Internet Privacy: Are You Due Compensation From Google?

Google sued for ‘snooping on iPhone users’: Will 5.4mn Brits get compensation?
Google is facing yet another lawsuit arising from its abuse of internet users’ privacy rights. This time the world’s most evil corporation (except for Facebook,) is being sued over allegations that it collected personal data of millions of  iPhone users without offering an opt out or even putting an advice in the small pring of their terms and conditions. Up to 5.4 million people in Britain alone could be entitled to compensation if the class action is successful.

A group led by Richard Lloyd, the executive director of consumer body Which?, claims the internet giant unlawfully collected personal information by bypassing the default settings on the iPhone and tracking online behavior of people using the Safari browser between June 2011 and February 2012.

Google then allegedly used the illicitly gathered data in its DoubleClick advertising business, which enables advertisers to target content according to a user’s browsing habits. Such action is a violation of trust  Lloyd said. He added that the lawsuit is unprecedented and represents “one of the biggest fights of my life.” At this point the lawsuit only applies to data gathered from  iPhones. If the case goes against Google it could change the way we use the internet as ad – funded websites will no longer be viable.

The lawsuit, filed in London’s High Court, alleged Google’s hack, known as the ‘Safari Workaround,’ breached UK data protection laws by taking personal information without permission.

“I believe what Google did was simply against the law. Their actions have affected millions, and we’ll be asking the courts to remedy this major breach of trust,” Lloyd told the Guardian. “In all my years speaking up for consumers, I’ve rarely seen such as massive abuse of trust where so many people have no way to seek redress on their own.”

Lloyd, who has set up the group Google You Owe Us, added: “Google owes all of those affected fairness, trust and money. By joining together, we can show Google that they can’t get away with taking our data without our consent, and that no matter how large and powerful they are, nobody is above the law.”

The idea that internet companies are not above the law will surprise Google executives whose actions show they believe Google can choose which laws it obeys, and send shockwaves through the Silicon Valley tech giants, whose profits have been swelled enormously by their being allowed to play fast and loose with privacy and consumer protection laws.

Roughly 5.4 million people in Britain had an iPhone between June 2011 and February 2012 and could be eligible for compensation, according to the claim. Although the size of any payout would be determined by the court, Lloyd said he expected each claimant would receive several hundred pounds.

Lloyd has secured £15.5 million in backing from Therium, a company that funds litigation and has previously backed group claims such as the consumer action against Volkswagen in the scandal over diesel emissions.

A Google spokesperson said: “This is not new. We have defended similar cases before. We don’t believe it has any merit and we will contest it.”

He may well be wrong about that. While Microsoft have always taken a ‘caveat emptor’ approach to security flaws in its producs, Apple guards its intellectual propoerty far more assiduously, and this breach was only achieved with a deliberate hack.

The case is the first time such a collective action – in which one person represents a group with a shared grievance, akin to a US-style class action – has been brought in Britain against a leading tech company over alleged misuse of data.

Google has already paid millions of dollars to US states and the US Federal Trade Commission over the Safari security bypass, which also suggests the smug spokesperson quoted above is on very dodgy ground.

 

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The unhealthily close relationship beteen Google and the US government has been known for a while, but despite having been caught in their incesteous coupling, the parent and child relationship seems to be getting more intense. The latest revelation from the Hillary Clinton emails shows how Google was involved in the bid to overthrow Assad in Syria

Facebook begins Europe-wide censorship campaign against free speech.
Facebook Inc (FB.O) has commenced the Europe-wide censoring of posts and comments the ruling elite do not like, thus making good the promise given to Hausfrau – Volksfuhrer Merkel by the social media and data theft site’s founder Mark Zuckerberg.

What The controllers have In Store For Your Future
If you thought the book Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell was something else—even possibly off the wall when written—wait until you learn what’s planned for us by the year 2025! George Orwell, in retrospect, seems to have been able to tap into some sort of future-time-machine or a “worm hole” in physics—what’s known as an “Einstein-Rosen bridge,” because much of what he wrote about has come to realization.

Google: Benefactor Of Mankind Or Evil Empire (or buch of idiotic nerds who got lucky?)
They way Google has come to dominate the internet just as the internet has come to dominate our lives can’t all be down to good luck and careful planning can it? As this page develops you will see how sinister forces guided Google to their current position.

