Happy birthday and many happy returns Ged MacMahonand Jerome Chapman. Born on the same day, across the years. Ged is a cousin making more cousins. Jerome is a talented artist and businessman. Remember, birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
- 321 – Emperor Constantine I decreed that Sunday, the day honoring the sun god Sol Invictus (disc pictured), would be the Roman day of rest.
- 1862 – American Civil War: Union forces engaged Confederatetroops in Pea Ridge, Arkansas, fighting to a victory one day later that essentially cemented their control in Missouri.
- 1871 – José Paranhos, Viscount of Rio Branco, became Prime Minister of theEmpire of Brazil, starting a four-year rule, the longest in the state's history.
- 1968 – Vietnam War: The United States and South Vietnam began Operation Truong Cong Dinh to sweep the area surrounding the Mekong Delta town of My Tho to root out Viet Cong forces in the area.
- 2009 – The Kepler space observatory, designed to discover Earth-like planetsorbiting other stars, was launched.
- 161 – Emperor Antoninus Pius dies and is succeeded by his adoptive sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus.
- 238 – Roman subjects in Africa revolt against Maximinus Thrax and elect Gordian I as emperor.
- 321 – Emperor Constantine I decrees that the dies Solis Invicti (sun-day) is the day of rest in the Empire.
- 1277 – Stephen Tempier, bishop of Paris, condemns 219 philosophical and theological theses.
- 1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte captures Jaffa during the Siege of Jaffa in Palestine and his troops proceed to kill more than 2,000 Albanian captives.
- 1814 – Emperor Napoleon I of France wins the Battle of Craonne.
- 1827 – Brazilian marines unsuccessfully attack the temporary naval base of Carmen de Patagones, Argentina.
- 1827 – Shrigley Abduction: Ellen Turner is abducted by Edward Gibbon Wakefield, a future politician in colonial New Zealand.
- 1850 – Senator Daniel Webster gives his "Seventh of March" speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850 in order to prevent a possible civil war.
- 1862 – American Civil War: Union forces defeat Confederate troops at Pea Ridge in northwestern Arkansas.
- 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for an invention he calls the telephone.
- 1886 – The City of Lábrea in Amazonas, Brazil is founded. Today, the town is the seat of the Territorial Prelature of Lábrea.
- 1900 – The German liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse becomes the first ship to send wireless signals to shore.
- 1902 – Second Boer War: In the Battle of Tweebosch, a Boer commando led by Koos de la Rey inflicts the biggest defeat upon the British since the beginning of the war
- 1912 – Roald Amundsen announces that his expedition had reached the South Pole on December 14, 1911.
- 1914 – Prince William of Wied arrives in Albania to begin his reign.
- 1936 – World War II (Prelude to): In violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles, Germany reoccupies the Rhineland.
- 1945 – World War II: American troops seize the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River at Remagen.
- 1950 – Cold War: The Soviet Union issues a statement denying that Klaus Fuchs served as a Soviet spy.
- 1951 – Korean War: Operation Ripper – United Nations troops led by General Matthew Ridgeway begin an assault against Chinese forces.
- 1965 – Bloody Sunday: A group of 600 civil rights marchers are forcefully broken up in Selma, Alabama.
- 1968 – Vietnam War: The United States and South Vietnamese military begin Operation Truong Cong Dinh to root out Viet Cong forces from the area surrounding Mỹ Tho.
- 1971 – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his historic speech at Suhrawardy Udyan
- 1985 – The song "We Are the World" has its international release.
- 1986 – Challenger Disaster: Divers from the USS Preserver locate the crew cabin of Challenger on the ocean floor.
- 1989 – Iran and the United Kingdom break diplomatic relations after a row over Salman Rushdie and his controversial novel.
- 1994 – Copyright Law: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
- 2006 – The terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba coordinates a series of bombings in Varanasi, India.
- 2007 – The British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected.
- 2009 – The Real Irish Republican Army kills two British soldiers and two civilians, the first British military deaths in Northern Ireland since The Troubles.
- 2009 – The Kepler space observatory, designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars, is launched.
