Posts Tagged ‘Mark Steyn’

Judith Curry, Free Speech Champion

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Source:  No Frakking Consensus

Dr. Judith Curry

Dr. Judith Curry

The past week has been insane. Among the things on my plate:

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  • coordinating with organizers of an April conference in Germany (programme here, registration info here)
  • exploring the possibility of speaking in Edinburgh this Spring
  • accepting an invitation to contribute a chapter to an Australian book
  • scheduling upcoming media appearances
  • reading a book I promised, many weeks ago, to review
  • assembling and testing software, green screen technology, and lighting intended to turn my home office into a mini broadcast studio (2014 is the year I try to learn to love video)
  • agreeing to write a research paper about the SLAPP phenomenon (strategic lawsuits against public participation)

The latter is closely connected to the issue of free speech. This morning, climatologist Judith Curry published an informative overview of various lawsuits involving another climatologist, Michael Mann. (more…)

Steyn’s counterblast at Michael Mann

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

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Michael Mann

Michael Mann

Well it has all kicked off overnight, hasn’t it? Mark Steyn has decided that attack is the best form of defence and has decided to countersue Michael Mann for $10 million.

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130. Plaintiff [Mann] has engaged in a pattern of abusive litigation designed to chill freedom of speech and to stifle legitimate criticism of Plaintiff’s work. He is currently suing Dr Tim Ball in British Columbia over a hoary bit of word play (“should be in the state pen, not Penn State”) applied to innumerable Pennsylvanians over the years. Having initiated the suit, Dr Mann then stalled the discovery process, so that the BC suit is now entering its third year – Mann’s object being to use the process as a punishment, rather than any eventual trial and conviction. See Mann vs Ball et al, British Columbia VLC-S-S-111913 (2011) (exhibit attached). (more…)

Michael Mann — the ghost of climate past

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Following is a series of articles updating the Mann Hockey Stick fiasco, with sources provided per each post.

Michael Mann

Source: PJ Media

People who have been following the climate debate closely know that one of the most controversial and key elements of the controversy is the so-called “hockey stick” — a graph of supposed global temperature over the past centuries that ostensibly shows a dramatic increase in average temperature in the last century or so (the upward swoop of the graph at that point is the business end of the stick, with regard to the puck). It vaulted its inventor, Michael Mann of Penn State University, to climate stardom, with associated acclaim and government grants, when he first presented it in the late ’90s. It was the visual basis of much of the hysteria in recent years, from Al Gore’s Oscar-winning crockumentary to bogus reports from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Unfortunately for those promoting the theory (and the potentially economically catastrophic policy recommendations supposedly supported by it), recent events indicate that the last basis of scientific support for the hockey stick may be crumbling. But to understand this, a little background is necessary. (more…)