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November 14 SuperMoon Sparks Fears Of Natural Disasters, Upheaval

November 14 SuperMoon
The November 14 SuperMoon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon. (Photo: WikiMedia Commons)

November 14 marks a very special lunar event.

Tonight, the moon will be the closest it’s been to the Earth in nearly 69 years.

Dubbed a “Supermoon,” or even a “Super-DuperMoon” by some self-avowed lunatics, this extraordinary moon is currently full, and in perigee—its closest approach to Earth since Jan. 26, 1948. It will not orbit this close to our planet again until 2034.

Typically, the moon encircles our beloved blue-green orb of ocean and land and oxygen and life at about 238,855 miles. Tonight, this illuminating lunar satellite will be approximately 221,524 miles away. Consequently, this super-close flyby will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter in the nighttime sky.

While intergalactic experts such as NASA insist this uber-close proximity won’t result in any terrestrial backlash, so to say, but for increased tidal activity, others aren’t so certain, foretelling of potentially catastrophic ramifications. This celestial lunar masterpiece has sent seismic shivers down the spines of countless across the Internet, who view this advanced lunar luminosity with suspicion and fear. Some may even believe the stunning electorate upset by Republican billionaire Donald Trump against Democratic former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the recent U.S. presidential election is testament to these fears.

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Astrologer Richard Nolle, who first coined the phrase “SuperMoon” in the 1970s to describe a full or new moon phase at 90 percent or more of its closest approach to Earth, has shared a voluminous forecast in anticipation of the Nov. 14 SuperMoon, forewarning of a wide array of global effects, including solar-lunar tides, extreme storms, tidal surges and seismic activity.

“The second (of three) full moon SuperMoons this year–and by far the closest (biggest)–sets up another extraordinary level of solar-lunar tides rippling through Earth’s atmosphere, seas, and crust this month. (On a par with the October SuperMoon, if not surpassing it.),” he writes on astropro.com. “Consequently, we can expect a remarkable increase in extreme storms and tidal surges, and notable seismic activity (M5+ earthquakes and powerful volcanic eruptions) during the November 11-17 SuperMoon shock window.

“There’s a strong solar storm signal coming up early this month as well, connected with the superior (far side) Sun-Mercury conjunction back on October 27,” he continues. “What does a Sun-Mercury conjunction that happened last month have to do with this month? And what might this mean for you and me, quite apart from what it heralds for Mother Earth? Let’s get down to it, and lots more as well.”

Explaining “November’s Geophysical Shock Windows,” Nolle states that the month follows in the wake of an Oct. 30 new moon, which anchors a “geophysical shock window” that extends from Oct. 27 through Nov. 2.

“Watch for an above normal run of powerful storms (high winds, heavy precipitation, scattered flooding), moderate-to-severe earthquakes (M5+) and volcanic eruptions during this period,” he warns. “The M 6.5 Italian quake on October 30 is a prime example in the seismic category, falling on the exact date of the new moon; along with the eruption of Turrialba in Costa Rica and a throng of heavy weather (from killer storms in Egypt and India, to copious rain in the Bay Area and Northern California as well as the US Northeast).

“To be sure, Earth is a dynamic planet, and has a lot of all these events going on at any given time,” he continues. “But I’m talking about an extreme concentration of stronger than usual disturbances, centered on certain dates. It’s not as if nothing happens outside these dates; only that there’s an above-average concentration of very strong events at such times.”

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Regarding SuperMoons’ effects on psyches, Nolle explains a great many.

“The October 30 hangover is just foreplay,” he writes. “November’s major soli-lunar shock window is especially potent, primarily because of the SuperMoon full moon on the 14th melds into the November 7-13 solar storm signal that traces back to the October 27 superior (far side) Sun-Mercury conjunction.

“Dumping Gigawatts of extra solar energy into Earth’s atmosphere, magnetosphere and crust not only stirs up and intensifies the geophysical disturbances described earlier—but also increases disturbances in electrical systems and networks (power and communications infrastructure, satellite constellations, etc.),” he warns. “The human nervous system is likewise vulnerable. Adding to the individual and collective stress is the geophysical turbulence.

Quoting his extensive 2016 World Forecast Highlights, Nolle continues that the November 14 Supermoon “suggests an unusual outbreak of strong storms and seismic activity (including volcanic eruptions) during this particular SuperMoon stress window.

“With this in mind, even though I don’t live anywhere near (nor plan to visit) any tidal basins, volcanoes or seismic hot spots during the November 11-17 SuperMoon shockwindow, I still plan to make sure the bottled water, canned and dried foods and other emergency supplies are ready to hand; just in case,” he states. “That said, it doesn’t take more than a cursory glance at an astro-locality map for the November 14 SuperMoon to see the target zones for this event.

“They include eastern Siberia, Japan, Papua New Guinea, eastern Australia and New Zealand, as well as Greenland and the eastern tip of Brazil (under the longitudinal lines in the map),” he explains. “Horizon arcs draw a bead on Mexico, the western US and west central Canada; plus, northern and eastern Europe, Egypt and the Middle East.

“Just because you might not be under one of the astro-locality lines in the above map when the SuperMoon hits, that doesn’t necessarily mean you get off scot-free!” adds Nolle. “SuperMoon is astronomical in scale, and therefore planet-wide in scope. Having your emergency kit ready to hand is always a good idea when this alignment makes its appearance.”

Nolle states that the Nov. 14 SuperMoon will surely be a sight to behold, yet he tempers its aesthetics with its pull on the human psyche.

“This one will be a sight to see, as the great, big, glorious full moon rises in the east at sunset,” he writes. “But Earth’s atmosphere, magnetosphere, seas and crust are not the only systems stirred up by the combination of solar, lunar and other factors described above.

“The human psyche also responds to several of these factors—both individually and collectively,” he continues. “The SuperMoon full moon alone is enough to raise the conflict level in human interactions. There will be tension in the air, a highly charged emotional polarity that ups the odds for conflict and confrontation; restlessness, fitful sleep and vivid dreams. Keep a cool head, as best you can. Stay focused on what you’re doing while you’re doing it—and watch out for the people who lack focus and attention.”

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The astrologer predicts that those born under significant planetary placements and other horoscope points—such as Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius—will be most affected.

“If this applies to you, then you’re more than usually likely to be dealing with a short fuse either directly (within yourself) or indirectly (in the people around you),” he warns, advising: “Get a grip, steer clear of trouble and conflict as best you can. Think safety!”

Commenting on what he calls “Fear & Greed” in relation to the Nov. 14 SuperMoon, Nolle reiterates that there will be a lot of economic instability and financial system turbulence at work during this month, with the equity markets more susceptible to panics than usual. Due to the planetary positioning of Neptune, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and Pluto, he predicts: “Rabble rousing, mass hysteria and the madness of crowds…a good time to get to the sidelines in the markets, lest you get trampled by the panic-struck mob.”

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“It’s a configuration that points to disenchantment with traditional articles of faith, be they religious, political, social, cultural, etc.,” he warns. “Scandals associated with fraud (financial, moral) and betrayal are woven into the fabric of this development. Strong institutions more and more lose their hold on the loyalty of the people, who feel they have been betrayed one time too many.

“While global in scope, this will have great impact on the outcome of the 2016 US Elections in particular, occurring as they do under the auspices of the Saturn-Neptune square,” he continues. “It’s also a sign that financial institutions and economic engines are in a fragile state. Oil and banking are two focal points for this, but they’re far from being the whole enchilada. Mining and manufacturing generally lead the list of vulnerable sectors.

“The global economy stands at the brink of recovery this year, but it’s not a firm footing—more like a teetering,” adds Nolle. “Two steps forward, one step back: that’s the pattern this year. By and large, 2016 will be a good year to cash out, take your profits safely off to the sidelines, and let the turbulence pass you by. Definitely a stock picker’s market, not fit for index players.

“Nervous? Take your money and go home!”

Main Art: The November 14 SuperMoon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon. (Photo: WikiMedia Commons)

Did Nostradamus Predict Trump Presidency & Destruction of United States?

Nostradamus Predict Trump Presidency
Whether or not 16th Century visionary Nostradamus predicted billionaire Donald Trump's triumphant 2016 U.S. presidential election bid is open to interpretation. (Art: 'The Portrait of Michel de Nostredame' by his son César de Nostredame; WikiMedia Commons)

Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, was a 16th century French apothecary, aka modern-day pharmacist, who many believe predicted future world events.

Crediting much of his visions to astrology, meditation and possibly flame gazing—catching glimpses of the future through trances induced by fire—he described what he saw in the form of quatrains, four-line poems, organizing them into centuries, and publishing more than 350 in the first edition of his legendary 10-volume Les Propheties aka The Prophecies in 1555.

