The Dire End of the Bandit 6

Pirates, those outlaws of the high seas, have held a blurred fascination for generations. They share the allure of an in-between realm with horseback bandits, a place free of everyday rules and constricted spaces. Who doesn’t fantasize, from time to time at least, about being outside the drudgery of convention? Just exactly who the pirates…

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Furrows of Unseen New

The cold weather is settling in these days, and no matter how long or hot the summer was, it looks like we will still get a real winter as its counterbalance. The lush leaves of summer are falling on empty fields and it’s that season of bleak acceptance that it will be a while before…

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Toothfish Piracy

*Update below (July 29). There are a couple of cinema-worthy chase scenes going on right now, all located in the Southern Ocean. The New Zealand navy is currently chasing two ships sailing under the flag of Equatorial Guinea for illegal fishing, and a Sea Shepherd vessel has been chasing a Nigerian trawler, the Thunder, since…

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What we talk about when we talk about war (II)

Some time ago, I posted some thoughts on the impact of war on the environment and creatures besides humans. Those comments focused primarily on the immediate effects of war waged on land. Today, a news piece brought to my attention another environmental impact of war: The lack of cooperation on transboundary environmental protection issues between…

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