1) I didn't know a Navy had to ask permission to kill a pirate. You really can learn something new every day.
2) The New Yorker story, The Pirates’ Code, has a link to a recent paper by economist Peter Leeson called "An-arrgh-chy: The Law and Economics of Pirate Organization":
Nature, we see, teaches the most Illiterate the necessary Prudence for their Preservation . . . these Men whom we term, and not without Reason, the Scandal of human Nature, who were abandoned to all Vice, and lived by Rapine; when they judged it for their Interest . . . were strictly just . . . among themselves . . .
Captain Charles Johnson (1726-1728: 527)
Captain Johnson was not describing a member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership.
The reports of increasing pirate activity may be good news in one respect:
Here's the relationship between pirates and global warming.
According to the official website, we have 69 days and 10 hours until International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
I've got to figure out both the potential cash draw-down on a stacked hedge, without pulling a Metallgesellschaft, and how to talk like a pirate.
Oh wait, that was Ginger Rogers. Never mind.