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ahnree
no party - think for yourself
11:02 AM on 03/21/2013
This is good, the media is covering it more and soon the world will come down on whale eating nations - 1000 whale for research! Load of @&$/
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Lorraine455
11:08 AM on 03/21/2013
Your little slogan says it all, doesn't it? Pacifist!
11:16 AM on 03/21/2013
What in the name of the Creator has that got to do with the Japanese hunting whales? Not a darned thing, Madame.
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jkrublit
11:19 AM on 03/21/2013
Yup, peace what a terrible concept.
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11:20 AM on 03/21/2013
From what I have seen over the past 3 years the media is covering it less, they seem to be tired of the same story over and over.

And you might want to study statistics, specifically sample size. For the population of Antarctic Minke whales the math says 1000 is about right to get statistically valid research results.
12:17 PM on 03/21/2013
According to the IUCN Antarctic minke whales may have declined by as much as 60% over the last three generations which would classify the species as 'endangered'.
11:00 AM on 03/21/2013
I don't like the hunting of whales, period. But I think its like the pot calling the kettle black when you see the crews from Sea Shephard constantly attacking the whalers.
10:53 AM on 03/21/2013
All whaling should be banned. Many of my friends and myself would never buy any Japanese products or autos because of whaling under the guise of research. Yeah if you believe that you believe in the tooth fairy. Thousands of whales are killed by the Japanese every year.
STOP THE WHALING AND NO ONE DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT.THE whales DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH.
01:45 PM on 03/21/2013
If you are using the internet, a computer or a cell phone, you are a hypocrite.
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10:46 AM on 03/21/2013
Boycott all Japanese manufactured products until they stop killing whales. If they can't research them alive then don't do research.
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aprilborn04
My micro-bio is empty.
11:19 AM on 03/21/2013
Japan not only hunts whales for food but also kills an innumerable number of
dolphins every year.
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12:03 PM on 03/21/2013
Actually the number of dolphins they kill is numerable, it is legal and regulated.

The US kills large numbers of crab, lobster and cod every year. So what?
10:45 AM on 03/21/2013
The photos and the law are clear. If the Nisshin Maru was in a restricted maneuvering situation due to refuleing, and flying the required dayshapes or had signaled the Sea Shepherd, the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) put the fault squarely in the Sea Shepherd. In any case, the Sea Shepherd has a duty to prevent the collision and clearly did not, so it shares the blame.
Since this article seems to suggest that the Sea Shepherd was a victim and is not clear as to the maneuvering situation, I have to wonder if information is being withheld to make the story more spectacular.
I do not understand how this group can find a Captain who is willing to risk his license with tactics such as the Sea Shepherd apparently uses, as evidenced by the response of the Judge.
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noavailusernames
11:03 AM on 03/21/2013
Huffington Post = articles omit and distort facts to slant LEFT.
11:18 AM on 03/21/2013
"When you ram ships; hurl glass containers of acid; drag metal-reinforced ropes in the water to damage propellers and rudders; launch smoke bombs and flares with hooks; and point high-powered lasers at other ships, you are, without a doubt, a pirate, no matter how high-minded you believe your purpose to be." Enough said!
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nbrickey
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11:32 AM on 03/21/2013
Amen
12:00 PM on 03/21/2013
Video evidence has shown the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru attempting to ram the protesters and knock them out of the way -- the photo above is the result of that ramming attempt.

In fact, the whalers were attempting to transfer heavy fuel below 60 degrees which is also prohibited by the IMO.

