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General Flynn Should Burn Because He Perjured Himself? Like Joan Of Arc? “Guilty Pleas” Are A US Travesty Of Justice

May 14, 2020

Justice, done properly, should first consist in finding the truth. This is why justice has learned, in the last three thousand years, to avoid torture. Under torture, suspects would often say whatever. France and Britain learned, in the late middle ages, that well-done police work was superior to torture, to find the truth.

To present suspects with a choice: plead guilty, and get a reduced sentence, or incur the wrath of the judge if pretending to consider oneself innocent, is a travesty of justice… and a form of torture Indeed, it’s not the truth which is the arbiter of justice then, but just the convenience of the deal, the “art of the deal” (an expression of Donald Trump). Thus, Judge Sullivan is actually a wheeler and dealer, similar in spirit to Donald Trump. It goes without saying that justice shouldn’t be about making deals… But US justice is all about making deals!

Johanes D’Arc miniature, 15 C. Jeanne was exonerated 20 years after her death, and made a saint another 4 centuries later… Will general Flynn, also hounded for perjuriously saying he was not guilty after saying he was, be the new Jeanne?

Justice should just render verdicts from truth, mercy, wisdom. To make the “art of the deal” central to justice is a travesty thereof. The habit of US justice to “make deals” (guilty pleas) with suspects makes it a laughing stock, from a more civilized point of view. US justice is to justice what dictator Xi is to presidency.

US make-a-deal justice has put millions of innocents behind bars. Accusing general Flynn of “perjury” because, after all, he was not, in his opinion, guilty, and prosecuting him for that return to truth, calling it perjury, is reminiscent of what happened to Joan of Arc at the hands of another rotten Judge.

Joan had pled guilty, and made a deal with the judge: never to wear men’s clothing anymore (a big deal at the time). However, she did (alleging jailers wanted to rape her). Thus she committed perjury, the Judge thundered from the bench. The penalty for perjury in the middle ages was simple: to be burned alive. So she was. Is this the sort of justice Judge Sullivan wants, by selecting someone new, who has published biased opinion against the general already, to tell us that Flynn committed perjury because once he said he was guilty, but was not? 

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: The situation above is so weird that it’s not even found in Orwell, or Stalin’s practice. Famously, when the Nazis prosecuted a number of innocent men for the burning of the Reichstag, the case was so ridiculous, that it collapsed of its own weight. However, then, the Nazis had not stuffed yet the judicial system with Nazi judges. Ten years later the opposite story came to the fore… when Nazi Judges condemned to death more than 5,000 soldiers for supposedly plotting against the madmen who led Germany.

It was only common sense that the National Security Adviser Elect (general Flynn) talk to the Russian ambassador, and well within the bound of tradition. The judges involved seem to view hating common sense… Something they have in common with their mighty, wealthy sponsors.

By the way, being nice to Joan above does not mean that I changed my opinion deploring the ending of the “100 year war” which saw a split between Paris and London… the entire strategy having been financed and organized by Yolande of Aragon, queen of the 4 kingdoms… It’s Yolande who should have burned, not the young girl…

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In Other News, Biden named a number of “progressives”, including the smart, eloquent, fulminating sexy ex-bartender AOC, to three of six large committees… No doubt this move is supposed to mollify the likes of yours truly. It’s sort of working, I must admit… However, the following article reflects pretty much what I think about it:

https://theintercept.com/2020/05/14/biden-unity-task-force-ocasio-cortez/

I have seen Biden’s career for decades, and he always serve plutocracy. Biden serves plutocracy saw much, he enticed Xi to go where no Chinese president had gone before (aside from Mao, a special case, as there was war).

Moreover I trust Trump more to dismantle the established order than the unholy conspiracy of Biden and his usual partners in the old fashion Republican party (who are also enemies of Trump, whom they hindered to the max when they controlled all the legislature). Trump may be our son of a bitch, but he doesn’t pretend to be a sheep while a pack of rabid wolves is hiding behind that fake sheep… I have been burned by Obama, big time… When he turned out to be like W. Bush, just worse (several objective factors like inequality, lifespan, the Patent System, monopolies, got worse under Obama). So Biden needs to do more than a first tango with AOC to get me mollified… He needs to risk some, by trying to veer US public opinion towards more progress…

Did Xi’s Great Reich Have World Criminal Intent? 

May 13, 2020

Other title, to sound more serious:

All dictatorships  are criminal, in peacetime. But it is one thing, to be criminal inside one’s own country, and it is another, to project one’s criminality onto the world. At first sight, Xi’s regime did the modern equivalent of distributing smallpox blankets to the savages. And we are the savages. So we have been savaged.

At the very least, the West should be able to find out what happened. But Xi’s dictatorship has blocked inquiries. 

My old position on the subject was that the pandemic was made possible by the closed nature of the People Republic of China. But that position turns out to be too moderate. At some point, at the latest around January 7, 2020, Xi and his goons were aware of the danger posed by the new Coronavirus. Why the 7th of January? Because Xi then gave a discourse about the virus to his top goons. By January 23, the enormous city of Wuhan (bigger population than Sweden), and the province of Hubei (as populous as Turkey or Germany) were lockdowned. In particular, all flights were grounded. All land communications were cut out of Hubei, or within Hubei, between cities and villages.

[Vice-President Biden and Virusman Xi, 2013.] US Plutocracy made Hitler, to propel its own greed and empire, in the guise of good business, and jettisoned the German fascist states, when it became useful to do so… twice… US plutocracy also helped to make Xi, same idea. Xi changed the Chinese constitution after being encouraged in his way by Obama goons and US plutocrats, for years. But jettisoning the “Central State” (China) may prove harder… Lest we act now: Xi inherited his power from his dad, but he is still relatively weak, with enemies inside. To wait means a Chinese Kim style family. Virusman is still not as virulent as he will get, now is the time.

Meanwhile the WHO and its head, pushed and installed by Xi and his friends, kept on saying the virus couldn’t be transmitted human to human. Now this head of the WHO is the first who is not a physician, and comes from a country (Ethiopia) with tortured politics (the present leader of Ethiopia got a Nobel Peace Prize but is involved in a nasty civil war now). 

At the very least Xi’s dictatorship is guilty of CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE; they committed acts, such as authorizing flights from Wuhan to the rest of the world, or claiming there was no human to human transmission, while knowing very well that such positioning endangered the rest of the world. And the result was hundreds of thousands dead worldwide, millions sick, and economic damage commensurate, so far with China’s entire yearly GDP.

When it arose after 1948, the Cold War with Russia was NOT caused by Stalin’s USSR being criminally negligent and bringing the death of hundreds of thousands of citizens of NATO countries [1]. In other words, the Cold War got launched, although there was no act of war (Casus Belli: Case Of War).

Xi and his goons knew, by early January, that there was human to human transmission. Had there been free press, free media in China, it would have been obvious there was a vicious SARS epidemic going on, at least a month earlier. Here is the problem of having a Closed Society. But, when the leadership of the Xi Reich decided to act decisively one way, to save massively lives inside China, while it and its agent (the WHO) decided to act the opposite for lives OUTSIDE China, one can only conclude there was a deliberate policy to inflict a pandemic onto the rest of the world.

Did Xi’s Dictatorship have criminal intent? Looks like it. Plutocratic sycophants go around and say a new cold war, this time with a Chinese dictatorship, would be a terrible mistake. Methinks that it would be a worse mistake to do nothing. The casual disregard of most of humanity by Xi is a warning. Let’s not forget his dad was from a regime which didn’t mind to kill dozens of millions to get its way.

What to do?

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Ideally, overthrow the dictatorship… But remember what happened with Sparta, Athens and Persia: 

The situation we have with Xi’s Great Reich is similar with the Direct Democracy of Athens facing the fascist Persian plutocracy. What happened then is that Persia attacked and was defeated in two separate wars it launched. Then Athens tried to free Egypt, its ancient trading partner, in a long war it lost. Persia gained time, and then Sparta attacked Athens, and after thirty years, won, thanks to massive Persian financial intervention (Persia paid and made a Spartan fleet which was the proximal cause of Spartan victory).

What is the exact analogy? China as Persia, Russia as Persia, and the rather more than less degenerated West as Athens. Now Russia is getting hit hard by the Corochinavirus. And, differently from Sparta which was a fascist, racist, lethally murderous regime, Russia, is, nominally, a Republic with a permanent feature, strongman Putin, reminiscent of Pericles. Pericles had an excellent second wife, the philosopher Aspasia, but, he was, overall, a small-man fool (long story involving Pericles’ war plans conducive to a devastating epidemic, as happened; and also self-contradicting, self-destroying, and Athens’ destroying xenophobia). Now Putin has no Aspasia, a state-of the art thinker, instead he goes to talk with monks, who are state-of-the-middle-ages thinkers…

Thus, it’s important to not drive too much of a wedge between Russia and the rest of the West… (I am an old enemy of Putin, who couldn’t resist capturing Putin, land occupied by the Ancient Greeks for a millennium before the Huns came from Mongolia, causing invasions all over).

