February 26: Ayyám-i-Há begins (Bahá'í calendar); Liberation Day in Kuwait (1991);Saviours' Day (Nation of Islam)
- 747 BC – According to Ptolemy, the reign of the Babylonian kingNabonassar began and with it, a new era characterized by the systematic maintenance of chronologically precise historical records.
- 364 – Following the death of the Roman emperor Jovian, officers of the army at Nicaea in Bithynia selected Flavius Valentinianus(pictured) to succeed him.
- 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Elba, an island off the coast of Italy where he had been exiled after the signing of the Treaty of Fontainebleau one year earlier.
- 1935 – Adolf Hitler ordered the German air force Luftwaffe reinstated, violating theTreaty of Versailles signed at the end of the First World War.
- 1991 – British computer programmer Tim Berners-Lee introduced WorldWideWeb, the world's first web browser and WYSIWYG HTML editor.
- 747 BC – Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy's Nabonassar Era.
- 364 – Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor.
- 1266 – Battle of Benevento: An army led by Charles, Count of Anjou, defeats a combined German and Sicilian force led by King Manfred of Sicily. Manfred is killed in the battle and Pope Clement IV invests Charles as king of Sicily and Naples.
- 1658 – Treaty of Roskilde: After a devastating defeat in the Northern Wars (1655–1661), the King of Denmark-Norway is forced to give up nearly half his territory toSweden to save the rest.
- 1794 – The first Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen burns down.
- 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.
- 1876 – Japan and Korea sign a treaty granting Japanese citizens extraterritoriality rights, opening three ports to Japanese trade, and ending Korea's status as atributary state of Qing Dynasty China.
- 1909 – Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.
- 1914 – HMHS Britannic, sister to the RMS Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
- 1917 – The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.
- 1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park (see Grand Canyon National Park).
- 1920 – The first German Expressionist film and early horror movie, Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, premièred in Berlin.
- 1929 – President Calvin Coolidge signs an Executive Order establishing the 96,000 acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
- 1935 – Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.
- 1935 – Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom.
- 1936 – In the February 26 Incident, young Japanese military officers attempt to stage a coup against the government.
- 1946 – Finnish observers report the first of many thousands of sightings of ghost rockets.
- 1952 – Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.
- 1960 – A New York bound Alitalia airliner crashed into a cemetery at Shannon, Ireland, shortly after takeoff, killing 34 of the 52 persons on board.
- 1961 – Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.
- 1966 – Apollo Program: Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket
- 1966 – Vietnam War: The ROK Capital Division of the South Korean Army massacres 380 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam.
- 1971 – U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
- 1972 – The Buffalo Creek Flood caused by a burst dam kills 125 in West Virginia.
- 1980 – Egypt and Israel establish full diplomatic relations.
- 1987 – Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.
- 1991 – Gulf War: United States Army forces capture the town of Al Busayyah.
- 1992 – Nagorno-Karabakh War: Khojaly Massacre: Armenian armed forces open fire on Azeri civilians at a military post outside the town of Khojaly leaving hundreds dead.
- 1993 – World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand.
- 1995 – The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapses after a securities broker, Nick Leeson, loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts.
- 2004 – Republic of Macedonia President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- 1361 – Wenceslaus, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia (d. 1419)
- 1564 – Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist (d. 1593)
- 1584 – Albert VI of Bavaria (d. 1666)
- 1587 – Stefano Landi, Italian composer (d. 1639)
- 1671 – Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician and philosopher (d. 1713)
- 1672 – Antoine Augustine Calmet, French theologian (d. 1757)
- 1677 – Nicola Fago, Italian Baroque composer and teacher (d. 1745)
- 1714 – James Hervey, English clergyman and writer (d. 1758)
- 1715 – Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher (d. 1771)
- 1720 – Gian Francesco Albani, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1803)
- 1724 – Gottfried Heinrich Bach, German son of Johann Sebastian Bach (d. 1763)
- 1732 – Francis Marion, American Revolutionary War officer (d. 1795)
- 1740 – Giambattista Bodoni, Italian publisher and engraver (d. 1813)
- 1746 – Archduchess Marie Amalie of Austria, duchess of Piacenza (d. 1806)
- 1786 – François Jean Dominique Arago, French mathematician (d. 1853)
- 1799 – Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (d. 1864)
- 1802 – Victor Hugo, French writer (d. 1885)
- 1808 – Honoré Daumier, French painter, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 1879)
- 1808 – Nathan Kelley, American architect, active mainly in Ohio, (d. 1871)
- 1814 – Charles Joseph Sainte-Claire Deville, French geologist (d. 1876)
