I just got a report that someone I deal with sometimes is sporting a fading black eye and has changed for the better. He's one of those guys that has a reputation for being profane and pretty foul to people sometimes.
I have had no problem with him over the years because I brought him up short when we first met.
Apparently he ran his mouth where he shouldn't have and someone just popped him. It will be interesting to see if he learns from this.
Along the same lines I just heard that a Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, has been seized by the Russians after crew members had boarded a Russian oil drilling rig to try and shut them down.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out because Arctic Sunrise is now en route to Murmansk. It looks like the Russians are not playing around. The crew may very well find itself paying the Gulags a visit for a while.
Over the years the Greenpeace people have gotten away with what amounts to piracy for too damned long and it's long past time since someone brought them to task for it.
I imagine that a couple of college age kids are going to wind up in the Russian judicial system and are going to have a hissy fit and run their mouths about how unfair it is to be taken to jail for saving the world.
They'll shut up soon enough if they get any real time. Truth is I'd like to see the look on their faces as reality sets in. It's funny to watch.
These people are going to find out that there are consequences for their actions. For too long these people have gotten away with what amounts to piracy and getting brought to pay for it is long overdue.
I'm no fan of ecology raiders and the whaling of endangered species but it is no justification for piracy.
I wonder how many of the young people involved in this piratical activity have never been disciplined as kids. Probably none of them because if they had been taught that there are consequences for actions that they likely would have opted to find another way to protest.
In a way I don't look at the kids as being responsible because truth is they are victims of bad parenting. Maybe the Russians ought to offer to let trade the detainees for their parents and try them for bad parenting.
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