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Shutting down Xi should be easy:

Bring back as much of the essential economic activities of the West presently conducted inside China until such a level that full war can be conducted the next day. Yes, full war. That means, for example, that the countless drugs presently made in China including the active principles of many antibiotics, and even hydroxychloroquine, should be brought back (even the hydroxychloroquine “made” in India uses an active principle from China). All dual purposes technologies should be exported to China when and only when they are militarily obsolete. 

This will require a refoundation of the US patent system, devastated by Obama and his China friendly plutocratic monopolistic goons… many of them billionaires giving the appearance of a soul to the “Democratic” Party.

As far as a global trading system is concerned, doing without the Chinese dictatorship would not just be salutary, it would be easy. First we can collaborate with India, a giant democracy, soon even larger in population than China… And historically, India was a crucial part of the Middle Earth supercivilization, the Indo-Euro-African ensemble. There is all of South America, all of Africa, to trade with. Trading to the obsessive extent we have been doing, with the Chinese dictatorship has only encouraged the rise of a more malignant form, the Xi regime. The Xi regime is the most aggressive regime based in Beijing since the Mongols ruled China (and tried to invade Japan and Indonesia…)

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The kindness towards dictator Xi went in parallel with the kindness towards our own plutocrats

… which the Obama puppet regime displayed. Admiring a big strongman is conducive to admiring the smaller monopolists collaborating with him. Reminder; this is what happened with Hitler: without his US plutocrats to feed him, finance him and arm him, Hitler would have been nothing. IBM having the entire monopoly of computing inside Hitler’s Reich is enough of a proof. The same. Or similar happened with hundreds of other major US-Nazi industries. We have a similar situation with Xi Reich. It should be discontinued. 

As the Romans used to say: Si vis pacem, para bellum! If want peace, prepare war. Time to prepare war with Xi. After all, war with us is what he has been conducting (with much help from his friends the Western plutocrats). Not true? Prove it. We will soon have millions of corpses to point at, and the king of China has to explain to us why it’s not his fault, when everything points to the contrary. 

Do we want the world to live, threatened by such a lunatic?

Patrice Ayme   

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[1] If the Cold War was launched without Casus Belli, one may ask if the Cold War was not an over reaction. No, as far as the US plutocracy was concerned, for three reasons:

  1. The Cold War was designed to cover the tracks of the US leadership (FDR + Deep State + US plutocracy behind both)… which had given half of Europe to Stalin.
  2. The aim of giving half of Europe to a stupid dictatorship was tantamount to keeping the other half of Europe, the old main center of civilization, hence creativity, under watch by the Stalin watchdog. Hence, instead of focusing on the problem of plutocracy and exactly what just happened within Europe (crafty promotion of German fascism and Nazism by US plutocracy), the European intellectual class launched itself in idle pursuits.
  3. It launched a kabuki theater of fighting pseudo problems (like the Vietnam War: the US and Vietnam are now allies)… instead of the real problem, namely who is pulling the strings in the West.  

94 Year Old French President Sexually Assaulted 37 Year Old German? Natürlich!

May 12, 2020

What a cliché! Two thousands years of French concupiscence lusting after German purity! Those French never rest! They stand erect, even half in the coffin already!

The same old same old… the French male is strong, the German woman weak, under assault, and needs to be protected by the authorities. The newest salacious allegations are exemplary of how propaganda works. A female senior litigation lawyer called onto me, and chuckled:”I told you that was going to happen!” Indeed she did.

Here is the story: this German journalist comes to interview ex-president Valery Giscard D’Estaing (VGE, a conservative) for an hour, about his friend, Helmut Schmidt, ex-German Chancellor (a socialist). After the interview, the journalist asked the president to pose with her for photographs. Then he puts his hand around her waist, then down to her buttock, she claims, and stays there. She fights the lubricious old man with all her might, but can’t escape. Is that all? No. Unfortunately, the photos have come out unsatisfactorily. So the scene has to be repeated: he mightily grabs her pliant waist, and his old crochetty hand goes down towards her unwilling buttock. Again, with all her might the fair maiden fight. But in vain is the Walhalla summoned! Gallic “insistence” wins. Worse! Photographs have to be admired! Magnificent german buns again under assault come! What to do? Retreat to the Faterland! So they part, and the abominable harasser tries to kiss her, on the cheek, and joining psychological violence to the physical, assail her in the language of Goethe itself:”Sweet dreams!”

Contacted VGE, who sits on the French Constitutional Council (as ex-president do)l said he doesn’t remember anything. 

Diana had much to offer. Valéry Giscard D’estaing, Then President, With His Close Friend, Diana, Princess Of Wales In 1994.

So what was my friend’s theory? After Tara Reade’s (believable) allegations against Biden surfaced [1], this legal eagle told me there will now be lots of unbelievable, ludicrous, easily debunked “Me too” stories surfacing… such as allegations against Biden which would be easily thrown out by showing he was not even at the place at the time of the alleged attack (indeed, one such allegation magically surfaced). 

The general idea is that a mood conducive to not believing any woman would be installed to make Biden disappear in a cloud of smoke. Dutifully, French authorities have launched an investigation into the sexual assault allegations made against the 94-year-old former president. German journalist Ann-Kathrin Stracke says:”I decided to tell my story because I think that people should know that a French former president harassed me sexually after an interview.” Maybe she should report that to Hitler, down there in hell, he would say:”I told you so!”.

The 37-year-old journalist accused d’Estaing of groping her backside three times while taking a photograph after she interviewed the former president in 2018, describing it as a “very degrading” situation. On the upside, she has been upgraded as an object of presidential sexual concupiscence…

I was standing to this left, and while taking the photo, he put his hand on my left waist before sliding it to my backside where it stayed. I tried to push him away but I didn’t manage to. I felt like he insisted,‘ she said. There was a third assault when Mr Giscard d’Estaing touched her bottom again while showing her some photographs.

Ms Stracke tried to free her attacker’s hand, ‘several times and with all my strength‘. Methinks the lady protests too much, while cuddling too blatantly…

German public broadcaster WDR “backed” her allegations.

After being sexually assaulted once, I came back for more, twice, so now I am world famous and everybody knows Tara Reade was just of the same cloth… Isn’t that grand? I just had to do what I was told to do, as I told you…

After being sexually assaulted once, with a hand around a waist, I came back for more, thrice, so now I am world famous and everybody knows Tara Reade was just cut from the same cloth… Seeing sex assaults everywhere. Isn’t that grand? I just had to do what I was told to do by my superiors, as I told you they told me to do… Isn’t the establishment grand, auspicious? Do as you are told, and fame, plus a career will come your way…

The old goat was just plain too strong. He is French, you know how those French are since they make wars and win them. Four times I came, and he touched what was offered… very degrading… I am just a poor German maiden invaded by the French in Paris. A new Lorelei warning travellers against the rampaging VGE…

Speaking about fake assaults… So what were Warren’s and Sanders’ campaigns about? They now both support Biden… As if the Archangel Gabriel suddenly supported Lucifer. Against Biden the same allegations made against Trump holds, except, way worse (Trump and Biden were already adversaries in the 1980s, with then Senator Biden one of Reagan’s henchmen… although nominally a “Democrat” (Reagan passed his so-called Revolution, a revolution of greed for the few, thanks to the help of “O’Neil Democrats”, globalizing further plutocratization came out of it). 

Warren and Sanders’ campaign were characterized by ludicrous proposals, which could only be rejected by voters… Such as accepting all and any immigrant (six billions want to come in!), and offering these illegals free healthcare… when average US families are bled dry by Obamacare’s high premiums,  “copays”, “deductibles”, and “facility charges”…

So the end product of Warren’s and Sanders’ campaigns was to give progress a bad name. In particular, give a surtax on billionaire’s incomes a bad name… such a surtax on very high income was passed in a referendum by California voters a few years ago. Now the bad association of the idea with the disastrous, ludicrous Warren and Sanders’ campaigns insures the idea will not propagate… As intended.  

Warren and Sanders loudly accuse Trump of the Corochina virus… instead of putting the blame where it belongs, at the feet of DICTATOR Xi… it is painful to watch Sanders lie in an absurd fashion, claiming the poor people are dying, thanks to Trump, while the wealthy enjoy testing… That was his question to a panel of scientists. Yes, not a question… He was supposed to ask a question, but instead came out with furiously stupid statements.

… while it is surfacing that the Obama administration wiretapped the Trump administration elect… In a “counterintelligence” probe. This is unprecedented in US administrations transitions. Even during the hateful Hoover-Franklin Delano Roosevelt transition, nothing like that happened: FDR just went on a cruise. (One may ask then if those long transitions are so smart; Britain and France operate quick transitions… The transition Hoover-FDR was even longer, though…)

Now if one asks average “Democrats” (I don’t think I know one “Republican”), she or he will tell you Trump was elected by “Russia”. They feel it in their guts.

I need to write a little essay on reasoning with guts.

Please make no mistake: I think we live in a horribly sexist society. I also believe there are plenty of assaulting males out there. However, holding the waist, kissing on the cheek and saying something nice was not considered to be assault, until recently, this side of the Islamist State, or the Catholic Inquisition.

