Happy birthday and many happy returns David Dung Trieuand Benjamin Legrand. Born on the same day, across the years. Remember, birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
- 1169 – A strong earthquake struck the eastern coast of Sicily, causing an estimated 15,000 deaths.
- 1859 – German scholar Constantin von Tischendorf (pictured) rediscovered the Codex Sinaiticus, a 4th century uncial manuscript of theGreek Bible, in Saint Catherine's Monastery at the foot ofMount Sinai in Egypt.
- 1974 – American newspaper heiress and socialite Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, which she later joined in one of the most well-known cases ofStockholm syndrome.
- 2002 – Cancer Research UK, the world's largest independentcancer research charity, was formed from the merger of two competing cancer charities.
- 2006 – A stampede at the PhilSports Stadium in Pasig City,Metro Manila in the Philippines, killed 78 people and injured about 400.
- 211 – Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies at Eboracum (modern York, England) while preparing to lead a campaign against the Caledonians.He leaves the empire in the control of his two quarrelling sons.
- 960 – The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries.
- 1169 – A strong earthquake struck the Ionian coast of Sicily, causing tens of thousands of injuries and deaths, especially in Catania.
- 1454 – In the Thirteen Years' War, the Secret Council of the Prussian Confederation sends a formal act of disobedience to the Grand Master.
- 1703 – In Edo (now Tokyo), 46 of the Forty-seven Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master's death.
- 1789 – George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
- 1794 – The French legislature abolishes slavery throughout all territories of the French Republic.
- 1797 – The Riobamba earthquake strikes Ecuador, causing up to 40,000 casualties.
- 1801 – John Marshall is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.
- 1810 – The Royal Navy seizes Guadeloupe.
- 1820 – The Chilean Navy under the command of Lord Cochrane completes the 2 day long Capture of Valdivia with just 300 men and 2 ships.
- 1825 – The Ohio Legislature authorizes the construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Miami and Erie Canal.
- 1846 – The first Mormon pioneers make their exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, westward towards Utah Territory.
- 1859 – The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt.
- 1861 – American Civil War: In Montgomery, Alabama, delegates from six break-away U.S. states meet and form the Confederate States of America.
- 1899 – The Philippine-American War begins with the Battle of Manila.
- 1932 – Second Sino-Japanese War: Harbin, Manchuria, falls to Japan.
- 1936 – Radium becomes the first radioactive element to be made synthetically.
- 1941 – The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops.
- 1945 – World War II: The Yalta Conference between the "Big Three" (Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin) opens at the Livadia Palace in the Crimea.
- 1945 – World War II: The British Indian Army and Imperial Japanese Army begin a series of battles known as the Battle of Pokoku and Irrawaddy River operations.
- 1948 – Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) becomes independent within the British Commonwealth.
- 1966 – All Nippon Airways Flight 60 plunges into Tokyo Bay, killing 133.
- 1967 – Lunar Orbiter program: Lunar Orbiter 3 lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 on its mission to identify possible landing sites for theSurveyor and Apollo spacecraft.
- 1969 – Yasser Arafat takes over as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
- 1974 – The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps Patty Hearst in Berkeley, California.
- 1974 – M62 coach bombing: The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) explodes a bomb on a bus carrying off-duty British Armed Forces personnel in Yorkshire, England. Nine soldiers and three civilians are killed.
- 1975 – Haicheng earthquake (magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale) occurs in Haicheng, Liaoning, China.
- 1976 – In Guatemala and Honduras an earthquake kills more than 22,000.
- 1976 – The 1976 Winter Olympics opens in Innsbruck, Austria.
- 1977 – A Chicago Transit Authority elevated train rear-ends another and derails, killing 11 and injuring 180, the worst accident in the agency's history.
- 1980 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini names Abolhassan Banisadr as president of Iran.
- 1992 – A coup d'état is led by Hugo Chávez against Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez.
- 1996 – Major snowstorm paralyzes Midwestern United States, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and ties all-time record low temperature at -26°F (-32.2°C)
- 1997 – En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collide in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel killing 73.
- 1997 – After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.
- 1998 – An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
- 1999 – Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city.
- 1999 – The New Carissa runs aground near Coos Bay, Oregon.
- 2000 – German extortionist Klaus-Peter Sabotta is jailed for life for attempted murder and extortion in connection with the sabotage of German railwaylines.
- 2002 – Cancer Research UK, the world's largest independent cancer research charity, is founded.
- 2003 – The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.
- 2004 – Facebook, a mainstream online social networking site, is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
- 2006 – A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71.
- 2008 – The London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) scheme begins to operate in the UK.
- 2010 – The Federal Court of Australia's ruling in Roadshow Films v iiNet sets a precedent that Internet service providers (ISPs) are not responsible for what their users do with the services the ISPs provide them.
