Wednesday, September 25, 2013

On The Lighter Side...

Brad_in_MA sent this story in. I haven't stopped chuckling...

Russia to File Piracy Charges Against Greenpeace
Russia's top investigative agency said Tuesday it will prosecute Greenpeace activists on piracy charges for trying to climb onto an Arctic offshore drilling platform owned by the state-controlled gas company Gazprom.

The 30 activists from 18 countries were on a Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, which was seized last week by the Russian Coast Guard. The ship was towed Tuesday into a small bay near Russia's Arctic port of Murmansk and the activists were bused to the local headquarters of Russia's Investigative Committee late at night for several hours of questioning and then into a detention facility.
Oh, I think they are going to find out two things here. One, Russian detention facilities are less desirable than, say, Norwegian ones. And two, the Russians don't give a rat's hairy ass what the rest of the world thinks. In fact, I think Putin likes it when world leaders call him up whining about stuff. He shoots fewer bears when hippies cry.

I'm still trying to think what passed for a thought process here. "Hey, let's go screw with the Russians!" I mean, I know that critical thinking is in short supply at Greenpeace - remember, these are the people that had their boat sunk by the FRENCH, in the first French naval victory since Yorktown - but this takes the cake for stupid. "Let's storm a Russian oil derrick in a contentious area of the world to make a point about environmental concerns". This brings to mind this:



I hear Siberia's just lovely this time of year...

That is all.

6 comments:

Blast Hardcheese said...

I have heard...tales....about what happened to those who kidnapped Russians in Lebanon, back in the '80s. At lease these Mensa candidates will probably keep their genitals intact.

Probably.

Ed said...

Well, they will need to trill those R-R-R's when they talk like pirates.

Dave H said...

Maybe Putin will have a change of heart, and invite them to join him on a hunting expedition. Of course they'll be pleased to know he doesn't intend to shoot any wildlife.

Or maybe they won't.

notDilbert said...

Obviously, they never read any god Pirate books when they were growing up. Otherwise they would know the traditional penalty for "Piracy on the High Seas".


Yardarm .......Line.....Short drop

Paul, Dammit! said...

So far, the Russians have shown admirable restraint in how they've handled the greenpeace activists. Normally when Russians have pirates or other unauthorized boarders, they merely subdue them using the tools at hand (small arms, blades, blunt instruments), bind their hands to their feet, and heave ho, no more pirates. Amazing how Russian ships can transit the Gulf of Aden right down to the Dead sea in peace now.

All in all, this event was good for everyone. It's a solid lesson for greenpeace to remember their true place in the world: They exist on sufferance alone, no more, no less. Not everyone cares that they exist, let alone visit without calling first.

Stretch said...

You just don't f**k with the Russians in the Arctic. Unless your Finnish.