I also believe sexism and sexualism are very big problems, and need to be completely cleared as we evolve a more intelligent society, and so that such a more intelligent society can evolve. However, claiming that a healthy and strong 35 year old woman can be assaulted by a very frail 92 year old man, and that it is HIS fault if she comes back to be “assaulted” another three times… is, per se, sexist. It’s assuming that. per his gender, the male can overpower any female, and also hypnotize her… that’s a complete, grotesquely sexist absurdity. Full grown, non-disabled, in good health, middle age women should be able to resist any 92 year old man: the physical strength curves are very clear. Let alone she should able to resist when many other people are around, and that includes the capacity of resisting the irresistible draw female journalists feel for ex-presidents….

Patrice Ayme

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[1] The Tara Reade story has lots of corroborating evidence, including a call to CNN Larry King by her mother, and a court document in the 1990s where her husband testified that Tara Reade had experienced sexual harassment while in the office of Senator Biden.

“It was obvious that this event had a very traumatic effect,” the ex-husband said, according to the court document, arguing that it led her to make exaggerated claims against him, “and that she is still sensitive and effected by it today.”

How Theodosius The Great’s Fanaticism Collapsed The Roman Empire

May 9, 2020

Augustus Valens, senior emperor, got killed in the disastrous defeat of Adrianopolis. In spite of the admonition of the Frank Richomeres, who told Valens of the proximity of the large, experienced and recently victorious Occidental Roman Field Army, Valens tried to solve the problem all by himself. Valens seems to have been driven beyond reason by the jealous mood of the Bible god. [1] 

Valens’ brother, Valentinian I, had named him Augustus. Valentinian himself then made his teenage son Gratian co-emperor with him in Occident (the same sort of arrangement Marcus Aurelius had disastrously opted for, two centuries earlier, by elevating the teenage Commodus). According to Ammianus, “Valentinian I hated the well-dressed and educated and wealthy and well-born“. Valentinian was an anti-intellectual, and brought others of the same persuasion to power. Just when the empire needed maximum smarts, the opposite road was selected.

Nineteen (!) year old emperor Gratian, a fanatical Christian under the influence of expert manipulator Ambrose, bishop of Milan, agreed to let Theodosius replace Valens. Gratian had been co-Augustus in Occident, named that way by his father… A Christian who hated intellectuals. He father died during a fit of anger he directed at some German ambassadors.

Theodosius’ own father, Flavius Theodosius, had been a supreme commander, Comes Britanniarum (British top General, companion of the emperor). He had put down a “Great Conspiracy” in Britain, and one in Mauritania, the rebellion of Firmus. As a reward, he was then executed (!). Pluto-kratia; when evil (Pluto) is in power (kratia), knives fly in all directions. His son had served under him, and retired in Spain.  

Theodosius son of Theodosius had become a famous soldier in his own right. Dux Moesiae, he drove back Sarmatians who had invaded Moesia. So, shortly after the disaster of Adrianopolis, the 33 year old Theodosius, was called upon, came out of retirement and became emperor of the Orient.

Theodosius I; Very Roman In Appearance, Very Rotten Inside

Such were the Byzantine complexities of the Roman State at the time: something was going on, but we don’t know what it was… because Christian fanatics destroyed the history books written during the Late Empire (one of those comprised 22 volumes, all lost; presumably Christianism didn’t look good enough, even to the Christians). Theodosius the Son was a fanatical Christian of the Nicene creed. He found himself Augustus, and immediately enforced that creed, decreeing punishment against “heretics”… At the whim of the emperor (all the way up to torture to death).

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All Too Christian Biased and Traditional Historiography Has Theodosius I Upside Down:

The usual description of Emperor Theodosius found in old history books celebrate him in terms similar to those reserved to Constantine. Typically Theodosius is described as a great Roman emperor because he made peace with the Goths, extirpated Paganism, and defeated the “usurper” Eugenius, unifying the empire under his steady hand. This is a first reading, a reading at a distance, superficially true, yet violently poisonous if swallowed: out of it came the reputation of the Catholicism Inquisition for humanism, charity, wisdom and goodness.

My interpretation is quite the opposite. Emperor Theodosius established the Inquisition and made himself its enforcer. Although the Franks discontinued that barbarity in the following century, and for the five centuries after that, it would reappear in 1026 CE (and thereafter fester for eight centuries…) In the late Middle Ages, when the feudal aristocrats encountered difficulties with a restive populace, religious terror, helped by the universities, came in handy to accuse anybody who was too smart for the comfort of the established order. The Catholic fascism exerted by Theodosius brought the massive systematic destruction of books and libraries, for example that of the world’s greatest library in Alexandria. Ths was not a detail. It was the systematic annihilation of the written word, and of all of culture and knowledge. If it was not of a Christian nature it had to die (so we know of non-Christians, mostly from the critique fanatical Christians made of them!)

De facto, after the execution of Gratian by Maximus, and especially after the death of the latter, Theodosius was sole emperor of the empire (until the “usurpation” of Eugenius).    

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Theodosius Having Opened The Empire To Goths And Huns, then Destroyed The Occidental Roman Army:

Far from pacifying the Barbarians, Theodosius, not content with making the Goths into co-leaders of the empire, also allied himself with the Huns, introducing them as military muscle inside the empire as early as 384 CE 9he did it again, eight years later, and this time the Huns didn’t leave, nor could they be caught). Theodosius also promoted to the highest command of the empire the Visigoth Alaric and the half Vandal Stilicho. Alaric and Stilicho dominated the politics and military operations of the Occidental empire in the 400-410 CE period (Stilicho was executed in 408 and Alaric seized Rome in 410 CE).

Valentinian II was suicided, some say, possibly by agents of the chief of the occidental Roman army, the very experienced Frank Arbogast (nephew of Flavius Richomeres). Under the Arbogast-Eugenius leadership, the ancestral religious rites were once again performed openly and the Altar of Victory was restored.

The very young Occidental emperor seemed to have had committed suicide. So it’s not clear that Eugenius was illegitimate. However, pushed by the mother of the defunct, Theodosius decided to pretend, after many months, that the young emperor had been suicided… And thus that Eugenius was illegitimate (as most historians have been paid to love monarchs and the established order, and tend to concur with Theodosius). 

The battle of Frigidus was the last stand of the old, proven ways and secularism against fanatical, scorched earth Catholicism. Emperor-usurper Eugenius fronting for Arbogast, the Frank heading the Occidental Roman army, fought Theodosius and his barbaric allies. Theodosius’ army was composed nearly half of Goths. They paid a heavy price on the first day (10,000 Goths killed). On the second day, Theodosius’ Goths won, thanks to the sort of peculiar hurricane  wind  which often ravages that particular valley. The wind blew in the face of the Occidental Roman army, defeating its artillery, and helping that of their adversaries. Thus, although the 55,000 soldiers of Arbogast more numerous and more experienced army should have won, they were defeated. The hurricane could only be interpreted as a sign that Bible God was stronger than Hercules (under the banner of whom the Occidental Roman army was fighting).

That catastrophic battle is generally not mentioned… Obviously because historians steeped in Christianism view it as a great victory against the forces of the past… The obverse of my point of view, which is that Pagans and Atheists were much more tolerant. But, basically, at Frigidus, two thirds of the really experienced Roman field army was annihilated.

Although the Roman army in 378 CE, just before Adrianopolis had comprised 500,000 men most were garrison soldiers manning the Limes. They were useless: invaders blitzkrieged around them, and cut them from the back. The total Roman field army was less than 100,000, and the only superlative force. Maybe 30% of the total field army had been killed at Adrianopolis. Then 55% were defeated by that hurricane at Frigidus. So basically there was no more Roman Field Army by 395CE!   

The situation didn’t escape potential invaders. Frigidus was immediately followed by German invasions targeting Illyricum (present day Western Balkans). Stilicho, a half Vandal, then regent installed by Theodosius, used the army present at Frigidus to try to repel the invaders: there was nothing else. And as I said that army, which got very lucky at Frigidus, was half composed of green, inexperienced troops. The only experienced troops were Alaric’s Goths (and that’s why they conquered Rome, 16 years later). 

One often encounters historians baffled by the fall of the Roman Occident to the Germans. Those dense gentlemen are so alien to military matters that they fail to realize that, once your empire has no army, if there are barbarians at the gates, the empire falls. Indeed the massive invasions started immediately after Frigidus. The mass crossing of the frozen Rhine on December 31, 406 CE, by many German nations, occurred only 12 years and three months after Frigidus.

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Christian Terror Expanded:

Constantine had been prudent, Valentinian had delayed. But the ideology of Bible God condoned the greatest excesses of fascist oligarchism unchained. However the ambitious Ambrose, bishop of Milan, once governor of a Province, exerted great influence on the teenage emperor, Gratian. 

Vicious principles of religious jurisprudence were established, to punish who still adhered to the ceremonies of their Roman ancestors: that the tolerant magistrate was, in some measure, guilty of the crimes which he neglected to strike, prohibit or punish; and that the idolatrous worship of fabulous deities and real daemons was the most abominable crime against the State.