- 1505 – Nicolaus Rey, Polish poet (d. 1580)
- 1575 – Pierre de Bérulle, French cardinal (d. 1629)
- 1620 – Gustaf Bonde, Swedish statesman (d. 1667)
- 1639 – Alessandro Melani, Italian composer (d. 1703)
- 1646 – Hans Erasmus Aßmann, Freiherr von Abschatz, German statesman (d. 1699)
- 1676 – Giacomo Facco, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1753)
- 1677 – Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (d. 1731)
- 1688 – Pierre de Marivaux, French writer (d. 1763)
- 1725 – Dru Drury, English entomologist (d. 1804)
- 1740 – Carl Michael Bellman, Swedish poet and composer (d. 1795)
- 1746 – Tadeusz Kościuszko, Russian-born military leader (d. 1817)
- 1751 – Blas de Laserna, Spanish composer (d. 1816)
- 1778 – A. P. de Candolle, Swiss botanist (d. 1841)
- 1799 – Almeida Garrett, Portuguese writer (d. 1854)
- 1808 – Josef Kajetán Tyl, Czech playwright (d. 1856)
- 1831 – Oliver Ames, American politician (d. 1895)
- 1846 – Nikolay Umov, Russian physicist (d. 1915)
- 1848 – Jean Aicard, French poet (d. 1921)
- 1849 – Jean Richepin, French poet (d. 1926)
- 1859 – Timofei Mikhailov, Russian revolutionary (d. 1881)
- 1865 – Abe Isoo, Japanese politician (d. 1949)
- 1870 – Constant van Langhendonck, Belgian horse rider (d. 1944)
- 1871 – Friedrich Ebert, German politician (d. 1925)
- 1872 – Gotse Delchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1903)
- 1873 – Étienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (d. 1905)
- 1875 – Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (d. 1953)
- 1877 – Eddie Cochems, American football player (d. 1953)
- 1880 – Paul Lotsij, Dutch rower (d. 1910)
- 1881 – Fernand Léger, French painter (d. 1955)
- 1883 – Jakob Sildnik, Estonian photographer and filmmaker (d. 1973)
- 1887 – Anna Hedvig Büll, Baltic German missionary (d. 1981)
- 1891 – Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Ayyangar, Indian politician (d. 1978)
- 1892 – Andreu Nin, Catalan politician (d. 1937)
- 1892 – E. J. Pratt, Canadian poet (d. 1964)
- 1895 – Nigel Bruce, English actor (d. 1953)
- 1896 – Friedrich Glauser, Swiss writer (d. 1938)
- 1896 – Friedrich Hund, German physicist (d. 1997)
- 1897 – Ludwig Erhard, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1977)
- 1900 – Jacques Prévert, French poet and lyricist (d. 1977)
- 1902 – Charles Lindbergh, American pilot and activist (d. 1974)
- 1902 – Hartley Shawcross, British lawyer and politician (d. 2003)
- 1904 – MacKinlay Kantor, American writer (d. 1977)
- 1905 – Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (d. 1986)
- 1906 – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian (d. 1945)
- 1906 – Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer (d. 1997)
- 1908 – Julian Bell, British poet (d. 1937)
- 1912 – Ola Skjåk Bræk, Norwegian politician (d. 1999)
- 1912 – Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian conductor (d. 1993)
- 1912 – Byron Nelson, American golfer (d. 2006)
- 1912 – Louis-Albert Vachon, Canadian archbishop (d. 2006)
- 1913 – Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist (d. 2005)
- 1914 – Alfred Andersch, German writer (d. 1980)
- 1915 – Ray Evans, American songwriter (d. 2007)
- 1915 – William Talman, American actor (d. 1968)
- 1915 – Sir Norman Wisdom, English actor and comedian (d. 2010)
- 1917 – Yahya Khan, President of Pakistan (d. 1980)
- 1918 – Porky Chedwick, American radio personality
- 1918 – Ida Lupino, English film actress and director (d. 1995)
- 1918 – Luigi Pareyson, Italian philosopher (d. 1991)
- 1921 – Betty Friedan, American feminist (d. 2006)
- 1921 – Lotfi Asker Zadeh, Soviet-born mathematician and computer scientist
- 1922 – Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian classical singer (d. 2011)
- 1923 – Conrad Bain, Canadian-born actor (d. 2013)
- 1923 – Bonar Bain, Canadian-born actor
- 1923 – Joan Vollmer, American beatnik (d. 1951)
- 1923 – James Dibble, Australian television presenter and newsreader (d. 2010)
- 1924 – Janet Waldo, American Actress
- 1925 – Russell Hoban, American writer (d. 2011)
- 1925 – Gerald Sim, English actor
- 1926 – Roger Blais, Canadian engineer and academic (d. 2009)
- 1927 – Rolf Landauer, American physicist and engineer (d. 1999)
- 1929 – Jerry Adler, American actor
- 1929 – Julien Chouinard, Canadian civil servant (d. 1987)
- 1929 – Eduard Zimmermann, German journalist and security expert (d. 2009)
- 1930 – Tibor Antalpéter, Hungarian volleyball player and diplomat (d. 2012)
- 1931 – Isabel Martínez de Perón, President of Argentina
- 1935 – Martti Talvela, Finnish bass (d. 1989)
- 1935 – Ali Nassirian, Iranian film and theater actor
- 1936 – David Brenner, American comedian
- 1936 – Gary Conway, American actor
- 1936 – Claude Nobs, Swiss businessman, founded the Montreux Jazz Festival (d. 2013)
- 1937 – David Newman, American filmmaker (d. 2003)
- 1938 – Donald W. Riegle, Jr., American Senator
- 1940 – George A. Romero, American director and producer
- 1938 – Birju Maharaj. Indian Katthak Dancer