- 1829 – Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer (d. 1902)
- 1846 – William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, American frontiersman (d. 1917)
- 1852 – John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon and advocate (d. 1943)
- 1857 – Émile Coué, French psychologist (d. 1926)
- 1858 – Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (d. 1917)
- 1861 – King Ferdinand of Bulgaria (d. 1948)
- 1861 – Nadezhda Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary, widow of Vladimir Lenin (d. 1939)
- 1866 – Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist (d. 1930)
- 1875 – Milan Neralić, Croatian fencer (d. 1918)
- 1877 – Rudolph Dirks, Prussian-American comics artist (d. 1968)
- 1879 – Frank Bridge, English composer (d. 1941)
- 1882 – Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (d. 1968)
- 1885 – Aleksandras Stulginskis, President of Lithuania (d. 1969)
- 1887 – Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball player (d. 1950)
- 1887 – William Frawley, American actor (d. 1966)
- 1887 – Stefan Grabinski, Polish writer (d. 1936)
- 1893 – I. A. Richards, English literary critic (d. 1979)
- 1896 – Andrei Alexandrovich Zhdanov, Soviet politician and ideologist (d. 1948)
- 1899 – Max Petitpierre, Swiss politician (d. 1994)
- 1900 – Fritz Wiessner, American mountaineer (d. 1988)
- 1900 – Halina Konopacka, Polish athlete (d. 1989)
- 1901 – Dwight Wilson, Canadian Soldier (d. 2007)
- 1902 – Jean Bruller, French writer and illustrator (d. 1991)
- 1903 – Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
- 1903 – Orde Charles Wingate, British Major-General, prominent Zionist, eccentric (d. 1944)
- 1906 – Madeleine Carroll, English actress (d. 1987)
- 1907 – Dub Taylor, American actor (d. 1994)
- 1908 – Tex Avery, American cartoonist (d. 1980)
- 1908 – Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (d. 2007)
- 1908 – Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (d. 1949)
- 1909 – Fanny Cradock, English food writer and broadcaster (d. 1994)
- 1909 – King Talal of Jordan (d. 1972)
- 1911 – Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (d. 1996)
- 1912 – Dane Clark, American actor (d. 1998)
- 1913 – George Barker, English poet (d. 1991)
- 1914 – Robert Alda, American actor (d. 1986)
- 1916 – Jackie Gleason, American actor, writer, composer and comedian (d. 1987)
- 1918 – Otis Ray Bowen, American physician & politician
- 1918 – Theodore Sturgeon, American writer (d. 1985)
- 1919 – Mason Adams, American actor (d. 2005)
- 1919 – Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (d. 2003)
- 1920 – Danny Gardella, American baseball player (d. 2005)
- 1920 – Tony Randall, American actor (d. 2004)
- 1920 – Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (d. 2006)
- 1921 – Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (d. 2007)
- 1922 – Margaret Leighton, British actress (d. 1976)
- 1922 – Karl Aage Præst, Danish football player (d. 2011)
- 1924 – Mark Bucci, American composer, lyricist, and dramatist (d. 2002)
- 1924 – Noboru Takeshita, Japanese politician (d. 2000)
- 1926 – Verne Gagne, American wrestler
- 1926 – Miroslava, Mexican actress (d. 1955)
- 1926 – Henry Gustav Molaison, American psychiatric patient (d. 2008)
- 1926 – Doris Belack, American actress (d. 2011)
- 1927 – Tom Kennedy, American game show host
- 1928 – Fats Domino, American musician
- 1928 – Anatoly Filipchenko, Soviet cosmonaut
- 1928 – Monique Leyrac, Canadian singer and actress
- 1928 – Ariel Sharon, 11th Prime Minister of Israel (2001–2006)
- 1930 – Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (d. 2005)
- 1931 – Ally MacLeod, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2004)
- 1931 – Robert Novak, American political columnist (d. 2009)
- 1932 – Johnny Cash, American country singer (d. 2003)
- 1933 – James Goldsmith, Anglo-French businessman (d. 1997)
- 1936 – Adem Demaçi, Albanian politician
- 1937 – Paul Dickson, American football player and coach (d. 2011)
- 1937 – Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
- 1937 – Cliff Osmond, American actor (d. 2012)
- 1938 – Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot guerilla (d. 1957)
- 1939 – Josephine Tewson, English actress
- 1940 – Oldřich Kulhánek, Czech painter (d. 2013)
- 1941 – Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer (d. 1972)
- 1942 – Jozef Adamec, Slovak football player
- 1943 – Bill Duke, American actor and director
- 1943 – Dante Ferretti, Italian art director and costume designer
- 1943 – Bob Hite, American singer (Canned Heat) (d. 1981)
- 1944 – Ronald Lauder, American philanthropist and president of the World Jewish Congress
- 1945 – Peter Brock, Australian motorsports champion (d. 2006)
- 1945 – Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach and politician
- 1945 – Marta Kristen, Norwegian actress
- 1945 – Mitch Ryder, American musician (The Detroit Wheels)
- 1946 – Ahmed H. Zewail, Egyptian chemist, Nobel laureate
- 1947 – Sandie Shaw, English singer
- 1948 – Sharyn McCrumb, American writer
- 1949 – Elizabeth George, American novelist
- 1949 – Emma Kirkby, British singer
- 1950 – Jonathan Cain, American musician
- 1950 – Helen Clark, New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (1999–2008)
- 1953 – Michael Bolton, American singer
- 1954 – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish politician, Prime Minister (2003–present)
- 1954 – Ernst August, Prince of Hanover
- 1955 – Andreas Maislinger, Austrian historian
- 1955 – Rupert Keegan, English Formula One driver
- 1956 – Charlélie Couture, French singer and musician
- 1956 – Kevin Dunn, American actor
- 1956 – Michel Houellebecq, French writer