Saint. Ambrose (tom. ii. de Obit. Theodos. p. 1208 [ed. Bened.]) expressly praises and recommends the zeal of Josiah in the destruction of idolatry. The language of Senator Julius Firmicus Maternus had argued earlier (348 CE) in “De errore profanarum religionum” p. 467, edit. Gronov. [Rotterod. 1743]) is piously inhuman. It was altruistic to forcefully convert Pagans. They will thank the Emperor for forcing them to embrace Christianity, one should guide them by the sword: “Nec filio jubet (the Mosaic Law) parci, nec fratri, et per amatam conjugem gladium vindicem ducit, etc.”

Until the reign of the teenager Gratian, the Romans preserved the several colleges of the sacerdotal order. Fifteen PONTIFFs exercised their supreme jurisdiction over the service of the gods; various questions were submitted to the judgment of their holy tribunal. Fifteen  AUGURS observed the face of the heavens, and prescribed heroic actions, supposedly, from the flight of birds. According to Cicero, the auctoritas of ius augurum included the right to adjourn and overturn the process of law: Consular election could be – and was – rendered invalid by inaugural error. For Cicero, this made the augur the most powerful authority in the Republic, as augurs overruled democracy. Cicero frankly (ad Atticum, l. ii. Epist. 5) or indirectly (ad Familiar. 1. xv. Epist 4) confesses that the Augurate is the supreme object of his wishes. Pliny is proud to tread in the footsteps of Cicero (1. iv. Epist. 8)

Cicero was co-opted into the college only late in his career… but that didn’t spare him, not anymore than Caesar, who was dressed with the robes of the Pontifex Maximus when he was assassinated. The title was used by the emperors, before Gratian, and is still used for the Pope. Fifteen keepers of the mysterious Sibylline books guided Rome and her aura, since times immemorial (their name of QUINDECEMVIRS was derived from their number). The Quindecemvirs occasionally consulted the history of future, and, of contingent events. Six VESTALS devoted their virginity to the guard of the sacred fire and of the unknown pledges of the duration of Rome, which no mortal had been suffered to behold with impunity.(4) Seven EPULOS prepared the table of the gods, conducted the solemn procession, and regulated the ceremonies of the annual festival.

All this was thrown overboard in the late Fourth Century. Nobody dared to claim the destruction of the Sibylline books. According to my chronology, Rome collapsed immediately after that. 

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Kill Them All, So Christ Can Be: 

Christianization was enforced by murderers. In 386, scholar Libanius appealed without success to emperor Theodosius so-called “The Great”, to prevent the destruction of a temple in Edessa, and pleaded for toleration and the preservation of the temples against the ongoing attacks of Christian monks, who he claimed:

hasten to attack the temples with sticks and stones and bars of iron, and in some cases, disdaining these, with hands and feet. Then utter desolation follows, with the stripping of roofs, demolition of walls, the tearing down of statues and the overthrow of altars, and the priests must either keep quiet or die

After demolishing one, they scurry to another, and to a third, and trophy is piled on trophy, in contravention of the law. Such outrages occur even in the cities, but they are most common in the countryside. Many are the foes who perpetrate the separate attacks, but after their countless crimes this scattered rabble congregates and they are in disgrace unless they have committed the foulest outrage…Temples, Sire, are the soul of the countryside: they mark the beginning of its settlement, and have been passed down through many generations to the men of today. In them the farming communities rest their hopes for husbands, wives, children, for their oxen and the soil they sow and plant. 

An estate that has suffered so has lost the inspiration of the peasantry together with their hopes, for they believe that their labour will be in vain once they are robbed of the gods who direct their labours to their due end. And if the land no longer enjoys the same care, neither can the yield match what it was before, and, if this be the case, the peasant is the poorer, and the revenue jeopardized.

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Symmanchus, plutocrat, Senator, Proconsul, Augur and prefect of Rome, spoke in the name of Rome, by then more than eleven centuries old, and addressed the Senate: “Most excellent princes, fathers of your country! pity and respect my age, which has hitherto flowed in an uninterrupted course of piety. Since I do not repent, permit me to continue in the practice of my ancient rites. Since I am born free, allow me to enjoy my domestic institutions. This religion has reduced the world under my laws. These rites have repelled Hannibal from the city, and the Gauls from the Capitol. Were my grey hairs reserved for such intolerable disgrace? I am ignorant of the new system that I am required to adopt; but I am well assured that the correction of old age is always an ungrateful and ignominious office.”

Bishop Ambrose turned philosophical in reply, as it was most convenient to do so: one shouldn’t have to introduce an imaginary and invisible power, he said, as the cause of Roman victories, which were sufficiently explained by the valour and discipline of the legions. He derided the absurd reverence for antiquity, which discourages progress. He pronounced that Christianity alone is the doctrine of truth and salvation, and that every mode of Polytheism is an abyss of eternal perdition. Ambrose carried the mood of the times… It was all too easy: another teenage emperor, Valentinian II, even younger, had succeeded Gratian. 

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One Crazy Catholic Emperor Succeeds Another, And The Ancient Roman Ways, Some Secular, Are Gone: 

Revolt was brewing. After a few victories against the Germans (probably due to the senior Frankish commander Richomeres) emperor Gratian became increasingly delirious and deleterious to the empire. Often dressed like a Scythian (a Hun, basically), Gratian and his Christian fanaticism had become insufferable to the army. He was defeated in battle by Maximus, the top commander in Britain, west of Paris, fled, but was executed, next to Lyon.

After defeating Maximus, thanks greatly to his Frankish commanders Richomeres and his nephew Arbogast, Theodosius put in power the 16 year old Valentinian II. The latter, egged on by Ambrose, a province governor turned bishop of Milan, refused to restore the ancient ways that Gratian had destroyed. The Anician, Bassi, the Paullini, the Gracchi Senatorial families, prestigious all, embraced the Christian religion.

The lesser plutocrats had finally understood it was in their best interest to embrace the Christian hoax, as the top plutocrats, the emperors, had long done. Now all could rule in the name of god, per the grace of god, a much better foundation for privilege:  

As Prudentius put it:

the luminaries of the world, the venerable assembly of Catos, were impatient to strip themselves of their pontifical garment — to cast the skin of the old serpent — to assume the snowy robes of baptismal innocence — and to humble the pride of the consular fasces before the tombs of the martyrs.

The pretense of God-given purity had replaced the fasces of the People united around the axe of justice. 

Senatorial plutocracy converted to showy baptismal innocence, to better keep its grip on power and slaves.

The decrees of the senate proscribed the worship of idols. The Capitol and the temples were abandoned to ruin and contempt. Rome submitted to the Gospels. 

After defeating Maximus, Theodosius ordered Cynegius, the Praetorian prefect of the East, and then Comes (top generals) Jovius and Gaudentius, two officers of the West, to shut the temples, to seize or destroy the instruments of idolatry, to abolish the privileges of the priests, and to confiscate the consecrated property for the benefit of the emperor, the Christian church, and the army.

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Destruction Of All Books, Including the World’s Largest Library:

Magnificent temples, which could have been turned into churches, army barracks  or manufacturing centers, were destroyed by Christian mobs excited by Christian leaders, who were anxious to destroy the past, including its art. Imagine the Islamist State, on a much grander scale, and all over. Those Christian “Men in Black” were the original. Islam is a pale copy. 

In Alexandria, the Serapeum was one of the wonders of the world. it nominally celebrated a deity of Pontus (next to Byzantium). Its stately halls and exquisite statues displayed the triumph of the arts; and the treasures of ancient learning were preserved in the famous Alexandrian library therein. in 389 CE, Saint Theophilus, a bold, bad man, whose hands perpetually polluted with gold and with blood, besieged the philosopher Olympius and his followers entrenched in the fortress of the Serapis. Then a decree of Theodosius ordered the Serapis and the world’s greatest library, destroyed. So great was the authority of the emperor that the Pagans, Agnostics and intellectuals submitted. 

That the collections of the world’s greatest library had found refuge in the giant, fortress-like Serapeum is telling. It tells that Paganism was allied to erudition, and was tolerant of variegated knowledge. Serapis was itself a Greco-Egyptian deity.

In 390 CE, Theodosius decreed that: “It is our will and pleasure, that none of our subjects, whether magistrates or private citizens, however exalted or however humble may be their rank and condition, shall presume in any city or in any place to worship an inanimate idol by the sacrifice of a guiltless victim.

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As librairies, books and temples burned all over at the hands of “Men In Black”, rebellion brewed. 

Theodosius II shortly before his death, ordered that the books of philosopher Porphyry, whose dangerous  treatise “Against the Christians” had hocked the Emperor or some of his advisers, to be burned.

The unity of the Catholic faith in matters of dogma was considered of supreme importance. “Truth, which is simple and one,” wrote Pope Leo I, “does not admit of variety.” (varietatem veritas, quae est simplex atque una, non recipit ).

Manichaeism was a mixture of Zoroastrian, Christian, Buddhist ideas, with the time-honored and excellent Zoroastrian principles prevalent. This religion was founded by Mani in Persia in the Third Century (Mani was born in 216 CE). Jesus was proclaimed to be purely divine (and a predecessor to Mani). At its height between the Third and Fourth centuries, Manichaeism was one of the most wide-spread religions in the world. Manichaean churches and scriptures existed as far east as China.

