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Anti-whaling ship sliced in half by Japanese
The Times ^ | 1/6/2010 | Anne Barrowclough

Posted on 01/06/2010 12:42:29 AM PST by bruinbirdman

Japanese whalers have sliced in half a high-tech anti-whaling boat in a dramatic escalation of the annual battle between the whaling fleet and environmental activists


Activist on the Ady Gil aims a projectile launcher at a Japanese whaler

The $1.5 million, 79 foot long 'stealth' boat Ady Gil sank after the attack in Southern Ocean but its six man cew was rescued uninjured, said Captain Paul Watson, founder of the radical environmental group Sea Shepherd.

Captain Watson said the Ady Gil, a light weight vessel that resembles Batman's spacecraft more than a conventional boat, was idling in waters near Commonwealth Bay in the Antarctic when it was suddenly rammed by the Japanese ship Shonan Maru, which was providing security to Japan's whaling fleet.

"This seriously escalates the whole situation," said Captain Watson. Speaking from on board the Steve Irwin mother-ship, which was 500 miles away from the collision, Captain Watson added: "According to the (Japanese) Institute of Cetacean Research, the Ady Gil's crew were launching projectiles at the Nisshin Maru and attempted to entangle its propellers with rope."

Australia director for Sea Shepherd Jeff Hansen said the Ady Gil was at a standstill when it was rammed..

"They (the crew) saw the Shonan Maru approaching and tried to back away but they couldn't get out of way in time and were T-boned by the Shonan," said Mr Hansen.

"The Shonan put a hole in the Ady Gil and the nose has clean broken off," he said.

Mr Hansen said the Ady Gil issued mayday call that was not answered by the Japanese whaling fleet. The crew were now on the fleet's third boat, the Bob Barker, he said, but wee unsure if the Ady Gil could be salvaged..

The Ady Gil, a biodiesel

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 01/06/2010 12:42:31 AM PST by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman
Was it this guy?


2 posted on 01/06/2010 12:48:15 AM PST by ketelone
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To: bruinbirdman
Were there any French among the Japs?


3 posted on 01/06/2010 12:53:02 AM PST by BBell
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To: bruinbirdman

The environazis started a fight and the Japanese whalers finished it. The MSM thinks I should feel bad for the punk pirates?!?!? Sorry, I don’t.


4 posted on 01/06/2010 12:53:29 AM PST by Tamar1973 (Freedom of the Press?! I need Freedom FROM THE PRESS!)
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To: bruinbirdman

Environmental terrorists!!!


5 posted on 01/06/2010 12:53:57 AM PST by danamco
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To: bruinbirdman

The writer is an idiot. Everyone knows Batman does not own a spacecraft.


6 posted on 01/06/2010 12:54:28 AM PST by webheart (I am a Sarah fan.)
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To: webheart

I have no love for whalers, but the video at this link

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/japanese-sink-anti-whaling-ship-ady-gil/story-e6freuzr-1225816675305

seems to show the protest boat speeding up along the port side of the Japanese ship and then attempting to cut across its bow. Granted it does not show the actual collision, but that’s only because of the camera angle.

Apparently, the helmsman of the protest boat tried to cut it too fine in order to make the Japanese change course, and didn’t judge the numbers right — or was hoping to get hit.

The idea that the Japanese intentionally rammed the boat is as ludicrous as the Chinese claim that the P-3 rammed their fighter.

Does anyone really believe that the Shonan Maru could possibly sneak up on a boat that is at least five times as large and three times as fast as it is and T-bone it?


7 posted on 01/06/2010 12:57:39 AM PST by Ronin
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To: bruinbirdman

If those of us who oppose abortion put the same kind of effort into disrupting the operation of abortionists, wouldn’t we then go to jail? And have every left winger cheering over our imprisonment? Regardless of how many of our tools of disruption might be destroyed?


