Someone claiming to be Steve Mosher, in comments:
Sorry Dehog, but I’m on the record from my first appearance on the web in 2007 at RC that the GCMs are the best tools we have for understanding future climate. I’m on the record at CA showing people how to download ModelE results and generally praising its fidelity. I’m on the record noting some of the improvements gavin has made in the documentation. I’m on the record extolling the virtues of MITs model and their approach of including software developers. Im on the record arguing that the IPCC should use the best of breed models. On the record saying that the models and the data as it stands gives us enough cause for action. NOW.
None of those positions on the SCIENCE and on the Need for ACTION, is inconsistent with my views on open data and open source and on best practices. Global warming is true. we should act now. AND hiding data and code is a short sighted tactic. Hiding the decline and other silly chartsmanship games are bad tactics. And I want my tean to STOP employing bad tactics. We’ve got the science on our side, there is no need for us to compromise our dedication to transparency or our dedication to the highest quality science.
Had trouble finding it. I was grepping for “team” which Mosher egregiously misspelled. Another reason not to trust the dude.
No seriously, he not only wants to be on “our” “tean”, he claims to ALREADY BE.
This is kind of a bombshell. And some of my readers are quite annoyed at me for admitting that 1) I enjoy reading Mosher and 2) I think he has some sort of a peculiar ethic.
So, let me make a few points, before taking this appeal for gemutlichkeit seriously.
First, in a recent hullabaloo notable for its vapidity that spread to several blogs which I inadvertently started by being a bit harder on Keith Kloor than circumstances warranted, Mosher led the whole insane cascade of unfounded accusations to a pinnacle of baseless paranoia, claiming that because I did not reveal (as if you couldn’t guess) which well known strident climate blogger snarked about Keith on an climate communicator’s email list:
It seems clear to me that if a back channel discussed Kloor and then he appears on Source watch shortly thereafter, he has a justifiable belief that the two are connected. Note I dont assert that he has a TRUE belief, but his belief is warranted. To show him that his belief is UNTRUE or not warrarented
the parties to the back channel did the following.
1. the changed the topic to other peoples behavior. This increases his warrant.
2. they derailed the conversation with willardisms. This increases his warrant.
3. They took down the offending piece. This increases his warrant.
4. they selectively published information. This increases his warrant.
In short, every action they take increases his basis for belief.
They have two options: just own it; or prove that Keith’s supposition is wrong.
Any other actions just increase suspicion.
(Note that insofar as I know point 3 is wrong. To point 2, I can’t control Willard. Sometimes I wish I could. To point 1, I didn’t change the subject. I merely issued a verbal shrug, saying that I wish I could see the opposition’s private communications too, a wish that I am hardly alone in uttering, and to point 4, I am not really at liberty to reveal communication addressed to me in private without permission, and didn’t consider the matter serious enough to merit asking permission and walking the fellow-who-doesn’t-like-Keith-who-you-can’t-guess-who-it-is through the whole ridiculous controversy.)
My point, alas, is not to revive the controversy (comments on that matter will be summarily booted) but to raise the question of Mosher’s M.O. If he is a coherent and honest person, he has no respect for privacy, and explicitly holds that anything held in confidence is grounds for suspicion. This is totally out of keeping with existing culture, so much so that I suspect it is inherently inhumane. Of course, when we think about Assange, we have to raise exactly the same questions.
How he captured the loyalty of the basically mild-mannered Tom Fuller for this extremist program escapes me. In my opinion he had reckless disregard for Fuller’s well-being in doing so. Why he picked climate science is easier to understand. It would seem to be more about having a soft and essentially helpless target than about any fundamental concern for the future of the planet along other axes besides glasnost.
Don’t get me wrong. The scientific community pisses me off regularly and substantially. I feel like paraphrasing Einstein and saying, “Do not worry about your problems with the scientific community. I assure you mine are far greater.” I understand you want to air the dirty laundry. You understand that I don’t, but you don’t seem to understand why I don’t.
Let me explain why. It is not because I am a pusillanimous chickenshit, Mosher. It is because the fucking survival of the fucking planet is at fucking stake. And if we narrowly fucking miss pulling this out, it may well end up being your, your own fucking personal individual fucking self-satisfied mischief and disrespect for authority that tips the balance. You have a lot of fucking nerve saying you are on my “side”.
Unless and until you find it within yourself to understand that you have major fucked up, big time, by throwing big juicy meat to the deniers to chew on and spin paranoid fantasies about for years, even decades, I’ll take wild-eyed Frank who is inclined to start to hate me for exchanging a word with you, and gasbag Randy Olsen and the stunningly demoralizing Bill McKibben, and everybody, I’ll take all of them, on my “team” before I will pass the ball to you, because I have no way of knowing which way you will decide to kick it.
I believe you that you are not on Koch’s team. I think you are on Assange’s team, Team Loose Cannon. Perhaps I need to put an eleventh encampment on my battle map. But you sure as hell aren’t on any team of mine, not until the day you take a deep breath and say “damn, I fucked up bad!”
But you do show the world that one individual can make a difference, in the same way the idiot who put all the backup generators at Fukushima below tsunami levels showed us. Thanks bunches to both of you. You’re an inspiration to us all.
Update: Lucia is gleefully giggling about my preposterous use of bad language and even Watts finds it worth a link. Like I said in the comments, sorry, I’m Canadian, so I’m not very good at cursing. Really, though, it’s the fucking thought that counts.