Breaking the ice isn’t as easy as it used to be, the walrus of love may be endangered, and will we ever learn the secret of the zombie seal mummies of the Antarctic?
Astute readers will notice that the h-word is back in the post title, because, well because, that’s why.
Part One: Hippie of the Week
It would be churlish to not award HOTW to the exuberant hippies at DeSmogBlog. They are genuinely chuffed to little pieces about documents they claim prove the Heartland Institute funded climate skeptic scientists and bloggers.
A full post on the topic was posted yesterday, in case you missed it. The short version is that warmists are far too happy about sharing the fact they’ve been out-messaged, out-played and out-classed by a small group of scientists and writers who had access to a tiny fraction of the financial resources given to the global warming community.
As soon as the news broke, the usual suspects swarmed on to the revelations as if it had never been possible an organization might support others of like mind. I guess they never heard of George Soros, or ever gave a second thought to where Al Gore found $300 million to advertise global warming. Bless their little hemp socks.
Since yesterday’s post, the Heartland Institute has released an official comment. It seems that a lot of what was published was true, but the document titled Confidential Memo: 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy is a fake:
One document, titled “Confidential Memo: 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy,” is a total fake apparently intended to defame and discredit The Heartland Institute. It was not written by anyone associated with The Heartland Institute. It does not express Heartland’s goals, plans, or tactics. It contains several obvious and gross misstatements of fact.
It looks like someone wasn’t content with getting their hands on the numbers, but felt the need to further gild the lily. Don’t be surprised, these are warmists, exaggerating data and making up stuff is what they do.
Heartland intends to pursue whoever persuaded an insider to send them the documents:
The stolen documents were obtained by an unknown person who fraudulently assumed the identity of a Heartland board member and persuaded a staff member here to “re-send” board materials to a new email address. Identity theft and computer fraud are criminal offenses subject to imprisonment. We intend to find this person and see him or her put in prison for these crimes.
This threat has hippies howling in protest. How, they cry, can Heartland go after the ‘whistleblower’ in this case and not have a problem with Climategate? But that argument is irrelevant. Heartland has no control over the investigation into the leaks from East Anglia’s motley CRU, and it’s not Heartland’s fault if the authorities are too inept to find the leaker, or hacker, whichever it was.
But, consider this. Given the efficiency and effectiveness of Heartland’s donations in the fight against the global warming alarmist movement, there’s little doubt that the person who impersonated a staff member in order to get the ‘secret’ documents will be found, and perhaps prosecuted.
For now, we congratulate the DeSmogBlog crew for their big score and winning Hippie of the Week, and we look forward to the inevitable, delicious fallout when it all blows up in their faces.