POISONED WELLS Book 7 of the 75-Year Saga Cold War, Hot Passions by André Jute

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POISONED WELLS
Book 7 of the 75-Year Saga
Cold War, Hot Passions
by André Jute

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After Kim Philby’s betrayals, Central Intelligence is so paralyzed by fear of Soviet penetration that only risk-free operations are sanctioned by Counterespionage Staff under Joshua Adams, Philby’s great friend from the wartime OSS.

Into this morass of inaction and suspicion, Hubbell Adams, a Navy pilot, returns from Vietnam too scarred to take up his intended career in the law. Hubbell, inducted into CIA because of his family connection, despite his pitiful inexperience is made point man on the only operation going simply because Joshua will not approve it with anyone else in charge. The operation, conducted in association with the Israelis for whom Aron Hirsch is in charge, is to recruit the key KGB man in Egypt, Alexander “Babe” Bibikov, for defection to the US. Aron is the estranged husband of Belinda, with whom Hubbell had an affair. That’s just the start of the tension and danger that will end in the humiliation and expulsion of the Russians from Egypt, and the famous rapprochement between Egypt and Israel in the Camp David Accords.

Cold War, Hot Passions is true history through the eyes of those who risked their lives to make it.

“A masterly story that has pace, humor, tension and excitement with the bonus of truth.”
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Merry Christmas, everyone — and a new painting from Andre Jute

Merry Christmas, everyone

SINKHOLE a tragedy of the machine age the classic disaster thriller by André Jute

SINKHOLE 
a tragedy of the machine age

the classic disaster thriller
by André Jute
“Jute has clearly conducted a great deal of research into everything he describes, investing the novel with an air of prophecy. His moral and ecological concerns are important.”
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Jute has concocted an elaborate, cinematic, vivid mayhem-epic. The merry-go-round action keeps shifting from the doings above (panic, horror, crass media, rescue attempts) to the doings below, where a colorful assortment of survivors creep around in a sci-fi landscape of blood, mud, oil, and rubble. Fare for techno-disaster buffs, with grisly, imaginative touches.”
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It’s nearly lunchtime in a medium-sized mid-West city: a party of school-children are shepherded into a department store: the state senator’s wife sips a pre-lunch drink: the local drugs kingpin cuts a deal: two alert cops make an arrest. A normal day, until the entire downtown of the city vanishes into a massive hole in the ground.

With chillingly accurate detail, André Jute describes how greed, ignorance and mismanagement accelerate remorseless geological processes to erode the very foundations of the earth on which we stand, and build. With incandescent imagination, and a rigorous knowledge of the specialist techniques involved, Sinkhole describes the desperate efforts to retrieve a handful of survivors from the maelstrom underfoot.

Individual acts of courage, honed reflexes and an iron command of esoteric skills could snatch the living from the jaws of the earth. But the few men with the nerve and the vision to challenge the abyss discover that fear, panic, obsession, guilt, the grindingly sluggish mechanisms of bureaucracy, all conspire to hinder the rescue.

The tension is electric: the finale explosive.

“Wild but exciting. A grand job with plenty of irony.”
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“So bizarre, it’s probably all true.”
London Evening News

“This is an important book.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“Keeps up such a pace and such interest that it really satisfies.”
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“A masterly story that has pace, humor, tension and excitement with the bonus of truth.”
The Australian

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a tragedy of the machine age

the classic disaster thriller
by André Jute

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Sir Basil Zaharoff’s Commission to Germany in WW1: true espionage

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THE ZAHAROFF COMMISSION
the classic true espionage thriller
by Andre Jute
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“The information which Zaharoff secured in Germany for Lloyd George was the most important piece of intelligence of the whole war.”
 Georges Clemenceau, Premier of France in World War One.

“They say that the information I brought ended the war.” 
Sir Basil Zaharoff to the journalist Rosita Forbes in 1933 
in a statement not for publication until after his death

So crucial was this mission that David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Britain, persuaded his King to knight the sometime Constantinople brothel tout Zaharoff for the information he brought out of the chaos of Germany.

THE ZAHAROFF COMMISSION is the true story of how Basil Zaharoff, the greatest armaments manufacturer the world has ever seen, the notorious Pedlar of Death himself, the hated enemy of the Left, in June 1918 risked death to enter Germany like a common spy to determine whether the Germans should be offered an honorable peace by the reluctant Allies before the triumphant Bolsheviks took over Germany and brought chaos to all Europe.

