BBC’s Fake Climate Audit Screengrab

On October 18, 2021, BBC (producer Owen Sheers) aired a “conspiracy thriller” entitled The Trick – though a more complete title would have been The Trick… to Hide the Trick to Hide the Decline. In a forthcoming post, I’ll do a longer analysis of the trick in which, to borrow a phrase from Climate Audit past, we will watch the pea as Sheers and colleagues use a trick to hide the “trick to hide the decline”. In today’s post, I’m going to parse a short scene in which BBC created a fake Climate Audit screengrab (shown below) in order to introduce me and Climate Audit. In the scene, a police forensic specialist is “explaining” his discoveries to supervising detective inspector Julian Gregory, telling the inspector that this is where the first link to the emails was posted.

But the screengrab is not from Climate Audit, but a fake imitation. While the comments in the screengrab do relate to comments on a Climate Audit article, they are from a different article, with the “A miracle just happened” comment being spliced from the original thread into this thread from a different article. But the BBC didn’t stop the fabrication there: they replaced contents of several comments from the original thread with fabrications that appear intended to ridicule the commenters. Then finally, they altered the “A miracle just happened” comment itself by adding link in the comment, but to a website that did not exist at the time, while concealing the actual website at which the email zipfile was originally posted (realclimate.org). I’ll show this in detail: it’s quite bizarre.

Here’s a contemporary screengrab of the Climate Audit page on which the “A miracle has occurred” comment was posted. The BBC went to some trouble to emulate the typeface and fonts of Climate Audit, while slightly changing the banner. The post raised relevant and important questions about strip bark trees in chronologies – use of which was an important and well-known trick employed by Mann and others in temperature reconstructions. As we shall also see below, the title of the article ties to the comments that were contiguous to the actual link to the emails – this is possibly why BBC used a fabricated comment page rather than the real comments – a trick, so to speak.

Here is a screengrab of the “A miracle just happened” and contiguous comments. Note first that the “A miracle just happened” comment did not contain a hyperlink in the text of the comment, only underneath the name of the commenter (RC). None of the commenters at the time, including me, paid any attention to the comment or the hyperlink which went to www.realclimate[.]org/FOIA.zip. The first public mention of this hyperlink was by Gavin Schmidt of realclimate six days later (see screengrab here).

Now look at the corresponding entry in the fake BBC screengrab (in which names have been redacted, adding to the impression that this was an authentic screengrab): “A miracle has happened http://eastangliaemails.com” posted “Dec 22, 2009 at 3:23 PM”. By inserting a false link in the comment, the BBC forgery did two things: it diverted attention away from realclimate.org; and it also made the hyperlink at Climate Audit appear to be a main event in the dissemination of the emails (rather than an interesting curiosity not known about until nearly a week later.)

But, in a way, the other fabrication in this comment page are even more interesting.

In June 2008, Climate Audit contributor Roman Mureika, a retired professor of statistics, published an article at Climate Audit, that snickered at the latest global warming scare, that was then being promulgated in risible articles by CBS News, Associated Press and others, based on a crank article by a Thomas Chalko, that warned that global warming was increasing the “destructive ability of earthquakes”:

the research proves that destructive ability of earthquakes on Earth increases alarmingly fast and that this trend is set to continue, unless the problem of “global warming” is comprehensively and urgently addressed…global seismic activity was increasing faster than any other global warming indicator on Earth and that this increase is extremely alarming

Mureika observed that “A simple perusal of the USGS website would easily expose this paper as a complete pile of rubbish.” (CBS retracted its article soon after Mureika’s post.)

How does this connect to the forged BBC screengrab? The comments contiguous to the “A miracle has happened” comment were based on comments to Mureika’s article, as shown below (h/t @TVOAT). (But with curious additional forgeries.) Discussion follows below screengrab of actual comments.

