Monday, April 26, 2010

ClimateGates Michael Mann Threatens YouTube: Michael Mann Sues YouTube?

Michael Mann, the sidekick to Professor Phil Jones and No. 2 man in the ClimateGate scandal is threatening to sue YouTube for a wildly popular video satire of Mann's hockey-stick graph, now proven to be inaccurate, and known as 'Hide the Decline.' See the offending video below.

Michael Mann

From Fox News:
The parody video, titled "Hide the Decline," had more than 500,000 viewers on YouTube and received national attention when Rush Limbaugh played it on his radio show. It features a cat with a guitar, a talking tree, and a dancing figure sporting the image of Professor Mann. It's the use of his image that Mann is complaining about, arguing that the video supports "efforts to sell various products and merchandise."
"The guy is crazy to threaten legal action," said Jeff Davis, the President of No Cap and Trade, a large organization that includes the group Mann is threatening to sue, Minnesotans for Global Warming. "A lawsuit would give us full discovery -- and there's a lot to look at in his work."
Follows some background on Michael Mann and his work on climate change, more commonly known as ClimateGate (from a previous article highlighting all of the Global Warming Bullies). The following are emails that unfortunately, for climate scientists, got into the wrong hands, exposing their brash acts to change and distort and hide the truth of data:

Michael E. Mann is an Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Meteorology and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. Mann is the creator of the "hockey stick" graph reconstructions of millions of years of tree ring data. He is a lead author to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report (IPCC).

*) [Withholding of information/data] "I did this knowing that Phil and I are likely to have to respond to more crap criticism from the idiots in the near future, so best to clean up the code and provide to some of my close colleagues in case the want to test it, etc. Please feel free to use this code for your own internal purposes, but don't pass it along where it may get into the hands of the wrong people." 
*) [Using a website to control the message, hide dissent] "Anyway, I wanted you guys to know that you're free to use RC [ - A supposed neutral climate change website] Rein any way you think would be helpful. Gavin and I are going to be careful about what comments we screen through,and we'll be very careful to answer any questions that come up to any extent we can."
*) [Using a website to control the message, hide dissent] "On the other hand, you might want to visit the thread and post replies yourself. We can hold comments up in the queue and contact you about whether or not you think they should be screened through or not, and if so, any comments you'd like us to include."
*) [Corrupting the peer-review process] "I think we have to stop considering "Climate Research" as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to or cite papers in, this journal."

Michael Mann - Hide the Decline (video)
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