Tag Archives: Donald Trump

TURN OFF THE DARK? Opinions about controversial neon ‘Make The North Great Again’ signs in Longyearbyen get more incandescent following Trump-fueled riots at U.S. Capitol


During one of the darkest days in the history of the United States, a shining light on a hill invoking President Donald Trump’s aura continued illuminating the polar night in Longyearbyen.

And like the man blamed for the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, opinions about the neon sign that is already a decisive loser in the popular vote among locals got a lot darker in the wake of the wreckage.

‘MAKE THE NORTH GREAT AGAIN’: Neon proclamation trumpeting bigly into Longyearbyen’s long polar night results in polarizing partisan politiking


If Donald Trump didn’t have a glow for Svalbard after failing to con Denmark out of Greenland, he almost certainly will now.

ESCAPING THE ‘END OF AMERICA?’ Is Svalbard still the easiest refuge for U.S. residents fleeing because the ‘wrong’ person won the election? And can ‘both sides’ find a happy haven?


Regardless of the bold “Biden wins” headlines, the official winner of the U.S. presidential election won’t be known for weeks (because lawsuits and “the process”). But one certainty is it’s “the end of America” if the wrong guy wins – in the mindset of an unhealthy percentage of both those on the Trump train and Biden backers.

ELECTION WATCH…’PARTY’?! Longyearbyen Library hosting morning-after gathering for those who ‘do not have the strength’ to follow results of U.S. election alone


Getting up at the crack of “dawn” (which doesn’t actually exist since it’s the dark season) to watch the results of an election on the other side of the world might seem strange to some, but for those doing so anxiety may well be a factor. So the new head of Longyearbyen Library is offering to make it a shared experience, no matter which candidate might be the cause of worries in the U.S. presidential election.

Random weirdness for the week of June 11, 2019


OK, scary as that angry girl shooting magic (or whatever) from her hands might seem, what we’re really concerned about are those diamond-shaped things you might suspect are merely harmless snowflakes. Because it seems like that’s what’s making those magic hands possible. Also, it’s possible some magic horses living underwater in Svalbard might have something to do with all this.

Random weirdness for the week of April 9, 2019


Tip for the many North Pole hopefuls stuck in Longyearbyen: Don’t try to reach the Barneo ice camp like the guy above. Still, since the madness of our stranded caravan community of Pole pursers reportedly involves everything from a marathon bar brawl to blaming Wiggy Trump for the trouble (because of course he always is), it’s probably not the worst sock to the balls suffered this week.

Presidential meltdown: Svalbard eyed by group planning to carve ‘Mount Trumpmore’ on glacier so they can watch it melt


While Donald Trump is declaring that “someday” he deserves to be added to Mount Rushmore, an environmental group moved by his musings such as climate change being a Chinese hoax is planning an even cooler carving: his own Mount Trumpmore on an Arctic glacier now rather than later.

Random weirdness for the week of Nov. 28, 2017


OK, here’s our totally not made-up Star Wars secret reveal: The Last Jedi Are Headbangers.

Random weirdness for the week of June 13, 2017


John Lennon celebrates a 50th anniversary by sticking his face in snow. Doomsday Vault Derangement Syndrome continues with links to Nazis and global human infertility. Threats from space cannibals. And can palm trees Make Svalbard Great Again?

Grave new world: Global leaders, scientists face era of darkness in Arctic as Trump leads war on enviornment, facts


Drilling for oil in our backyard is good for the environment. Climate change is rich with blessings. Building up rival militaries is essential as we enter a new era of cooperation.

Those aren’t “alternative facts,” as such. Just the alternative way of thinking from politicians, scientists, business leaders and others pondering the future of Svalbard and other Arctic areas during the days immediately surrounding the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. While his name wasn’t necessarily brought up often during conferences and other events – indeed, the administration’s presence at them was minimal – the aura of uncertainty from the election and other tumultuous events during the past year lingered heavily.