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Well now here we are at the last day of January and already the first month of 2012 is gone.  In Florida today it is the Republican Party Primary voting day.  Under the Voting Rules in our State the independent voters, or "No Party Affiliation" as our Florida voting cards show, have no say.  The Republican Campaign has been full of bombastic bluster (Saint versus sinner?) and very little of substance, particularly the last two debates (and one uses that word reservedly) which of course plays right into the hands of the current Administration - not good.

That reminds me we have heard nothing from the SSCS seagoing Cult for weeks and of course the ICR makes no reports so one surmises the Southern Ocean whaling is in full swing as the Sea Shepherd vessels are apparently are quite unable to stop it or even slow it down.  The "Operation Divine Wind" is a complete failure and the only thing accomplished so far is yet the loss of another Darth Vader craft.

According to the definition given in Websters the word "bluster" means "to make a noise like a blast of wind; to bully or swagger; bullying or boastful language".  Wow! that sounds just like the SSCS seagoing Cult's Chief Windbag "Wats-his-name" so things must be really bad for him when he cannot come up with any such noise in these last weeks.  Can it be that he has finally lost his ability to lead, even as he defines leadership, and is bereft of ideas.   After all he has used the same tired old tactics over and over again each season so that the Japanese have been trained to deal with them by default.

One suspects that the last encounter with the whalers may have caused a backlash amongst his personnel including the TV photographers on board the SSCS Cult vessels.  No camera-person wants to have an eye poked out by an irate Japanese with a bamboo pole which would very possibly be a career ending injury. It may be that they are refusing to follow  SSCS Cult tactics which could get them injured, while "Wats-his-name" sits on board writing poetry - since he is not currently blustering to the Media.  The great losers in all this are the whales which are being freely slaughtered by the Japanese Whaling Fleet.

Good Watch.

The other losers due to the cowardly behaviour of the International Community are the 300 or so of our fellow seafarers held hostage by pirates off the coast of Puntland, Somalia. It would be nice to think that there might be plans for their rescue but sadly it does not seem likely.  As readers can see below NAUTICAL LOG wrote a COMPLAINT to the International Court and we also e-mailed them.  At least they are now aware of the situation and cannot say they were not contacted by a professional seafarer.  NAUTICAL LOG shall keep trying even though we get absolutely no support whatsoever.


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