Commenter Bill Drissel linked to a website showing actual data on energy released from earthquakes – data that indicated that, quite separately from any plausible connection between global warming and earthquakes, the annual energy released by earthquakes in recent years was lower than in the two decades at start of 20th centtury. The second comment above, beginning “Ok Bill #4” provided a sort of template for the BBC Trick comment also beginning with “Ok Bill #4”. But whereas the original comment had discussed that “Sun and Moon both create gravitational pulls on the earth and the sun’s magnetic field extends past the outer planets during maximum”, here is a transcription of the corresponding comment in the BBC forgery: trite conspiracy theory that “concept of global warming was developed by powerful nations to halt the progress of developing nations” – a forgery that is the sort of thing that zealots attribute as a commonplace “climate skeptic” viewpoint. But why do a forgery at all?

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The next BBC forgery is similar. Whereas commenter Jonathan Schafer had originally observed that the absurd story popularized by CBS News was now “on the Drudge Report”, wondering how loing it would be before “elected officials start quoting this paper”, to which Climate Audit contributor Ryan Maue (ryanm) added an inline comment that “Matt [Drudge] spiked the story to the trashcan”. The BBC kept Ryan’s inline comment, but altered the original comment to a forgery saying “snow in winter? The world is upside down” – a forgery that would have the effect of ridiculing Climate Audit commenters.

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The subsequent comments in the Climate Audit thread also snickered at the absurd CBS News article. The BBC deleted my comment “Another Jor-El wannabe” and, in its stead, inserted the “A miracle has happened” comment from 18 months later.

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The term “Jor-El wannabe” was an allusion to a Climate Audit article the previous year entitled Hansen and the Destruction of Creation, commenting on a jeremiad by climate scientist James Hansen, who had been embarrassed by my discovery that NASA GISS had made a stupid programming error in their recent data in which 1934 had been demoted as the warmest year in US instrumental records and that, when the error was corrected, it was once again the warmest year. Rather than conceding the error and acknowledging the criticism, Hansen went into a tirade about the “destruction of Creation” – a tirade so bizarre that I satirically proposed that Hansen had a “Jor El complex” (referring to destruction of Krypton in Superman comics):

In a contemporary hagiography, Hansen purported to justify NASA GISS’s failure to acknowledge my contribution to the correction of their error on grounds that “I’m not going to use McIntyre’s name”: see contemporary post here.

Conclusion

There are many other tricks and deceptions by BCC and Sheers in The Trick. Indeed, the entire premise of the narrative turns out to be a “trick”, as I will discuss in a forthcoming post. A program that, as Jon Stewart might say, the purpose of which was to trick you … into not knowing about the trick to hide the decline.


54 Comments

  1. milodonharlani
    Posted Oct 25, 2021 at 9:26 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Sue the Beeb!

  2. Ross McKitrick
    Posted Oct 25, 2021 at 10:12 PM | Permalink | Reply

    It’s quite the trick for The Trick to turn Jones and the CRU into innocent heroes. One tack is to make it sound like the attacks on the CRU all came from shadowy climate ‘deniers’ who bamboozled everyone. They forget that one of the harshest commentators right out of the gate was George Monbiot of the Guardian.
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/23/monbiot-issues-an-unprecedented-apology/
    The emails spoke for themselves and the immediate, visceral reaction was the correct one.

    • Jeff Alberts
      Posted Oct 27, 2021 at 6:48 PM | Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately, Monbiot just went back to his old ways, following the crowd.

    • Posted Nov 12, 2021 at 4:24 PM | Permalink | Reply

      Hmm Ross, Monbiot is likely a ‘second hander’ – motivated by acceptance not principles. Like a character in the best-selling novel The Fountainhead.

  3. Posted Oct 25, 2021 at 10:19 PM | Permalink | Reply

    The BBC is really scraping the bottom of its barrel with this sort of trickery. The BBC used to be a source of information. Now it is a source of misinformation and disinformation.

