Reality TV or condoning Eco Terrorism?

ACME

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Being an old fart I do occasionally enjoy my TV and Deadliest Catch is one of our top 10. Lately they have been pimping a new show on Animal Planet (one of the Discovery networks); "Whale Wars" which without watching it; seems to be a reality show documenting the "Enlightened Ones" in their attempt to disrupt whaling operations. Wether or not whaling is right or wrong, legal or illegal, moral or immoral: By showing and seemingly taking the view of the "Enlightened People" in their quest: Isn't the Disco network condoning the diruption activities? Again I have not watched the show nor will I as I have a very strong opinion against Eco Terrorism and I believe the disruption of legal activities and the putting people in danger by: Spiking of trees to prevent logging in the N.W. by Earthfirst and other groups, the spiking and booby trapping of B to V and the throwing of projectiles or spraying of firehoses at Firsherman intimidate and threatening/trying to intimidate them is nothing more than another form of terrorism... Maybe next they'll will do a series on a wonderful group like the Sierra Club, preventing Evil Off Roading in prestine locations as Outlet Center Drive. That would make all the armchair, feel good, types send in a few bucks to the good guys to make themslves feel like they contributed to society. I for one wonder where the line is? Could the Disco group be pimping specific agenda's? Is it really all in the name of ratings or is there more??? Their links on their site are interesting: Planet Earth, Planet Green, and they recently aquired "Treehugger" an eco friendly blog site for $10M... They say we are destined to become the things we mock and dad is kind of a conspiracy nut at times, always looking into what the real story is and who's really behind it. When I was 16 he was clueless, 22 he seemed to have a few things that made sense, and now he seems like he really knows his stuff. I wonder if there is an agenda behind this network that the community should be aware of or is it all in the name or ratings? Either way I'll be steering away from the Disco network as I'm pretty black and white and it looks to me like they are promoting and condoning acts of Eco Terrorism...
 

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The same thing happened to the weather channel. It used to be... weather. Now it is another global warming propaganda machine. I would think that if they are promoting eco-terrorism then they are liable for any un-intended consequences like someone getting injured or killed which if you have seen the show, it's only a matter of time before that happens.
 

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I agree with pappa. Someone is going to get hurt... If these folks tried any this crap on land. they would be featured on a episode of COPS,'"FRUITS NUTS and FLAKES". Last year one of them forgot to tie down the rotor blade on the copter, so the pilot goes ahead and flys with a chipped blade...I was waiting for the splash... I guess he was supposed to be the hero, risking his life to save the whales....yeah well OK ??.. Anyway. they get away with tresspassing, disorderly conduct, assualt, assualt with intent , criminal damage, endangerment, and on and on the list goes....When i watched the first episode last year, very few of them had even been out on the ocean. except for the guy driving the boat (Captain?) and maybe one crew guy...just plain dumb in my book!!

Maybe they will sink their boat and we won't have to worry about it any more, Like we should be that lucky !!

I'm done now !
 

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I actually watched Whale Wars last season just because it was a pretty good laugh how freaking stupid these people were. The first time they tried to launch their smaller boat from the big boat they flipped it over! They are just a bunch of wanna be cowboys who have no idea about anything marine or how to operate and they go out there with their stink bombs that they think will scare the boats away. Its actually a pretty funny show to watch and see how stupid they really are.

The best was when they got the idea to board the whaling boat and be taken captive and then report that they were kidnapped to the media. So they got their little boat pulled up side the big boat and jumped on it. Of course the people on the big boat grabbed them and took them inside. Then they are saying how they were being treated bad and kidnapped, like WTF do you think is gonna happen when you try and jump on someones boat!!
 

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I think some college's give credit toward a doctors degree for this crap.
Can you tell?
 
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I don't know if it's owned by or affiliated with the Discovery channel but that bs show Whale Wars is on Animal Planet. I have watched the show a few times late at night when nothing else was on. Those people deserve to be shot or lost at sea. I agree with Acme that they are basically eco terrorists. The crap they do is childish and some of the people they mess with aren't poaching but doing it legally. I think it's funny that they are all about the environment and the ocean and all but they wander around the ocean aimlessly looking for whalers wasting fuel and polluting the seas they are trying to protect. They should really help the environment and turn the boat into a reef and the people into bait.:D
 

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I watched a bunch of episodes of this show a while back, it was pretty funny how ill prepared they were. The best one was when the captain was supposedly shot, but his vest saved him. I totally agree with the rest of the comments though, they deserve whatever they get.
 