How Google Destroyed the Internet
The idea of the internet was that it would be a communications tool that freed information by making all public domain documents, libraries and archives accessible for everyone. Unfortunately the corporate monopoly men of Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Facebook and political control freaks had other ideas. They also understood the technolgy while the hippies and liberals ignored professionals warnings that internet systems would become a perfect toool of censorship.

Google a step closer to developing machines with human-like intelligence
Computers will have developed “common sense” within a decade and we could be counting them among our friends not long afterwards, one of the world’s leading AI scientists has predicted. Professor Geoff Hinton, who was hired by Google two years ago to help develop intelligent operating systems, said that the company is on the brink of developing algorithms with the capacity for logic, natural conversation and even flirtation.

I’ve been trying to warn you for years but would you tech heads and science heads listen?
A facebook friend, Mary Bladley McCaulay writes: Now I know for sure Google earth is following me. Went to the Dentist in Mufreesboro this AM. When I got back to my sons house and got online with my Kindle, first thing I saw was a Dental ad.

Who Runs America? US Federal Trade Commission Takes Orders From Google
Barak Obama runs America surely, you might well be thinking. We would argue that no US President since Eisenhower has truly run the USA. But the latest revelation of how cosy the Obama Administration has become with corporate business, to the extent that government departments are taking instruction from Google will shock even the most cynical Americans

Google Meets White House Officials Every Week, Why?
We have been very suspicious for ten years of the way Google with such apparent ease achieved a dominant position in web search. How did it happen, did Google do something evil, did they invoke the powers of darkness in their meteoric rise. Or were there even darker forces at work, powering Google to a position in which their internet technologies could dominate global information flows? Here’s something cynics should read.

Cashless Society – The Resistance Begins Here
A seaside market town in Norfolk may be less than 100 miles from the world’s financial capital, London, , it may be the commercial centre of West Norfolk’ as the town website boasts, it may be home to 45,000 people — but there, unlike in London, cash is king.

EU taking on Google – Well One German Publisher Is
Those New World Order fanatics at The Guardian, bless them, seldom miss a trick when it comes to promoting the single European Superstate and the globalist agenda. Their latest misrepresentation is to try and make us feel the European Union is somehow protecting our freedoms even as the bureau rats of Brussels are taking them away.

Has Zuckerbugger Been Messing With Your Mind?
It has been revealed that Facebook has been collaborating with the US government and creepier fringes of the academic community in carrying out experiments to manipulate users emotions. “Facebook users have reacted angrily to a “creepy” experiment carried out by the social network and two American universities to manipulate their emotions.”

Pissed Off With Government/Microsoft/Google Online Spying? Be Completely Anonymous Online
Not so long ago our biggest worry online was malware, virus software, trojans and worms plagued the internet cost many people a lot of time and worry. Since about a year ago everything has changed, protecting our digital privacy is the issue and the enemy is no longer spotty little nerds hunched over computers in dimly lit basements, but governments and major technology corporations.

Google Car Driverless Because No Sane Person Would Be Seen Dead In One
A few years ago Google boss Eric Schmidt said the company’s aim was to get as close to creepy as they could without crossing the line. Well they had crossed the line long before he said that. The latest Google wirdness is the much hyped driverless car. It looks as if it was designed by a five year old. On the other hand it might be the ideal car for paedophiles who want to go cruising for jailbait.

Reasons To keep Google Away From your Credit Card Information
I did not use Gmail a lot because although the mail got through, I started to be bombarded with targeted ads related to keywords used in my mail exchanges (they weren’t keywords as far as I was concerned, just conversation. That did not worry me much but the idea that Google were sharing my email content with the bastards throwing these ads at me did.

Don’t be Evil, Google Will Do It For You
Google have abandoned their “Don’t Be Evil motto. Good thing really, they are becoming more evil every day. The latest plans to integrate our brains with their servers may seem like a science fiction freaks wet dream, but these creepy nerds are serious …

Don’t Be Evil, That’s Our Job Is Google’s Real Motto
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Google Now Has Access To Millions Of Patient’s Health Records

Those naughty leakers at The Antimedia have revealed a controversial deal between tech giant Google and the National Health Service (NHS) which will allow artificial intelligence units access to 1.6 million confidential medical records. Since 2014, Google has been involved in a ‘scientific research project’ which attempts to ‘understand human health’, but a new leak reveals the data gathering goes far beyond what was originally anticipated – well now there’s a surprise.

