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Article posted Dec 24 2009, 9:33 AM Category: Cover-Up/Deceptions Source: The Telegraph Print

Climategate: the corruption of Wikipedia

By James Delingpole

If you want to know the truth about Climategate, definitely don’t use Wikipedia. “Climatic Research Unit e-mail controversy”, is its preferred, mealy-mouthed euphemism to describe the greatest scientific scandal of the modern age. Not that you’d ever guess it was a scandal from  the accompanying article. It reads more like a damage-limitation press release put out by concerned friends and sympathisers of the lying, cheating, data-rigging scientists

Which funnily enough, is pretty much what it is. Even Wikipedia’s own moderators acknowledge that the entry has been hijacked, as this commentary by an “uninvolved editor” makes clear.

Unfortunately, this naked bias and corruption has infected the supposedly neutral Wikipedia’s entire coverage of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theory. And much of this, as Lawrence Solomon reports in the National Post, is the work of one man, a Cambridge-based scientist and Green Party activist named William Connolley.
Connolley took control of all things climate in the most used information source the world has ever known -- Wikipedia. Starting in February 2003, just when opposition to the claims of the band members were beginning to gel, Connolley set to work on the Wikipedia site. He rewrote Wikipedia's articles on global warming, on the greenhouse effect, on the instrumental temperature record, on the urban heat island, on climate models, on global cooling. On Feb. 14, he began to erase the Little Ice Age; on Aug.11, the Medieval Warm Period. In October, he turned his attention to the hockey stick graph. He rewrote articles on the politics of global warming and on the scientists who were skeptical of the band. Richard Lindzen and Fred Singer, two of the world's most distinguished climate scientists, were among his early targets, followed by others that the band especially hated, such as Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, authorities on the Medieval Warm Period.

All told, Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles. His control over Wikipedia was greater still, however, through the role he obtained at Wikipedia as a website administrator, which allowed him to act with virtual impunity. When Connolley didn't like the subject of a certain article, he removed it -- more than 500 articles of various descriptions disappeared at his hand. When he disapproved of the arguments that others were making, he often had them barred -- over 2,000 Wikipedia contributors who ran afoul of him found themselves blocked from making further contributions. Acolytes whose writing conformed to Connolley's global warming views, in contrast, were rewarded with Wikipedia's blessings. In these ways, Connolley turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement.
Connolley has supposedly been defrocked as a Wikipedia administrator. Or so Wikipedia claimed in its feeble, there’s-really-not-much-we-can-do response to anxious questions from one of Watts Up With That’s readers.
In September 2009, the Wikipedia Arbitration Committee revoked Mr. Connolley's administrator status after finding that he misused his administrative privileges while involved in a dispute unrelated to climate warming.
If this is true, it doesn’t seem to have made much difference to his creative input on the Wikipedia’s entries. Here he is – unless its just someone with an identical name – busily sticking his oar in to entries on the Medieval Warm Period (again) and the deeply compromised, soon-to-be-leaving (let’s hope) IPCC head Dr Rajendra Pachauri. And here he is again just three days ago, removing a mention of Climategate from Michael Mann’s entry. And here is an example of one of his Wikipedia chums – name of Stephan Schulz – helping to cover up for him by ensuring that no mention of that embarrassing Lawrence Solomon article appears on Connolley’s Wikipedia entry. And here he is deleting criticism of himself.

Connolley, it should also be noted, was one of the founder members of Real Climate – the friends-of-Michael-Mann propaganda outfit (aka “The Hockey Team”) which, in the guise of disinterested science, pumps out climate-fear-promoting hysteria on AGW and tries to discredit anyone who disagrees with the ManBearPig “consensus”.

Here he is, for example, being bigged up in a 2006 email from Michael Mann:
>> I’ve attached the piece in word format. Hyperlinks are still there,

>> but not clickable in word format. I’ve already given it a good

>> go-over w/ Gavin, Stefan, and William Connelley (our internal “peer

>> review” process at RC), so I think its in pretty good shape. Let me

>> know if any comments…

>>
and here are some of his associates:
From: Phil Jones

To: William M Connolley ,Caspar Ammann

Subject: Figure 7.1c from the 1990 IPCC Report

Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 13:38:40 +0000

Cc: Tom Crowley ,"Michael E. Mann" , "raymond s. bradley" , Stefan Rahmstorf , Eric Steig ,gschmidt@giss.nasa.gov, rasmus.benestad@physics.org,garidel@marine.rutgers.edu, David Archer , "Raymond P." ,k.briffa@uea.ac.uk, t.osborn@uea.ac.uk, "Mitchell, John FB (Chief Scientist)" , "Jenkins, Geoff" , "Warrilow, David (GA)" , Tom Wigley ,mafb5@sussex.ac.uk, "Folland, Chris"
Get that? The guy who has been writing Wikipedia’s entry on Climategate (plus 5,000 others relating to “Climate Change”) is the bosom buddy of the Climategate scientists.