- 1956 – Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer (Southern All-Stars)
- 1957 – David Muldrow Beasley, American politician and 113th Governor of South Carolina
- 1957 – Joe Mullen, American ice hockey player
- 1958 – Karen Berger, American comic book editor
- 1958 – Greg Germann, American actor
- 1958 – Susan J. Helms, American astronaut
- 1958 – Tim Kaine, American politician
- 1959 – Rolando Blackman, American basketball player
- 1959 – Ahmet Davutoğlu, Turkish politician
- 1960 – Jaz Coleman, British musician (Killing Joke)
- 1960 – Robert Jaspert, German football manager
- 1962 – Kelly Gruber, American baseball player
- 1963 – Chase Masterson, American actress and singer
- 1964 – Mark Dacascos, American actor and martial artist
- 1966 – Marc Fortier, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1966 – Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer
- 1966 – Garry Conille, Prime Minister of Haiti
- 1967 – James Allodi, Canadian actor, writer and director
- 1967 – Currie Graham, Canadian actor
- 1968 – Tim Commerford, American bassist (Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave)
- 1968 – Ed Quinn, American actor
- 1968 – J. T. Snow, American baseball player
- 1969 – Hitoshi Sakimoto, Japanese composer
- 1969 – Steve Agee, American actor and comedian
- 1971 – Erykah Badu, American singer (Soulquarians)
- 1971 – Max Martin, Swedish composer and producer
- 1971 – Hélène Ségara, French singer
- 1972 – Jonny Quinn, Northern Irish drummer (Snow Patrol)
- 1973 – Erinn Bartlett, American actress
- 1973 – Marshall Faulk, American football player
- 1973 – Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Norwegian footballer
- 1973 – Jenny Thompson, American swimmer
- 1974 – Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver
- 1976 – Nikolaos Siranidis, Greek diver
- 1976 – Chad Urmston, American musician
- 1977 – Marty Reasoner, American ice hockey player
- 1977 – Greg Rikaart, American actor
- 1977 – Tim Thomas, American basketball player
- 1977 – Josh Towers, American baseball player
- 1977 – Shane Williams, Welsh rugby player
- 1978 – Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye, Senegalese footballer
- 1978 – Marc Hynes, British racing driver
- 1979 – Corinne Bailey Rae, English singer
- 1979 – Mariano Bainotti, Argentine race car driver
- 1979 – Pascal Kalemba, Congolese footballer (d. 2012)
- 1979 – Pedro Mendes, Portuguese footballer
- 1979 – Shalim Ortiz, Puerto Rican singer and actor
- 1980 – Steve Blake, American basketball player
- 1980 – Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer
- 1980 – Gary Majewski, American baseball player
- 1981 – Kertus Davis, American racing driver
- 1981 – Johnathan Wendel, American video gamer
- 1981 – Sharon Van Etten, American singer-songwriter
- 1982 – Song Hye Kyo, South Korean model and actress
- 1982 – Li Na, Chinese tennis player
- 1982 – Nate Ruess, American singer-songwriter (Fun and The Format)
- 1983 – Pepe, Brazilian-Portuguese footballer
- 1983 – Jerome Harrison, American football player
- 1983 – Kara Monaco, American model
- 1984 – Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese footballer
- 1984 – Alex de Angelis, San Marino motorcycle racer
- 1984 – Natalia Lafourcade, Mexican singer
- 1984 – Beren Saat, Turkish actress
- 1985 – Gee Atherton, British cyclist
- 1985 – Miki Fujimoto, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
- 1985 – Alexandria Hilfiger, American actress
- 1985 – Fernando Llorente, Spanish footballer
- 1985 – Carolin Nytra, German athlete
- 1985 – Diego Ribas da Cunha, Brazilian footballer
- 1986 – Leandro dos Santos de Jesus, Brazilian footballer
- 1986 – Crystal Kay, Japanese singer
- 1986 – Hannah Kearney, American freestyle skier
- 1986 – Leila Lopes, Angolan model, Miss Universe 2011
- 1986 – Teresa Palmer, Australian model and actress
- 1986 – Juliet Simms, American musician and singer (Automatic Loveletter)
- 1988 – Matteo Ciofani, Italian footballer
- 1989 – Gabriel Obertan, French footballer
- 1990 – Kateřina Cachová, Czech heptathlete
- 1991 – CL, South Korean singer/rapper (2NE1)
- 1991 – Jasmina Kajtazovič, Bosnian tennis player
- 1992 – Mikael Granlund, Finnish ice hockey player
- 1993 – Taylor Dooley, American actress
- 2002 – Kendra and Maliyah Herrin, American conjoined twins
- 420 – Saint Porphyry, Palestine bishop
- 1154 – King Roger II of Sicily (b. 1093)
- 1200 – Symeon, former Serbian ruler and saint (b. 1109)
- 1266 – King Manfred of Sicily (b. 1232)
- 1360 – Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March, English military leader (b. 1328)
- 1552 – Heinrich Faber, German composer
- 1561 – Jorge de Montemayor, Spanish writer
- 1577 – King Eric XIV of Sweden (b. 1533)
- 1608 – John Still, English bishop
- 1611 – Antonio Possevino (b. 1533) Jesuit humanist, diplomat, bibliographer
- 1630 – William Brade, English composer (b. 1560)
- 1638 – Claude Gaspard Bachet de Méziriac, French mathematician (b. 1581)
- 1723 – Thomas d'Urfey, English writer (b. 1653)
- 1726 – Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1662)
- 1770 – Giuseppe Tartini, Italian composer (b. 1692)
- 1790 – Sir Joshua Rowley, 1st Baronet, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1730)
- 1802 – Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral (b. 1718)
- 1813 – Robert Livingston, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1746)
- 1815 – Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (b. 1737)
- 1821 – Joseph de Maistre, Savoyard diplomat and writer (b. 1753)
- 1864 – Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, Canadian politician (b. 1807)
