[ExI] Easter Island
thespike at satx.rr.com
Thu Mar 26 03:54:27 UTC 2009
At 08:44 PM 3/25/2009 -0700, Lee ironized:
>>>At 06:56 PM 3/24/2009 -0700, Keith wrote:
>>>>If you can propose a technical
>>>>path to get the historical Easter Islanders out of their mess, I would
>>>>be most interested.
>>> Hunt down and kill all the rats.
>>Avoid diseases from European contact. Avoid the slave traders who took
>>thousands of slaves away.
>Er, Bill, I hope that you realize that this would mean
<many thigh-slapping yucks snipped>
The serious point Bill was making is that the few thousand original
colonists of Easter Island had no plausible way to confront or repel
disease-bearing invaders. This need not apply to the current
situations to which Keith was applying that catastrophe as an analogy
or perhaps a homology. (I suppose it's possible that they might have
tried to deal with the rats, but my own kitchen has the horrible
things scuttling in the walls, so good luck with that.)
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