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  • December 29, 2016 at 4:34 pm
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    For Winston, Room 101 meant the rat cage, attached to his face and connected by a short tunnel with two removable doors to the cage containing two large, hungry rats. And having O’Brien explain to him how rats devour those who cannot fend them off.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tz8ti_NS2A

    Although rats are very numerous at the moment, I think they will not do as well as ants in the long run, since rats seem to prefer being supplied by humans with habitat and food. So when we go, I suspect most of them go too.

    Indeed, there is a distinct possibility starving humans will devise ways to catch and eat rats. It has been happening in India for centuries and probably is still happening. Rat-eaters are the lowest of all the casts and their job is to catch rats; one of the benefits of being a rat-catcher is being allowed to eat them. I recall a documentary series ‘Cooking in the danger zone’, which featured the rat-eaters of India but episode is no longer available. This link verifies the practice;

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2014/04/pictures-rat-eaters-india-201443081544438226.html

    Affluent people in industrial nations have a long descent ahead of them.

  • December 30, 2016 at 6:40 am
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    I already have a favorite rat movie. It’s “Willard” from 1971, about a young man who has the power to mentally control rats. Of course, he wastes no time bumping off his enemies:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Fndi62nGI

    But I may watch the above documentary if I can muster up the gumption. Bad enough that I recently had raccoons pooping all over my attic, with all the parasitical joy involved there. So I’m not sure if I’m ready for a rat infestation as well. Not yet, at any rate.

    • December 30, 2016 at 6:51 am
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      A racoon ate one of our cats, or rather, badly enough I had to put the cat down. I eventually got the racoon responsible. A coon kept going into the garden and eating all the ripening fruit. Lost all of our grapes and cherries and beets. I don’t like killing critters, but then again, I don’t like critters killing my cats (they have a job to do around here) and I rather dislike wasting an entire growing season feeding a fat racoon. That was the last cat food that coon will ever eat.

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