Fourplay)
- 1947 – Richard North Patterson, American author
- 1947 – Frank P. Tomasulo, American film professor and critic
- 1948 – John Ashton, American actor
- 1948 – Dennis Awtrey, American basketball player
- 1948 – Linda de Suza, Portuguese and French singer
- 1949 – Niki Lauda, Austrian race car driver and entrepreneur
- 1949 – Olga Morozova, Russian tennis player
- 1950 – Julius Erving, American basketball player
- 1950 – Lenny Kuhr, Dutch singer
- 1950 – Miou-Miou, French actress
- 1950 – Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, English musician and performer
- 1950 – Julie Walters, English actress
- 1951 – Ellen Greene, American singer and actress
- 1952 – Cyrinda Foxe, American model (d. 2002)
- 1952 – Bill Frist, American politician
- 1952 – Albert Bryant, Jr., American Army General
- 1953 – Graham Lewis, English musician (Wire and Dome)
- 1953 – Nigel Planer, British actor
- 1955 – David Axelrod, American political consultant
- 1955 – Gordon Banks, American guitarist
- 1955 – Tim Young, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1956 – Hugh Hewitt, American religious leader
- 1957 – Willie Smits, Dutch biologist and activist
- 1959 – Jiří Čunek, Czech politician
- 1959 – Kyle MacLachlan, American actor
- 1960 – Charles Cullen, American serial killer
- 1961 – Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist (Lazy and Loudness)
- 1962 – Steve Irwin, Australian herpetologist (d. 2006)
- 1962 – Lenda Murray, American bodybuilder
- 1962 – Les Wallace, Scottish darts player
- 1963 – Donald Braswell II, American classical crossover singer
- 1963 – Devon Malcolm, English cricketer
- 1963 – Vijay Singh, Fijian golfer
- 1964 – Ed Boon, American video game programmer
- 1964 – Gigi Fernandez, Puerto Rican tennis player
- 1965 – Chris Dudley, American basketball player
- 1965 – Dean Karr, American director and photographer
- 1965 – Pat LaFontaine, American ice hockey player
- 1966 – Rachel Dratch, American actress
- 1966 – Brian Greig, Australian politician
- 1966 – Thorsten Kaye, German actor
- 1966 – Aiden Shaw, English porn actor
- 1967 – Anthony Hardwood, Hungarian-American porn actor
- 1967 – Alf Poier, Austrian comedian
- 1968 – Shawn Graham, Canadian politician
- 1968 – Bradley Nowell, American musician (Sublime) (d. 1996)
- 1968 – Elna Reinach, South African tennis player
- 1968 – Jeri Ryan, American actress
- 1968 – Jayson Williams, American basketball player
- 1969 – Joaquín Cortés, Spanish dancer
- 1969 – Thomas Jane, American actor
- 1969 – Clinton Kelly, American TV personality
- 1969 – Hans Klok, Dutch illusionist
- 1969 – Brian Laudrup, Danish footballer
- 1970 – Dominic Roussel, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1970 – Ravi Vakil, Canadian-American mathematician
- 1971 – Lea Salonga, Filipina actress and singer
- 1972 – Michael Chang, American tennis player
- 1972 – Laurence Leboucher, French cyclist
- 1972 – Claudia Pechstein, German speed skater
- 1973 – Claus Lundekvam, Norwegian footballer
- 1973 – Juninho Paulista, Brazilian footballer
- 1973 – Scott Phillips, American drummer (Creed and Alter Bridge)
- 1973 – Einar Kristian Tveitå, Norwegian athlete
- 1974 – James Blunt, English singer/songwriter
- 1974 – Chris Moyles, English radio DJ
- 1975 – Alun Armstrong, English footballer
- 1975 – Drew Barrymore, American actress
- 1976 – Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player
- 1977 – Timo Rose, German filmmaker
- 1977 – Hakan Yakin, Swiss footballer
- 1978 – Jenny Frost, British singer/presenter/model/DJ (Precious and Atomic Kitten)
- 1979 – Brett Emerton, Australian footballer
- 1979 – Lee Na-young, South Korean actress
- 1980 – Shamari Fears, American singer-songwriter and actress (Blaque)
