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(Mirror.co.uk)   Somali pirates retreat after hearing: A) Royal Navy navy warships, B) British fighter jets, or C) Britney Spears music   (mirror.co.uk ) divider line
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2013-10-28 05:39:55 AM  

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2013-10-28 07:01:14 AM  
Can you blame them?
 
2013-10-28 07:16:33 AM  
At least it wasn't Justin Bieber. Then they'd be calling for them to be tried at the Hague along with George W Bush for war crimes.
 
2013-10-28 07:31:32 AM  
It is toxic.
 
2013-10-28 07:34:10 AM  
Now *that* is funny!
 
2013-10-28 07:51:00 AM  
Hey... everyone has their weaknesses. Vietnamese had Wagner, and the Somali pirates have Britney Spears.
 
2013-10-28 08:55:34 AM  

Sybarite: It is toxic.


She did it again. Oops.
 
gja
2013-10-28 08:56:24 AM  
So Katy Perry would turn them into puddles of pudding?
 
2013-10-28 08:56:35 AM  
They probably think it's some kind of hellish she-demon chanting curses.
 
2013-10-28 08:59:07 AM  
Ok, I laughed here and got nothing to add. That shiat is funny.
 
2013-10-28 08:59:21 AM  

gja: So Katy Perry would turn them into puddles of pudding?


I'd coat Katy Perry in my pudding, if you know what I mean.
 
2013-10-28 09:01:10 AM  

hardinparamedic: At least it wasn't Justin Bieber. Then they'd be calling for them to be tried at the Hague along with George W Bush for war crimes.


FTFA: "I'd imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention,"

Wow. Talk about having a TOOL in your defense systems.
 
gja
2013-10-28 09:02:10 AM  

the_rhino: gja: So Katy Perry would turn them into puddles of pudding?

I'd coat Katy Perry in my pudding, if you know what I mean.


Don't know how old you are. But for me that would be like lusting after my niece (eeeeeew).
When I look at a female of that age I think "cute kid, not THAT much talent though".

/old guy here, like my women like I like my whiskey, mature and with serious character.
 
2013-10-28 09:07:07 AM  
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The pirates don't stand a chance.
 
2013-10-28 09:13:27 AM  
Don't white females usually attract black males?
 
gja
2013-10-28 09:17:50 AM  

special20: Wow. Talk about having a TOOL in your defense systems.


That is also accurate if you are talking about Miss Spears (if you consider her the defense system).
 
2013-10-28 09:21:55 AM  
Didn't they play heavy metal to get Noriega to surrender?
 
2013-10-28 09:24:42 AM  

gja: special20: Wow. Talk about having a TOOL in your defense systems.

That is also accurate if you are talking about Miss Spears (if you consider her the defense system).


While it's probably not within the current interests of the USA, we should send a cadre of special forces to kidnap her, and airdrop her into Mogadishu. Everybody wins.

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2013-10-28 09:26:47 AM  
What, they couldn't find any Slim Whitman records?
 
2013-10-28 09:34:26 AM  

armor helix: Don't white females usually attract black males?


That's just what white guys like to think.
 
2013-10-28 09:34:31 AM  
Are they using the speakers that make her voice sound like it's inside your head?  I'm not afraid to admit, I'd run too.
 
2013-10-28 09:36:09 AM  
"Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music, even using earplugs."

Wow, what will those wacky pirates thing of next?
 
2013-10-28 09:36:25 AM  
Something something brown note.
 
2013-10-28 09:37:03 AM  

FrancoFile: Didn't they play heavy metal to get Noriega to surrender?


The Vatican embassy in Panama did that, yes, 24/7 at full volume until he left and surrendered to the US.
 
2013-10-28 09:37:12 AM  
No wonder they think we're the Great Satan. Our popular music sounds like those Soviet recordings of Hell to them.
 
2013-10-28 09:47:38 AM  

ariseatex: Sybarite: It is toxic.

She did it again. Oops.


To be fair, the Pirates aren't that innocent.
 
gja
2013-10-28 09:49:57 AM  

special20: gja: special20: Wow. Talk about having a TOOL in your defense systems.