Michaela Whitton, ANTIMEDIA
May 3, 2016

United Kingdom — A controversial deal between tech giant Google and the National Health Service (NHS) will allow artificial intelligence units access to 1.6 million confidential medical records. Since 2014, Google has partnered with several scientists in an attempt to understand human health, but a new report reveals the data gathering goes far beyond what was originally anticipated.

According to documents obtained by the New Scientist, the data sharing agreement between Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind and the Royal Free NHS Trust gives access to the sensitive healthcare data of millions of NHS patients. The chilling and wide-reaching deal allows DeepMind access to the medical records of the 1.6 million people passing annually through the three London hospitals owned by the Trust — Barnet, Chase Farm, and the Royal Free.

The Google-owned A.I. firm announced in February it was working with the NHS to build an app called Streams — intended to help hospitals monitor patients with kidney disease. However, the new information has revealed that the extent of the data being shared goes much further and includes logs of day-to-day hospital activity, records of the location and status of patients, and even logs of who visits them and when.

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America’s GDP Surges 4% in Quarter 2 – Jonathan Creek Shows How The Trick Is Done

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This morning the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, an agency of the Commerce department revealed Q2 GDP statistics which blew made nonesense of estimates, showing year on year growth for the second quarter at 4.0%. This was explained as the result of a surge in Inventories and Fixed Investment, while exports added only 1.23% to the GDP number. The full breakdown by component is shown below.

The BEA noted, “The Bureau emphasized that the second-quarter advance estimate released today is based on source data that are incomplete or subject to further revision by the source agency. The “second” estimate for the second quarter, based on more complete data, will be released on August 28, 2014.”

Hmmmm – several notes of caution there, and let’s not forget that the corresponding figure (the headline grabber) for the first quarter said GDP had grown by 1.6% for the quarter. This was later revised to -2.9% with the long cold winter (Warmageddonists please note) blamed for the contraction.

See a detailed breakdown of figures as the BEA web site.

What does this mean for the global economy? Nothing really, the economic recovery being puffed by Obama in the USA is as illusory as the one George Osborne is raving about in the UK. And don’t let any economically illiterate idiots tell you everything would be hunky dory if Labour were in power. Remember Osborne’s recovery illusion is employing the same trickery as the Brown Balls Boom of 2001 – 2007.

The real problem is that GDP, the statistic used by most governments as a measure of their economic success, is not a meaningful measure of economic performance. It only measures the amount of money churning through the economy. So ship in a million immigrants, give them £200 a week in benefits and you have grown the economy by £200million a week. Then if you fund that by raising £100million in taxes and borrowing £100million, you have ‘grown’ GPD by £400million a week.

Simples.

Do not trust a word government (of any political party) says. It is the responsibility of the electorate to hold the buggers to account.

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Scientists Create 1st Living Organism From Artificial DNA

Aren’t scientists wonderful. They keep claiming they have done all this scary sci fi stuff but in reality they haven’t a clue what they’ve done, which is why they areblissfilly unaware it has been done before.

Source: Cryptogon

In true sci-fi fashion, a team of researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, Calif., has created a brand-new bacteria based on a genetic structure found nowhere on Earth.

According to lead researcher Floyd Romesberg, the feat involved artificially engineering a unique combination of DNA material — a combination not found in any living creature — and then successfully inserting it into a living cell that usually contains only natural combinations of DNA.

“Life on Earth in all its diversity is encoded by only two pairs of DNA bases, A-T and C-G,” Romesberg explained in an institute news release. “And what we’ve made is an organism that stably contains those two plus a third, unnatural pair of bases.”

“This shows that other solutions to storing [genetic] information are possible,” he added, “and, of course, takes us closer to an expanded-DNA biology that will have many exciting applications — from new medicines to new kinds of nanotechnology.”

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It’s like the time that American nutter Craig Venter claimed he had created a new life form in a test tube. Only he hadn’t, he’d taken the nucleus from one sperm germ and put it in a sperm germ from another species, having first removed all the genetic material from the host sperm germ. It was what’s known as a research grant phishing exercise.

The key phrase is “inserting it into a living cell” They did not create anything, they modified.

“the fashioning of a half-synthetic organism that could actually
replicate its unnatural self as long as scientists continuously supplied
it with the necessary molecular material.”
Sooo it can’t replicate its unnatural self then, lol

can’t wait to see what new types of virus and disease these insane bastards will eventually come up with to wipe out themselves and the rest of us.

