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Finally, Authorities Pursuing the Real “Climategate” Crooks

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Cuccinelli's crusade to criminalize climate science clipped by cops confronting the correct crooks!

Yes, a mere two years after thieves with obvious ulterior motives hacked hundreds of thousands of emails from the University of East Anglia, police in the UK and US are now investigating the crime.

It's about freaking time. The climate scientists allegedly implicated by these emails have been cleared by no less than 9 investigations finding no wrongdoing whatsoever on their part. Of course, it is possible that the investigators, ranging from the UK House of Commons to the US Department of Commerce Inspector General to Penn State U. to East Anglia to the National Science Foundation, are all part of the vast conspiracy. But...I kinda doubt it.

It makes a lot more sense to investigate the hackers in this case, who had the capability and resources to break into the University's system, target and steal emails from specific climate scientists, cull through the full 200,000+ of them to find the ones that could be the most easily twisted and misrepresented to fulfill the agenda of the Fossil Fuel Lobby, and then skillfully release them in two batches, both before major international climate summits, in an obvious attempt to influence global climate policy. And gosh, don't you wonder where they might have gotten those resources? (Hmmm...)

Attention Cuccinelli: Professor Mann Exonerated

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It will, I am sure, be a tremendous relief to Kenneth Cuccinelli, Virginia's Attorney General, to learn that a prestigious panel has completed a thorough review of Professor Michael Mann's climate research, and concluded that there is "no substance" to allegations of misconduct levied against him last year by climate science deniers, which of course includes Mr. Cuccinelli.  Mr. Cuccinelli, as you recall, used his office to enter a law suit against Professor Mann for "fraud" while using a grant to investigate climate change when he was at the University of Virginia.  The Attorney General demanded every communication, e-mail, and scrap of paper relating to Mann held by the University as part of the evidentiary discovery phase of his law suit (i.e., he went on a fishing expedition). As reported in The Washington Post today. The Penn State Investigatory Committee's final report determined that
"Dr. Michael E. Mann did not engage in, nor did he participate in, directly or indirectly, any actions that seriously deviated from accepted practices within the academic community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research, or other scholarly activities."

Rachel Maddow On Phony ACORN and “Climategate” “Scandals”

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As Rachel Maddow says, these supposed "scandals" are complete "bull-pucky", the "unmooring of politics from facts," "the triumph of fake politics -- outrage or advantage gleaned from stuff that's not real." Same thing with the Republicans' supposed "outrage" over recess appointments (Bush did it and Republicans were fine with it then), the individual mandate (it's a Republican idea), terrorism suspects being read their Miranda rights (again, they had no problem with this during the Bush administration), the stimulus (they admit it's working great when they go back to their districts), etc., etc. Watch the video and get the long list of Republican "bull-pucky"; it would all be entertaining if it weren't so damaging.