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Dr Mordrid
25th June 2009, 09:23
Happy hunting, Ivan :)


Link..... (http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_3374702.html?menu=news.quirkies)

Luxury ocean liners in Russia are offering pirate hunting cruises aboard armed private yachts off the Somali coast.

Wealthy punters pay £3,500 per day to patrol the most dangerous waters in the world hoping to be attacked by raiders.

When attacked, they retaliate with grenade launchers, machine guns and rocket launchers, reports Austrian business paper Wirtschaftsblatt.

Passengers, who can pay an extra £5 a day for an AK-47 machine gun and £7 for 100 rounds of ammo, are also protected by a squad of ex special forces troops.

The yachts travel from Djibouti in Somalia to Mombasa in Kenya.

The ships deliberately cruise close to the coast at a speed of just five nautical miles in an attempt to attract the interest of pirates.

"They are worse than the pirates," said Russian yachtsman Vladimir Mironov. "At least the pirates have the decency to take hostages, these people are just paying to commit murder," he continued.

25th June 2009, 11:06
You seriously think this is a good idea?

Dr Mordrid
25th June 2009, 11:44
First understand that the US never signed any treaties limiting or outlawing privateering, so it's still an option for us.

Yes, I think it has its place.

The pirates themselves have been hunting people, so under the rules of fair chase (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_chase#The_American_Fair_Chase_Tradition) (an American hunting ethic) it's only fair ones prey has a fighting chance. Then there is the tradition of turnabout being fair play.

The catch and release program hasn't worked, and about everyone seems to be too squeamish to string them up by the neck or make them walk the plank in shark infested waters, which is what they deserve. Finally some people have the right idea.

Maybe we could get The Discovery Channel to put some cameras on board and start up a new reality show right after Deadliest Catch ;)

25th June 2009, 20:26
A new reality show? I'm in! :)

26th June 2009, 00:19
It's a joke, has to be. You got me Doc, good one! :D

26th June 2009, 02:08
The first time I saw Hostel i was more shocked at the fact it could really happen than the graphic images....