Nostradamus has been credited with foretelling nearly every major tumultuous historical event in the past 450 years, from epic floods, apocalyptic fires and massacres to the ascension of Napoleon and Adolf Hitler—the latter referred to as “Hister” in his texts; both interpreted to be the first two of three antichrists he foresaw—the two world wars, September 11, 2001 terror attacks and destruction of the World Trade Center.

A recent analysis of several of Nostradamus’ quatrains has some believing that the legendary prophet has also indeed predicted billionaire-turned-realty TV personality-turned-U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump’s stunning clenching of the 2016 presidential election—as well as its apocalyptic aftermath.

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Trump’s unprecedented triumph over presumed Democratic victor former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is perhaps the greatest upset in U.S. political history, with the Republican’s surge to the White House through battleground states largely unforeseen among pollsters. Though Clinton won the popular vote, Trump seized the all-important electorate vote.

The real estate mogul, as known for his brash, unapologetic style and off-the-cuff tirades—encompassing everything from the need for a physical wall to be constructed between the United States and Mexico to keep undocumented immigrants out and the establishment of a Muslim database to keep dibs on followers of Islam, and countless sexist comments, most infamously, perhaps, his “Grab them by the pussy” remarks championing sexual assault against women—as his signature blonde hair, will soon be crowned the most powerful elected official in the free world.

As such, the short-fused president will have direct access to the second-largest stockpile of nuclear warheads on the globe and its second-largest army.

Besides immigration, Trump’s other chief campaign promises include dismantling the country’s universal health care system, aka Obamacare, currently covering approximately 22 million people, restructuring the media industry, obliterating the extremist death cult ISIS, and renegotiating global trade agreements.

Thus, to say that many in the United States and overseas are fearful would be a gross understatement. As the mass anti-Trump #NotMyPresident protests of thousands that have been flooding cities across the United States since Nov. 9 are testament, many are also angry.

So, did Nostradamus Predict Trump Presidency & Consequential End Of World?

Below are several of Nostradamus’ quatrains that some interpret to directly correlate to the recent 2016 U.S. presidential election—also the subject of a recent special presentation by history.com. Before we begin, however, it’s important to address some of the criticism of his works. Naysayers argue that Nostradamus’ verses are cryptic, overly broad, and therefore, can be appropriated to match or corroborate nearly any event or disaster.

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True, these texts are, in fact, open-ended in nature. It’s critically important, however, to understand their code-like origins.

Astrology in the Middle Ages was widely used to help diagnose and treat those who were ill and requiring medical assistance, and as an apothecary and healer, Nostradamus traveled throughout Europe using science and studying the stars and constellations to aid those stricken with the plague.

At some point along his travels, he became fascinated with the occult. In 1550 and subsequently annually, he authored an almanac and calendars, gaining a reputation as a seer, and often sought out by nobility for horoscopes and to give psychic advice.

Yet such divinities were not aligned with the stringent teachings of the Catholic Church, interpreted as derivations of evil and magic, and considered heresy by devout followers. Thus, Nostradamus reportedly arranged his visions in poetic verse to disguise their true meanings and escape the imprisonment or executions rampant during the Inquisition, when those deemed heretics were sought out and punished for their perceived crimes. In truth, visions of the future could have gotten him killed.

With that preface, we move on with the hunt, so to say.

In chronological order of the verses, Nostradamus writes in Century I, Quatrain 57:

The trumpet shakes with great discord.
An agreement broken: lifting the face to heaven:
the bloody mouth will swim with blood;
the face anointed with milk and honey lies on the ground.

The “trumpet” in the first verse is perhaps the most blatant indication among believers that Nostradamus is foreseeing the 2016 presidential election, with the renowned seer literally citing Donald Trump by name. That he “shakes with great discord” could be a reference to nearly any of the president-elect’s public appearances, whether in interviews, along the campaign trail, or during the debates, oftentimes pointing or waving his hands in the air and speaking in loud, bombastic and threatening tones. The second verse’s “agreement broken” could represent any number of shattered pacts throughout his often vitriolic road to the White House, from Trump’s breaking ranks within the Republican Party—many of whom publicly denouncing him as their candidate, or even the foreboding possibility of the future President Trump backtracking on any of his promises to “Make America Great Again.” “The face to heaven” could symbolize dismayed voters’ prayers for a safe future, or even the rampant religiously inspired violence that has been sweeping the globe in recent years, such as the resurrection of holy wars between extremists. The horrifying third verse “the bloody mouth will swim with blood” obviously foretells of some horrific calamity, perhaps any of the massacres currently raging across the Middle East, from the killing fields of Syria and Yemen to the still unfolding bloodbaths across Iraq and Afghanistan. “The face anointed with milk and honey lies on the ground,” could be a reference to the destruction of either Israel or America.

Century II, Quatrain 46 states:

After great trouble for humanity, a greater one is prepared
The Great Mover renews the ages:
Rain, blood, milk, famine, steel and plague,
Is the heavens fire seen, a long spark running.

These verses are pretty much self-explanatory, ominously foreshadowing a horrific fate of some kind and actually naming “blood,” “famine” and “plague”—all gruesome. “The Great Mover” could be a reference to Trump, in that the few details of his stated immigration policy, besides the wall, Muslim database and a ban on Muslims entering the United States also includes a promise to deport undocumented immigrants, who number more than 11 million. That would indeed be a very large move. The verse “Is the heavens fire seen, a long spark running” may be a reference to nuclear missiles, the “long spark running” its rocket’s tail.

In Nostradamus’ Century III, Quatrain 81, he writes:

The great shameless, audacious bawler,
He will be elected governor of the army:
The boldness of his contention,
The bridge broken, the city faint from fear.

The “great shameless, audacious bawler” could again be Trump, who is all of those adjectives. That “He will be elected governor of the army” in the second verse could obviously represent his election to the U.S. presidency, as the U.S. president becomes the nation’s commander-in-chief of all its Armed Services, including the U.S. Army—viewed as the most powerful in the world. The third verse’s “boldness of his contention” could again signify Trump, as his controversial declarations, attacks, and relentless Tweets are all examples. “The bridge broken, the city faint from fear” could be interpreted as the divisiveness permeating the U.S. citizenry in the wake of the election—the last half of that verse a possible reference to the aforementioned fear expressed by the thousands marching through the streets in protest of his winning bid for the White House, notably, New York City, where demonstrations have been consistent outside Trump Towers.

Century VI, Quatrain 97

At forty-five degrees the sky will burn,
Fire to approach the great new city:
In an instant a great scattered flame will leap up,
When one will want to demand proof of the Normans.

This is perhaps one of the most horrifying verses yet. “At forty-five degrees” could be interpreted as a direct reference to Donald Trump, soon to be inaugurated the 45th president of the United States, and “the sky will burn, Fire to approach the great new city: In an instant a great scattered flame will leap up” perhaps missiles, an atomic explosion, or a nuclear holocaust, which would created massive fire and incineration and mushroom clouds. “When one will want to demand proof of the Normans” could possibly represent a so-called “false flag” event in which such an attack would be blamed on foreign powers, yet instigated or committed by others. All of these scenarios are bone-chilling to contemplate, to say the least.

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Nostradamus’ Century VIII quatrains contain some of the most chilling verses possibly pertaining to the 2016 U.S. presidential election of all, seemingly describing both Hillary Clinton and the many debacles that plagued her campaign throughout the past year, including her WikiLeaks scandals, perception among voters, and perhaps even Benghazi.

Here they are in succession.

Century VIII, Quatrain 15 foretells:

The masculine woman will exert herself to the north
She will annoy nearly all of Europe and the rest of the world.
Two failures will put her in such an imbalance
That both life and death will strengthen Eastern Europe

With no disrespect, the “masculine woman” Nostradamus glimpses in the vision described in the first verse could be Hillary Clinton, as someone from the Middle Ages could arguably interpret her modern-day wardrobe and pantsuits extremely masculine in nature. Her critics haven’t been shy about describing her as cold, emotionless, or even robotic-like either, all traits perhaps more typically ascribed to men. “Exert herself to the north” could be Clinton’s long-running attempt for the White House, as Washington, D.C. is geographically northeast of her original home state of Arkansas. That she will “annoy nearly all of Europe and the rest of the world” could be a reference to her role as U.S. Secretary of State. The “two failures [that] will put her in such an imbalance” some may interpret to be her controversial use of a private server for state department emails (more on this soon) and perhaps even the controversy surrounding her handling of the 2012 Benghazi attack against the American diplomatic compounds in Benghazi, Libya, in which U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed. It could also be a veiled reference to widely circulated allegations that Clinton abused her dual role as U.S. Secretary and head of international nonprofit Clinton Foundation to profit personally. All of these issues were used by Trump to criticize and delegitimize her candidacy, with “Lock Her Up” emerging as a popular chant at his rallies. The final verse citing “life and death” and “Eastern Europe” could represent the conflict in Ukraine, Russia—with Russian President Vladimir Putin and alleged Russian hackers both popular topics invoked by Trump and Clinton throughout the campaign—or perhaps, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an alliance that Trump mentioned more than once along the road to the White House.

