A Silent Infinity, Infinitely Destroying

What would you do if you knew you were about to die? Would you live the remaining days of your life to the fullest, doing everything you could possibly dream of, or would you simply accept it and calmly await the inevitable? What if you knew that you’d die an extremely slow death? In fact, such a slow death that everyone you knew would pass before you, and everyone they knew, and so on and so forth to, let’s say, the 5th generation. Let’s go to the extreme, what if I told you your death would be so slow, you’d watch the entirety of the universe fade out of existence? Well, this is now a possibility, although an improbable one.

Before I get to the core of this piece, let me first introduce some things. There are “objects” in our universe called black holes. They are infinity made physical, visible, real. They are the darkest thing in existence – because of their reputation of holding every beam of light that interacts with it hostage, indefinitely. In other words, if you shine your flashlight into it, the light won’t reflect back, won’t bounce as it tends to act, and more importantly, won’t exist (at least as we perceive it). But not just light, anything, and I mean anything, that passes it’s event horizon (it’s point of no return), will be lost, forever. As far as we understand it, the center, also known as the singularity, is understood to be a point, with infinite density, infinite gravity, and infinite darkness. They are the never-ending silence that follows the roaring death of titanic stars.

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Now, with the boring stuff out of the way, let’s dive into the news section of this post. An even bigger, scarier version of black holes is also part of our reality, something called supermassive black holes – and, as their imaginative name depicts, they are, well, colossal black holes. Interestingly enough, these were believed to only be found in the center of galaxies, but, after recent studies of our galaxy, it is believed that there, in fact, may be roaming supermassive black holes, approximately 12 to be exact. An infinitely destructive force, quietly wondering the night sky – it’s almost beautiful that such a monstrosity exists. Using supercomputers, as well as a new, “state-of-the-art cosmological simulation called ROMULUS25,” researchers mapped the movement, speed, and direction of our galactic neighbors and came to this conclusion. The gif below is a good indicator of how massive black holes truly are.

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Anyways, back to the questions at hand. Earlier, you might’ve asked yourself what I meant pertaining to watching the universe “fade out of existence.” Well, this is where reality gets fun and scary, and fun. Time as we understand it is easily influenced by mass. In fact, so much so that if you were to have an object of a large enough mass beside you, you’re clock would tick slower, relative to someone who isn’t in your vicinity. This means that if you were to fall into a supermassive black hole, an object with infinite density, you’d be able to watch the rest of the universe play itself out. The interesting thing is that from an outside perspective, you’d appear to be moving unbelievably slowly, so slow in fact that your fall into the black hole would appear to stop. One more thing, in the process of falling into said black hole, your body would undergo something termed spaghettification which, well… I’m sure you can imagine what it means (your entire body is stretched to the point where you are nothing but a stream of atoms).

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Source: http://www.astronomy.com/news/2018/04/the-milky-ways-supermassive-black-hole-has-siblings

-Richard


Boogeyman Walks Into The Light

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A boogeyman terrorized California from 1976 to 1986. He is believed to have committed 12 murders and 51 rapes along with over 100 burglaries. Then just as sudden as he appeared, he disappeared. What didn’t go away was the fear he instilled in California. Victims were always wondering if he would come back one day. The family members of those he murdered left without any closure.

That is until this week. After forty years the Sacramento Police have finally arrested the Golden State Killer. He was also known as the East Area Rapist, Original Night Stalker, and the Diamond Knot Killer. Now we know his real name is Joseph DeAngelo. He was a former cop who quit the force after being caught shoplifting a hammer and dog repellant. It didn’t shock me that he was a cop since he was able to elude capture for so many years. He was well aware of how to manipulate the system that was trying to catch him. He committed his crimes across different counties which at the time did not communicate with one another. What did shock me was his current place of residence and where he was arrested. He was arrested less than ten miles where the first rape took place. The fucking disgusting nerve of this creep. The confidence he had to still be living in the same neighborhood that he traumatized.

Many had lost hope that the Golden State Killer would be found. It is common in California for serial killers to escape into the shadows, never to be caught. For example, the police still have not caught the infamous Zodiac Killer. Hopefully, the capture of Joseph DeAngelo gives some kind of closure to the victims and their families. He is no longer a boogeyman. He is a 72-year-old man who won’t be able to hurt anyone anymore. Hopefully, the case will go by quickly and he can spend the rest of his life behind bars.

One person who did not get the chance to receive closure was true crime writer Michelle McNamara. She spends years writing a book on the Golden State Killer with hopes it would increase interest on the case. She passed away before she could finish her book, but it was completed posthumously. In it she writes

“One day soon, you’ll hear a car pull up to your curb, an engine cut out. You’ll hear footsteps coming up your front walk. Like they did for Edward Wayne Edwards, twenty-nine years after he killed Timothy Hack and Kelly Drew, in Sullivan, Wisconsin. Like they did for Kenneth Lee Hicks, thirty years after he killed Lori Billingsley, in Aloha, Oregon.

The doorbell rings.

No side gates are left open. You’re long past leaping over a fence. Take one of your hyper, gulping breaths. Clench your teeth. Inch timidly toward the insistent bell.

This is how it ends for you.

“You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark,” you threatened a victim once.

Open the door. Show us your face. Walk into the light.”

-“I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer”

-Brayan De Los Rios Guisao

 

Whoops! “Pro-Choice” Candidate Has An Anti-Abortion Facebook History

In February, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee endorsed Juanita Perez Williams–a former prosecutor and candidate running for the House of Representatives–as their candidate for New York’s 24th Congressional district. Yes, this is not very interesting news, however, it gets better:

Despite being endorsed by the Democratic Party as well as by the pro-choice group EMILY’s list–Perez Williams has actually gone to great lengths to describe her anti-choice views on social media:

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Weird–here she is at pro-choice EMILY’s List Gala last week:

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When The Intercept reached out to Perez Williams regarding her anti-choice Facebook posts, she insisted that her personal views differed from her professional ones:

I believe 100% in women’s right to choose and will always defend and protect that right. I further believe that women should have access, funding, and education with regard to their reproductive health and therefore I will advocate for and defend organizations like Planned Parenthood. Like many women, my personal beliefs on the issue of choice have been shaped by my life experiences, both as a Hispanic and a Catholic and as a mother and a grandmother. My own personal opinions are far more nuanced then some people would like you to believe. I will always vote to support the choice of all women.

I can’t say I’m surprised by this revelation, but I do have some questions. Why is a pro-choice organization (knowingly) endorsing a pro-life candidate? As a Democrat, is having a pro-life candidate a reasonable expectation? Are politicians allowed to change their fundamental positions? Are some candidates allowed to keep their views on abortion personal, while others are free to politicize theirs? And how dumb does Perez Williams think we are–that she can just jump ship and not say a word about it to the electorate? It’s wild to say the least.

-MC

 

 

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