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Anthony Rogers
Anthony Rogers

Ship Of Fools Over The Network

Two months ago, an editor from BREAKER called and asked if I wanted to go on a four-day Mediterranean cruise with hundreds of crypto-crazed investors and evangelists. We\u2019ll cover the travel, he said. Write something long about whatever you find, he said. It was 2 a.m. and I was over-caffeinated. I remember explaining that I know almost nothing about either cruises or blockchain, in the way that Sir Ian McKellen, in the criminally underrated series Extras, explains that he is not actually a wizard. Five days later I was at the port of Barcelona, boarding a ship. By which point it was way too late to wonder for the umpteenth time about my life choices.

Ship of Fools over the network

The stultiphonic sound produced by the fools is especially jarring as the medieval church is a highly ritualised and codified soundscape. It is where religious rituals are negotiated, institutionalised, and performed. The liturgy, in particular, provides a set of codes which structures the ways congregation worship communally and the individual participates in sacraments. As such, the church is particularly susceptible to foolish interjections. While the above example illustrates how liturgical sounds escape the confines of the church, the latter can also become the site of foolish sound production itself.

A case in point is the Ship of Fools chapter dedicated to the issue of making noise in church (Chapter 44). In this didactic vignette, the normative process governing sound-producing behaviour, e. g. chatting, crying, singing, or shouting, is laid bare: noisy fools are named and shamed, highlighting both the social and soteriological consequences of unsanctioned noise-production.

Bart is informed that he received a perfect score on a practice test for the upcoming Vice President's Assessment Test, by writing "Slurp My Snot" across his page. This enables him to attend a pizza party by helicopter. However, it all proves to be a ship-of-fools ruse to purge the school of all low-achievers. Bart actually failed the test, and the helicopter is a disguised school bus. He, Nelson, Ralph, Kearney, Dolph, and Jimbo are driven to Capital City by Otto, along with Principal Skinner, who was pushed on board the bus by Superintendent Chalmers for the same reasons as the other passengers.

Mikey is upset that they must leave Gonard behind. Suddenly, the Gonard balloon floats by, giving Mikey an idea. Mikey jumps from the helicopter onto the balloon. As the balloon passes over the pirate ship, he talks down at the pirates with a megaphone, impersonating Gonard. The pirates are fearful and attempt to fight off the Gonard balloon. The balloon, however, resists their cannon-fire. The pirates panic and flee. Mikey dangles from a rope and reaches down to grab Gonard. The two escape from the pirate ship and are carried away by the balloon.

The characters are pretty goofy to interact with, giving us some vibes of Animal Crossing whenever they speak in gibberish. Ship of Fools lets you uncover hundreds of trinkets and artifacts, and you can create the perfect ship for long hours of exploring the deadly seas.

Ship of Fools is one of the best sea-themed co-op roguelites that you can play in 2022 that features a ton of content. Tailor your ship according to your playstyle, strategize and beat sea creatures, discover valuable merchants, and seek the best loadout for clearing an entire run.

On 23 May 1997, a Greek-registered freighter named Stillus Limassulleft the Mozambican port of Beria for Sri Lanka carrying 32,400 81mm mortarbombs intended for that country’s army. The US$3 million arms deal hadbeen arranged between officials of the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry and thegovernment-owned, Chinese-built Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI) and shippedby train to Beria. The Sri Lankan military never received the munitions. On 11July 1997, a fax was sent to the US embassy in Colombo stating:

Subsequent investigations revealed, however, that the StillusLimassul was not included in Lloyds international shipping registry butwas, in fact, owned by the LTTE itself. Further inquiries uncovered a papertrail that led to Ben Tsoi, an Israeli arms subcontractor who had arranged themortar deal and apparently had been bribed by the Tigers to let one of theirown freighters pick up the consignment. It is believed that Tsoi’scompany, L.B.J. Military Supplies, had persuaded ZDI to agree to the“sting” by providing false information to Colombo confirming that theshipment had been loaded, as scheduled, at the Mozambican port of Beira on 21May 1997.(2) Apparently,L.B.J Military Supplies then informed the Sri Lankan Government that themunitions were en route via Walvis Bay and Madagascar. By the time Colombolearned the full extent of what had happened, the mortars had been off-loadedand transshipped via smaller vessels to LTTE jungle bases off the Mullaitivucoast. A month later, the weapons were being used by the Tigers withdevastating effect in the continuing battle for control of the A9 highway innorthern Sri Lanka.(3)

