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Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson rams whalers for a living

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Apparently the definition of "Charm" has changed from when I learned it.

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Paul Watson is the world's most famous liar.

"Watson said the original charges from Japan — the world’s biggest whaling nation — date from 2010, when a Japanese whaling vessel cut a $2 million Sea Shepherd boat in half. "

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klSkgfXqIqA

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“I don’t love the celebrity thing, but it’s what gets the message across,” Watson said,

Right, it's the celebrity that put you in the mansion you live in, and celebrity that puts money in your pocket, without it you would be hunted as a common criminal.

You have a valid message, but your method of delivery is the same as a terrorist, don't agree with you, and you are out to kill.

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Among responsible captains, safety at sea is the prime directive. This guy puts lives at risk as a matter of course. If he didn't have huge money behind him, he would be in jail... a nice jail, but still.... Plus, he has singlehandedly revived the dead industry of whaling by making it a matter of national pride to do it. It has become a "the West is trying to force their customs on us" issue rather than a "whale meat tastes nasty" issue.

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How many westerners in Japan have sampled whale thanks to this clown and other like him?

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This guy may be repugnant, but the Japanese hubris in regards to their meagre egocentric cultural preservation efforts is as laughable as Shriah Law.

Commercial fishing or scientific research?

What is the research? The exploration of the Japanese consciousness into decimating other living creatures?

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The exploration of the Japanese consciousness into decimating other living creatures?

Not a good argument when you consider that the rest of the world does the same on a daily basis with "other" living creatures.

Take that a step further, if you have ever eaten the flesh of another, once living creature, then you are just as guilty, if not more so, because of the hypocrisy of the statement you made.

Commercial fishing or scientific research?

Here it is called commercial whaling under the guise of scientific research. All bull, but few here are willing to stand up against it BECAUSE it goes against the collective.

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Well considering that approximately 75% meat goes unsold and even an even smaller percent goes uneaten, I'd say it is a great argument compared to your factless statement.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/jun/14/japan-appetite-whale-meat-wanes

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@Yubaru

Although its true that most of us humans do consume meat from other animals, this does not change the fact that whaling, and most other major fishery operations - are damaging the wild environment that sustains that particular regional circle of life.

The same can be said of any animal that is hunted vigorously in a wild habitat, with little thought given to what part the animal plays in wildlife.

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Many talk of importance in protecting the whales, but what about the bluefin tuna? The urgent measures is needed to be taken to protect bluefin tuna in order to preserve stocks and allow them to recover. The population of Pacific bluefin is a small fraction of what it used to be and is in danger of all but disappearing, Majority that are caught are too young to have reproduced, meaning they may have been the last generation of the bluefin tuna.

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I think he is an absolute twat, but I like what he does. Mostly.

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Actually thought he was locked up somewhere in Germany and and dwelling in his miserable existence gracefully. Through his great actions he has definitely motivated the Japanese whaling fleet to refine its catching and avoidance strategies. If I remember correctly, during the last hunting season his mob could not even find the whaling fleet.

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Disparaging a nation for the actions of a (dual) citizen who seeks to protect marine mammals from meaningless slaughter. Classy ....

I guess it's evident that you have a difficult time reading sarcasm,

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What the hell is Japan doing grabbing whales in the Antarctic?

The Japanese are always going on and on about their precious "whale food culture".

Imagine demanding to grab huge mammals on the other side of the globe in order to satisfy a small part of one's "food culture".

It's very greedy and arrogant.

People can say what they want about Paul Watson but at least he is not an armchair environmentalist.

He doesn't just talk the talk... he walks the walk... unlike 99.99% of so-called environmentalists.

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People can say what they want about Paul Watson but at least he is not an armchair environmentalist. He doesn't just talk the talk... he walks the walk... unlike 99.99% of so-called environmentalists.

What is commonly said about most terrorists too.

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fallacy of false analogy.

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What is commonly said about most terrorists too.

I don't think Paul Watson even remotely meets the definition of a terrorist.

If he was sinking random Japanese sailboats at the Yokohama Bayside Marina then I would call him a terrorist. But directly disrupting the whalers themselves in order to stop them from whaling is really the exact opposite of terrorism. It's just taking direct action or exercising self help.

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Paul Watson is the world's most famous liar.

Says a supporter of the Japanese whaling program and their "RESEARCH" adorned ships.

LOVE Watson for two reasons; his successful exposure of the Japanese government on the International stage, and how he gets so many critic's panties in a twist simply because he's ugly. If he looked like Robert Redford, half of the comments above this wouldn't have been made

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aggressive non-violence = violence

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Maybe it's my id. In polite conversation I admit that supporting SS raises a host of sticky questions. And the show causes lots of cringing vis a vis (maybe even dangerous) youthful naïveté. Still, I'm glad they did what they did, though I'm uncomfortable feeling glad about it. While what they did was sometimes threatening to people's (usually SS members') physical well-being, no one got seriously hurt nor was harm intended. I guess I just want to see a little bit of resistance now and again. A little David and Goliath. Humans use stuff up and abuse precious life. I'm guilty too. This wacky, wild, sometimes ridiculous, sometimes adventurous, resistance to the order of things made me root for it...even as I still question my own judgment here. Japan is a very rich and comfortable country. It's very wasteful. It's whaling industry is wasteful and unnecessary. I cannot banish the doubts about SS, but I also cannot banish the part of me that rooted for them.