Nope, this isn’t a problem that is going to go away. Wikipedia may well be beyond redemption – as this useful resource site for Wiki-inaccuracies would seem to suggest. Like so many hippyish notions, Jimmy Wales’s idea of a free encyclopedia for everyone was a noble intention which has been cruelly and horribly abused by some very ugly people.

Do you want to know just how ugly? I’ve been saving the worst till last. Here it is: William Connelley’s Wikipedia photograph.

UPDATE: (thanks, wondrous Thomas 33 for your delving). Et Tu, Jimmy Wales? It seems that the dread Connolley once earned the approbation of the Wiki-King himself, as he boasts here on an old blog:

2005-12-19

Connolley has done such amazing work…

Back to wikipedia… Nature has an article on wikipedia vs Britannica. It was an interesting exercise, and as the most notable climatologist on wiki they interviewed me, which lead to the sidebar article “Challenges of being a Wikipedian” (see the Nature article; click on the “challenges” link near the bottom). It contains the rather nice quote from Jimbo Wales “Connolley has done such amazing work and has had to deal with a fair amount of nonsense” (does Lumo still read this?).

He can also be found gloating evilly over his powers:

2006-01-16

Wikinews

A few snippets from wikipedia… I’m now an admin, and hence have ultimate power to CRUSH ALL MY ENEMIES HA HA HA HA!!! . Sadly no: the rules prohibit me from abusing my powers and there are always other people watching anyway. And not that I have too many enemies, Of Course. Some of the comments are interesting though: try the RFA, scroll down for the Opposes.

And I’ve just made my 10,000th edit. That slacker Lubos only has 2.3k, & Charles matthews has a feeble 54k.





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Anonymous

Posted: Dec 24 2009, 12:01 PM

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70178 translation of this article: remain stupid, do not educate yourself, do not read encyclopedias

http://s3.amazonaws.com/infobeautiful/climate_skeptics_960.gif
Anonymous

Posted: Dec 24 2009, 12:33 PM

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98231 translation of above comment: i'm an idiot
climategate

Posted: Dec 24 2009, 12:34 PM

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188222 The fact is this junior climategate scientist Connolley is just a Mathematician with no climate related degrees. Thats pretty unimpressive. In addition he has had his wikipedia privalidges suspended before and has been before arbitrators several times. There was also a legal case that he lost when he tried to stop someone posting alternative views to his own. He has also edited the pages of scientists who do have climate related degrees.

If you want fantasy computer models Connolley is your man. If you want a climate expert to be an administrator on Wikipedia get someone who is qualified and ethical.

He's still editing pages.
Chris

Posted: Dec 24 2009, 1:07 PM

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Wikipedia is run by psychotic cult members, when you read the behind the scenes discussion on someone like Dr. Russell Blaylock you're looking at a virtual citizen Stasi prying into his personal life and harassing his associates, when their fraud is brought to light they nominate his page for deletion! lol, they're total psychos, you cannot have a site like wiki if truth is not your number one goal, anyone who has seen their articles on September 11th knows what a total fraud the site is in matters of anything political.

Look at these pathetic little Stasi members and how they squirm the second any truth comes to light, the article is nominated for deletion right now!:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Russell_Blaylock
Chris

Posted: Dec 24 2009, 1:13 PM

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The idea a "consensus" is supposed to convince you to believe something appeals only to the weakest of the weak minded, it's funny you think that idiocy would convince anyone, maybe you could show us a graph of the scientific consensus vs Galileo?
Chris

Posted: Dec 24 2009, 1:27 PM

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Here is another graff from that propagandaisbeautiful site:

http://infobeautiful.s3.amazonaws.com/H1N1_550.png

It says "Thimerisoal" [spelled wrong of course] is the same as mercury in fish! Total propaganda straight from the CFR, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSAjT2soxKY

Really great source for information, how "beautiful."
Chris

Posted: Dec 24 2009, 1:29 PM

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lol, it even says at the bottom the serious reaction rate is "1:1,000,000", top notch science there boys!
Anonymous

Posted: Nov 04 2011, 12:42 AM

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923 There are a lot of people making lots of money out of man made global warming scare stories. The world has adapted to temperature rise in the past and will do so in the future. It happened before humans arrived on earth and will probably continue after we have gone. Does it really matter in the long term scheme of things?
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