Overheated Iditarod Update

It is so cold in Alaska, the dogs are wearing mittens.

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Tim reports the trip up to Fairbanks was a little hairy – 3 feet of snow and several large vehicles had run off the road.

Eye on the Trail: Trent Herbst and Pups – Iditarod

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39 Responses to Overheated Iditarod Update

  1. ren says:

    Now the surface of the ice in the Arctic will grow, just like last year (red).
    http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/arctic.sea.ice.interactive.html

  2. Where’s Hope?
    I’m missing her already.

    • nielszoo says:

      Those little screws adjust windage and elevation. Try turning them until you quit missing her. (Actually… miss by a little bit. We don’t want anyone to lose and eye.)

    • Michael 2 says:

      Still on the other thread trying to set a new record for greatest number of reposting same point over and over. At 75 or so repetitions of the same claim I think the record has been set but it isn’t clear who exactly should get the prize, the two front-runners are nose to nose on this one!

      • gator69 says:

        Hey Michael! If I say water is wet, and you deny that fact over and over, it is not me that is the problem.

        • Michael 2 says:

          No problem. This has been a remarkable experience and sets some kind of record. It also focuses rather a lot of attention on the case. After all, it wasn’t until about the 20th repetition that I decided to start digging into it, and Hope provided the links to the news report that in turn provided geolocation so I could go look for myself — OMG, he’s rich, like Albert Gore Junior, whining that he has to truck in a thousand bucks worth of water every month for his mini-ranch and mansion.

    • Neal S says:

      IANAL (standard I am not a lawyer disclaimer) The decision that keeps being referenced is not as much of a slam-dunk as gator might like to believe, but at the same time it is much more significant than the un-named opponent either understands or might care to admit. What it means is that while many of Range counter-claims are dismissed, the one big counter-claim where range claims that Lipsky et-al fraudulently sought to defame Range can go ahead.

      It is beginning to look like Lipsky tried to single-handedly use as much water as a sub-division, and much of his problems with his water may stem from that. The activities by Range were just a co-incidence and not necessarily causative, but Range made a plausible and adequately deep-pocketed target for Lipsky to get some damages from. It is also possible Lipsky exaggerated his water usage in hopes of getting more out of Range, Either way, claiming to use so much water or actually doing so, are both foolish.

      There was no need to keep a video up on YouTube, unless one wanted to sway public opinion. Keeping that video there just works against Lipsky and makes it easier for Range to prove efforts to defame them. I would not want to be in the shoes of Lipsky and Rich. If the video were useful to Lipsky, it could be produced in court. It does not need to remain publicly available. Lipsky et al are just shooting themselves in the foot by keeping that video up.

      I find it funny how the un-named opponent keeps stressing about the guilt of Lipsky, when no one else does. https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/hope-and-choom/#comment-501788

      Perhaps she really does know something about Lipsky that we don’t.

      • gator69 says:

        Water pressure is what keeps methane from escaping rock strata. If you pump enormous quantities out of a desert aquifer, you run the risk of releasing even more methane. It is likely that Lipsky exacerbated his own problem of biogenic methane.

        Of course having been trained a as geologist helps in understanding this.

        • Michael 2 says:

          Agreed, and pretty much what I wrote. Once I saw where he lived and realized how much water he must be pumping, combined with overheated pump, everything clicked into place. Most rock strata is tilted to some degree. We already know from the news story that methane was immediately encountered on drilling some nearby water wells, suggesting a dome. Lipsky appears to be a little to the side of the dome. Pump the water level down and the methane expands laterally under the dome. The implication is that it is possible that Range drilling has nothing to do with well contamination, and it is possible that there is some contamination, but so far the reported evidence seems consistent with overpumping an aquifer.

      • Gail Combs says:

        Hope ForPeace can also be named in the lawsuit by ranger. She admitted on that thread she did two of the videos. Also that 600+ long comment thread shows she is busy defaming Ranger despite all of Gator’s efforts to make her see the court’s ruling that Lipsky committed fraud.

        Gator has already contacted Ranger….

        • Michael 2 says:

          Tiny correction suggested — it’s “Range” not Ranger although Texas Ranger certainly comes to mind. 🙂

          http://www.rangeresources.com/

        • Gail Combs says:

          Thanks Micheal, I saw Rangeresources and cut it Ranger – esources
          Darn astigmatism

        • Michael 2 says:

          “Darn astigmatism”

          I have a bit of that, too. Mine is almost perfectly vertical in alignment which means horizontal lines are very sharp while vertical lines are a bit fuzzy. I think the evolutionary adaptation is that my Scandinavian ancestors did not need to see trees; they needed to see anything horizontal (deer) among the trees, and so this adaptation is actually advantageous for a hunter.