- 189 – Publius Septimius Geta, Roman Emperor (d. 211)
- 1481 – Baldassare Peruzzi, Italian architect and painter (d. 1537)
- 1556 – Guillaume du Vair, French writer (d. 1621)
- 1663 – Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian composer and violinist (d. 1745)
- 1671 – Robert Roy MacGregor, Scottish folk hero (d. 1734)
- 1678 – Filippo Juvarra, Italian architect (d. 1736)
- 1687 – Jean Lebeuf, French historian (d. 1760)
- 1693 – Pope Clement XIII (d. 1769)
- 1715 – Ewald Christian von Kleist, German poet (d. 1759)
- 1715 – Ephraim Williams, American philanthropist (d. 1755)
- 1730 – Baron de Breteuil, French statesman (d. 1807)
- 1765 – Nicéphore Niépce, French inventor of photography (d. 1833)
- 1785 – Alessandro Manzoni, Italian writer (d. 1873)
- 1788 – Antoine César Becquerel, French physicist (d. 1878)
- 1792 – John Herschel, English mathematician and astronomer (d. 1871)
- 1837 – Henry Draper, American physician and astronomer (d. 1882)
- 1841 – William Rockhill Nelson, American publisher (The Kansas City Star) and patron of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (d. 1915)
- 1849 – Luther Burbank, American botanist (d. 1926)
- 1850 – Champ Clark, American politician (d. 1921)
- 1850 – Tomáš Masaryk, first President of Czechoslovakia (d. 1937)
- 1857 – Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Austrian neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1940)
- 1866 – Hans Fruhstorfer, German lepidopterist (d. 1922)
- 1868 – James Zealley, British footballer (d. 1934)
- 1872 – Piet Mondriaan, Dutch painter (d. 1944)
- 1873 – Madame Sul-Te-Wan, American actress (d. 1959)
- 1875 – Albert Jean Louis Ayat, French fencer (d. 1935)
- 1875 – Maurice Ravel, French composer (d. 1937)
- 1876 – Frederick Freake, British polo player (d. 1950)
- 1878 – Boris Kustodiev, Russian painter (d. 1927)
- 1879 – Jules De Bisschop, Belgian rower (d. 1955)
- 1885 – Milton Avery, American artist (d. 1965)
- 1885 – John Tovey, English Royal Navy admiral (d. 1971)
- 1886 – Virginia Pearson, American silent film actress (d. 1958)
- 1887 – Heino Eller, Estonian composer (d. 1970)
- 1888 – William L. Laurence, Lithuanian-born journalist (d. 1977)
- 1888 – Alidius Warmoldus Lambertus Tjarda van Starkenborgh Stachouwer, Dutch lawyer and politician (d. 1978)
- 1902 – Heinz Rühmann, German actor (d. 1994)
- 1904 – Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater (d. 1969)
- 1904 – Reinhard Heydrich, German Nazi SS officer (d. 1942)
- 1908 – Anna Magnani, Italian actress (d. 1973)
- 1909 – Léo Malet, French writer (d. 1996)
- 1911 – Sachchidananda Vatsyayan,Indian Hindi writer(d.1987)
- 1912 – Eerik Kumari, Estonian ornithologist (d. 1984)
- 1913 – Dollard Ménard, Canadian military officer (Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal) during the Dieppe Raid (d. 1997)
- 1914 – John Rodney, American actor
- 1914 – Lee Young, American jazz drummer and singer (d. 2008)
- 1915 – Jacques Chaban-Delmas, French politician (d. 2000)
- 1917 – Betty Holberton, American engineer (d. 2001)
- 1920 – Eddy Paape, Franco-Belgian comics artist
- 1922 – Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 2004)
- 1922 – Mochtar Lubis, Indonesian novelist and journalist (d. 2004)
- 1925 – Rene Gagnon, American Marine shown in photograph of the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima (d. 1979)
- 1927 – James Broderick, American actor (d. 1982)
- 1927 – Philippe Clay, French singer and actor (d. 2007)
- 1927 – Jean-Paul Desbiens, Canadian writer and teacher (d. 2006)
- 1927 – Henri Landwirth, Belgian-American hotelier and philanthropist
- 1928 – Gilbert Rondeau, Canadian politician (d. 1994)
- 1930 – Antony Armstrong-Jones, British aristocrat, Lord Snowdon, former husband of Princess Margaret
- 1933 – Jackie Blanchflower, Irish footballer (d. 1998)
- 1933 – Ed Bouchee, American baseball player (d. 2013)
- 1934 – Douglas Cardinal, Canadian architect
- 1934 – Giorgos Katsaros, Greek musician and composer
- 1934 – Willard Scott, American television broadcaster
- 1934 – Nari Contractor, Indian cricketer
- 1935 – Antonios Naguib, Coptic Catholic Patriarch and Cardinal
- 1936 – Florentino Fernández, Cuban boxer (d. 2013)
- 1936 – Georges Perec, French author (d. 1982)
- 1938 – David Baltimore, American biologist, Nobel Prize laureate
- 1938 – Janet Guthrie, American race car driver
- 1939 – Danyel Gérard, French singer-songwriter
- 1940 – Rudi Dutschke, German student leader (d. 1979)
- 1940 – Daniel J. Travanti, American actor
- 1942 – Tammy Faye Bakker, American televangelist (d. 2007)
- 1942 – Charles R. Boutin, American politician
- 1942 – Michael Eisner, American film studio executive
- 1943 – Chris White, British musician (The Zombies)
- 1944 – Sir Ranulph Fiennes, British soldier and explorer