8 posted on 01/06/2010 12:59:30 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (A "teabagger", yeah, that's me./s ><BCC>)
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To: bruinbirdman

Save the whales or terrorize radical environmentalists. Like their ship, I’m truly torn.


9 posted on 01/06/2010 1:01:39 AM PST by TheThinker ( Reverend Wright obviously cheered on 9/11. Did Obama?)
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To: Ronin

Maybe they were hoping that they would sink the Shonan Maru. Looks like they got their collision, and their desserts.


10 posted on 01/06/2010 1:01:45 AM PST by ketelone
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To: Ronin

They played chicken with a big boat and lost. What idiots. Luckily for them, none of them ended up with the Darwin award.


11 posted on 01/06/2010 1:02:53 AM PST by Tamar1973 (Freedom of the Press?! I need Freedom FROM THE PRESS!)
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To: bruinbirdman

Send the pirates to Davy Jones’ locker.


12 posted on 01/06/2010 1:03:09 AM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
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To: TheThinker

Good for the Japanese. The eviro wackcos get all the good PR. If they were doing what the Japanese said—they deserve to be sunk.


13 posted on 01/06/2010 1:09:46 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: bruinbirdman

Don’t bring a toy boat to a game of naval chicken.


14 posted on 01/06/2010 1:17:35 AM PST by LibWhacker (America awake!)
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To: Ronin

What unmitigated BS! Anyone who watched the Sea Shepherd TV series knows that the Sea Shepherd vessel was doing one of its standard “chicken” maneuvers to harass the Japanese vessel, and towing a prop-fouling line across its bow. Unprovoked attack? I think not!


15 posted on 01/06/2010 1:20:04 AM PST by RhoTheta (Wipe out capitalism, no more money. You following me camera guy?)
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To: bruinbirdman
Watson should have been jailed long ago for terroist activities.

I hope this puts him and his band of miscreants out of business.

16 posted on 01/06/2010 1:23:24 AM PST by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: bruinbirdman
That is the ugliest boat I've ever seen. From the twisted mind of a greenie. I think it runs on aborted baby tissue.
17 posted on 01/06/2010 1:33:22 AM PST by Dogbert41
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To: bruinbirdman

Well, the Japanese have the video and you can hear them sound their horn to warn of impending collision. It is laughable that the batmo-boat crew is claiming that it was ‘idling’ and was ‘suddenly rammed’. The video shows it racing along, overtaking the Japanese boat, in an intercept course and cutting across the bow - the degree of lies about what happened should embarrass the eco-terrorists, but won’t.
It’s a little odd that the Japanese didn’t respond to the mayday but they may have stood off to watch - if this very odd looking batmo-boat sits so high out of the water, it may not have looked like it needed immediate rescue. Indeed, the article says all crew were rescued by another eco-terrorist ship so that meant a ship farther away then that of the Japanese had time to arrive and rescue all hands.
If I were the Japanese I’d be a little wary of trying to assist a boat that was provoking or displaying aggression because, well, try to help them and they’ll claim you ‘came back to finish the job’, tried to poison, threatened to throw them over the side etc. Their story would now claim they were rammed, boarded, and taken hostage. International incident - hmmmm.........they might actually like that part.

HUGE risk the batmo-boat took though - in icy waters like that. I think they were trying to force the Japanese boat to make a hard course correction. No matter what face they show to the world (VICTIM STATUS), I believe those who foot the bill for the 1.5million dollar batmo-boat will want to talk to the person responsible for cutting across the bow of the Japanese boat like that - it didn’t look feasible at all.


18 posted on 01/06/2010 1:36:52 AM PST by ransomnote
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To: RhoTheta

Ah yes...that would explain the crazy maneuver.