      • gator69 says:

        Gator never claimed any slam dunks. Gator only tried to get the Hopeless idiot to acknowledge that her hero ‘on the face’ of evidence was found to have committed fraud, and that ruling has yet to be overturned. I saw the investigative video that shows Lipsky intentionally misleading the public, which I also assume the judge saw. Anyone else who has seen Fracknation, will know what I am speaking of.

        My posts show without a doubt that no matter what the courts decide, Hopeless idiots will never admit that they are wrong, plus I was trying to get more damning statements for Range and Loftin.

        • Neal S says:

          Thanks for that explanation.

        • rah says:

          You had your teeth sunk into her. She knew it and did what those of her ignorant ilk will always do. Obfuscate by any means possible, deflect, deny everything, admit nothing, and make counter accusations.

          But like the gator you are, you held tight and did your death roll over and over and over again until your tore off your piece of flesh until it tore lose from that putrid animal. Enjoy your meal gator. You worked hard for it and proved your passion by taking down a particularly loud and foul sheep. I suspect that in the future, if she has more than two working brain cells, will think twice about using that particular piece propaganda again.

          Personally would never have done it. There are things, like the history of my nation, and the fidelity of her warriors that I am passionate enough about to cut through the profuse bile such creatures spew to make my point and joyfully take my pound of flesh. But in this particular circumstance, I just would not have had the motivation to do so.

        • But like the gator you are
          You held tight and did your death roll
          Over and over and over again
          Until your tore off your piece of flesh
          Until it tore loose from that putrid animal
          Enjoy your meal gator
          You worked hard for it and proved your passion
          By taking down a particularly loud and foul sheep

          I always liked your prose, rah. Now that I’ve seen the power of your poetry I’m not sure if we shouldn’t demand that you report on all your exploits in verses. William Blake had the same dilemma.

        • gator69 says:

          I do it exactly for you and all the others who served (every male in my family for generations), because this is the fifth column we are fighting, and they can rob us of our freedoms far easier than Hitler or Stalin ever could.

        • I believe the outcome of the fight against the fifth column will foretell our future. We cannot defeat our enemies abroad if their ideological allies win here.

          Thank you.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Many thanks gator

          You were awesome to watch. I hope ranger has a lot of extra ammo from that exchange.

        • rah says:

          A hell Colorado,

          I’m just a dumb ass truck driver that perhaps has a slightly better than average vocabulary than the average person. YOUR the linguist! But I sure do appreciate the encouragement.

          Right now though my reading has turned back to history. Specifically, the history of the Battle of Gettysburg. Going back to the battlefield for the sixth time this summer. Meeting a friend who was a MAC pilot and flew for the airlines.

          His great great grandfather fought there and lost a leg fighting for the Confederate side. I did some research and explained the movements of his ancestor’s regiment. Then, a couple years later we met on the field and I walked him through the ground his ancestor had fought on. Seeing his reaction to what he had learned was all the reward I needed.

          Back then we didn’t have the time to cover the whole battle or even the whole battle of second day when his ancestor was wounded. Nor had I found which field hospital his ancestor was treated at.

          This time though we will have the time to go over the whole battle and perhaps even do a little research to find the path his ancestor took after he was wounded. We know he made it home. He was on that wagon train that stretched nearly 5 miles long, with many of the wagons filled with the wounded that it was thought could survive the trip. it was Lee’s and in fact the Confederacy’s trail of tears. But the trail between his wounding near the Wheat Field the late afternoon of July 2nd, 1863 and evacuation July 4th, still eludes me.

          So I have my books out and am rereading them.

        • As hellish as it must have been to be on than endless wagon train of wounded and dying men, your friend’s great-great-grandfather was lucky that he was judged capable of surviving the transport.

          I understand that because all the Confederate surgeons and nurses left with Lee’s retreating army, the wounded Confederate soldiers left behind didn’t get treatment—or much food—for days after the battle because the about 300 Union surgeons had to tend to their scores of wounded first. His chances of surviving were not good if he were left behind.

        • rah says:

          Error. That wagon train was about 15 miles long.

        • Gail Combs says:

          rah,
          One of our deep regrets was not taking a tape recorder and the time to tape the tales of my neighbor. He was a Civil War buff and knew the history of the Confederate Army movements and fights here in my county.

          Our neighbor was a generation or more older than us and was old enough to have heard some of the stories first hand from witnesses.

          We should have gotten him together with my father-in-law another Civil War buff and a newspaper man. Might have gotten a book out of it.

          So many roads left untraveled…

        • Michael 2 says:

          …and revealed to the world what a One Percenter is their hero. That’s incredible.

        • rah says:

          It happened on both side Colorado. Most of the various Union regiments that had fought during the first days battle returned to the places they had fought shortly after Lee withdrew to bury their dead and some found wounded that had laid where they fell for days.

