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  • December 29, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    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.

    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;

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

  • December 30, 2016 at 6:40 am

    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:

    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

      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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