[ExI] Easter Island
emlynoregan at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 05:26:22 UTC 2009
2009/3/26 Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com>:
> 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
>> armed resistance.
> <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.)
> Damien Broderick
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