- 1883 – Alexandros Koumoundouros, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1817)
- 1889 – Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (b. 1838)
- 1903 – Richard Jordan Gatling, American inventor (b. 1818)
- 1913 – Felix Draeseke, German composer (b. 1835)
- 1921 – Carl Menger, Austrian economist (b. 1840)
- 1930 – Mary Calkins, American philosopher and psychologist (b. 1863)
- 1931 – Otto Wallach, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1847)
- 1933 – Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1853)
- 1943 – Theodor Eicke, Nazi official (b. 1892)
- 1947 – Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council (b. 1868)
- 1950 – Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish entertainer (b. 1870)
- 1952 – Theodoros Pangalos, Greek interim leader (b. 1878)
- 1959 – Selig Suskin, Russian-born Israeli agronomist and early Zionist (b. 1873)
- 1961 – King Mohammed V of Morocco (b. 1909)
- 1966 – Mientje Kling, Dutch actress (b. 1894)
- 1966 – Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian freedom fighter and writer (b. 1883)
- 1969 – Levi Eshkol, Israeli politician, Prime Minister (1963-death) (b. 1895)
- 1969 – Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist (b. 1883)
- 1971 – Fernandel, French actor (b. 1903)
- 1981 – Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (b. 1914)
- 1981 – Howard Hanson, American composer (b. 1896)
- 1985 – Tjalling Koopmans, Dutch economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)
- 1989 – Roy Eldridge, American musician (b. 1911)
- 1990 – Cornell Gunter, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1938)
- 1993 – Constance Ford, American actress (b. 1923)
- 1994 – Bill Hicks, American comedian (b. 1961)
- 1995 – Jack Clayton, British film director (b. 1921)
- 1996 – Taya Straton, Australian actress (b. 1960)
- 1997 – David Doyle, American actor (b. 1929)
- 1998 – James Algar, American film director, screenwriter and producer (b. 1912)
- 1998 – Theodore Schultz, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
- 1998 – Shirley Ardell Mason, American psychiatric patient (Sybil) (b. 1923)
- 2000 – George L. Street III American naval officer, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1913)
- 2001 – Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
- 2002 – Lawrence Tierney, American actor (b. 1919)
- 2003 – Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)
- 2004 – Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician (b. 1920)
- 2004 – Adolf Ehrnrooth, Finnish general (b. 1905)
- 2004 – Boris Trajkovski, President (1999-death) (b. 1956)
- 2005 – Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)
- 2008 – Dick Fletcher, American meteorologist (b. 1942)
- 2008 – Buddy Miles, American drummer (Band of Gypsies and Electric Flag) (b. 1947)
- 2009 – Johnny Kerr, American basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1932)
- 2009 – Norm Van Lier, American basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1947)
- 2009 – Wendy Richard, English actress (b. 1943)
- 2010 – Nujabes, Japanese hip hop producer (b. 1974)
- 2011 – Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
- 2011 – James A. McClure, American politician (b. 1924)
- 2011 – Roch Thériault, Canadian leader of a religious group (b. 1947)
- 2012 – Trayvon Martin, American homicide victim (b. 1995)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Liberation Day (Kuwait)
- Savior's Day (Nation of Islam)
- The first day of Ayyám-i-Há (Bahá'í Faith)
Denise Allen is the former Labor MP for the Victorian seat of Benalla. Nice Denise has been a professional conscience as a ”social justice campaigner” and member of the Disability Reference Group for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
FORMER state MP Denise Allen is looking to resurrect her political career as Labor’s candidate for Indi.
Here are some recent thoughts of Nice Denise, the social justice campaigner.
Your husband, along with his bunch of feral shadow ministers and many on his backbench, have turned the political discourse in this country into the obnoxious, wretched, ugliness it is today.Are you proud of him? I’m sure you are. You must be, because you have now come out and said what a wonderful, loving, decent man he is! To say that — you must agree with everything he says and does! Otherwise you would have the courage to say there are some things you don’t agree with him on....Quite frankly, it disgusts me..He may love you and the girls and his mother – and Peta Credlin – but that’s where his affinity with women ends.So get over yourself, Margie Abbott.Your husband is one of the most vicious Opposition leaders in this country’s history — and as he would say: “It’s just politics!”It’s about time the decent women and men of this nation fought back against your husband’s ugly persona.So … if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen!If your husband will let you, that is.
But when you roll out such personal information – information usually kept private between a woman and her partner, and perhaps few sympathetic confidantes – you, Ms Credlin, should be rightly condemned for using your IVF procedures as a blatant political tool. For using this emotive issue to sway the public into sympathetically thinking your boss doesn’t “have a problem with women"…Which makes you a pretty unpleasant person in yourself. You will go to any length and stoop down into the lowest gutter to get your rotten boss over the line at the next election....Even using your own personal tragedy as a lever for sympathy. What a disgraceful woman you are.
