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Anti-whaling superboat sinks after Japanese collision
AFP via Yahoo News ^ | Fri Jan 8, 3:04 am | Talek Harris

Posted on 01/08/2010 4:01:06 AM PST by TexasCajun

SYDNEY (AFP) – A high-tech protest boat sank without trace on Friday after a dangerous collision with a Japanese whaling ship, as Australia protested to Tokyo over its fleet's alleged tactics.

Peter Hammarstedt, first officer of the Sea Shepherd group's "Bob Barker" ship, said the celebrated "Ady Gil" was abandoned overnight after a tow line snapped en route to an Antarctic research base.

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KEYWORDS: adygil; fools; haha; idiots; morons; oops; whaling
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AFP/HO/File – This photo, taken on January 6 by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, shows the Sea Shepherd's

1 posted on 01/08/2010 4:01:11 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun
Ship of Fools!


2 posted on 01/08/2010 4:02:32 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Things that make you go Hmmmmmmm. Who funds a “high-tech protest boat”?


3 posted on 01/08/2010 4:05:10 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Freedom from fat cat greedy Big Government tyranny IS a Right ... It IS the Constitution.)
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To: TexasCajun
Sea Shepard Capt. Paul Watson, Head Fool! ...risks the lives of his crew.


4 posted on 01/08/2010 4:07:04 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: steelyourfaith

Good question.


5 posted on 01/08/2010 4:07:09 AM PST by WorkerbeeCitizen (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a stupid question!)
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To: TexasCajun
I had to love that South Park had their “Whale Whore” episode about these jerks on Wed nite.
6 posted on 01/08/2010 4:08:59 AM PST by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: steelyourfaith

“Sea Shepherd claims to have saved hundreds of whales by chasing the Japanese fleet over a six-year campaign backed by Hollywood A-listers including Sean Penn, Martin Sheen and Pierce Brosnan.”

Who funds it? The usual suspects.


7 posted on 01/08/2010 4:09:51 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: steelyourfaith

A-List Hollywood types including some guy named Ady Gil who donated this boat.


8 posted on 01/08/2010 4:10:37 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: WorkerbeeCitizen
Paul Watson is such a fool and idiot that even Greenpeace has disowned him.

...now that's bad!

9 posted on 01/08/2010 4:12:11 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

If that’s the skipper, I’d hate to see the cabin boy.


10 posted on 01/08/2010 4:13:16 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Obey the law, or you'll go to prison and be raped.)
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To: TexasCajun

Unsinkable? I work on boats and I suspect too much hubris in the design and not enough flotation pockets.

I have seen canoes cut in half that refuse to sink because of built in flotation such as being foam filled.

And this vessel was sent to one of the most dangerous parts on earth?

For whatever “save the whales” aspect this is surely stupidity clouding mens minds.


11 posted on 01/08/2010 4:14:44 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Phobos, kerdos, and doxa, said the Time Traveler. “Fear, self-interest, and honor.”)
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To: TexasCajun
Well, now their little "Bat Boat" can spend the rest of its days among the "World's Most Expensive Man-Made Reefs."

:-)

12 posted on 01/08/2010 4:17:13 AM PST by Gargantua (Appropriate that the re-birth of our great nation be delivered by a woman.)
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To: TexasCajun

Maybe Greenpeace should have named their boat the PT-109, it seems another skipper drove his boat out in front of the Japs during WW2.


13 posted on 01/08/2010 4:18:49 AM PST by Venturer
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To: TexasCajun

The Whalers continue to own the protesters. Their tactic of chartering flights to scout out the location protesters’ ships was brilliant. What was even more brilliant was to send out the Shonan Maru 2 as a decoy for the protesters the chase around the empty sea for a couple of weeks.


14 posted on 01/08/2010 4:22:07 AM PST by Jeff Gordon (Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: TexasCajun

Never bring fiber glass to a steel fight.


15 posted on 01/08/2010 4:22:46 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: TexasCajun
I know why he wants to save the wahles - he is one himself!

Last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it!

16 posted on 01/08/2010 4:23:01 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: TexasCajun

What complete moron builds a boat that looks like a whale and then uses it to annoy whalers?


17 posted on 01/08/2010 4:24:52 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Hoax and Chains is not the same as hope and change.)
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To: WorkerbeeCitizen; steelyourfaith

Read the story, and your questions will be answered :)


18 posted on 01/08/2010 4:25:17 AM PST by Doohickey (I try to take my days one at a time, but occasionally several days attack me at once.)
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To: Eye of Unk
There is a series called Whaling Wars on the cable channel Animal Planet that documents Paul Watson's ego-fueled foolish engagements with the Japanese whaling fleet, risking the lives of his crew.

Whatever merit there is for their anti-whaling effort, it is lost on their pirate mentality and absurd stupidity.

