As to your 1st question. Can't say exactly the sources since it was about 4-5 years ago. I do know I first went to the PSU site to see how the accusations were handled. I remember for sure that the committee was composed exclusively of PSU professors. Can't say for sure but I do believe that it also gave the names of the scientists who were not allowed to testify concerning the allegations made against Dr. Mann. I may have found that at a different site. I do know that not only did those scientists disagree with the findings, they also considered his violations of protocol but also his attempt to delay the publishing of true data and his attempt to delete that data which was contrary to his findings, to be grounds for not only censure but dismissal from the university. The tenor of their response to the committee conveyed a high level of anger.
The findings of the committee was that the errors were attributed to modeling. The committee never address nor commented on the charges of deliberately deleting pertinent data nor his refusal to provide data. Those who were not allowed to testify considered the committee of PSU professors a stacked committee and considered the refusal of the committee to allow them to testify, to be nothing but a whitewash. Personally I suspect that the gov. is at the least the provider of by far the greatest if not all money for research. I will talk about this later.
As to Dr. Jones, when he resigned, his statement did convey an admission of impriortity,and that the data did not justify the conclusions. As I said, he did admit given the data, that the global temperature was as great or greater during medieval times than the present, something the conclusions drawn by Dr. Mann knowingly left out. I do have more resspect for Dr. jones since he admitted his conduct, but little for Dr. Mann who continues to make excuses for his actions.
As to your last question, I think you and I would agree that by far the greatest amount of money provided for the research is provided by the government. Many times on this very thread, it has been stated that HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of scientists have come to the conclusion that man made global warming is the significant cause. I gave you the example of Mt St Helens which pales in complexity to global warming and the scientists were wrong. Would not LOGIC tell you that if the gov. provided HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of scientists with grants to study global warming that AT LEAST ONE would come up with a different conclusion given its complexity?? Don't you think that AT LEAST ONE SCIENTIST given a grant would screw up and come to the wrong conclusion? Or would you think that only those scientists who had already formed an opinion concerning global warming, would be those who got the grants?
As to the O J Simpson remark, I watched most of the trial. Two things I thought interesting. His attorneys would have you believe that the police imediately substituted OJ's blood for that found on the gate. I guess the jury thought the police immediately wanted to charge OJ and let the murderer get away. Another interesting thing I saw was the charade of the gloves. If you were to look closely you would have seen that he first put on latex gloves only part way on so that the fingers of the latex gloves only went partially to the hand. If the leather gloves had been the size of a footbal, there still would be no way that he could have put them on properly. I guess the jury bought all of that. By the same token, anyone who buys significant man made global wareming or denies it absolutely, is in actuallity just guessing.