Sea Shepherd placed its ships around the fuel tanker to prevent the poachers from illegally refueling to also prevent the continued poaching of whales within an international whale sanctuary zone.
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12:58 PM on 03/21/2013
Please provide proof that heavy fuel oil was involved.
10:39 AM on 03/21/2013
I hope the Sea Shepherd meets the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean soon.
Their actions to disrupt underway replenishment at sea endangers human
lives. The actions of the Sea Shepherd are "Pirate" actions and they
should be hung out to dry in a prison for ten years. If it were up to me I'd
mount a recoiless rifle on the Japanese vessel to defend against these
Pirates! There's nothing like putting an explosive through the bridge of a
ship to force a change in their course and speed.
11:55 AM on 03/21/2013
Pro-whalers are often the sort of people who would murder unarmed protesters.
12:04 PM on 03/21/2013
There is a HUGE difference between being a pro-whaling person and an anti- Paul watson/sscs person, you're trying to defend an org that has been accused of endangering life and attempted murder several times by several different countries, it's pretty obvious who is prone to violence. SSCS/Paul Watson.
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12:04 PM on 03/21/2013
And that belief is based on what?
10:36 AM on 03/21/2013
Unfortunately, Japan has thumbed it's nose at international convention many times in its history. The last world war was a prime example. This is a small island country with a large population who require food and have a significant history of whaling. Change is difficult for everyone but the Japanese seem to resist change with a fervor. Hopefully continued international pressure will begin to reshape Japanese minds.
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DocStewie
NO MOBILE PHONE!!!
11:36 AM on 03/21/2013
Sooo, what is your point?? Are you saying that they have to change just because YOU do not like what they are doing? They can probably say the same about you.
11:08 PM on 03/21/2013
My point Doc, is that they must consider their actions because the vast majority of other nations do not like what they are doing AND their actions are contrary to what the vast majority of individuals on this planet find acceptable. Whales are an intelligent species which are being hunted and this constitutes genocide. It has little to do with what thombranscum, the individual, believes but more as to what thombranscum, the voice of a fairly large group of people proposes. I suppose that I shouldn't speak out about the genocide which has occurred in Rwanda or Bosnia because I am only one person? Hmmm, they have the right to make whatever statements they so choose but it doesn't change what they are doing nor does it do anything to save a species of extremely intelligent creatures whose harvested "products" are readily replaced by other things.
11:42 AM on 03/21/2013
Well, it is EASY for those of us in the West to say things like "thombranscum" just said! It is NOT our way of life for the past 1000 years we are talking about. All I mean is that we NEED to deal with this in a more balanced & thoughtful way, and we need to encourage Japan to do so as well. The actions of the eco-nuts is not just a bit over the top, it is dangerous: it does risk the lives of others, and NO, we should never accept the idea of "Kill the humans to save the Whales" type of attitude! That is as unbalanced a way of thinking as one can get. Reasonable harvest, even of such a giant beautiful creature must be accepted, but carefully limited and controlled as good stewards of the Earth - as God intended for us to do and be. I could not and would not kill a whale, sorry. I have been a wild game hunter, but not whales: to smart and self aware - for me - I would feel like I murdered a sentient being. However, MY personal feelings, should NOT be imposed on Japan nor the fine people up in Alaska who have done this for 1000 years UNLESS it could endanger the species - it doesn't. Common sense must prevail and the eco-nuts do not know what that means any more!
11:16 PM on 03/21/2013
thombranscum, with his Japanese Aunt and cousins does indeed understand that of which he speaks. I do not and did not advocate the actions of violence. Reasonable harvest? Do you suggest that we could or should reasonable harvest other intelligent species? I see you do not and from that perspective I suggest that as the supposed dominant sentient species on this planet we must step up and protect other intelligent/sentient species. I also come from a way back in the country and have hunted for food, grown my own crops and even lived without the benefit of running water as a child. Failing to evolve and assist others to do so is not an acceptable thing in this day and age. We face a world of dwindling resources. A failure of Japan or the US to work toward sustaining our environment is more than a shame it is in fact criminal. While we cannot force another country to do as we dictate, there is absolutely nothing wrong with encouraging/pressuring them to look at the facts. If pressure had not been placed over the years we might still be living under Monarchies and with slavery.
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Misheal Greenwald
10:28 AM on 03/21/2013
Stop hunting whales for ANY reason.
10:46 AM on 03/21/2013
STOP HUNTING WHALERS FOR ANY REASON!
10:47 AM on 03/21/2013
stop using piracy for ANY reson
10:28 AM on 03/21/2013
Whaling, for any reason, especially as contrived as the research excuse by the Japanese, should be banned and the ban should be enforced. All nations who have signed onto the ban should enforce the ban with naval ships.
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slamrant
We are the Knights who say NI!
10:44 AM on 03/21/2013
nuke the japanese whalers!
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noavailusernames
11:22 AM on 03/21/2013
Save the whales. SAve the spotted owl. Save the minnows. Save the beetles. Save the rodents. Save the planet. The best way to save everything would be for HUMANS TO BECOME EXTINCT....YOU FIRST.
12:31 PM on 03/21/2013
No, please, you first. You are one of those people who think we human have a right to obliterate other species. Humans are working on our extinction by destroying the earth and nature upon which we rely for our lives.
10:20 AM on 03/21/2013
Every whaling ship should be sunk, how 'bout that...
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10:26 AM on 03/21/2013
Well you are entitled to an opinion just like everyone else.