- 1980 – Kang Sung Hoon, South Korean singer (Sechs Kies)
- 1981 – Jeanette Biedermann, German pop singer
- 1981 – Fredson Camara, Brazilian footballer
- 1982 – Jenna Haze, American porn actress
- 1982 – Dichen Lachman, Australian Actress
- 1982 – Shawntae Spencer, American football player
- 1982 – Robert Weiner, Jr., American water polo player
- 1983 – Jennifer Ketcham, American pornographic actress
- 1983 – Shaun Tait, Australian cricketer
- 1984 – Tommy Bowe, Irish rugby player
- 1984 – Branislav Ivanović, Serbian footballer
- 1984 – Giorgos Printezis, Greek basketball player
- 1985 – Hamer Bouazza, Algerian footballer
- 1985 – Sean Garballey, American politician
- 1985 – Larissa Riquelme, Paraguayan model
- 1986 – Miko Hughes, American actor
- 1986 – Rajon Rondo, American basketball player
- 1987 – Han Hyo-joo, South Korean actress and model
- 1987 – Sergio Romero, Argentine footballer
- 1988 – Jonathan Borlée, Belgian athlete
- 1988 – Kevin Borlée, Belgian athlete
- 1988 – Efraín Juárez, Mexican footballer
- 1988 – Ximena Navarrete, Mexican beauty queen, Miss Universe 2010
- 1988 – Sebastian Tyrała, Polish footballer
- 1989 – Alia Sabur, American college educator
- 1989 – Anna Sundstrand, Swedish singer (Play)
- 1989 – Franco Vázquez, Argentine footballer
- 1990 – Luca Profeta, Italian footballer
- 1992 – Alexander Merkel, German footballer
- 556 – Maximianus of Ravenna, bishop (b. 499)
- 965 – Otto, Duke of Burgundy (b. 944)
- 1071 – Arnulf III, Count of Flanders (b. c. 1055)
- 1111 – Roger Borsa, king of Sicily
- 1371 – King David II of Scotland (b. 1324)
- 1511 – Henry, Duke of Cornwall, son of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon
- 1512 – Amerigo Vespucci, Italian merchant and explorer (b. 1454)
- 1627 – Olivier van Noort, Dutch navigator (b. 1558)
- 1674 – Jean Chapelain, French writer (b. 1595)
- 1680 – Catherine Monvoisin, French sorceress (b. c. 1640)
- 1690 – Charles Le Brun, French artist (b. 1619)
- 1727 – Francesco Gasparini, Italian composer (b. 1661)
- 1731 – Frederik Ruysch, Dutch physician and anatomist (b. 1638)
- 1732 – Francis Atterbury, English bishop and man of letters (b. 1663)
- 1742 – Charles Rivington, English publisher (b. 1688)
- 1797 – Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen, German officer and adventurer (b. 1720)
- 1799 – Heshen, Qing Dynasty Chinese official (b. 1750)
- 1816 – Adam Ferguson, Scottish philosopher and historian (b. 1723)
- 1875 – Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, French painter (b. 1796)
- 1875 – Sir Charles Lyell, Scottish geologist (b. 1797)
- 1888 – Anna Kingsford, English doctor, seer and women's rights campaigner (b. 1846)
- 1890 – John Jacob Astor III, American businessman (b. 1822)
- 1890 – Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter (b. 1834)
- 1892 – Herman Koeckemann, German Catholic prelate (b. 1828)
- 1897 – Charles Blondin, French tightrope walker and acrobat (b. 1824)
- 1903 – Hugo Wolf, Austrian composer (b. 1860)
- 1904 – Leslie Stephen, English writer and critic (b. 1832)
- 1913 – Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (b. 1857)
- 1914 – Thillaiaadi Valliammai, South African activist (b. 1898)
- 1921 – Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1864)
- 1923 – Théophile Delcassé, French statesman (b. 1852)
- 1930 – William Jeremiah Tuttle, American freestyle swimmer and water polo player (b. 1882)
- 1934 – Willem Kes, Dutch conductor (b. 1856)
- 1939 – Antonio Machado, Spanish poet (b. 1875)
- 1942 – Stefan Zweig, Austrian writer (b. 1881)
- 1943 – Christoph Probst, German resistance fighter (b. 1919)
- 1943 – Hans Scholl, German resistance fighter (b. 1918)
- 1943 – Sophie Scholl, German resistance fighter (b. 1921)
- 1944 – Kasturba Gandhi,Indian Freedom Fighter, wife of Mohandas Gandhi (b. 1869)
