The modern-day pirate seems to be of a whole 'nother breed tho. Their intentions - and demands - have broadened considerably. I can only imagine how much it must suck to be stuck in some floating contraption with cats who could waste you in a heartbeat. I can't exactly relate to it since I'm seldom on water, but I can only imagine.
So, yesterday evening, after leaving school early and grabbing some Long John Silver's on the way home, I was looking through CNN's site and, mid-bite, saw a photo of the [grinning] captured Somali pirate who's being made
Virtually all pirates are motivated by one thing and one thing only - monetary gain. Which begs the question: Couldn't they find other - shall we say - less perilous ways to make a living? If not, why? What forced them to choose this precarious path? After working backwards like this, a reasonably satisfactory hypothesis can be reached, which probably would be summed up as this: There aren't any jobs, the government is sh*t, the rest of the world doesn't care, and they gotta eat. Then the real question would become how to help the pirates out so they didn't have to do that sh*t anymore, not how to stop the piracy.
Having come to that semi-satisfactory conclusion, I took a congratulatory shot of Captain Morgan, vaguely wishing I had a parrot squawking on my shoulder.
Hip-hop quote of the day:
"What is it that everybody has
that some pirates and thieves try to take?
A Tribe Called Quest in Da Booty