From the July 2008 Idaho Observer:

Darwinist madmen preparing to prove "Big Bang" theory

Darwin’s theory of evolution hinges on an event called the "Big Bang" in which elements of matter came together and somehow created life. Darwinist scientists have been trying unsuccessfully to duplicate the Big Bang theory in a lab for decades. The supercollider project of the 80s attempted to locate the smallest building blocks of matter, got down to a "quark" and discovered that matter is created from energy, not ever smaller units of matter. Undaunted, Darwinist madmen are on the verge of flipping a switch to turn on the "Large Hadron Collider." It may be appropriate, at this time, to say, "God, help us."

The "Large Hadron Collider" is 27 km (about 18 miles) long and buried deep beneath Cern, Switzerland. Soon an international team of Darwinist scientists will turn it on. "Experts" are "pretty sure" nothing bad will happen.


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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a large physics project buried 100 metres underground on the French/Swiss border at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) facility near Geneva. It is based in a 27Km-long tunnel and the picture at right is an artist’s impression of the tunnel with an aerial view of the CERN site in the background. The small ring is marking where the tunnel is. The LHC will propel particles, called hadrons, around the ring at speeds close to that of light. When they collide they will break down into other particles and recreate the conditions in the very early universe just after the big bang. The detectors, named ATLAS, ALICE, LHCb, CMS, LHCf and TOTEM, positioned around the LHC ring at various points, will examine these collisions.

The LHC is a particle accelerator complex intended to collide opposing beams of 7 TeV protons. Its main purpose is to explore the validity and limitations of the standard model, the current theoretical picture for particle physics. This model is known to break down at a certain high energy level.

The project. The LHC is being built by the CERN and lies under the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC will become the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. It is funded and built in collaboration with over two thousand physicists from thirty-four countries as well as hundreds of universities and laboratories.

The collider is currently undergoing commissioning while being cooled down to its final operating temperature of approximately 2 K (-271.15 °C). The first particle beams are due for injection in August 2008, with the first collisions expected to take place about two months later.

When activated, it is theorized that the collider will produce the elusive Higgs boson, the observation of which could confirm the predictions and "missing links" in the Standard Model of physics and could explain how other elementary particles acquire properties such as mass.

The verification of the existence of the Higgs boson would be a significant step in the search for a Grand Unified Theory, which seeks to unify three of the four known fundamental forces: electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force, leaving out only gravity. The Higgs boson may also help to explain why gravitation is so weak compared to the other three forces. In addition to the Higgs boson, other theorized novel particles that might be produced, and for which searches are planned, include strangelets, micro black holes, magnetic monopoles and supersymmetric particles.

At any cost. The total cost of the project is anticipated to be between US$5 and US$10 billion. The construction of LHC was approved in 1995 with a budget of 2.6 billion Swiss francs, with another 210 million francs (€140 M) towards the cost of the experiments. However, cost over-runs, estimated in a major review in 2001 at around 480 million francs (€300 M) for the accelerator and 50 million francs (€30 M) for the experiments, along with a reduction in CERN’s budget, pushed the completion date from 2005 to April 2007. 180 million francs (€120 M) of the cost increase have been due to the superconducting magnets.

There were also engineering difficulties encountered while building the underground cavern for the Compact Muon Solenoid. In part this was due to faulty parts lent to CERN by fellow laboratories Argonne National Laboratory or Fermilab (home to the Tevatron, the world’s largest particle accelerator until CERN finishes the Large Hadron Collider).

What will happen? Concerns have been raised regarding the safety of the LHC on the grounds that high-energy particle collisions performed in the LHC might produce dangerous phenomena, including micro black holes, strangelets, vacuum bubbles and magnetic monopoles.

In response to these concerns, the LHC Safety Study Group, a group of independent scientists, performed a safety analysis of the LHC and concluded in a report published in 2003 that there is "no basis for any conceivable threat".

In 2008, drawing from new experimental data and theoretical understanding, the LHC Safety Assessment Group (LSAG) published a report updating the 2003 safety review, in which they reaffirmed and extended its conclusions that LHC particle collisions present no danger.The LSAG report was reviewed and endorsed by CERN’s Scientific Policy Committee (SPC), a group of external scientists that advises CERN’s governing body, its Council.

Injunction filed. On 21 March, 2008 a complaint requesting an injunction to halt the LHC’s startup was filed by a group of seven concerned individuals against CERN and its American collaborators, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, before the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.

The plaintiffs demanded an injunction against the LHC’s activation for four months after issuance of LSAG’s most recent safety documentation, and a permanent injunction until the LHC can be demonstrated to be reasonably safe within industry standards. The U.S. Federal Court scheduled trial to begin June 16, 2009. Following the publication of the LSAG report, the U.S. government called for summary dismissal of the suit against the government defendants, and the court set Sept 2, 2008, for a hearing on the motion.