 

Theodosius made a habit to proffer frequent and  drastic laws against the Manicheans. The heresy was insidious, because the heretics were difficult to discover; they often took part in Christian ceremonies and passed for universal (katholikos) and orthodox, and they disguised their views. Theodosius deprived them of civil rights and banished them from towns. Those who sheltered themselves under harmless names were liable to the penalty of death. Theodosius ordered the Praetorian Prefect of the East to institute “inquisitors” for the purpose of discovering Manicheans. They were banned from towns. Under emperor Theodosius II and  Nestorius, a vigorous effort to sweep the heresy was conducted. The Manichaeans were stigmatised as men who had “descended to the lowest depths of wickedness“. By the early Fifth Century, Manicheans were systematically executed. 

 

So when did the empire fall? When a regime has become a predecessor of the Third Reich, where followers of an innocuous religion/superstition are systematically executed because everybody is supposed to scrupulously follow the regime’s own superstition (Catholicism) should not one consider that this regime has already failed? 

 

Here is another example. “Circumcellions” regarded martyrdom as the true Christian virtue. As the early Church Father Tertullian said, “a martyr’s death day was actually his birthday“. Analogies with Islamist martyrs are not coincidental, we are talking of their cultural ancestors here. Circumcellions focused on bringing about their own martyrdom(their name comes from their hungry circumvolutions around cellars).

The early medieval author known as Pseudo-Jerome wrote of Christian extremists: “Because they love the name martyr and because they desire human praise more than divine charity, they kill themselves.” 

Because it is written in the Gospel of John that Jesus had told Peter to put down his sword in the Garden of Gethsemane (John 18:11), the Circumcellions avoided bladed weapons and used clubs, which they called “Israelites“. Using their “Israelites“, the Circumcellions would attack Roman legionaries  or random travelers on the road, while shouting “Laudate Deum!” (“Praise God!” in Latin). The object of these random beatings was to provoke the victim to kill them, thereby becoming “martyrs”. They were intertwined with their allies the Donatists who came to dominate Africa by the end of the reign of Theodosius.

At the beginning of the sixth century a Pagan historian, Zosimus, writes of the “so‑called monks“. Zosimus had been an official of the treasury; but he testifies to the growing popularity, wealth, and power of monastic institutions: “They renounce legal marriages and fill their populous institutions in cities and villages with celibate people, useless either for war or for any service to the State; but gradually growing from the time of Arcadius to the present day they have appropriated the greater part of the earth, and on the pretext of sharing all with the poor they have, so to speak, reduced all to poverty.” 

[Zosimus, (Greek Ζώσιμος), New History 5.23; Early Byzantine, pagan author of a history of the Roman Empire, published in the first quarter of the sixth century CE.]

 

And so it went. Christianism, soon named Catholicism, after assassinating all the eunuchs priests of Egypt, under Constantine, went on, similarly to the Islaist State, to kill and appropriate to itself the world. In such an approach, the collapse of the Roman State was an ally, not an impediment. Both Christians and their adversaries were incessantly talking about the second coming of another Julian, to put an end of the Catholic wasting of civilization. This urged the Catholic authorities to destroy institutions, books and buildings faster. 

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Fortunately, to the north-west, the Franks already had power: they were fighting among each other… but they didn’t feel civilization, let alone freedom, was their enemy, quite the opposite. The franks were not the establishment. Arbogast could have been elected Augustus by the Occidental Roman army. But he was just a Frank. His uncle had become Consul, but it was too early to become emperor, de jure (besides that would not have changed anything about the hurricane wind). 

In the late Fifth Century, the mood changed, and Frankish power was recognized as fully endowed by the Roman state: Childeric, Clovis’ father, was buried in the full dress of a Roman imperator. Consular powers were given to Clovis by Constantinople. Emperor Justinian would reconquer most of the Mediterranean shore, all the way to Spain… But recognized the imperium of the Franks. The collaboration between Constantinople and the Franks would last all the way until 1204 CE, when a rogue Frankish army seized Constantinople, and established a “Latin” empire there. 

Books became harder to write after the Muslim blockade closed the Imperium Francorum from Egypt (Papyrus!) and the silk roads, and the economy got stunted from the blockade (Pirenne thesis)… but progress became the solution ever more, to better reject theocratic fascism. 

What is missing in Pirenne thesis is that it is the Catholic fanatics which destroyed all the books. Not, as far as we know, the invading Germans. And that destruction of books and intellectuals happened nearly two centuries before the birth of Muhammad. If anything, the anti-intellectualism of Theodosius was the forerunner of the anti-intellectualism of the Four Righteous Caliphs (especially Omar, Ali).

Patrice Ayme 

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[1] Richomeres succeeded to extricate himself from the catastrophe, and would fight on to become Consul; head of the Oriental Roman cavalry, he died just before the Frigidus battle against his own nephew!

 

[Essay will be reinforced later, to emphasize the importance of the battle Of Frigidus, the proximal cause of the empire’s destruction.]

 

Illegal Cutting Of Trees

May 7, 2020

A bane of civilization is ignorant savages with an agenda of self-importance destroying the environment so that they feel they are on a mission and all can see it. I met Margot Cunningham who explained to me that she wanted all the trees of Albany Hill destroyed (except for a little forest of obviously very ancient oaks in a corner). Margot wants to replace the wooden hill by a “coastal prairie”. Her sister makes paintings about it, and gloats that it’s a bit delicate to destroy all this ecosystem, so one has to do it, little piece by little piece, same way as one boils a frog.

Coastal North-West California, and in particular the San Francisco Bay Area originated several species of trees unique in the world: Sequoia Sempervirens, Monterey Pine, Monterey Cypress, Brewster Pine, and a type of Juniper found only in the East Bay Hills. Unsurprisingly, several centuries ago, several of these trees grew there. I pointed out to her that well paid vandals recently destroyed a number of endangered species of trees on the hill. Margot Cunningham told me coolly she was the one who ordered the endangered trees cut. Shockingly, all these trees are on private property (including some I am a co-owner of), and owners gave no authorization. 

Monarchs are MIGRATING butterflies, which can fly thousands of kilometers. It’s a very deep scientific mystery. The Western species is CRITICALLY endangered with only a few thousands left. I have actually witnessed scenes similar to the one above, on the very hill on which the City Albany poison oak zealots insist to destroy trees.

Right in the middle of the lockdown, then, one more giant tree got cut. Apparently the City of Albany considers it essential to destroy the ecology of Albany Hill (). Or is that rather common situation of non-essential workers wasting taxpayer money on an anti-ecological task? The perverse plan is to cut trees one by one, in the hope that there will not be an outcry. A few days ago, still, some of the critically endangered Western Monarch butterflies were living in that tree, but here comes the ecologist with a chainsaw.  Reason? The giant Blue Gum Eucalyptus from Tasmania is not native, they say, and they swell their chest with the rightful indignation racist tend to exhibit against those who don’t belong in their opinion. A troubling case of lack of self-examination, in a country where 98% of the population has nothing to do with the “Natives”. 

However the eucalyptuses are critical for a number of species: squirrels, hummingbirds  and endangered birds of prey live in the trees. The Blue Gums, one of the world’s tallest trees is functionally equivalent to trees which used to be there: it makes rain out of the fog, just as the Monterey pines, cypresses and sequoias do.   

There are as little as 20,000 Western monarchs left, in the world, and a sizable portion of the population lives among the eucalyptuses of that particular hill. Studies have shown that the remarkable monarch, a large migrating butterfly, prefers Blue Gum to native species. 

I would agree to replace some of the Blue Gums with Native Monterey pines, cypresses and sequoias. But this is not the plan of Margot Cunningham. She has made in her mind a fantasy that grass should only be found and all trees cut. She dares says this, after Donald Trump, president of the United States, announced that the government of the U.S. would commit to the Trillion Trees Initiative: one trillion trees planted would counteract ten years of increased CO2. The USA right now plants 2.2 billion trees a year, the highest rate of any country in the world. 

Worse Margot told me that, on land I co-own, only Poison Oak should be found, and she would make it so. Now, Poison Oak, although Native, is the ultimate pest. First it profits from human activity, and is orders of magnitude more frequent than it used to be before the ancestors of Margot Cuningham showed up: Native Americans justly didn’t like it, and took strict measures against it.  Poison Oak creates dermatitis which can kill, especially if it gets in the lungs. Poison Oak is also extremely flammable. Should the Albany Hill Poison Oak burns, as happened in the past, the smoke could kill (firefighters have been killed by Poison Oak).

So why is this happening? People want to feel special and important. Most are not.     

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: Letter sent to the City of Albany Park Commission:

Another large tree was cut on Albany Hill. The healthy tree threatened nobody and was far from any path. It sheltered Western Monarch butterflies, a critically endangered species. There are less than 20,000 (twenty thousands) of these migrant butterflies left in the world and many find refuge in the forest of large trees of Albany Hill. The cut tree was also on the border of the forest, next to a large mass of poison oak which will now further extend into the decaying tree corpse.

An employee of the city, Margot Cunningham, told me she wanted only poison oak on Albany Hill, that was her mission in life. This passion for ecological destruction goes against species preservation, including rare and endangered animals and tree species presently found on Albany Hill. 

