Mark Steyn on Chris Turney’s amazing antarctic adventure

It’s good to see this getting around. This is Mark Steyn in The Spectator commenting on Eco-warriors stranded in the Antarctic! It’s too good to be true. Here even a comic genius like Mark Steyn has trouble adding to the absurdity of the original plot, but at least he tries:

On Douglas Mawson’s original voyage, he and his surviving comrade wound up having to eat their dogs. I’m not sure there were any on this expedition, so they’d probably have to make do with the Guardian reporters. Forced to wait a year to be rescued, Sir Douglas later recalled, ‘Several of my toes commenced to blacken and fester near the tips.’ Now there’s a man who’s serious about reducing his footprint.

But there is more and you should naturally read the lot as I am sure you will.

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41 Responses to Mark Steyn on Chris Turney’s amazing antarctic adventure

  1. hammy

    Ho hum – another silly denialists pretending that he has a sense of humour when all he has is deep stupidity.

  2. Ant

    Most times by the time I get to bottom of one of Mark Steyn’s articles I end up thinking “Man, I wish I could write like that.”

    This comical tale of mind boggling stupidity has been doing the rounds of US talkback radio. As far as the original objective goes, Turney – the Francesco Schettino of Global Warming adventures – adds a new layer of meaning to the word “counterproductive”.

  3. Micky

    And then there’s Jon Stewart – another silly denialists warmist pretending that he has a sense of humour when all he has is deep stupidity.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxRX6LXDpWs

  4. Lime Lite

    @Hammy – glad you find him amusing. We LOVE laughing at you warmists. POLAR VORTEX.

  5. jupes

    Most times by the time I get to bottom of one of Mark Steyn’s articles I end up thinking “Man, I wish I could write like that.”

    Yep. He he is a master of the best weapon to defeat this scam: ridicule.

  6. Dr Faustus

    Ho hum – another silly denialists pretending that he has a sense of humour when all he has is deep stupidity.

    The attractive aspect of all this is that Turney has set a gold standard for ‘deep stupidity’ that reflects rather well on the climatariat. Chris’ gift possibly even justifies the eye-watering cost of retreiving the uncomfortable-but-not-actually-at-risk nongs.

  7. Infidel Tiger

    When the West finally snuffs it, I hope Steyn gives the eulogy.

  8. Driftforge

    Two quotes that go nicely together.

    Big Climate is slowly being crushed by a hard, icy reality: if you’re heading off to university this year, there has been no global warming since before you were in kindergarten. That’s to say, the story of the early 21st century is that the climate declined to follow the climate ‘models’.

    – Mark Steyn

    [In modern, post-1945 Western society] the connection between power and public opinion remains. Ideas, therefore, are selectively favored on the basis of their capacity to serve as standards around which to organize coalitions, which can struggle for power by whatever means are effective … It is an alternative criterion which contributes to the success or failure of ideas, and has nothing to do with their validity.

    – Mencius Moldbug

  9. Driftforge

    denialists

    Its unlike Hammy to get his grammar incorrect.

  10. Sid Vicious

    #1142783, posted on January 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Most times by the time I get to bottom of one of Mark Steyn’s articles I end up thinking “Man, I wish I could write like that.”

    This comical tale of mind boggling stupidity has been doing the rounds of US talkback radio. As far as the original objective goes, Turney – the Francesco Schettino of Global Warming adventures – adds a new layer of meaning to the word “counterproductive”.

    Indeed so Ant. It may have had a more tragic outcome if Mr Turney channeled Marshall Applewhite; perish the thought.

  11. Abraham

    Can anyone tell me if this Russian ship is currently stuck in summer sea ice what is the probability it will become unstuck before winter?

    Or are we to believe as a result of ‘global warming’, in winter the ice will actually melt?

  12. James in Melbourne

    Forced to wait a year to be rescued, Sir Douglas later recalled, ‘Several of my toes commenced to blacken and fester near the tips.’ Now there’s a man who’s serious about reducing his footprint.

    24-carat, Group 11, Period 6, Block d, solid-phase, atomic number 79, elemental GOLD.

    My God, Steyn is magnificent. If we have to be cursed by bed-wetters, the pay-off is the brilliance of their scourge.

  13. gabrianga

    And then of course there is Cameroon,PM of the United Kingdom once again stirring the ” Global Warming” cauldron.

    Wonder if he has received hints from our own Lord Wentworth about “crossing the floor” to join the numpties?

  14. rebel with cause

    Can anyone tell me if this Russian ship is currently stuck in summer sea ice what is the probability it will become unstuck before winter?

    Apparently it has become free already.

    From what I understand it wasn’t so much that it was plowing through the ice and got stuck on the thick stuff, but that it was in Commonwealth Bay with the ‘researchers’ off doing some sight-seeing on the sea ice, the wind changed and blew a whole lot of thick sea ice around the boat and it could not get out.

