Do you seriously support killing whales? Isn't it illegal too? How do you sleep at night?
Hi, I just noticed this question. But, yes, I do support the *traditionalharvest* of whales conducted by the Inuipaq and Siberian Yup’ik of Alaska, the Inuit of the coastal Canadian Arctic and Greenland, the people of the Faeroe Islands, and the Makah Tribe of Washington (among others) for subsistence and survival purposes. (Due to my residency in Alaska, from this point on, I will only be focusing on the Inupiaq and Siberian Yup’ik people of Alaska.) Proof of traditional whale harvests is shown
through oral tradition and archaeological data to be long-standing practice, extending as far back as nearly 1,000 years.
Is whale harvesting illegal? No, not if done in a traditional manner by Natives. In fact, in Alaska, there is a whaling commission that monitors the number of whale harvested and allows this lifestyle to be a sustainable activity. There is a set number of whale allotted annually by the commission for all involved whale-hunting villages that cannot be surpassed without consequence.
So, say that harvest number is one dozen whales this year, and Kaktovik has a bounty season and harvests seven whale, while Barrow does alright, harvesting three. This leaves two more whales for the rest of the communities, which in this first-come-first-serve practice might not be so bad, as those who have a bum year will generally receive shares from those who did well that year. I heard that this was the case for St. Lawrence Island this year where a lot of whale was sent their way following a poor season. So really, it’s a generally communist ideology, where people are helping each other to survive.
And why do they choose this lifestyle? Well, I’ve been hanging out on the North Slope a lot this summer and general food items that you buy at the store are often easily going to cost 100% more than what you pay for them due to shipping costs. And when you live in a place where gas is $7.00/gallon and this has been home for 1,000 years, and it’s all you know, and your family is everything, and they all live with you in your village, the easiest and most cost-effective way to be comfortable and survive is to practice a subsistence-based lifestyle.
So then you have to ask yourself: Why are so many people against whaling? Generally the biggest backlash to whaling that people may not even realize is a product of the 1840s-1870s where commercial whaling implemented by Western Culture (which also included Japanese whalers) almost decimated the whale populations for their baleen, oil, and ambergris. Since then, at least in the US, commercial whaling has been made illegal and today the beauty and majestic appearance of the animal, likely due to its massive size, has given the US the hard-lined notion that hunting whales should be taboo. More or less the same goes for other sea mammals such as seal which were also nearly hunted to extinction for their furs.
So if the question was about commercial hunts, like when Japan goes out with little regulation, I’m not so keen on that. But when it comes to survival or an even deeper push into poverty on the back of Western living, yeah, I don’t really mind a few whale being harvested sustainably.
In 1939, the HMS Rawalpindi, a former passenger ship converted into an armed merchant cruiser, encountered the German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in the Iceland Gap, north of the Faeroe Islands. The German ships demanded that the pitifully outgunned and underpowered Rawalpindi surrender. The British captain, one Edward Coverely Kennedy, elected to fight. When an incredulous subordinate asked if he really intended to take on two ships that had the benefit of armor, weapons twice the caliber of his, and that could more than double his speed, he replied “We’ll fight them both, they’ll sink us, and that will be that. Good-bye.”
That’s pretty well spitting Death in the eye-socket, and quite possibly the most British response to anything. Ever. Kennedy and 237 of his crew were given the opportunity to directly apologize to Death less than an hour thereafter. Only 48 survivors were picked up by other ships.
How was this match for you? Well, it was a game where we knew the first goal would be very important because it’s a team that plays with 11 players behind the ball line but things went well, we started well and were able to score two goals in 5 minutes, if I’m not mistaken. And then the game got easier. Obviously what we wanted was to go back to the wins. We know, at this point, that Switzerland won and so did the Faeroe Islands and we have to fight hard because we know this qualifying stage will be rather complicated. But we wanted to go back to the wins and congrats to the team who played really well today.
We were curious, while we were commenting the game because we saw you trace back a lot, almost playing as Defensive Midfielder, in the last 20 minutes, after your 4th goal. Why? Because I felt a little knock. The back of my leg was hurting a little and I didn’t want to force it. I feel okay. They were playing with 9 too. I played a little behind but that didn’t make them score goals so it was good.
What happened now after your return compared to what happened in Switzerland, does it prove your importance in the team? Yes, like what mister said - and I want to thank him for those words - I know I’m an important player, just like all the others are. I try to always do my best ever since I started to play, ever since my first games with the National Team. As a player, I feel useful and happy to play for the National Team. I scored 4 goals today. Obviously I’m very happy to come back after the serious injury I got in the Euro final. But the whole team is to be congratulated. Now we need to stay on track. There are 8 games left and we want to win them all so we can go to the World Cup.
[Portuguese transcript under the cut for those interested!]
Today in history, bad stuff happened, but I wanted to talk about hilarious passive-aggressive history instead.
• When IKEA first was brought over to Denmark in, IDK, the 70s, Denmark put up a big fuss because yellow and blue are Swede colours ugh and for a while all Danish IKEAs were painted red and white. I was told this by a Danish friend and can’t verify it, but honestly I believe it.
• True story #2: Sweden has the habit of naming IKEA rugs/floors/things you step on after Danish cities and wow did Denmark ever throw a shitfit over that.