- 1945 – Osip Brik, Russian writer (b. 1888)
- 1956 – Alexandros Svolos, Greek legal expert and politician (b. 1892)
- 1958 – Abul Kalam Azad, Indian independence movement leader (b. 1888)
- 1960 – Paul-Émile Borduas, Canadian painter (b. 1905)
- 1961 – Nick LaRocca, American jazz musician (Original Dixieland Jass Band) (b. 1889)
- 1965 – Felix Frankfurter, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1882)
- 1968 – Peter Arno, American cartoonist (b. 1904)
- 1970 – Edward Selzer American film producer (b. 1893)
- 1973 – Jean-Jacques Bertrand, Canadian politician, Premier of Quebec (b. 1916)
- 1973 – Katina Paxinou, Greek actress (b. 1900)
- 1974 – Samuel Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon (b. 1930)
- 1976 – Angela Baddeley, English actress (b. 1904)
- 1976 – Florence Ballard, American singer (The Supremes) (b. 1943)
- 1979 – Sigrid Schauman, Finnish painter (b. 1877)
- 1980 – Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian artist (b. 1886)
- 1981 – Michael Maltese, American screenwriter (b. 1908)
- 1982 – Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan (b. 1898)
- 1983 – Sir Adrian Boult, English conductor (b. 1889)
- 1983 – Romain Maes, Belgian cyclist (b. 1913)
- 1984 – David Vetter, The Boy in the Bubble (b. 1971)
- 1985 – Salvador Espriu, Spanish poet (b. 1913)
- 1985 – Alexander Scourby, American actor (b. 1913)
- 1985 – Efrem Zimbalist, Russian violinist (b. 1889)
- 1987 – Andy Warhol, American artist, director, and writer (b. 1928)
- 1989 – Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese politician, Timorese Democratic Union President (b. 1938)
- 1994 – Papa John Creach, American musician (Jefferson Airplane and The Dinosaurs) (b. 1917)
- 1995 – Ed Flanders, American actor (b. 1934)
- 1997 – Joseph Aiuppa, American gangster (b. 1907)
- 1998 – Abraham Ribicoff, American politician (b. 1910)
- 1999 – Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (b. 1964)
- 2000 – Fernando Buesa, Spanish politician (b. 1946)
- 2001 – Les Medley, English footballer (b.1920)
- 2002 – Roden Cutler, Australian diplomat and war hero (b. 1916)
- 2002 – Chuck Jones, American cartoonist (b. 1912)
- 2002 – Daniel Pearl, American journalist (b. 1963)
- 2002 – Jonas Savimbi, Angolan rebel and political leader (b. 1934)
- 2003 – Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (b. 1913)
- 2004 – Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1917)
- 2004 – Andy Seminick, American baseball player (b. 1920)
- 2005 – Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish artist (b. 1929)
- 2005 – Lee Eun Ju, Korean actress (b. 1980)
- 2005 – Simone Simon, French actress (b. 1910)
- 2006 – Atwar Bahjat, Iraqi journalist (b. 1976)
- 2006 – Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (the Kingsmen Quartet) (b. 1961)
- 2007 – George Jellicoe, English politician and Royal Navy officer (b. 1918)
- 2007 – Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1954)
- 2007 – Samuel Hinga Norman, Sierra Leonean alleged war criminal (b. 1940)
- 2007 – Howard Verne Ramsey, oldest U.S. veteran of WWI (b. 1898)
- 2008 – Henk Bruna, Dutch publisher and businessman (b. 1916)
- 2008 – Nunzio Gallo, Italian singer (b. 1928)
- 2009 – Candido Cannavò, Italian journalist (b. 1930)
- 2010 – Fred Chaffart, Belgian businessman (b. 1936)
- 2010 – Steffi Sidney, American actress (b. 1935)
- 2010 – Robin Davies, Welsh actor (b. 1954)
- 2011 – Nicholas Courtney, British actor (b. 1929)
- 2012 – Frank Carson, British Northern Irish comedian (b. 1926)
Holidays and observances
- Celebrity Day (Church of Scientology)
- Christian Feast Day:
- Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Saint Lucia from the United Kingdom in 1979.
