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Discouraging Data

In this commendably balanced story by The New York Times' Andy Revkin about the recent NASA temperature data fiasco, a certain someone at NASA plays a Jedi mind trick:
Dr. Hansen and his team note that they rarely, if ever, discuss individual years, particularly regional findings like those for the United States (the lower 48 are only 2 percent of the planet's surface). "In general I think that we want to avoid going into more and more detail about ranking of individual years"; he said in an e-mail message. "As far as I remember, we have always discouraged that as being somewhat nonsensical."
Huh? A few sample feature articles from the NASA web site: In contrast to what he told Revkin, Jim Hansen and his colleagues serially discuss individual years and rank them. Perhaps it takes a Court Jester to point that out.