- 1944 – Zhiuli Shartava, Georgian politician (d. 1993)
- 1944 – Stanley Schmidt, American editor
- 1944 – Townes Van Zandt, American musician and songwriter (d. 1997)
- 1945 – John Heard, American actor
- 1945 – Bob Herbert, American journalist
- 1945 – Arthur Lee, American musician (Love) (d. 2006)
- 1945 – Elizabeth Moon, American author
- 1946 – Matthew Fisher, British musician (Procol Harum)
- 1946 – Daniel Goleman, American author and psychologist
- 1946 – Peter Wolf, American musician (The J. Geils Band)
- 1947 – Helen Eadie, Scottish politician
- 1947 – Richard Lawson, American actor
- 1947 – Walter Röhrl, German race and rally car driver, twice World Rally Champion (1980 & 1982)
- 1947 – Susan Miller, American astrologer
- 1949 – Ghulam Nabi Azad, Indian politician
- 1950 – Iris Chacon, Puerto Rican singer and dancer
- 1950 – Billy Joe Dupree, American football player
- 1950 – Franco Harris, American football player
- 1950 – J. R. Richard, American baseball player
- 1951 – Jeff Burroughs, American baseball player
- 1951 – Francis Rocco Prestia, American musician (Tower of Power)
- 1952 – Ernie Isley, American musician (The Isley Brothers)
- 1952 – Viv Richards, Antiguan West Indies cricketer
- 1952 – Lynn Swann, American football player
- 1953 – Bernard Voyer, Canadian explorer and mountainer
- 1955 – Anupam Kher, Indian actor
- 1955 – Tommy Kramer, American football player
- 1956 – Bryan Cranston, American actor
- 1957 – Robert Harris, English journalist
- 1957 – Tomás Yarrington, Mexican politician
- 1958 – Alan Hale, American astronomer
- 1958 – Rik Mayall, British actor
- 1958 – Merv Neagle, Australian footballer (d. 2012)
- 1959 – Tom Lehman, American golfer
- 1959 – Donna Murphy, American actress and singer
- 1959 – Nick Searcy, American actor
- 1960 – Joe Carter, American baseball player
- 1960 – Ivan Lendl, Czech tennis player
- 1960 – Jim Spivey, American track and field athlete
- 1961 – Mary Beth Evans, American actress
- 1961 – Mark Kumpel, American ice hockey player
- 1962 – Taylor Dayne, American recording artist
- 1962 – Peter Manley, English darts player
- 1963 – Bill Brochtrup, American actor
- 1963 – Mike Eagles, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1963 – Maria Lindström, Swedish tennis player
- 1964 – Bret Easton Ellis, American writer
- 1964 – Denyce Graves, American singer
- 1964 – Wanda Sykes, American actress and comedienne
- 1965 – Jack Armstrong, American baseball player
- 1965 – Jean-Pierre Barda, Swedish singer (Army of Lovers)
- 1965 – Steve Beuerlein, American football player
- 1965 – Cameron Daddo, Australian actor
- 1965 – Jesper Parnevik, Swedish golfer
- 1966 – Terry Carkner, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1966 – Ludwig Kögl, German footballer
- 1966 – Atsushi Sakurai, Japanese singer (Buck-Tick)
- 1966 – Joy Tanner, American actress
- 1967 – Ruthie Henshall, English theatre actress and singer
- 1967 – Ai Yazawa, Japanese manga artist
- 1968 – Denis Boucher, Canadian baseball player
- 1968 – Jeff Kent, American baseball player
- 1969 – Warrel Dane, American singer (Nevermore and Sanctuary)
- 1969 – Massimo Lotti, Italian footballer
- 1969 – Hideki Noda, Japanese racing driver
- 1969 – Shin Ae Ra, Korean actress and radio DJ
- 1970 – Rachel Weisz, British actress
- 1971 – Peter Sarsgaard, American actor
- 1971 – Matthew Vaughn, British film producer and director
- 1972 – Jang Dong-gun, South Korean actor and musician
- 1972 – Maxim Roy, Canadian actress
- 1973 – Jason Bright, Australian racing driver
- 1973 – Sébastien Izambard, operatic pop singer (Il Divo)
- 1973 – Ray Parlour, English footballer
- 1974 – Larry Bagby, American actor and musician
- 1974 – Hugo Ferreira, American musician (Tantric)
- 1974 – Jenna Fischer, American actress
- 1974 – Krizz Kaliko, American rapper
- 1974 – Facundo Sava, Argentine footballer
- 1975 – Audrey Marie Anderson, American actress
- 1975 – T.J. Thyne, American actor
- 1977 – Paul Cattermole, British singer and actor (S Club)
- 1977 – Gianluca Grava, Italian footballer
- 1977 – Ronan O'Gara, Irish rugby union footballer
- 1977 – Mitja Zastrow, German-born swimmer
- 1979 – Rodrigo Braña, Argentine footballer
- 1979 – Amanda Somerville, American singer and vocal coach (Aina)
- 1980 – Éric Godard, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1980 – Laura Prepon, American actress
- 1981 – Rica Peralejo, Filipina actress
- 1982 – Kate Michael, American beauty queen
- 1982 – Erika Yamakawa, Japanese talent
- 1983 – Manucho, Angolan footballer
- 1983 – Taylor Tankersley, American baseball player
- 1984 – Mathieu Flamini, French footballer
- 1984 – Rachel Rice, Welsh reality TV contestant on Big Brother 9
- 1985 – Thomas Erak, American guitarist (The Fall of Troy and The 30 Years War)
