By John S. Burnett
Whereas crusing by myself one evening within the delivery lanes throughout one of many busiest waterways on the planet, John Burnett used to be attacked through pirates. via sheer ingenuity and a little of success, he survived, and his surprising firsthand adventure grew to become the foundation for this booklet. Dangerous Waters charts the resurgence of piracy in recent times and divulges why it poses an important probability to our security and safety.
Today's breed of pirates aren't the colourful cutthroats painted via the background books. not like the romantic pictures from yesteryear of Captain Hook, lengthy John Silver, and Blackbeard, they are often neighborhood seamen searching for a brief ranking, hugely educated guerrillas, rogue army devices, or former seafarers recruited by means of refined crime agencies. Armed with machetes, attack rifles, and grenade launchers, they thieve out in speedboats and fishing boats looking for supertankers, shipment ships, passenger ferries, cruise ships, and yachts, attacking them at port, at the open seas, and in overseas waters. whole ships, shipment, and crews easily vanish, hijacked by means of pirates operating for multinational crime syndicates; those modern day ghost ships ensue later carting unlawful immigrants to the U.S. or working medicines. Burnett probes this harmful global of thievery and mayhem, from the life-and-death struggles of courageous captains and their crews, to the pirate hunters with bounties on their heads, and to the shadowy teams themselves who hire those ruthless, modern day mercenaries.
A dauntless research right into a chilling phenomenon, Dangerous Waters is an epic, breathtaking glossy story of the ocean.
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Yet there is much in the account that has the ring of truth. It is important to sort these matters out if we are to be clear about what it is for a possible world or a possible individual to be ‘‘actual,’’ properly so-called. , that each possible individual exists in one and only one possible world. This view, in turn, is connected with Lewis’s idiosyncratic view that possible worlds are physical systems. Nowadays, philosophers more commonly regard possible worlds as abstract entities of a certain sort, such as maximal consistent sets of propositions that might have been jointly true (Robert Adams), maximal situations that might have obtained (Saul Kripke), maximal histories the cosmos might have had (Kripke), total states the cosmos might have been in (Kripke, Robert Stalnaker), maximal states of affairs that might have obtained (Alvin Plantinga), or maximal scenarios that might have been realized (myself).
For all that can be known merely by reﬂection on the concept of a such-and-such (or on that of an existent such-and-such), there may not be anything that ﬁts the concept, not even a possible thing. Even if it can be known a priori that there is a possible thing that might ﬁt the concept, there may not be any possible thing that actually ﬁts the concept. There is not even a kernel of truth to the idea that if existence were treated as an admissible deﬁning property or concept, then it would be possible to create entities by deﬁning them into existence.
The actual world’ denotes or names w; the predicate ‘is actual’ designates or is true of w and whatever exists in w; the operator ‘actually’ is true of propositions true at w, and so on for cognate terms of other categories . . A complication: we can distinguish primary and secondary senses of ‘actual’ by asking what world ‘actual’ refers to at a world w in a context in which some other world v is under consideration. In the primary sense, it still refers to w, as in ‘If Max ate less, he would be thinner than he actually is’.
Dangerous Waters: Modern Piracy and Terror on the High Seas by John S. Burnett