Peopled by the heroes and villains of history — including a cameo by the young Hermann Goering — THE ZAHAROFF COMMISSION is a literally true thriller. Historically, it shatters the century-old myth that Germany was defeated in World War One by military force.

“Jute’s work of fiction is, once again, bang on target.” 
Donald McCormick, author of
PEDLAR OF DEATH: THE LIFE OF SIR BASIL ZAHAROFF

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REVERSE NEGATIVE classic espionage thriller “So bizarre, it’s probably all true.”

“The author is very close to the truth.
The book has sufficient fact to make some people sit up.”
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REVERSE NEGATIVE
the classic espionage thriller
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Kim Philby, the spy who betrayed a generation, has plotted his own death in a fiery helicopter accident. Immediately British Intelligence, the KGB, the CIA and Israeli Intelligence start searching for Philby’s “insurance” — a set of documents which point fatally accusing fingers at powerful men in high political, security and academic circles.

In England, a Cambridge don suddenly finds himself inextricably tangled in this web of violence. The rival intelligence services want him dead to prevent him talking, alive for questioning with drugs that will kill him anyway, or available for trading with those who want to kill or question him. To survive he must enlist the help of the sole survivor of the Israeli Intelligence team. And to uncover the devastating truth, he must got to the Lubianka, headquarters of the KGB in Moscow…

REVERSE NEGATIVE is a stunning and convincing story of the “Fourth Man” and of the disgraced darling of the Establishment, Kim Philby, whose treachery to the Western World lives on.

— Jacket copy by Nick Austin from an original edition
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London Evening News

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“Keeps up such a pace and such interest that it really satisfies.”
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“A masterly story that has pace, humor, tension and excitement with the bonus of truth.”
The Australian

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New York Times Issues an Apology to it’s Readers for Biased Reporting

Truthfeed has a bombshell,
picked up from the NY Post:

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If the story of a letter to subscribers from New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr, including a mea culpa that the paper failed to appreciate Donald Trump’s appeal, is indeed true, it will be an extraordinary admission.

The Times style is more to cover their fuckups by claiming that in all the world only the NYT marches in step.

But the promise of change by the NYT is worthless, and Truthfeed is naive to believe in it.

The NYT simply doesn’t have enough reporters and other writers who remember unbiased reporting to go back. The NYT has been a post-modern, post-normal, post-truth journal for too long to recover.

If, furthermore, the stories of financial strain are true, the NYT can forget about saving itself as a newspaper; it can only save itself as an opinion journal or an entertainment rag.

Perhaps Rupert Murdoch wants to buy the NYT as well, just to have it, though I can’t see any solid business reason for wasting his money.

This is what you get for betraying journalistic principles for so long.

andre_jute_singaporeAndre Jute is the author of AN ELECTION OF PATRIOTS, a novel which explains who sold out highminded media discussion of policy to television soundbitery, smears,  and bias, and IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID, a Rhodes Scholar Education in One Hour, among many other books. He  has written for papers around the world, most recently for the Irish Examiner.

How Myron Ebell can save a million lives in the first year of the Trump Presidency

Myron Ebell
Donald Trump has chosen Myron Ebell (above) to lead the Environmental Protection Agency transition team. Ebell is well-known for not swallowing the “global warming” Coolaid. 
Excellent start, Mr Trump.
So, Mr Ebell, which will be your most urgent step? Permit me to offer a passionate priority that will save at least a million lives in your first year on the job. And that million is a minimum, just direct deaths from malaria; do this particular job right, and it could be millions, plural.
Your first step should be to remove the ban on DDT, the banning of which has caused a genocide of more than 220 million defenseless people in Africa from malaria and starvation, for which American environmentalists are responsible. And, it should be remembered, they did it in the full knowledge that DDT is not carcinogenic, that their excuse for this crime was a lie. Not a single human being ever contracted cancer from ingesting DDT; in fact, it is safe to eat with a spoon. The International Agency for Research on Cancer lists DDT as “possibly carcinogenic” – right up there with coffee and pickles.
They did it to grab power for themselves: “If the environmentalists win on DDT,” Charles Wurster of the Environmental Defense Fund told the Seattle Times, “they will achieve a level of authority they have never had before.” 
The Nixon government committed this great crime for political convenience. EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus convened a scientific panel, which held six months of hearings, compiled 9,312 pages of studies and testimony, and concluded that DDT was safe and effective and should not be banned. Nevertheless, without attending a single hour of hearings or reading a page of the report, Ruckelshaus banned US production and use of DDT in 1972 – at a time when over 80% of the chemical was being exported for disease control. He later said his decision had nothing to do with cancer. He had a political problem, he said, and he fixed it.
American environmentalists knowingly committed a genocide by banning DDT, and Donald Trump and Myron Ebell can stop the rest of the annual, ongoing genocide by restoring the production and export of DDT.
Andre Jute is the author of AN ELECTION OF PATRIOTS, a novel
andre_jute_singaporewhich explains who sold out highminded media discussion of policy to television soundbitery, smears,  and bias, and IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID, a Rhodes Scholar Education in One Hour, among many other books.