- 1985 – Andre Fluellen, American football player
- 1986 – Ben Griffin, Australian soccer player
- 1987 – Hatem Ben Arfa, French footballer
- 1987 – Niclas Bergfors, Swedish hockey player
- 1988 – Larry Asante, American football player
- 1989 – Gerald Anderson, Filipino actor and model
- 1990 – Abigail and Brittany Hensel, American conjoined twins
- 1990 – Choi Jong Hun, South Korean guitarist (F.T. Island)
- 1990 – Lefteris Matsoukas, Greek footballer
- 1991 – Michele Rigione, Italian footballer
- 1992 – Bel Powley, English actress
- 1994 – An-Sophie Mestach, Belgian tennis player
- 2009 – Prince Umberto of Savoy
- 161 – Antoninus Pius, Roman Emperor (b. 86)
- 308 – Saint Eubulus, Christian martyr
- 413 – Heraclianus, Roman usurper
- 851 – Nominoe, Duke of Brittany
- 1226 – William Longespée, 3rd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader
- 1274 – Saint Thomas Aquinas, Italian Philosopher (b. 1225)
- 1578 – Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox (b. 1515)
- 1625 – Johann Bayer, German astronomer (b. 1572)
- 1724 – Pope Innocent XIII (b. 1655)
- 1767 – Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, French colonizer (b. 1680)
- 1778 – Charles De Geer, Swedish industrialist (b. 1720)
- 1810 – Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood, British admiral (b. 1750)
- 1904 – Ferdinand André Fouqué, French geologist (b. 1828)
- 1909 – Friedrich Amelung, Baltic German cultural historian, businessman and chess endgame composer (b. 1842)
- 1913 – Emily Pauline Johnson, Native Canadian poet (b. 1861)
- 1928 – Robert Abbe, American surgeon (b. 1851)
- 1932 – Aristide Briand, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1862)
- 1938 – Henry Jameson, American soccer player (b. 1883)
- 1938 – Andreas Michalakopoulos, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1876)
- 1942 – Lucy Parsons, American anarchist, communist and labor organizer (b. 1853)
- 1943 – Alma Moodie, Australian classical violinist (b. 1898)
- 1949 – Francis Dodd, English artist (b. 1874)
- 1949 – Bradbury Robinson, American football player (b. 1884)
- 1952 – Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (b. 1893)
- 1954 – Otto Diels, German Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1876)
- 1957 – Wyndham Lewis, British author (b. 1882)
- 1961 – Govind Ballabh Pant,UP first Chief Minister,Indian Politician(b.1887)
- 1965 – Louise Mountbatten, Swedish queen (b. 1889)
- 1967 – Alice B. Toklas, American companion to Gertrude Stein (b. 1877)
- 1969 – Sampurnanand, Indian Politician,Ex UP Chief Minister(b.1891)
- 1974 – Alberto Rabagliati, Italian singer and actor (Lecuona Cuban Boys) (b. 1906)
- 1975 – Mikhail Bakhtin, Russian philosopher (b. 1895)
- 1975 – Ben Blue, Canadian actor (b. 1901)
- 1976 – Wright Patman, American politician (b. 1893)
- 1978 – Steve Bilko, American baseball player (b. 1928)
- 1981 – Kiril Kondrashin, Russian conductor (b. 1914)
- 1983 – Igor Markevitch, Ukrainian conductor and composer (b. 1912)
- 1984 – Paul Rotha, English director (b. 1907)
- 1986 – Jacob K. Javits, American politician (b. 1904)
- 1988 – Divine, American actor (b. 1945)
- 1988 – Robert Livingston, American film actor (b. 1904)
- 1991 – Cool Papa Bell, American baseball player (b. 1903)
- 1995 – Paul-Émile Victor, French explorer (b. 1907)
- 1997 – E. H. Bronner, German-American soap magnate (b. 1908)
- 1997 – Edward Mills Purcell, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
- 1999 – Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official (b. 1918)
- 1999 – Stanley Kubrick, American film director (b. 1928)
- 2000 – Charles Gray, British actor (b. 1928)
- 2000 – Pee Wee King, American country music songwriter and musician (b. 1914)
- 2001 – Frankie Carle, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1903)
- 2004 – Paul Winfield, American actor (b. 1941)
- 2005 – John Box, British film production designer and art director (b. 1920)
- 2005 – Debra Hill, American screenwriter and film producer (b. 1950)
- 2006 – Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician (b. 1939)
- 2006 – John Junkin, British performer (b. 1930)
- 2006 – Gordon Parks, American photographer (b. 1912)
- 2009 – Jang Ja-yeon, South Korean actress (b. 1982)
- 2010 – Mary Josephine Ray, Canadian-American supercentenarian (b. 1895)
- 2012 – Big Walter Price, American blues singer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1914)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Thomas Aquinas, Doctor and Poet, 1274 (commemoration, Anglicanism)
- One of the days dedicated to Vejovis (Roman Empire)
- Teacher's Day (Albania)
