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There was once a plan for a really huge (I think 80 km) collider in the USA. They had already hired 2000 people. Then the program was canceled. Quite a number of these scientists made their way into finance and made complex derivatives a lot more popular.

So without CERN Europe may have simply more financial ABS, CDO, CDS, SIV soup. In some countries this counts as productivity increase, but on this I prefer the Internet.

Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den Menschen
Volker Pispers

by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Fri Feb 22nd, 2008 at 09:21:12 AM EST
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Yeah, this guy was canned in 1993. The media at the time was promoting it as the perfect example of government waste.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Fri Feb 22nd, 2008 at 01:24:34 PM EST
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An interesting episode in the killing of the SSC was how, during the Congressional hearings, a prominent physicists (someone big, like John A. Wheeler or Murray Gell-Mann or Steven Weinberg) was asked by a congressman whether the LHC would provide evidence of the existence of God. The negative answer did not help.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 22nd, 2008 at 03:05:41 PM EST
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Nice try, but you didn't get the second LHC->SSC.
Deleting your own comments! I see what the frontpagers are up to now... For shame!
by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Fri Feb 22nd, 2008 at 03:09:24 PM EST
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I was only 16 at the time and not particularly into current events, but it was clearly a political circus if there ever was one.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Fri Feb 22nd, 2008 at 03:10:18 PM EST
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