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Century VIII, Quatrain 20 predicts:

The false message about the rigged election
to run through the city stopping the broken pact;
voices bought, chapel stained with blood,
the empire contracted to another one.

“The false message about the rigged election” so ominously referenced by Nostradamus could obviously be interpreted as a direct reference to Trump’s blatantly false allegation that the 2016 U.S. presidential election was, in fact, “rigged.” (He’s not complaining anymore.) “To run through the city stopping the broken pact” could be a reference to his residence in New York City, and “voices bought, chapel stained with blood” and “the empire contracted to another one” could be an allusion to the theory circulating around present-day conspiracy circles that the Russian government, and Russian President Vladimir Putin specifically, has secretly and purposely been aiding Trump’s ascension, whether, as Clinton consistently alleged, by hacking her emails and supplying them to WikiLeaks, or by covertly funding the former reality TV personality, or even blackmailing him, to destabilize the United States and its global allies. In this scenario, the last verse could mean that the presidency is, in fact, contracted to Putin, or, another interpretation could be Clinton’s winning of the popular vote.

Century VIII, Quatrain 23 foreshadows:

Letters are found in the queen’s chests,
No signature and no name of the author.
The ruse will conceal the offers;
so that they do not know who the lover is.

The first verse here “Letters are found in the queen’s chests” can easily be interpreted to mean the hundreds of thousands of emails—aka, modern-day “letters”—from Hillary Clinton’s time as U.S. Secretary of State that were stored on a private server in her New York residence and published online by WikiLeaks. Its second verse “No signature and no name of the author” could possibly be a reference to the unknown source or sources who leaked them to the whistleblower site. Clinton insisted during the debates that they were stolen through cyberattacks orchestrated by Russian hackers, who were thus tampering with the presidential election in a covert effort to get Trump elected. To date, nobody is sure where they came from. “The ruse will conceal the offers; so that they do not know who the lover is” could represent the aforementioned scenario of a Russian scheme for Moscow to control the U.S. presidency, via Trump, and distract the public and authorities from investigating or realizing the true intention of the disclosures and ploy. It could also be a reference to the alleged scenario that Trump was being funded, supported, or blackmailed by Russia—“lover,” in either scenario, being Russia or Putin.

Whether or not any of the hypothetical scenarios and translations contained in this column are, in fact, true, remains unclear. Yet if so, Nostradamus predicted all of this more than 450 years ago, and foretold of much worse to come. That’s for another post.

For now, it’s all open to interpretation.

Stay tuned.

Whether or not 16th Century visionary Nostradamus predicted billionaire Donald Trump’s triumphant 2016 U.S. presidential election bid is open to interpretation. (Art: ‘The Portrait of Michel de Nostredame’ by his son César de Nostredame; WikiMedia Commons)

Long Island Haunts: 13 Creepiest Haunted Places On Long Island

13 Creepiest Haunted Places On Long Island
HORRIFIC: Myths and urban legends abound about Melville / Huntington’s Mount Misery and Sweet Hollow Road, from ghostly figures to haunted graveyards to a mass suicide, phantom horses and a police officer missing the back of his skull. (Long Island Press)

Originally the ancestral home of Native Americans and later settled by Europeans during the 1600s, Long Island is rich in history and loaded with folklore, myths and urban legends. From ancient Native American burial grounds to remnants of the Revolutionary War to Gatsby-era mansion estates, Long Island is hallowed ground—the stage for countless triumphs and tragedies throughout the centuries.

It’s no wonder some tales have thrived just as long—along with past inhabitants.

Herein lies a guide to 13 of Long Island’s most creepiest and prolific haunts.

1. Mount Misery & Sweet Hollow Road, Melville/Huntington

Various tales of horror and dread surround this winding incline through dense woods and up alongside a hilly precipice, some of which are detailed in Weird New York: Your Travel Guide to New York’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets by Chris Gethard and Long Island’s Most Haunted: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide by Joseph Flammer and Diane Hill, among other books.

One legend has it there was a hospital here that burnt down sometime during the 1700s or 1800s—with some patients and staff still trapped inside—only to be rebuilt on the same site to tragically burn down again. Another speaks of a deranged nurse who set the blaze and roams the woods with or without a number of faceless children. Some claim to have seen burning spirits fleeing from the grounds, accompanied by screams.

Then there’s the legend of the mass suicide—in which several teenagers hung themselves beneath the Northern State Parkway overpass. Visitors who honk their cars’ horns or flash their headlights three times can see their lifeless bodies, it goes. A shadow figure and glowing ghost-woman known as the Lady in White—believed by some to be a depressed patient who set the hospital afire, and in doing so, killed herself—can also reportedly occasionally be seen. Some profess her to be Mary, killed by a car or murdered on the road, who haunts a nearby graveyard.

Then there’s the mysterious gypsy woman dressed in red, who appears out of thin air, roaming the hills and trails. There’s also the tale of the phantom police officer who is missing the back of his skull.

A Suffolk County homicide detective tells the Press the mutilated body of a child was discovered on Sweet Hollow Road in 1976.

Kings Park Psychiatric Center
TORTURED SOULS: Kings Park Psychiatric Center, at one time the home of more than 9,000 patients, was the site of countless lobotomies and shock therapy treatments. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)

2. Kings Park Psychiatric Center, Kings Park

Established in 1885 on more than 800 acres of land, Kings Park Psychiatric is a mini city of restless, anguished souls. Once home to more than 9,000 patients housed in more than 150 buildings, the complex became a self-sufficient farm community. It had a library, firehouse, morgue and cemetery. Most of the compound has fallen into disrepair, but the screams, moans, banging and clanging continues, eternal reminders of the pain suffered amid its walls. Electric shock therapy, insulin shock therapy and prefrontal lobotomies were performed regularly at Kings Park Psychiatric. There is an extensive network of underground tunnels throughout the grounds connecting the buildings—the sites of countless inhuman atrocities of torture and abuse.

Lake Ronkonkoma
HEALING WATERS: Lake Ronkonkoma, Long Island’s largest, was an extremely sacred site among ancient Native American Indian tribes, who traveled hundreds of miles during pilgrimages to its hollowed waters. Myriad legends mention an Indian princess who beckons visitors to their watery graves. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)

3. Lake Ronkonkoma

LI’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Ronkonkoma is awash with legends and stories, from tales it’s infested with piranha to the belief it is bottomless, has magical healing powers or is connected to the Long Island Sound and Great South Bay via underground channels. Lake Ronkonkoma is a kettle lake, formed by the recession of glaciers and more than 60 feet deep. Historically, the lake was known as a highly sacred site of religious rituals for ancient Native American Indian tribes, who would travel 100 miles or more in pilgrimages to undergo vision quests on its shores, according to Native New Yorkers: The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York by Evan T. Pritchard.

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There are also various versions of stories about the lake’s infamous Indian princess, “The Troubled Spirit of the Lake,” as described in 1967’s Heather Flower and Other Indian Stories of Long Island by Verne Dyson. One tale speaks of a Native American maiden sacrificed in its waters to appease a god. Another tells of the Lady of the Lake, a Native American princess betrothed and in love with a member of her tribe who was murdered by a settler on the eve of their wedding—so she tied rocks to her ankles and committed suicide in the middle of the lake. Her body was never found, the legend goes, though she returns annually to bring another male to his watery death in revenge for her love’s slaying. The phantom princess can sometimes be seen, so it continues, lamenting along the shore and luring future victims to their demise. At least one male drowns in Lake Ronkonkoma each year, the legend goes—recanted in various forms through a litany of books, including Haunted New York: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Empire State by Cheri Revai and Heather Adel Wiggins.

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Bizarre lights, sounds and whirlpools are also rumored to emit from Lake Ronkonkoma’s spiritual waters, further manifestations of her eternally broken heart.

LOVE LINGERS ON: Oyster Bay's Raynham Hall, once used by the British during the Revolutionary War, is said to be haunted by former inhabitants Sally Townsend and British Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe, who were in love with each other. Another spirit rumored to roam its grounds is that of British Major John Andre, who was hung for treason when he and Benedict Arnold's plot was foiled. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)
LOVE LINGERS ON: Oyster Bay’s Raynham Hall, once used by the British during the Revolutionary War, is said to be haunted by former inhabitants Sally Townsend and British Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe, who were in love with each other. Another spirit rumored to roam its grounds is that of British Major John Andre, who was hung for treason when he and Benedict Arnold’s plot was foiled. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)

4. Raynham Hall, West Main St., Oyster Bay

Named after Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England—which is infamously haunted by the Brown Lady, captured in a 1936 photograph—this mid-18th century Oyster Bay home of the Townsends was confiscated by the British during the Revolutionary War and served as headquarters for the Queen’s Rangers, led by Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe. Simcoe fell in love with Sally Townsend, who overheard he and British Major John Andre, a frequent guest, discuss a plot involving Benedict Arnold, then one of Gen. George Washington’s most trusted generals. Sally told her brother who, as a member of the Culper Spy Ring, relayed it to Washington, according to 1989’s Haunted Houses USA by Dolores Riccio and Joan Bingham. Andre was hung for treason but his spirit remains behind, contends Spirits of ‘76: Ghost Stories of the American Revolution by Daniel W. Barefoot—along with the ghosts of Sally and Simcoe.

