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Incredible. Scurvy returns. “When doctors and patients realised that scurvy had reappeared, in separate outbreaks in Zimbabwe and Sydney recently, they were stunned. “I couldn’t believe it,” Penelope Jackson, one of the Sydney victims, recalled, “I thought, ‘Hang on a minute, scurvy hasn’t been around for centuries’.”

February 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Incredible. Scurvy returns. “When doctors and patients realised that scurvy had reappeared, in separate outbreaks in Zimbabwe and Sydney recently, they were stunned. “I couldn’t believe it,” Penelope Jackson, one of the Sydney victims, recalled, “I thought, ‘Hang on a minute, scurvy hasn’t been around for centuries’.”
[…]
We forget about scurvy – deliberately perhaps. And we seem to forget as well just how simple it is to cure and prevent. As Jenny Gunton, the clinician at the Westmead Institute in Sydney, pointed out, scurvy is prevented if we don’t boil vegetables to a paste, and as for the cure: “It’s so easily treated with one vitamin tablet a day” or by fresh vegetables and fruit. When the rules for eating properly are neglected by a significant sector of the population, and their forgetfulness is allied with government cutbacks for social services, the outlook for outbreaks gets a lot grimmer.

The recent sieges in Aleppo and Mount Sinjar have doubtless been accompanied by unreported scorbutic outbreaks. Over the last few years there have been a steady trickle of stories of individual cases in Europe and the US – an eight-year-old in Wales died of cardiac arrest brought on by severe scurvy in 2011, and a toddler in Michigan who couldn’t walk and was successively tested for Guillain-Barré syndrome, osteomyelitis and cancer until physicians finally diagnosed scurvy.

But now that multiple cases are appearing in a single place, it suggests that either bad choices of diet are becoming more common, or that institutional food programmes are failing. Or that both are occurring simultaneously.
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More work is being done now on conditions such as sepsis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and symptoms of diabetes. But this research pales in comparison with the rise in the consumption of sugar, especially by young people, and the enforcement of recent policies of austerity by western governments. Figures quoted in the Guardian at the same time as the Sydney outbreak revealed that diagnoses of malnutrition in Britain have increased by 44% in the five years to 2015. Ignorance about food among individuals and misguided state policies concerning diets of the young and the elderly: these are the nurseries of scurvy, and always have been.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/feb/16/black-bones-gangrene-hallucinations-weeping-return-scurvy

February 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Not the map I was looking for. Suddenly possessed by desire to run a hell campaign.

Last one I promise – a possible cover for either Counter-colonial Heistcrawl or The Arabian Nights Don Juan – Escapade at Night (attributed to Chokha, 1799–ca. 1826)

February 10, 2017 Leave a comment


Last one I promise – a possible cover for either Counter-colonial Heistcrawl or The Arabian Nights Don Juan – Escapade at Night (attributed to Chokha, 1799–ca. 1826)
….all these from the Met’s copyright-free collection:
http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection

February 10, 2017 Leave a comment

favourite thing today: “The Elephant Clock”, from al-Jazari’s 12th century Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices (illo. 1315)

Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831–1889): Preliminary Drawings of Demons

February 10, 2017 Leave a comment

Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831–1889): Preliminary Drawings of Demons

….I would love to see a line of minis based on this guy’s drawings.

“Fighting Arjuna, Susarma Unleashes the Suparna Weapon which Invokes Garuda”

February 10, 2017 Leave a comment


“Fighting Arjuna, Susarma Unleashes the Suparna Weapon which Invokes Garuda”
weapons that summon divine creatures. I hadn’t thought of that.

Back in the 90s I thought GURPS supplements were a shining example of good line editing. Then I stopped gaming until about 2010, so I missed a lot – including apparently a big downturn in popularity for GURPS.

February 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Back in the 90s I thought GURPS supplements were a shining example of good line editing. Then I stopped gaming until about 2010, so I missed a lot – including apparently a big downturn in popularity for GURPS.
ANYWAY my question is: why don’t you like GURPS settings/supplements? Why do I never see anyone talk about them?
….asking b/c I might be writing something non-GURPS and I wouldn’t want to fall into the traps that are obvious to everyone else…
Obviously tell me all about your own reasons that I’ve totally missed here.