Thursday, June 12, 2014







NOTICE: We posted up a little early, before midnight local time so the dates shown on this home page may conflict, but this is the home page and notices for Friday June 13, 2014. Check out the comments section in our Antarctic Tooth Fish Post we caught some flack and we responded, then we caught some more and we're still responding. See what you think, join in.  You don't have to agree with us.  Today we bring news of Vietnam and the Philippines military personnel playing ball games on one of the Spratly islands, find out why that is serious news. In that post you will also find a link to film of Chinese naval personnel killing Vietnamese sailors over the Spratlys in 1988.  It wasn't a battle, it was mass murder. As you can see the Vietnamese sailors were unarmed and waist deep in water. The World watches China more closely today and there hasn't been a repeat, but if you want to know how far the Dragon will go to get its way, watch the film.  It will give you more of a gut feel for why Vietnam and the Philippines playing ball on one of the Spratly Islands is important.  If you haven't done so already, you're invited to a visit aboard an under sea lab for a discussion with Fabien Cousteau. Today we also post up on Boutique piracy again arising in Malaysian waters. 

The weeks posts are all just below the Home page, just scroll down. If the page stops scrolling just click on "older posts" in the lower right hand corner. Posts from as recently as yesterday may get pushed down to the "older" grouping when we publish several in a 24 hour period. Its just a computer program being a computer program. The computer has been acting like a Diva lately, ignore her. Of course you can always click into a psot from the list to your right.

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4. Looking for maritime links? We link to maritime information sites throughout the special interest pages based on the special interest subject. But we also have an indexed collection of most of the world's English language maritime web sites. Click here: THE BIG LINKS LOCKER

5.  Looking for past essays by the our top analyst, Namazu, former Japanese Giant Catfish demigod. His stuff is spread all over the blog but we are building an archive so you might want to check there first: EVERYTHING NAMAZU

6. We've been following the aggressive actions of the Chinese Navy and Coast Guard for nearly two years now. We are working on an archive for those posts as well: How Far Will The Dragon Swim?

7. On line books?  We have a growing collection for reading on line or use as a reference: Our authoritative literature section is where we are editing, up dating and posting the entire collection of American Admiralty Bureau Guide and Commentators, references that should prove vital to admiralty lawyers working with expert witnesses. This is an on going project but about four complete volumes are on line now: After you enter the Authoritative literature page simply scroll down to the start of the American Admiralty Bureau Guides and Commentators.
AUTHORITATIVE LITERATURE INCLUDING AAB PUBS.  We also have our popular serial posts on the parallels between space exploration and the earlier age of maritime exploration originally published as a serial blog post under the continuing title "SPACE AS AN OCEAN" and now posted as an E-Book in Progress titled PROTOCOLS: Click into our MARITIME LITERATURE page and scroll down until you see the words "E Book In Progress". Then you may continue to scroll down to read as many of the essays as you like. Each one is complete in and of its self so you could red the entire collection painlessly by reading just one a day, about five thought provoking minutes. To view the essays click here: MARITIME LITERATURE, Including PROTOCOLS. We also have in our MERCHANT MARINE INTEREST SECTION the National Mariner's Association book: BLOOD ON BROWN WATER. Just enter the MERCHANT MARINE INTEREST SECTION and scroll down:  MERCHANT MARINE INTEREST:  "BLOOD ON BROWN WATER"

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