The formerly entertaining stories about idiots who scream that the world is undergoing a dramatic so-called "global warming" and then must be saved from their otherwise unavoidable death by freezing on their overly risky expeditions have become so frequent that they must be considered a cliché.
To review some of them, search for the word "frostbite" on this blog.
Here we go again. The Russian vessel called Akademik Shokalskiy got trapped near the sunny Antarctic beaches – about 2,800 km South of Tasmania – in ice that seems to be 3-4 meters thick at many places. Exactly 83 years ago, there was almost no ice on their trajectory which brought some smooth sailing to the polar explorer Douglas Mawson.
But whether your propaganda "cause" finds this fact convenient it or not, the ice thickness is evolving more or less unpredictably and there is just much more ice over there today than what they had 83 years ago. The amount of sea ice on the Southern Hemisphere displayed some "mostly increasing trend" during the last 35 years, a reason why many climate alarmists began to deny the existence of Antarctica: they only talk about the Arctic.
The vessel is Russian and so is most or all of the crew (20 people) that does the actual work. The passengers (additional 48 people) were originally claimed to be mostly Australian and New Zealander scientists (it's preposterous to use the word "science" for every exotic vacation – no science has been done on similar trips at least for 100 years – but many people are doing it, anyway) but it seems more accurate now to describe them as a generic bunch of the media-based "global warming" alarmist cranks.
The individual who makes me angry as soon as I see his name is Alok Jha (Twitter account). Even though he is Suvrat Raju's lookalike, he is a hardcore moron who represents most facets of the degeneration of "science journalism" as an occupation. Of course, the support for the climate alarmism is a nearly universal feature of similar inkspillers. For example, just 2 months before the 2009 Climategate, he would make an uncritical, promotional interview with the leaders of 10:10, the ecoterrorist organization that was going to become notorious for having detonated climate realist schoolchildren just a year later.
But he's an imbecile not only when it comes to the superstitions about the climate. If you search for his name on this blog, you will see that he mindlessly promoted hydrinos, hypothetical new and "tighter" states of the hydrogen that "disprove" quantum theory and its uncertainty principle and that "promise" you a nearly unlimited source of energy at the same moment. Just in 2013, we would read about Weinstein who rolled over Einstein (7 months later, we still haven't seen a glimpse of the hyped "theory of everything"; we just know that it was just another pile of journalistic crap) and an idiotic article against supersymmetry. Whenever this chap writes something, it is almost pure crap. I think that the Guardian is behaving as unprofessionally when it offers this guy's texts as "science journalism" as a retailer who sells excrements as salami.
At any rate, this guy and similar alarmist parasites on the Russian vessel (for example Laurence Topham, see his Twitter, a tendentious video producer for the Guardian; or Chris Turney, a NZ "professor of climate change" who is still trying to profiteer and who told Fox News that the ice isn't newly former, instead, their ship managed to teleport in the middle of some old ice; what a cretin) are doing fine – they have food for several weeks and they live in a world that is constantly paying millions of dollars to save suicidal idiots who would have been dead for many years in a meritocratic society.
A Chinese icebreaker named Snow Dragon (MV Xue Long) was sent to liberate the Russian vessel. However, this Chinese boat can only penetrate through the ice that is about 1.5 meters thick – and the thickness is 3-4 meters at many places, as I have mentioned. So the Chinese gave it up two days ago – while being about 30 km from the Russian vessel.
Another possible savior was Aurora Australis but this vessel is also giving it up because it can also penetrate through the ice that is at most 1.5 meters thick – and the actual ice is thicker. Interestingly enough, Aurora Australis was stuck in the ice last month, too. The French icebreaker Astrolabe gave it up, too. So it seems likely that the next plan will be to evacuate the passengers of the Akademik Shokalskiy by a helicopter carried on board of the Snow Dragon. Evacuating 68 people by a helicopter over tens of miles costs something but our postmodern society always saves irresponsible alarmists.
I don't really understand the economy of all these expeditions – pretty much every other expedition like that turns out to be twice more expensive than planned. I urge all the rich people who are paying for that: Couldn't you please let some of these irresponsible people die? Thank you very much! It would be nice if crossing a street in your town became safer again than a crazy trip to the freezing waters of Antarctica!
Someone might think that my wishes are cruel. However, death is the only factor that may impose an upper bound on these bastards' otherwise unlimited dishonesty. It's apparently the only factor that can stop their lies. Without this factor, they are bound to return to the civilization, regain their chutzpath, preach about global warming, and destroy and steal hundreds of billions of additional dollars from the mankind, something that will indirectly causes thousands of additional deaths.
On the other hand, someone else doesn't deserve what he's undergoing now: F1 champion Michael Schumacher. Just a month ago, he would shoot this Mercedes ad which was all about safety. As you can see between 1:32 and 2:05, he was able to hit the brakes and stop his 2014 Mercedes C-Class centimeters away from the Czech überpresident Václav Klaus (who will deliver a New Year Address in two days, instead of the current acting president). Unfortunately, it turned out that the helmet wasn't as great a guarantee of safety as the Mercedes' anti-collision automatic breaking system (which is also built into Škoda Citigo and other cars). After an Alpine skiing accident, he remains in coma and critical condition in a hospital.
See a four-minute video on off-piste runs in Meribel, France where Michael Schumacher had the accident. It looks sort of dangerous but not extreme.