    I have read claims that the boat master had tried to avert this situation by asking the researchers back to the ship so they could get away before the ice trapped them, but they dawdled back to the boat too slowly and as such the boat become trapped. Not sure if this is true though.

  15. Abraham

    According to Professor Turkey in this piece

    “The AAE is inspired by Mawson but is primarily a science expedition; it will be judged by its peer-reviewed publications.”

    Really??? WTF is there to review??? The stupid moronic sing-a-long???

  16. Andrew

    Can anyone tell me if this Russian ship is currently stuck in summer sea ice what is the probability it will become unstuck before winter?

    Actually the Antarctic keeps melting through summer; it doesn’t start to refreeze until closer to the equinox when it pops back into the shade. So we’re still some weeks from the low point. Check WUWT’s ice pages here

  17. Louis Hissink

    Both ships are in open water and the Polar Star has been released from the rescue and is on its way to McMurdo base

  18. Tel

    Even Hammy’s typical self-deprecating satire cannot hope to out farce the most excellent Antarctic Adventure. This is major league foobar.

    Gonna be a tough year for the nutters with a strong performance so early. Or is this a late running 2013 entry?

  19. Leo G

    Can anyone tell me if this Russian ship is currently stuck in summer sea ice what is the probability it will become unstuck before winter?

    The incident occurred in a persistent polynya in Commonwealth Bay.
    Polynyas are the most active sites for new sea ice formation. Under normal conditions the northerly component of winds across the open water rapidly forms new ice, shifts and packs it at the northern edge of the polynya while maintaining the northern margin. In this incident there was a persisting inshore wind component and the ice packed on the southern margin, rapidly enclosing the Russian vessel while the expeditioners frolicked on the ice. The master of the vessel was apparently aware of the developing situation, but the snow turkeys didn’t have their heads in the right place.

  20. Poor Old Rafe

    they dawdled back to the boat too slowly and as such the boat become trapped. Not sure if this is true though.

    There was a blow by blow account of the sight-seeing diversion and the delay when one of their three amphibious vehicles took on water and became a liability which slowed down the excursion on the ice and the return to base. I think the story was on Watts News last week.

  21. Poor Old Rafe

    Apparently Andrew Bolt is finally on holiday in New Zealand after persisting with posts on the blog while he was in Hobart.

  22. Tintarella di Luna

    On Douglas Mawson’s original voyage, he and his surviving comrade wound up having to eat their dogs. I’m not sure there were any on this expedition, so they’d probably have to make do with the Guardian reporters

    From the magnificent article by Mark Steyn on the Voyage of the Dumbed – what a marvellous couple of sentences. He is a master wordsmith with cutting and delicious wit.

  23. Notafan

    The green Senate elect person blogged that the was some tardiness returning to the ship when requested by the captain. Two hours is the length of the delay I have seen quoted.
    One thinks there might be some wrangling over responsibility for the cost of the delay to the ship and rescue. Wonder what the charter contract said on the matter.

  24. Jannie

    I sent a copy of the Steyn article to my Greenie mate, and he ignored me.

    I called him and he said I had broken our agreement not to cite weather related incidents as “evidence” in our perrenial CAGW argument.

    I said it wasn’t evidence I was citing, I was just making a joke. He said is wasn’t funny, and I shouldnt laugh at other peoples deeply felt convictions, just like Hammy.

    I could hardly believe it but I started to talk about the need to have a sense of humour and not to let the humorless greenie feminists get into his head. It was very uncomfortable until he suddenly burst out laughing. Gotcha he said, laughing at me, its you who shouldnt take things so seriously.

    There is a possibility that Hammy does have a sense of humour, and is actually ROFLing his head off for taking him seriously.

  25. As I recall, Mawson’s pick up ship doodled around the Antarctic coast for the month of January 100 years ago trying to spot where he was after he failed to turn up on time from his inland trek. The ship had to avoid sea ice here and there, and finally gave up (leaving him just as he got back to the hut in time to see it go) in early February, due to increasing ice danger.

    Jan 30, 1913:

    About ten o’clock tonight we sighted heavy pack ice stretching for miles and miles to the port beam from ahead with the ice-barrier on our starboard side and about eleven o’clock we put about and steamed back along the ice barrier towards the base at full speed.

    The point being, summer sea ice was a potential hazard for ships then, and it still is.

    It does not disprove AGW, unless you’re a right wing twit.

  26. Leo G

    There is a possibility that Hammy does have a sense of humour, and is actually ROFLing his head off for taking him seriously.

    Hammy is a very serious ironist. We won’t hear him laughing.

