Climategate, a crisis of conscience.

Sometimes in a life, you have to look at where you are and what you’ve become a part of, through the very best and the most innocent of intentions, and you don’t like yourself. It’s not somewhere you ever wanted or intended to be, but it is what it is.

That’s where you are.

Everyone is talking about the big picture but all you can see is a different big picture, and your picture has faces to it, lots of them; silly human family faces. Everyone around you is fixated on some new Jerusalem on the oh so nearly reachable horizon or another similarly beguiling but distant mirage, but you’re looking at the human cost of achieving it.

Decision time.

Stay on the train, stay safe, fat, dumb and happy and screw anyone else who didn’t get aboard; or do something. You did something and by putting your life voluntarily into the danger zone, you’ve saved lives.

You are in crisis and a personal one, I can see that; there are just too many red flags in that email. There’s a limit to how much any man can take and how much can reasonably be asked of him. All the love, determination, courage and sheer guts run out in the end. There’s only so much of any of them in any one human being. The only honour is in how long you last.

You Sir, have given great service and you’ve done it uncommonly well. Look after yourself, time to rest now.


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27 Responses to “Climategate, a crisis of conscience.”
  1. pottereaton says:

    That’s a fine and empathetic tribute, Pointman. You lead the way again.


  2. petra says:

    In the light of your post, I reread the email. Like point man says, you should relax. We’ll take it from here.


  3. A.D. Everard says:

    It’s morning here in Australia. My day started well. It just got better. Mr FOIA, you have done an amzing thing. You’ve gone above and beyond. Keep safe. The world is indebted to you.


  4. bwanamakubwa says:

    Stay safe, FOIA. There’s a multitude who’ve got your six.
    We’ll all back you to the limit.


  5. Truthseeker says:


    Seems like it was an external hack after all …


    • Pointman says:

      Have you noticed the double space between full stops and the start of a new sentence? What’s that tell you?



      • Rereke Whakaaro says:

        English education, sometime during the forty years following the end of WWII.


      • Graeme No.3 says:

        Or someone who learnt to type with a typewriter. And subsequently used one for some years.


      • Pointman says:

        Not your usual kiddo hacker then. They stopped teaching that double space a long time ago, but our fingers, like so many unconscious things in that email, betray us in the end. Someone of an older vintage, I’d venture to assay.



      • Truthseeker says:

        That tells me that they learnt English at a formal level. It was his statements about his non-English linguistic background and not being from the UK that suggests that he does not live in the UK which suggests he was not an employee of CRU or UEA.

        I could be wrong of course …


    • Mindert Eiting says:

      Did he say that he was not connected with UEA?
      There is one thing in his text I do not agree with. He is concerned about privacy aspects in the mails. All mails used UEA addresses and are subject to FOIA. If someone wants to discuss his genital diseases in mails belonging to his employer, he may do that but should not complain afterwards about privacy violations.


  6. webber says:

    Like P said, We’ll take it from here.


  7. Graham Green says:

    For Mr FOIA the war is over.
    As a matter of interest were you one of the recipients of the password Mr Pointman?


  8. omanuel says:

    Thanks, Pointman, for expressing so well the gratitude that so many of us feel for FOIA’s gallant efforts on behalf of society.


  9. Graeme No.3 says:

    “Indeed, it’s singular “I” this time. After certain career developments I can no longer use the papal plural”.
    Was there a second who has dropped out, leaving FOIA alone?
    If so my thanks to them both, and if only one, a double lot of thanks for such courage.


  10. meltemian says:

    It’s a filthy grey, rainy morning here with gales blowing but it doesn’t matter…. the sun just came out for me. Thank you FOIA, thank you.


  11. Thisisgettingtiresome says:

    ‘Papal Plural’ is just a more particular example of the ‘Royal We’, meaning ‘I’, there being no ‘I’ in Royalty.
    Not many Monarchs can resign their Royalty though.


  12. normalnew says:

    We have a situation where good people are held hostage to very bad ideas, and I for one think we should honor the goodness in man and let actions be questions for the law. Where everyone else is let free. Manipulation can happen to us all.


  13. petra says:

    I give up. A chance to do another profiling blog. You don’t have to answer, You’re a between the lines blogger. Infuriating but compulsive.


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