As Talkshop readers know, Prof Michael Mann isn’t on my christmas card list, since he repeated Greg Laden’s libel against me and added some further innuendo in the NYT article by Leslie Kaufman written following the raid on tallbloke towers.
Michael Mann has now threatened legal action against the National Review Online for an opinion piece written by Mark Steyn.
The NRO’s attorney has responded, and their letter to Mann’s attorney is well worth a read.
Here’s an extract:
Thwack! Take that Michael.
So, what next? I recommend we all buy bumper bags of popcorn and sit back to enjoy the fun. It’s seems Micheal Mann is happy enough to repeat other people’s libel but gets all righteous when the tables are turned. In this case he’s reached for his Attorney’s phone number before stopping to consider the likely requirements for disclosure the defendant would be entitled to request.
Another libel case Mann is currently pursuing against Canadian Tim Ball because Tim said he should be in the State Pen rather than Penn State (University) is currently stalled for that reason. If Mann fails to make disclosure, he is liable for a hefty financial penalty and will have the case tossed out. Here’s hoping.
That “dirty laundry” has been in Mike’s closet for a lot of years and must really stink by now. What do the rest of the R^2 values look like for the Hockey Stick Mike? At stake here is a lot of IPCC credibility. They really should have checked Mann’s work before making the hockey stick the poster child for global warming. But then, as the climate gate emails show, prominent lead author Phil Jones already knew about “Mike’s Nature trick” to “hide the decline”.