Here’s the most important exchange in Ben Fordham’s impressive questioning on 2GB today of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. (Audio here.) It deals with a power of attorney Gillard allegedly witnessed (see it here) to the advantage of her then client and boyfriend, conman Bruce Wilson, for whom she’d helped to create a slush fund:
BEN FORDHAM:You… can see that money from the slush fund may have been used to buy a house in Melbourne. Now you attended the auction with your then boyfriend Bruce Wilson, but the property was purchased in the name of Ralph Blewitt even though he’d never seen the house. Now in order for this to be done legally, a power of attorney would need to be signed allowing ... Bruce to buy the property on Ralph’s behalf.... So, when this property was purchased on Ralph’s behalf, the law states that you would have to be present when Ralph Blewitt signed the documents. Ralph Blewitt claims that you were not present. He claims that Bruce Wilson flew to Perth to get him to sign the documents and that you signed it at a different time in a different place. Now you did not fly to Perth to witness those documents, did you?JULIA GILLARD:And I’ve consistently dealt with this too. I properly witness documents as a lawyer. So you can believe Mr Blewitt or you can believe me Ben. I’m not overly fussed what you conclude, but I witnessed documents properly as a lawyer.BEN FORDHAM:Ok, if you’ve always obeyed the law in carrying out your duties, you’d be able to make a statement to police confirming that you’ve never witnessed one of these documents without the relevant person being present.JULIA GILLARD:Ben, excuse me, that is incredibly offensive and I’m not going to let it go past. I have done nothing wrong in this matter. I have said that for 20 years. I will continue to say that, because it is the truth. Anybody who wants to know anything about this matter from my perspective has already got the benefits of it being canvassed publicly and in Parliament over the best part of 20 years. I’ve given full details and I never did anything wrong and please don’t use forms of words that imply the contrary.BEN FORDHAM:Prime Minister, you and Ralph Blewitt were there together and signed the documents together – that’s what you’re saying just to confirm?JULIA GILLARD:I’ve witnessed documents properly as a lawyer.BEN FORDHAM:Yeah, you and Ralph Blewitt were in the room together, you signed them together yes?JULIA GILLARD:Look Ben, these documents were of – as a lawyer I witness thousands of documents, so as a lawyer for eight years I witnessed thousands of them. I don’t remember each document, but I witnessed documents properly.BEN FORDHAM:And if you always witnessed them properly, then you and Ralph Blewitt were in the room together and signed at the same time.JULIA GILLARD:Well absolutely. I witness documents properly.BEN FORDHAM:And this one?JULIA GILLARD:What’s your point? I witness documents properly.BEN FORDHAM:Ok, it just sounds like one of those things Prime Minister where I’m asking about a specific moment whether or not…JULIA GILLARD:And over eight years, I can’t sit here on the phone with you and go through every document over eight years as a lawyer.BEN FORDHAM:Sure, but it would stand out though.JULIA GILLARD:…that this document was of no particular significance at the time that my practice as a lawyer was to witness documents properly.BEN FORDHAM:Yeah, it was of significance, because it was the only time that you were witnessing a document that involved the purchase of a property that your then boyfriend was involved in. That’s why it would stand out.JULIA GILLARD:But it’s like asking you, can you give me the opening words of an interview you did three years ago. The matter had no particular significance at the time. It has the significance now because of how politically used it’s been. It wasn’t significant then.BEN FORDHAM:Ok Prime Minister, my apologies if I’ve upset you on any of those details, but I do appreciate you coming on.JULIA GILLARD:Ben, it’s not a question of you upsetting me and I’m not going to have you create the impression with people that I’m somehow upset. I’m just being clear with you and firm with you, because I do not believe it’s appropriate for you to mislead people on this matter.
Note the bit on bold. The audio of it picks up a hesitation that makes the answer more ambiguous that the transcript suggests. Is Gillard really for the first time insisting she was in the room with Blewitt to witness his document, as required by law? Or is she saying, absolutely she witness documents properly - a more general assertion?
The full interview:
There’s one West the Prime Minister doesn’t dare visit at all:
Today marks 115 days since Julia Gillard last set foot in Western Australia.
(No link to press release from Senator Michaelia Cash.)
(Thanks to reader Cam.)
