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  • October 13, 1960 Pirates Win on Mazeroski Homer

    10/13/2017 12:43:33 PM PDT · by doosee · 48 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1960 | Bing Crosby
    Perhaps the greatest World Series game of all time. No DH, no batting gloves, no helmets. Just pure baseball. Today marks the anniversary. David vs Goliath is a valid comparison. Worth watching as this is the only recorded film. Bing Crosby, who was part owner of the Bucs, had this recorded privately and it was found after his death in storage.
  • Prince Charles praises jihadi pirates for scaring off fishermen (TR)

    10/08/2017 2:52:51 PM PDT · by DFG · 83 replies
    jihadwatch ^ | 10/08/2017 | Robert Spencer
    This is like praising the 9/11 hijackers for increasing visibility in Manhattan. “Prince Charles hails PIRATES for an ’explosion’ in marine life due to scared fisherman,” by Joseph Carey, Express, October 6, 2017: PRINCE CHARLES has praised ocean pirates for scaring off fishermen that has led to a “fantastic explosion for bigger and better fish”. Speaking at an ocean conservation conference in Malta, the Prince of Wales stirred up controversy by praising Somalian pirates for scaring off trawler crews to create a greater wealth of marine life.
  • Why Americans can blame pirates for not using the metric system

    09/19/2017 4:01:46 PM PDT · by BBell · 157 replies
    The proposal, conceived by a bunch of pointy-headed Parisian philosophes, sounded brilliant: A universal system of measurement, derived from decimal-based units and identified by a shared set of prefixes. It would end the era of merchants buying goods according to one unit, selling in another, and pocketing the ill-gotten profit. It would simplify scientific calculations and enable the free exchange of ideas around the world. It was an enlightened system for an enlightened time. If only the French scientists could persuade other countries to adopt it. But pirates have a way of ruining even the best-laid plans. In 1793, botanist...
  • Why did one of the U.S. Navy’s most advanced subs return to port with a pirate flag?

    09/18/2017 9:31:40 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 121 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9/13/17 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    [snip] An image posted to a Pentagon media site and tweeted by Scottish journalist Ian Keddie shows the USS Jimmy Carter, a Seawolf-class nuclear-powered submarine, returning to her home port in Washington Tuesday flying the American flag alongside the unmistakable pirate skull and crossed bones, known as the Jolly Roger.The 450-foot-long vessel is one of three in its class and is specially modified to conduct some of America’s most covert underwater operations. That fact alone — as Keddie points out — makes the appearance of the black and white flag significant. The Carter, according to photos posted in April, also...
  • Sea Princess cruise passengers spend 10 days in blackout for fear of pirates

    08/11/2017 9:38:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    1,900 passengers aboard a 104 day cruise around the world got an unsettling surprise after they departed from Sydney, Australia toward Dubai. For ten days, the passengers had to endure a mandatory dusk-to-dawn blackout for fear of pirate attacks. “No deck parties, no movies under the stars, no late-night outdoor bar hopping or pool dipping” were just some of the bans included in the blackout ordered by Captain Gennaro Arma, recalls Carolyn Jasinski, a passenger on the ship. The ship essentially become a ghost – all curtains were drawn, all lights were dimmed or turned off. Arma wanted to remind...
  • Disney to Remove ‘Wench’ Auction from Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

    07/01/2017 10:41:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    KFOR ^ | JUNE 30, 2017
    Disney will remove the infamous “bride auction” scene from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland next year, the company announced on Thursday. During the planned ride refurbishment, Disney will alter the roles of the auctioneer, the redhead woman and other characters participating in the “Auction: Take a Wench for a Bride” scene. In the current scene, the redhead character is the prize of the auction. According to Disney, the redhead is holding a rifle and will be a “plundering pirate” in the new scene. In the official announcement, Disney wrote: “…the redhead is...
  • isney to Overhaul Classic Pirates of the Caribbean Ride to Appease PC Crow

