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Friday, December 01, 2006

Llanos Rebounds

In his follow-up article, Mr. Llanos mentions the fallout from his first article, and appears to be a good sport about it.

Thanks for playing, sir.



  • At 10:08 PM, K. Mart said…

    Out of curiosity, how big is the largest camp in Antarctica, and what sort of amenities do you have there? I'm a senior in college majoring in journalism (trust me I won't whine. I live in N.D. where winter temps get to about -40), and Antarctica has always intrigued me but I've never actually talked to a person that has been there.

  • At 5:17 PM, Anonymous said…

    I'm a former USCG Loran tech with time on Johnston Atoll, Attu, St. Paul, and CONUS. One thing the isolated areas had in common is that a plane of people brought a plane of sniffles. I'm sure the C-17 had someone with a cold, so blame any runny noses on the new guy and shower him with love and attention!

    Yes, I would love to spend a year on the ice also, but I already got the "I've been overseas and got divorced" t-shirt. Let the young folks have stories to tell.

  • At 7:11 PM, Anonymous said…

    If only certain McMurdo team members were as good sports as Mr. Llanos...

    I was disturbed by the following comment recounted by Mr. Llanos in his entry for today:

    “I have worked here in the Antarctic for 14 years now. I leave behind this season a 3-year-old son and my lovely wife. Your article is a smack in the face of everyone of use that serves this nation in our capacities here. You do not deserve to be here!!! … There are many whom suffer through much more than your minor inconveniences.”

    Well, boo-effing-hoo. "Smack in the face"? "...every one of us that serves this nation..."? Are you guys fighting war in Iraq, or are you civilian scientists who aspire to work in Antarctica? Llanos' observations were about the bureaucracy and other aspects of the unusual overhead involved in traveling to Antarctica. I did not detect even an iota of criticism or negative characterization of any of the actual Antarctic team members or their mission.

    It looks like certain team members can handle the cold of the Antarctic but can't take the heat of the sarcastic insights of an un-acclimated journalist.

    Let the man do his reporting, and put the indignation and martyrdom on hold.

  • At 10:44 AM, --TBAS said…

    Hahah...too rare. Everyone is so on the defensive about the 'tourist'.

    jgundry, have you never been part of an distinguished group whereas membership comes only after paying non-monetary dues? Sweat and ache? Spanking and whips?.....hold on...

    A reporter..or even the documentarians are there for personal gain. No matter if they had to pay into a fund or not--they stand to gain significant boosts to their careers with these printed observations they peddle.

    Senators and reporters say "yea, I've been in the shit in Iraq, but 99% of those claims were made with footage in safe areas and from a comfy hotel room. They never show the insane armada of private security involved in that one shoot.

    I consider the Ice to be much more exclusive than here. Those that pay their dues on the ice --- the only return is to lay claim that they've been there. Well, perhaps a dysfunctional liver too. Not cash. Not fame. Will never advance ones career unless one is a researcher.

    Llanos is a good writer and I enjoy reading his perspective---but really, just how the fuck do you or I really have the jerk-off right to tell these people to stop jizzing on his picture because a simple trip left him with his balls rectally inverted.

  • At 11:31 AM, --TBAS said…

    I had a point in there...somewhere...

  • At 6:09 PM, Anonymous said…

    Dude...DUDE...CHILL! You sound like my brother with the whole rectally-inverted balls thing!

    I don't mean to say that working and living on the ice isn't a hard life. The resulting science will - and I mean WILL - save the world some day. We owe them all for the risks they take. Antarctic research is fascinating to me (that's why I'm reading these articles). The insights of the human, day-to-day life are every bit as interesting as the science being reported on.

    I just felt that some of the responses to Mr. Llanos were not proportional to the offense.

    Also, while I feel that those who live in this kind of adversity are deserving of a certain amount of deference (and a healthy respect for their situation), I don't feel that they are entitled to absolute immunity from critical observations. I just thought that "You do not deserve to be here!!!" was a little heavy handed against a guy who complained there was no in-flight movie on the C-17.