The cultural impact of the Trump election starts here

 The longterm impact of any election is cultural.  iuThink of JFK, who legislatively was a useless president who couldn’t get any legislation passed (Johnson did it for him after Kennedy was assassinated) but who looms large in the universal consciousness because of his inspiring speechwriters.
President Obama, regardless of what happens to his now doomed health program that he sees as his legacy, will live on as the first black President, a glass-ceiling smasher.
It is because of an intuitive understanding of the cultural impact of the presidency that parents who despise President-elect Trump are now agonising about what to tell their children about his election.
 
Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal, told the National Press Club how the gay magazine The Advocate, which earlier praised him as a “gay innovator,” declared he was “not a gay man” because of his libertarian politics. “The lie behind the buzzword of diversity could not be made more clear,” Thiel said. “If you don’t conform, then you don’t count as diverse, no matter what your personal background.”
Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal, told the National Press Club how the gay magazine The Advocate, which earlier praised him as a “gay innovator,” declared he was “not a gay man” because of his libertarian politics. “The lie behind the buzzword of diversity could not be made more clear,” Thiel said. “If you don’t conform, then you don’t count as diverse, no matter what your personal background.”

Trump too will have his cultural impacts. Time will decide which of those will be the most important, but Michelle Malkin has already identified one important Trump cultural effect, which is responsible for his election.

This is absolutely right:

“…one of the most important cultural accomplishments of Donald Trump’s bid will be the platform he created for Americans of all colors, ethnicities, political affiliations, and socioeconomic backgrounds to defy soul-draining identity politics.”

Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

Read Ms Malkin’s entire article.

Every time I read something by this Michelle Malkin, I like her more.

Andre Jute is the author of AN ELECTION OF PATRIOTS, a novel andre_jute_singaporewhich explains who sold out highminded media discussion of policy to television soundbitery, smears,  and bias, and IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID, a Rhodes Scholar Education in One Hour, among many other books.

Your lifespan: Would you pay $1268 for an extra year of life?

andre_jute_seven_headsA cost-benefit analysis of new bike lanes in New York concludes that “over the lifetime of all people in NYC, bike lane construction produces additional costs of $2.79 and gain of 0.0022 quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) per person.” Let’s see what that means in actual lifespan.

That comes to 0.803 quality-adjusted days or about 20 hours of extra life.

Since life is the ultimate benefit, 2.79USD for an additional 20 hours of a high quality life like mine or yours seems a bargain, annualizing to 1268USD for a year of extra life.

My physician and cardiologist have long been on this case, saying that cycling so regularly for the last quarter-century saved my life, and that continuing to cycle continues to contribute to the quality of my life.

it_s_the_economy__stupid_v2_cover_800ph_123kbOf course, if you were a sourpuss econometrist, you might argue that the hours spent on the bike to receive the benefit must be subtracted, and so inflate the annual cost by perhaps as much 10 per cent (if you spent around 2 hours a day on the bike). I wearily wave off such accounting hairsplitting: who wouldn’t pay even double the simple calculated base cost, $2536, for an extra year of life?

andre_jute_blueAndre Jute is a motivational psychologist and economist who spent his early career in advertising and is now a prizewinning, best-selling novelist. He is also the author of IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID, a Rhodes Scholar Education in One Hour.

Bonecruncher: Matt Posner’s pro wrestling novel SQUARED CIRCLE BLUES

Squared Circle BluesSQUARED CIRCLE BLUES:
A Novel of Professional Wrestling

by MATT POSNER

Reviewed by Andrew McCoy

SQUARED CIRCLE BLUES is exactly what it says on the tin, a novel of pro wrestling. Author Matt Posner pulls no punches, paints no glosses, makes no excuses for the milieu, the characters, or their actions. Pro wrestling turns out exactly as expected, only more violent, more dangerous, more crooked and more ruinous of the lives of innocent bystanders.

