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Saturday, 8 May 2010

Pots and kettles.

Do I laugh, cry or scream with incoherent rage? Having been caught in a hugely embarrassing, not to mention illegal, position with the 'Climategate' leak and the subsequent revelations the warble gloaming industry is whinging that the current scrutiny they're under is like McCarthyism.
The 'climategate' scandal and mistakes by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have led to a surge in attacks on climate scientists around the world.
In the US politicians have called for a criminal investigation of climate scientists, while in the UK eminent professors have received hate mail and even death threats.
In a strongly worded letter, the group of scientists likened the situation to the 'McCarthy era' in the US where anyone suspected of communist links was threatened with persecution. The period in the 1950s was named after the anti-communist pursuits of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
"We call for an end to McCarthy-like threats of criminal prosecution against our colleagues based on innuendo and guilt by association, the harassment of scientists by politicians seeking distractions to avoid taking action, and the outright lies being spread about them," the letter read.
Presumably this is in some way entirely different from demands to put people on trial for being in the oil industry or telling sceptics that they "know who you are and where you live". Presumably it's completely different to accepting or rejecting papers on whether they are seen as pro- or anti-Anthopogenic Warble Gloaming rather than looking purely at the paper's merits, or withholding information from sceptical researchers in complete contrast to the openness and free exchange of data demanded by the scientific method. The greenhouse industry has been using McCarthyist tactics for fucking years - how fucking dare they, now they're under the microscope for more or less everything sceptics have been pointing at all this time, how fucking dare they scream "McCarthyists"? I'd admire their balls for it were I not wishing they'd all fall down the stairs and land on them.

No wonder more and more people are smelling a rat.
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