    06/30/2017 4:46:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June ,30,2017 | Tom Ciccotta
    The famous auctioneer scene that takes place on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland and Disney World is set to be overhauled, according to a press release from the Disney Parks blog. As of 2017, the attraction — which opened in 1967 in Disneyland and 1973 in the Magic Kingdom of Disney World — will no longer feature the famous auctioneer scene, in which a red-headed “wench” is auctioned off to a crowd of raucous and dirty pirates who wish to make her their bride. An artist’s rendering of the new scenes reveals that the pirates will now...
  • Disneyland Takes Wives Off Auction Block For ‘Pirates’ Ride

    06/30/2017 12:22:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Disneyland’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride is losing a scene where a bound and tearful woman is on the auction block for pirates to buy as a wife. A banner that now says “Auction, take a wench for a bride” currently hangs over a scene showing women tied by ropes around their waists as a pot-bellied pirate grins at the audience. When the ride reopens, the banner will say “Auction, Surrender yer loot,” and the red-haired woman at the center of the scene will be a pirate herself. A drawing of released by Disneyland shows men and women carrying food...
  • Chinese Navy Hands Over Notorious Pirate Leader

    05/09/2017 11:18:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    VOA ^ | May 05, 2017 | Harun Maruf
    The Chinese navy on Friday handed over a notorious pirate leader captured last month after a failed hijack attempt. Abdikarim Salah "Aw Koombe" and two other pirates are now in the custody of Puntland security officials at the Red Sea port of Bosaso. The three, who were in handcuffs and wearing flotation jackets, were brought to the port in small rubber boats. Colonel Yasin Ali Nur, commander of security forces at Bosaso port, told VOA Somali reporter Fadumo Yasin Jama, the three will be tried on piracy-related charges. "These three prisoners, their weapons, will be kept here at the prison...
  • Pirates honor 99-year-old usher who's been with them for 81 years

    04/28/2017 5:37:54 AM PDT · by DFG · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/27/2017 | Mark Townsend
    “It’s not the years in your life, but the life in your years,” was among president Abraham Lincoln’s most profound quotes. It immediately comes to mind when thinking about Phil Coyne. Not because Coyne’s life has been short on years, but because he’s fit so much life, so much passion and so many experiences that would make any baseball fan jealous into his now 99 years on earth. For 81 years, Coyne has led fans to their seats at baseball games in Pittsburgh. He started at Forbes Field as an 18-year-old back in 1936. He moved with the team to...
  • Private Security defends against Somali Pirates

    04/26/2017 9:38:49 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 9 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 4/26/2017 | J Hines
    The deadly fight between Somali pirates and a Private security guard on board a cargo ship, when pirates were trying to board the ship. Security guards fire dozens more rounds at the vessel which eventually retreats. It has come to prominence again following an attack on an oil tanker. See the firefight between security and Somali pirates here.
  • Dramatic Footage Captures A Deadly Firefight Between American Mercenaries And Somali Pirates

    04/22/2017 5:06:08 PM PDT · by blam · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-22-2017 | Rod Ardehali
    •Somali pirates tried to hijack a cargo ship attacking the vessel in speedboats •Private security contractors hired to protect the cargo began shooting at them •The guards saw off the pirates firing dozens of rounds from sub-machine guns •Dramatic footage captures the furious gunfight between the two boats •Attack thought to have happened in 2012 but reemerged after hijacking in March Dramatic footage of a private security team engaging in a fire fight with Somali pirates trying to hijack a cargo ship has emerged online. A speedboat can be seen hurtling towards the vessel as a private security contractor wielding...
  • 50 years ago Saturday, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland

    03/18/2017 1:54:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 18, 2017 | Mark Eades
    ANAHEIM – A half-century ago today, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland with great fanfare, and Ron Hanford was there. “It lived up to everything,” he recalled, now 71 and living in Rancho Cucamonga. This week, like so so many times over the years, he was back enjoying Disneyland – and Pirates... It was the last attraction overseen by Walt Disney, opening three months after his death. What is now a 15-minute journey in a boat that bobs past fireflies, pirates firing off cannons, drinking pirates and those trying to escape a jail cell – with that catchy tune...
  • Pirates hijack freighter off Somalia's coast, officials say

    Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia, local officials and an expert said Tuesday, the first such seizure of a large commercial vessel on the crucial global trade route since 2012. The reported seizure Monday of the Aris 13 came as a surprise to the global shipping industry as patrols by the navies of NATO countries, as well as China, India and Iran, had suppressed Somali pirate hijackings for several years. However, the United Nations warned in October that the situation was fragile and that Somali pirates "possess the intent and capability to resume attacks." One...
  • LPG Supertanker attacked with RPG and Small Arms off of Yemen

    11/04/2016 4:30:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from splash247 The Galicia Spirit is a fairly new Liquefied Natural Gas carrier that was built in 2004.  It is 280 meters long by 43 meters wide. It was attacked yesterday by armed men on a fast small craft.  The attack occurred in the choke point of the Bab el Mandeb between Yemen and Djibouti and Eritrea. Super LPG tankers like this are big, fat, slow and unmaneuverable targets.  It was fired on with small arms and a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG).  RPGs are designed to pierce tank armor, so one should be able to pierce the hull...
  • Brian Kilmeade: How Thomas Jefferson abandoned diplomacy and changed US history

    10/17/2016 5:40:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | October 16, 2016 | Brian Kilmeade
    In 1786, Thomas Jefferson, then a minister to the French government of Louis XVI, had a concern more intimidating than anything else he’d faced before: the threat of pirates off the coast of North Africa, a region known as the Barbary Coast. These pirates had already taken over two American ships, the Dauphin and the Maria, plundering their goods and taking their crews hostage. Unfortunately, this was a common fate for ships venturing near the area, where the Sahara’s arid coast was divided into four Islamic nation-states. Running west to east were the Barbary nations Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and...
  • Teaser Trailer: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    10/07/2016 1:19:59 PM PDT · by brucedickinson · 41 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10-02-2016 | Disney Movie Trailers
    Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and...
  • A young Pirates fan experienced the emotional highs and lows . . . (Cuteness alert)

    07/18/2016 7:14:48 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 14 replies
    MLB . Com ^ | 18 July 2016 | By Adrian Garro
    Baseball is a funny thing. Investing time, energy and focus on a given team or game can bring out the innermost emotions of fans. The seemingly arbitrary on-field events can hold especially powerful emotional weight for the supremely invested, something to which most young fans can attest. One young Pirates fan definitely can, and was caught on-camera riding the emotional rollercoaster in Sunday's tense affair with the Nats at Nationals Park that was eventually won by Pittsburgh, 2-1, in 18 innings. Early on, with the Bucs up, 1-0, this young man was feeling pretty good, throwing around high-fives and being...
  • West Africa pirates switch to kidnapping crew as oil fetches less

    05/03/2016 11:41:01 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 17 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/3/16
    Pirate gangs in West Africa are switching to kidnapping sailors and demanding ransom rather than stealing oil cargoes as low oil prices have made crude harder to sell and less profitable, shipping officials said on Tuesday. Attacks in the Gulf of Guinea - a significant source of oil, cocoa and metals for world markets - have become less frequent partly due to improved patrolling but also to lower oil prices, according to an annual report from the U.S. foundation Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), which is backed by the shipping industry. "They have had to move towards a faster model and...
  • Pirates hacked a shipping firm to find boats to raid

    03/02/2016 9:00:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    engadget.com ^ | 20h ago | Jon Fingas
    In this case, the pirates still had a lot to learn about hacking. They didn't encrypt their commands or use proxies, making it easy to trace their activities. They also weren't skilled enough to compromise systems as much as they wanted. However, those tidbits aren't about to comfort other shipping companies. If there's a pirate outfit that's both well-armed and technically savvy, it could create havoc by plundering ships with relatively little fear of getting caught.