Only A Complete Moron Would Attempt To Take A Ship To The Coast Of Antarctica Under These Conditions

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36 Responses to Only A Complete Moron Would Attempt To Take A Ship To The Coast Of Antarctica Under These Conditions

  1. gator69 says:

    Lease of Russian ship, crew, and supplies: $1,500,000

    26 paying passengers for the trip of a lifetime: $52,000

    Three failed ice breakers: $175,000

    Chinese rescue helicopter: $30,000

    Watching alarmist grantologists spend New Years trapped in nonexistent ice while the world mocks them, PRICELESS!

    Happy New Year to all my fellow pseudoscience deniers!

    • Robertv says:

      http://www.antarctica.gov.au/webcams/aurora

      They have been trying all day. Huge carbon footprint

    • omanuel says:

      All of those expense will be paid by the taxpayers they seek to deceive.

      This is a small reminder of the potential danger of promoting falsehoods as settled science.

      May the publishers of textbooks that replaced Lord Francis William Aston’s rigorously valid “nuclear packing fraction” with von Weizsacker’s seriously flawed “nuclear binding energy” watch this drama unfold and correct their errors before there is a much worse disaster.

  2. professorangel says:

    Odd post. Only pic shows. Meaning?

  3. TheJollyGreenMan says:

    They should have gone to Russia instead.At least there you get cabbage soup in prison.

  4. Ian George says:

    If they were such intrepid adventurers, couldn’t they have walked the 6 kms to the Chinese rescue boat?

    • Jimbo says:

      Hmm… What did Shackleton do? Oh.. never mind.. that was THEN… this is NOW…
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Shackleton

    • Bill Hayes says:

      Ice flows can start breaking up and moving and then reforming with out warning. (Which is how the two vessels got stranded in the first place) 3Km out from each ship and suddenly you are walking on a free flowing chunk of ice and no knowing where it will go. Very dangerous thing to do.

    • Andy Oz says:

      They looked at the menu and decided against risking their lives.

    • Traitor In Chief says:

      Perhaps conditions are worse than we have seen in pics.
      They had marked off an area next to the ship where they determined the ice was stable. Perhaps a walk of several miles was considered too perilous.

      I think even the chopper rescue will be quite dangerous. Winds were reported to be too high. Guess we’ll see.

    • Peter Yates says:

      Depending on the wind and currents under the ice, gaps can open up suddenly and then close up again just as suddenly. Also, it seems that all of the party members are not experienced in polar and bad weather conditions, and the party members include the wife and two children of the leader.

  5. Kepler says:

    Does anyone know if penguin livers are toxic to humans?

    • Shazaam says:

      Well, killing and eating a penguin will cost them $10,000 and guarantee a US “rescue”, with 1 year of Oh-Bomb-Ya’s gracious hospitality thrown-in for good measure.

      **********************
      FINES FOR TOUCHING?
      **********************
      __________
      QUESTION: What are the fines for touching penguins? Who gets this
      money?

      ANSWER from Guy Guthridge on February 10, 1995
      The Antarctic Conservation Act says an American citizen may not
      “take” wildlife (and the word take generally means harassment) unless
      the citizen is a scientist who has applied for and obtained a permit for
      important scientific work.

      If you were to touch a penguin and didn’t have a permit, you could be
      fined up to $5,000. If you were to maliciously injure or kill a penguin,
      you could be fined up to $10,000 and go to jail for up to a year.

      The money does not go into any agency, but into the U.S. Treasury
      under “miscellaneous receipts.” See NSF regulation at 45 CFR
      672.23(b), which states “Payment shall be made by … a cashier’s check
      or certified check in the amount of the penalty assessed in the final
      order, payable to the Treasurer, United States of America.”

      source: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/antarctica/QA/animals/Penguin_Survival

  6. slimething says:

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  7. NikFromNYC says:

    “Pleasant it is, when on the great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another’s great tribulation: not because any man’s troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive what ills you are free from yourself is pleasant. Pleasant it is also to behold great encounters of warfare arrayed over the plains, with no part of yours in the peril. But nothing is more delightful than to possess lofty sanctuaries serene, well fortified by the teachings of the wise, whence you may look down upon others and behold them all astray, wandering abroad and seeking the path of life: the strife of wits, the fight for precedence, all labouring night and day with surpassing toil to mount upon the pinnacle of riches and to lay hold on power. O pitiable minds of men, O blind intelligences! In what gloom of life, in how great perils is passed all your poor span of time! – Lucretius (On the Nature of Things, ~ 60 BC)

    • Gamecock says:

      Pleasant it is when South Carolina scores 34, and Wisconsin scores 24.

      • D. Self says:

        Good thing Wisconsin’s QB was knocked out of the game by a shot meant to hurt him. But still a good game.

        • Gamecock says:

          Quarterback sucked. It was Wisconsin’s running game that kept them in it. I think Phillips was better than Stave, anyway.

          “Meant to hurt him.” There’s a reason why QBs give themselves up when a tackler approaches. Stave tried to stretch it for extra yards, and paid the price. That’s football.

        • Gamecock says:

          Some reports say that Stave was hit by Victory Hampton. I think Victor Hampton has a new nickname.

    • Justa Joe says:

      The hippie commune on ice might receive sympathy if they weren’t doing all this to screw everybody else.

  8. Robertv says:

    tired and missing banana

  9. Larry Fields says:

    Gator69 (the first comment) gets Larry’s New Year’s Humor Award! ROTFLMAO

  10. wwlee4411 says:

    Reblogged this on wwlee4411 and commented:
    Guess what. They are.

  11. Malcolm Greenwood says:

    What was the aim of the “expedition” again?

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