Sam Anderson wrote:
>An $18Billion capitalist investment ready to either yield profits 
>for Big Capital and/or put PlanetEarth in Harms Way...

	I hve found these big accelerators hard to reconcile with any 
simple model of capitalism.  At Berkeley, with house-mates doing 
their Ph.Ds in physics using the then-biggest ('bevatron') on the 
hill above the campus, I was never able to trace military or 
financial benefit from the plurry thang.  My working hypothesis has 
been that this category of expenditure is an example of cunning 
grandiose scientists pulling the wool over the eyes of politicians, 
duping them into paying for something which has little prospect of 
leading to weapons, or defence, or money for capitalists.
	Capitalism is not totally efficient!
	Did the USSR ever try to rival even the bevatron, let alone 
the subsequent bigger accelerators?  They certainly did get sucked 
into enormous wasteful expenditure on many thousands of nuclear 
weapons, and the fabled 'strategic triad' to deliver them, when 
standard British doctrine was that a few dozen nuclear weapons 
deliverable reliably on the heartland of the enemy constitutes 
maximum deterrence.


>August 8, 2008
>Date Set for Operation of Large Hadron Collider
>Physicists, start your engines.
>Officials at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, outside 
>Geneva, announced Thursday that their new particle accelerator, the 
>world's largest, would begin operation on Sept. 10. On that date, 
>the physicists and engineers will make the first attempt to 
>circulate a beam of protons around a 17-mile-long super-cooled 
>underground racetrack known as the Large Hadron Collider.