          The clean up, burying the dead men and horses, salvaging ordinance, and hauling off the residue started on the north end of the battlefield and worked south and took days. But because of shallow graves, some washed out by subsequent rains, and animals digging up carcasses to feed on them, the place smelled like death for weeks.

      • rah says:

        You know, because it was fought here. Because is was such a defining moment in the history of this nation and the participants knew it even at the time they were living and dying in it. And because it’s residue and effects struck so deep into the psyche of multiple generations of Americans. Hell there are those that still fight that war today and their passion is every bit as intense as that of their ancestors were!

        Because of all of those reasons there is more information from and about Americans in the Civil war than there is about the Dough boys of WW I. Unlike most of our wars It was a war that far fewer wanted to forget for those various reasons.

        After WW II, the next most prominent group of aficionados are those that have studied the Civil war. Anyone ever hear of a WW I or Spanish American War, or even Revolutionary war round table in their area? Well such events for the Civil war are common in many areas of this nation, including where I live. You’ll find reenactors for the Revolutionary war and even the war of 1812, but the numbers of American reenactors of all other wars combined pale in comparison to those that reenact in the many civil war units.

        It was an American war like no other. A war that defines the very term “Civil War” and goes by so many other names, almost all self serving to the still strongly held opinions of those that prefer any of the plethora of those alternate names for that conflict.

        But they were ALL Americans, or at least wanna be Americans except for perhaps some of the American Indians that participated at the time. To me there is no “us” and “them” because they were all US!

        There were two reunions of the soldiers that fought that war sanctioned and sponsored by the federal government at Gettysburg. The first in 1913 and the second in 1938 when the peace memorial that stands on the field of the first day of that battle was dedicated.
        Here is a wonderful piece that if that should be watched by all who have not seen it:

        • Michael 2 says:

          I’ve been to Gettysburg a couple of times back when they still had that observation tower. It is quite a sobering experience to visit that place and try to comprehend why Americans would go to war against Americans; and could it happen again? (yes – but is less likely thanks to the internet).

        • Neal S says:

          The next war of US citizens against US citizens, will likely be we the people defending ourselves against our own federal troops and our own safety and security forces. It would please me greatly if I were wrong about this.

  3. gator69 says:

    When are they switching over to camels?

    • Gail Combs says:

      Well it looks like they will have to switch to camels in Europe.
      Muslims Declare Jihad on Dogs in Europe

      A Dutch Muslim politician has called for a ban on dogs in The Hague, the third-largest city in the Netherlands…. Küçük counter-argued that keeping dogs as pets is tantamount to animal abuse and he then called for the possession of dogs in The Hague to be criminalized…. Muslims — who now make up more than 12% of the city’s population of 500,000 — view dogs as ritually unclean animals and Küçük’s call for a ban on them is a sure vote-getter, they say….

      ….The incident in Holland follows dog-related controversies in other European countries.

      In Spain, two Islamic groups based in Lérida — a city in the northeastern region of Catalonia where 29,000 Muslims now make up around 20% of the city’s total population — asked local officials to regulate the presence of dogs in public spaces so they do not “offend Muslims.”

      Muslims demanded that dogs be banned from all forms of public transportation including all city buses as well as from all areas frequented by Muslim immigrants. Muslims said the presence of dogs in Lérida violates their religious freedom and their right to live according to Islamic principles.

      <b.After the municipality refused to acquiesce to Muslim demands, the city experienced a wave of dog poisonings…..

      In Britain, which has become “ground zero” for Europe’s canine controversies, blind passengers are being ordered off buses or refused taxi rides because Muslim drivers or passengers object to their “unclean” guide dogs.

      In Reading, for example, one pensioner, a cancer sufferer, was repeatedly confronted by drivers and asked to get off the bus because of his guide dog. He also faced hostility at a hospital and in a supermarket over the animal….

      We were warned that once the Muslims reached 10% of the population they would start making demands….

  4. Anthony S says:

    Lots of booty(s) in the picture.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Booties are also used to keep the dog’s paws from being badly worn or from getting cut up if there is a lot of ice. It is equivalent to the use of a horseshoe in heavily used horses.

      • Anthony S says:

        Yup. Just trying to make a bad pun (the only kind worth making).

        • Gail Combs says:

          The coats on the dogs are the dead giveaway that it is freaking c-c-c-COLD!

          You do not exercise an animal with a blanket on unless it is really really cold. Horses are worse because they sweat and soak their coats. Minus 30F and having to walk a long coated sweat soaked horse until he dries will convince you never ever to do it again.

  5. I. Lou Minotti says:

    It’s been so cold in America this past winter, that Al Sharpton has his hands in his own pockets.

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