But on a more serious note DNA is often compared by scientists to computer code, because they don’t undrstand computers but think “ooh, computers are scientific, I’m a scientist, therefore I must be a whizz with computers”.

There is a large portion of DNA which is not related to the physical expression of genes (brown eyes etc.) but to the control of the expression of the genes themselves (growing). In this respect that part of the genome can be seen as the program, and the remainder can be viewed as the data which the program processes.

Dinosaurs are said to be indirect ancestors of chickens yet if you put velociraptor DNA into a chicken egg nucleus, nothing will happen because the “code” in the chicken egg can no longer read the “data” in the velociraptor DNA, any more than my XP laptop can read old Word Perfect files or run Lotus 123 spreadsheets.

Inserting this new, designer “DNA” in an existing cell is like trying to run a Java program on a Commodore Pet.

If the artificial “DNA” is in some way “code”, then it’s code that doesn’t know how to “read” the nature’s data.

OK, that isn’t how a biologist would express it, I’m a computer man. So I read the article and understood got someone to explain it, then I put it into computerguythink.

The fact that the artificial DNA didn’t kill the cell suggests that it is not capable of interfering with the cell’s functioning, and therefore is inert, a foreign body in an existing species of living organism rather than a functioning part of a new species.

These guys have managed to add a data structure but without the corresponding code to do anything with it, i.e. this is Chemistry, not Biology. A typical genetic research puff piece aimed at gullible investors.

Which is par for the course with this wannabe god science.

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When Algorithms Rule The World

Google, Facebook, Amazon: algorithms will soon rule our lives so we’d better understand how they work

A very scary item is hidden away the the government’s budget for this year – not an allocation of funs for joining in the Thiord World War, nor a chunk of money for building wind farms everywhere so coal and oil power stations can be closed and the weirdie beardies can have their wish and make us all sit shivering in the darmk and playing I-spy-with-my-little-eye for entertainment. It was actually the £220 was million of government funding for the new Alan Turing Institute for “big data and algorithm” research.

Today, with the awesome processing power of modern computers and the “big data” analysis, algorithms designed to analyse the shitloads of data illegally obtained every day by government security agencies and evil corporate entities like google and Microsoft, algorithms increasingly manipulate or even control what information we have access to. Technology can also be used to influence our choice of products and with our social behaviour.

In spite of all that, many people still have no idea what algorithms can do or how they are used. An algorithm is just a simple formula which must be followed to calculate the answer to a mathematical problem. (The word “algorithm” itself is derived from the eighth-century Persian mathematician Al-Khwa-rizmi- but the concept goes all the way back to the Greeks.)

Algorithms are vital to the internet because they help to order and arrange vast volumes of data at a scale and speed impossible for a human. Google’s famous PageRank algorithm counts the number of links to a page and assesses their quality to determine how important a website is. The quality and quantity of websites’ links to each other are compared and ordered; the more important websites are displayed first on the Google search page when a search query is entered. It has long been suspected however that Google’s algorithm favours those sites which bring the search engine operator revenue, though Google, a notoriously secretive corporation, are never likely to admit this.

All other search engines have similar algorithms although it is probably true to say the others do not seek to exercise the Orwellian levels of control over information as Google do.

All internet search technologies are based on proprietary algorithms. Having better algorithms than opponents is at the core of Amazon’s future plans, on Christmas Eve 2013, they patented something called a “method and system for anticipatory package shipping”: an algorithm-based system that could potentially ship products before consumers place an order for them. Algorithms that make the best sense of data can earn companies billions. That’s why they are as closely guarded as the recipe for Coca-Cola. Don’t be too scared however, when I start typing a search term and Google’s predictive text algorithm tries to complete it for me, it has never been right yet, and thus far Amazon has never recommended for me a book that I am ever likely to buy (it has recommended books that I would enjoy reading, but in these cases I’ve already read them and occasionally have actually previously bought them from Amazon. How clever is that?)

There social and economic benefits from being able to process data at much more quickly and efficiently than humans, though these fall some way short of the advantages nerds claim will be gained from letting computers do all the thinking. Some commentators believe that algorithm-led data analysis of NHS records could result in huge improvements in treatment outcomes, as we’d get a much better understanding of works and what doesn’t. If the price we must pay for these as yet unquantified benefits is loss of privacy and the sharing of our personal data with private healthcare and Big Pharma corporations, as has been suggested, are we willing to pay it given the track record of such corporations for abuses of trust.

