Steve Mosher and Steve McIntyre have alleged that the stolen CRU emails prove that Keith Briffa had violated IPCC rules in when working on the 4th Assessment Report. They can’t point to any particular IPCC rule and rely on a creative interpretation of an email from Jonathan Overpeck, which Mosher claims means that Briffa “should have no contact with other scientists outside of the IPCC process”. Some of us might have just pointed out that this is an absurd interpretation, but Brian Angliss goes the extra mile and checks with Overpeck who tells him that “there is no restriction on IPCC authors talking to anyone. Thus, Keith as a Lead Author could consult with any scientist he wanted.” Angliss goes through several more examples in thorough detail, checking with the scientists and with Mosher and McIntyre.
The bluster from Tom Fuller in response is priceless:
Brian, your quantitative meta analysis trying to invalidate criticism based on small sample size is ludicrous, and you should drop it quickly before you embarrass yourself. …
At any rate, it has fulfilled one purpose, as in the future people at Deltoid or Desmogblog will be able to casually link here and tell their readers that the arguments we advance were decisively debunked as they Gish Gallop through their alternate universe.
Oh those crazy Deltoid people who think that “there is no restriction on IPCC authors talking to anyone” is not the same as “should have no contact with other scientists outside of the IPCC process” and that “up” is not the same as “down”.