I don't have anything substantial to write today, but I wanted to post a quick update. First off, in terms of health everything is good. Feeling completely recovered from the incident I mentioned in the last post.
Second, a webcam I ordered was supposed to arrive yesterday, but the package is late. Once it arrives, I plan on doing a couple test recordings for the video I want to make about Michael Mann's (in)famous Hockey Stick. Not sure if I"ll include video of myself, but I want to have the option. Also, I'm pretty sure I'll be breaking it up into several smaller videos. Feedback on the script I posted before consistently said it was too much information for one sitting.
Third, and finally, the defamation lawsuit Michael Mann filed against Mark Steyn and several others has had some interesting developments. In some good news, the lawsuit against Steyn's publisher, the National Review, has been dismissed. Steyn is still on the hook for now though, and he had to give a deposition for Mann's lawyers. The transcript of it has been posted online. You can find it here:
It is a doozy. Not in a good way, mind you. It is terrible. Mann's lawyers rae probably giddy over it. Steyn's behavior during the deposition was unprofessional, and his answers to questions often bordered on incoherent. He spent a great deal of time responding to questions by talking about things that had nothing to do with the questions, often in weird and confusing ways. Much of it was empty bloviating, but some of it was truly disturbing. Mark Steyn clearly has no idea what he's talking about.
I have far too much to say on the matter, so for now I'll just post two excerpts. What these show is Steyn not only doesn't understand what he's talking about, he's being played for a fool. Michael Mann has long relied on false narratives to defend himself from critics, and Steyn has bought those false narratives hook, line and sinker. Steyn has managed to be so completely uninformed he's fallen into Mann's trap, and as a result, Mann will win on the facts.
Michael Mann is an idiot and a liar, but Steyn is such a buffoon he has been played like a fiddle. Nothing he says in these excerpts is reasonable or true. Michael Mann's work is fraudulent, but as long as people like Steyn resort to these sort of incompetent arguments, Mann will get away with his fraud.
Q.· ·AND THE REASON THAT YOU BELIEVE IT IS
·6· ·INCORRECT OR NOT FORMATTED PROPERLY IS BECAUSE IT USES
·7· ·INCOMPATIBLE DATA SETS, RIGHT?
·8· · · · · · ·MR. WILSON:· OBJECTION.
·9· · · · · · ·THE WITNESS:· YES, THAT'S WHAT I SAY.· THEY
10· ·ARE INCOMPATIBLE SETS OF DATA.
AND AS I SAID IN THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH,
19· ·IT IS AN ISSUE WHEN YOU'RE USING ONE KIND OF DATA WHEN
20· ·YOU'RE USING PROXY DATA FOR ONE PART OF THE GRAPH AND
21· ·YOU'RE USING OBSERVED TEMPERATURES FOR ANOTHER.
·1· · · · · · ·THEN THE ISSUE BECOMES HOW DO YOU -- HOW DO
·2· ·YOU MERGE THOSE?· THE POINT AT WHICH THEY MEET, HOW DO
·3· ·YOU BLEND THEM, HOW DO YOU SMOOTH THEM?
·4· · · · · · ·IF YOU LOOK AT A LOT OF GRAPHS, IF THEY'RE
·5· ·USING ONE KIND OF GRAPHING, IT'S IN THE CLIMATE ZONE.
·6· ·SAYING THIS APPLIES -- IT CAN APPLY TO ANY AREA OF
·7· ·LIFE IN WHICH YOU REQUIRE A GRAPH.
·8· · · · · · ·THERE OFTEN WOULD BE A LINE THAT STOPS IN
·9· ·1853, AND THEN A DIFFERENT LINE IN ANOTHER COLOR IN
10· ·1837, SO THAT YOU CAN SEE AND YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THAT
11· ·THEY'RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF DATA.
12· · · · · · ·MY MAIN OBJECTION ON THE DATA FRONT,
13· ·OBVIOUSLY, IS THAT THE DATA CHOSEN BY MANN TO
14· ·REPRESENT THE FIRST EIGHT AND A HALF CENTURIES WITH
15· ·THE TEMPERATURE RECORD FOR THE MODERN ERA IN WHICH WE
16· ·HAVE THERMOMETERS.
17· · · · · · ·AND SO AS YOU KNOW, ANY HONEST GRAPH WOULD
18· ·SHOW THAT -- FOR THE MORE MODERN ERA, BASICALLY FOR
19· ·THE SPAN OF HUMAN LIFE IN THE POST SECOND WORLD WAR
20· ·ERA, THE -- THE TREE RINGS DO NOT TRACK THE
21· ·TEMPERATURE RECORD.