Hostis Humani Generis – reflections on the enemies of mankind – or – I don’t like pirates

Still want to be a pirate?  On which end of the plank do you place  yourself?                                                                                                                                             [Walking the Plank, Howard Pyle, 1887]

 All of this talk about pirates has got me on a roll – or a rant – as the case may be.

So, let me be out front with it – I don’t like pirates.

Let’s be honest here, that for all of the “Arghhh!” whooping good-time grog drinking and hearty sea chanty singing, pirates and the act of piracy are still nothing that any modern person should want to share the same planet with.  If I press the point I think you will have to agree with me – so I will.

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