That fact that your is illegal and violent doesn't change that.
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runswthscisors40
Well, aren't you just a ray of sunshine
10:19 AM on 03/21/2013
Sea Shepard.......flock you...............
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Roosevelt Democrat
09:39 AM on 03/21/2013
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/18/sea-shepherd-us-appeals-court_n_2323908.html

What the 9th Circuit of Appeals not liberal enough for them?
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kwaut lizard
Reductio ad Absurdum
09:04 AM on 03/22/2013
In reply to your other pulled statement.

Both of these seem most appropriate and emphatic in your case.

"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." - Theodore Roosevelt

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
Albert Einstein
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09:21 AM on 03/21/2013
The difference between the two is that Sea Shepherd is willing to face any legal ramifications of their actions. The Japanes fleet thinks it''s above the law. The 9th circuit seems to entirely dismiss that most of Sea Shephards "illegal" tactics are now done as defensive measures against the aggressive Nisshin boats. In the US legal system coincidental illegal acts do not exonerate either party.
09:53 AM on 03/21/2013
The same people that are hiding a wanted fugitive from justice, what are you smoking? The US court ruled the Japanese fleet is breaking no laws, Ima.
I'm thrilled they are putting themselves in the spotlight, they tried this after the Ady collision too but nothing happened, the Netherlands took no action. I bet they know by now the sscs are liars as well as pirates. Maybe they will finally keep their promise and revoke the sscs registrations before they kill someone or themselves. The sscs has been ramming ships for 35+ years, no it couldn't be them AGAIN could it?
10:47 AM on 03/21/2013
"The Japanes fleet thinks it''s above the law."

And you can prove this how?

Everything sea shephard has been accused of they have done. They have endangered more lives than the whaling fleet has endangered whales.
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08:59 AM on 03/21/2013
whoa
08:20 AM on 03/21/2013
About time the sea shepherd gets some of its own medicine. The captain of the SS Is wanted by police in Costa Rica for attempting to ram a much smaller fishing vessel. He is charged with attempted murder. Po po SS. we cry a tear for you
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amh9912
10:33 AM on 03/21/2013
Sure just let the low lofe thugs fron Japan murder animals that are unable to help themselves. If you had a brain that was bigger than a dime you might have the ability to understand
11:14 AM on 03/21/2013
A penny for your thoughts would be way overpriced.
12:06 PM on 03/21/2013
Unfortunately, shark poachers are involved in organized crime and the government of Costa Rica is corrupt. Just ask celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay who took a camera crew to expose shark poachers there and ended up doused in gasoline and threatened at gun point -- only to have police advise him to flee the country. Sea Shepherd tried to stop Costa Rican shark poachers in the act and the poachers were allowed to go while the activists were brought up on charges. The charges were dropped twice in 2002 and then a new trial was setup in 2006 to attempt to get Watson for the same interference with shark poaching where nobody was hurt. Of course, Japan has given hundreds of millions of dollars in official development aid money to Costa Rica too...