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Anyone following this? I kinda am, kinda not. Is it even being covered by corporate media? I noticed this article was on msn.com this morning.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34392959/ns/us_news-environment/?GT1=43001

I'm not entirely sure where I stand on the man-caused global climate change thing. And according to my calculations, there hasn't been much cultie convo about it. Any scientists here, or just die hard Algoreists? What do people think of this? What's going on and who should we all blame?

My observations as a layman:

I find it strange that this article is headlined, "Climate E-Mails Petty, Not Fraudulent". If this is the first time the story has been run on msn.com (and a quick google search suggests that it is) then why would they use such a headline? It indicates that the perception is that the e-mails discovered fraud, and it turns out that the fraud never happened. This assumes the reader is familiar with the story, despite it never having been previously featured by that news source. Does this raise questions in anyone else?

So here's the facts as I understand them, feel free to expand upon this and/or correct it.

1. Some dude hacked e-mails of scientists researching global climate change, specifically warming caused by increased human CO2 emissions.

2. The hacked e-mails were sent to media sources who didn't really run with them the way the hacker likely expected. Instead, bloggers and mostly other internet resources were the first to run the story. Now that the e-mails are confirmed authetic, major media is addressing the issue but starting their story with 'these e-mails do not show fraud! Only assholism and blackballing and such!'

So yeah, starting with the fraud thing creates a sort of a red herring from my perspective, but I guess one could say so many conspiracy theorists spread the fraud association with these emails that its cool to dismiss fraud before people mention it.

Here's the beloved wiki page on Climategate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climategate