Category Archives: Disease

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 20th March, 1905 : It has been estimated that, since the outbreak of dengue fever in Brisbane this season, there have been 40,000 cases reported, or one-third of the city’s entire population. One of … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 17th March, 1909 : Sydney flour millers, James and Joseph Wearne, have died of bubonic plague. Inspection of their mill in Goulburn Street has revealed shocking plague infestation. Health officials have removed 235 dead … Continue reading

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Some people…

  … still read newspapers and watch TV. Is there no limit to human gullibility?

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 30th January, 1900 : The threat of a widespread epidemic of bubonic plague continues to strike fear into the heart of city dwellers in Australia. The outbreak, which first surfaced in Adelaide two weeks … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 18th August, 1968 : One of Nigeria’s most dashing commanders, Colonel Benjamin Adenkule, known as The Scorpion, is directing what is expected to be the final assault on Biafra. Federal troops were reported to … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 4th March, 1904 : The population of Australia could be almost 1,000,000 higher if it were not for a drop in birth rate between 1864 and 1902, according to a report by New South … Continue reading

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Guns and dolls

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger Not so long ago, one of the leading members of the Green party intellectual powerhouse discovered that Barbie dolls* lead to domestic violence (against women, I think she meant). So Muslims grew up … Continue reading

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Another

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 10th December, 1905 : Robert Koch, the German bacteriologist, today received the Nobel Prize for identifying the germ that causes that most dreaded of diseases: tuberculosis. This discovery, made in 1882, was only one … Continue reading

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The mess called Ebola

Antisthenes the Younger The news about the current state of the Ebola play are more and more confusing; only of course if you try to go beyond the pap the ABC is serving to the masses. Yet again we have … Continue reading

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Ebola roulette

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger Information about Ebola is somewhat confusing, as could be expected. Since there is no cure or even semi-plausible vaccine, there are no money to be made as yet. Mortality rate varies between 25 … Continue reading

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Freedom to …

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  It is about twenty years since South Africa‘s black population won its freedom from the oppressive white minority rule, as The Guardian and its repeater stations like ABC, The Age, The Sydney Morning … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 1st September, 1987 : The number of AIDS cases reported in Australia so far this year has already exceeded health authorities’ projections. A total of 583 cases have been reported, with 363 reported this … Continue reading

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Bureaucracy at work

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  “Australia’s chief medical officer has sought to allay concerns the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa could spread to Australia. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the epidemic constitutes … Continue reading

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december memories / 24

  NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 24th December, 1969 : Today, more than four months after brutal slaying at a house in Los Angeles shocked America, four members of so-called hippie commune have been arrested and charged with the … Continue reading

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Charity begins at home

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger Charity begins at home, goes the old adage; and it makes sense. The poor can’t help the poor and the sick can’t help the sick. Australia has or at least had, relatively strict … Continue reading

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Rolling stones

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger The heading Stone-tipped spears are a half million years old in New Scientist of 24 November, 2012 attracted my attention:  “… The oldest evidence yet of stone-tipped spears suggests it was neither our … Continue reading

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february / 01

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 1st February, 1937 : When one of their number died recently, Maoris at the Te Hapua settlement celebrated with a two-day drunken orgy, according to a New Zealand Government report. It says conditions are … Continue reading

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december / 01

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 1st December, 1918 : More than 2,000 people have died of Spanish influenza in New Zealand as the full impact of the epidemic reaches into the Pacific from Europe and South Africa. More than … Continue reading

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november / 15

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 15th November, 1901 : The death rate in the refugee camps for Boer families in South Africa is still rising, especially among children, but urgent action is under way to improve conditions, according to … Continue reading

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