Finem Respice takes on a number of the insider responses of the “nothing to see here, move along” type. My favorite:
“The language used by scientists in the emails in question is indicative of scientists under a great deal of political pressure from the outside.”
The heart bleeds with an anguish and despair so palpable, so imbued with the darkly iridescent and sickly sweet venom of suffering that it is plainly visible out to 50 meters as a colorful aura, brightly fluorescing through the ribcage, glowing like a beacon of sorrow to any empath with the skill level of a Freshman at Vassar who thinks she remembers once reading a book on shamanism.
As a group one rarely sees scientists (or, indeed, any vocational group other than politicians) so deeply in love with the by-hook-or-by-crook of politics, the grand import of jetting off to Nice for the next climate meeting and the limelight that accompanies all these world-saving goings on as those few, those lucky few exposed in the CRU emails. (Just throw in a bit of expense scandal and you might as well be in the House of Commons- oh, wait a second….) It is all but impossible not to come away with a sense of what is plainly a naked lust for naked ambition simply oozing out of those texts. I am utterly devoid of sympathy for any such that later claim to have been forced to compromise their composure, their decorum or their data because of the unfortunate realities of politics.
When I think back to all the thousands of words I have written on positive feedback on this site, only to have it all said in two lines of a post at the same site:
On Positive Feedback
Name three positive feedback systems in nature. Get back to me on that when you’re done.
I might have said added “long-term stable” between name and three, but its pretty close.