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You Are 45% Pirate
Ahoy matey! Ye can think o’ yerself as a swashbuckler in trainin’.
If ye study hard an ‘do what the captain tells ye, ye may be gettin’ part o’ the booty.
Get to work on yer pillagin’, swordfightin’, an’ drinkin’.
Ye dasn’t want to end up in Davy Jones’ locker, so make sure ye pipe down when the captain be around.
The world’s media is full of wars and disasters. People fighting and killing other people.
There is a well-known attitude in the media. Good news doesn’t sell. And so good news is rarely reported.
If there is no conflict then we, the ordinary citizens of the world, never get to hear about it.
That was before Twitter and the rest of the social media.
Now I am able to keep an eye on what is happening in distant parts of the world. I am able follow events in a strange series of events in a small island.
Bahrain is an archipelago in the Persian Gulf. Ruled at different times by Sunni and Shia family dynasties, to me it seems somewhat like an Arabic Ireland. In 1820, the Sunni Al Khalifa tribe, immigrant pirates from Kuwait, came to power and set themselves up as a hereditary monarchy. Although the Sunni are only 30% of the population, they are supported by the neighbouring Sunni Saudi Arabian rulers.
A typically repressive regime, the Al Khalifa has allowed a major US base on its soil. All revenues go through the
pirates Royal Family and there has been repression of the small human rights group. Many young people, both Shia and Sunni have become frustrated by a lack of opportunity. Following the peaceful demonstrations in Egypt, a similar movement began in Bahrain on 14th Feb, 2011.
Peaceful and refusing to fight back the demonstrators, both Shia and Sunni made regime change their goal. Despite a growing number of martyrs the peaceful ideals of the demonstrators have not changed. Even the take-over of the main public hospital and the beating of patients has only stiffened their resolve.
Having lost the fear of death, the subject population has become virtually ungovernable. The Ruling Family have had to import mercenaries from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia to prop up their increasingly weakened power. Their claims to legitimacy are failing. Yet Saudi Arabia is a major ally of the USA and Bahrain hosts a major US base on its soil. The weakening USA is too scared to do anything about the situation.
I have been lucky enough to find the Twitterfeed of @angryarabiya , a young mother who has been taking part in the marches and vigils of the past couple of months. I have posted a couple of her poems here and here. She has reported the beating, arrest and disappearance of friends, acquaintances and relatives.
Yesterday I woke to her frantic tweets telling the world that her fears had been realised. Her father, husband and brother-in-law had been beaten and taken away. Just like her Uncle. At least she wasn’t beaten like her Aunt.
Yet, because there is no fighting back by the “rebels” there is little or no media coverage. Just the death and torture of peaceful protesters.
As an online community there is something we can do as my friend tweeted this morning.
To protest/appeal this travesty of justice contact: email@example.com and/or
Make a difference, send an email protesting the Al Khalifa regime and their deadly injustices.
The Pirates quiz will test your knowledge of all things pirates and let you know if you’re a landlubber or a pirate ship captain.
You may take the quiz here.
ARCHIE’s Pirates Quiz Score Report
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Captain Blackbeard walks in to a tavern and orders “Ahoy, me hearty, gimme a tankard o’ yer best rum. AAAAArghhh!”
The barman places the tankard on the counter and replies, “Cap’n Blackbeard, Good to see ye again. But where’s yer buccaneers?”
“Aaaarggh,” says Blackbeard” Under me buccan hat!!”~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A pirate, just off his ship, walks into a tavern.
He looks the real thing – peg leg, eye patch and framing his tanned & scarred face two big gold earrings.
“Ahoy, me buxom beauty, ” he rasps to the tavern wench, “I’ll has a tankard o’ rum.”
“Them’s might fine lookin’ earrings” the wench says. “They must’ve cost more’n a few pieces of eight!”
“Aarggh no,” says the pirate, “only two bucks!”
“Well”, says the wench, “That’s pretty good for a buck-an-ear!!”
This may well be a musical tribute to the founders of the neo-con movement.
It is certainly performed by one of the most musically talented groups of the 70’s.