I understand that is Brad's position, but respectfully, I don't consider his statements to be the final word on such things.
It IS 'the final word' when it comes to the SPECIFIC topic of this thread, however. Why is it you find some compunction to go beyond reality and delve into irrelevances?
When did "Stardock response to Paul and Fred [Update]" become an open invitation to investigate the entire world of case Law, and, as stated more than once, cloud the issue?
Here's an analogy.
Brad is an astronaut....and posts a thread about just completing a flight where he orbited the earth 10 times.
Others ask..."what was the effect of turbulence on re-entry?" and a conversation ensues.
Elestan comments..."I read online there is a ground-swell of opinion that the Earth is, in fact, FLAT, ergo I cannot accept Brad's description of turbulence as valid. He may not have been in space as he claimed......but notice I have been careful with my choice of words."