- Washington's Birthday, celebrate George Washington's birthday on February 11, 1732. The different date is caused by the form of Julian calendar. (United States)
- World Thinking Day, for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
- Founder's Day or "B.-P. day" for the World Organization of the Scout Movement
Three British Muslim men have been found guilty of planning a string of bombings that prosecutors said could have been deadlier than the attacks on London’s transport network in 2005…Police said it was the most significant terrorist plot to be uncovered in Britain since the 2006 conspiracy to blow up transatlantic airliners using bombs in drink containers.
The sinister new racism of the Left looks awfully like the old one of the Right:
George Galloway walks out of a debate at Christ Church college at Oxford University on Wednesday. He was speaking for the motion that ‘Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank’. When the Respect MP for Bradford West learned that Eylon Aslan-Levy, a student opposing it, was an Israeli citizen, he leaves, saying ’I don’t debate with Israelis‘.
(Thanks to reader Daniel.)
Reader Erasmus has a very interesting theory:
Andrew, I think it’s possible that Kevin Rudd is telling the truth about not challenging Gillard. I suspect he may be playing a longer game.He may think that if Labor suffers a massive defeat, he may be able to take over and rebuild the party in his own image - in particular, he may be able to break the grip the union movement has over Labor. This would indeed be a huge accomplishment and would allow Labor to become a party much better suited to the times. The last few years have proven that the Hawke years were an abberation and that Labor remains a party wedded to class war and union patronage.Rudd has no love of the unions and would love to do to them what they helped do to him. And it would actually create a better party. Strange as it sounds, Rudd may be Labor’s last best hope for genuine renewal. He’s young enough and egomaniacal enough to believe he can do it and give himself a permanent and major place in Australian political history.
Add to that this consideration: Rudd is not interested in taking back the leadership simply to lead Labor to defeat in September.
That’s a lot of money just to have more time to prepare the beds and dinner:
AUSTRALIA is set to sign up for $2 billion worth of unmanned spy planes able to detect small, wooden people-smuggling boats.The Federal Government will send a letter of request for possible access to the United States Navy’s development program for a high-flying, long-range pilotless aircraft called the Triton.Once it detects a timber vessel it will be able to photograph the intruder or pass the information through secure military links to other aircraft or ships in the area.
As reader Watty puts it:
Find them, track them and then what? Turn them back? Attack them? Sink them?
Reader Stephen takes me out of my bubble:
Sitting up with the dog during a thunder storm, we are getting a bit of rain with it so am grateful for that.
This government’s intrusion into the right of adults to decide for themselves what to say or who to hire is astonishingly arrogant:
RELIGIOUS organisations running schools, health and aged-care services face losing key exemptions to Labor’s new anti-discrimination laws under recommendations that could see them sued by people who disagree with church ethos.A parliamentary inquiry has found Labor’s proposed laws need to be substantially changed, including to dump exceptions that would have allowed religious organisations to discriminate against individuals when providing services, where such discrimination would otherwise be unlawful.
(Thanks to reader CA.)