- 1940 – Michelle Rossignol, Canadian actress
- 1940 – John Schuck, American actor
- 1941 – John Steel, British musician (The Animals)
- 1941 – Jiří Raška, Czech ski jumper (d. 2012)
- 1943 – Alberto João Jardim, Portuguese politician
- 1943 – Wanda Rutkiewicz, Polish mountaineer (d. 1992)
- 1943 – Ken Thompson, American computer scientist
- 1944 – Florence LaRue, American singer (The 5th Dimension)
- 1947 – Dennis C. Blair, American admiral and intelligence official
- 1947 – Dan Quayle, Vice President of the United States
- 1948 – Alice Cooper, American musician
- 1948 – Mienoumi Tsuyoshi, Japanese sumo wrestler
- 1949 – Michael Beck, American actor
- 1949 – Rasim Delic, Bosnian general and war criminal (d. 2010)
- 1950 – Pamela Franklin, British actress
- 1951 – Patrick Bergin, Irish actor
- 1951 – Phil Ehart, American musician (Kansas)
- 1951 – Dariush Eghbali, Iranian singer and musician
- 1951 – Stan Papi, American baseball player
- 1952 – Lisa Eichhorn, American actress
- 1952 – Bolesław Proch, Polish motorcycle racer (d. 2012)
- 1952 – Jerry Shirley, Drummer (Humble Pie)
- 1952 – Li Yinhe, Chinese sexologist
- 1953 – Kitaro, Japanese composer
- 1955 – Mikuláš Dzurinda, Slovak Prime Minister
- 1957 – Don Davis, American composer
- 1957 – Evan Wolfson, American attorney and activist
- 1958 – Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer
- 1959 – Pamelyn Ferdin, American actress
- 1959 – Christian Schreier, German footballer
- 1959 – Lawrence Taylor, American football player
- 1960 – Tim Booth, British singer (James)
- 1960 – Mark Dawson, British-born American entertainment manager
- 1960 – Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish author (d. 2007)
- 1960 – Jenette Goldstein, American actress
- 1960 – Jonathan Larson, American composer (d. 1996)
- 1960 – Dave Pichette, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1961 – Stewart O'Nan, American author
- 1961 – Denis Savard, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1962 – Clint Black, American musician
- 1962 – Michael Riley, Canadian actor
- 1962 – Alfred Twardecki, Polish historian
- 1963 – Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss skier
- 1964 – Noodles, American guitarist (The Offspring)
- 1965 – Jerome Brown, American football player (d. 1992)
- 1966 – Viatcheslav Ekimov, Russian cyclist
- 1966 – Kyōko Koizumi, Japanese actress and singer
- 1967 – Sergei Grinkov, Russian figure skater (d. 1995)
- 1968 – Marko Matvere, Estonian actor
- 1969 – Duncan Coutts, Canadian bassist (Our Lady Peace)
- 1969 – Dallas Drake, ice hockey player
- 1969 – Brandy Ledford, American actress and model
- 1970 – Gabrielle Anwar, English actress
- 1971 – Rob Corddry, American actor and comedian
- 1971 – Michael A. Goorjian, American actor
- 1972 – Dara Ó Briain, Irish comedian
- 1972 – Giovanni Silva De Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
- 1973 – Oscar de la Hoya, Mexican-American boxer
- 1973 – Manny Legacé, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
- 1974 – Mijntje Donners, Dutch hockey international
- 1974 – Urmila Matondkar, Indian actress
- 1975 – Natalie Imbruglia, Australian musician and actress
- 1975 – Thomas Tebbich, Austrian decathlete
- 1976 – Cam'ron, American rapper (The Diplomats, The U.N.)
- 1977 – Gavin DeGraw, American singer-songwriter
- 1977 – Mitra Hajjar, Iranian actress
- 1978 – Danna Garcia, Colombian actress
- 1978 – Ömer Onan, Turkish basketball player
- 1979 – Andrei Arlovski, Belarussian mixed martial artist
- 1979 – Giorgio Pantano, Italian racing car driver
- 1981 – Allen Forrest, American musician and producer
- 1981 – Ben Hendrickson, American baseball player
- 1981 – Jason Kapono, America basketball player
- 1981 – Tom Mastny, Indonesian baseball player
- 1981 – Johan Van Summeren, Belgian cyclist
- 1982 – Chris Sabin, American wrestler
- 1982 – Tomas Vaitkus, Lithuanian road racing cyclist
- 1982 – Kimberly Wyatt, American singer and dancer (Pussycat Dolls)
- 1983 – Lee Stempniak, American ice hockey player
- 1983 – Jarrad Waite, Australian rules footballer
- 1984 – Mauricio Pinilla, Chilean footballer
- 1985 – Bug Hall, American actor
- 1986 – Asif Ali, Indian film actor
- 1986 – Mohammad Mahmudullah, Bangladeshi cricketer
- 1987 – Lucie Šafářová, Czech tennis player
- 1987 – Darren O'Dea, Irish footballer
- 1988 – Rizana Nafeek, Sri Lankan judicial murder victim (d. 2013)
- 1988 – Carly Patterson, American gymnast
- 1990 – Haruka Tomatsu, Japanese voice actress and singer (Sphere)
- 211 – Septimius Severus, Roman emperor (b. 145)
- 708 – Pope Sisinnius
- 856 – Rabanus Maurus, Bishop of Mainz (b. c. 780)
- 869 – Saint Cyril, Greek missionary (b. 827)
- 1508 – Conrad Celtes, German humanist scholar (b. 1459)
- 1590 – Gioseffo Zarlino, Italian composer (b. 1517)
- 1615 – Giovanni Battista della Porta, Italian polymath and playwright (b. 1535)
- 1615 – Dom Justo Takayama, Japanese warlord (b. 1552)
- 1617 – Louis Elsevier, Dutch publisher (b. 1546)
