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Wednesday
Jan222014

Ship ahoy

Steve McIntyre has a couple of amusing posts looking at the holes appearing in the story of Ship of Fools team leader Chris Turney and those that may soon be appearing in the bank balance of the University of New South Wales.

If Turney really has cost the University as much money as McIntyre suggests may be the case then one wonders what repercussions there will be. None?

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The BBC correspondant's view

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25833307

Jan 22, 2014 at 12:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartin

According to this detailed account from S M H, it's not just Chris Turkey's story that had holes in it.
http://www.smh.com.au/interactive/2014/stuck-in-the-ice/
HT Shub

Jan 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

And a hilarious poem on the Ship of Fools by Speedy up at Jo Nova's "Mawson’s Spirit Gets Right of Reply"

http://joannenova.com.au/2014/01/antarctic-climate-scientists-finally-return-abc-covers-for-the-2-4m-failure-speedys-epic-poem/

Jan 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterMarion

So - being stuck in the ice and causing so much effort and cost to rescue them, was NOT just 'bad luck' as Chris Turney embarrassingly tried to insist in his tv interview.
It was a wilful act on his part, taking a party of people off the ship AFTER the order had been issued to return to the ship. He was perfectly aware of this order, and decided to ignore it, presumably on the basis of: 'I've brought all these people and all these toys this far, so we're damn well going to have our fifteen minutes of fame'...
Well - the sh*t is hitting the fan, mate, so you'd better have another job offer lined up...

(I particularly liked the Sky News reporter's description of the reception which the party received in Hobart, describing it as 'icy'....)

Jan 22, 2014 at 1:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterSherlock1

"If Turney really has cost the University as much money as McIntyre suggests may be the case then one wonders what repercussions there will be. None?"

The usual climatist way is to heap the incompetent with rewards and hope the public will be so impressed they don't notice the misdemeanours.......

http://joannenova.com.au/2014/01/guess-who-won-an-award-for-understanding-natural-phenomenon/

Jan 22, 2014 at 1:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterMarion

Accountability is a concept that only is applied to evil white hetero xian males
It cannot apply to ivory towers where champagne socialists breed, it would be bad for their "family cohesion"

If in doubt, read a history of the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Jan 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM | Unregistered Commenterptw

Turney will have to hope that it is regarded as cheap global advertising.

Jan 22, 2014 at 1:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

"How do you write women so well?"
"I think of a man and I take away reason and accountability"

Jack Nicholson may need to revise his lines.

Jan 22, 2014 at 1:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterMicky H Corbett

In the recorded interview, Turney completely denies reality .......... hasn't that happened somewhere before?

Jan 22, 2014 at 3:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterGummerMustGo

$2.4m doesn't sound enough for the delay to the original ship (caused by Turney ignoring the captain), the diversion and further delay to the Australis, and the Chinese rescue, employing both a ship and helicopters. Wasn't there an American icebreaker on the way as well..?

Jan 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

A characteristically smug and unrepentant Turney was last night interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live's Rhod Sharp, available from 0:17:04 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03q5m2f/Up_All_Night_22_01_2014/ .

"A wonderful example of what you can do with public funding..." Yes, precisely, professor - tho' probably not in the ways you'd envisaged...

Jan 22, 2014 at 6:37 PM | Unregistered Commenterdc

Looks like Turney is being dumped by the greenies...

Skip ahoy?

Jan 22, 2014 at 6:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterRightwinggit

Seems the hammer may be starting to fall.
~~~~~~~
Ed Forbes
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM |
NPR is reporting this morning that at least one group who had supplies delayed or canceled is “in discussions” over $2.5 M ( US) in damages.

http://climateaudit.org/2014/01/21/new-details-on-the-ship-of-fools/#comment-461724

Jan 22, 2014 at 6:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterMick J

I think I hear the sound of a bus revving up in the distance.
Prof Turney better be on sharp lookout.

Jan 22, 2014 at 9:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterJud

I think I hear the sound of a bus revving up in the distance.
Prof Turney better be on sharp lookout.

Jan 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterJud

The insurance company may have an interest in avoiding too much bad publicity for their cash cow AGW and just pay for them.

Jan 22, 2014 at 9:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterManfred

This is the crunch...

Calls to both the satellite phones, which have a global range, went unanswered. There were 15 people at the islands including six staff, either drivers or field leaders.

At 3pm an Argo carrying four people returned to the ice edge.
A passenger, who was standing near Turney when Mortimer called the leader from the ship's VHF radio, recalled their conversation: "Chris, [captain] Igor has just said we need to expedite people back from the islands so we can get out of here," said Mortimer.

Turney, standing on the ice edge, repeated the message to confirm he had heard right.
"Affirmative," said Mortimer.
"If I take this lot out, how long can we stay?" Turney said.
Mortimer repeated that everybody needed to get back to the ship.

The passenger was stunned by the conversation, even more so when, a few minutes later, Turney loaded an Argo with six passengers and drove off towards the Islands.

At 3.30pm the second Argo, this time with only a driver, was sent to evacuate the remaining passengers.


from the Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterJack Hughes

For climate scientists, reality is an inconvenience to be ignored.

Jan 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterNW

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