Well, it took much too long, but Huffpost finally posted some ammo you can use to rebut the noise about the embarrassing, but absurdly overblown email theft story that has become the right wing's latest shiny object. (At least until last night's speech on Afghanistan by President Obama.) 

To people who believe liberalism is fascism, evolution is a myth, and Obama was born in Kenya, the two emails, taken out of context and combined up with a complete lack of understanding about how science–and peer science–works, are a magical gift of deliverance from the Sky Fairy.  But as with most of what they believe, it's been ginned up by the professional denier community into something of ACORN proportions.  And yet, in the end, as with that story, it's mostly much about mostly nothing:

"Even if every bit of mud slung at these scientists were true, the body of scientific work supporting the theory of human-caused climate change—which spans hundreds of thousands of scientific papers written by tens of thousands of scientists in dozens of different scientific disciplines—is too vast to be budged by the flaws in the works of the three or four scientists being subject to the fiercest attacks."

The slide show in this piece, by Katherine Goldstein is just the sort  of brief explainer approach I've been wanting to aim for in this blog (when some tools I've been helping out with are finally programmed).


Kevin Grandia blogs: "Stolen climate science emails just ain't the conspiracy some want it to be."