- 1694 – Nataliya Kyrillovna Naryshkina, Russian noble (b. 1651)
- 1713 – Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician (b. 1671)
- 1774 – Charles Marie de La Condamine, French mathematician and geographer (b. 1701)
- 1799 – Étienne-Louis Boullée, French architect (b. 1728)
- 1781 – Josef Mysliveček, Czech composer (b. 1737)
- 1843 – Theodoros Kolokotronis, Greek general (b. 1770)
- 1894 – Adolphe Sax, Belgian instrument maker (b. 1814)
- 1905 – Louis-Ernest Barrias, French sculptor (b. 1841)
- 1912 – Franz Reichelt, Austrian inventor (b. 1800's)
- 1928 – Hendrik Lorentz, Dutch physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1853)
- 1933 – Archibald Sayce, English educator (b. 1846)
- 1935 – J. Henry Birtles, British rugby player (b. 1874)
- 1936 – Wilhelm Gustloff, German Nazi party leader (b. 1895)
- 1940 – Nikolai Yezhov, Soviet secret police official (b. 1895)
- 1943 – Frank Calder, English-born Canadian ice hockey executive (b. 1877)
- 1944 – Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
- 1944 – Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (b. 1872)
- 1953 – Antonio Conte, Italian fencer (b. 1867)
- 1958 – Henry Kuttner, American author (b. 1915)
- 1959 – Una O'Connor, Irish actress (b. 1880)
- 1966 – Gilbert H. Grosvenor, Turkish-born magazine editor (b. 1875)
- 1967 – Albert Orsborn, American Salvation Army general (b. 1886)
- 1968 – Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)
- 1974 – Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist (b. 1894)
- 1975 – Howard Hill, American archer (b. 1899)
- 1975 – Louis Jordan, American musician (b. 1908)
- 1977 – Brett Halliday, American writer (b. 1904)
- 1982 – Alex Harvey, Scottish musician (b. 1935)
- 1982 – Georg Konrad Morgen, German judge (b. 1909)
- 1983 – Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer (The Carpenters) (b. 1950)
- 1987 – Meena Keshwar Kamal, Afghani activist (b. 1956)
- 1987 – Liberace, American musician (b. 1919)
- 1987 – Carl Rogers, American psychologist (b. 1902)
- 1990 – Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian wrestler (b. 1917)
- 1992 – Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish model (b. 1911)
- 1993 – Connie Saylor, American race car driver (b. 1940)
- 1994 – Jane Arbor, British writer (b. 1903)
- 1994 – Fred De Bruyne, Belgian cyclist (b. 1930)
- 1995 – Godfrey Brown, British athlete and teacher (b. 1915)
- 1995 – Patricia Highsmith, American author (b. 1921)
- 2000 – Carl Albert, American politician (b. 1908)
- 2000 – Doris Coley, American singer (Shirelles) (b. 1941)
- 2000 – Phil Tonken, American radio and TV announcer (b. 1919)
- 2001 – J. J. Johnson, American musician and composer (b. 1924)
- 2001 – Pankaj Roy, Indian cricketer (b. 1928)
- 2001 – Iannis Xenakis, Greek composer and architect (b. 1922)
- 2002 – George Nader, American film and TV actor (b. 1921)
- 2002 – Prince Sigvard, Duke of Uppland (b. 1907)
- 2003 – Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
- 2003 – Benyoucef Ben Khedda, Algerian politician (b. 1920)
- 2003 – André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
- 2005 – Ossie Davis, American actor, activist (b. 1917)
- 2006 – Betty Friedan, American feminist (b. 1921)
- 2006 – Myron Waldman, American animator (b. 1908)
- 2007 – Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
- 2007 – José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian footballer (b. 1925)
- 2007 – Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (b. 1959)
- 2007 – Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (b. 1934)
- 2007 – Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-born American artist (b. 1922)
- 2008 – Stefan Meller, Polish politician (b. 1942)
- 2009 – Lux Interior, American musician (The Cramps) (b. 1946)
- 2010 – Kostas Axelos, Greek philosopher (b. 1924)
- 2010 – Helen Tobias-Duesberg, Estonian-born American composer (b. 1919)
- 2011 – Woodie Fryman, American baseball pitcher (b. 1940)
- 2011 – Martial Célestin, Prime Minister of Haiti (b. 1913)
- 2012 – Florence Green, British, last surviving veteran of World War I (b. 1901)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Day of the Armed Struggle (Angola)
- Earliest day on which Ash Wednesday can fall, while March 10 is the latest; celebrated on the first day of Lent. (Christianity)
- Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Sri Lanka from the United Kingdom in 1948.
- Rosa Parks Day (United States) (see December 1)
- World Cancer Day (International)
A weak excuse is offered for Julia Gillard’s announcement of two resignations on Saturday. She was too weak to even risk a no-hope challenge by Rudd-supporting Kim Carr against Gillard-supporting Steve Conroy:
JULIA GILLARD chose to announce the resignation of two senior ministers just days after naming the date of the federal election, in part to stop a battle over the top Senate job becoming a proxy for still simmering leadership tensions.
