Another Science Fallacy.

This blog is not a science blog but in our early days it had a reputation for winding up scientists because we wise old gits (well we’re certainly old gits and we like to think there is a bit of wisdom among us) like to ask the kind of questions scientists don’t want to be asked.

So maybe, as this blog is only to keep our original little Nicky Machiavelli posts alive now that our news site has moved on to The Daily Stirrer, we might as well continue to wind up the smug, condescending bastards whose attitude is “I said ‘science more time than you so that proves I’m more intelligent.’

Here’s a little something we found that shows once again a lot of what scientists tell you is illogical, ill thought out and just plain wrong.

Question
Do falling objects drop at the same rate (for instance a pen and a bowling ball dropped from the same height) or do they drop at different rates? I know a feather floats down very slowly but I would think a heavy object would fall faster than a light object. Thanks for your help. I have a bet on this one.
Asked by: Terri

Answer
If no air resistance is present, the rate of descent depends only on how far the object has fallen, no matter how heavy the object is. This means that two objects will reach the ground at the same time if they are dropped simultaneously from the same height. This statement follows from the law of conservation of energy and has been demonstrated experimentally by dropping a feather and a lead ball in an airless tube.

When air resistance plays a role, the shape of the object becomes important. In air, a feather and a ball do not fall at the same rate. In the case of a pen and a bowling ball air resistance is small compared to the force a gravity that pulls them to the ground. Therefore, if you drop a pen and a bowling ball you could probably not tell which of the two reached the ground first unless you dropped them from a very very high tower.
Answered by: Dr. Michael Ewart, Researcher at the University of Southern California

So you see, as few of us go around with a vacuum chamber in our pockets in which we can scientifically drop anything that slips through our fingers, the scientists are wrong. In the world in which things that breathe air must live, objects do not fallat the same speed, that only happens in an airless environment.

But scientists will never accept the evidence that is STARING THEM IN THE FUCKING FACE so I’ll back that up with a piece from The Physics Classroom:

1-D Kinematics – Lesson 5 – Free Fall and the Acceleration of Gravity

The Big Misconception

Earlier in this lesson, it was stated that the acceleration of a free-falling object (on earth) is 9.8 m/s/s. This value (known as the acceleration of gravity) is the same for all free-falling objects regardless of how long they have been falling, or whether they were initially dropped from rest or thrown up into the air. Yet the questions are often asked “doesn’t a more massive object accelerate at a greater rate than a less massive object?” “Wouldn’t an elephant free-fall faster than a mouse?” This question is a reasonable inquiry that is probably based in part upon personal observations made of falling objects in the physical world. After all, nearly everyone has observed the difference in the rate of fall of a single piece of paper (or similar object) and a textbook. The two objects clearly travel to the ground at different rates – with the more massive book falling faster.

The answer to the question (doesn’t a more massive object accelerate at a greater rate than a less massive object?) is absolutely not! That is, absolutely not if we are considering the specific type of falling motion known as free-fall. Free-fall is the motion of objects that move under the sole influence of gravity; free-falling objects do not encounter air resistance. More massive objects will only fall faster if there is an appreciable amount of air resistance present.

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Punish Google Tax Dodging And Sink The Corporate Pirates

Punish Google Tax Dodging and Sink The Corporate Pirates






Search Engine giant Google has a well known aversion to paying
national taxes to the tax regimes of nations in which it operates. In
fact Eric Schmidt, the company’s executive Chairman and former CEO is
on record as having said nations should pay Google for what its adds
to the national community. As a former Information Technology
consultant who was involved in the very early days of inter –
networking technologies I would dispute that, all Google has done
works towards handing control of information to government agencies
and corporate pirates.


Apart from that, Google’s main achievement has been in the
advancement of sophisticated tax avoidance strategies. Since the
risible
amounts of corporate tax
paid by the national operations of
Google and other global corporations, especially those in the
internet technology sector such as Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and
Verizon in the world’s largest economies has come to light there has
been a public backlash against corporate piracy. Piracy may seem a
strange term to use, conjuring up images of Johnny Depp or Errol
Flynn, but the corporate tax avoiders are plundering our national
treasuries just as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd used to plunder the
shipping routes. Let them be known for what they are.


The UK tax authority revealed recently that it had agreed a
settlement with Google for the internet search company to pay
back-taxes of £130 million (US$186million), despite its British
operation racking up profits of US$8.6 billion over past ten
years, a tax rate of just 3 percent.


Stewart Hosie, deputy leader of the Scottish National Party,
commented "there is a palpable sense of skepticism amongst the
public, experts and even within the Conservative Party, that the tax
settlement reached with Google represents value for the taxpayer".


"The truth is that we know very little about the settlement
reached between the tax authorities and the company. These
discussions have taken place in private, little detail has been
revealed by the Treasury and the methodologies employed by HMRC are
shrouded in secrecy."


While we can understand and support this view from the Sottish
nationalists, the line take by the Labour party as the official
opposition in the UK parliament, that the Conservative government
collaborated to minimise Google’s tax liability is a little harder to
swallow when we remember that Google paid no
corporate taxes at all
from 2002 to 2010 when The Labour Party
were in power.


It has also been revealed that Italy
is set to charge Google US$161 million
in back-taxes over its
US$1.43 billion revenues – equating to 15 percent – five
times more than the UK.


"The Government must restore public confidence that they have
acted in the best interests of the public and have secured a good
deal for taxpayers across the UK. They must also answer the charges
that the methodology used by the HMRC to calculate future liabilities
is opaque, and a potential breach of very clear EU regulations on
calculating the tax liabilities of large corporations," Mr.
Hosie said.


The French are also negotiating a tax deal with Google which could
show a different rate of taxation for corporations with links to the
US Government, further highlighting the omnishambles of the European
Union tax system. One corporate tactic that should be opposed is the
very predictable threat to cease operations in nations that require
the global corporations to accept local tax laws.


And another step in bringing these legal, but unethical, tax
avoiders to heel is for ‘We The People’ to boycott their businesses.
There are other search engines, other coffee chains (or better still,
if you can find one, use an independent coffee shop, get a better cup
of coffee and support local businesses).






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