Julia Gillard’s campaign to tackle criminal gangs is wobbling, with three state governments unhappy about her idea of national laws and a crime statistician saying she has exaggerated the gun problem in NSW…On Sunday, she announced a $64 million ‘’national anti-gang taskforce’’. Ms Gillard said: ‘’When we look at the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, we see that over the past 15 years, shootings in public places have soared.’‘But the director of the bureau, Don Weatherburn, said Ms Gillard was wrong to claim that shootings had ‘’soared’’. According to Dr Weatherburn, the number of non-fatal shooting offences in NSW peaked in 2001 and then began to fall.
(Thanks to reader Peter.)
Paul Murray films Julia Gillard whizzing past the locals at the Rooty Hill RSL - the very people who wants to woo but is too afraid to meet.
Instead she hid in a private dining room with “mummy bloggers”, largely Left-leaning bloggers of the media class from Sydney’s east.
They included blogger edenland, who would have given Gillard a reassuring feeling she was talking to people just like herself:
Edenland even endorses the one 457 worker that Gillard likes, and plays the same games with race cards:
(Via Michael Smith, who has more.)
THIS isn’t quite the fresh start the Liberals needed. They’ve had our premier effectively sacked by an MP facing allegations of rorting.
And Ted Baillieu’s resignation leaves the Government without the natural successor, Planning Minister Matthew Guy, taking over.
Sack the Climate Commission now. Boot its chief, Professor Tim Flannery, for flogging yet another disgraceful global warming scare.
That scare is the commission’s new report, dubbing the past three month’s Australia’s “Angry Summer”.
“Angry Summer”? Is that a scientific term?
This thin report, by climate commissioner, Will Steffen, claims “Australia’s Angry Summer shows that climate change is already adversely affecting Australians”.
It does? How could global warming suddenly give us an “Angry Summer” when even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admits there’s been no “statistically significant” warming over the past 15 years?
But the commission’s report doesn’t mention that.
Instead it picks out one heat wave in Australia it claimed helped give us “our hottest summer”, with “record breaking heat on 8-10 January”.
But how does one Australian heat wave prove anything about global temperatures?
In fact, our January wasn’t even typical of the world’s weather.
As Professor Ole Humlum, an Oslo University geoscientist, notes, “On average, global air temperatures [for January] were near the 1998-2006 average” and the “Southern Hemisphere was mainly at or below average”.
Australia’s higher temperatures were actually an “exception”. Even “the global oceanic heat content has been rather stable since 2003/2004”.
That isn’t mentioned by the commission either.
Nor was this: the whole of 2012 was actually only Australia’s 39th warmest year since 1910.
The commission just skips on. It says the heat then gave way to floods in eastern Australia, completing our “Angry Summer”.
“The heavy rainfall was the result of former tropical cyclone Oswald,” it observes.
But not even the IPCC now believes such cyclones have been changed in intensity or frequency by global warming.
“Current datasets indicate no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency,” its latest draft report says.
But here’s the commission’s worst omission.
It claims our rains were made heavier by global warming: “Observations by scientists worldwide affirm the basic physics demonstrating that heavy rainfall becomes more likely as the climate warms.”
But it doesn’t admit that just six years ago Flannery warned us to expect the very opposite – an almost “permanent” drought.
“Over the past 50 years southern Australia has lost about 20 per cent of its rainfall, and one cause is almost certainly global warming,” he claimed in 2007.
“Even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems.”
Summer wasn’t angry at all. But you should be.
THE Government which last year let in 17,000 boat people, now says our border laws are “out of control”.
And Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she has a plan “to stop foreign workers being put at the front of the queue with Australian workers at the back”.
Ms Gillard wasn’t referring this week to boat people who come here without passports or permission, and who tend to be on Centrelink benefits even after five years.
No, she was attacking skilled workers who come invited to Australia on temporary 457 visas to work on jobs locals can’t or won’t fill.
This is mad. Ms Gillard has embarked on a xenophobic fear campaign against exactly the foreign workers who pay their own way, earning an average of $90,000 a year.
She’s attacking workers like her own media director, John McTernan, brought from Britain on a 457 visa.
Yes, some may well criticise the Opposition for recent talk of wanting “behaviour protocols” for asylum seekers on bridging visas, a proposal that seems to exploit resentments.
But Ms Gillard is not just dividing but attacking a source of our growth.
She has chosen as her target for xenophobia not unemployed people who have sailed here uninvited at a cost to us of some $5 billion in just five years.
She has damned as job-stealers people her Government has accepted as workers doing needed jobs that can’t be filled by locals.
These are people who help this economy tick over and who after four years must leave. Engineers, surgeons, IT professionals, managers and miners.
Almost nothing this PM has said about these “foreigners” is true.
Labor must realise it’s tripped a wire when even the SBS is asking a Labor Prime Minister if they are dog whistling to xenophobes, with even Pauline Hanson cheering.
It gets worse when Gillard is asked - on the SBS! - if she’s being a union puppet and a hypocrite for banging on about foreign workers while employing one as her own media director.
If you’re Labor and have lost the SBS, you really are running out of friends.