Senior government sources said that announcing the resignations of Nicola Roxon and Chris Evans earlier would have risked a protracted factional fight over Senator Evans’s replacement as leader of the government in the Senate.Ms Gillard’s strategists were particularly concerned about a ballot possibly pitting Gillard backer Stephen Conroy, who now appears set to take the job unopposed in a caucus vote on Monday, against the Rudd supporter Kim Carr.
It was the timing, rather than the content, of Ms Gillard’s ministerial reshuffle that drew criticism even from some of the Prime Minister’s supporters, many of whom thought that with plenty of warning about the resignations she should have announced them before naming the election date seven months early.
Not much in that explanation seems convincing. So if it really is what motivated Gillard, heaven help Labor.
Most voters didn’t accept even Gillard’s first explanation for calling the election date, according to Galaxy:
Re-enforcing the view that the PM has a significant battle ahead of her to restore trust with the community, 53 per cent of voters said they didn’t believe her explanation. Only 41 per cent accepted the PM’s claims.
Gillard’s word really doesn’t count for much.
Signs of panic from Gillard:
JULIA Gillard has accused her own MPs of trying to destroy her Government from within as she addressed a shattered caucus ahead of the resumption of Parliament tomorrow.
A source inside the caucus told The Daily Telegraph that the PM said she was aware that MPs had been leaking to journalists with the intention of backgrounding against the Government.In a clear sign that Ms Gillard and her backers are concerned about another challenge being mounted against her leadership, the PM said that marginal seat MPs would be the only ones to suffer from the continuous leaking.
While talk of Kevin Rudd has been revived following today’s disastrous poll results, the former PM was a noticeable absence from the meeting. Mr Rudd was said to be unwell.
Chris Uhlman on 7.30 confirms the attack by Gillard on white-anting Labor MPs. Nicolo Roxon says Gillard was really just giving a “pep talk” and reminding MPs to “pull together”.
Gillard, desperate to show the government at work rather than at each other’s throats, invites TV cameras into Cabinet to show her making decisions.
7.30 host Leigh Sales to Nicola Roxon, who quit as Attorney-General:
How has Labor so comprehensively botched things?
(Thanks to Waxing Gibberish.)
Repeat offender Bob Brown and a Greens candidate blame coal exports for Queensland’s floods and demand the $40 billion a year export industry be restricted:
Former Greens leader Bob Brown joined Queensland Greens’ federal election candidates in Brisbane today to demand a stop to the state’s massive coal export expansion.
Dr Brown said coal was a major contributor to global warming that eminent scientists around the world (see http://www.foe.org.au/articles/2013-01-14/lets-talk-about-coal ) were blaming on extreme weather events like those Queenslanders faced this week and two years ago.He joined the Queensland Greens lead Senate candidate, Adam Stone and candidate for the seat of Brisbane, Rachael Jacobs to highlight the need for drastic action to avoid more human suffering in the quest for the mighty dollar.
Mr Stone said coal was Australia’s biggest contributor to climate change and Queenslanders were suffering its impacts now.
Brown,Jacobs and Stone should demonstrate what difference stopping further coal exports will make to global temperatures and what difference that in turn will make to floods in Australia - floods which have in fact been a permanent feature of our climate. They should then show us how any damage then averted outweighs the damage done by crippling a massive industry that provides jobs and wealth.
But I guess that’s too brain-hurting for a Green…
So is looking up the records to see if global warming (which has paused for more than a decade) can actually be said to have made Queensland floods worse. In fact, Bureau of Meteorology data suggest no increase in floods for Brisbane:
Yes, there is seems a small increase in Queensland rainfall, but I doubt farmers would complain:
Has Brown explained to farmers that he has a plan for less rain?
(Thanks to reader anon. No link to Greens press release.)
Remember when the polar bear was the symbol of the global warming movement?
My humble plan was to become a hero of the environmental movement. I was going to go up to the Canadian Arctic, I was going to write this mournful elegy for the polar bears, at which point I’d be hailed as the next coming of John Muir and borne aloft on the shoulders of my environmental compatriots ...
So when I got up there, I started realizing polar bears were not in as bad a shape as the conventional wisdom had led me to believe, which was actually very heartening, but didn’t fit well with the book I’d been planning to write…
There are far more polar bears alive today than there were 40 years ago. ... In 1973, there was a global hunting ban. So once hunting was dramatically reduced, the population exploded. This is not to say that global warming is not real or is not a problem for the polar bears. But polar bear populations are large, and the truth is that we can’t look at it as a monolithic population that is all going one way or another.
Unger still worries about bears and warming, but he describes some of the outrageous scaremongering he came across here. An example:
Rocky was referring to a series of reports, sprawling over more than 400 pages, that [bear researcher Steven] Amstrup had written for the U.S. Geological Survey. One single factoid had been catnip to the press, reported and re-reported in every media outlet on Earth. One typical headline read “Scientists: Most Polar Bears Dead by 2050.” ...