  4. Sandy McClintock
    Posted Oct 25, 2021 at 10:33 PM | Permalink | Reply

    I regard what the BBC has done is disgusting and reprehensible. What about a retraction and apology for a deliberate forgery (surely a criminal offence)

    • antonk2
      Posted Oct 25, 2021 at 10:55 PM | Permalink | Reply

      Was the КГБ’s(KGB) Правда(Pravda) less distant from the truth than Mi5’s BBC?
      They vanished people from older photos and selectively published but did they create false narratives? Good we still have some free corners on the Internet left over to expose mayor official lies.
      I am afraid that too much of the UK judiciary is hand in glove with the executive: just see the case of Craig Murray, their latest free speech criminal in jail: https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/

      • Joseph B Silver
        Posted Nov 8, 2021 at 4:35 PM | Permalink | Reply

        Or the way they continuously railroad Stephen Lennon AKA Tommy Robinson.

  5. Posted Oct 25, 2021 at 11:34 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Grrrr …

    Jones lied, cheated, and destroyed evidence to try to avoid answering Steve’s requests, my FOIA, and those of others. Now he’s being made out to be some noble hero, and Steve, myself, and other “shadowy figures” are being lied about …

    However, it’s climate “science”, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surpried by the lies.

    But I am. Foolish me.

    For those who haven’t read it, my story of the Climategate saga is here:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/24/the-people-vs-the-cru-freedom-of-information-my-okole%E2%80%A6/

    Read’m and weep …

    w.

    • Jeff Alberts
      Posted Oct 27, 2021 at 6:45 PM | Permalink | Reply

      Hey Willis. Excellent write up way back when. Unfortunately, any links to CA in the comments from you are dead, as are many here on CA itself. It’s difficult to go back and find all those old gems.

      • Posted Oct 27, 2021 at 6:59 PM | Permalink | Reply

        It’s called Link Rot. Some of us are thinking of ways to remedy it for important climate posts like this one. The Guardian is perhaps unique in creating its own link rot, in the case of just one article from July 2010, which happened to be about Steve debating on Climategate in London, chaired by George Monbiot. I discovered that ‘accidental loss’ to my astonishment in August – and found the Wayback Machine original.

        • Jeff Alberts
          Posted Oct 28, 2021 at 1:47 AM | Permalink

          I know a lot of it occurred a decade or so ago when there was a site move, or something, and a lot just never got re-built. Happens to the best of us, especially the longer the site is around.

  6. Adam Gallon
    Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 1:36 AM | Permalink | Reply

    This is the first article I’ve seen on this program, not a mention of it elsewhere.
    I didn’t bother watching it, I’d assumed (And correctly) it was just part of the ongoing propaganda to support COP26, which is plastered across British TV on all channels.

    • Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 3:19 AM | Permalink | Reply

      Adam, it’s been well discussed at cliscep.com. Look for pinned articles.

      • Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 5:17 AM | Permalink | Reply

        Not least someone calling himself steven#bitcoinmosher did a series of comments two days ago correcting the hopeful handwaving of ‘…and Then There’s Physics’. Which was much appreciated.

        As Ross says above “The emails spoke for themselves and the immediate, visceral reaction was the correct one.”

      • Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 12:09 PM | Permalink | Reply

        Cliscep’s consideration of the programme began with Geoff Chambers’ cleverly-worded In an Odd Way This is Cheering News. on 27th September. As Jit says, two of the latest posts are pinned. Geoff has also done an as-yet incomplete screenplay, which you’ll also find near the top.

      • Adam Gallon
        Posted Oct 28, 2021 at 6:54 AM | Permalink | Reply

        Thanks
        I’ve added that to my list of websites.

  7. neilhamp
    Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 4:24 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Watched the trick all the way through. I doubt if many people could follow the detail. They did however try to cover the detail associated with “hiding the decline”.

    If you don’t want to watch it all the way through the critical discussion occurs at about 40 minutes.Phil Jones and his PR advisers are trying to decide how he can best present the famous “Hide the decline” email to the general public.

    Unless I am misunderstanding what he (the writer) is saying, Phil seems to admit to “hiding the decline”.
    If anyone else watched I would be interested to know their opinion.

    • Stephen McIntyre
      Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 9:11 AM | Permalink | Reply

      I’m going to do a detailed post on the Hide the Decline exchange in The Trick.

