Friday, 9 April 2010

Climategate Parliamentary Inquiry in the UK – not guilty

Not surprisingly, this inquiry found that we are indeed all frying in a pan of our own making after all: “On the much cited phrases in the leaked e-mails - “trick” and “hiding the decline” - the Committee considers that they were colloquial terms used in private e-mails and the balance of evidence is that they were not part of a systematic attempt to mislead”.

On the subject of “phrases” and “tricks” Frit notes that, in his remarks, Phil Willis MP, Committee Chair, uses the phrases “climate scientists” and “climate science community” to describe one set of people, and “climate change skeptics” to describe another set. This old “trick” has been practiced by the religious since the beginning of time. It’s called laying claim to the positive for the purpose of stigmatizing those who think you’re talking a load of rubbish with its negative. Thus we have believer/unbeliever, religious/irreligious, holy/unholy, Christian/non-Christian, Mussulmanic/non-Mussulmanic infidel pig with severed head and so on, always defining the latter in terms of the former. Frit, in all his imperfection, regularly resorts to this trick himself, referring to his supporters as "wholesome appetising Fritters” and to his detractors as "unwholesome unappetising unpleasant yucky Indonesian twice-fried spicy peanut Fritters” who ought to see sense.