Googling “climategate + Dembski” (as a simple way to retrieve a file from our site that I wanted to link to), I came across this” comment at Open Parachute, which makes excuses for the ‘gates:
Predictably only the most apparently damning emails have been quoted in the media.
Sure, it is pretty predictable that the most damning statements would be quoted, rather than the office pizza order.
After all, suppose some fellow – for whatever reason – doesn’t like me much. He wastes his employer’s time recording his opinions – and his computer gets hacked: So we read:
O’Leary’s taste in clothes is terrible … her writing style stinks … she has a most inappropriate sense of humour … I am going to hire a thug to beat her up … her garden is nothing but a tangle of weeds … I bet she is unemployed right now …
Which of these comments do you think would most interest me? I am afraid I cannot offer a prize for guessing.
Open Parachute whiffles on:
While I think some of the language in the emails is disappointing I don’t think it is surprising for informal private communications.
Well, that depends on who you are, I guess. How about this one:
“The two MMs [Canadian skeptics Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick] have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone.”
Wow, the open society on display.
Re Freedom of Information Act:
I am delighted to hear – and publicize the fact – that Britain now has a Freedom of Information Act, as does Canada. Applying that Act in Canada enabled me to establish that mine is not one of the 1200 names that the head of the “human rights” commission said she was keeping on a list of bad guys who misinform the public on the Commission’s work. However, I don’t know what to believe. After all, this is the same Commission some of whose employees pretended to be Nazis on the Internet, among many other misdeeds discovered by Canadian bloggers.
But presumably, they cannot now produce any files that they claimed they were “not” keeping on me, so that is progress, maybe.
Government-sponsored anti-hate organizations tend, in our Canadian experience, to attract a disproportionate share of people who get off on sneaking around and minding their neighbours’ business. Civil rights abuses become inevitable. Soon, the shakedown starts, because most targets cannot really afford a long legal defence in a “human rights” court that has no English Common Law standards anyway. Thus they just pay up. Worse, groups with little commitment to civil rights can twist the process to their own purposes, to silence opponents.
And the self-righteousness these “human rightsers” exhibit in their own defense can be truly nauseating, perhaps the worst offence of all. If they could just be an outlaw motorcycle gang, I would have more sympathy for them. At least the bikers are not self-righteous about shakedown.
Here’s Ezra Levant, the Canuck guy who started fighting back effectively, after years and years of abuse and corruption.
Anyway, Brits, use your Freedom of Information Act.