Like jackals baying for blood, these neo-hacks ram their personal opinions down the throats of either the unsuspecting (often so aghast they are shell-shocked), or of the insatiable – the scandal hungry – devouring biased information as if it was their last meal…I cannot remember a time when the mainstream media have been more in the gutter and more hateful than it is now — and they have the hide to disparage politicians for not being ‘honourable”.
Once I thought someone spiteful, personally abusive and shrill had no future in politics.. But today I suspect Nice Denise will fit right in with Gillard Labor.
Oh, and if you are surprised a professional conscience could be so nasty, I must remind you again of the words of Bertrand Russell:
Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
Labor’s support is virtually unchanged, but Julia Gillard’s one last hope - that voters still prefer her as Prime Minister - is gone:
According to the latest Newspoll survey, ... Labor’s primary vote is just 31 per cent and the Coalition’s is 47 per cent, virtually unchanged since parliament resumed at the beginning of this month.After formally breaking away from Labor, the Greens’ primary vote rose from 9 per cent to 11 per cent. Based on preference flows at the last election, the Coalition has a two-party-preferred lead of 55 per cent to the ALP’s 45 per cent…On the question of who would make the better prime minister, Ms Gillard’s support also fell dramatically, from 41 per cent at the beginning of this month to 36 per cent, her lowest rating since July last year when Mr Abbott was last in front as the preferred prime minister.The reversal on leadership preference was almost entirely a result of Ms Gillard’s loss of support… Mr Abbott’s preferred prime minister support rose just one point to 40 per cent...
And Kevin Rudd is unlikely to save Labor:
According to a Newspoll survey, ... a total of 24 per cent of voters said they would be more likely to vote Labor if Mr Rudd became leader before the September 14 election… But 13 per cent of those surveyed said a switch back to Mr Rudd would make it “less likely” they would vote Labor. The strongest support for a switch to Mr Rudd is among voters who are already committed to voting Labor. But, among voters leaning to the Coalition, who Labor needs to win over to secure re-election, 16 per cent would be more likely to vote for Labor under Mr Rudd but 13 per cent would be less likely…Newspoll chief executive Martin O’Shannessy said: “Newspoll’s ‘on balance’ view is that a change to Kevin Rudd may slightly improve the Labor primary vote but this would come largely from Green and other party votes that would have flowed, via preferences, to Labor in any case. This would limit the net benefit to Labor available from the change.”
The attack on Tony Abbott as a negative misogynist has backfired and left him as preferred prime minister…Announcing the election date seven months early has only cemented people’s preferences at disastrous levels for Labor.Trying to use a blame game against the Coalition-governed states over health and education funding is only making federal Labor look mean, tricky and economically inept.And, finally, the carpet bombing of Kevin Rudd could well have wiped out any last desperate advantage in restoring the deposed Labor leader.
Don’t tell Kerry-Anne Walsh I wrote this. She has a strange thing about poll reports - at least those in Murdoch publications with bad news for Gillard:
WALSH: Your newspaper would be very pleased we’re discussing (Newspoll) before it’s even published. And then all day tomorrow it will feed into the eternal question of leadership, derail the government for another day - fabulous opportunity for doorstops for Tony Abbott. All for what? Because The Australian has a great marketing tool ... it’s a political intervention tool on behalf of The Australian and frankly the obsession with opinion polls is just bordering on the obscene.
Speers: A political intervention by The Australian?
Walsh: Yes, absolutely. They write these polls up continuously ... You have commentators, you have analysts saying that this now, yet again, spells the end for Gillard; this is what’s going to come out tomorrow.Savva: It’s not like it’s something new ...
Host: What, then, was the Nielsen poll put out by Fairfax last week?
Walsh: The Nielsen poll, if you recall when it was carried that day, there were five of its journalists who interpreted it carried the death knell for Labor.
Speers: So they’re all intervening in politics as well?
Walsh: I think The Australian’s journalists and commentators are far more forceful about their opinions and about their use of Newspoll and always have been than the Nielsen, the Fairfax journalists.
The link shows that Walsh, so fretful about Gillard being destabilised by nasty media reporting of polls, had no trouble reporting other poll figures.
(Thanks to reader Peter.)
I’ve asked why Tim Flannery is still our Chief Climate Commissioner after predicting the rains would never again fill our dams and river systems.
But he was not alone in being utterly wrong. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2001 also predicted more droughts in eastern Australia, not these annual floods:
12.5.6. Drought... Using a transient simulation with the NCAR CCMO GCM at coarse resolution (R15) (Meehl and Washington, 1996), Kothavala (1999) found for northeastern and southeastern Australia that the Palmer Drought Severity Index indicatedlonger and more severe droughts in the transient simulation at about 2xCO2 conditions than in the control simulation…A global study by Arnell (1999), using results from an ensemble of four enhanced greenhouse simulations with the HadCM2 GCM and one with HadCM3, show marked decreases in runoff over most of mainland Australia, including a range of decreases in runoff in the Murray-Darling basin in the southeast by the 2050s of about 12-35%. HadCM3 results show large decreases in maximum and minimum monthly runoff. This implies large increases in drought frequency…With a change in climate toward drier conditions, drought policy probably would follow a similar path.
