I wrote earlier about the Large Hadron Collider particle physics funpark in (under) France, and the lawsuit filed in Hawaii by two scientists with concerns that turning the LHC on could Destroy the Earth.
The United States filed its response today, as reported on Alan Boyle’s “Cosmic Log” (MSNBC). The Government’s main objections are fourfold: (1) the statute of limitations has run, (2) the Federal Courts lack jurisdiction to block the LHC’s activities, (3) the plaintiffs have no standing, and (4) the court cannot provide any effective relief because the LHC would go on without US funding.
Um, what about the part about it being safe!?
Kidding. There’s a new safety report too.
The government is requesting summary judgment, but a hearing is not yet scheduled.
Meanwhile a petition is circulating the Interwebs:
Typically such momentous scientific achievements are inaugurated with profound words, such as Neil Armstrong’s “One small step for man, one giant leap for all mankind”, or when Oppenheimer famously quoted from the Bhagavad Gita upon the first test of a nuclear weapon. No doubt the Directorate of CERN will have prepared something similar to match this historic event.
However, we the undersigned feel something simple will suffice. Upon activating the LHC for the test, we advocate the opening words be “Commence Primary Ignition!“, a call back to the 1977 movie “Star Wars” when the villains destroyed the planet Alderaan with their Death Star.
Soon: the Heller gun case!