Good interview by Janice Petersen.
SBS News, May 26, 2012:LABOR senator Doug Cameron says he’s gobsmacked by the Labor government’s announcement that hundreds of foreign workers will be brought in for a WA mining project . . . “We’ve got workers being marched off the job in Kurri Kurri, marched off the job by Qantas in Melbourne and Chinese workers marching in Western Australia,” Senator Cameron told reporters.Steve Lewis on news.com.au, January 20:DOUG Cameron has backed calls for a “hard-headed assessment” of the immigration scheme.Judith Sloan, The Australian, yesterday:THERE is a certain irony to a man with a very thick Scottish accent banging on about the evils of 457 visas, the arrangement that allows workers to come to Australia on a temporary basis.Even before his porridge:FROM: McTernan, John Sent: Wednesday, 6 March 2013 6:32 AMTo: Sloan, Judith, Subject: Excuse meCan you tell me when I have “banged on about the evils of 457 visas”? I am not a public figure. I do not give press conferences, or make speeches, or appear on TV or radio. And seriously “a thick Scottish accent”?Que?FROM: Sloan, Judith Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 11:23 AMTo: McTernan, JohnSubject: Re: Excuse meActually I was not referring to you. But what the heck. Cheers Judith
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen in 2011 announces changes to the 457 visas for foreign workers:
This new scheme recognises that many Australian businesses have a long history of dealing with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and an excellent record of compliance with workplace and migration laws…
Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2013 on the 457 visas for foreign workers:
We inherited from the previous government a 457 temporary foreign worker visa program that was totally out of control, and every step of the way we have been putting in place new conditions to crack down on the rorts.I understand there can be legitimate skill shortages where businesses need to source labour from overseas, but I also understand there are too many times when people have the skills to get the job and they don’t get the job.
I guess the 457 scheme must have gone to the dogs under Bowen.
Unless, of course, Gillard is just making things up:
Damage is being done by attracting productive and invited workers from overseas as job-stealers:
JULIA Gillard’s attack on foreign worker visa rorts is jeopardising Australia’s global standing and risks reinforcing perceptions of racial and religious intolerance.Two of the nation’s most experienced diplomats have also warned Labor that the row over 457 temporary migration visas is undermining its Asian Century strategy.Former Australian ambassador to China Geoff Raby said the dispute sent the wrong message to Asia, while former Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary Richard Woolcott argued it was detrimental to the nation’s wider foreign policy interests.
And guess who bobs up to defend what Gillard is trashing?
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd used a speech in Adelaide yesterday to praise Australia’s history of successful immigration, saying successive intakes of migrants had strengthened the nation and contributed to the nation’s foreign policy clout in the region.“We actually have something uniquely precious here,” Mr Rudd said at an interfaith rally in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. “I think one of the great hidden strengths of Australia is our embrace of diversity.”
THIS is a dog-whistling government corrupting policy for short-term political gain.Labor is seeking to exploit concerns about asylum-seekers in densely populated and under-serviced urban Australia and giving in to union pressure over 457 temporary visas for foreign workers in an act of electoral desperation.This tactic is wrong on every front: social, policy and political. It has all the hallmarks of a reckless campaign conducted by people who don’t care what they wreck or don’t understand what they are doing.
(Thanks to reader Phil.)
Greg Sheridan dismisses conspiracy theories in the Ben Zygier case, following the report released by Foreign Minister Bob Carr into Zygier’s death in an Israel prison:
Good grief, Zygier was visited by his family 50 times in his short 10-month detention in an Israeli prison. He was visited by his lawyers. He was not physically or psychologically abused.More than that, he had migrated to Israel, taken out Israeli citizenship, served in the Israeli Defence Force, worked for the Israeli government and married and settled in Israel.At no stage did he or his family request any consular assistance from Australia…The idea that Australia retains responsibility for them in criminal cases, especially in a democratic country with an independent judiciary such as Israel, and in circumstances where they do not request assistance, is ridiculous…Two definitive statements stand out.Carr said there was no evidence Zygier was in any way involved in the 2010 assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai, in which Mossad agents used Australian passports.Recently, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said ASIO had had no contact whatsoever with Zygier.It is extremely unlikely that Carr and Netanyahu would make such statements if they were not true.
Yet Zygier was held in secrecy in prison for reasons we do not yet know. But for me the silence of his family suggests there is little to be gained in the national interest by demanding answers, much as I’d like them:
YOSSI MELMAN, JOURNALIST AND SECURITY COMMENTATOR: I think that the Australian Government already knows what were the charges against him. I have a feeling from reading the reports published today in Australia that the Australian Government knows much more than it is ready to reveal to the public.
