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"In October 1838, that is, fifteen months after I had begun my systematic inquiry, I happened to read for amusement Malthus on Population, and being well prepared to appreciate the struggle for existence which everywhere goes on from long- continued observation of the habits of animals and plants, it at once struck me that under these circumstances favourable variations would tend to be preserved, and unfavourable ones to be destroyed. The results of this would be the formation of a new species. Here, then I had at last got a theory by which to work".
Charles Darwin, (1876)

The human population is about to test the Malthusian theory of population on a global scale and only about one in two hundred genetic lines will pass through this global extinction event. The trick is to make sure that your genes make it to the other side of the event. The humans that survive will be brighter, stronger and more adaptable than those that fail. It is essential to be isolated from the general population and have the ability to produce all that you need to survive.

I propose that artificial floating islands offer the best chance to avoid the 'Mad Max' scenario that will most assuredly be the fate of the land dwellers. Plastic barrels, plastic bottles and styrofoam have all been used to make rafts that have crossed the ocean. I will use plastic barrels to support my island as they will easily support weight and are easy to remove and repair if required.

It is my hope that a few dozen nerds and their families will join me in constructing the islands. I have found that you can make a nerd as tough as a jock but you can never make a jock grasp concepts. I have the tools needed to build the islands and some of the materials but I will need partners to help me with the labor and the rest of the materials.

I have a shop near Rock Island Illinois where we will construct the factory raft that we will use to build the other rafts using power from the river.

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  • May 20, 2009
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