"It was the Law of the Sea, they said.
Civilization ends at the waterline.
Beyond that, we all enter the food chain,
and not always right at the top."
Hunter S. Thompson
(1937-2005) American journalist, author. Credited as the creator of Gonzo journalism
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 -- sam, tampa     
     -- uberladen, oaktown      
    There is an obvious difference between Maritime law and the Law of the Land or, Common Law.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Great! but I think today it is the other way round...
     -- RobertSRQ     
    Marvelous insight shown by this allegory (don't be fooled into taking all he says literally, anymore than the classic collections of stories and fairy tales are to be taken literally).
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    "Civilization" may end at the water line but certainly all of the crap it produces does not, and has an effect on the largest and smallest of the food chain.
     -- Bruce, 'Bama     
    Interesting. I recommend digging further into how the American justice system has devolved from Common Law to Admiralty/Maritime Law. Note the gold fringed flag in today's court rooms indicating that it is an Admiralty-Maritime jurisdiction. Sad, very sad -- piece by piece the American Republic has been corrupted -- the justice system is a complete sham.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    With out the contexts it was taken from it means little to me.
     -- warren, olathe     
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