A loss of between of between 30 and 40 seats is on the cards, a slaughter of epic proportions. It would take Labor a decade to recover… The next generation of political Labor leaders, with the exception of Bill Shorten, would all be gone.You would be entitled to wonder just how much the Labor Party can take… Given that a budget must be prepared by May which must deliver $15 billion of cuts just to allow for the NDIS and the Gonski reforms, the political pain would be immense. There is a real chance that there won’t be much left of the modern Labor Party at the end of her reign....She could ditch the NDIS and Gonski legacy she has been determined to leave behind as a permanent reminder of her prime ministership. That would at least give Wayne Swan some chance of preparing a budget that won’t destroy a party he has served all his working life.Most likely though, she will hang on and try to tough it out… This would mean that the legacy Gillard leaves behind would be the near destruction of the modern Labor Party.
“The Commonwealth blaming the states and vice versa doesn’t help the problem when you’re sick,” he told a news conference.“It’s time to end the blame game between Canberra and the states on health and hospitals.”
JULIA Gillard has threatened to abandon her own landmark health reforms before the federal election, escalating a row with the conservative states as they seek more funding for public hospitals from the commonwealth.The Prime Minister ... yesterday warned the states she was prepared to scrap the two-year-old funding agreement if they continued to blame her government for cuts to services.Instead, the Gillard government has already moved to “go around” the states, rearrange their budgets and deal directly with hospitals - starting with a $107 million “rescue package” for Victorian hospitals announced yesterday. The package effectively returned health funds that were cut from the Victorian budget as part of the commonwealth’s $1.6 billion “recalibration” of funding based on new population data…
The conservative premiers were last night undeterred by the Prime Minister’s threats, vowing to keep up the campaign, as constitutional experts warned that Ms Gillard’s direct funding model might not stand up to a High Court challenge.
So much for five years of “health reform” by Rudd and Gillard. In the end, Gillard, desperate for more of the cash she’s squandered, tried to pinch some back from state health funding. And now this almighty brawl.
By caving in to Victoria and restoring $107 million of the money cut from the state’s health budget on the strength of outdated population figures, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has put the commonwealth in the firing line to return $1.6bn across four years to the states and territories. Strictly speaking, the commonwealth was right in docking the states because Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed projected population increases on which the original funding was based had not materialised. Disrupting the states’ budget processes, however, was always going to cause a political storm… The backflip is also a problem for Ms Gillard in that the agreement she signed two years ago forbids direct transfer of payments - despite it being Labor’s preferred position. The move could even be subject to a High Court challenge.
Christopher Topher, who blog readers helped to make an earlier video on the forbidden history of unpopular people, is back. This time the topic is terrible taxes.
Trade Minister Craig Emerson refused to be told there had been no global warming of any statistical significance by any measure for the past 16 years.
His ignorance and innumeracy was frightening from a senior minister in a government that imposed on us a carbon tax on the grounds that man was heating the world dangerously.
Maybe today - at last - he will listen:
THE UN’s climate change chief, Rajendra Pachauri, has acknowledged a 17-year pause in global temperature rises, confirmed recently by Britain’s Met Office, but said it would need to last “30 to 40 years at least” to break the long-term global warming trend…Dr Pachauri, the chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said ... global average temperatures had plateaued at record levels and that the halt did not disprove global warming…He said that it would be 30 to 40 years “at least” before it was possible to say that the long-term upward trend in global temperatures had been broken.
Thirty to 40 years of no warming before we can say the alarmists were wrong?
What utter nonsense, since so many alarming IPCC projections were for dangerous warming by 2050. For instance:
The IPCC draft report forecasts temperature increases of 0.8- 3.9 degrees by 2050 and a 20 percent reduction in rainfall. Water flows in the crucial Murray Darling basin could fall by as much as 35 per cent by 2050.This would cause a loss of up to 30 percent in Australia’s agricultural economy, it says. A reduction of another six to 23 percent is expected in the agricultural economy of the Macquarie River Basin. Losses are predicted in beef, wool, wheat and cotton.
GLOBAL warming is made worse by man-made pollution and even optimistic projections suggest that the Earth will warm by a dangerous 3 degrees by 2050, according to a draft report by the world’s leading climate scientists. The increase will be the biggest in 20,000 years and is likely to cause drought, famine and mass extinction, scientists said.The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has confirmed that humans are the main force behind warming and that further temperature increases are in store even if emissions are curtailed.
