A niggardly debate? Suggestion Svalbard has places with racist names doesn’t go over well with pale-faced locals

A niggardly debate? Suggestion Svalbard has places with racist names doesn’t go over well with pale-faced locals

The suggestion Svalbard has racist terrain is certainly stirring up a colorful debate, even if the opinions and the people giving them are pretty much all of a single hue. Svalbardposten reported More »

Book review: ‘The Ice is Melting’ asks right questions about ethics and climate; answers remain elusive

Book review: ‘The Ice is Melting’ asks right questions about ethics and climate; answers remain elusive

In a book full of questions, one of the toughest to answer is who this book is for. It treats man-made climate change as fact, which eliminates an unfortunately large percentage of More »

Who charted? Discover the people and places that truly rank with Icepeople’s Alternative Walking Tour of Longyearbyen

Who charted? Discover the people and places that truly rank with Icepeople’s Alternative Walking Tour of Longyearbyen

(Oops…we just learned we published this before the actual map was actually uploaded. We’re sorting this out….stand by. Meanwhile, a somewhat readable version, explanation of what this is and a plea for More »

Random weirdness for the week of July 28, 2015

Random weirdness for the week of July 28, 2015

We don’t know who made the video camera (and wouldn’t mention the company if we did, unless perhaps they slipped us some money under the table), but this torture test on YouTube More »

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 28, 2015

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 28, 2015

Now we know what a forest fire looks like in Svalbard    An usual yellowish haze seen over parts of Svalbard earlier this month apparently was from a large wildlife in Alaska More »

 

A niggardly debate? Suggestion Svalbard has places with racist names doesn’t go over well with pale-faced locals

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The suggestion Svalbard has racist terrain is certainly stirring up a colorful debate, even if the opinions and the people giving them are pretty much all of a single hue.

Svalbardposten reported last week that three locations in the southern part of the archipelago have names that start with the Norwegian equivalent of “negro” (or the even more pejorative “n” word, according to some).

Book review: ‘The Ice is Melting’ asks right questions about ethics and climate; answers remain elusive

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In a book full of questions, one of the toughest to answer is who this book is for.

It treats man-made climate change as fact, which eliminates an unfortunately large percentage of the population. It reveals little information a climate expert doesn’t already know and doesn’t make pure villains out of culprits that climate activists would surely like to see eviscerated. And ultimately the answer to all those questions is less than satisfying: we need more and better dialogue with each other.

Who charted? Discover the people and places that truly rank with Icepeople’s Alternative Walking Tour of Longyearbyen

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(Oops…we just learned we published this before the actual map was actually uploaded. We’re sorting this out….stand by. Meanwhile, a somewhat readable version, explanation of what this is and a plea for money is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/261561222442/10152930783602443.)

We get it. You’re one of the cattle. But you don’t want to feel like one of the cattle.

Random weirdness for the week of July 28, 2015

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We don’t know who made the video camera (and wouldn’t mention the company if we did, unless perhaps they slipped us some money under the table), but this torture test on YouTube has to be a product publicist’s wet dream.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 28, 2015

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Now we know what a forest fire looks like in Svalbard   
An usual yellowish haze seen over parts of Svalbard earlier this month apparently was from a large wildlife in Alaska in June that destroyed more than 45 homes, according to the Norwegian Institute for Air Research.

Stinky prize: ‘Trash lottery’ winners clear 101 cubic meters of trash from north shores during cleanup cruise

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Winning the “trash lottery” so you can be Svalbard’s version of a “sanitation engineer” is awesome. Getting a big prize is more of a mixed blessing.

Twenty-four winners of a drawing involving more than 200 people cleared a total of 101 cubic meters of garbage from the shores of north Spitsbergen during the annual cleanup cruise hosted by The Governor of Svalbard.

Random weirdness for the week of July 21, 2015

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Referring to a guy in a wheelchair as a mutant is a sure way for a newspaper, even one as disreputable as ours, to incur the wrath of that special interest group known as literate people. But we’re doing it anyhow because, well, the guy himself insists that’s what he’s turning into (and no, the gun isn’t to stop him when he turns into The Thing).

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 21, 2015

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Russia’s inaction nixes joint polar bear census w/ Norway
A joint Norwegian-Russian census of polar bears in the Barents Sea area, the first such count since 2004, has been cancelled after Russia failed to grant authorization for researchers to access its territory in time for the count.

Now even more free: Bruktikken gets more organized look, open more hours

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“No more shoes piled up high!!”

The same goes for clothes, toys, kitchen items and other goods free for the taking at the renovated Bruktikken thrift store, which is reopening this week. Gone are the tables that goods used to be stacked on; in their place are shelves and clothing racks where everything is far better sorted and much easier to browse through.

Taking out the trash: Rubbish hut coming down ‘soon’ despite pleas from former haters of art project

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It took a long time for skeptics to be grow fond of a pile of trash on the beach. But now they can’t talk its creator out of removing it.