Five Dwarfs

Dwarf PlanetsA dwarf planet is a planetary-mass object that isn’t a planet nor a natural satellite of a planet. It is in direct orbit around the Sun, and it is massive enough for its shape to pulled into a sphere by its own gravity. However, unlike all of the major planets, it has not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) currently recognizes five dwarf planets: Ceres, Pluto,  Makemake, Eris, and Haumea. They’re pictured above (from top left):
Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. It’s the dwarf planet in the asteroid belt.
Pluto as photographed by New Horizons.
Makemake as viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Eris and its moon Dysnomia as seen by the Hubble.
Haumea with its moons, Hiʻiaka and Namaka as seen by the ground-based Keck telescope.

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Prevarication Du Jour

Over at Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Boy Unread, Matt Osborne has a post up in which he claims that the discovery in the 2012 Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. case in Virginia was not sealed. He’s not telling the truth.

Here are the instructions Judge Potter gave The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin and Dan Backer (Aaron Walker’s lawyer) during a hearing on 5 October, 2012:

So I’ll extend this protection to the parties. This would apply to the defense as well, in terms of response to any discovery that’s filed by the other side I think the protective order should extend to any response again, to interrogatories, request for production of documents, request for admissions.

Those may be filed with the Clerk and the order should require the Clerk to take those documents. I will tell you that what the Clerk needs from you when you file any documents like that is a big cover sheet that says to be filed in a confidential section.

So you put that in bold print so that the Clerk doesn’t by mistake file it openly and scan it in the open file. With that information given to the Clerk and with this order — and I’ll ask you to prepare an order today reflecting the Court’s decision so that we can get it done immediately.

With this order entered, then hopefully the Clerk will file it confidential, which is available quite frankly to me as the Judge, but not available to the public. The documents will be available to counsel for their review, not to be copied and not to be published, but for their review for the purpose of litigation.

Walker v. Kimberlin, et al., 5 October, 2012, Transcript, p. 17, line 10 to p. 18, line 9. Discovery provided by both sides was sealed, and Kimberlin was required to file his responses to Aaron Walker with the court because he had refused to cooperate with normal procedures.

BTW, I am an eye witness to the 5 October hearing. Anything Bunny Boy writes is hearsay.

Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign

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JOHNNY: Yes, I have. Are you free on Saturday afternoon?

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