Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Here's a site run by a retired Navy Reserve Captain that focuses on modern day piracy. What's remarkable is how little piratical tactics have changed since the days of Morgan. They still board and rake with gunfire. Just go to the site and keep scrolling.

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Blogger NahnCee said...

I have to say that I support the people who are trying to face down the Japanese who are insistent on their right to kill whales. The article Wretchard linked to calls them "pirates" and comments that they care more for "animals" than "human life". But anyone who kills a whale, especially in the long bloody way that they are killed, has given up any right to being described as a human, and is simply a murderer and worse than an animal.

And that especially goes for our good friends, the Japanese, who like to be thought of as civilized.

1/16/2008 11:22:00 AM  
Blogger Wm_Edwin said...

Nahncee said:
"But anyone who kills a whale, especially in the long bloody way that they are killed, has given up any right to being described as a human..."

Sing it, sister! I've always felt uneasy about that cruel Inuit whale hunt myself - the International Whaling Commission must surely be in someone's pocket for permitting it.

Did you know that one of the tools the Inuit traditionally used was a seal-bladder float? It was intended to tire the whale out by slowing it down. Sometimes it took days for them to die.

It's true that modern harpoons kill in minutes, but any time at all is too long.

I encourage you to spread the word. Speak truth to power and all that.

1/16/2008 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

My question is why the merchant lines are so reluctant to hire Blackwater and their ilk. That's the job that Blackwater trains for and does quite well.

1/16/2008 02:04:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Grynch said...

Perhaps the Japanese would agree to humanely execute the whales through lethal injection.

Still, ermine are typically harvested through a process of anal electrocution, which makes harpooning not-so-bad.

Getting back to piracy, how tough would it be to hijack a supertanker and ram it into the Golden Gate Bridge? I'm guessing a tanker has a crew of about forty. Slip a few jihadis aboard as crew members, sabotage the radio to prevent an alarm being sounded.

Doesn't sound hard...

1/16/2008 07:14:00 PM  
Blogger RWE said...

A couple of yeras back I read that cruise ships in some areas were being armed with non-lethal weapons - sound weapons - in order to enable them to beat off pirate attacks. And these had in fact been used in "combat."

But why non-lethal? It is not likely a civilian ship is going to accidently set its weapondry and hit someone accidently. I do suppose that it would prevent the ship from being hijacked and used as an offensive weapon by someone.

Many other non-lethal weapons are under development, most using RF energy. It will be interesting to see how many are adopted for non-military purposes.

1/17/2008 05:39:00 AM  

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