The IPCC predicted floods only in northern Victoria, and warned of smaller streamflows and water shortages:
Application of the CSIRO (1996a) scenarios, with their wide range of rainfall changes as a result of inclusion of both the older slab-ocean GCM and the more recent coupled AOGCM simulations, suggests a possible combination of small or larger decreases in mean annual rainfall, higher temperatures and evaporation, and a higher frequency of floods and droughts in northern Victorian rivers (Schreider et al., 1996). A study of the Macquarie River basin in NSW indicates inflow reductions on the order of 10-30% for doubled CO2 andreduced streamflows if irrigation demand remains constant or increases…Studies by Kothavala (1999) and Arnell (1999)—using results from the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Community Climate Model (CCMO) GCM and the HadCM2 and HadCM3 AOGCMs, respectively—showincreases in drought across eastern and southern Australia. Kothavala found that the Palmer Drought Index showed longer and more severe drought in northeastern and southeastern Australia. Arnell (1999) found marked decreases in runoff over most of mainland Australia but some increases over Tasmania. For the Murray-Darling basin, he found decreases in mean flow by the 2050s ranging from about 12 to 35%, with decreases in the magnitude of 10-year maximum and minimum monthly runoff.
Now compare that 2001 prediction with what has since happened.
Here is the rainfall in eastern Australia:
Here is the rainfall in southern Australia:
Here is the rainfall in the Murray-Darling basin:
Farmers in northern NSW are switching to recovery mode after the weekend’s flooding. But there are flood warnings still current for the majority of coastal rivers and further destructive wind and rain is expected this week in some areas.
2000 - a prediction from the centre of global warming alarmism:According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.2000: a prediction from Professor Mojib Latif of Germany’s GEOMAR Heimholtz Centre for Ocean Research:2008 - another prediction:Winters with strong frosts and lots of snow like we had 20 years ago will no longer exist at our latitudes.A study of snowfall spanning 60 years has indicated that the Alps’s entire winter sports industry could grind to a halt through lack of snow.... In some years the amount that fell was 60 per cent lower than was typical in the early 1980s, said Christoph Marty, from the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos, who analysed the records.“I don’t believe we will see the kind of snow conditions we have experienced in past decades,” he said.
But hauntingthelibrary has dug out from the snowdrifts some more worth quoting:
First off, let’s refresh our memory on what Uber-Greenie Mark Lynas told us in 2004:. . . snow has become so rare that when it does fall – often just for a few hours – everything grinds to a halt. In early 2003 a ‘mighty’ five-centimetre snowfall in southeast England caused such severe traffic jams that many motorists had to stay in their cars overnight. Today’s kids are missing out . . .Many of these changes are already underway, but have been accelerating over the last two decades. Termites have already moved into southern England. Garden centres are beginning to stock exotic sub-tropical species, which only a few years ago would have been killed off by winter…Then let us remind ourselves of what George Monbiot had to say about winters and climate change back in 2005:Winter is no longer the great grey longing of my childhood. The freezes this country suffered in 1982 and 1963 are – unless the Gulf Stream stops – unlikely to recur. Our summers will be long and warm. Across most of the upper northern hemisphere, climate change, so far, has been kind to us…And of course, there’s The Independent‘s fatuous warning ... from December 2006. This somber editorial admonished us that the lack of snow was evidence of a “dangerous seasonal disorder”:The countryside is looking rather peculiar this winter. It seems we have a number of unexpected guests for Christmas. Dragonflies, bumblebees and red admiral butterflies, which would normally be killed off by the frost, can still be seen in some parts of the country . . .Some might be tempted to welcome this late blossoming of the natural world as a delightful diversion from the bleakness of this time of year. But these fluctuations should be cause for concern because it is overwhelmingly likely that they are a consequence of global warming. . . all this is also evidence that global warming is occurring at a faster rate than many imagined…In a [2007 BBC] “One Planet Special” entitled with ominous finality ”It Seems the Winters of Our Youth are Unlikely to Return” presenter Richard Hollingham ... speaks to climate scientists to get their views. Their conclusion? In the words of the BBC, they all give ”predictions of warmer winters, for UK & [the] Northern Hemisphere”...:Richard Hollingham: Now those of us who grew up with very cold winters, who tell our children that winter’s not what it used to be, we’re right, aren’t we?Brenda Ekwurzel [Union of Concerned Scientists]: Yes, absolutely. It has changed.Summing up, Hollingham reviews the evidence of the people he’s interviewed...:Sitting here at the BBC, leafing through my old photos, I can’t help feeling nostalgic for proper winters. This year we had just one day of snow in southern Britain. Mind you, it still brought the roads, railways and airports to a standstill, and shut the schools. But as most people in London, Moscow, Washington, Beijing or Oslo will testify, a cold, crisp winter’s day with snow on the ground is infinitely preferable to the mild, damp miserable winters many of us are having to get used to. And it seems the winters of our youth are unlikely to return…[A 2007] Western Mail (Wales Online) ... article, entititled ”Snowless Winters Forecast for Wales as World Warms Up” quotes one of the global warming movement’s key figures, Sir John Houghton, former head of the IPCC and former head of the UK Met Office:Former head of the Met Office Sir John Houghton, who is one of the UK’s leading authorities on climate change, said all the indicators suggest snowy winters will become increasingly rareHe said, “Snowlines are going up in altitude all over the world. The idea that we will get less snow is absolutely in line with what we expect from global warming.”