19 posted on 01/06/2010 1:39:02 AM PST by ransomnote
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To: Dogbert41

It cost $2.5 million, which was mostly funded by sponsors. It broke the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a motorized boat. It set the record in 60 days 23 hours and 49 minutes. On Friday June 27, 2008 Earthrace set a new powered circumnavigation of the globe world record when it crossed the finish line at 14:24 CET at Sagunto, Spain.
http://www.popularmechanics.co.za/content/outside/singlepage.asp?fid=871&pno=1


20 posted on 01/06/2010 1:41:24 AM PST by anglian
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To: ransomnote

If you’ve seen their show they have a complete lack of seamanship throughout the crew, especially in their leaders. So it’s more likely than not they screwed the pooch and got too close by accident. That said, they have a history of ramming the whaling boats and then claiming that they were the ones who were rammed. But as usual, they are caught as liars on tape.


21 posted on 01/06/2010 1:46:13 AM PST by JMS
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To: bruinbirdman
These idiots apparently never heard of the following old sailing adage...

Below 40 degrees south there is no law, below 50 degrees south there is no God.

The actions of these anti whaling people is extremely dangerous and just as bad as the Somali pirates. No matter how "noble" their intentions are their behavior is the same as a murderous gang.

The Southern ocean is a dangerous place and they have on more then one occasion put the lives of not only the crews of the whaling ships at risk but their own lives at risk with their idiotic antics. In those waters there is absolutely no hope of outside rescue* and I am sure those hippie fools would let the whaling crews freeze to death and drown if they could, that is why the Japanese have resorted to escort ships. Under international law the Japanese would have been within their rights to fire upon and sink the anti whaling ships because of the actions of those ships and their crews.

*There is no commercial shipping down there and by the time a Navy ship can get down there from Australia, New Zealand or South Africa the batteries on their emergency beacons would have run down and they would end up having to search hundreds of thousands of square miles of freezing waters with 50-100 foot waves, howling winds, etc. looking for tiny life rafts. Sinking there is pretty much a death sentence unless God is spending all of his time watching over you until someone plucks you out of the sea. If they do send a ship down there they also have to send a tanker because the Navy ships can not make it down there and back without refueling. If you wish to get a good idea of what being in those waters can be like pick up a copy of "Godforsaken Sea" by Derek Lundy- http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1565122291/photonetA

22 posted on 01/06/2010 1:46:42 AM PST by Nahanni
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To: Ronin

wow....uh, oh wow....wow man ! hahahahah , wow , uh....
uh oh ! um , did he hit it??? bummers !.....

typical doper observational commentary


23 posted on 01/06/2010 1:54:15 AM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: bruinbirdman

I don’t know which side is dirtier. The Sea Shepards crew is a bunch of lefty do gooders trying to save whales. The Japs are pretty much nothing but greedy poachers. C’mon 900 whales in the name of reasearch!

Both sides are taking some serious risks trying to provoke the other side into a recorded incident that will cause the other guy to stop from public outcry. Thing is it’ll be one of the Sea Shepard crew that gets killed. The only question will be which side willl look dirtier in the footage.


24 posted on 01/06/2010 1:54:49 AM PST by moehoward
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To: JMS

You know, that would explain so much. WHen I worked at sea (biologist) I recall another land lubber asking the captain to thread his way through some drifting boats. He patiently replied “Teresa, this is ship, not a bicycle.’ She blushed as he explained that none of the route she proposed was at all feasible.

I never realized, until I read your post, that these people have no seamanship skills. Soooo...between all that money and self rightiousness, no one learned how to pilot a boat? And someone rich keeps handing boats to land lubbers? AND THEY COULDN’T FIND ONE SINGLE CAPTAIN TO PILOT THEIR BOAT? NOT ONE CAPTAIN BELIEVES IN THEIR GOALS, THEIR METHODS, THEIR MISSION. NOT EVEN FOR MONEY???


25 posted on 01/06/2010 2:04:58 AM PST by ransomnote
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To: moehoward
"I don’t know which side is dirtier."

Maybe someone does.

No Retards For Whale$!

