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Saturday, August 27, 2011

And Now For Something Completely Different: from Denial Depot -- "Black Knight to be Micheal Mann's next test"

Black Knight to be Micheal Mann's next test

Climatologist Dr Micheal Mann remains undefeated despite a number of tests of his scientific integrity. The most recent of which, an investigation conducted by the National Science Foundation, concluded this week that "his work “clearly places Dr. Mann among the most respected scientists in his field…. Dr. Mann’s work, from the beginning of his career, has been recognized as outstanding.“

However climate deniers are not happy. They remain adamant that the real test of Dr Micheal Mann's scientific integrity still remains. "What we do is point to the next investigation," explained the blog scientist Inferno of DenialDepot. "All those previous investigations are all very well at the time we hype them up, but until we get the result we want the real test is always going to be the next one that hasn't happened yet." 

The next hurdle climate deniers have lined up for Micheal Mann is an investigation of his private email correspondence by American Tradition Institute lawyers. If he should survive that, then according to Inferno the next test has to be the Black Knight; "The Black Knight has only lost once, so we are quite confident that Micheal Mann doesn't stand a chance," says Inferno. 

But is that confidence misplaced? After all, Dr Micheal Mann has now emerged victorious through a number of daunting challenges, including an investigation by his own university and the Bridge of Death. 

"Whitewashes," explained Inferno. "Don't get me started on the whole Bridge of Death fiasco. Basically it's a bridge that runs across the Gorge of Eternal Peril. The bridge-keeper asks three questions, and if you get one wrong you are thrown in the Gorge. We'd planned it fine, but then the gate-keeper asked Micheal Mann the wrong questions." 

And if Micheal Mann should survive the ATI lawyers and the Black Knight? "Well," explained Inferno, "we'll get to see if he can cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with a herring." [maybe a red one?]
Dirk Hartog got there before I could with this idea:
"Sometimes the tried and true methods of The Inquisition are the best way to get results. Plunge Michael Mann into a pond: if he is heavier than a duck and drowns, then he is innocent; if on the other hand he floats -- as I expect he will -- he is clearly guilty..." 

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