I was glancing at Skepticalscience a few days back , and the usual stuff was still there – the sentimentality, the droning, the navel-gazing, and of course, the bald-faced propaganda. I thought this bit in particular was striking:
However, the Climategate emails had very little to do with the IPCC reports.
There was just one commenter who questioned this claim. He received no response. That is how it is now – they say whatever they want, whenever they want to, and in any way or form they choose to. No feedback mechanism seemingly operates.
Among consensus websites, Realclimate is too weird (and growing irrelevant), Joe Romm is too goofy (and a failure to boot), DotEarth is dreamy and … there are hardly any other central venues of aggregation worthy of mention. Inadvertently, Skepticalscience has become the proxy voice of the climate consensus on the intertubes. Their brand of robotic straight-faced simplistic ‘myth’ narratives and officialese has to hold the fort for the global warming narrative.
Unfortunately though, this will kill any human interest in climate change, and climate science. Surely it speaks volumes about the climate movement that these guys are left holding the torch, so to speak
Now apparently, Skepticalscience has a special feature – a secret forum. News comes via Tom Nelson and Australian Climate Madness of a leak exposing contents of the forum. Apparently a cabal of secretive website members hang out, coordinating, planning, complaining and strategizing in the forums which is the beating heart of operations. What a bunch of whackjobs, one would think—as though the censorsing and shutting down of debate were not enough they have to go huddle in the back and bitch about you as well.
It is dispiriting to think all that secret activity goes only to produce the kind of stuff they do.
Update 1: John Cook has posted that a ”breach of privacy” in the form of an “”external hack rather than from within Skeptical Science itself” has affected his website.
Update 2: A SkepticalScience author/insider makes the statement: [...] “There’s a variety of information which is being collected. We are to the point where we have a short list of suspects based on the evidence that is collected.” [...]