We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Who cares whether it's hacked? It's government-paid science, isn't it? We paid for this crap. What their emails show is that these guys argue amongst themselves about how to twist and spin to present the data they want people to get. It is disgusting, a major scandal. Somewhat happily, some amongst the cabal actually want to be honest.
I have known science majors and scientists, and they never talked like this about things they were curious about. This is money politics, not science. Sounds more like a Wall Street bond sales meeting than science, to me. "How to we unload this crap to the suckers without totally and permanently compromising our reputations?"
Revkin wants to focus on the hacking, not the content. Well, Watergate was basically a pre-internet hacking, was it not? And Teapot Dome? Our thanks to the mystery hacker who cares more about the truth than these scientists do. I think there will be a third email dump in the future.
Hide the Decline - what we have been using for pre-"accurate" temp measurement, tree rings, has [since-"accurate" actual readings] been way off the mark, let's use the real instead of our |proxy" and hope nobody notices.
FTL - our data seem to show faster-than-light-speed travel. We doubt this, but can't find an error. Will everybody please take a look at this?
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I know which I think of as the Scientific Method.
The big money became available in climate science when James Hansen spooked Congress with his presentation on one of the hottest days of summer, on the disaster awaiting earth with the warming of the globe. Gradually, everybody with a PhD tried to find a way to link their particular specialty to the problem of global warming with a good grant proposal.
There have always been numbers of scientists who support the alarmist case for warming without ever investigating the real science of it. A few have confessed. Recent articles, I think by Chris Horner (FOIA results), on the millions that Hansen has received in outside remuneration and prizes for his warmist activism are pretty interesting.
There is not only big grant money from governments and foundations, but prestige for the scientist and the university to which he is attached. In the meantime, skeptical scientists get blackballed if they utter a skeptical word that interferes with the gravy train. Those who speak out, once they have retired, are accused of receiving money or favors from BIG OIL. Hooray for whoever is releasing the emails!
The Elephant's Child