One of the most controversial items of the AGW Alarmists arsenal of weapons is the often disputed, and refuted hockey stick graph of Michael Mann. Mann is not a climatologist per se, but his word is gospel to those who would like the world to believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW). Interestingly enough, while his PHD is not in climate science or math, he at least did get BS in the later. And Statistics are a branch of math, or they use to be until perverted.
But his hockey stick generator (Called a generator since inputting random data into his equations will always result in a hockey stick graph) was and is supposed to be the nail in the coffin demonstrating conclusively that we are cooking the planet. Alas, that was refuted by McIntyre and McKitrick and since then their criticism has been validated by Wegman. Still the Alarmists persevered with their propaganda and tried to convince the world of the impending doom.
The Problem with Mcintyre & McKittrick (MM) refutation is that it did not go far enough. They merely pointed out the hoax of the hockey stick, which was not enough for the rabid faithful. Now comes a definitive study, peer reviewed and soon to be published, by McShane and Wyner 2010 showing that regardless of your blind faith in the Mann hockey sticks, the graph, hockey stick, and studies are garbage. Statistically speaking. In other words, Doctors of Statistics, are showing that the old cliche of GIGO (garbage in - garbage out) is alive and well and being used by the UN and governments around the world for propaganda, Since that is the only thing it can be used for. Scientifically it is garbage.
The irony of this paper is that Jones, Mann, Schmidt et. al. were unable to suppress it as they have done so many other refutations of their falsely generated mass hysteria. While they appear to control many (if not most) of the climate journals, they do not control all scientific journals, and this one is going into the Annals of Applied Statistics.
As Abraham Lincoln said - You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time, In the case of the manufactured hysteria over AGW, some of the people some of the time will actually be heard. So the hucksters will eventually be exposed for the charlatans they are.