Then I started looking into the whole climate science, IPCC clusterfuck, AGW idea in general.
I even ventured into blogs.
It was ugly and disturbing. Not the sort of thing a scientist should have to go through.
Now, just when I thought maybe it was all a huge misunderstanding, a bunch of malcontents and oil company shills stirring up trouble, just when I was able to slip back into my comfort zone, where scientist are the good guys and skeptics are deniers, the final straw happens.
However, it can be revealed that one of the sources quoted was a feature article published in a popular magazine for climbers which was based on anecdotal evidence from mountaineers about the changes they were witnessing on the mountainsides around them.
The other was a dissertation written by a geography student, studying for the equivalent of a master's degree, at the University of Berne in Switzerland that quoted interviews with mountain guides in the Alps.
And I am like, what the fuck? WHAT THE FUCK?
If the IPCC was a blog, you know, a bunch of losers sitting around writing shit, it would be like, who cares?
But this is THE panel on climate change. This is the big boys club, the United Nations, the policy changing reports, and a shitpot of money as well. Big salaries, bigger contracts.
So I now it looks like the email hacking was the Pentagon papers of this generation. It really is Climategate.
In a new and different internet sort of way.
The Watergate break in led to a lot of things. Nixon WAS a crook. He resigned in disgrace.
The Militaryindustrialcomplex was an evil bunch of bastards, the war in Vietnam was immoral, illegal and they lied about it. People went to jail, they lost power, a war ended, and the crazy people on TV who had been getting shot, mocked by the media and beat up by the cops, ended up being right.
The Climategate break in has now led to a lot more, and it looks like this is the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Now the media is in on it.
But it's different, because the internet has been on it for a long time. This has become evident from actually reading the internet.
So what is the real science hidden behind the bullshit?
And is there any reasonable middle ground on this one?