International Journal of Inactivism — Mindless Link Propagation section

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  • 04:34:33 am on February 15, 2010 | 1 | # |

    Follow-up on John Cook’s iPhone app that debunks inactivist talking points: now inactivists are talking about countering it: [cached]

    WARNING! There is an iphone app trying to put down what we have to say under the heading of “Skeptical Science”.

    We need as many of you as possible to promote that this iphone app is yet another attempt to discredit “Climate Realists”.

    I can only hope the general public can see through this as a cheap trick to prop up the FAILED SCIENCE OF MAN MADE CLIMATE CHANGE.

    We need another iphone app that shows our side of the argument as it is, rather then what a supporter AGW thinks it is!

    Please send this message to all known friendly sites that support our side.

  • 08:07:39 am on February 6, 2010 | 0 | # |

    At the inactivist Bishop Hill blog, UEA climatologist Paul Dennis gives his account of his communications with Steve McIntyre around the time of the CRU crack: [cached]

    2) My first knowledge of anything untoward was a departmental email circular saying that emails and files were hacked from ENV (environmental sciences) and CRU (climatic research unit). My interest was piqued so I emailed Steve McIntyre to ask if he was aware of anything. Steve replied that he wasn’t and that if he did find out anything he’d let me know. It was apparently this email that I sent that confirmed to both Steves (McIntyre and Mosher) that the leaked files were authentic.

    3) The following day Steve emailed me a single url. It was to Jeff Id’s site. I clicked the link but couldn’t find anything and forgot about it.

    4) Next day all hell breaks loose as the files have gone wild.

  • 07:31:13 am on February 6, 2010 | 2 | # |

    This via Brian D: [cached]

    Analysis by the Guardian and digital forensics experts suggests that an outside hacker gained access to a server at the UEA which held backups of CRU emails and a collection of staff documents. It also suggests the access occurred over a period of days, if not weeks, and was carried out from a computer based on the east coast of north America. […]

    The Guardian’s analysis shows that a small group of just four of the scientists from among the dozens employed at the CRU were targeted in the sifting of email. They are: Phil Jones, the head of the CRU; Professor Keith Briffa, who studied tree rings; Tim Osborn, who worked on climate modelling for modern and archaeological data; and Mike Hulme, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. […]

    But who was the hacker, and what were they after? Jeff Condon, who runs the climate-sceptical Air Vent blog – which posted one of the links to the archive – told the Guardian that the content of the emails and documents actually points to someone who is not expert in the topic. […]

    So what was the hacker looking for, and how? […] One quick way to see into the hacker’s mind is to use “concordance analysis” – examining what the common words or phrases are in the emails and documents. […] emails with the words “data”, “climate”, “paper”, “research”, “temperature” and “model” prevail, according to a concordance plot.