In fact, two years ago we were told just 17 years of no warming would be enough to question the global warming theory:
The hiatus was not unexpected. Variability in the climate can suppress rising temperatures temporarily, though before this decade scientists were uncertain how long such pauses could last. In any case, one decade is not long enough to say anything about human effects on climate; as one forthcoming paper lays out, 17 years is required.
There seems to be an awful lot of goal-post shifting and denial going on.
But one person who can no longer deny is Craig Emerson. He should apologise for and retract his false claim that I was wrong to say there had been no warming for 16 years.
Meet John Doe (1941)
- Complete Movie -
Meet John Doe is a 1941 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. The film is about a "grassroots" political campaign created unwittingly by a newspaper columnist and pursued by a wealthy businessman. It became a box office hit and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story
Here is a cut-out of a recent article from the Bankstown-Canterbury Torch about the campaign in Banks.
This cartoon was created before Virender Sehwag dropped a sitter at slip today.http://es.pn/SehwagGlasses
HEAVEN — at Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café.
I am amused when others complain about what topics I choose to post about on my own FB page. I wonder if they are as adamant with others. "Don't post about your stamp collection. I really don't like stamps, and it's inconsiderate."
Take issue with my opinion if you like, but please, friends, don't tell me what I can and can't post on my own page. - George Takei
Ammo Prices Have Risen Up to 145% in Some Places. Who would have thought you'd get a better return on ammo than the stock market?http://cnsnews.com/blog/
Hey guys don't forget to come and support jfc at the freedom plaza tommorow.
- jfc youth peformance
- redeemedfour (afternoon)
- cabaramatta high african girls/boys dancing and drumming (morning)
- Samoan dancing
And many more!!
Don't forget 9am-6pm come anytime, bring your family and friends!! ❤
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Alarmists on the attack!
Global warming alarmists are attacking the integrity of scientists, desperately seeking to minimize the damage presented by a recent survey of geoscientists and engineers regarding global warming.
A recent survey of more than 1,000 geoscientists (commonly known as earth scientists) and engineers reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies found that only 36 percent agree with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assertion that humans are causing a serious global warming problem. By contrast, a majority of scientists in the survey believe that nature is the primary cause of recent global warming and/or that future global warming will not be a very serious problem.
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Christchurch is beautiful
A Subway Sub one foot long is about $12, A Big Mac is $6. A litre of petrol is $1.45. A New Balance walking shoe costs $200. A cheap house in Sydney is about $350k. Does our minimum wage really seem appealing? - ed
Arthur Schopenhauer -
- All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
When the Pharisees brought the woman caught in adultery to Jesus, they quoted the law to Him, saying, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” (John 8:4–5).
They thought that they had succeeded in trapping Jesus because if He told them to stone her, then they would accuse Him of not demonstrating the forgiveness and grace that He had been preaching about. If He were to say that they should not stone her, then they would accuse Him of breaking the law of Moses and bring a charge against Him.
Now, adultery is a sin, and Jesus had every right to say, “Stone her!” But knowing that He would soon hang on the cross and pay for the woman’s sin in His own body, Jesus was able to uphold the perfect standard of the law, love the sinner and silence her accusers.
And He did all three in style, with just one sentence—“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first” (John 8:7).
Demonstrating His infinite wisdom and grace, Jesus simply challenged the person who was perfect before the law to cast the first stone. Pricked by their conscience, the Pharisees who had come to ensnare Jesus began to walk away one by one, completely silenced.
Beloved, 1 Corinthians 1:30 tells us that Jesus “became for us wisdom from God,” and because you are in Him, the same wisdom that Jesus has is available to you! Begin to see yourself in Christ, who is always flowing with divine wisdom, always in control, and the same wisdom that flows in Him will flow in and through you. Depend on Jesus’ wisdom to succeed and you will see whatever you do prosper.
While others live life worried about their future and watching their own backs, you can live life trusting in God’s undeserved and unreserved favor to open doors, protect and provide abundantly for you every day!