HUMAN HEALTH SIGNIFICANCE OF ORGANOCHLORINE AND MERCURY CONTAMINANTS IN JAPANESE WHALE MEAT

"The concentrations of total mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and organochlorine pesticides ( ΣDDT, dieldrin, hexachlorobenzene [HCB], and ΣHCH) were determined in 61 whale meat products (bacon, blubber, red meat, liver, intestine, and tongue) purchased from retail outlets across Japan. Mean (range) concentrations of contaminants in all samples were: total mercury 4.17 (0.01-204); ΣPCB 1.14 (0-8.94); ΣDDT 0.98 (0-7.46); dieldrin 0.07 (0-0.35); HCB 0.06 (0-0.22); and ΣHCH 0.07 (0-0.19) µg/g (wet weight). The data were used to calculate estimated daily intakes (EDIs) of contaminants at two hypothetical levels of whale meat consumption. These EDIs were compared with FAO/WHO "tolerable daily intake" (TDI) values for each chemical. EDIs calculated for higher levels of whale meat consumption were in some cases exceptionally high and for many products exceeded FAO/ WHO-TDIs for total mercury, PCBs, and dieldrin, with exceedance factor values (EDI/TDI) for total mercury, PCBs, and dieldrin reaching maxima of 175, 5.36, and 2.1, respectively."

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a713853239

26 posted on 01/06/2010 2:05:25 AM PST by anglian
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To: bruinbirdman

S’what happens when chimps try to pilot whale fluke looking boats.

All in all, a nice Wednesday feel-good!


27 posted on 01/06/2010 2:11:01 AM PST by petro45acp (Free Republic, the only thing working on this sorry Bagram interweb thingy! Thanks Free Republic!)
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To: anglian

Which totally explains why the average Japanese person lives longer than the global average and their economy is collapsing from having to support all those octagenarians!


28 posted on 01/06/2010 2:12:07 AM PST by gr8eman (Everybody is a rocket scientist...until launch day!)
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To: moehoward
I don’t know which side is dirtier.

I stand with the whalers. Anybody that stands against the environazis is my friend.

29 posted on 01/06/2010 2:17:13 AM PST by meyer (Government health care = national strike.)
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To: bruinbirdman
Mr Hansen said the Ady Gil issued mayday call that was not answered by the Japanese whaling fleet.

Good!

30 posted on 01/06/2010 2:19:57 AM PST by meyer (Government health care = national strike.)
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To: anglian

“It broke the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a motorized boat.”

But it isn’t fast enough to get out of the way of a ship 4 times it size?

I’m guessing the Japensese didn’t see it. It was a “stealth boat” after all.


31 posted on 01/06/2010 2:22:24 AM PST by 21twelve
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To: bruinbirdman

What total bullcrap.

Watch the video at the top story link. The small agile eco-weenie boat tried to “cut off” the much larger and less maneuverable ship, and misjudged - and continued under power right into the ship.

The ship (from the video provided in post 7) is clearly attempting to avoid the smaller eco-weenie boat cutting in front of it.

The smaller eco-weenie boat was not “cut in half” - the bow was smashed in because they appear to have RAMMED the ship. Under full power it would seem.


32 posted on 01/06/2010 2:22:39 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (2012: Repeal it all... All of it!)
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To: moehoward

Nobody owns those whales. The Japanese aren’t ‘poachers’ - they’re hunters.

The Japanese don’t tell us what meat we’re allowed to eat:- let’s try returning the favor. I hope those whales taste good, and I hope the Japanese keep whaling for a thousand years.


33 posted on 01/06/2010 2:24:53 AM PST by agere_contra
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To: bruinbirdman

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

Suck on that you ecoterrorist scum!

Hopefully there will be more Japanese captains courageous enough to fight back against that filth and send paul watson and his criminal cartel to the graves they have so richly earned.


34 posted on 01/06/2010 2:36:29 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: bruinbirdman
Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett once more urged restraint on both sides. "The government is relieved to know there's been no injury according to the reports," saiad Mr Garrett.

