This is what rational constructive learning built upon fact-based science is up against. It's frightening, but it is what it is, understand it, deal with it.
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[a]lternative methods of communications have been and remain available to Professors Hughes and Overpeck and any other similarly situated persons should they desire to correspond in confidence regarding research projects and like endevours [sic].
open records requests are increasingly being used to harass and intimidate scientists and other academic researchers, or to disrupt and delay their work.