People have been dying for a long time for a lot of reasons

The page above is taken from The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore for February 17 which shows, if you can read the print:

During the week which ended on this day in 1719, the following diseases and conditions proved fatal to the inhabitants of London.

Not all of them died, of course, but only some. And none of them died of Covid-19, unless it was Covid-1719. Meanwhile, back in the real world of modern life as we live it today, we have this: The cult of Dan — coming soon to a garbage bag on you.

A person from Melbourne’s CBD wears a garbage bag during their transfer to the Pullman Hotel in Albert Park. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Ian Currie

This is where we have progressed to today. I will end with a quote from John Stuart Mill which seems especially apposite:

“The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of [their] own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.”

We do not deserve the freedom we have been bequeathed and will soon lose it if we do not mend our ways assuming it has not been lost already.

I hope the death of Rush Limbaugh today is not a metaphor for much else that is going on.

AND NOW TO ADD TO EVERYTHING ELSE THERE IS THIS: From Tony Thomas: Daniel Andrews’ Bad Case of China Envy. Read it through and see if our freedoms are not actually on the line. The accompanying picture really does say something worth thinking about.

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31 Responses to People have been dying for a long time for a lot of reasons

  1. Fat Tony says:

    Didn’t Jeanne Little do a fashion line using garbage bags many years ago??

  2. old bloke says:

    Two died from the “King’s Evil.” Sounds dreadful.

    How many will die from Charlie’s evil if the UK goes carbon-zero sometime in the future.

  3. PB says:

    Rising in the Lights??

  4. Chris M says:

    The origin of the man-bun.

    Dan is envious of the blue skies and sparkling waters of China.

  5. Chris M says:

    The Tissick, anyone know?

    Could be my problem. Or worms of course.

  6. Joanna Smythe says:

    Now that the flu seems to have disappeared will people be advised to get the flu jab this year.

  7. thefrollickingmole says:

    Of their teeth sounds like rouge dentures in the night.

    Though considering how common infected teeth/ jaws are even today it’s a horrifying number dying of septicaemia caused by dental problems.

  8. Lazlo says:

    And that was before Gin Lane.

  9. roman says:

    “Suddenly” as a cause of death? What the hell is that? Oh I see, it was an early version of speed.

  10. maree says:

    Steve, your quote of John Stuart Mill re freedom in one’s own life, as opposed to controlling the freedoms of others in theirs, is exactly the fracture point at present. The Left has thought the argument has been won, but the pendulum theory never goes away, nor does the law of physical dynamics, ie, equal and opposite reaction.

  11. Fair Shake says:

    Aged 9. Yes they died at the ripe old age of 32 as Grandparents all. This learned generation will be sorely missed. In their latter year they participated in the groundbreaking Advanced Leach Vaccinator program, Wash your hands once only per annum incentive and the much applauded cash for clunkers scheme (where you traded in your old horse to save the realm from gerbil warming). They shall be remembered as Men of science, whose motto ‘you can’t argue with the science’ will live on. Total debts due to the King $2,356,402 will be recovered from their families in perpetuity.

  12. Perfidious Albino says:

    Pretty sure “Suddenly” relates to fatally adverse reactions to an Angry Anderson song…

  13. Entropy says:

    Rising in the Lights had me stumped. Apparently “lights” = lungs. So, fluid in the lungs. pneumonia etc
    Tympany =swelling of the guts. similar to twisting of the guts. Colic etc.

    Imposthume= abscess. Infection seems pretty major back then. Look how many died of bad teeth..
    And 15 stillbirths in a week! In Australia with a much.much larger population, there are about 6 or 7 stillbirths a day, even today.

  14. Ozman says:

    Convulsions 139 died–sarin gas?

    Griping in the guts 20 died. :

    Griping in the guts was therefore a good bet for advertisers of proprietary medicines in the late 17th century. Worried parents were the ideal market, and there was the added bonus that many adult sufferers would recover naturally from a bout of the shits, thus making the remedies seem effective


    The natural recovery sounds similar to this headline: Merck Scraps COVID Vaccines; Says It’s More Effective To Get The Virus And Recover

  15. Macspee says:

    ‘Not all of them died, of course, but only some’

    Actually it says they proved fatal. No doubt some rose again, took up their stave and left .

  16. Mark M says:

    If I was gonna make a phone call, that’s where I’d do it!

    Privacy assured.

  17. cuckoo says:

    The Left has thought the argument has been won, but the pendulum theory never goes away, nor does the law of physical dynamics, ie, equal and opposite reaction.