"The point I would make is that the risk of accident is high and the capacity for rescue in these areas is low and it is absolutely critical that restraint be prudently exercised by all parties.

There you have it. A call for restraint to be exercised by all parties, the criminal and the law-abiding alike.

When you are dealing with terrorists intent on disrupting your life, restraint is the last course you should follow. If you restrain yourself, the terrorists will have won, because you will be doing their job for them.

Rather, the proper course is to be unrestrained in your resistance to terrorism, and aggressive in your countermeasures. Let the asymetrical nature of the relationship work for you, not against you. A 300-foot whaler ramming a 79-foot speedboat would be a good example of a positive use of bulk.

If the enviroweenies want to reduce the violence, they should get the hell out of the way.

35 posted on 01/06/2010 2:38:58 AM PST by Haiku Guy ("I don't give them Hell / I tell the truth about them / And they think it's Hell" -- Harry Truman)
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To: bruinbirdman

wow - that green lazer hurt my eyes and it was just a tape!


36 posted on 01/06/2010 2:40:48 AM PST by blueplum
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To: anglian
"The concentrations of total mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and organochlorine pesticides ( ΣDDT, dieldrin, hexachlorobenzene [HCB], and ΣHCH) were determined in 61 whale meat products (bacon, blubber, red meat, liver, intestine, and tongue) purchased from retail outlets across Japan. Mean (range) concentrations of contaminants in all samples were: total mercury 4.17 (0.01-204); ΣPCB 1.14 (0-8.94); ΣDDT 0.98 (0-7.46); dieldrin 0.07 (0-0.35); HCB 0.06 (0-0.22); and ΣHCH 0.07 (0-0.19) µg/g (wet weight). The data were used to calculate estimated daily intakes (EDIs) of contaminants at two hypothetical levels of whale meat consumption. These EDIs were compared with FAO/WHO "tolerable daily intake" (TDI) values for each chemical. EDIs calculated for higher levels of whale meat consumption were in some cases exceptionally high and for many products exceeded FAO/ WHO-TDIs for total mercury, PCBs, and dieldrin, with exceedance factor values (EDI/TDI) for total mercury, PCBs, and dieldrin reaching maxima of 175, 5.36, and 2.1, respectively."

I generally mistrust techno-jargon unless I have enough information to verify it. Particularly in a heated discussion of something like whaling or global warming.

37 posted on 01/06/2010 2:56:01 AM PST by Haiku Guy ("I don't give them Hell / I tell the truth about them / And they think it's Hell" -- Harry Truman)
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To: bruinbirdman

Well perhaps I was a bit hasty in my previous post.

Reviewing the video at post 7 again, it looks like the collision was mutual.

The small far more maneuverable “stealth” boat is seen off the starboard bow of the faster larger Japanese ship, which is approaching the camera. As the ship nears the smaller eco-weenie boat which seems to have been cutting it off - the weight of the larger ship can be seen shifting (centrifical force?) to the right in the video - port side of the approaching ship. That would seem to indicate the ship was indeed turning sharply to starboard toward the boat at the time.

So the sequence seems to have been - rather like a volkswagen beetle deliberately cutting off a semi truck, then the semi truck swerving to tear off the front bumper of the volkwagen beetle in anger.

Neither side is an innocent “victim” in this, it would seem.


38 posted on 01/06/2010 3:00:22 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (2012: Repeal it all... All of it!)
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To: RhoTheta
Anyone who watched the Sea Shepherd TV series knows that the Sea Shepherd vessel was doing one of its standard “chicken” maneuvers to harass the Japanese vessel, and towing a prop-fouling line across its bow. Unprovoked attack? I think not!

Yep...and everyone who has watched Whale Wars also knows that the Sea Shepherds provoke and attack...then when they get their butts handed to them...they LIE.

Just like when they tried to ram the Japanese ship on last season...then got tangled up....then called the press and said "look what they did to us."