Moreover, the policy of destruction of the existing ecosystem reduces Albany Hill from a three dimensional biological medium, to a two dimensional surface covered with poison. There is a risk to this strategy: poison oak smoke kills, so, as Margot Cunningham gets her fancy, she puts thousands of human lives at risk. The legal responsibility of the City of Albany is also engaged, as it is thereby told that this policy puts lives at risk. 

Another problem is that humanity needs to absorb CO2 with large growing trees: one trillion trees would revert ten years of CO2 production. This is why the US Federal government joined the one trillion trees initiative, and why the US is presently planting 2.2 billion trees a year. For the City of Albany to have an official, taxpayer paid policy of replacing a forest by poisonous shrubs goes against all of this. 

Last point: most of Albany Hill is privately owned. Owners were not consulted before Ms. Cunningham embarked on her poorly informed crusade of cutting endangered trees and, or, trees providing critical habitat to endangered animals, on their properties. This includes a critically endangered snake (which was observed as recently as last week on Albany Hill).

[See NYT Protecting the Monarchs, 7 May 2020. By Alexis Okeowo and ]

Dark Black Hole Next Door

May 6, 2020

HR 6819, is a double star system, about 1,000 light-years away, or roughly 9.5 thousand, million, million kilometers, in the Constellation Telescopium. On the scale of the galaxy, it’s next door. Usually Black Holes are detected by the sparks of material furiously accelerated as it falls towards the hole (“Accretion” BH). Copious X-rays are emitted. However, this phenomenon arises typically when two stars are in close orbit, one goes supernova, then implode into a Black Hole, and material keeps transferring from the other star towards the hole.

If the stars are far enough, and one collapses into a Black Hole, there is no reason for a transfer of material. The Black Hole arises because, to our knowledge, gravity will overwhelm any force we know of, if there is enough mass M in a tight enclosure. Notice the “if”. In truth we are not absolutely sure that Black Hole equation, passed a point will behave as General Relativity supposes, because we could only be sure if we are sure we have all of physics figured out. Highly unlikely…

A basic trick used all over astronomy to evaluate the masses of stars and planets, as long as something rotates around them. Gravitational constant has been put equal to unity, to simplify.

But one thing that is clear, and it was already clear to Laplace in the Eighteenth Century, if there is enough mass concentrated, particles of light won’t come out. Laplace waxed lyrical on the subject, until he realized that, thanks to Young’s and others’ work, it looked like light was, after all, a wave, not a particle as Laplace had assumed, following Newton. It was clear how to hold a particle down, with a concentrated mass… But not a wave. So Laplace, assuming now light was a wave, removed Black Holes from late editions of his book!  We can see that the wave-particle perplexity was already causing trouble centuries ago…

The HR 6819 Black Hole can be characterized from its interaction with the two stars of HR 6819 – one that orbits the hole, and the other that orbits this inner pair.

HR 6819 can be seen with just the naked eye from the southern sky. No telescope or binoculars are needed. The 2.2m telescope at La Silla Observatory in Chile reveals the inner of the two visible stars to be orbiting an unseen object every 40 days.

Considering the speed of the orbiting star, and its radius, the invisible object is found to be around four solar masses, more than twice the mass at which a Black Hole is unavoidable in a dark object (a star can have up to hundreds of times the mass of the Sun, but only because raging thermonuclear fire keeps it inflated).

Stars at the end of their lives with a bit more than 1.4 solar masses will implode the Black Hole way. Some think there maybe 10^8 of them in the Milky Way… Which has an area of roughly 10^10 light years… this makes it likely there are other really black Black Holes of the same type closer than that…

Patrice Ayme

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From the source:

A naked-eye triple system with a nonaccreting black hole in the inner binary,⋆⋆

Abstract:

Several dozen optical echelle spectra demonstrate that HR 6819 is a hierarchical triple. A classical Be star is in a wide orbit with an unconstrained period around an inner 40 d binary consisting of a B3 III star and an unseen companion in a circular orbit. The radial-velocity semi-amplitude of 61.3 km s−1 of the inner star and its minimum (probable) mass of 5.0 M (6.3 ± 0.7 M) imply a mass of the unseen object of ≥4.2 M (≥5.0 ± 0.4 M), that is, a black hole (BH). The spectroscopic time series is stunningly similar to observations of LB-1. A similar triple-star architecture of LB-1 would reduce the mass of the BH in LB-1 from ∼70 M to a level more typical of Galactic stellar remnant BHs. The BH in HR 6819 probably is the closest known BH to the Sun, and together with LB-1, suggests a population of quiet BHs. Its embedment in a hierarchical triple structure may be of interest for models of merging double BHs or BH + neutron star binaries. Other triple stars with an outer Be star but without BH are identified; through stripping, such systems may become a source of single Be stars.

Two Little Swallows For Our Common Fate

May 5, 2020

A couple of iridescent, blue green swallows were dashing,

Towards the shining field of colorful flowers, rich with swarming insects,

But it was fake, lethal news,

A reflection from the deadly, unattended glass,

Of a deserted environmental center,

Abandoned by terrified humans, fleeing the virus,

Who, unawares, left a cruel trap behind.

The second bird, in a flash of time,

Alerted by the crash of her mate in the glass,

From millisecond acrobatics,

Was able to mitigate the blow.

Intelligence can save something,

If not everything.

A little girl saw the accident,

Rushed to the rescue of the once soaring creatures.

Both passed out on the cold ciment.

One slowly recovering her senses,

The other could only re-open her eyes and shiver.

Beautiful gestures are the most significant.

Once artist of the skies,

Now in a very bad way.

The little girl kept the iridescent flier warm in her hands.

She named her Bibi Mc Grae.

It’s important to name who one loves,

That brings them to life in one’s mind,

However ephemeral those we love live.

Love time doesn’t measure.

Love is a gift.

A sharing of destinies.

What did the poor broken bird think?

That she had gone to birdie paradise,

And a gentle goddess was taking care of her?

Smoothing her long wings…

Reassuring her iridescent plumage

Bibi Mc Grae’s neck was broken,

She finally died, at peace, taken care of. 

Her mate was finally able to fly away,

Hopefully to start a new life,

Splurging on pests gulped in the sky.

The little girl cried,

And was long sad for her delicate friend Bibi McGrae,

So light, so beautiful, so exquisite,

To whom she gave tender loving care,

In her time of ultimate suffering.

Leaving the life of an exile,

Her families oceans away always,

She had never seen death before.

Death had been an abstraction,

Something which happened to Ann Frank,

And little red riding hoods.

Yes, death had happened to an uncle,

And her loving grand mother,

And the later 

Brought oceans of tears.

Her grandmother used to say,

Amazed:”Elle est si gentille, cette petite”

(She is so gentle and kind, this little one)

Yet still,

Those distant deaths,

Didn’t happen in her hand, 

Shivering, inexorable, unavoidable,

Between those long, exquisite, iridescent wings,

Splayed like a shroud

In these times of lethal pandemic,

Just two parents,

Two very vulnerable parents,

Are all there is, between her,

And the death of love

As she will never feel again.

We the living of Earth are miracles,

We give the universe feeling,

Significance, even eternity.

In a way, 

We are one, all of us from the living, 

Stupendously present, 

Individually passing away, some say insignificant,

Yet they are wrong, because we are,

Collectively irreplaceable.

We are divine,

And yet so fragile, light as birds weighting nothing,

Our time will come and go,

But our gentleness will remain.

Yes we can’t prove it,

But we can show it,

That’s all proofs are,

And teach the gods.

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Patrice Ayme

Fascism, Civilization, Plutocracy, Globalization: Recurring Perversion, Eternal Vigilance

May 4, 2020

How did we get in the pickle of purchasing everything from the Chinese strongman, despicable, vicious and hyper dangerous Virusman Xi, this parody of a human being? Even Attila is starting to look good in comparison. 

It seems clear that, by opening infected Wuhan to the world, while closing Wuhan to China, Xi and his goons, lying about the danger the virus represented, did to the world what some vicious invaders did to the Native Americans, when they distributed smallpox infected blankets.

But why was the clownish dictator endowed with so much power by our media controlling “Western” plutocracy? Why did our plutocracy love the guy so much? Well, for the exact same reason as the leaders of a degenerating Rome falling in love with… the Huns. Yes, because the Romans did, even conducting military campaigns together as allies with the Huns… Attila came later.

We fell for virusman Xi the same reason as we fell in for Hitler. Or more exactly our self-interested elites such as the insufferable Gates, fell for it… Because they are very much that way. For the same reason as the insufferable Feudal system was able to impose itself on civilization. For the same reason the self-described “Bests” (“Optimates”) caused the death of the Roman Republic. 

Civilization, by definition, harnesses the multitude, thus the enormous might of fascism and the Dark Side, combined. Civilization also leverages various exponentials. This leaves civilization vulnerable to exponentiating oligarchies. Taxation has often been viewed, and should be viewed, first, as a way to prevent such oligarchic exponentiations. 

The Roman republic lasted five centuries, in full, because it had understood this and limited absolutely wealth and power. However, ultimately oligarchies we able to wrestle the state from We The People. They called themselves the “Optimates” or “Aristocrats” and have poisoned public life with their tyrannical propaganda (and attending “Lord” religion) ever since. 

