So McIntyre and McKittrick First did an analysis of the Mann Hickey stick and showed that a random data set would produce the same data later Weg man di some confirmation. They were hampered by the CRU folks and Mann holding onto their data sets. Now McShane & Wyner have a paper to be published in the nexxt issue of the Annals of Applied Stastistics. Good overview by Anthony Watts and his crew: BREAKING: New paper makes a hockey sticky wicket of Mann et al 98/99/08 | Watts Up With That? Much more at the link.