AROUND THAT TIME, polar bears transitioned from being merely interesting to being the subject of an outright frenzy. Al Gore’s movie, a re-creation of his favorite moments on PowerPoint, had its most dramatic moment with an animation of a drowning polar bear.... up to that point, no species had been put on the Endangered Species list as a result of climate change.... Until finally, in May 2008, [President George Bush’s Interior secretary, Dirk] Kempthorne… launched into his press conference. “Today I am listing the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.” ...I wondered how many people on the tourist buses that roll across the tundra around Churchill knew that polar bears were probably doing better today than 30 years earlier. ..And then ... I was granted a sudden audience with Steven Amstrup…I figured the best place to start was with what had led me—and everyone else—to the story in the first place: cannibalism. Amstrup’s paper had hit the world like a hammer. The idea that bears were so hungry that they were devouring each other was too horrifying to ignore.And yet the intense focus on this single story bothered me… It was only a frozen moment, an anecdote…[Amstrup] looked me over coolly and said, “The important thing with regard to those sorts of snapshots is—are they consistent with what we might expect to see in a changing environment where the animals are becoming nutritionally stressed?…“There’s no way that you could put your finger on it and say, ‘Well, that’s the fingerprint of climate change, or that’s caused by global warming.’ It happened that the sorts of observations that are reported in that paper were things we hadn’t seen before… That doesn’t mean that they never happened before...,” he continued…
When I asked whether he was bothered by how the media used his findings, Amstrup’s response was pitch-perfect. “Scientific credibility suffers because of that,” he said. “The point is that you have to present it in a careful fashion and if the media takes it and embellishes it and spectacularizes it, then you lose the scientific connection … “But what went furthest toward restoring my faith was that Amstrup never used the word zero.... When I asked Amstrup point blank whether the polar bears would go extinct, he was quick to demur. The consensus was that for a long time there would be ice somewhere in the high Arctic. And where there is ice, there will be bears.... “There are likely to be small pockets of bears,” Amstrup said…Which is why I was so surprised to see Amstrup… on TV the next day.... I was shocked ... The anchorman assumed his most portentous voice, describing a bleak tableau of starving polar bears, despite the fact that this had been a relatively fat year. “They’re under stress,” he said, his voice heavy, before turning to “Dr. Steven Amstrup,” who has “joined me on our Tundra Buggy to explain the evidence behind the decision to list the polar bear as threatened. Evidence like cannibalism.”Cut to Amstrup… “Large adult males that were clearly stalking, killing, and eating other bears,” he said. “...That sort of thing we just hadn’t seen in all the years I’d been there.”Wait a second. Hadn’t Amstrup just finished telling me that the cannibalism thing was getting too much play by a bloodthirsty media? ...
Amstrup continued: “The projections that we developed last year ... suggest that polar bears are going to be absent from the Beaufort Sea of Alaska by the middle of this century.” Absent. There it was: the zero… Nothing was said [on the TV show] about the subpopulations of polar bears that were holding steady or increasing.
Polar bear numbers as estimated in 2009 by the Polar Bear Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission: 20,000 - 25,000.Polar bear numbers as estimated in 2012 by the Polar Bear Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission: 22,600 - 32,100.
(Thanks to reader Michael.)
Michelle Grattan is leaving The Age:
Press gallery stalwart Michelle Grattan is joining the University of Canberra as a professorial fellow.
She will take on a diverse role which will include teaching and research projects in politics and political communication, lecturing, public commentary and strategic advice.It is understood Grattan has told colleagues that she is in talks with management about when she will leave Fairfax to begin her new job.
According to a statement issued by the university, Grattan will continue as a practising journalist, joining The Conversation as Associate Editor (Politics) and Chief Political Correspondent and commenting in radio and television, alongside her academic role.
I do not doubt Grattan is a good appointment for the University of Canberra, but note only that it’s far, far easier for Leftist journalists to find a home in academia than for conservative or Right-wing ones. Will students be offered a balance?
Second, the Conversation is a taxpayer-funded site in direct competition with the Fairfax ones. With the taxpayer-funded ABC websites also cannibalising Fairfax, we are likely to see the private-sector media - especially on the Left - subsumed by state-patronised media.
I do not think this healthy.
Greens will celebrate. Other Australians will be poorer:
THE Gillard government has bowed to pressure from environmental groups by moving to restrict the oil and gas industry’s activities near the Rowley Shoals, a spectacular marine area off Western Australia’s Kimberley coast…
It is the third time in recent weeks the government has blocked oil and gas exploration in environmentally sensitive areas.Environment Minister Tony Burke stopped US energy giant Apache from conducting seismic surveys near the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef off the West Australian coast last month and ordered a delay to oil exploration by Canadian-owned Bight Petroleum near Kangaroo Island, off the South Australian coast…
The chief executive of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, David Byers, said the industry had safely conducted exploration activities off WA for more than four decades and the region underpinned Australia’s energy and economic security.
How many people snorkel at Rowley Shoals anyway?
Labor hired Professor Ross Garnaut to help draw up its carbon dioxide trading system.
Now even Garnaut admits carbon trading systems overseas - to which the Gillard Government has linked us - have crashed so badly that they are next to useless:
We should acknowledge that trade in emissions entitlements has struck some large practical problems. Within the European emissions trading system, the many regulatory and fiscal interventions are forcing much larger reductions in emissions than carbon pricing. These together with slow growth in economic activity and the realisation of unexpected opportunities for low-cost abatement have caused permit prices to fall to levels that are well below the economic cost of emissions and the value of abatement.