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The Roman Forum in 2008, looking east toward the Arch of Titus, with the remains of the Temple of Saturn (right), the Temple of Castor and Pollux (center, with three columns), and the Temple of Vespasian (foreground); the Palatine Hill, seat of the imperial palace, rises to the right…

Here is my general thinking on this, abstracted:

Civilization Instrumentalizes Fascism: 

Civilization is living in cities, and organization thereof. One gets economies of scale in matters such as agriculture, trade and the tech systems to support them. A dozen people can’t build an aqueduct, but a few thousands can establish an entire state resting on irrigation by canals, such as the ancient Tiwanaku state in South America.

But one can’t have a state if one doesn’t have the law, law enforcement and defense. In other words, force.

All advanced animals know that a mob can handle great threats: many passerine birds will cooperate and attack a bird of prey… It’s not just social animals, like crows, who are using the strategy. Now that’s the essence of the method that came to be known as fascism, because the Republican Romans represented it by fasces. 

Basically, for its defense, civilization harnesses fascism on an industrial scale. “Fascism” is not an insult, it’s just out of many, one, so the axe of justice can cut through whatever opposes We The People (hence the representation by the Roman Republic with fasces bound around an axe, symbolizing the majesty and power of high magistrates).

Civilizations needs to harness all sorts of fascisms, some mild and necessary, such as “Dura Lex. Sed Lex”. Some hard, like what the Romans called decimation, the act of taking one soldier out of ten and to execute him, whether individually innocent or not, just because their cohort had collectively disobeyed orders (decimation was last practiced by the French REPUBLIC during 1917 in World War One; the US and French Republics have fasces in their most prominent symbolics; in particular in the Congress and National Assembly). 

The force of the fascist instinct is that it makes the many acts like one huge body, with one mind, so, basically it’s an instinct, with mob mania, scapegoating, etc as corollaries .The drawback is that this instinct can be harnessed nefariously by initially tiny, granular oligarchies which then cosmically inflate..  

Plutocracy is a clear and present danger in civilization.

What’s plutocracy? The conventional, narrow notion is the rule of wealth. But of course humongous relative wealth, hence power, differences are not human: they didn’t exist in the last billion years of our evolution. So that “rule of wealth” can only be enforced by using the most vicious methods, those of the Dark Side, of the divinity of evil, Pluto, also known as Hades, Satan, the Devil, etc. 

Hence the real meaning of Pluto-kratia is exactly what the word says it is: Evil-Power, there to enforce the unnatural state of affairs where some have it all and others, none. .

As Galaxies, Stars and Planets Go, so do plutocracies: exponential growth of self-attracting stuff (might of evil in the case of plutocracies): 

Why would concentration of power happen in any society? For the same reason as stars happen from a dust cloud. A fluctuation of density causes an attractor. It’s the concentration of power. It grows exponentially.

Hence power concentrations have to be fought relentlessly. It’s one thing if they are needed, say as with generals and admirals (and one doesn’t want to fall in Athens’ excesses… nor the Roman ones, there). For optimal (pun intended; except it’s not really a pun) functioning, a society, a civilization needs some, a modicum, or sufficient fascism. Yes, it was fascism at its best to lock down the planet for the Coronavirus infection… But it was necessary.

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Excesses of Plutocracy:

Generally plutocracies run out of control and capture the entire civilizations which have given birth to them. That leads to a government of the many by the few, the intelligence of the civilization then collapses. Before he destroyed Baghdad, the head of the joint Mongol-Christian army said as much to the Calife he was going to kill.  

When a plutocracy grows it allies itself with other plutocracies, typically described as “dictatorships” or “tyrannies”. This is why Gates of Hell are allied with Xi, and why so many US plutocrats and their corporations and banks were allied with Hitler….

If a civilization wants to keep on going, it has absolutely to destroy all and any plutocracies growing in its breast. Taxation and redistribution of great wealth can work: it did in Republican Rome, for centuries….   

Back to the future!

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: Globalization with world legislation is possible. For example if some GMO practices, or insecticides, or herbicides, or antibiotic feed are outlawed, one can check at the source. The European Union is doing this already. The reason globalizing world plutocrats stuffed more and more of the whole industrial process in China has been, precisely, to evade world legislation and its spirit. Now this has become extremely dangerous, for all to see. And it’s not just the distribution of the virus by virusman, as if we were native Americans happy with our smallpox blankets… Just watch the South China sea islands… where China never was: what is the meaning of this? Forcing us to get used to bow to sheer threat of force?

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P/S 2: The frightening point is that what we got, prior to this obvious, clear, yet foreseeable disaster, is the best case for the international, global elite. The global plutocracy loves its co-dependency upon mighty dictators. Yesterday Hitler, Mussolini, even Stalin… Now Xi.
The entire “Democratic” leadership and master singers such as Roubini are perfect examples… Longing for fellow dictators to dictate to us all with…

 

Standing Up To Dictatorship: How Democracies Thrive

May 3, 2020

Standing up to “China” is not a risk, it’s a solution. What has been most significantly happening is that the global plutocracy, this metastatic cancer of global democracy, has instrumentalized the Chinese dictatorship in recent decades [1]. Producing cheaply in China enabled Western plutocrats and various lesser capitalists to evade Western taxation, and actually Western workers, their unions and their guilds. Also the plutocrats, by producing in China were able to evade our laws, our socioeconomic environment, which they exploited without quiproquo, and even evade our civilization.

In China even extremely respected doctors may disappear, as if they were mosquitoes: lest they may steal from the glory of virus-man Xi. Doctor Ai Fen, head of emergency at the Wuhan hospital, no less, told the New York Times, in a detailed interview, that she knew about the new SARS virus in early December 2019, and that it made her shiver. She has been disappeared, nobody but tinpot dictator Xi and his goons know where she is. We have not seen this sort of behavior since Stalin or Hitler. She is probably being reeducated with generous doses of electroshock therapy in sensitive places while dealing from injected COVID. Hey, Xi, Virus-man, tell me why not? Isn’t that your way? Don’t you know best?

The same phenomenon, giving to, and getting from, dictators, propelled by the ancestors of the present actors and their culture of greed, helped considerably the rise of fascism in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. For example major plutocrats and organizers of the US Democratic Party, the Harriman Brothers helped considerably both Hitler and Stalin (Baku oil fields, Caucasus). They got medals from both.

Stalin was an instrument of, financed and equipped by, the US Deep Plutocratic State… The same one which fostered Hitler, at the same time. Counterintuitive? Have you seen two cocks fighting? That’s sponsored too, and the cocks are equipped with sharp blades, to kill the other cock. Why do you think the US gifted trillion of dollars of equipment to the USSR in WW2? While Soviet soldiers were fighting the many US corporations operating in Germany, which, like IBM, had been given monopolies by the fascists?And why do you think Roosevelt, ignoring De Gaulle and Churchill, rewarded Stalin with half of Europe? Let’s not be as stupid as the Nazis, or Lenin, and still claim we do not understand what really happened!

That same phenomenon of plutocratic globalization, while imploding socioeconomically the core, caused the weakening of Republican Italy under the fascist Roman empire (The “Principate“). Italy, once the world’s wealthiest region, soon got deprived of work, wealth, power and liberty under the Roman globalization orchestrated by Roman plutocracy and then its chiefs, the emperors. The dilution of the rights of Romans and Italians was accentuated by massive immigration from the Middle East to Italy, which changed the mood of the Roman population from Republican Libertas to Oriental Submission. (In the end the whole thing imploded, and an imported partially Roman creation, the Franks, were put in power by the increasing morbid “Romanitas”, starting circa 400 CE…)

Opposing “populism” and democracy is etymologically, philosophically and logically dangerous. It is done by the plutocrats and their media to insinuate that the People is a form of fascism. The trick is nearly 22 centuries old. In the dying Roman Republic, the plutocrats called themselves the “Optimates“, the “Best“, a Latin translation of “aristocrats“… whereas those who wanted the existing, centuries old legal limits on wealth be respected and who wanted the redistributions of riches, that the application of these laws would entail, called themselves the “Populares” (leaders: the Gracchi brothers, Marius, Caesar; the Optimates tried to kill them all). Demo-kratia means people-power.

Restricting immigration and trade is not necessarily a bad idea. It’s like restricting intrusions and injections. Intrusions and injections are needed when one is sick… but prevention is always better to diseases requiring intrusions and injections. The fundamental question is what are immigration and trade compensating for, why are they needed? What do they cure?

Agreed, in the prehistoric world if one had no flint and no obsidian, to make sharp tools and weapons, one had to trade them. But we are not in prehistory anymore. Most countries have enough material goods. 

For example, there are plenty of Rare Earths outside of territory occupied by Beijing. The only reason we get most of our Rare Earths from China is that political will of the global plutocratic government has contrived the laws of supply and demand to operate worldwide so as to make us dependent upon Beijing. And why is this happening? Because the Big Brother in China is friend with Little Brothers such as Bill Gates. Big hells meet Little Hells, and they help each other, because they have persuaded themselves they are the Best (Optimates). So Bill wants us to be friendly to his Big Brother in Beijing, Bill will get more powerful that way, and look wiser to imbeciles, who are countless. And we will be friendlier to our Big Brother in Beijing  if we end up believing that supply and demand make the Beijing-controlled Rare Earths the result of the noble law of supply and demand. Never mind that “Rare Earths” are not rare at all, and could be extracted from all over.