  8. Alan Kendall
    Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 6:03 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Dinna Fash yu’Self Stephen. I watched the programme avidly, looking intently for a representation of my self. But ‘‘twas not to be, another opportunity for fame passed by. I saw a screen filled with Climate Audit and thought no more about it. I didn’t notice it to have been a forgery.
    Reading your article opens up a can of worms for which I’m sure the set designers (and others) had a great time implicating Climate Audit and whitewashing over the role of RealClimate. So much effort and for what (other than their own enjoyment). Very few people would have noticed. It’s interesting but hardly important. I suppose it demonstrates the lengths the BBC will go to forge a new trick.

    For the record, I have always believed that “the Trick” was a poor use of words: Jones should have used “device” to convey his meaning.

    • John Ridgway
      Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 8:47 AM | Permalink | Reply

      Alan,

      It is true that very few people will have noticed the apparent forgery but I think you underestimate its importance. Once the production team made the decision to portray the cyber expert in the act of presenting the documentary evidence to the police, they had created a situation in which the evidence (to the extent that it was visible) could not be seen to contradict the script. To achieve this, they would have to forge the document (such being the wonders of freeze-frame). I do not think the impression that the BBC entered into a forgery to cover up a lie, whilst purporting to be presenting a well-documented truth, is a trivial issue. I do agree, however, that nothing is likely to come of it.

      • Posted Nov 2, 2021 at 8:35 AM | Permalink | Reply

        One possible reason why the CA page was doctored: Maybe (probably?) it was part of the script given to actors, and possibly to TV critics who had to write about “The Trick” before it was broadcast (I read quite a long article about it in “Radio Times”, a TV listings and preview magazine in the UK).

        The doctoring would have helped to convey the desired impression of those deplorable sceptics.

    • Stephen McIntyre
      Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 9:17 AM | Permalink | Reply

      I presented the incident as a curiosity mostly to raise the question: what sort of people would bother with this sort of forgery for a screenshot that lasts only a few seconds?

      • Follow the Money
        Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 2:07 PM | Permalink | Reply

        People intent to distract themselves from coming to terms about how gullible they were. In a small way the artist likely feels a victory. It’s small, but still a forgery.

        BTW have you listened to the BBC audio “The Hack that Changed the World”?

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00114bb

        Both episodes begin with the dull words “The phone rang and it was someone ringing me from New Zealand asking about my emails. I had no idea what they were talking about.” No secret comms with Russia, but a phone call from New Zealand. The DNC hack stories are much better.

      • curious
        Posted Oct 29, 2021 at 7:22 AM | Permalink | Reply

        @ Steve – exactly. Who on the production team put that screen together and what/who were their sources?

      • charlypb
        Posted Oct 30, 2021 at 9:25 AM | Permalink | Reply

        I’m a Brit who has watched the decline of the BBC for decades. Their jobs depend on keeping the plates spinning, and any hard work involved will be “commissioned” from outside producers. I do hope someone tries to use “The Trick” in schools.

        Money no object – one way or another, the govt. will provide.
        Not as blatant as in Canada, but the govts annual budget (for all media) is ~£350 M. The BBC was on ~£3.5 billion, plus what BBC World brings in, but many people are refusing to pay.

        One happy aspect is a back catalogue that would be very valuable if it was not so politically incorrect. Modern audiences would be flummoxed by comedy programmes that are actually funny.

        COP coverage starts with Greta Thunberg on Sunday morning. Propaganda turned up to 11 for the rest of the war.

        • Posted Oct 31, 2021 at 12:45 AM | Permalink

          it’s not about
          what they say it’s about,
          and never has been.’

          Neil Oliver’s brilliant summary of COP26

          … Whilst the rest of the media, shamefully give us a fantasyland view of reality
          Oliver points out the clear hypocrisy of the world leaders at COP26
          His video tweet .. https://www.twitter.com/GBNEWS/status/1454513626006573060

    • patfrank01
      Posted Oct 31, 2021 at 9:29 AM | Permalink | Reply

      “Trick” was the exact and correct term to use, Alan.

