Sea Shepherd stupidity assessed
Tim Blair, always worth reading, notes the absurdity of the nimble Ady Gil gettting run down by the much slower and far less agile Shonan Maru 2:
It is possible that one day Usain Bolt might find himself getting run over by a freight train.
Not probable, of course, but it is within the realms of possibility. For such a scenario ever to befall the Olympic champion and world 100m and 200m record holder, however, he would have to make a remarkable number of extremely poor decisions.
These would culminate in a final decision to delay evasive action until it was too late. In the case of Usain, that would be very late indeed. The Jamaican can cover ten metres from standstill in just 1.7 seconds, which is one reason he has thus far avoided any freight-related mishaps.
It’s also helpful that Jamaica transports barely anything by rail. All of which brings us to last week’s Southern Ocean clash beween the Shonan Maru 2, a lumbering, 500-tonne security vessel accompanying Japanese whaling vessels, and the Ady Gil, an ocean racer operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Over the weekend I intended to write up a similar scenario but lacking Blair's writing flair couldn't pull it off. That's why writing isn't my day job.