OK, so I’m a serial dissident who feels he must always challenge the wisdom of the crowd. I’m not the only one who thinks this way however. Evgeny Morozov thinks all of this algorithmic analysis of personal information on a massive scale amounts to an incremental erosion of privacy by private companies and the state, and could even end up in Minority Report-style preventive policing. Others, like Filter Bubble author Eli Pariser, believe that by trying to use what they erroniously and arrogantly refer to as “Artificial Intelligence” (it’s really just high speed sorting and retrieval) their search engine predict our preferences with his search function, Google “limits our opportunities for serendipity, discovery, exploration” – we end up reading and watching the same things, having our horizons slowly narrowed.

As I have been saying for years, everything government and corporations do is about control and power.

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Intrusive Technology, Evil control Freaks, The Dystiopianometer

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Some time ago Boggart Blog invented the Orwell – Huxley – dick index to chart our descent into a dystopian society that lets the oligarchs live in splendour while the rest of us poor punters try to scrabble a living in the lawless, uncleaned streets. We have reported on progress towards the total surveillance society, the use of mass media in manipulating behaviour and the development of new and ever more intrusive technologies to report our activities and get instructions and “advice” from data centres right in our faces. The powers that be are ever encouraging their pet scientists to work on transhumanism, turning us all into cybodgs, part human, part machine, remotely controlled from a data centre.

And yet we are told the machines are our friends, and the intrusions into our privacy are for our benefit. as if we all need to be watched over by Machines of Loving Grace because after a few million years of evolution, most of which for our ancestors was a daily struggle for survival, we can’t cope alone.

The mistake many people make is to think technology is evil but cannot be resisted. Technology is dumb, you may have heard idiot scientists blethering about artificial intelligence but with a long career in computers behind me, talk of intelligent machines that think like humans only demonstrates an inability to yell the difference between science fiction and reality. Technology is not evil, but too often the people who control it are. On the good side however, we can resist them, all we have to do is think for ourselves and question everything.

In a secular sense evil is not about horned beasts that fart pure hydrogen sulphide. It is about total selfishness and lack of empathy with other humans and therefore a complete disregard for their needs, feelings and wellbeing.

It was always obvious to people working in information technology that while it offered the potential to improve life greatly, it could also easily become a gift wrapped opportunity for fascistic organisations to control information, suppress free speech and manipulate behaviour.

The extensive and intrusive surveillance carried on by the US, UK and EU governments demonstrated the ability of the sick individuals who control technology to create a Panopticon, a prison society with inmates (us) under total surveillance. all the usual suspects are still in the game of course, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon (who surely have developed artificial stupidity rather than artificial intelligence), Cisco, Apple, along with governments.

In the most recent example of corporate fascism via technology, a leading IBM official has resorted to threats and bullying and urged the world to “embrace” ubiquitous surveillance of the public through biometrics, because, he argues, it is too late to fight against it. (“Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated,” to quote Star Trek.)

“…trying to stop this would be fighting the wrong battle.” said Peter Waggett, Programme Leader at IBM’s Emerging Technology Group.

“We’re fighting the wrong battle when we ask should we stop people being observed. That is not going to be feasible. We need to understand how to use that data better,” Waggett added, speaking at a Nesta panel debate on biometrics.

“The information is out of the bottle already — we have to deal with the issues surrounding it now. Embrace the challenge of what we’ve got, embrace understanding it and focus on what we can do with that new data.” he argued, urging people to stop worrying about preventing such surveillance from becoming a societal norm.

“I’ve been working in biometrics for 20 years, and it’s reaching a tipping point where it’s going to be impossible not to understand where people are and what they are doing. Everything will be monitored.” Waggett continued.

A big worry to privacy campaigners, Waggett’s words are all the more scary given that he also heads the BSI British Standards Biometrics Committee – a group set up to develop formal standards in the area of biometrics and promoting their use by government and industry.

During the debate, Waggett referred specifically to depictions of biometric technology in dystopian films such as Minority Report, arguing that such technology is now already in place and unavoidable.

In the film, adapted from Philip K. Dick’s story, the public are under total surveillance from biometric technology linked to massive distributed databases. This snooping is as yet usually used for targeted advertising and the encouragement of mass consumption.

