“They” are taking over, are they?
[ by Charles Cameron — might be of interest to John Robb & Adam Elkus ]
Whoever “they” may be, they’re taking over all over:
Washington Post, MS-13 is ‘taking over the school,’ South China Morning Post, Wild boars are taking over Japan’s small towns
One. In each case, we have a well-studied context — education, Japanese urban living — invaded by an unexpected “alien” force — a virulent gang, wild boars — which will easily blindise students of the context, resulting in unanticipated consequences..
And two. there seems to be enough parallelism between the two instances on “taking over” that we should be able to abstract a rule from the pair of examples — though I’m terrified to think what the implications of such a rule might be..
Global warming may be a factor in the exploding Japanese wild boar population Some of the wild boar in Japan are radioactive thanks to Fukushima
Pamplona, the Running of the Bulls; Tokyo, the Running of the Boars:
Voluntary (above); involuntary (below).