Email management boffins, and more or less anybody that has ever fathomed the extremely-complex (or not) world of how to archive messages using MS Outlook or any other email package, are urgently sought at world-famous UEA’s CRU and at the Nature Publishing Group, following a plea for help by a computer-challenged climate modeler and a critical-thinking-challenged scientific journalist:
Climate researcher Tim Osborn is next door, struggling with a familiar problem. “My inbox is full and I need to delete some e-mails.” Then, with a thin smile: “But I’m not allowed to now, am I?“
It’s really heartwarming (without even having to surround one’s internal organs with greenhouse gases!!) to find that people that want to save the world by running complex computational models on supercomputers, are so (un)familiar with using common features of simple apps; and that people assigned by major international scientific publications to keep us informed about a problem that might engulf the planet, are (in)capable of showing much intelligent reasoning and to probe a situation with thoughtful questions and unprecedented insight.
ps On a more serious note, it’s telling that:
- after likely having broken the law on FOI, the CRU researchers are still trying to make up new excuses useful to… break the law in the future too
- Nature has celebrated one year of Climategate with a softy-softy smoochie-smoochie approach, accepting the most faint of excuses by Jones as if they were the final answers to any of the still-open questions about what has happened (just look at how much stuff is popping up in the Comments section of that article). I guess this is just the norm at the moment, with climate journalists indistinguishable from mindless bots, sheepish claques claiming to stand for strong democracy, and actively if unwittingly misleading their readers by providing half of the news.
Same old, same old?