The low prices raise questions about the effectiveness of the emissions trading system… Low European and CDM [Clean Development Mechanism] prices would, if uncorrected, introduce low prices into other emissions trading systems with which Europe is linked, notably Australia from 2015. Already New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme has prices close to zero…
The contemporary problems of uneconomically low prices in domestic and international trading schemes can therefore be seen as a threat to achievement of long term global mitigation goals.
And how will the Government be able to pay for compensation pegged at $23 a tonne when the tax to raise that cash actually falls to, say, $10?
(Thanks to reader John.)
Weather is not climate - something many alarmists forgot when reporting a heat wave and fires last month.
For those people, this news from Britain:
TRAVELLERS are being warned to brace themselves for snowy weather across much of the country with 15 metre waves off the north coast as forecasters predicted this could be the coldest February in almost 30 years.
In the US:
WGN-TV Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling says today marks the coldest February open in Chicago in 17 years.
In India last month:
Delhiites on Wednesday shivered under intense cold as the national capital recorded its coldest day in 44 years.
In Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald this morning urges sceptics not to gloat:
SYDNEY may have shivered through its coolest February weekend in 19 years but it won’t be long before the mercury jumps back above normal.
That last was from the paper’s “carbon economy editor”, who last week pounced on a spell of hot weather to talk climate change:
Nationwide, the January average maximum temperature anomaly was 2.28 degrees, “a substantial increase” on the previous record of 2.17 degrees set in 1932…
Some climate change signals are clearer than others, and there is no reason to ignore the direction most indicators are clearly pointed, said Andrew Ash, director of the climate adaptation flagship at the CSIRO.
Nick Cater says education - note: not wisdom or even intelligence - is the new class division, and one that defines Labor’s battle with the Greens:
According to the latest census, almost 2500 residents in Fitzroy North, in the Greens-held seat of Melbourne, studied humanities or creative arts after leaving school. That is handy if you want to nip next door to borrow a copy of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, but it is a bugger if you need a tap washer changed on a weekend; only 7 per cent of the suburb’s labour force works in a trade.
On the other side of Flemington Racecourse, in the neighbouring federal seat of Maribyrnong, they are a much more practical lot. There are more than 7000 trade workers, and thousands more machine operators, drivers and labourers, but if you’re looking to hire a sociologist in Moonee Ponds, you can forget it. Four out of five of Bill Shorten’s constituents do not have a degree of any kind and almost half did not finish Year 12.
Until 2010, both seats had returned Labor MPs for as long as anyone could remember...
Which minister will next jump the sinking Labor ship? It’s telling that ministers are now obliged to announce which of them is actually staying:
Treasurer Wayne Swan quashed suggestions he was considering retirement and confirmed he would contest the seat of Lilley in September.
On ABC Radio National this morning, Simon Crean said he’d stay, too.
Another announcement, but a little short of a promise to stand again:
DEFENCE Minister Stephen Smith has rejected reports he is considering switching from federal politics to lead Labor in Western Australia.
(Cartoon by Andrew Fyfe.)
I’M stupid, or maybe the Prime Minister is. See, I thought the question she got at Saturday’s press conference made sense.
Journalist: What do you say to people who are saying this looks like a government in chaos...?
Julia Gillard: Well, why on earth would anybody say that?
Why? She doesn’t know?
Why? She doesn’t know?
I am sick of repeating why I think Gillard is the worst prime minister in my lifetime, damaging not just our economy but our culture.
Newspoll says Labor has crashed:
The poll puts Labor’s primary support at 32 per cent - a wipeout of the six-point gain recorded between December and January - as the Coalition’s support rose four percentage points to 48 per cent in the past three weeks.
With the Greens steady on 9 per cent and “others” going from 9 per cent to 11 per cent since the poll in January, the two-party-preferred figure has the Coalition back with a huge election-winning lead of 56 per cent to 44 per cent.
Julia Gillard’s lucky glasses - and her calling of a September 14 election - seem to have helped only Tony Abbott:
Ms Gillard’s support as preferred prime minister fell four percentage points from 45 per cent to 41 per cent, while Mr Abbott’s support rose six points from 33 per cent to 39 per cent.
A Galaxy poll confirms Gillard is going nowhere but down:
This would put Mr Abbott’s party in line to win the election by 54 per cent to 46 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis, if preferences flowed in a similar way to the last election.
All that said, I must again note how strangely volatile the Newspoll is, this time plummeting from a unbelievable neck-and-neck contest:
Essential Research has been far more consistent:
Nothing wrong at all with the genial and experienced Bracks (other than his position on global warming), but it will seem Labor is a retirement home for retired politicians - or simply desperate:
We’ve already had former Premier Bob Carr parachuted into Parliament, and he may be joined by a successor:
Former NSW premier Morris Iemma is mulling over a move to federal politics which could see him run for Robert McClelland’s south Sydney seat once he retires.
No one actually knows if Bracks actually wants the seat. But someone else does:
Senator [David] Feeney, who occupies the No. 3 position on Labor’s Victorian Senate ticket, is seen as unlikely to be re-elected, given Labor’s standing in published opinion polls.Under the terms of an alliance joining his right-wing faction with the dominant Labor Unity faction, Senator Feeney was promised a safe lower house seat, allowing him to remain in Parliament.