ANOTHER ROUND: Katie's Restaurant of Smithtown is said to be haunted by several spirits, perhaps the most popular Charlie, believed to be a bootlegger and bartender during the Prohibition era. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)
ANOTHER ROUND: Katie’s Restaurant of Smithtown is said to be haunted by several spirits, perhaps the most popular Charlie, believed to be a bootlegger and bartender during the Prohibition era. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)

5. Katie’s, West Main Street, Smithtown

Take a stroll down West Main Street in Smithtown, stop in to Katie’s, and say hi to bartender Charlie Klein who is about 115 years old—give or take a few years. He may be missing a limb or two and he might knock a few glasses off the shelves. For years, staff and patrons at this local bar—which has been featured on A&E’s Paranormal State—have reported strange occurrences, from swinging doors to apparitions. The property has a long history. A hotel burned down in 1909 on this spot, reportedly killing a victim in the basement. Other tales claim a 16th century murderer haunts its corridors. But the most sociable ghost is Charlie, believed to be a bootlegger and bartender during the 1920s Prohibition era who lived across the street from Katie’s and took his own life.

Morgan Hall
HAUNTED: Legend says the ghost of financial tycoon JP Morgan’s daughter Alice still roams the grounds of his former mansion estate in Glen Cove. (Long Island Press)

6. Morgan Hall, Route 107, Glen Cove

Built in 1910, the former estate of financial tycoon J.P. Morgan is haunted by the ghost of his young daughter Alice, who succumbed to typhoid fever in the mansion, according to Haunted Places: The National Directory by Dennis William Hauck. The place was utilized by the Russian Embassy for years afterward before turning into a Catholic school and convent in the 1960s. Alice’s spirit, the book contends, has appeared wearing a long black dress and can be heard walking in the attic and corridors.

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Wickham Farmhouse
BRUTAL SLAYING: Built in 1704, the Wickham farmhouse in Cutchogue was the scene of horrific axe murders in 1854.

7. Wickham Farmhouse, Route 25, Cutchogue

The farmhouse, built in 1704, is one of the oldest English-style houses in New York State. On June 2, 1854, however, it became the site of a brutally vicious slaying. James and Frances Wickham, along with a 14-year-old servant boy, were axe-murdered in their bedrooms by a 21-year-old Irish farmhand named Nicholas Behan who, following an intense manhunt, according to The New York Times archives, was discovered hiding in nearby woods, put on trial, hung and buried in an unmarked grave. Descendants witnessed a ghost standing over their bed in 1988, according to Haunted Places: The National Directory by Dennis William Hauck, and sealed off the bedroom.

ETERNALLY YOURS: The Normandie Inn, at the intersection of Smithtown and Lakeland avenues, was once the Hotel Chateau La Boheme. A prior owner claims some strange occurrences have taken place within its storied walls. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)
ETERNALLY YOURS: The Normandie Inn, at the intersection of Smithtown and Lakeland avenues, was once the Hotel Chateau La Boheme. A prior owner claims some strange occurrences have taken place within its storied walls. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)

8. The Normandie Inn, Smithtown & Lakeland Ave., Bohemia

Originally built as a residence for a Czech baron in the 1920s, according to a 2008 Long Island Business News article, it became a speakeasy during Prohibition and the Hotel Chateau La Boheme before its last incarnation as a restaurant. The Gothic-style structure on the corner of Smithtown and Lakeland has been boarded up since 2004 and is currently once again up for sale. The Normandie Inn is rumored to be haunted by a woman named Maria, who was allegedly strangled to death in the upstairs back bedroom and heard walking the hallways and knocking on visitors’ doors when it was a hotel. There have also been reports of cold spots and other apparitions. Its most recent owner told LIBN the place’s previous owner informed him that long-silent room service bells once began ringing without explanation and footprints once appeared on a just-shampooed rug in a locked bedroom.

Reid Ice Cream
CHILLING: The former grounds of Reid Ice Cream in Blue Point was the scene of a brutal slaying in 1966.

9. Reid Ice Cream Grounds, Atlantic Ave., Blue Point

In 1966, the lifeless body of a murdered 20-year-old go-go dancer/part-time bank teller was discovered here in a sump, her hands and feet bound, her throat slashed. Legend says she’s never left.

Country House Restaurant
HOME SWEET HOME: Stony Brook’s Country House Restaurant is said to be the residence of several spirits, including Annette Williamson, who is believed to have been murdered in one of its many rooms during the Revolutionary War. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)

10. Country House Restaurant, Route 25A, Stony Brook

Besides its delicious food and romantic atmosphere, the Country House Restaurant serves patrons and visitors a smorgasbord of history. Originally built as a farmhouse in 1710, the place was purchased by Thomas Hadaway, a prominent English-American actor and comedian in 1838, according to Stony Brook by the Three Village Historical Society, who was noted for throwing parties involving the occult. Many séances were conducted here, with those in attendance including renowned LI artist William Sidney Mount. Mount, in his notebooks and diary entries, believed he was able to communicate with the 17th century Dutch Master Rembrandt, who gave him advice through letters and influenced his work, according to Haunted Visions: Spiritualism and American Art by Charles Colbert.

The Country House is haunted by the spirit of a woman named Annette Williamson, who is believed to have been murdered near a fi replace in one of the restaurant’s many rooms during the Revolutionary War, its present owner Bob Willemstyn tells Ghosts of Long Island author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky and LI paranormal researcher Joe Giaquinto on a segment of their blog talk radio show The Kerriann and Joe Show. Willemstyn says he has personally witnessed Annette’s full apparition, that her spirit regularly blows out light bulbs and causes electricity flashes, and that other spirits dwell the premises as well.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Some believe the Fire Island Lighthouse, which has aided the navigation of countless seafaring vessels for more than 150 years, to also be a beacon for wayward spirits. (Timothy Bolger / Long Island Press)
FIRE IN THE SKY: Some believe the Fire Island Lighthouse, which has aided the navigation of countless seafaring vessels for more than 150 years, to also be a beacon for wayward spirits. (Timothy Bolger / Long Island Press)

11. Fire Island Lighthouse, Fire Island

The original lighthouse, standing 74 feet high, was constructed of stone in 1826 and served as a beacon to distressed whaling and merchant ships for about 30 years. It was replaced by the current lighthouse, built in 1858, which is rumored to be haunted by a curator who committed suicide prior to its resurrection.

CREEPY: Glen Cove's Winfield Hall, the former mansion estate of FW Woolworth and former home of Grace Downs Model and Air Career School, has a dark, shadowy history.
CREEPY: Glen Cove’s Winfield Hall, the former mansion estate of FW Woolworth and former home of Grace Downs Model and Air Career School, has a dark, shadowy history.

12. Winfield Hall, Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove

The former 62-room Italian Renaissance mansion estate of Frank Winfield Woolworth was allegedly a hotbed of occult activity, according to Haunted Places: The National Directory by Dennis William Hauck, and its owner died just two years after it was built in 1917, of infected teeth. Woolworth’s daughter Edna committed suicide behind its ornate walls, and former students of Grace Downs Model and Air Career School—which had a home in the estate during the 1960s and early 1970s—speak of her bedroom always being locked, yet the sound of moving furniture emanating from within.

SPOOKY: Students who walk past Stony Brook University Southampton's windmill, built in 1712, report the creepy feeling of being watched. (Long Island Press)
SPOOKY: Students who walk past Stony Brook University Southampton’s windmill, built in 1712, report the creepy feeling of being watched. (Long Island Press)

13. Southampton Campus Windmill, Stony Brook University

Built in 1712, the gray-shingled, three-story windmill at Stony Brook University’s Southampton campus stands as one of LI’s oldest. Relocated in 1890 from Southampton Town, where it served as a landmark for seafaring ships, to its present location as a part of the former Claflin Estate, the windmill was also once a former cottage and housed such guests as playwright Tennessee Williams, who reportedly penned one of his plays during his lodging. According to campus lore, the owner’s daughter had a playroom inside the thing, and one day she fell down the windmill’s steep interior stairs, broke her neck and died. The 8- or-9-year old girl is still there, say students, and her face can be seen peering from its various windows. Students also report to the Press the eerie feeling of being watched as they pass it by.