    Well said. That’s the thought that keeps me going. The Left always thinks that once they’ve got everything the way they want it, it will stay that way forever. In fact it’s only conservatives who really who really understand the nature of change.

  18. Mother Lode says:

    Rising in the Lights??

    You don’t see it any more because they created a vaccine – Lumenavax(?)

    If anti-vaxxers get their way there will be an outbreak and you will see people lights rising all over the place.

  19. duncanm says:

    Wow.. read that Tony Thomas / Avi Yemeni incident.

    No wonder the journalists at Dan’s pressers are always so tame.

    Peta was an aberration, and Dan didn’t guess Leigh Sales was pissed and wasn’t toeing the ABC line.

  20. CC says:

    Have you noticed how the image of people wearing garbage bags has mostly disappeared from the MSM?

    And when questioned, Dan explained it away as “”they didn’t want to be identified”.

    So the only way that the “experts” can find to have someone not be identified is to put them in a garbage bag?
    Let’s just say that it defies common sense.
    I note that celebrities seem to manage with a pair of sunglasses and a hat!

  21. Old Lefty says:

    It would be a safe assumption that the prosecution of Cardinal Pell was conducted in the same way by Andrews’ political lickspittles in the police and the Office of Public Prosecutions.

  22. Old Lefty says:

    Sales is a big enough hitter in the ABC firmament to survive this momentary deviation, unlike Chris Ullmann. He was gone from the 730 anchor’s chair very smartly after he dared to give Bob Brown an unprecedented hard interview. The shock on Brown’s face was palpable.

  23. Roger says:

    Daniel Andrews’ Bad Case of China Envy. Read it through and see if our freedoms are not actually on the line.

    Steve, thanks to Dan Andrews, Australia is the only Western country in a list of 83 countries published by Human Rights Watch in which authorities have used covid 19 to abuse fundamental human rights. You’re not quite up there with Cuba, Russia and Burkina Faso in Victoria, but you’re in the same company.

    Abritrary arrest, detainment and prosecution are the abuses cited.

    What a disgrace.

  24. Alured Gulle says:

    We cantrace our family back to the year 1200 when they boight a property in Essex England we can put birth and death dates back to 1430 . Most seemed to love to late 60s and 70s unusual in those days except for a couple who died within a month of each other aged 45 and 43 we have their wills ,suspect it was cholera . But most poor were lucky to get to 40 . We have a lot to thank chemicals for when we go to the chemical shop for our scripts ._

  25. TPL001 says:

    duncanm: indeed, it appears than the Premier uses statecraft tactics quite well, and will only front public situations that he can control and direct to his advantage. I would have thought that, while a pollie does not always want detractors, a courageous one, sure of himself or herself, should be able to handle contrary opinions.

    The Premier has read and imbibed The Prince quite well. I suppose nothing abnormal for the moral failure that is a the institutional Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party.

  26. John Bayley says:

    I like the ‘Executed’ bit in that picture.

    Can we get the politicians to all contract this particular disease?

    One lives in hope.

  27. HD says:

    “Worms . . . . . . . 1”

    I’m not sure if I want to know how the Doctor arrived at this diagnosis.

    Perhaps similar to those rare cases you hear about in Queensland Hospitals afflicitng returned travellers from Asia or South America. That one about the bloke that was treated with Ivermectin/ Azithromycin and an hour later it took two wardsmen, two nurses and a medical intern to pull 19′ of 2″ gauge worm out. Later x-rays showed the remaining septations broke off internally and died later from medication.

    That lady that flew back to Sydney the other year from Rio with a scratching sounds and tactile symptoms in her ears that would not abate with drops and ear rinsing. CAT scan showed beetles built a nest into her brain stem and in the process of laying larvae.

  28. Lodger from Oz says:

    That headmouldshot gets ’em every time.

  29. Beachcomber says:

    Even the dimmest of Lockdownistas must start to get that nagging feeling in the recesses of their (tiny little) minds that something doesn’t quite add up in their belief that this is about keeping people safe.

  30. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Best comment I hears was , the economy cannot be switched on and off loke a light switch .
    Question ,who is lending these polliemuppets money to keep them doing things they know nothing about? China ? Soros , ? Goldman Sachs ? The Cayman Islands ? Malcolm Turnbull ?

  31. PB says:

    “Suddenly” as a cause of death?

    Wasn’t that the marriage theme from Neighbours in the late 80s, sung with tender sensitivity by Angry Anderson (between swigs)? Death was preferable as I recall.

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