The same logic apply all over, indeed: no phones, no antibiotics, not even hydroxychloroquine, or face masks, without our Big Brother Xi in Beijing, say those who own and control the media. So to accuse Xi of the corochinavirus is futile, says Gates Of Hell, a “distraction“, as Little Brother Bill Gates Of Hell informed us [2}. This attitude is not new: Gates has long observed he is the government, or at least one of its major prop…. Obama wholeheartedly agreed and gave him and his female prop the “Medal of Freedom” (NSA surveillance freedom). One of Gates’ method is to use his foundation to pay nefarious outfits he is invested in, such as making glyphosate and associated GMOs, and the latest being McKinsey, a consultantship which already brought us the stooge known as “Mayor Pete“.

In the case of Rome, retrospectively, the aim of massive immigration and massive trade was to prevent a republican uprising against the oligarchy which had seized power in Rome, starting with Augustus, by weakening the Italian population with a disappearance of employment, dignity, means, power, intelligence, creativity and population… Only thus was the idiotic, vicious and debasing dictatorship safe. 

Decoupling democracies from dictatorships will enable democracies to decouple from those who rule them, the globalists who have evaded democratic laws by making the deal of sending most employment and power to dictatorships. Besides, it should make it easier to fight pandemics, as those are friendly to dictatorships and incompetent governments. Surely buying everything in China was pretty incompetent. Surely a country which accepts to be led by a dictator, even if his name is Xi, is pretty incompetent.

Caesar’s intuition was correct; the Roman Republic couldn’t survive with major enemies at the gates. Some of the fascists imperial Romans would understand this, but not too loud, and not enough: Trajan, Marcus Aurelius, Septimius Severus, Julianus: those four emperors, among the very best, died while involved in major expansion military campaigns.  The Franks, endowed with Roman imperium, would not rest until they are conquered, or reconquered for “Renovated Romanitas” most of Europe. Thus they insured that Europe couldn’t be conquered ever again (whereas China spent most of the last millennium occupied by foreign powers, and came close to annihilation).

In a similar vein, one could argue that Athens would never reached the same Athenian heights if Athens had not prepared for war with that immense fascist, yet clever plutocracy, Achaemenid Persia which had even conquered Egypt, part of Eastern Europe, and attacked Ethiopia. At some point Athens even embarked on a long war to free Egypt from Persia…

Challenges elevate! The confrontation between Persia and Athens forced both to create and trade ideas, not just blows. Paradoxically, that titanic struggle was good for humanity’s progress. Differently from present-day “Communist” China, Achaemenid Persia, in spite of some hyper brutal and vicious ways, had invented genuinely new progress, such as various economic models and practices, and the Pony Express, which carried news to Persepolis within a week, from the confines of the empire. Also, new for the times, genuine maximal religious and ethnic tolerance: the empire functioned as an alliance of local plutocracies, so-called “Satrapies“…

Democracies are more clever, because they can, and do, fight for higher intelligence. Debate is central to democracy, and it fosters intelligence best. Dictatorship dictates, it doesn’t debate. Dictatorship knows already all there is to know, it does not beat up all possibilities.

Let’s not submit to the stupid dictator Xi, a would-be emperor, a virus-man, who like most of his Roman imperial tin-can predecessors has not learned the most basic lesson, namely that the superior mind can’t think better than the many without debating with the many. Superior is the challenge of trampling all, if genuine. But dictators cheat. Let Xi and his little helpers be submitted in turn to the fiery criticism they justly deserve. Off with their heads at the head! Off with them at the head of our spaceship Earth! It doesn’t belong to them… Nor do we. belong to them. This is why there are anti-monopoly laws, and why those who violate them, from Xi, to Gates, to Zuck do what they do, imposing their will to us.

What is most human is to debate: from dis-battere, to beat down in diverse directions. That’s what real democracy achieves and its product is mental superiority, magnificence of mind, enduring survival of the species. We can’t play with small-minded dictators anymore, be they holding the Heavenly Gates in Beijing or the Gates of Hell in software manipulations inside the devices we write on [3].

Patrice Ayme

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[1] I am not trying to suddenly claim we in the “West” have suddenly achieved real democracy. Not at all! Representative democracy is only part and parcel of real democracy, a much more complicated affair, with much more dispersed power and direct votes (as Athens and Rome had). But surely we are much democratic than a dictatorship.

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[2] I decided to remove my analysis of the outrageous interview of Gates where he claimed that saying the virus originated in China was a “distraction“. This sort of grotesque disinformation poorly educated plutocrats deliberately inflict on us is not just painful, and an oppression, but also an extreme danger, as it makes us all very stupid. Even answering idiots make us stupid… Imagine arguing with a cockroach: would not that be crazy? But isn’t it what we are doing, debating Gates of Hell? Especially deliberate idiots, like Gates Of Hell.

But we have no choice. When Caesar opposed the summary, illegal execution ordered by the Optimate Consul Cicero, Caesar was logical and methodical, whereas Cicero was all emotion. In retrospect, Caesar, the law and the future of the Republic may have been better deserved with a bit more passion (and a bodyguard!)

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[3] Gates of Hell has taken several subterranean measures against yours truly, from having The Guardian (one of GOH’s paid-for mouthpieces) sanction me as a Jihadist (!) to making me impossible to find in his lousy search engine…

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P/S: Excellent news, at last! Female sexual mutilation outlawed in Sudan! What about males now? Why can’t Euro-America show the way? If not for Europe, and its imperial influence, China would still mutilate the feet of high class women…

A Planet Here Today and Gone Tomorrow

May 2, 2020

The universe is certainly more alive than we ever expected it to be. Lots going on. Interesting considerations in the essay reproduced below, from Dr. Ian Miller for (the lack of life) inside Europa… (Well then so much the better, we can engineer our own… Having the largest ocean in the solar system below our feet will help in many ways…)

At least one asteroid to asteroid collision was observed in the solar system: we have a movie of it!

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/26/science/asteroid-belt-impact.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article

The New York Times, in The Case of the Disappearing Exoplanet (Fomalhaut b was one of the first planets around another star to be directly imaged by telescopes. Some astronomers now say it was a cloud of asteroid debris.)… showed the movie of the apparition and disappearance of the Fomalhaut b “planet”, from Hubble pictures. It really looks like an explosion…

Exoplanet PSEUDO Formahaut b

This is the pseudo-exoplanet, lower right, circa 2006, as seen by Hubble High Resolution. The star itself is hidden by a (man made device inside Hubble). The dust ring is fully visible. The movie of the situation shows the yellow dot expanding in a big orange, then deep red explosion…

And the cloud took a decade to dissipate, just as theory predicts.

Regarding the essay of the honorable Dr. Miller reproduced below, I beg to differ on one point, as I don’t see why standard gravitation theory doesn’t predict planet accretion (but that’s science in accretion: theories differ…)

First the mass of a dust cloud could be many solar masses. It collapses under its own gravity. At it does, the slightest rotation is converted, through angular momentum conservation into a massive rotation of a disk… This star system formation theory comes from Laplace. The same rough picture applies to form galaxies… and planets! If a cloud shaped as a doughnut is the mass of Jupiter, even if in orbit, around a star, it will end up collapsing on itself, from some irregularity… and the rotation on itself, in the correct sense will be generated from the orbital motion (as observed!… mostly).

The cloud around the star doesn’t have to be even, nor does the disk then, hence haphazard planetary mass distributions (as observed). However one would expect more mass towards the center… Thus Jupiter-like planets to be towards the center (as observed: the “hot Jupiters”)… As the central mass becomes a star, radiation pressure enters the mix. So one would then expect many of the hot Jupiters to be torn apart, losing their gas 9except for hot Jupiters which are massive enough!), leaving rocky planets behind (as observed), or then that rocky planets would form towards the interior from sinking of the densest elements (as observed).

Right, these are contrary, alternative scenarios. However, stars are not all the same, thus neither are radiation pressures: a tiny red dwarf (75% of stars) is nothing in common with a blue supergiant (a future supernova).

In any case, exciting days. Instead of propping up the useless and degenerate non-essential economy, the frivolity of which the Corochinavirus is thoroughly demonstrating, to my great satisfaction. Instead, humanity should do something really useful, and build a 200 meters across telescope… there are lots of questions about the Centauri system, including that of the exoplanet closest to Earth, apparently a sort of super-earth… Is it alive? Inhabitable? First we should find out how big it really is…

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Or, a record for the biggest thing lost! Or, to loose your car keys is careless, but to lose a planet??

As some readers will know, I have my own theory of how planets form from the dust of the accretion disk around stars. The dust is actually micron sized, and finer than an average smoke distribution, and as the gas falls into the star, it gets hot, its potential energy lost being converted to heat, and when it gets hot enough it glows. Of course, it also glows by scattering light emitted by the forming star hence we observe those disks. Standard theory assumes planets form through gravity. The problem here is gravity is far too weak to aggregate this dust, so the standard theoryassumesthat somehow it forms planetesimals and there is an even distribution of these out to about 32 A.U. (one A.U. is the Earth-Sun…

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