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Terrorist ? I am judging by action, not by word spoken. On that video i am rather seeing a huge Japanese boat ramming into the smaller one, water cannon fully opened, the small boat moving very slowly, pilot blinded by the water cannon, it is obvious the Japanese boat did the collision in purpose and did nothing to prevent it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQPzy6Z6UIo

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The ICJ ruling showed that painting "research" on the side of Japanese commercial whaling ships was not sufficient to justify the Japanese travesty of a research program.

Humiliated by having their deception and dissembling exposed by the court, Japan petulantly announced that it would no longer submit to ICJ jurisdiction on whaling matters and then arrogantly restarted whaling just as before.

Given the behaviour of the Japanese I wholeheartedly support any attempts to interfere with and obstruct their illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean.

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well done France! at least there's one first world country that can see past all the politically motivated BS that some countries resort to try and have a Watson arrested. Love him or hate him theres no denying what hes done in terms of ocean conservation. pacifist protests dont do squat, its the in your face action which gets shite done!!

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Anyone who can watch the attached link and feel that these people are "terrorists" seriously needs to educate him/herself to the plight of the world's oceans and marine life in general.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM6xhglkgxs

Over fishing and poaching has resulted in catastrophic declines in many fish species and people need to wake up to that fact. We should applaud these people who have made it their life's work to stop the slaughter. Go Paul! Do whatever it takes!

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Over fishing and poaching has resulted in catastrophic declines in many fish species and people need to wake up to that fact

I know that and I blame showmen like Watson for diverting the attention. Whales are less than 1% of the Japanese over fishing problem, and Japanese whalers are less than 1% of the cause of whale decline (fishers are coming far after pollution, temperature changes, lack of food, illnesses). But because of him, the whale crusade makes 99% of the debate and due to his awkward methods he does not gain support, he even convince people that his claims are bogus. Meanwhile Japan quietly eats takoyaki and negitoro sushi without even questioning sustainibility.

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Watson said the original charges from Japan — the world’s biggest whaling nation — date from 2010, when a Japanese whaling vessel cut a $2 million Sea Shepherd boat in half.****

It intrigues me for many years the fact that a piece of a junk boat, mainly made of plywood and covered with some resins,and that was offered in the market in NZ for 1 million dollars,soon was ANNOUNCED TO HAVE BEEN BOUGHT FOR 10 TIMES MORE AT THAT TIME, AND PROBABLY INSURED FOR THE SAME AMOUNT AS WELL.And not too long after, it sinked...so I wonder if the insurance covered it...very strange indeed...(Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson rams whalers for a living)

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fishers are coming far after pollution, temperature changes, lack of food, illnesses

You forgot bottom trawling and dredging.

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Time to watch "Whale Whores" on South Park again...

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@coskuri "I know that and I blame showmen like Watson for diverting the attention." I seriously doubt that anyone would be any more interested in the degradation of the ocean if Watson and his group never existed. Probably the opposite but who knows.

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Are SSCS supporters all brainwashed? Pether Bethune AND Ady Gil sued Watson for his lies. Not enough proof? And they still come on here posting how the Japanese whaling ship "sunk" the M/Y Ady Gil.

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Time to watch "Whale Whores" on South Park again... LOL funny as, here's basically the Japanese mindset on whaling on youtube watch?v=fwNvIM2W9Aw

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I don't think Paul Watson even remotely meets the definition of a terrorist.

Then you need to open a dictionary and read what a terrorist is, he does advocate and authorize the use of violence to terrorize the people he is against when at sea.

He is an-eco-terrorist. Just because he doesn't tote a gun around and cut peoples heads off does not change reality.

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@Yubaru This cuts both ways as there has never been consensus on a definition of the word. However, SS seems to come up short in meeting many if not most definitions. Calling them terrorists is stretching. Now, if you called them ridiculous, then I'd have a harder time refuting that. They are a bit ridiculous, even though I confessed to being glad, though not without ambivalence, that they existed. An unrelated question: on which side of the campaigns would I expect to experience the greatest feeling of terror? Definitely the SS side. They're extremely luck to never have gotten anyone of their own participants killed!

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M3M3M3 - I don't think Paul Watson even remotely meets the definition of a terrorist.

The USA's FBI disagrees with you. They defined Watson's pro-violence thugs as eco-terrorists. The eco-terrorist SS brag that they've sunk ten vessels, eleven if you count the Ady Gil. And I do.

Video shows the eco-terrorists accelerating the Ady Gil into the path of a much larger vessel. But the Ady Gil didn't sink from this attempt by the crew of the eco-terrorist SS to scratch the paint from the bow of the Shōnan Maru 2. The eco-terrorist SS took the Ady Gil under tow until the eco-terrorist SS decided to cut the tow and allow the Ady Gil to dangerously drift in the sea lane until it sunk out of sight. Eleven vessels sunk by the eco-terrorist SS.

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