Posters on the alarmist Tamino's blog have accused Wattsupwiththat of suppressing critical comments (See http://tamino.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/goddards-folly )
dean // May 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Reply
jbar asks:”So why aren’t y’all trying to shine some light in the comment-sphere at WUWT? At least a few people there are trying to learn something and are susceptible to scientific argument (even if Steve isn’t).”
Because they edit out critical responses. Please post this remark: “The fact that the atmospheric pressure is the same in the Sahara desert in midsummer and the Antarctic in midwinter is the same shows that surface temperature is not proportional to pressure.” Let us know how many diogeneses see the truth.
But but but!!!!!
The antarctic MUST have a higher pressure because it’s at the BOTTOM of the earth! And we all KNOW that things at the bottom are under greater pressure! Just look at the water behind the Hoover dam!!!
Therefore it’s not perporshunal… its INVERSELY perporshunal!!!
dhogaza // May 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm
The antarctic MUST have a higher pressure because it’s at the BOTTOM of the earth!
Naw, you’re forgetting all of the CO2 that’s not in the atmosphere down there because it’s all precipitated out in those massive CO2 blizzards Goddard’s mentioned earlier.
In short, the anonymous blogger Tamino's commenter dean has accused Wattsupwiththat of suppressing critical comments. As well as that, the general tone of nastiness displayed here seemed to me typical of a great many comments on the Tamino site. But I'll get back to that later. On the main point, having read hundreds of critical comments on Anthony Watts' (not anonymous, note!) blog, I was doubtful. But I want the truth, wherever it may be, so I took up the challenge given by dean and posted the exact words he used in his challenge onto Wattsupwiththat. And, as you can check for yourself, the comment was accepted and posted, here.
So the accusation against Anthony Watts failed. Let me say something about this particular passage that constituted the challenge. As I copied it into the comment box on Wattsupwiththat, It gave me a distinctly unclean feeling. It is abrupt, and after having the emotions of actually submitting it for Anthony's reading "pleasure", I came to the opinion that it contained considerable hidden passive-aggressiveness. I was sorely tempted, simply from the feelings of spite and meanness which it infected me with, to tone it down a little, to say the same factual point but in a more friendly way. But that would not have met the conditions of the test, so I forced down my revulsion and submitted it; and it was posted. Anthony did allow the contradictory comment to appear on his site.
So I went back to Tamino and posted the following comment:
I posted your remark on wattsupwiththat, and it was accepted. You can see it here. I did not warn them in advance, it was a genuine test of their openness to criticism and they seem to have passed. See:
This was also posted. But this comment on Tamino's blog did not criticise the actual blog article, it only contradicted a commenter, so in the interests of even-handedness I decided to test Tamino just as I had tested Anthony Watts. I sent Tamino the following comment:
I see two problems with your article:
(1) The point you highlight is not critical to Goddard's argument, as there is a sun in this solar system shining on both Venus and Earth, and
(2) Goddard's comment is correct anyway. You seem to have assumed he said pressure was proportional to temperature. He didn't, he said that as temperature approached absolute zero there would be almost no atmospheric pressure. How many gases are there at absolute zero? None. So there cannot be an atmosphere at absolute zero, hence zero atmospheric pressure. As one approaches that temperature (for one can never actually get there), atmospheric pressure will be almost zero, as stated.
I think Goddard inserted this comment as an afterthought to deal with pedants who might otherwise criticise him for not recognising that if the Sun disappeared, planets would start to cool off. He was probably careless in not dealing with all the other extraneous factors such as tidal heat, internally generated heat and so on. (And yes, even after remembering these, Goddard is still correct in stating that temperature would indeed approach absolute zero if you wait long enough, as radioactive heat and frictional dissipation must eventually die down.)
This comment is (a) polite, and (b) IMHO at least, not passive-aggressive, although it does rather demolish Tamino's article. It did not appear. To be sure that it had actually reached Tamino, I submitted it a second time and kept note of the details: Second submission 8:55pm US Eastern time http://tamino.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/goddards-folly/#comment-41842.
Once again, Tamino suppressed this comment. Here is the proof, as a snapshot of the Firefox debugger Firebug's analysis of the Tamino page. As you can see, comment number 41842 is missing, but the comment number was used, indicating a suppressed entry rather than some slipup of mine failing to send the comment:
So Tamino suppresses critical comments, but Anthony Watts does not. But hang on! Maybe the test comment I sent to Wattsupwiththat just wasn't critical enough? Well take a look back upstairs at those derisive remarks on Tamino's blog about Wattsupwiththat. For those not in the know, Wattsupwiththat posted a mistaken article that claimed that CO2 would precipitate out as a solid at temperatures obtained in the Antarctic. We need not go into the details, but the claim is quite wrong for clear reasons any physicist should know.
You can still read the erroneous story - it has been corrected but not hidden - here: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/06/09/co2-condensation-in-antarctica-at-...
And the critical comments came thick and fast. Here's a sample:
Please Goddard can we have no more of this scientific illiteracy, look at the phase diagram of CO2!
Glen, when you find air at 100C dropping dew, then you can believe that rubbish about CO2 condensing at the South Pole. That is science so bad that it’s worthy of the Global Warmmongers.
Steven Goddard, please apologise and remove this nonsense from this website about CO2 freezing out of the atmosphere at the Earth’s South Pole. Then please go and read, as a matter of some urgency, about the subject of vapour pressure. This is even more misguided than your previous nonsense about CMEs destroying electronics.
In short, the whole episode was a debacle for Wattsupwiththat, and what's more, one which the alarmists never intend to let Anthony live down, as the ridicule I quoted earlier from Tamino's site shows. But the whole sorry episode is still up there on Anthony's own site embarrassing Anthony, including attacking comments both polite and rude. Nothing is clearer, to me at least, than that Anthony Watts does not suppress intellectual debate on his site, whether it supports or contradicts the site's message.