Since the deal, however, Senator Feeney is said to have ‘’fallen out with a lot of people who used to be his friend’’.
New Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus plays the absurd more-offended-than-thou game that’s helped to give us Labor’s sinister new proposals to limit free speech:
REMARKS comparing the federal government to the Nazi party are offensive and hurtful, new federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said.
Coalition frontbencher Christopher Pyne earlier today said the Federal Government is unravelling like Hitler’s Third Reich in the movie Downfall.
The trouble is Dreyfus is a hypocrite who feels perfectly entitled to himself make comparisons with Nazis:
Abbott’s wildest claim is that he is running a ‘’truth campaign’’. Leaving asidethe Goebbellian cynicism of labelling a scare campaign a ‘’truth campaign’’, I think it shows Abbott’s contempt for the Australian electorate.
Just to demonstrate how out of touch Dreyfus is with his manufactured outrage over a reference to the Downfall video, note how many spoofs have been made of it.
Would Dreyfus perhaps like to ban them all?
(Thanks to reader the Old and Unimproved Dave.)
(Thanks to reader the Old and Unimproved Dave.)
INCOMING attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has expressed personal concern about the risk to freedom of speech from legislation that encourages people to sue each other for invasions of privacy…
“Legislating in an effective way to protect privacy while at the same time not unduly affecting freedom of speech has proved to be a very difficult task,” Mr Dreyfus said.
Sadly, it’s one step forward but a hundred back:
Mr Dreyfus’s remarks ... come at a time when the government is considering a range of other measures on free speech, including:• The future of criminal sanctions on public servants who reveal government ineptitude and wrongdoing to the media.
• Proposals to create a statutory regulator to police media content.• The future of federal “hate speech” laws that impose legal liability for statements that offend and insult people because of race…Mr Dreyfus ... is taking office just days after concerns about the threat to free speech led Ms Roxon to abandon some of her proposals for federal anti-discrimination law…
Mr Dreyfus, who will now take carriage of the consolidation project, has drawn a line on extending the backdown to federal laws against racial vilification, which have long penalised speech that people find offensive and insulting because of their race. These provisions were used in the Federal Court against columnist Andrew Bolt, who was sued over articles he wrote about light-skinned Aborigines.
Worse, Dreyfus on ABC radio this morning suggests there would not be laws against giving offence in “the private space” and “ordinary conversation”. The clear inference is that saying offensive things should possibly be against the law in public spaces.
Barack Obama wanted it known he really isn’t an anti-gun extremist, after all:
Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time...
“All the time”? That seemed news to his press sec:
Asked at Monday’s press briefing how frequently Obama shoots skeet and whether photos existed, White House press secretary Jay Carney said he didn’t know how often. Pictures may exist, he said, but he hadn’t seen any.
“Why haven’t we heard about it before?” Carney was asked.“Because when he goes to Camp David, he goes to spend time with his family and friends and relax, not to produce photographs,” Carney said.
Obama is accompanied almost everywhere by at least one White House photographer.
After hunting around, Carney finally produced one picture of Obama allegedly skeet shooting - but firing strangely low:
Obama never mentioned skeet shooting prior to that interview. The White House photo released Saturday is dated Aug. 4, 2012.
In 1959, Hanif Mohammad made history by scoring 499 - the highest first-class score. 35 years later, Brian Lara smashed his record, scoring 501*.
One man witnessed both innings, live....http://es.pn/
Stunning photograph captures man and nature in perfect symmetry===
Why I’m optimistic about Christianity’s future===
Super Bowl Monday? A new petition on the White House We the People page is trying to make the day after the Super Bowl a national holiday.http://oak.ctx.ly/r/25kk
Did you know? Tel Aviv has its own American Football team. In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, meet Lt. Asaf Katz, IDF platoon commander - and linebacker for the Tel-Aviv Pioneers! Read more: http://goo.gl/9p8IE
Addressing the Western Sydney Rally, Lidcombe Tony Abbott
Anna says she arranged girls for athletes during the big game weekend, among other times.
The San Diego Zoo's panda cub Xiao Liwu is getting buff, despite his pudgy appearance, according to his vets. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/25of
One day when I was studying God’s Word, the Lord told me, "Son, study the children of Israel from the time they came out of Egypt until they reached Mount Sinai. Not a single one of them died though they murmured. And that is a picture of pure grace.”
When I heard that, I turned to the Bible feverishly to check—as if to prove to God that someone did die! Until then, I had never heard anyone preaching about this! And indeed, I could not find any record of anyone who died before the law was given at Mount Sinai.
You see, God delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt and provided for them, not based on their goodness, but based entirely on His goodness. Similarly, because we are under the new covenant of grace, God’s blessings and provision for us are based not on our performance, but entirely on HIS goodness! http://josephprince.com/
On Religious Freedom Day, Pastor Saeed has been largely been abandoned by the American government, to remain in Iranian prison for his Christian faith.
Share why the U.S. government must take action to defend this U.S. citizen: http://bit.ly/XF4hGC
PURIM IS IN THE AIR: The first sign of the approaching festival of Purim are Homentashen (Hebrew: oznei haman) in bakeries, three-cornered cookies with different fillings like poppy seed (the oldest and most traditional), prunes, nut, date, apricot, chocolate, dulce de leche, or halva. What is your favorite filling?