  • At 1:21 AM, Jared said…

    Hey, he bought me a beer the other day at Scott Base after I chewed his ass for about an hour, so I guess we're cool now. Of course he's still a misguided FNG with a lousy writing technique, but he may not be the worthless pile we all took him for originally.

  • At 9:47 AM, Justin said…

    Lord knows I was even more pissed off and stressed out than Llanos during and after my first trip down to the ice...I think thats part of the whole experience...why crucify him for writing about it to inform the rest of the world what its like to come down?

  • At 4:35 PM, Joeman CXL said…

    So, what I can gather from this blog is that people who regularily work in the Antarctic are strong versus the weather but extra sensitive about people complaining about how hard it is to get here. That's funny, because it's the exact opposite for me. I live in Edmonton where it's been -30 C for most of the past few weeks and pretty much every year there's an American city that hits -5 C and they call out the National Guard. I don't take that personally, I actually think it's hilarious. You guys need to stop taking yourselves so seriously, otherwise the taxpayers in the warmer parts of America might tell their congresspeople to stop funding you.

  • At 11:08 PM, Anonymous said…

    I have one question for jgundrey. You whine about leaving your wife and child behind. No one forced you to return year after year. The reporter was sent on an assignment not knowing what to expect. I assume that after all those years you did have a clue about what was to come. Do you remember YOUR first reaction or is your long term memory adversely affected by the cold?

  • At 8:43 AM, Anonymous said…

    Breaking news: All People Visiting Or Living In Antarctica Now Required To Take Valium.

  • At 11:46 AM, iceowl said…

    Imagine. Someone going to the ice and complaining, because as we know nobody has ever complained on the ice before.

    No, dear reporter friend. The ice is everyone's fluffy friend. Nobody complains.

    Or could it be that you have discovered the secret complaint planet? Could it be a world where everyone complains with such vehimence that your feeble exhalations are but caterpillar snot in a stiff wind?

    Ask yourself this - "Have I died yet?" If not, write down all your complaints and put them in the box in the Chalet.

    But let us remind ourselves that there are no indigenous humans in Antarctica for a perfectly good reason. It's the coldest, driest, windiest place and sometimes you have no choice and you have to eat the blazing red fish or starve and dessicate outside the coffee house. Sometimes your only choice is Speight's and no matter how much you want a Sierra Nevada, it's time to wring out your own liver into a tumbler to get yesterday's brew, because you're life has become amazingly simple. Choice has ceased to be your concern. Sniff the Pistin Bully fumes, dear heart.

    On the ice, everyone can hear you scream. And they will make sure you don't stop until you retro.

  • At 9:42 AM, Anonymous said…

    Well, if hubby ever gets his wish (to work at Antarctica) I'll have to send him with a year's supply of Valium. ;-)

  • At 2:48 PM, Anonymous said…

    I have spent last couple of days reading the articles by "now infamous" Miguel Llanos. Many people including myself have gain enormous amount of knowledge about McMurdo Station and Antarctica in general.

    Each new post on MSNBC makes me more interested in South Pole and McMurdo Station. I want to say that each and every person out there is greatly appreciated by me and many others.

    I am going to follow closely all the stories and adventures that occur in that God forsaken place. To every person that has been bashing Mr. Llanos I want to say to cut a man a little slack, he is new. Not every one of us has lived or worked in Antarctica or Siberia. To the one's that been more understanding I would like to say thank you, but don’t be to nice he is not a kid either.

    In the end I want all of you to know that his articles will increase awareness of your work and dedication to the greater good of mankind. All this will eventually be a good thing, but only if you play your cards correctly.

    So be happy, stay warm, eat, drink and remember that all of us here have great amount of respect and appreciation for your work and dedication.

    P.S. Thanks for all the laughs I have been getting out of this too.

  • At 3:29 PM, --TBAS said…

    Can I come down on an artist grant to film a pont flick?

    "Ass on the Ice" ...has a ring to it.


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