I love that show...proves beyond a doubt what morons liberals really are: Filled with good intentions but not a lick of common sense. Watson follows Alinsky's rules for radicals to the LETTER!

39 posted on 01/06/2010 3:12:51 AM PST by NELSON111
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To: bruinbirdman
Where are the Somali pirates when you need them?
40 posted on 01/06/2010 3:16:13 AM PST by Renkluaf
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To: bruinbirdman
was idling in waters near Commonwealth Bay in the Antarctic when it was suddenly rammed by the Japanese ship Shonan Maru

"Suddenly rammed"?
If these fools couldn't see and avoid, they deserve to be sunk.

Methinks they played chicken and lost.

41 posted on 01/06/2010 3:22:31 AM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
The Japanese are innocent in this. They acted in self-defence.

The eco-terrorists have dropped mines in front of these whalers before. This means that the moment the Ady Gil started dicking about in front of their bow, anything the Japs did was defensible.

For instance: if the Japanese had fired a harpoon into the Ady Gil and then set it alight with flares, it would still have been justifiable self-defense. Not to mention hilarious television.

42 posted on 01/06/2010 3:41:09 AM PST by agere_contra
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To: bruinbirdman

I am with the Japanese on this one. These “environmentalists” are not about saving the whales. They don’t give a damn if every whale disappeared.

Their goal is to destroy the Japanses’ ability to feed and support themselves, just as their brothers are working on destroying Ameiicas’ ability to provide food for ourselves. If the Japanses said that they would stop whaleing today,they would just focus on destroying another of their industries tomorrow.

In the United States, they have virtually destroyed the lumber industry and are working on destroying the farmers, ranchers, and fishing industry.

Back when they were driving spikes into trees, there were people whose only dersir in life was to earn a living to support their families who lost their lives and those who suffered permanent injuries when their saws hit those nails. Apparently no one except their families gave a damn.

My hat is off to the Japanese for not giving in and fighting back. Every damn one of them needs to be, in my opinion, to be killed like the rabid dogs they are, were and when they are found.


43 posted on 01/06/2010 3:47:49 AM PST by sport
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To: bruinbirdman
The $1.5 million, 79 foot long 'stealth' boat Ady Gil, also known as "PT-109," sank after the attack in Southern Ocean..."

Boy, the Japanese are good at ramming and sinking pesky little boats ...

Two for two ...

44 posted on 01/06/2010 3:54:23 AM PST by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: bruinbirdman

Anti-whaling ship sliced in half by Japanese

Okay and what was the bad news?


45 posted on 01/06/2010 4:04:21 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA
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To: bruinbirdman

Play with fire you might get burned, would love to see a harpoon get shot into the hull of these clowns.


46 posted on 01/06/2010 4:05:07 AM PST by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: bruinbirdman

The Sea Shepherd terrorists were deliberately attacking a vessel at sea. They might consider fouling the screws with line and making the decks too slick to walk on “harmless” but I don’t. Seamen have to walk on deck in the normal course of their duties. Slick decks can cause serious injuries and death. Fouling the screws will cause the ship to become helpless - and in that area it would be more dangerous than usual.
But of course, the environmental terrorists would rejoice if the ship was lost to ice or storm. They might publicly regret the loss of life.


47 posted on 01/06/2010 4:08:18 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Tamar1973

When you interfere with ships in international waters, you’re asking for trouble. Tough!


48 posted on 01/06/2010 4:09:19 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (Are they insane, stupid or just evil?)
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To: bruinbirdman

I don’t understand eating whales
they’re communication is very cool
they are just fascinating beings


49 posted on 01/06/2010 4:10:00 AM PST by cowtowney
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To: bruinbirdman

Finally some good news to start my day, I hope the Japanese sink every damn one of them.

These a-holes are no better than terrorists.


50 posted on 01/06/2010 4:12:14 AM PST by Graybeard58 ("Get lost, Mitt. You're the Eddie Haskell of the Republican party." (Finny))
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