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  •  Good catch and there is much more (13+ / 0-)

    John Mashey and blogger Deep Climate are different people.  Both have been digging into this for -- it seems like a year. The latest find is that the portion of Wegman that appears to be statistical analysis is also plagiarized from a previous paper (known as M&M) that was itself BS and fakery.  Since experts recognized that M&M was wrong, all of its details had not been explored to the depth that Mashey has done and published just days ago.  M&M, and hence Wegman, claims that "Hockey sticks" (a long time denier fetish) somehow pop up just randomly when statistical methods are applied to the climate record and therefore mean nothing.  It turns out that in addition to some other odd moves, M&M, plagiarized by Wegman (and like much else in the Wegman report evidently not even understood by Wegman et al.) did a random generation of 10,000 graphs and picked the few that suited their purposes.

    And this from the USA Today article:

    In a 2007 presentation at the university, report co-author Yasmin Said of GMU said that a Barton committee staffer, Peter Spencer, provided the background material for the report. "Although Dr. Said's presentation seemed to imply that we were being coached by the Republicans by being given only their selected materials to look at, this was not true," Wegman said in response to a USA TODAY freedom-of-information act request.

    is a tiny indication of a huge web of deceit that you can find farther back in Deep Climate posts.  And that's not all ... a whole book on this has been suggested.

    •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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      LaughingPlanet

      Thanks for the correction that Mashey is not Deep Climate; I have updated the diary with a tip of the hat to you.

      If you don't stand for something, you'll stand for anything.

      by Keith Pickering on Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 06:39:44 AM PST

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    •  That is Spencer from Joe Barton's staff (0+ / 0-)

      at the time of Wegman's testimony and down to today still are the ones in the pay of Exxon. Most notoriously  direct from Gulf disaster Barton from the crawling like a bootlicking beaten dog, slobbering over poor BP.

       The hacks  scribbling over legitimate scientific  papers to create the hit piece  probably came directly out of Fossil Fuel advanced propaganda  writing workshop. Too lazy to do the real work, just steal someone else's as a template and pitch it.

      Amazing how quickly Wegman was summoned to testify in Congressional hearings, someone in the industry recognized the value of the hit piece and fed it to Barton's staffer.

      cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

      by Pete Rock on Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 01:20:56 PM PST

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