Now, of course, climate scientists are trying to dig themselves out of snow that’s kept falling:
Looking back at 65 years’ worth of statistics, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist David Phillips noted that since 1948, winter temperatures in the prairie regions have increased by an average of four degrees Celsius…“As we warm up, we may see more moisture, we may see more moist air masses, and therefore we could very well see more snow rather than less snow, because the air masses are going to be more moist and so therefore you’re going to be able to wring out more snow than you would be if it was dry air,” Phillips said.
(Thanks to reader fulchrum.)
In case there was any doubt about who pulls the strings of the Gillard Government:
A UNION deal delivered Labor preselection to a former country mayor for the Gillard government-held central Queensland seat of Capricornia despite his rival, a factional ally of Kevin Rudd, convincingly winning the rank-and-file vote on the weekend.Former state MP and lawyer Paul Hoolihan, who won 64 per cent of the branch members’ vote in the Rockhampton-based federal seat, lost in the face of Australian Workers Union opposition in the electoral college ballot following a factional deal over campaign support and future division of state seat endorsements.
(Thanks to reader Jeff.)
Why is a university’s right to fire - and set some standards - second-guessed by some third party with no skin in the game?
A UNIVERSITY professor who used research grants to pay for reflexology treatment, massages, wine, cosmetics, tourist attraction tickets and a noodle-maker is set to win compensation after the Fair Work Commission ruled his dismissal was harsh.The University of Newcastle dismissed Jesse Sheng Jin in February last year for alleged serious misconduct following an investigation into his use of Australian Research Council grants…Commission deputy president Greg Smith, in his judgment, said Professor Jin genuinely believed ... many of the expenses were consistent with grant guidelines, and the discretion in the way he spent the money was “consistent with the exercise of academic freedom"…Mr Smith said he was not persuaded the expenditure was appropriate…But ...he could not agree they constituted serious misconduct...
More third-party meddling. Nick Cater reports:
Canberra’s Alexander Maconochie Centre is the first modern prison in Australia to be designed by do-gooders. Late last year it also became the first prison in Australia to be raided by police investigating a child pornography ring. Designing a model prison is the easy part; finding model prisoners is another matter altogether. What’s the criminal class coming to when you can’t give them a laptop and an email address without them getting up to no good?…Let’s hope ACT Human Rights Commissioner Helen Watchirs has better luck with the needle exchange program likely to begin soon, despite opposition from prison officers. As Watchirs sees it: “To deny protection against disease transmission in such a high-prevalence and closed population in prison may be viewed as inhumane.”Illegal drugs are, of course, illegal, even if administered within prison walls. Before ACT detention centres were made human rights-compliant, prison officers strip-searched prisoners after every visit, since experience showed that illegal substances did not just materialise out of thin air. They would search cells at random and make prisoners pee into bottles.These barbaric practices are frowned upon by Watchirs who, for reasons best known to the ACT government, seems to have an inordinate influence when it comes to running prisons, or “centres” as she prefers to call them. Strip-searching and urine-sampling are “intrusions into privacy”, says Watchirs, and inmates find them “inherently degrading”. Prisoners subjected to random cell searches “were unhappy that their belongings ended up strewn in a messy pile, sometimes on the floor”...
The Greens leader accused News Limited of influencing Ten because the companies co-operated on the Meet The Press program and a program hosted by Andrew Bolt, a columnist on News Limited newspapers.
She’s only twigged to half our plot. She’s missed News Ltd secretly influencing hundreds of thousands of Australians into watching the show that last year beat the ABC’s Insiders for total audiences.
See, it would have exposed us terribly if we’d simply forced 10 to put on a show no one watched.
But I just wish the Greens and Labor could agree on just which conspiracy to blame forThe Bolt Report:
[Last year Communications Minister] Senator Conroy said it had been reported and not denied by Ten that [mining entrepreneur Gina] Rinehart demanded conservative News Limited (publisher of The Weekend Australian) commentator Andrew Bolt should have a show on the network.“Clearly she is seeking to exert her influence, but is she breaking the law by exerting her influence? No. Do we need stronger laws in this area? Yes,” Senator Conroy said.
Labor fears my show is a Rinehart plot and wants to stop her. The Greens fear it’s a Murdoch plot and want to stop him.
Meanwhile I hope viewers decide it’s not a plot but a welcome alternative, and tune in on Channel 10 at 10am on Sunday for our first show of this election year.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the top Catholic official in Britain, is stepping down a day after publication of reports of ‘‘inappropriate’’ behaviour in his relations with priests working for him.O’Brien, an outspoken critic of gay rights, is alleged to have made unwelcome advances against priests reporting to him, the BBC reported.The Vatican announced on Monday that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation.
What is that statement exactly? That Gillard is so desperate she’d even stay at Rooty Hill? That she’s so doomed she’s decided to get used to life on the scrap-heap?