SQUARED CIRCLE BLUES rings true because it is true to the spirit and the detail of pro wrestling, which isn’t a sport but a business which consumes its children.

The organizers of pro wrestling are, of course, unsympathetic characters. But the surprising thing is how many of the wrestlers, and their families, are simpatico. It helps enormously to build our identification with the good characaters that Mr Posner gives us their viewpoint largely in dialogue, in their own words. He has a fine ear for the vernacular, and it turns these fantastic characters from the bizarre end of the spectrum of human experience into people like our
neighbours, at least if our neighbours were colourful.

By adding a large appendix of sources in which his facts can be checked, Mr Posner reinforces the impression that SQUARED CIRCLE BLUES, if it weren’t such good storytelling, could be a documentary, straightforward journalism told mainly in dialogue.

lanceseriesgraphicFor me, the main takeaway from this surprising, fascinating novel is how smoothly Mr Posner has managed to undermine our prejudicial certainties about people outside our own circle of trust and knowledge.
Andrew McCoy is the author of the Lance Weber series of adventure novels and literary criticism like STIEG LARSSON Man, Myth & Mistress.

Cycling in Bandon: The International Expert Report

This is not even an attempt at humor. This is dead serious.
And if you don’t take it seriously, you could die.

MY TOWN, MY TOWN

An international traffic consultancy, which had better remain anonymous, wonders why children don’t cycle to school in my home town. In the next pigeonhole of their report they show this photograph of North Main Street. Behind the photographer, up further, steeper, busier hills, there are four schools… On the other end of this road, the only road across the only bridge, there are four more schools… These international consultants tell us they made “a site visit”, that is, they came to look. (That must be their helicopter top right, giving a new meaning to “a flying visit”.) Still they wonder why children don’t cycle to school! cycling_in_bandon

You don’t have to be an idiot to be an “international consultant”, but it certainly helps!

Andre Jute is a novelist and painter — and a cyclist — who lives in West Cork.

These are America’s leaders? Her enemies are rejoicing.

American elites perpetrated the democratic crime of foisting two unsavoury characters — Clinton and Trump — on the electorate.
They did it because they were watching their navels rather than attending to policy.
Below is all the evidence required of their selfishness in their personal navel-identity politics, in each case intended to grab more of the good things in life for themselves:
Photo from Jessica Vandever
An incisive visual joke from Jessica Vandever. Drew Boyd drew my attention to it.
time-life_conspiracy_cover_72dpi_800hAmong Andre Jute‘s sixty or so books is The Time-Life Conspiracy, which explains who committed the earlier electoral crime of giving over the politics of ideas to the soundbite universe of television, which at that time didn’t want it. You’ll be surprised at who did it.
*File under “Humor & other BS”

Andre Jute kissing the Blarney Stone

Andre Jute kissing the Blarney Stone
Andre Jute kissing the Blarney Stone

The Farewell Burn, Alaska, an Iditarod Trail painting by Andre Jute

In the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at this point the musher runs along rolling low wooded hills and ridges, really quite pleasant, then the dog team crests one last forested ridge and enters the alien hell of the Farewell Burn. This is the grim remnant of Alaska’s largest forest fire, a million and a half acres burning in 1978, through which the race runs for 40 miles. Without trees, the sightlines are forever, and at night one can see the single light of the radar tower on the peak of Tatalina Mountain, near McGrath, a couple of days away by dogsled, seeming to stay eternally unreachable even at racing sled dog speed. While in it, the Farewell Burn seems to continue forever, without hope, like Purgatory. It is the all-too-real proof that after three days among the trees the Spirit of the Forest, Wendigo, drives men mad.

Andre Jute: The Farewell Burn, Alaska, an Iditarod Trail painting, acrylic on card, 320x230mm, 2016Andre Jute: The Farewell Burn, Alaska,
an Iditarod Trail painting, acrylic on card, 320x230mm, 2016

I made two of these paintings, mirror images, because I intend to use them as endplates for a sketchbook that I’m binding. The sketchbook is 300gr cotton watercolor paper, which is why I made the painting in acrylic. For further waterproofing I’ll also varnish both the front and the back of the cardstock before glueing it in.

IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute
IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute

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Every year at racetime Andre operates a special page for live Iditarod race reports where you’re welcome to join him. Bookmark that page for next year.

andre_jute_statue_of_jeff_king_s_nash_emerges_iditarod_2016_watercolor_octavo_800pxwAndre’s other Iditarod Trail painting for 2016 is at Is this what a memorial to Nash could look like, a doggie Mount Rushmore?

Is this what a memorial to Nash could look like, a doggie Mount Rushmore?

Nash, one of Jeff King’s sled dogs, was killed by a drunken snowmobiler during the 2016 Iditarod. Here I’ve imagined the start of a sort of Iditarod Sled Dogs’ Mount Rushmore, with Nash just emerging from the raw rock as its first inhabitant. And didn’t one of the Colonel’s pound-find Iditarod dogs go to Mass with the Pope? It’s not such a bizarre idea at all!

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Andre Jute: Statue of Jeff King’s Nash, killed on Iditarod 2016 by a drunken snowmobiler, emerges from the rock. Watercolor, octavo on cotton paper, March 2016.

IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute
IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute

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2016 IDITAROD TRAIL SLED DOG RACE RESULT. New Race Record!

 

2016 IDITAROD TRAIL SLED DOG RACE RESULT
1 Dallas Seavey, new record of 8d 11h 20m 16s
2 Mitch Seavey
3 Aliy Zirkle
4 Wade Marrs
5 Peter Kaiser
6 Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Congratulations all round!

A few points are worth making. This year I chose a likely top ten before the race. Five of the six finishers so far are in my chosen top ten. This isn’t magic.

The Iditarod is only for the hardest, most experienced and most persistent mushers. Even the presently dominant Dallas Seavey took ten years to become an “overnight star”, and before that he was in the Junior Iditarod, and before that he grew up in the mushing household of Mitch Seavey, another multiple champion, who this year came second and at stages looked like a possible winner. In short, Dallas has been preparing all his life to take a shot at the Iditarod championship. So what is surprising isn’t that experience counts for so much but that so many outsiders (Butcher, King, to name just two) came and conquered.

The two photographs of Aliy Zirkle (courtesy of the excellent Alaska Dispatch News) demonstrate my other point as well as words can. First the public relations shot: Doesn’t it just look like a carefree camping holiday, albeit a bit extended at a 1000 miles? And then the hard reality: Running a thousand miles behind a dog-sled in sub-zero temperatures, eight and a half days over a thousand miles to be even in contention.  After subtracting 40 hours of mandatory rest for the dogs, that’s nearly 150 miles per day average including all other feeding and rest stops.

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IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute
IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute

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Will the 2016 Iditarod be another Seavey benefit? Race hots up unbearably.

aliyzirkle14 March 2016 1355 Alaskan Time

Dallas Seavey, into White Mountain at 0948, has left a wake-up call for 1430. He can leave, his mandatory 8hr rest expired, at 1748. Mitch Seavey, in at 1027, and Brent Sass, in at 1140, will be 39m and 1h52m behind him when they exit White Mountain.

Aliy Zirkle, out of Elim at 0924, is out of it unless there is an upset ahead of her. At this stage it looks like the rest of the top ten will be made up of Marrs, Kaiser, Leiftseth Ulsom, Burmeister, Petit, Johannessen, with King, Sorlie, Phillips, Beals and Baker pressing for a place, a hard-fought second tier.

At the head of the field, Mitch Seavey and Brent Sass have 77 miles to make up 39m and 112m respectively. But Dallas Seavey has only 9 dogs left, whereas Mitch has 12 and Brent has 13. Weather conditions, especially the wind, may count for as much as Dallas’s youth and strength, or so Mitch will hope. Brent must hope for an upset.

IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute
IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute

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Is this a close Iditarod, or is it close? Is a new record looming?

13 March 2016 1432 Alaskan Time

Seavey_Dallas_2016-150x195In his record year of 2014 Dallas Seavey left Shaktoolik on the Sunday morning at 1028. This year he left at 1027. That record year he left Shaktoolik with 13 dogs. This year he has 9. He says he likes a light team for a fast end run. However that may be, other top contenders, spotting a possible chink, will press Dallas hard, and that could lead to a new record, and possibly an upset too.