19 posted on 01/08/2010 4:27:18 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Doohickey; WorkerbeeCitizen

The question was rhetorical, after all. :)


20 posted on 01/08/2010 4:28:40 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Freedom from fat cat greedy Big Government tyranny IS a Right ... It IS the Constitution.)
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To: TexasCajun

I wouldn’t think a “super” boat would sink that fast.


21 posted on 01/08/2010 4:30:05 AM PST by gthog61
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To: gthog61

Well I’ll play devils advocate here, if the whalersavers want firepower then why not form forces with Somali pirates?

All it takes is a little money, something Hollywood seems to have a lot to waste on.


22 posted on 01/08/2010 4:33:11 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Phobos, kerdos, and doxa, said the Time Traveler. “Fear, self-interest, and honor.”)
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To: TexasCajun

More good news!


23 posted on 01/08/2010 4:33:18 AM PST by Eaker (Where I'm from, "Gang Colors" is Realtree and Mossy Oak. You know what I'm saying hoss. Rule.308.)
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To: TexasCajun

When did Rosie go completely gray?


24 posted on 01/08/2010 4:36:49 AM PST by Eaker (Where I'm from, "Gang Colors" is Realtree and Mossy Oak. You know what I'm saying hoss. Rule.308.)
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To: steelyourfaith

It started out as the “Earthrace” an econut biodiesel yadda yadda racer. Once they got doen with it they donated to the morons at Sea Shephard. From the first Earthrace press release:

“BIODIESEL TO FUEL POWERBOAT WORLD RECORD CHALLENGE
March 1st , 2004
A group of talented designers, boatbuilders, and adventurers are planning an attempt on the world circumnavigation powerboat record. To be called the Earthrace. What makes this challenge remarkable is the boat will be fuelled by biodiesel, a fuel produced from renewable crops such as canola.
Circumnavigating the globe represents the pinnacle of powerboat challenges, and at 24,000 nautical miles, is also the world’s longest race. The current record was set by British boat “Cable & Wireless” in 1998, when the diesel-powered craft covered the 24,382 nautical miles in just under 75 days. The Earthrace crew is aiming to smash this record by completing the voyage in less than 65 days. It will mark the first time in history that an official UIM Powerboat record will be held by a vessel using renewable fuel.
The Earthrace team aims to make the Earthrace the highest-profile powerboat project in the world. It will represent leading edge technology in all facets, including engines, composites, hull design and motors.
Prior to racing, the Earthrace team will conduct a world port tour, visiting over 50 locations around the globe.
“The world’s current reliance on standard fossil fuels is unsustainable” says Earthrace CEO Pete Bethune. “It will take leadership, and vision from forward-looking companies and individuals to develop and promote cleaner, more sustainable alternatives.”


25 posted on 01/08/2010 4:38:42 AM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
If that’s the skipper, I’d hate to see the cabin boy.

The cabin boy, the cabin boy that dirty little nipper.....
26 posted on 01/08/2010 4:40:11 AM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: TexasCajun
That's some 1974 hairdo that guy's got there.

Anyone ever seen him with a chick? :)

27 posted on 01/08/2010 4:41:29 AM PST by OKSooner ("He's quite mad, you know." - James Bond to P. Galore in "Goldfinger".)
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To: TexasCajun
Both the whalers and the protesters blame each other for the crash..."In the last few seconds we realised, they're actually going to collide with us..."

I wonder which boat was more maneuverable - the smaller faster boat?

If you play chicken with a whaler, you're the fool to expect them to flinch.

28 posted on 01/08/2010 4:43:39 AM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: steelyourfaith

Soros probably.


29 posted on 01/08/2010 4:46:39 AM PST by comps4spice ("Fish have to swim. Birds have to fly. And liberal Democrats have to call their opponents racists".)
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To: TexasCajun

blub blub!


30 posted on 01/08/2010 4:51:59 AM PST by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: steelyourfaith

Bob Barker paid for it.


31 posted on 01/08/2010 4:58:15 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: TexasCajun

I guess the “Price Was Right”....................


32 posted on 01/08/2010 5:07:57 AM PST by Red Badger (Obama - The first ever elected lame duck..............)
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To: TexasCajun

and the RATS, take another one in the..............................HA ha!!!

33 posted on 01/08/2010 5:10:24 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: TexasCajun

This “Superboat” was a turkey, and it was sold to the insurance company. And if the insurance company pays a dime for this, their underwriters are imbeciles.

From the first launch of the Ady Gil, it was obvious that its engine was poorly designed and built, it had insufficient ventilation, structural defects, and a tendency to run into other sea craft. When it tried to circumnavigate the globe, it had one misfortune after another, even ramming a Guatemalan fishing boat killing three fishermen.

It was originally paid for with $2.5M in contributions by “eco-suckers”, yet if it sank, and the insurance company paid for it, the money would go to the ships owner.

The final straw can be seen in the video. The whaling fleet security ship is quite large and slow. The Ady Gil is faster and more maneuverable. At sea this means that the faster and more maneuverable ship *always* yields, for the logical reason that the slower and less maneuverable ship can’t.

