#### Re: WTF radiation?

>> First is that em-radiation is a duality - can be thought of as a particle or a wave. Particles are subject to gravity but waves are not. Therefore it is possible for radiation to escape (as a wave) but no THING escapes.

That's just fully wrong. For starters it assumes that one knows how to combine Quantum Field Theory and General Relativity. NOPE. Then is assumes that "particles" are "things" but "waves" (which should properly be called "fields", unless there is ANOTHER confusion) are not. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE.

> For a more accurate description you might like to find an advanced astrophysics textbook!

For any accurate description, you will have to await development in theoretical physics.

Meanwhile, hand-waving and finagling indicates that there is "Hawking radiation" which rests upon the idea you can have a quantum state in which a matter/antimatter pair (of whatever, just keep the sum of quantum numbers zero) is being "produced" at the edge at the event horizon (i.e. checking for particles has a non-zero probability of coming back positive) but one of the particles "disappears over the horizon" (finagle, wink, wink), while the other is observed laters far away from it. As the interpretation "the black hole emitted a particle" fits the observed history, one can take that.