From the Cheap Seats: Antarctica’s Frozen Irony

January 6, 2014
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The Akademik Shokalskiy sailed south to Antarctica on an ill-planned voyage intended to demonstrate that the rapidly expanding ice cap was a hoax

The Akademik Shokalskiy sailed south to Antarctica on an ill-planned voyage intended to demonstrate that reports of the rapidly expanding ice cap were a hoax

It’s a pleasure to read well-crafted comedy, but for sheer, unadulterated hilarity, we have the passengers and crew of the Akademik Shokalskiy.

Admittedly, the humor is of the lowest variety, the unintentional, but completely absurd, if not Kafkaesque, goofiness that only the deluded minds of the global-warming cabal  could conceive, if ever so accidentally.

The Akademik Shokalskiy sailed south to Antarctica on an ill-planned voyage intended to demonstrate that the rapidly expanding ice cap was a hoax.

The idea of the three-hour, er,  global-warming, tour was to demonstrate that there couldn’t possibly be any ice down under because of global warming.

Sure enough, the expedition head, Baghdad Bob, who is known  professionally as Chris Turney, professor of climate change and modern alchemy at the University of New South Wales in Australia, insisted that the ice sheet really was shrinking even though his specially reinforced craft got stuck in heavy, thick, unyielding ice that frustrated ice breakers whose crews were trying to rescue the climate tourists.

Turns out that “Climate Chris” and his pals were locked up in the ice for 10 days until they were ferried to safety by a Chinese helicopter that took them to Tasmania, known for its inhospitable climate.

There, “Climate Chris” will tell them his unfortunate changes that they’re at the South Pole.

If only the real Baghdad Bob had thought of that, it would be funny. Intentionally so.

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