The ZDI incident graphically demonstrates the global reach of the LTTE,widely recognized to be one of the most proficient and dangerousguerrilla/terrorist groups in the world. In large part, this reputation is owedto the extremely sophisticated international network that has been built by theorganization to sustain its 26 year-long struggle against the ColomboGovernment for the creation of an independent state of Tamil Eelam.(4)

Also included in the Central Governing Committee is an InternationalSecretariat. Headed by V. Manoharan,(5) it is this body that essentially has theresponsibility for ensuring the smooth running of the LTTE global network,although different sections of the structure are run by specific leaders expertin that particular field.

Broadly speaking, LTTE external activities can be subdivided into three mainareas: publicity and propaganda; fundraising; arms procurement and shipping.While the activities of these various operations invariably overlap, for themost part each section acts autonomously.(6)

The LTTE international propaganda war is conducted at an extremelysophisticated level and far more so than any counter-campaign that the ColomboGovernment has, hitherto, been able to organize.(11) “Diplomatic” missions receivedaily faxes detailing selective battlefield reports transmitted directly fromSri Lanka via satellite phone links. The group also puts out graphic videos,pamphlets and calendars showing, in gut-churning detail, the results ofgovernment air and military strikes against LTTE strongholds.(12) In addition,considerable use is made of the Internet as a communications tool. The grouphas established several well-run Web sites with “hot links” and other“jump-off points” that are networked to internationally renownedhumanitarian and development agencies.(13)

At the heart of the KP Department’s operations is a highly secretiveshipping network. The LTTE started building their maritime network with thehelp of a Bombay shipping magnate in the mid 1980s. Today the fleet numbers atleast ten freighters, all of which are equipped with sophisticated radar andInmarsat communication technology. The vessels mostly travel under Panamanian,Honduran or Liberian flags(40) (colloquially known as“Pan-Ho-Lib,” these maritime states are all characterized bynotoriously lax registration requirements), tend to be crewed by Tamilsoriginating from the Jaffna seaport of Velvettiturai and are typically owned byvarious front companies located in Asia. The ships frequently visit Japan,Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Burma, Turkey, France, Italy and Ukraine.Some are also heavily armed and have challenged both the Indian and the SriLankan navy when confronted. Ninety five percent of the time the vesselstransport legitimate commercial goods such as hardwood, tea, rice paddy, cementand fertilizer. However, for the remaining five percent they play a vital rolein supplying explosives, arms, ammunitions and other war-related material tothe LTTE theatre of war.(41)

Singapore and Hong Kong, strategically situated on key shipping lanes andwith highly developed banking structures, form the communications hub of theLTTE weapons procurement network.(42) These two “city states”orchestrate cells located in Thailand,(43) Pakistan and Burma,(44) effectively plugging the LTTE into thebooming arms bazaars of Southeast and Southwest Asia. However the group is alsoknown to have used front companies and contractors in Africa and Europe fordeals involving the states of the former Soviet Union, the Middle East andsub-Saharan Africa.

The LTTE represent a particularly violent manifestation of the ethnicconflict in Sri Lanka. The group threatens not only the domestic stability ofSri Lanka and India but also the security of the international system as awhole. At the time of writing, there was little sign of an early end to theTamil secessionist war in Sri Lanka, with neither government nor rebels showingany indication of a readiness to move towards a negotiated settlement. Thissuggests a continuation, and possibly growth, of the global financial,propaganda and arms procurement support network upon which the LTTE depend fortheir military activities.

41. Personal correspondence with Douglas Ranmuthuga, Senior Analyst with theAustralian Federal Police’s International Operations Support Team,Canberra, September 1998. See also Winchester, “Ship of Fools,” 39and Gunaratna, International and Regional Security Implications of the SriLankan Tamil Insurgency, 27. Although LTTE ships are rarely seized, thegroup has suffered some significant losses to its maritime network. Forexample, the MV Cholakeri capsized off the Thai coast on November 28,1992; the Ahat (Yahata) was destroyed on January 16, 1993;the Horizon (Comex Joux 3) was destroyed on February 14,1996; the Stillus Limmasul was (eventually) destroyed on November 2,1997.

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