That is also accurate if you are talking about Miss Spears (if you consider her the defense system).

While it's probably not within the current interests of the USA, we should send a cadre of special forces to kidnap her, and airdrop her into Mogadishu. Everybody wins.

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Pretty sure the US would be sanctioned for dumping toxic waste on a third world.
 
2013-10-28 10:05:33 AM  
But the attackers have to listen to it too which makes it a suicide attack.
 
2013-10-28 10:06:03 AM  

brimed03: FrancoFile: Didn't they play heavy metal to get Noriega to surrender?

The Vatican embassy in Panama did that, yes, 24/7 at full volume until he left and surrendered to the US.



Link


"So, although it is interesting to read all these comments about special music played to drive Noriega out into the open, we know that the loud music had nothing to do with harassing or chasing Noriega out of the Embassy. The noise was simply to allow delicate negotiations to continue inside without being overheard by the press, waiting outside by the hundreds with their parabolic microphones and dishes aimed at the embassy windows."
 
2013-10-28 10:22:15 AM  
This would have made Captain Phillips a hell of a lot less eventful.
 
2013-10-28 10:25:45 AM  
They have to be using an LRAD to get volume like that and it's a very focused beam, so someone has to aim it, and that would be the security team on board which is armed, and believe me it's not the sound that makes the skinnies turn back, it's the guns

aaron.resist.ca
 
2013-10-28 10:37:41 AM  

akya: ariseatex: Sybarite: It is toxic.

She did it again. Oops.

To be fair, the Pirates aren't that innocent.


Listening to Britney Spears would drive me crazy, till I couldn't sleep.  They were lucky that the Navy SEALs didn't kill them.
 
2013-10-28 10:38:55 AM  
And I am strongly criticized for merely suggesting that Yoko Ono is played in this role.
 
gja
2013-10-28 10:50:25 AM  

theotherles: And I am strongly criticized for merely suggesting that Yoko Ono is played in this role.


Now just hold on a second there chief. If you're gonna drag Yoko into this you're gonna go up for war crimes in the Hague!
/like fingernails in a blackboard, she is
 
2013-10-28 10:52:21 AM  
they were probably afraid that if they took over the ship and could not find out how to turn the music off they would have to listen to it all the way back to Somalia.
 
2013-10-28 11:30:03 AM  
Does she get a royalty check for that?
 
2013-10-28 11:55:16 AM  
It worked against the Zentradi.
 
2013-10-28 12:43:46 PM  

purdeyisa10: What, they couldn't find any Slim Whitman records?


Came for the Mars Attacks reference. Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-10-28 01:21:33 PM  
Not sure I believe this story...

What captain honestly would go through this thought process:

Crew:  "Captain, Somali pirates are approaching!"
Captain:  "Can we just post armed guards around the ship?"
Crew:  "Sorry, captain, that won't work."
Captain:  "Well...who's got 'Baby one more time' on their iPod?"
Crew:  "Brilliant!"
 
2013-10-28 01:22:37 PM  
I feel sad for the poor bastards working on those boats.  I'd rather be kidnapped myself.
 
2013-10-28 01:47:27 PM  

Sybarite: brimed03: FrancoFile: Didn't they play heavy metal to get Noriega to surrender?

The Vatican embassy in Panama did that, yes, 24/7 at full volume until he left and surrendered to the US.


Link


"So, although it is interesting to read all these comments about special music played to drive Noriega out into the open, we know that the loud music had nothing to do with harassing or chasing Noriega out of the Embassy. The noise was simply to allow delicate negotiations to continue inside without being overheard by the press, waiting outside by the hundreds with their parabolic microphones and dishes aimed at the embassy windows."


[citation needed]

Man, is that a terrible website/article/whatever.
 
2013-10-28 01:57:05 PM  
I still don't understand why these ships aren't armed to the teeth.  They have every tactical advantage even for novices.  Is it some maritime thing?
 
2013-10-28 02:02:44 PM  

eyeq360: akya: ariseatex: Sybarite: It is toxic.