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I watched the same thing the other night. Did anybody see how they sensationalized the guy who "LIED" about being shot? What a dang joke. Then they all agreed that he got shot! If they want to get shot, have them come out to a hunting lease and have them get in the face of some hunters and try to see if they are poaching! I dont have much of a problem with people keeping an eye on the fisherman but they are way over the line. They should have been shot at. You dont know what people are going to do. The japanese fishing boat captain had no idea what that boat was going to do and what they were throwing at it. The captain showed alot of restraint. I think the guys are lucky they arent in a row boat in the middle of the ocean now. I was pretty appaled that a major network like that would promote eco terrorist like that.
 

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Im going to have to see this show. Most of the skippers I have worked for and met would take the game from dangerous to deadly real fast. No chance to lie about anything.
 

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The funny thing about this show, is that it makes me wonder what whale must taste like? If those whalers put up with that kind of abuse and the whales fetch such a large price. It must be awesome meat. Infact if i ever visit Japan, i will find a way to try whale. :D
 

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I'm watching it right now. Words cannot describe how ignorant those morons are. :confused:
What a bunch of idiots!

I see this show ending badly!
 

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I finally got to watch the show. It's definately a bunch of nut-job eco-terrorists, but I laughed my ass off! I've been in the Navy for 17 years and am on my 3rd sea tour. I couldn't believe what a bunch of idiots they have on that ship. How do you have a 1st Mate who doesn't know what the degrees of a compass rose are, then have him man the helm to steer the ship through a dangerous ice floe? Sailing in general is dangerous, what they're doing is suicidal. It's only a matter of time before someone dies on that ship. I would love to see the board of inquiry on that!

BTW, is it bad that I was rooting for the whalers?
 
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The show is pretty damn funny just to watch how stupid they are like I said earlier. I agree that one of them is going to die soon on that show and I wont feel one bit sad.

How the hell do they send the DINGY out in that weather and none of the people on it even know how to use a damn gps or radio??! They are freaking nuts!! It seems they could at least find SOME people that know how to work something on the boat lol.
 

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The show is pretty damn funny just to watch how stupid they are like I said earlier. I agree that one of them is going to die soon on that show and I wont feel one bit sad.

How the hell do they send the DINGY out in that weather and none of the people on it even know how to use a damn gps or radio??! They are freaking nuts!! It seems they could at least find SOME people that know how to work something on the boat lol.
Ok, i've never been in the navy or out sea in my life and even i could tell that the weather was no good for that little ass boat

I started laughing so hard when that boat went missing. I thought "yes, 3 down, one fat one to go" :D

As for finding people that know boats. That won't happen because they will have the logical question of "is this old boated rated for sailing around ice?"

I hate to spoil it, but i found an online tv guide synopsis for episode 3...they don't sink :(
 

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I have watched the whale wars show a few times, and while I dont condone whaling what the people who the show follows "the wariors" or whatever, what they are doing is wrong and no different than piracy, or terrorism. The are boarding other ship like pirates. They are throwing stuff onto other ships doing damage to the crew and vessel. I believe I even saw them intentionaly ram their ship into another ship, as well as getting really close to the ship. I dont know for certian but its obvious that what they are doing is wrong, not to mention all of their illegal, stupid, and endangered actions dont actually stop whaling, they just make it more of a hassle. Not to mention what they are doing is actually legal under a certain section of law, they said apparently some whaling is legal, if done for science experiments i guess. I just think that they have their hearts in the right place but are definatly doing it illegal, dangerous, and just plain wrong.
 

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Whaling is legal for Eskimos and American Indians, not sure about the rest of the World. But what they are doing is a act of Piracy and War, I'm sure the Japanese could bring their Navy as an escort? The eco freaks are saying they were in a sanctuary of Australia and that would be illegal to hunt there. But I'm sure you won't see those eco's pan their cameras from the GPS to the ships being attacked by them. Maybe show the GPS then say look their in the sanctuary, I don't think the captains of the whaling fleet would dare enter a sanctuary knowing they would get fined when they can get the whales out side of it just as easy.
 

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The boats are getting the whales legally. The people just cant stand that it is legal and are trying to stop them anyways lol. WAJ!!
 

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i was so pissed off from this show, i could only stand to watch 30 minutes of the episode where the "dingy" got lost... effin idiots!!! to top it off, they couldnt even find it with the helicoptor! yeah the ocean is big... but not that big.. they deserve to sink!
 
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