January 2012 Open Thread


  1. #1 Shinsko
    January 31, 2012
  2. #2 Lotharsson
    January 31, 2012

    > The Australian has dutifully re-printed that WSJ Op-Ed today.

    So they spent a few days doing due diligence on it and assessing reactions in the webosphere?

    (And found it to meet their ideological requirements, presumably…)

  3. #3 John Mashey
    January 31, 2012

    Meanwhile, across the Tasman, Gareth Renowden’s Puppets on a String has borne fruit at the NZ Herald.

    C’mon Australia: who’s asking about the money that went to “South Asia and Pacific” and for things like translations before Jo Nova’s Skeptics Handbook appeared, and Heartland gave away 14,000 copies to US school board presidents?

  4. #4 bill
    January 31, 2012

    Re John Mashey @#571: A very palpable hit indeed for Gareth there – well done!

    And the performance of the NZCSC and ICSC’s defenders on that Hot Topic thread is virtually a caricature of Denialism in action. Talk about a World Beyond Satire!…

  5. #5 Lotharsson
    February 1, 2012

    And a little bit more in comments on [that Angliss post](http://www.scholarsandrogues.com/2012/01/27/open-letter-to-burt-rutan/) – #141 by Pythagoras systematically takes apart one of Rutan’s key claims, and #148 by Angliss responds further to Rutan, including calling him out for completely ignoring valid critiques and evidence refuting his claims.

  6. #6  Doug. Cotton  
    March 18, 2014

    Further experimental proof of the Loschmidt gravito-thermal effect can be easily seen in a Ranque-Hilsch vortex tube wherein a force far greater than gravity separates a gas into measurably hotter and colder streams as it redistributes kinetic energy, just as happens in a planet’s troposphere due to the force of gravity.

  7. #7  D J Cotton 
    March 20, 2014

    There’s some information on the gravito-thermal effect (mentioned above) in various blogs (see Clive Best for example) and Wikipedia. Just search on Google if you want an understanding of what is happening on planets like Uranus where you have no solar radiation or surface at the base of its troposphere, but you do have the gravito-thermal effect that can be used to explain temperatures. It’s all in my book due out April 2014.

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