She did it again. Oops.

To be fair, the Pirates aren't that innocent.

Listening to Britney Spears would drive me crazy, till I couldn't sleep.  They were lucky that the Navy SEALs didn't kill them.


I see what you did there.
 
2013-10-28 02:18:40 PM  
www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com

Sympathizes.
 
2013-10-28 02:19:37 PM  
I don't get it... How hard is it to still capture the ship and then just turn off the farking sound system? This is like some Wile E. Coyote shiat right here...
 
2013-10-28 02:34:50 PM  

SlagginOff: This would have made Captain Phillips a hell of a lot less eventful.


And it would have ruined the soundtrack
 
2013-10-28 02:59:42 PM  
I can hear the pirates now... "click click, durka! It's Britney biatch! Kujificha!"
 
2013-10-28 03:23:32 PM  

FrancoFile: Sybarite: brimed03: FrancoFile: Didn't they play heavy metal to get Noriega to surrender?

The Vatican embassy in Panama did that, yes, 24/7 at full volume until he left and surrendered to the US.


Link


"So, although it is interesting to read all these comments about special music played to drive Noriega out into the open, we know that the loud music had nothing to do with harassing or chasing Noriega out of the Embassy. The noise was simply to allow delicate negotiations to continue inside without being overheard by the press, waiting outside by the hundreds with their parabolic microphones and dishes aimed at the embassy windows."

[citation needed]

Man, is that a terrible website/article/whatever.



You could actually just freely access the government report on Operation Just Cause.


Rock Music at the Nunciatura

In addition to the cordon of troops, General Stiner erected a sound barrier around
the Nunciatura in the wake of a visit there on Christmas Day by General Thurman. On
Christmas morning, Thurman spoke personally to Monsignor Laboa at the gate of the
Nunciatura. As Thurman turned to depart, a reporter from an upper floor window of the
nearby Holiday Inn shouted, "Hey General Thurman, how ya doin'? Merry Christmas!"
Fearing that reporters could use powerful microphones to eavesdrop on delicate
negotiations between Cisneros and Laboa, General Thurman ordered that a music
barrier be set up around the Nunciatura. Later, as hard rock music blared around the
clock, a psychological operations specialist claimed it was part of a campaign to harass
Noriega.9

Depicted as a form of press censorship by the media, the rock music soon
aroused other critics. By 28 December, diplomats, Catholics in the United States, and
Vatican officials had deplored the practice as a clumsy effort to harass Noriega that
inflicted needless stress upon the papal nuncio and his staff. The President made his
concern known to Secretary Cheney and General Powell.10

About 1140 General Powell asked Brigadier General Meier to explain the
purpose of the music. Meier repeated General Thurman's original rationale: to mask
sensitive negotiations between General Cisneros and Monsignor Laboa. General
Thurman, however, also justified the music as an effective psychological tool. At this
point, Laboa was talking about sleeping outside the compound, and Noriega and his henchmen
were becoming increasingly worried and nervous. Thurman believed that applying
pressure, not only to Noriega but to his host as well, would compel Monsignor Laboa to
release Noriega.11

In the face of mounting public criticism and presidential concern, General
Powell grew increasingly uncomfortable with the rock music at the Nunciatura.
President Bush viewed the tactic as politically embarrassing and "irritating and petty."
On 29 December, after returning from an NSC meeting in which he had been instructed
not to "make things any more difficult or unpleasant for Monsignor Laboa than
necessary," Powell told Thurman to stop the music. Rear Admiral Sheafer relayed the
order to Thurman's staff and tasked the National Security Agency to provide a less
provocative noise jammer to prevent the media from eavesdropping on negotiations
between Cisneros and Laboa.12

Link


Noriega surrendered on January 3rd, several days later, but don't let facts get in the way of a popularly repeated bit of apocryphal history.
 
2013-10-28 03:40:32 PM  
If someone blasted that shiat my way i would back the fark off too.
 
2013-10-28 03:43:24 PM  
that's just wrong, it would be more humane to use chemical weapons

/what monsters have we become?
 
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