So, will it be the beginning of a deeper understanding of how it ALL began, or the end of life as we know it?
GENVEVA, Switzerland – It has been called an Alice in Wonderland investigation into the makeup of the universe — or dangerous tampering with nature that could spell doomsday.
Whatever the case, the most powerful atom-smasher ever built comes online Wednesday, eagerly anticipated by scientists worldwide who have awaited this moment for two decades.
The multibillion-dollar Large Hadron Collider will explore the tiniest particles and come ever closer to re-enacting the big bang, the theory that a colossal explosion created the universe.
In case you’re wondering how it’s supposed to work, here’s a little piece of informative entertainment:
If we make it through Wednesday, our next major worry will be election day — which could mean the end of America as we know it (or rather would like to know it, again) if the GOP candidates win.
While much of the American press seems to be perpetuating the conservative infatuation with perky Sarah Palin, in other parts of the world, a more critical analysis is prevailing. From Australia’s Canberra Times:
…. Palin is just a representation of a new dynamic that’s tearing across the political fabric all around the world. She’s the conservatives’ answer to the new ”post-political” challenge that Obama represents. However, it’s worth noting that she still evokes old-style political responses, and that’s all the people who will turn out to vote just to make sure she fails. The big turn-on among Republican voters will be reciprocated by the angst she arouses among others who have a visceral opposition to her.
From the beginning, Obama’s candidacy has challenged this binary divide. He triumphed over Hillary Clinton by appealing to a new constituency. He positioned himself as representing a new way forward; using new formulations to overcome the seemingly intractable political impasses of the past. In the US, where voting is not compulsory, this still offers him a remarkable chance of becoming the next president. If he can retain the faith of the young and those who want change, he’ll win. The key is to be able to mobilise these people, and keep them enthusiastic long enough to cast their votes.
Palin’s supporters, on the other hand, are a known force. Although her style is a surprise and she seems new, she is just an evolution of a much older political formulation. She divides the world into republicans and democrats. Obama is attempting to move beyond these old concepts and appeal as someone who will deal with the underlying issues.
Of course, the Republicans don’t want to campaign on the issues. Don’t confuse them with the facts. They know what they believe.
Oh well, maybe after Wednesday,if matter and anti-matter cancel each other out, none of that will matter.