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    Re: Off-topic: Recommendation for "Captain Phillips"
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2014 Jan 15, 23:22 -0800
    Oh really?

    On July 19, 1723 they swung 26 pirates on a gallows set up on the beach at Newport Rhode Island. They did four more on November 3, 1738. Piracy was virtually eliminated in North America in the first few decades of the 18th century by hanging pirates, pretty soon you run out of pirates.

    See: http://deathpenaltyusa.org/usa1/state/rhode_island.htm

    Massachusetts hanged 37 between 1661 and 1728 and then, they too, ran out of pirates. Their best one day score was eight pirates swinging in the breeze on January 27, 1689.


    South Carolina did twenty on November 8, 1718 and then another one in December and then they ran out of pirates.


    Virginia did eight through 1720, and ran out of pirates.


    From: Alexandre Eremenko <eremenko@math.purdue.edu>
    To: garylapook@pacbell.net
    Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:52 PM
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Off-topic: Recommendation for "Captain Phillips"

    Historical experience seems to show that the only really effective
    way of fighting pirates is attacking their shore bases, rather than hanging
    individual pirates.
    Examples: G. Pompey Magnus operation in 68 BC, and operations against
    Barbary cost pirates in XVIII and XIX century).
    > Frank:
    > Re arming ships, looks like the politicians did it again. As I remember
    > history, pirates were hung, without any bother of/with "trials" in
    > civilian courts. I thought that Capt.Philips was a very well done film.
    > Alan
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