Some international news is too good to pass up. Intrigued as ever by pirates, I was surprised to learn that Mohamad Abdi Hassan, the very successful pirate known as "Big Mouth," is quitting the game. To quote him, "After being in piracy for eight years, I have decided to renounce and quit, and from today on I will not be involved in this gang activity." He announced his retirement at a press conference in Somalia on Wednesday. I suppose we should also be very happy that he's trying to persuade his colleagues to quit as well.