Hoaxes hacked   21/11/2009

For the past 24 hours much cautious excitement has bubbled in the sceptics’ corner of the worldwide web with the release of hacked emails from some of the IPCC’s leading scientists, which if accurate, suggest extremely dodgy practices in establishing the case for manmade global warming.
There’s a mountain of material but here and there are 18-carat nuggets for those who long suspected the IPCC’s boffins were gilding the lily. Like this from the Climate Research Unit’s head Prof Phil Jones to members of his scientific team: I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.
In another email Jones expresses pleasure at the death of prolific Tasmanian sceptic John Daly.
You can upload relevant files here.
Unlike the Left, who grasp at any old “fake but true” documents to bolster their case, rationalist bloggers are examining the emails in a circumspect manner, aware they could be an elaborate hoax designed to suck in and discredit sceptics.
Truth-seekers would hope that over the weekend pressure will build on authorities, the British government in particular, to launch a high-level, independent investigation.
If it is established that the emails are the real deal, the biggest con of the century will have been exposed.
The Herald Sun’s Andrew Bolt has labored tirelessly on this since he was tipped off yesterday morning. Heartiest congratulations, Bolta.
The stench is so pungent the mainstream media has been forced to pay attention with The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and the BBC reporting the issue. The reporting in some cases comes from alarmist-accepting environmental reporters, so they’re trying to downplay it. Good luck to them, but well-meaning distortion is hardly a convincing defence.

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