      Phil Jones meant to convey that he used the same false method that Michael Mann had used – namely to graft the the global air temperature record onto the post-1960 terminus of Keith Briffa’s tree ring series.

      Done to truncate off the inconvenient decline present in Briffa’s series.

      Tricked out data, in other words, so as to mislead people.

      Here is a mirrored CA post by Jean S explaining the whole bit of trickery.

  9. Donald Whiteley
    Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 12:05 PM | Permalink | Reply

    This is the latest installment in the Team’s obfuscation of the facts: Refuse to share climate data; deny FOIAs; lash out at CA auditors who are just trying to figure out how present climate relates to the past; send the memo out to the MSM to squelch the Climategate news and now this.

  10. nvw
    Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 2:05 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Steve,
    A good thing you are collating your twitter threads on the Trick here. I read your twitter feed but its an imperfect format for this sort of thing.
    I tried watching the Trick but couldn’t get beyond the first 10 minutes (wishing in the opening credits they had used quick setting cement rather than sand on the hapless Phil Jones).
    At first I wasn’t sure this topic compared to the many others was worth fisking but you raise a good point here – why has the BBC gone to the efforts to construct a fake comment thread, when they could have used the real comments.
    Good stuff, more please…

    • paul courtney
      Posted Oct 28, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Permalink | Reply

      Mr. w: I think it’s obvious- the beeb wanted video for the story, but pulling up the actual site is dangerous, the videographer might start to read- and THINK! Can’t have that, and using “props” is common in the entertainment business/ news division.

  11. dfhunter
    Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 5:12 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Steve
    thanks for the post & look forward to forthcoming posts on this dire “conspiracy thriller”.

    I was a reader & added a few comments on the Climate Audit page you link to re – RC.

    Reading the comments back I have noticed –

    RC Posted Nov 17, 2009 at 5:24 AM – A miracle just happened

    but bender made a earlier comment –

    bender Posted Nov 16, 2009 at 9:38 PM “Then a miracles happens”
    If that’s supposed to be a joke, it isn’t funny.”

    seem to remember bender explaining all this with his “bump” comment ?

    US time zones make it difficult to tell which came first !!!

  12. Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 6:03 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Appalling.

    • Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 9:32 PM | Permalink | Reply

      one of several adjectives i have contemplated.

      And how is this even legal? Much less ethically, much less morally, acceptable.

  13. bernie1815
    Posted Oct 26, 2021 at 7:55 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Steve has illustrated how 2 + 2 gets to be equal to 5. It is hard to believe that all this happened 12 years ago. I distinctly remember flipping between different sites trying to keep up with the latest revelations – as it became more and more clear that the emails were genuine and unbelievable.

    As for the BBC, George Orwell worked at the BBC and clearly new how the news gets transformed in both democracies and totalitarian states.

  14. Posted Oct 27, 2021 at 6:48 AM | Permalink | Reply

    The BBC has form on rigging graphics

    Its journo Martin Bashir got a graphic designer to rig bank statements to make it look like Diana’s staff were being paid to betray her
    That persuaded her to stop trusting her staff and trust Bashir instead.

    • Roger Hird
      Posted Nov 1, 2021 at 11:44 AM | Permalink | Reply

      The BBC is currently under attack from many quarters for its bias.

      Bashir’s use of forged documents to persuade the Princess to give him an interview had been known about within the BBC for years but only this year released to the public – and the BBC has now been forced to apologise and make substantial financial payments to those affected.

      It seems to me, from Steve’s posting above, that he, too, has good grounds for suing the BBC and appealing for damages.

      Worth talking to a good lawyer!

