So the big to-do today on this Friday before a weekend is that some hacker managed to access the confidential email of the Hadley CRU and posted 'em online. The Hadley CRU, by the way, is the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit- and quotes taken from those emails would seem to indicate that Hadley CRU fudged climate data, among other… uh, indiscretions.
First, I pit the scientists at the CRU for any impropriety. Dammit, people, we rely on your data, don’t fuck it up. This shit’s serious. Those quotes, those emails, will now make it that much harder for good science to be done. Way to go, assholes.
Second, I pit the hacker who grabbed the data. Through your actions, the CRU has been tried and found guilty, all without a day in court, based on out-of-context emails. This is kind of a lukewarm Pitting, though, because if the analysis of the emails is correct, you’ve done us all a favor. But if it’s not… you’ve kinda fucked us all.
Third, I pit the “denier” camp who will now crow about their victory over the “warmers”… without even a thought as to whether a few bad apples can spoil the whole bunch. It’s supposed to be about the science, remember?
Basically, I don’t know who I Pit the most, or how I should feel about it. All I know is that the whole situation leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and I feel sorry for the legitimate researchers who will now be suspect.