The recent todo about the Spirit of Mawson expedition has Eli a bit puzzled. If you want a discussion of whether what they were up to was scientifically justified, hie thee to the Weasel or ATTP if you want the Schadenfreude, well there is always Willard Tony, or any of the other usual suspects.
Eli has a different POV. If you look at the denialist blogs, they are pretty much libertarian in flavor, or at worst hate on government types, which, at least to Eli would indicate that they like people who raise their own money to go splorin, and sciencin. OK the Rabett can understand their being embarrassed that the folks on the Akademik Shokalskiy have to be rescued by government ice breakers, but the expedition did what expeditions did in the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and even early parts of the 20th century, especially for polar expeditions. Yeah, yeah, there are civilians on board, but voyages of discovery often took along the rich guy who provided the benjamins. Now why WTony would not let the nice Bunny pass a remark on this curious thing at Watts is another amusing question.
You can even Richard Tol this, as Jonathan Karpoff does in Public vs. Private Initiative in Arctic Exploration
From 1818 to 1909 35 government and 57 privately funded expeditions sought to locate and navigate a Northwest Passage, discover the North Pole and make other significant discoveries in Arctic regions. Most major Arctic discoveries were made by private expeditions. Most tragedies were publicly funded.Which puts you in mind of an astronaut sitting on top of a Saturn V, ruminating on the fact that the beast was built by the lowest bidder. So what's not to like with the Spirit of Mawson?