      Roger H
      London

  15. Geoff Sherrington
    Posted Oct 28, 2021 at 1:57 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Steve,
    Yes, we were there when Climategate happened and we remember the real stories.
    Contemporary society has been infiltrated by people at a level high enough to require outstanding moral and ethical standards at a personal level. Time and again, one can read about people who fail to express the humility of saying “I was wrong” while preferring outlandish cover-up fictions.
    What can be done? In the longer term, be prudent and prepare for armed dissent like a civil war. (Sounds far-fetched, but what are the viable alternatives?) Geoff S

  16. Phillip Young
    Posted Oct 28, 2021 at 9:25 AM | Permalink | Reply

    It’s just the green machine at work – I’m surprised that anyone is surprised. BBC dropped impartiality on catastrophic anthropogenic climate change years ago following a hushed up meeting that to this day they still refuse to divulge who attended. See https://www.theregister.com/2012/10/29/boaden_tribunal_information_refusal/

    But I digress. I would actually take the fact that the producers felt the need to go to such lengths for such a short segment as indicating that what they originally read was too close to the bone / harmed the narrative. Most tv programmes or films don’t use real websites because of licensing / permission issues.

    Maybe you should ask Vox Productions for a license fee or attribution on the use of your site Steve? Supplement that big oil income 😉

  17. MrPete
    Posted Oct 28, 2021 at 3:09 PM | Permalink | Reply

    While we are here, a hint for those going through old posts: I just learned how to “fix” any old GigaPan link. (We had quite a few links relating to the Almagre Adventure.)

    From To
    http://www.gigapan.org https://www.gigapan.com
    http://www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=1482 https://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/1482
    http://www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=1482&snapshot_id=3541 https://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/1482/snapshots/3541

    p

  18. David Brewer
    Posted Oct 29, 2021 at 5:42 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Presumably the BBC will hide behind the line that The Trick is billed as a “drama” rather than a documentary. In a Grauniad article (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/10/this-is-a-story-that-needs-to-be-told-bbc-film-tackles-climategate-scandal) the Director says:

    “This is a film for everyone to enjoy, so it does condense some complexities. But it enables anyone to see this man has suffered a great injustice. It is important it’s being shown before the Glasgow climate summit.”

    On the substance, the Grauniad alleges:

    “As to the title of the film, this is a reference to an email that Jones sent to a colleague in which he used the word “trick” to describe a mathematical method of going back to other data to properly describe the historic heat rise. Seized out of context, the word was alleged to prove that Jones and other researchers were fiddling data.

    It is a complex argument but Jones was satisfied with the results. “The film is not heavy on the science, and I think that is fine. This is a drama and you cannot go into the minutiae or you will get bogged down.””

    …words fail me…

  19. curious
    Posted Oct 29, 2021 at 7:18 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Owen Sheers (a welsh poet and author) was the writer, not the producer. From his website:

    ****
    The new BBC One drama starring Jason Watkins tells the story of the ‘Climategate’ affair.

    The film follows Professor Philip Jones (played by Jason Watkins), the Director of Climate Research at the University of East Anglia, who was one of the targets in a co-ordinated hack that saw thousands of emails stolen and used by climate change deniers.

    “With time running out against an unseen enemy, The Trick looks at the potentially devastating consequences to humanity from climate change denial – how a media storm undermined public confidence in the science and how the concept of ‘truth’ took a back seat causing us to lose a decade of action,”

    Written by Owen Sheers the drama airs on BBC on 18th October.
    ****

    The producer was Adrian Bate.

    Prodcuction company was Vox Pictures.

    Exec Producer for the BBC was Ben Irving.

    Details and interviews here:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/the-trick

    I wonder who researched and constructed the “screen shot scene”?

    • DaveS
      Posted Oct 29, 2021 at 11:36 AM | Permalink | Reply

      “…how the concept of ‘truth’ took a back seat …”

      Well, I guess in a manner of speaking they’ve got that bit right, although not in their intended sense.

      As per David Brewer Oct 29, 2021 at 5:42 AM, it’s an important point whether this programme was billed as ‘based on true events’ or as being a reconstruction of true events. The former means they can play with reality as much as they like, Holywood style, although I guess they’d still need to be careful about how real people are presented.

