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  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Italian police seize 4.3 tons of cocaine

    Reason #2856 for why one should never put all of your eggs in one basket.

    Then there’s this:

    The San José galleon, located in 2015 was sunk by the British in 1708 near Colombia’s Caribbean port of Cartagena. Some historians believe its cargo of treasure could be worth billions of dollars today. Ownership of the wreck has been the subject of a long-running legal row. Spain says the ship and treasures are a “ship of state” as it belonged to the Spanish navy when it was sunk and is protected as such by United Nations regulations.

    “We raped, pillaged, and plundered that treasure fair and square!”

    As to, NC’s lieutenant governor: ‘We are called to be led by men,’ not women, that leaves him out.

  2. Just nutha ignint cracker says:


    “We raped, pillaged, and plundered that treasure fair and square!”

    Which was almost literally the response a European nation gave to South Korea in request for the return of several thousand year old Buddhist relics stolen in the 18th Century, IIRC.

  3. Jen says:

    The lieutenant governor said that, as a Christian and a Black man, he’s tired of being told how to act. Then he slumped his shoulders and caricatured the civil rights hymn “We Shall Overcome.” […] “We are called to be led by men,” he said, which brought applause and some shouts of agreement. “God sent women out … when they had to do their thing, but when it was time to face down Goliath, [He] sent David. Not Davita, David.”

    Robinson went on to say that, in the Bible, God sent Moses to lead the Israelites. “Not Momma Moses,” he said. “Daddy Moses.”

    Mmm. Okay then. Proceed if you must, by all means.

  4. gVOR08 says:


    Italian police seize 4.3 tons of cocaine
    Reason #2856 for why one should never put all of your eggs in one basket.

    One suspects they didn’t.

  5. Kathy says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    How about the nation that recently moved out of Europe, vis a is the Parthenon marbles?

  6. @gVOR08:

    One suspects they didn’t.

    Indeed, I am certain they didn’t.

  7. CSK says:

    I’m flashing back to those chants of “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”

  8. just nutha says:

    @Kathy: Well, it’s certainly a common defense; that’s true.

  9. Michael Reynolds says:

    Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, Colombian Drug Lord, Dies at 83

    Breaking: Police now uncertain as to whether it was a death by natural causes after discovering a half-eaten chicken nugget and a napkin with the Pollos Hermanos logo.

  10. Neil Hudelson says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:

    I amcertainthey didn’t.

    Got something to share? Perhaps a party invitation?

  11. Kathy says:

    @just nutha:

    If we confine ourselves just to Egyptian artifacts, there’s plenty that’s been taken. Nefertiti’s bust, the Rosetta stone, several obelisks (some taken by Rome when that empire was a going concern, so this goes back a while), or just look at the many, many museums in the US and Europe that have whole Egyptology wings. And there’s also a lot more in private collections.

  12. grumpy realist says:

    @Kathy: Italy would also have to hand back quite a bunch of stuff to Istanbul…

  13. Kathy says:

    @grumpy realist:

    Oh, there’s plenty of stuff around, perhaps too much to handle it all back.

    I kind of think of all ancient artifacts as a common patrimony of all humanity. Also grave robbing and antiques trafficking isn’t new. Most pharaonic tombs were robbed in ancient times, and I suspect many amulets buried with royal mummies wound up reburied with noble but non-royal mummies.

    IMO, most artifacts can stay where they are, provided they are properly cared for and preserved, studied, documented, photographed, digitized, etc. Even with the best of care, these things won’t last forever. It’s important to keep a more permanent record of them.

    Some artifacts of historical or national significance and/or that are part of a structure that still stands, ought to be returned to their countries of origin, provided they can be well kept there. This would include the Parthenon marble sculptures, the Rosetta stone, and some other notable pieces I can’t think of right now.

  14. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: And the Brits still insist on telling the Greeks.

    @gVOR08: Assuredly, but they still fcked up here. Send it over a half ton at a time. Mules are cheap… and stupid.