  27. Alfonso

    “It does not disprove AGW.”
    Alas and alack, some proof required before disproof needed.
    117 failed published models don’t cut it……the next CAGW model must be a keeper, surely.
    Best hope for the hysterics is a 2020 Medieval Warming Period look alike event……try pray.

  28. Leo G

    “As I recall, Mawson’s pick up ship doodled around the Antarctic coast for the month of January 100 years ago trying to spot where he was after he failed to turn up on time from his inland trek. The ship had to avoid sea ice here and there, and finally gave up (leaving him just as he got back to the hut in time to see it go) in early February, due to increasing ice danger.” – SfB

    Your recall is nonsense SfB (but I would not expect your recollection to be accurate after a 100 years). Unsafe conditions for the Aurora was not the reason that the Aurora did not carry the AAE party in February 1913, but unsuitable conditions for transferring people to the vessel and a more urgent pickup elsewhere. You can’t have read the relevant part of the very document you cited:

    “that we know all the people who are left here in the Commonwealth Bay base (main base) are safe enough for twelve months or two years if necessary, but that Mr. Wild and his party at the second base at Gausberg are in a very precarious position and that we are going to Gausberg without delaying here waiting for fine weather to get them on board, before it is too late in the season”.

  29. Beef

    the second base at Gausberg are in a very precarious position and that we are going to Gausberg without delaying

    Thanks Leo G for the full anecdote on why they left the base? I trust they got to Gausberg on time.

  30. Tintarella di Luna

    Hammy is a very serious ironist.

    I have a basket full, mostly shirts

  31. Abraham

    Leo G …

    Thanks for the explanation.

  32. Leo G

    From Frank Wild Papers, State Library of NSW. Wild, btw, was a direct descendent of Capt. James Cook:

    On Saturday February 22nd an eighty mile blizzard kept us inside & we carried out the usual scrubbing & cleaning up. On Sunday the wind dropped to a light breeze & looking out with the glasses after breakfast I saw the sea ice broken out to within a mile & a half of the Hut. Harrisson’s sounding sledge was within a few yards of the open water & Jones & I went out to bring it in. We had gone less than half a mile when we saw what at first appeared to be a penguin standing on some heavy pack ice in the distance, but which we soon made out to be the masthead of the “Aurora”. It was evident that she could not be alongside for some time, so Jones went back to tell the others to bring down a load of gear, & I went on to meet the ship. Before the Aurora reached the fast ice, all the party were down with two sledge loads, having covered the mile & a half in record time.
    As the ship came along side we gave three hearty cheers for Captain Davis & were surprised at the subdued nature of the return cheers from the ship & an atmosphere of gloom over the whole ship’s company & then we received the sad account of the death of Ninnis & Mertz. There was little time to exchange news for some time, as Captain Davis was naturally extremely anxious to start on the homeward journey. There was a hazardous journey of two thousand miles to be made & only a small amount of coal remained in the bunkers. It took but a few hours to rush our gear down, take in a supply of ice & then head away for home.

  33. big dumb fu

    Did this article get retracted? Link no longer works. Did anyone copy the whole text?

  34. Leo G

    The Spectator article URL has moved from current week into archive.

  35. Johno

    On Douglas Mawson’s original voyage, he and his surviving comrade wound up having to eat their dogs. I’m not sure there were any on this expedition, so they’d probably have to make do with the Guardian reporters

    I think I would prefer the dog to Greenfilth.

    Greenfilth would be full of s..t

  36. Cool Head

    The battle here is not for either the “warmists” or the “denialists” it is for the middle ground and like climategate and the Copenhagen meeting this event is potentially a symbolic shifter for the middle ground.

  37. wazsah

    The AAE and journalists are still on the AAD ship Aurora Australis currently (8am 10th) slowly steaming a box pattern 10-20 miles off Casey waiting for calmer conditions to permit loading/unloading to start again.
    I am wondering how long before they are flown home.

  38. Jessie

    The Adelaide University houses a collection of artefacts from Mawson’s expeditions in the Tate Gallery and Mawson Laboratories.

    My visit to the Laboratories a year or so ago was memorable, primarily due to the manner of the volunteer and the knowledge he dispensed. The care displaying artefacts for public viewing in a small space is impressive.

    I note that a member of Turney’s team has the original Mawson diaries.

  39. Jessie

    Stern’s article was brilliant.

    Mawson’s focus was not for wealth or fame, but to advance objective scientific research and discover the truth. He lamented that tales from Antarctica were told by whalers and sealers motivated by financial gain.

  40. egg_

    West Antarctic Weather Report Christmas Eve:
    Frozen Klingons on the Starboard Bow brought about by Blowhards to the South
    The high smell of hubris on the wind with bloated egos deflating
    Reality (frost) bites…
    (I’m sure Habib can improve upon)

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