John Mashey points me to a news article by Eli Kintisch with the following wonderful quote:
Will Happer, a physicist at Princeton University who questions the consensus view on climate, thinks Mashey is a destructive force who uses “totalitarian tactics”–publishing damaging documents online, without peer review–to carry out personal vendettas.
I’ve never thought of uploading files as “totalitarian” but maybe they do things differently at Princeton. I actually think of totalitarians as acting secretly–denunciations without evidence, midnight arrests, trials in undisclosed locations, and so forth. Mashey’s practice of putting everything out in the open seems to me the opposite of totalitarian.
The article also reports that Edward Wegman’s lawyer said that Wegman “has never engaged in plagiarism.” If I were the lawyer, I’d be pretty mad at Wegman at this point. I can just imagine the conversation:
Lawyer: You never told me about that 2005 paper where you stole from Brian Everitt. That was a mistake, dude! Everitt’s a more famous statistician than you are!
Wegman: Ummm . . . I think my other student did that one. But I can’t remember, I must have lost the files in an office move. . . .
P.S. This is not a personal vendetta on my part. I’ve never met Edward Wegman and have nothing against him personally. I just think it’s super-tacky to plagiarize, and even more so to not admit it when you’re caught. Yeah, I know Chris Rock says: when you’re caught, just deny everything. But Chris Rock’s a comedian. Wegman is supposed to be a scientist.
The funny part is how clear the evidence is–that’s why I keep throwing in jokes. The sad part is that Wegman, Goodwin, Fischer, etc etc don’t have the decency to say they’re sorry.