BONUS HAUNT: Amityville Horror House, Ocean Avenue, Amityville

No Long Island Haunted House list would be complete without this demonic gem. Was it madness or evil spirits that led Ronald DeFeo to murder his family here in 1974? George and Kathy Lutz, who bought the place a year later, believed the latter. They literally left screaming, wrote a book about the house’s possession, signed a movie deal and solidified the place as a virtual gateway to hell. Hoax or truth? The world-renowned ghost hunters and psychic mediums, the Warrens, back up the claims. That’s enough proof for me.

MAIN ART – HORRIFIC: Myths and urban legends abound about Melville/Huntington’s Mount Misery and Sweet Hollow Road, from ghostly figures to haunted graveyards to a mass suicide, phantom horses and a police officer missing the back of his skull. (Jaclyn Gallucci / Long Island Press)

Netflix Stranger Things Season Two Returning 2017

Stranger Things Season Two
Netflix Stranger Things Season Two is coming in 2017! Stranger Things' fictional town Hawkins, Indiana and its paranormal and psychokinetic scenarios share striking similarities to local lore surrounding Camp Hero (L) in Montauk, NY and Brookhaven National Laboratory (R) in Upton, NY, both on Long Island, NY. (Photos: Wikimedia Commons and Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Netflix announced Wednesday via an ominous trailer on YouTube and social media that Season Two of its beloved sci-fi/paranormal thriller Stranger Things will be coming in 2017.

I’ll repeat that: Netflix has announced Stranger Things Season Two is slated for 2017!

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Stranger Things, a glorious homage to dozens of cult classics and their masterminds—from Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to John Carpenter and Stephen King—is set in the 1980s in a fictional Indiana town called Hawkins and concerns such intriguing prospects as secret government experiments, abductions, telekinesis, and interdimensional vortexes that harbor really, really horrifying creatures.

Starring Winona Ryder, David Harbour and Matthew Modine, among its amazing cast, Stranger Things infuses the terrifying facets of horror with the fantastical wanderlust of science fiction, and even tenets of quantum physics, into a compelling adventure that is both absolutely mesmerizing and scary as all hell.

The most blood-curling aspect for yours truly, as an investigator of all things paranormal and mysterious, is that its premise is based on real life.

Related: 5 Real-Life ‘Stranger Things’-Montauk, Long Island Parallels

Stranger Things was originally named Montauk, its namesake the enigmatic fishing village-turned-hosh-posh diva-land on the easternmost tip of Long Island, and shares many parallels with long-rumored tales of covert military experiments and telekinetic torture, among much more. It’s a strange place, for sure, and becomes even stranger once you learn about its foreboding past—and some believe, present.

What will Season Two have in store?

Surely those leeches squiggling out of Will Byers mouth, the faceless creature’s cracked birth-egg in the Upside-Down realm, and Hopper leaving some baked treats in that box in the woods alludes to some really mind-blowing scenes.

Netflix’s trailer hints at nine episodes: “Madmax,” “The Boy Who Came Back To Life,” “The Pumkin Patch,” “The Palace,” “The Storm,” “The Pollywog,” “The Secret Cabin,” “The Brain” and “The Lost Brother.”

Will the Duffer Brothers delve further into the forced telekinetic torture/espionage wrought upon 11 in Season One? Will other faceless beings in the Upside-Down emerge to assume the bloody throne left in the wake of Season One’s Montauk Monster-esque beast’s epic demise? Will this new collection of twists and turns entail more explicit parallels to the otherworldly cataclysms rumored to have taken place—and possibly still be going on—at Montauk’s so-called “Camp Hero” and the former “Camp Upton”!? (More on those in another post.)

If Season One is any indication, Stranger Things Season Two will be absolutely phenomenal.

Stay tuned…

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Main Art: Netflix Stranger Things Season Two is coming in 2017! Stranger Things’ fictional town Hawkins, Indiana and its paranormal and psychokinetic scenarios share striking similarities to local lore surrounding Camp Hero (L) in Montauk, NY and Brookhaven National Laboratory (R) in Upton, NY, both on Long Island, NY. (Photos: Wikimedia Commons and Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Extraterrestrial Signal Kept Secret By Russia Sparks SETI Probe

Extraterrestrial Signal SETI
An extraterrestrial signal from an ancient world kept secret by Russia is being investigated by SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute. (Photo: An artist's impression of the recently discovered Earth-like exoplanet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri. Credit: SETI Institute, ESO/M. Kornmesser)

A mysterious extraterrestrial signal emanating from an ancient solar system kept secret by Russia has sparked an investigation by the SETI Institute into the possibility it was sent by super-intelligent life forms.

Yes, you heard that correctly: An extraterrestrial signal from another solar system is being investigated by SETI in the hopes it is a cosmic communication from really really smart alien beings.

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The otherworldly blip was first detected by Russian astronomers in May 2015, yet in a bizarre break with established protocol, they’ve only just alerted the nonprofit, and other interstellar investigators, now. In response, SETI, aka the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence, swung the Allen Telescope Array (ATA)—a team of 42 radio telescope dishes in Hat Creek, Calif.—in the direction of the alien signal’s source, a solar system several billion years older than the sun called HD 164595.

Although HD 164595 is known only to have one Neptune-sized planet that we know of, scientists speculate the system could host other worlds yet undiscovered.

Related: Proxima b: Second Habitable Earth Discovered Near Proxima Centauri

If in fact the mystery message did originate from that particular solar system—something the ATA is scanning the skies to verify—SETI’s Senior Astronomer Seth Shostak explains in a recent analysis that the extraterrestrial beings who sent it would be uber-intelligent, and would have developed technologies far beyond mankind’s wildest dreams.

To begin with, says Shostak, HD 164595 is 94 light years away. These alien creatures wouldn’t have any reason to have targeted us, specifically, since any TV or radar communications we’ve sent out to the outer depths of the universe haven’t even reached their solar system yet.

“There are two interesting cases,” speculates Shostak. “They [the alien beings] decide to broadcast in all directions. Then the required power is 1020 watts, or 100 billion billion watts. That’s hundreds of times more energy than all the sunlight falling on Earth, and would obviously require power sources far beyond any we have.

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Second, he continues:

“They aim their transmission at us. This will reduce the power requirement, but even if they are using an antenna the size of the 1000-foot Arecibo instrument [at 96 feet in length, the world’s largest single dish radio telescope, located in Puerto Rico] they would still need to wield more than a trillion watts, which is comparable to the total energy consumption of all humankind.’

Related: 5 Real-Life ‘Stranger Things’-Montauk, Long Island Parallels

SETI’s search amid the enigmatic HD 164595 has only just begun, and it’s uncertain if the unearthly call will ever be detected again. Nonetheless, it is quite astonishing, and has had the perhaps unintended effect of millions of us learning about SETI, the perplexing realm of HD 164595, and wondering if it is indeed the latest “What’s up?” from another curious martian species. Or us, our highly evolved ancestors, in the future. Or simply neighboring cousins from those “extraterrestrials” already living among us.

The search, therefore, for now, dear friends, continues.

Stay tuned…

Main Art: An extraterrestrial signal from an ancient world kept secret by Russia is being investigated by SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute. (Photo: An artist’s impression of the recently discovered Earth-like exoplanet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri. Credit: SETI Institute, ESO/M. Kornmesser)

Proxima b: Second Habitable Earth Discovered Near Proxima Centauri

Proxima b
An artist's rendition of the extraterrestrial landscape of Proxima b, an Earth-like world recently discovered by the European Southern Observatory, orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system. (Art: European Southern Observatory)

Forget rocketing like Han, Chewy or Captain Kirk to the outer depths of the universe in search of friendly life forms. In a landmark discovery by the European Southern Observatory announced Wednesday, otherworldly extraterrestrial life could be chilling right around the cosmos from Earth.

An Earth-like exoplanet named Proxima b exists within the so-called “habitable zone,” orbits the closest star to our solar system, Proxima Centauri, and may support water and life!

According to the European Southern Observatory (ESO)—the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organization in Europe—astronomers using their telescopes have found “clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth.”

“The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface,” continues the historic announcement. “This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us—and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System.”

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Proxima Centauri, the space agency explains, is a red dwarf star just four light years away from our solar system, and the closest star to Earth apart from the sun. Although way too faint to be seen with the unaided eye, a team of astronomers monitored it much of this year using HARPS spectrograph on the ESO’s 3.6-metre telescope at its La Silla observation site—one of three such locations in Chile. Dubbed the “Pale Red Dot” campaign and led by astronomer Guillem Anglada-Escude from Queen Mary University of London, they focused their attention on the ever-so-slight “wobble” of the star that would indicate the gravitational pull of an orbiting planet.

“The first hints of a possible planet were spotted back in 2013, but the detection was not convincing,” explained Anglada-Escude. “Since then, we have worked hard to get further observations off the ground with help from ESO and others.

“The recent Pale Red Dot campaign has been about two years in the planning,” he continued.