Ergo, they sold the Ady Gil to the insurance company. It is New Zealand flagged, so this likely means a Lloyd’s Register of Shipping inspection (different from Lloyd’s of London Insurance), prior to whatever insurance.

How they passed that inspection is anyone’s guess. But the insurance company will go over it with a fine tooth comb.


34 posted on 01/08/2010 5:13:22 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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It is amusing to me to see all these attacks which are just like the attacks by liberals on conservatives. Granted, these people are easy to mock, but their cause is just. The evidence here clearly shows that the huge Japanese ship crashed into the STOPPED small craft risking death to its crew and causing broken ribs injury to one of them. Why are you people cheering for the thugs? You are clearly on the wrong side here. I’m sure I am not alone in my opinion, but others may be reluctant to incur the abuse I will get for defending these people. Article was a fair article.

If they prevent the slaughter of one whale, who is the loser? Let the professional fisherman fish for something else. Let the Japanese eat cake.


35 posted on 01/08/2010 5:19:06 AM PST by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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The final straw can be seen in the video. The whaling fleet security ship is quite large and slow. The Ady Gil is faster and more maneuverable. At sea this means that the faster and more maneuverable ship *always* yields, for the logical reason that the slower and less maneuverable ship can’t.

Because that boat was manned by idiots. It would be the same as you jumping out in front of a semi and then lamenting that fact that you are now road kill. Rules of the sea apply and they apply for good reason.


36 posted on 01/08/2010 5:31:20 AM PST by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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To: faucetman
Whales are very numerous world-wide.

Whales aren't special.

They're mammals. Like cows and pigs.

They are useful as food and for industrial purposes.

You drank too much eco-koolaide.

Go work on paul watson's "faucet", faucetman.

AV

37 posted on 01/08/2010 5:35:54 AM PST by Atomic Vomit (http://www.cafepress.com/aroostookbeauty/358829)
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To: faucetman

You put yourself in harms way, you take your chances.


38 posted on 01/08/2010 5:37:56 AM PST by BenKenobi (;)
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To: TexasCajun; CodeToad; Squantos

“Steel meets composite plastic matrix. Steel wins.”


39 posted on 01/08/2010 5:39:03 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: bmwcyle

You got it.


40 posted on 01/08/2010 5:40:11 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Venturer

At least PT-109 was carrying out a duly sworn duty, supported by U.S. (and international) law.


41 posted on 01/08/2010 5:45:54 AM PST by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
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To: TexasCajun

The exploits of these environmental wackos were shown on the tube recently........they got exactly what they deserved. Play with fire and you’re going to get burned.


42 posted on 01/08/2010 6:00:30 AM PST by kenmcg (THE)
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To: jonno
What the fools do is race up to the whaling ship and then cut across the ship's bow in an attempt to deploy a homemade 'Prop Fouler'.

I haven't see the video, but I'll a get this is what they were trying to do.

43 posted on 01/08/2010 6:09:01 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: steelyourfaith

Read “State of Fear”.


44 posted on 01/08/2010 6:11:20 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: faucetman
The evidence here clearly shows that the huge Japanese ship crashed into the STOPPED small craft risking death to its crew and causing broken ribs injury to one of them

Can you pls post a link to the video that makes this case.

45 posted on 01/08/2010 6:12:31 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: steelyourfaith
Who funds a “high-tech protest boat”?

Rich Hollywood high school drop outs - "actors" - more money than brains types... ( the Japanese have "no right to make laws" when liberals control freaks "know better" than anyone...)

46 posted on 01/08/2010 6:20:19 AM PST by GOPJ (You don't have to eat all of a rotten egg to know it's rotten.)
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To: TexasCajun

Great news, thanks for posting. “Whale Wars” has been one of my favorite shows recently. It was very enjoyable watching the enviro-commies make all sorts of boasts about their capabilities and intentions, then watch them abjectly fail.

I laughed my butt off watching their horrified reaction to a whale harvetsing right before their very eyes. The South Park episode on the Sea Shepard’s failures was spot on, ha ha ha.


47 posted on 01/08/2010 6:20:54 AM PST by Gothmog (I fight for Xev)
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To: TexasCajun

I watched the video yesterday and it clearly shows these pirates attempting to ram the Japanese Ship. Bob Barker was just on Fox News admitting to financing these pirates. Why hasn’t he been arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Piracy on the High Seas?? Japan should put everyone involved on trial for PIRACY.


48 posted on 01/08/2010 6:21:03 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: Kozak
The Earthrace team aims to make the Earthrace the highest-profile powerboat project in the world.

They failed miserably. I never heard of it until this thread.

49 posted on 01/08/2010 6:32:52 AM PST by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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I guess the “superboat” wasn’t so “super” after all.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Blub...blub...blub...


50 posted on 01/08/2010 6:46:44 AM PST by hal ogen
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