Prime Minister Julia Gillard will forgo her harbourside residence of Kirribilli House for a hotel room in Rooty Hill next week as part of a five-day blitz of western Sydney designed to lift Labor’s plummeting support.With internal and external polling showing Labor in dire trouble in western Sydney, Ms Gillard will spend the entire week in the area, including sleeping there …By staying in the area, Ms Gillard is seeking to make a statement, those close to her say.
It’s so symbolic of Labor’s addiction to, well, symbols. Not a single person other than some Rooty Hill hotel owner will be better off from Gillard’s gesture.
Also strange: Labor’s spinners now announce how wildly they spin?
Reader enkl is puzzled to read Julia Gillard will stay in “a hotel room in Rooty Hill next week as part of a five-day blitz of western Sydney designed to lift Labor’s plummeting support”.
If was only last month that Gillard said this:
I guess Gillard next week isn’t governing.
Why did Hollywood have Michelle Obama announce best picture at the Academy Awards? Would it have given Laura Bush that honor? Or Nancy Reagan, who, like her husband, was at least a former screen actor?
Jennifer Rubin on the mutual back scratch:
Jennifer Rubin on the mutual back scratch:
It is not enough that President Obama pops up at every sporting event in the nation. Now the first lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband’s election). I’m sure the left will holler that once again conservatives are being grouchy and have it in for the Obamas. Seriously, if they really had their president’s interests at heart, they’d steer away from encouraging these celebrity appearances. It makes both the president and the first lady seem small and grasping....Still, it would have been grand if the lefty-maligned “Zero Dark Thirty” (which showed the nasty interrogation techniques her husband deplored) had won Best Picture. Unfortunately, that sort of perfect karma happens only in the movies.
Somewhere in Julia Gillard’s announcement last Friday was a good idea buried in another $1 billion of unfocussed promises:
SCHOOLS will be asked to deliver a back-to-basics reading blitz for one million children as a condition of Julia Gillard’s education reform plan.
The program may be centred on the teaching of phonics, which involves sounding out letters to children to help students develop basic reading skills…But there are concerns the initial investment will be just $1 billion to lift falling standards at struggling schools - far less than the $6.5 billion proposed by the Gonski review of school funding.Schools will be asked to identify at-risk students and implement an early intervention plan using expert teaching methods and involving parents wherever possible.
The Prime Minister and Schools Minister Peter Garrett justify Canberra’s increasing involvement in school education by citing the success of programs such as the $540 million National Partnership Agreement on Literacy and Numeracy (LNNP).But as noted in the Auditor-General Audit Report No 41, the program has had little, if any, positive effect. The report states, “analysis of NAPLAN data from 2008 to 2011 indicates that the LNNP is yet to make a statistically significant improvement, in any states, on the average NAPLAN results of schools that received LNNP funding, when compared to schools that did not receive funding”.Gillard also refers to her government’s national curriculum… But while the national English curriculum includes occasional reference to “phonic knowledge” the dominant model is whole language, based on the mistaken assumption that learning to read is as natural as learning to talk. It asks teachers to immerse children in a so-called rich language environment where they are asked to guess the meaning of words by their context or by accompanying pictures and graphics.As Tasmanian reading researcher Byron Harrison noted, the national curriculum ignores phonics. “There are no specific instructions on how to teach letter sounds, no talk of tracing or consolidation by practice. I find no mention of blending sounds into syllables or syllables into multisyllabic words...”Gillard’s rhetoric does nothing to remedy the major obstacle to higher reading standards; that is, teacher training. Attempts to remedy Australia’s poor literacy performance - our Year 4 children were ranked 27th in a recent international reading test - have no chance of success until teacher training is reformed…Yet none of our undergraduate teacher training institutions provide teachers with any basic training in teaching of reading using a phonics approach.
Note that Gillard is spending $1 billion for better teaching after spending $16 billion for better school buildings.
No wonder Labor’s Building the Education Revolution - a massive misallocation of resources - had education standards falling, not lifting.
In general terms, an Abbott government must appreciate that every federal government suffers from a major failing - a propensity to buy into every issue. Each minister in the incoming government must learn this phrase: “Previous governments have tried and failed (insert silly idea), we do not intend to waste your money making the same mistakes.”
Climate change policy - trying to stop the world warming - is an obvious example.
A Red Tail Hawk flies in front of El Capitan at Yosemite.
Shooting more car ads today bahaha #fleet #national #capital #motors #rawr #instadaily
"Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them." ~Paramahansa Yogananda
There was a nice low cloud base over El Capitan this last Saturday and the monolith was also forming clouds off it's face earlier. That made for some fantastic drama. I had a great time with the Aperture Academy once again… it's always a fun time getting to show others how to get images like this one… in fact some of the students plain ol' outdid me! — at Yosemite National Park.
Quick Pix: Myrna Loy
Tasteless: The Onion calls 9-year old actress Quvenzhané Wallis a c**t ==>http://twitchy.com/2013/
Both the United States and rest of the global is now suffering through below average temperature. Early data shows a drop in global temperature for the month of February.
-Global temperature below average in February
-Arctic Sea ice approaching "normal"
-Antarctic sea ice still above normal (over 1 year above average), with no sign of abnormal melt.
Thanks goes out to Joe Bastardi and Dr. Ryan Maue at weatherBELL
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A photo of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains today taken by Polair 5. Polair was in the area with the Police Rescue Squad (PRS) looking for stranded bush walkers.
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