It will not stop there however. The corporate cartels want total control and will stop at nothing less, while the biggest flaw of the scientific (semi – autistic) mindset is it must always go further. Ethical constraints do not exist for such people and ” because we can” is always sufficient justification for doing anything.

The pressure to ID people everywhere they are and whatever they do is growing. Insane, neo Nazi ideas like “the internet of things,” (washing machines and fridges that tell the government about you) will progress it, Waggett noted arguing that people’s biometrics should be made more readily available, by which we must assume that IBM are pushing the idea of RFID chips implanted under our skin. The technology is more sophisticated but the social environment promises to be as oppressive as that of the Big brother regime envisaged in George Orwell’s novel 1984

“Privacy campaigners want to block facial recognition to stop people using invasive technology, but I think a lot of these things can be used for good.” Waggett added, without actually mentioning what good such developments can do.

IBM has recently made headlines because of its involvement in the NSA surveillance scandal. The company is being sued by shareholders for an alleged failure to disclose its involvement in the PRISM program for spying in citizens. The company denies it co-operated with security agencies and claims it has never given customer data or software keys to anyone.

Of course, the company’s shady past with regard to working directly with tyrannical governments to enslave and people is well known. ..

In this context, Waggett’s declarations on how we should all just stop worrying and learn to love the servitude that will be our lot in this Brave New World that is so like the one invented by Aldous Huxley will be greeted with contempt by those of us who are awake to how our world is being hijacked.

The needle of the Orwell Huxley Dick dystopianometer is creeping up.

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Climate Scientist’s Failed Law Suit Exposes His Fake Science

After so many acrimonious arguments with so many acrimonious people about the fake science that the whole Anthropogenic Global Warming scare was just a scam to justify carbon taxes, it’s greatly amusing to see that the phoney scientist who led the whole fraud has been beaten to death with his own hockey stick – remember the notorious hockey stick graph that omitted and data that did not fit the answer Mann, his cronies and paymasters wanted. Well when people pointed out this very obvious manipulation of data, Mann screamed, “You’re not scientists, you don’t understand how science works.”

Unfortunately many of us do and some people called Mann’s bluff by yelling back, “You’re a cheat, fraud, and data faker, sue us if you dare.”

Mann sued and …

Michael Mann Faces Bankruptcy as his Courtroom Climate Capers Collapse

Mike Mann mugshot - he could be arrested for fraud
Prof Mike Mann mugshot – he could be arrested for fraud

Here are a couple of samples from Principia Scientifica’s reporting of the case (linked in the headline):

Massive counterclaims, in excess of $10 million, have just been filed against climate scientist Michael Mann after lawyers affirmed that the former golden boy of global warming alarmism had sensationally failed in his exasperating three-year bid to sue skeptic Canadian climatologist, Tim Ball. Door now wide open for criminal investigation into Climategate conspiracy.

Buoyed by Dr Ball’s successes, journalist and free-speech defender, Mark Steyn has promptly decided to likewise countersue Michael Mann for $10 million in response to a similar SLAPP suit filed by the litigious professor from Penn. State University against not just Steyn, but also the National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Rand Simberg. Ball’s countersuit against Mann seeks “exemplary and punitive damages. ” Bishop Hill blog is running extracts of Steyn’s counterclaim, plus link.

AND

The fact Mann refused to disclose his ‘hockey stick’ graph metadata in the British Columbia Supreme Court, as he is required to do under Canadian civil rules of procedure, constituted a fatal omission to comply, rendering his lawsuit unwinnable. As such, Dr Ball, by default, has substantiated his now famous assertion that Mann belongs “in the state pen, not Penn. State.” In short, Mann failed to show he did not fake his tree ring proxy data for the past 1,000 years, so Ball’s assessment stands as fair comment. Moreover, many hundreds of papers in the field of paleoclimate temperature reconstructions that cite Mann’s work are likewise tainted, heaping more misery on the discredited UN’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) which has a knack of relying on such sub prime science (my emphasis – great catchphrase).

I have followed this case and it’s impossible to have any sympathy for Mann, he was advised by several lawyers who refused to represent him that if we has not prepared to reveal his data he could not possibly wing the case. In the end Mann and the law firm that did eventually take him on were running round like headless chickens trying to negotiate an out of courts settlement to save Mann’s arse.

It’s funny really but somehow I think the Warmageddonist cult will find a way to pretend it never happened.

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