When “Pale Red Dot” data was combined with observations from earlier ESO and other observations, the agency’s announcement explains, it yielded a phenomenal revelation: A planet was revolving around Proxima Centauri with a mass “at least 1.3 times that of the Earth, orbiting about 7 million kilometres…only 5 percent of the Earth-Sun distance,” ESO’s announcement continues.

Anglada-Escude was relentless in his pursuit of the Earth-like realm.

“I kept checking the consistency of the signal every single day during the 60 nights of the Pale Red Dot campaign,” he told media outlets. “The first 10 were promising, the first 20 were consistent with expectations, and at 30 days the result was pretty much definitive, so we started drafting the paper!”

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Though Proxima b has a much closer orbit to Proxima Centauri than Mercury does to our Sun, its star is much fainter, ESO’s announcement says, therefore, this new world lies “well within the habitable zone around the star and has an estimated surface temperature that would allow the presence of liquid water.”

Main Photo: An artist’s rendition of the extraterrestrial landscape of Proxima b, an Earth-like world recently discovered by the European Southern Observatory, orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system. (Art: European Southern Observatory)

5 Real-Life ‘Stranger Things’-Montauk, Long Island Parallels

Stranger Things Season Two
Netflix Stranger Things Season Two is coming in 2017! Stranger Things' fictional town Hawkins, Indiana and its paranormal and psychokinetic scenarios share striking similarities to local lore surrounding Camp Hero (L) in Montauk, NY and Brookhaven National Laboratory (R) in Upton, NY, both on Long Island, NY. (Photos: Wikimedia Commons and Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Netflix’s newest original drama series Stranger Things is fueling binge-watch fests across the country and racking up major kudos from critics, praised for its imaginative and, at times, terrifying integration of sci-fi, horror and ’80s-themed nostalgia. Yet how many fans know about its real-life parallels? The mysterious government laboratory, the secret military base, and the extraordinarily mind-blowing experiments that, some contend, continue to this very day!?

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E.T. the Extraterrestrial, The Goonies, Poltergeist, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, The Twilight Zone, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, X-Files, FringeStranger Things draws from so many cult favorites it’s a veritable sci-fi smorgasbord and an absolute masterpiece. Its greatest muse, however, may in fact be Long Island, New York, situated on ancient ancestral Native American lands and a paranormal epicenter—home to countless historical sites, haunted places, unexplained events and puzzling phenomena.

The fictional scenarios portrayed in Stranger Things’ Hawkins, Indiana share several chilling parallels with real-life Long Island, and as someone who has been known to dabble a wee bit in this fringe area, I say with sincerity that the latter is a hell of a lot stranger than even Stranger Things depicts. Consider this article a wake-up call.

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Here are 5 real-life Stranger Things-Montauk, Long Island parallels:

Camp Hero Montauk
The monstrous radar tower at Montauk Air Force Station aka Camp Hero, in Montauk, NY. (Wikimedia Commons)

 

1. MONTAUK, NY

Stranger Things’ original title was Montauk, named after the sleepy fishing village on Long Island’s easternmost tip. Among so many tales, local lore tells of young boys being abducted and forced to participate in an assortment of psychological and paranormal experiments on a nearby secret military base, including time travel, telekinesis, teleportation and mind-control (the 1992 book The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time documents some of these studies, as does its independent film adaptation, 2014’s Montauk Chronicles). Stranger Things is set in the small, fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, and the plot surrounds the mysterious disappearance of a 12-year-old local boy named Will Byers.

Camp Hero Artillery Bunker
Camp Hero in Montauk, NY, is strewn with blockaded airplane hangars and artillery bunkers closed to the public. (Wikimedia Commons)

 

2. CAMP HERO

The site of Montauk’s very real covert military installation, known since the 1940s as Fort Hero, aka Montauk Air Force Base, aka “Camp Hero,” dates as far back as the Revolutionary War. During World War II and the Cold War, it served as a strategic coastal defensive site to thwart potential attacks or an invasion of New York City by sea, and was intentionally disguised as an actual fishing village to conceal its fortifications from German U-boats and enemy ships. Its 754-acre grounds were designated a state park and opened to the public in 2002, though many parts of the compound remain off-limits to this day. The base features an elaborate network of subterranean tunnels and is strewn with airplane hangars and artillery bunkers built into the side of bluffs that are sealed off by concrete barricades. Most recognizable is its monstrous radar tower, visible from the surrounding area, as well as from the nearby Montauk lighthouse. Stranger Things’ mysterious, U.S. Department of Energy-backed Hawkins National Laboratory, the site of bizarre scientific experiments using human subjects—where 11 are held captive and forced to spy on the Russians, among many other projects—shares eerie similarities to Camp Hero, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy’s very real Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), located about 60 miles west of the Montauk base. (More on BNL to come.)

Stranger Things Montauk Monster
Stranger Things’ faceless “Upside Down” creature may bear some similarities to the reptile-humanoid creatures rumored to be roaming around the subterranean tunnels of Camp Hero in Montauk, NY, but as for any resemblance to the so-called “Montauk Monster” that allegedly washed ashore on Long Island a few years back, not so much.

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3. LIZARD HUMANOIDS & THE INTERDIMENSIONAL WILDEBEEST

The Montauk base’s underground tunnel complex has long been rumored to be the homestead of half-reptile creatures, known as “Reptoids,” and the eternal prison of an interdimensional creature who is believed to have led to the destructive demise of the experimentations. There were many top-secret projects and unsanctioned experiments rumored to be taking place within the Montauk compound, including psychokinetic torture and collaboration with extraterrestrials. While Stranger Things’ faceless flesh-feasting “Upside Down” realm creature is not an exact doppelganger of these cold-blooded tunnel dwellers, nor is the havoc-wreaking beast, the show’s bloodthirsty bastard does share at least one similarity with Montauk’s resident scaly beings and dimension-hopping beast: All are absolutely terrifying.

Brookhaven National Laboratory
Aerial view of Brookhaven National Laboratory taken in 2011. The National Synchrotron Light Source II (under construction) is in the foreground at right. The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) is visible at top. (Photo Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory Facebook profile)

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4. BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LAB

Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY, might as well just be renamed “Hawkins Lab” in the show’s wake, since they share that many characteristics. They’re both owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. They’re both steeped in mystery. They’re both off-limits to the public and well-protected against trespassers (true for the Camp Hero site as well, prior to its re-designation as a state park; more on that in another post). They both feature mind-blowing facilities and equipment that are literally rewriting everything the scientific community understands about cosmic matter, the creation of this universe, nano-particles, time, space and so much more we can only begin to comprehend it all. Most importantly for our purpose here, both Hawkins Lab and BNL are home to an interdimensional portal-vortex, or as the Stranger Things crew refers to it, a “gate.” Yes, you’ve read that correctly.

Einstein Black Holes Gravitational Waves
The PHENIX detector at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) records many different particles emerging from sub-atomic collisions, including photons, electrons, muons, and quark-containing particles called hadrons. The detector is shown here in a disassembled condition during routine maintenance. (Photo Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory)

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5. BNL’S RELATIVISTIC HEAVY ION COLLIDER

Just one of BNL’s many groundbreaking, world-renowned gems, its Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) is the stuff of dreams and legends, combined. Featuring a 2.4-mile, two-lane “racetrack” that collides beams of ions at the speed of light, it quite literally straddles the very fabric between everything we as an “intelligent” species understand about this realm, and what we simply cannot comprehend. It holds the key with the potential to unlock countless doors to other dimensions, solving so many mysteries, explaining so many enigmas—the origins of this universe, life, the unseen forces that hold us and bind us and everything else in this existence together, as well as the impossible forces and laws that can tear it all apart. Physicists from around the world flock to BNL to study, in the words of BNL’s official introduction for the RHIC: “What the universe may have looked like in the first few moments after its creation.” The RHIC is the first machine in the world capable of colliding ions as heavy as gold. It is the world’s only machine capable of colliding beams of polarized protons, unraveling the secrets of dark matter, quark-gluon plasma, and replicating the primordial cosmos existing in the first billionths of a second after the birth of our universe.

Stranger Things STAR Detector
The Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC (STAR) is a detector specializing in tracking the thousands of particles produced by each ion collision at RHIC. Weighing 1,200 tons and as large as a house, STAR is a massive detector. It is used to search for signatures of the form of matter that RHIC was designed to create: the quark-gluon plasma. It is also used to investigate the behavior of matter at high energy densities by making measurements over a large area. (Photo Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Yes, RHIC is very much a doorway, to enlightenment, and some fear, other dimensions and universes. These concerns were taken so seriously, in fact, that in 1999, prior to the RHIC going operational in 2000, the laboratory’s director John Marburger convened a committee of renowned physicists to address several of its apocalyptic ramifications: 1) “Creation of a black hole that would ‘eat’ ordinary matter, essentially gobbling up the Earth;” 2) “Initiation of a transition to a new, more stable universe;” and 3) “Formation of a ‘strangelet’ that would convert ordinary matter to a new form.” The aptly named latter item is a hypothetical, thermodynamic, cosmological doomsday particle that would “suck up all matter on Earth, ending life on the planet,” as one Harvard University theoretical physics PhD candidate explained in a paper tackling the topic. Marburger’s committee ultimately green-lighted its operation, anyway, ultimately concluding: “That the candidate mechanisms for catastrophe scenarios at RHIC are firmly excluded by existing empirical evidence, compelling theoretical arguments, or both. Accordingly, we see no reason to delay the commissioning of RHIC on their account.”