  20. Posted Oct 29, 2021 at 8:24 AM | Permalink | Reply

    The BBC has a new daily radio serial about Climategate next week
    Yet again they call it a proven “hack”
    Have they been tricky ?
    Yes, although episode #1 is dated 1st of November, they have already put the audio online up and ep2
    and also given their favourite activist orgs a headups. You can see from who has already tweeted promotion

    • Posted Nov 3, 2021 at 4:26 AM | Permalink | Reply

      I’m not a great big political savant, but insistent dropping of “hack” looks suspiciously like a cobblestone on the path to push Internet censorship. As in, more thoroughly than lassoing a few big platforms like Facehug and Twittier and sabotaging a few competitors who don’t yield. Which would be unsurprising after pratfalls with OrangeManBad and recent magical miocarditis thing, come to think of it.

  21. Bengt Abelsson
    Posted Oct 29, 2021 at 11:29 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Only the future is certain.
    The past can always be changed.

    (Stalin?)

  22. navy bob
    Posted Oct 30, 2021 at 9:31 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Steve – I don’t know how to tweet, so I’m sticking this here instead of your Twitter updates, but I noticed one of the commenters (tweeters?) on the Justin Trudeau maskless partying pix was Lima Abedin. That sounds a lot like the name of the grad student who did follow-on bristlecone tree ring studies and was “disappeared,” at least academically. Could it be the same person? Feel free to delete if I don’t know what I’m talking about.

  23. ashemann
    Posted Oct 31, 2021 at 11:18 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Sue them or at least threaten to, and get a response from them at least.

  24. Posted Nov 3, 2021 at 3:58 AM | Permalink | Reply

    So, yet another false flag clumsily glued on yet another thimble rig…
    Everywhere, all the time. disneystarwarsisdumb.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/i-have-not-formed-any-partnerships-or-affiliations-with-anyone/
    It’s almost like the old vultures can’t learn any new tricks. Or even learn that it gets inevitably spread as a side-by-side picture in but a few days. Or they just don’t care.

  25. John A
    Posted Nov 6, 2021 at 3:02 PM | Permalink | Reply

    I discovered “The Trick” on the BBC website only recently and thought “Who cares about this stuff?” but the BBC’s license fee money doesn’t spend itself…although I do find the idea of Steve McIntyre being some sinister shadowy figure orchestrating all of this to be hilarious.

    What gets me more is that someone went to all of the trouble of commissioning this execrable nonsense simply to rewrite history. It’s not just Mann, Hansen, Schmidt et al who feel the constant need to revise history to feed their narcissistic supply for fame and glory.

  26. Posted Nov 6, 2021 at 4:32 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Well “The Trick” link to BBC didn’t work for me. It seems you need to be in the UK. But I did get the 5 part audio from here https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0b1r7tn

    From Gordon Corera at the start of each of the five episodes, “… climate skeptics picked out certain phrases to suggest that scientists were exaggerating the extent of global warming.”

    Well, that’s not quite how it rolled out for me. Security correspondent investigator / journalist eh? Well he didn’t look too deep. Here’s my experience.

    Steve McIntyre tried to get them to share data and they resisted. I read about it on Climate Audit from 2006 – 2009, and some of Steve’s claims were frankly rather extreme about the scientists lack of professional scientific cooperation. Hard to believe that a group of scientists would be unscientific enough to not only, not share their data on how they got to their published results, but actively pursue the squelching of any competing data or publishing.

    Yet, the ‘victims’, as they proclaimed they were in the BBC story, were completely exposed by their emails. The emails substantiated pretty much everything Steve had put out there. Steve’s prior posts had timelines and references to his requests and the poor responses from the climate scientist’s resistance. His posts were damning enough and stood on their own with all the references he provided. But it was just amazing to me as the climategate emails came out to read the ‘victims’ internal discussions of Steve’s requests and their own acknowledgement in their words, to the viability of the problems he pointed out and their inability to defend them. Steve’s Climate Audit posts pointed out the inadequate and unprofessional handling of his requests. The ‘victims’ emails demonstrated their bad intentions.

    If the BBC security journalist didn’t find that he didn’t read enough, or he just didn’t want to read enough.

    • Posted Nov 8, 2021 at 10:45 AM | Permalink | Reply

      That is not audio from the TV drama called The Trick

      That is a second BBC prog
      a 5 part radio documentary

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