I agree. And I suspect there was a lot more that ASIO knew about Zygier than anyone wants to lay claim to:
MICHAEL VINCENT: The report’s timeline shows Ben Zygier was arrested in January 2010. Australian intelligence agency ASIO was told on February 16.EXCERPT FROM ZYGIER REPORT (voiceover): The agency seeks assurances from Israel about Mr Zygier’s welfare and legal rights.MICHAEL VINCENT: But ASIO didn’t tell the Department of Foreign Affairs until eight days later, February 24.EXCERPT FROM ZYGIER REPORT (voiceover): DFAT Secretary Dennis Richardson is briefed for first and only time. DFAT is told that the Prime Minister’s Office and the Attorney-General have been briefed about the case.MICHAEL VINCENT: But then some time after February 24, the date not recorded:EXCERPT FROM ZYGIER REPORT (voiceover): DFAT orally advises Foreign Minister’s Chief of Staff. No formal record of oral advice was kept. There was nothing to suggest that the Foreign Minister himself was briefed.MICHAEL VINCENT: The timing here was critical. February 24, 2010 was the day that the Dubai police chief rang to tell the Government Australian passports were used in the assassination of a Hamas operative in Dubai… That phone call from Dubai prompted Australia’s National Security Committee of Cabinet to meet.BOB CARR: The advice I’ve got is that nothing in the Zygier file, nothing in the Zygier record has him working in Dubai…REPORTER: On the same day that the Dubai police chief rings up Australia and says Australian passports were used in an assassination in Dubai and an Australian national is arrested in Israel, that information was never passed on to the relevant ministers?BOB CARR: No, it wasn’t.
Sunset at Valley View…
I took this shot a little later than the picture I previously posted. I had to post this as well because I like it even more than the first. It was a great evening.
White Mountains Sunset
Yes, it really was this intense. Late day glow on a very old Bristlecone Pine.
Colonel David Crockett of Tennessee, played by John Wayne, explains to a young native Texian woman named Flaca why people should be willing to make sacrifices to crush evil, and how that validates the worthiness of a person's life. He characterizes doing right as being alive, and doing wrong as tantamount to a walking "dead man".
Jesus in a scene from The Bible mini-series. Played by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado. Only 4 days until the next part of the series airs on Sunday on History channel!
It Was Inevitable #tcot #wcot #sgp #tlot #hhrs #ocra #teaparty #p2 #UN #Agenda21 #CO2 #ENEV
So guess what? Now your bicycle is bad too.
Riding a bicycle causes an increase in breathing and heart rate and by virtue of that, an increase in CO2 production.
Eeeeevvvill CO2. (Without which, life would be impossible.)
I'm not sure exactly what point he's making here, but if this is a turnabout-is-fair-play strategy, to make eco-Marxist greenies feel some of the pain they routinely inflict on us, I bow humbly in admiration.
If this is just another political lemming trying to tax something, he deserves the same scorn as leftist lemmings doing the same thing.
Let's hope it's the former and not the latter and that he's just making a political statement.
"If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
~Ronald Reagan on government
Nature’s designs are giving researchers ideas for new technologies that could help wounds heal, make injections less painful, and provide new materials for a variety of purposes.http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2sfe
Geckos use nanoscale structures on their feet to accomplish gravity-defying feats.
American Paintings: Fall of the Alamo by Robert Jenkins Onderdonk
March 6, 1836
No matter how far they feel at the moment, know that the unfailing love and blessings of God are pursuing you (Ps 23:6, NLT).
GILLARD’S HYPOCRISY TOUR OF WESTERN SYDNEY
Hypocrisy No.1 - Complaining about “foreign workers on 457 visas” when your right hand man is a foreigner on a 457 visa.
Hypocrisy No. 2 - Opening a Jobs expo in Liverpool, while imposing the world’s largest Carbon tax on Australian industry.
Hypocrisy No.3 - Offering to part fund raising the height of Warragamba Dam wall by 23 meters, while employing Tim “even the rain that falls won’t fill the dams" Flannery as Climate Commissioner.
Hypocrisy No.4 – Talking about "cracking down on crime", while slashing customs screening of imports for drugs and guns.
Is it any wonder that no one believes that Labor says ?
There are 10 kinds of people. Those that get Binary and those who don't. - ed
Capuchin monkeys are known for their ability to recognize when they're being treated fairly, but now research shows they can even spot unfairness in situations that don't involve themselves and will shun selfish others. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2rsr
God blesses, heals, provides for and delivers you based on Jesus’ finished work! Check out today's devotional. Be sure to click "like" to help spread the word! Thanks, all!http://bit.ly/YshW3z
But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.—Ps 86:15
When people give up on you, and even when you give up on yourself, I want to assure you that God hasn’t given up on you! He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins and this God of grace will never give up on you. His arms are opened wide to receive you, freely forgive you and restore you!
Thomson gave ALP a taste of success
LATEST CANCER INFORMATION
from Johns Hopkins
AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY AND ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY …
1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.
3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
11. An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiple.
What cancer cells feed on:
a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.
b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells will starved.
c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes t o nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.
To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water--best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.
12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines will become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.
13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.
15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.
Anger, unforgiving and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.