And to think it’s on Long Island.

Stranger Things, indeed.

Stay tuned, dear friends. Stay tuned.

[Main Photo: Stranger Things’ fictional town Hawkins, Indiana and its paranormal and psychokinetic scenarios share striking similarities to local lore surrounding Camp Hero (L) in Montauk, NY and Brookhaven National Laboratory (R) in Upton, NY, both on Long Island, NY. (Photos: Wikimedia Commons and Brookhaven National Laboratory)]

Google Earth Sea Monster Off Deception Island: Kraken? [Video]

Google Earth Sea Monster
Google Earth Sea Monster: swamp gas, rock formation, or something else?

Nessie. Champy. Ogopogo. Ayia Napa. Kraken.

Sea monsters have haunted the depths of our vast oceans and collective imaginations since the dawn of time, whether giant serpents, leviathans, squids, or prehistoric dinosaurs that somehow escaped the cataclysms of the ancient world.

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Encompassing about 71 percent of our planet’s surface—about 140 million square miles with a volume of more than 320 million cubic miles—indeed, our oceans create the perfect habitat for mysterious beasts and the quintessential repository for countless secrets, civilizations, and organisms our modern consciousness may never be able to fully comprehend. Same goes for the countless lakes, rivers, streams and other water bodies throughout the globe.

The long-necked Loch Ness Monster, aka Nessie, is perhaps the most infamous, with sightings of this enigmatic creature stretching back more than 1,500 years within Scotland’s murky, and perhaps most-fabled water body.

As mankind moves further away from our roots as a native species embracing our precious environment and closer toward our narcissistic endeavors manufacturing artificial monstrosities, aka machines, it is only inevitable we would once again detect an elusive marine anomaly to remind us that we are so not alone—in this world, or this universe. There’s just so much still yet to discover, yet to explore, yet to attempt to comprehend!

Recently, social media was abuzz with reports that a YouTube user, through the global mapping program Google Earth, happened upon such a being.

While zooming near the remote (and equally mysterious) Deception Island in the South Shetland Island archipelago—that just so happens to be the protruding precipice of an ancient volcano—user wowforreeel discovered an anomaly among the Antarctic isles.

Posting the findings on YouTube for all the world to witness, wowforreeel’s video shows a perplexing green-dark mass to the southeast of the island.

Measuring 96 yards across with an apparent mouth some 25 yards in length, the mysterious object resembles a gigantic cryptid which some Internet users have come to speculate may in fact be the mythological Kraken monster—a legendary monster legend typically relegates to the waters off Norway.

“Massive disturbance in the ocean,” wowforreeel writes. “Is this a rock formation? Or is it some THING breaking the surface?”

Without further investigation it remains impossible to ascertain exactly what this bizarre Google Earth finding is, and even if it does turn out to be a giant, as yet unidentified, sea being or some sort, there is nothing to indicate such a mutant—or any such mutants, truly—would pose a threat to humans.

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The so-called Ayia Napa Sea Monster, for example, which has roamed the coast of Cyprus possibly since the 2nd Century, A.D. (and may in fact be the mythical Scylla monster, though this also demands further extensive investigation), is known to locals as “To Filiko Teras,” aka The Friendly Monster.

Champy, a mysterious creature inhabiting Lake Champlain, which borders New York, Vermont, and Canada, and was first spotted by Native Americans, does also not seem to have a record of harming humans. (Though frightening them is another story!)

Nor does Ogopogo, the elusive beast reportedly inhabiting Okanagan Lake in British Columbia. Nor did the so-called “Montauk Monster”—widely believed to be an escaped mutant-hybrid from the top-secret experimentations on Plum Island.

Naysayers will always refute the mysterious and otherworldly as anything but. Perhaps they are all just the result of periodic releases of “swamp gas,” as some noteworthy UFO sightings have been dismissed as. Perhaps these sea monsters (not to be confused with the seminal punk band Sea Monster; shout out to Arthur!) are nothing but supersaturated logs and tree stumps that were stuck at the bottom of these water bodies and for some reason or another inexplicably rise to the surface and are mistaken as dinosaurs. Perhaps they are simply a family of sea otters or other marine subaquatic wildlife that from time to time creep out the water and terrify us.

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Perhaps.

Perhaps not.

The hunt goes on. Stay tuned.

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Einstein Was Right: Black Holes, Gravitational Waves (& Interdimensional Time Travel) Exists

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An aerial view of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detector in Livingston, Louisiana. LIGO has two detectors: one in Livingston and the other in Hanaford, Washington. LIGO is funded by NSF; Caltech and MIT conceived, built and operate the laboratories. (Photo Credit: LIGO Laboratory)

About 1.3 billion years ago, two black holes about 29 and 36 times the mass of the sun, respectively, collided at nearly half the speed of light, forming a new, massive, super-spinning black hole, which, within the final milliseconds of its birth, emitted an eruption of energy equivalent to about 50 times that of the entire universe.

This nearly incomprehensible explosion of energy—a cosmic cataclysm creating literal ripples in the very fabric of spacetime, dubbed “Gravitational Waves”—was detected Sept. 14, 2015 by the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in Livingston, Louisiana and Hanford, Washington.

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The existence of these mind-bending, realm-shattering waves was confirmed Thursday morning at the National Press Club in Washington, DC by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which funds the LIGOs. The announcement validates a major component of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity—E=mc2—and, in the words of the NSF, “opens an unprecedented new window to the cosmos.”

The collision of two black holes had always been predicted, but never observed. LIGOs’ detections are being hailed as indisputable evidence.

“This detection is the beginning of a new era: The field of gravitational wave astronomy is now a reality,” explains Gabriela González, spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC)—a consortium of more than 1,000 scientists from around the globe—and professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University.

Einstein predicted gravitational waves in 1916. His theory of general relativity is essentially the foundation for our understanding of gravitation, and was published the previous year. In a nutshell, it describes gravity as a property of space and time, aka spacetime.

Spacetime, in its original, most stripped-down terms, regards the concept of “space” in this universe as comprising three dimensions, with “time” occupying an additional, singular dimension. Other theories predict many, many more dimensions than these four.

To Einstein, gravity was a property of spacetime’s curvature. Mass dictates the degree of the latter. Boiled down, Einstein theorized that time and space could not exist as separate, disparate entities unto themselves. Instead, they are interwoven, mandating that events taking place at the same moment for one can also transpire at different moments for another.

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It is impossible to talk about Einstein’s general theory of relativity, however, without at the very minimum, mentioning the divine revelations proposed in his lesser-known, though arguably even more significant, special theory of relativity—a precursor to his most famous understandings, first proposed a full decade prior, in 1905. Published within his “Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper,” translated, “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” paper, it resolves variances within the fundamental theories of electrodynamics, and, proposes new understandings of the mechanics pertaining to the speed of light.

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A technician works on one of LIGO’s optics. At each observatory, the 2 1/2-mile long L-shaped LIGO interferometer uses laser light split into two beams that travel back and forth down the arms. The beams are used to monitor the distance between mirrors precisely positioned at the ends of the arms. According to Einstein’s theory, the distance between the mirrors will change when a gravitational wave passed by the detector. (Photo Credit: LIGO Laboratory)

In short, Einstein (with at least some credit to a handful of others, namely Hendrik Lorentz, Sir Isaac Newton, Heinrich Hertz, James Maxwell and Christian Doppler) proposed that essentially, the speed of light is absolute, thus, setting a benchmark, if you will, for the quantification of all energy, information, and matter—an existential parameter, of sorts! With this in mind, consequentially, our comprehension of “time” moves slower as our speed relative to other objects approaches the speed of light.

Taken as a whole, these two theories of Einstein’s lay the groundwork for real, successful time travel, albeit only in one direction, forward, into the future. Theoretically speaking, approaching the speed of light on an excursion within a set period of reference would enable the time traveler to achieve that precise moment in much shorter “time” progression than those not accelerating at such speeds, and thus, biologically age slower. The progression of “time” would also appear to pass much slower for those within a gravitational field, Einstein’s theories predict.

Basically, the faster an object travels, the more spacetime warps.