Sass_Brent_2016-150x195Remember what I said yesterday, about reaching White Mountain first with enough lead to ensure an easy win? (You can get a screenfriendly map there too!) In that light, check the current official standings, out of Shaktoolik:
1 Dallas Seavey 1027
2 Brent Sass 1125Zirkle_Aliy_2016-150x195
3 Aliy Zirkle 1252
4 Mitch Seavey 1304

Still in Shaktoolik:
5 Wade Marrs, arrived 1352

Seavey_Mitch_2016-150x195Others still on the trail from Unalakleet appear mostly out of contention, though there is still time for an upset to bring them back into play.
iditarod-racePhotos, from the top, D Seavey, Sass, Zirkle and M Seavey.


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IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute
IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute


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Andre Jute explains why the Iditarod winner starts his home run earlier every year

12 March 2016 1316 Alaskan Time

The last third of the Iditarod splits into three parts, of which the middle part is fixed and the final part can either be controlled by a dominant musher or deliver vast surprises, as in 2014, when first Jeff King and then Aliy Zirkle, in turn apparent champions, were overtaken by Dallas Seavey, who was staggering from fatigue.

Download the map from http://coolmainpress.com/iditarodcompmap.html and study it to grasp that from the Kaltag Portage onwards the rules of the Iditarod are stacked in favour of the front runners, which is why year on year there is now an expectation of a new record for the race.

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Let’s take it from the middle of the three parts in the last third of the race. The rules mandate an 8hr stop to rest the dogs at White Mountain. This stationary moment at a fixed spot is the key in an otherwise extremely dynamic race.

From White Mountain to the victory arch in Front Street in Nome is 77 miles, not a huge distance in a thousand-mile race to gain any appreciable time on a highly competitive and motivated team. That’s why it took extraordinary circumstance for Dallas Seavey to win from so far behind in 2014.

***Iditarod Dallas

While nothing in the Iditarod is certain — nothing except unpredictability! — mushers coming from behind can’t count on the weather breaking against the leaders but being just not bad enough to stop their good selves.

So, because of the short distance from the 8hr stop in White Mountain to triumph in Nome, and because of the strategic placing of this 8hr stop at White Mountain, mushers who wish to control the outcome, must reach White Mountain not only first, but with an adequate margin to ensure that teams faster than theirs cannot overtake them on the short run to Nome.

Let’s emphasize that: FIRST TO WHITE MOUNTAIN, WITH BREATHING SPACE

And that means they must start their home run at Kaltag — at the latest — 346 miles from Nome.

Unfortunately, every other musher knows (intermittently, from talk at checkpoints) when you make your break, and can respond.

So, as the Iditarod competition becomes more and more professional, the home run starts earlier and earlier.

This year, Dallas Seavey started his home run for Nome in the summer when he trained his dogs on a treadmill inside a 75ft long refrigerated truck.

In 2016, out of  Kaltag it looks to be between Brent Sass, Aliy Zirkle and Dallas Seavey.

Sass_Brent_2016-150x195Zirkle_Aliy_2016-150x195Seavey_Dallas_2016-150x195Out of Kaltag, 12 March 2016
1 Brent Sass 0820
2 Aliy Zirkle 1053
3 Dallas Seavey 1124


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IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute
IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute

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Sass and Zirkle grab strategic lead in Iditarod

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Sass and Zirkle grab lead in Iditarod
10 March 2016 1620 Alaskan Time

Now it gets a bit confused. The starting time differential is taken into account during the mandatory 24hr stopover. The 8hr stopover must be taken on the Yukon, so Jeff King, taking his 24 hours in Ruby and officially the leader of the race until he is overtaken by Brent Sass, will take two mandatory rest periods relatively closely together between Ruby, Galena, Nulato and Kaltag, before the race turns away from the Yukon down
the Kaltag Portage.
Behind Brent Sass, the real leader of the race, the rest of the top ten will be determined by those who already stopped for their mandatory 24 hours, and whether those who served it at Ophir or before can overtake those who are serving it at Cripple before the Cripple crowd are released.

1926888_737793119585114_1733474995_nEven as I wrote this, Aliy Zirkle catapulted herself into second place behind Sass by blowing through Cripple in twelve minutes, and hour and a half behind Sass.

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Jeff King, official leader of the Iditarod.

Brent Sass and Aliy Zirkle, actual leaders.

IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute
IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jute

Andre Jute is the author of Iditarod a Novel of the Greatest Race on Earth, available in paperback and ebook. Get it at:IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by Andre Jut
eBOOKS iTunes Smashwords Kobo B&
PAPERBACKS Createspace Amazon USA UK

andre_jute_singaporeAndre operates a special page for live Iditarod race reports where you’re welcome to join him.