Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Dec 2016 21:53 UTC
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Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in hopes of safeguarding it from any political interference.

There's a war going on. A war waged by religious extremists (of at least two major world religions), the extreme right, and fossil fuel-funded politicians, against the very foundations of our secular, post-Enlightenment, post-scientific revolution society. You think I'm exaggerating? I wish. Extreme right websites are asking their readers to pick up arms against scientists. That's where we are.

Religious extremists, the extreme right, and fossil fuel-funded politicians know all too well that science, secularism, and a clear, non-negotiable separation between church and state are grave threats to their continued existence. We - as a species - have come a long way these past few hundred years, but it feels like today, with the all-out attack on science by these deplorable parts of our society, we are regressing backwards into the dark ages.

Science is the only foundation of progress. Any who seek to erode this foundation are the enemy of the Enlightenment - mankind's greatest invention. Pick your side carefully.

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RE[2]: Really ???????
by cade on Fri 16th Dec 2016 03:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Really ???????"
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Did you peruse the climate-gate emails ?

Back then I did, for the minimal reason that I hold bachelor/PhD degrees in an applied science discipline (as well as having ~25 years of software engineering experience) and was interested in the quality of the climate research (science and computer modelling) inferred by the emails.

To my surprise, and what I remember, the emails made evident:
- the non-reporting of "null" results; i.e. instances
in which the AGW theory was not relevant in explaining climate-related results
- source code "hacks" to make source code execute according to a predefined agenda; e.g. avoiding or brushing over certain mysteries/inadequacies implied by the "data", hard coding a predetermined result, manufacturing data to output a predetermined result, applying "VERY ARTIFICIAL" corrections to the data,
bypassing data integrity issues using source code hacks designed to instill a "fake confidence" in the compromised data present in the database
- selective use of data.

At least in the computer modelling arena, I expected higher quality source code implementations. Even if the "raw data" had issues, this should have been addressed over the decades even if it meant slowing down a little and standardising aspects of data measuring/retrieval. But no, full steam ahead ... we have opposition to our "ideas" and need to quickly convince people of the "threat"; like back then when some of these people were peddling the "ice age" theory a few decades ago. Because, like many, they were not patient and got sloppy leading to production of "compromised work".

Of course the "system" ("journalists", compromised academics/etc. who prioritize too much on grant funding, etc.) would preach a story in which the quality of the work was fine, no need to nit-pick, etc. and believing there was no "fraud" (at least, to me, the fraud related in getting too close to a theory, liking the theory too much, and later losing one's objectivity such that multiple theories are never really investigated).

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