Distortions in our experience of spacetime, perhaps best envisioned through the symbiotic relationship to our understanding—and now validation of—these gravitational waves, or “ripples,” may bring mankind as an entity-species yet one step closer to harnessing the reality of such a phenomenon, again, foretold more than a century ago.

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The PHENIX detector at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) records many different particles emerging from RHIC collisions, including photons, electrons, muons, and quark-containing particles called hadrons. The detector is shown here in a disassembled condition during maintenance. (Photo Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory)

We can discuss so-called “Dark Matter,” wormholes, and the potential for humans to open, and pass through, interdimensional spacetime gashes (think Walter Bishop’s destructive-yet-salvationary doorways in Fringe) in another post, as well as more about the subterranean electromagnetic corrider-colliding Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider currently conducting related experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (which “relies very essentially on Einstein’s theory of relativity,” Berndt Mueller, BNL’s associate director for nuclear and particle physics, told the Press some “time” ago); the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva; and reverse-engineering of downed “extraterrestrial” spacecraft to enable our present-dimensional bodies to withstand such cosmic associations at another moment in “spacetime,” dear readers.

Oh Einstein. Perhaps the next hundred “years” of research into your theories will yield even more validations of the unknown, enable us to also “travel” backwards (you know what I mean), and thank you in person ourselves for your divine, transcendental musings.

Stay tuned.

Sonic Boom, Earthquake, Government Cover-Up, Meteor, Or Something More Sinister?

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Astronaut Ron Garan photographed this Perseid meteor on August 13, 2011 as the International Space Station passed over China. (Photo Credit: NASA Facebook)

Social media exploded recently with reports of “tremors,” “shaking” and an “earthquake” from users spanning Maine to Delaware.

Though the US Geological Survey was quick to dismiss early speculation that a quake had, in fact, taken place—tweeting shortly after 3 p.m. EST the vibrations were definitively “Not an earthquake but a sonic boom in New Jersey”—with the US Navy then following up later stating that “routine flight testing” may have caused the terrifying noise, some of us within the educated populous cursed with more suspicious minds can no doubt question the explanation and consider other sources of such far-reaching, unsettling effects.

A sonic boom is essentially the aural manifestation of shockwaves produced when an object travels through the air faster than the speed of sound. This begs the question:

What the hell could have produced such a sound event, over New Jersey of all places? (No disrespect, of course.)

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A U.S. Air Force F-117A ‘Nighthawk’ Stealth Fighter aircraft flies over Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., during the joint service experimentation process dubbed Millennium Challenge 2002. Sponsored by the US Joint Forces Command, the Millenniun Challenge 2002 experiment explores how Effects Based Operations can provide an integrated joint context for conducting rapid, decisive operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon II) (Released)

SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT

The US Air Force’s long-range reconnaissance Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” and Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk for example, can create such a blast. So can the Concorde. And the Space Shuttle—today being the somber 30-year anniversary of the tragic Jan. 28, 1986 Challenger disaster.

Any “supersonic” jet will create a sonic boom. That’s why Concordes, for example, are mandated to fly primarily above the ocean. No one wants sonic booms exploding over their home on an hourly, or even daily basis. Stealth aircraft technology has long been believed by some to come from the reverse-engineering of downed extraterrestrial airships (a premise most recently explored on the newly resurrected X-Files television series).

NASA has, in fact, been conducting a series of experiments to try and take some, if not all, of the “boom” out of this phenomenon, opening the door for more advances in supersonic land, sea, and air travel.

Some of the code names of these flight tests, ground tests, and simulations include: “Quiet Spike,” “LaNCETS,” “House VIBES,” “SonicBOBS,” “SonicBREW,” and “Low Boom/No Boom.” Nearly five years to the day of today’s sonic mystery, in fact, NASA published a “NASA Chat” about its efforts.

Check it out HERE.

Was the US military truly testing some new, lightning-fast secret jet fighter (possibly its not-so-secret, troubled F-35 stealth fighter) somewhere over Bruce Springsteen’s hometown this afternoon?

Meteor
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Meteor from Kappa Cygnid Meteor Shower. (Image credit: Jimmy Westlake, NASA)

METEORS

A meteor can also cause a sonic boom. Perhaps a meteor barreled over the Garden State. It wouldn’t be the first time meteors caused such a stir. One such house-rattling space object created loud, window-shaking sonic booms throughout Virgina several years ago.

Read about that event HERE.

Meteors and other space debris, such as dilapidated satellites re-entering Earth’s atmosphere typically burn up completely as they descend, producing a visible red-and-orange-flamed streak as they fall. No one on Twitter or Facebook reported observing anything such as this, however.

AN EARTHQUAKE REALLY DID HAPPEN

The government can say sonic boom all day long, but there are still those among us who believe, deep down, that today’s frightening clamor was not the result of a sonic boom. Sonic booms, as much as they may rattle some windows, or even a shoddy warehouse, as one Press reporter observed, does not cause the ground to literally move beneath our feet. No, that’s no plane or meteor, fellow believers.

That’s tectonic reverberation. But what could have caused such a tremble, you might ask?

Let’s ponder a few possible instigators.

HYDROFRACKING

You may have heard the term before. There are many of you out there, I suspect, who wish with all their heart they’d never had the displeasure. Hydrofracking, also called hydraulic fracturing, is an environmentally devastating extraction process whereby massive amounts of water, combined with toxic chemicals (many of which are blocked from public identification due to US energy laws protecting their corporate manufacturers) are pumped, along with some sand, at extremely high pressure, into the ground via drilled gas wells.

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Hydrofracking is a very big deal, especially along the ancient Marcellus Shale Formation, which spans the Alleghany Plateau area of the northern Appalachian Basin—running across the Finger Lakes region of New York, sections of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, across the Delaware River, and into New Jersey.

There exist many truly insane environmental disasters caused by hydrofracking (public drinking water that catches fire when poured from the tap of customers’ sinks, for example), but the lure for Big Energy is far too enticing: The untapped shale reserves are believed to contain trillions (with a capital “T”) worth of subterranean natural gas.

This type of forced chemical extraction has been known to cause earthquakes in parts of the country where historically they’ve never existed. Pennsylvania, Ohio, and even Oklahoma, for starters.

So perhaps Thursday’s “sonic boom” is related to this?

SUBTERRANEAN MANMADE WEAPONIZED EXPLOSION

It is a sort of open secret that below certain areas of the country the United States has constructed monstrous underground tunnel networks designed to shelter the ruling elite in the event they decide to begin the nuclear apocalypse.

Mainstream media went wild earlier this month with reports that North Korea had detonated a hydrogen bomb. Perhaps some of the corporate overlords preparing the underground cities for the probable war between these elitists and the general populous fumbled some of their incendiary devices and/or Armageddon bombs, igniting part of their cavernous complex and shaking us above-ground, law-abiding citizens?

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The Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC (STAR) is a detector which specializes in tracking the thousands of particles produced by each ion collision at RHIC. Weighing 1,200 tons and as large as a house, STAR is a massive detector. It is used to search for signatures of the form of matter that RHIC was designed to create: the quark-gluon plasma. It is also used to investigate the behavior of matter at high energy densities by making measurements over a large area. (Photo Credit: Brookhaven National Lab)

BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LAB’S RELATIVISTIC HEAVY ION COLLIDER

Now this government laboratory is located way out in Upton, out in Suffolk County, not nearly New Jersey. I’m very much aware of its geographic location. On Long Island, however, nearly everything mysterious or unexplainable—from extraterrestrials to intergalactic laser weapons and lots in between (for a future post, dear friends)—comes back to BNL, rightfully so or not.

Brookhaven National Lab’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) is no imaginary figment of science fiction. By the lab’s own admission, physicists from around the globe have been visiting this fascinating, monstrous machine to try and recreate, and study, “what the universe may have looked like in the first few moments after its creation,” boasts its own website.

“What scientists learn from RHIC may help us understand more about why the physical world works the way it does, from the smallest subatomic particles, to the largest stars,” it explains.

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There have been some across cyberspace who’ve warned about such technology’s tinkering with the very fabric of our universe. They warn it should not be done. As the great Walter Bishop learned (or didn’t) on Fringe, perhaps there are things in this world that should not be messed with, and if they are, those who do so must be prepared for the consequences. Or something like that.

Others have warned of such devices opening wormholes, sucking this realm straight through!

Is it possible that this otherworldly machine frequented by top scientists from throughout this world could somehow be connected to this alleged “sonic boom” the government was so quick to label as such? Or perhaps, its big brother, the Large Hadron Collider, humming along some 600 feet below ground in a nearly 20-mile tunnel beneath the France-Switzerland border near Geneva!?

And what about all those reports of the Earth literally shaking!?

Do extraterrestrials, or even those fabled scaly creatures the reptilinoids have something to do with this? Will Mulder and Scully’s return really only last six episodes!?

Stay tuned, dear truth seekers. Stay tuned.

And question everything.