Only $1 million of the $20 million ransom being demanded by pirates aboard a Ukrainian ship packed with tanks and weapons has been raised so far. Says the pirate spokesman: “That is worthless. It would only pay for several nights’ stay in a hotel!” That is a fantastic point. The pirates also said they would kill their 20 hostages if the ship is attacked, which only seems fair. The standoff has been ongoing since September 25th.