This is better than Lefkowitz vs Bernal.
Briffa is now a name that will go down in history, with Al Gore as one of the greatest perpetrators of fraud in the modern world. Steve McIntyre will go down in history, rather like the man who finally stopped Senator Joe McCarthy by saying: "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?" We'll probably forget McIntyre's name as we've forgotten the name of Joseph Nye Welch. We'll probably remember Al Gore. That's fair, the takedown has had many contributors, but baby it's over. The swastika has been blown off the Reichstag.
This is one of those huge monstrous collapses. It's a scandal inside of a fraud leaked by a hack. It's like Eliot Spitzer wrapped up inside of The Chicago Black Sox with a Piltdown Man on the side. It's like Enron on top of OJ in the middle of Iran-Contra.
Now that the actual source code that generated the hockey stick has been audited and outed by none other than Eric Raymond, all that's left is the fun of watching the suckers bail. Everybody who has been.. excuse me, every FOOL who has been measuring their carbon footprint is now going to have to explain that they've been practicing voodoo economics. Oh the unwinding!
People are going to be able to Google "osborn-tree6/briffa_sep98_d.pro" for a long time and get the goods on what Briffa did.
But I'm going to put up the most intricate detailed history of skepticism I've seen right here for the permanent record. Check this out:
God, I'm glad I'm not a phony.