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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-08-11 15:47
  Subject:   PETH protesters mob CERN, protest subatomic particle cruelty.
  Tags:  humor, reddit

As the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) nears completion, many people have worried about the implications of colliding subatomic particles at high velocities. Some have suggested that the device could destroy the Earth by creating black holes or dangerous subatomic particles, but a new group calling themselves People for the Ethical Treatment of Hadrons (PETH) are worried about the health of the subatomic particles.

Scientists at CERN working on the LHC say this is a new one to them. "We've got the wackos who think we're going to rip a hole in the universe, and the people who think our real purpose is to create a race of Dr. Manhattans, but this is just weird," said Erich Stanhoffe who heads the LHC project.

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  User: ohmisunao
  Date: 2008-08-12 00:03 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
The sky is falling! etc etc. I sorta wonder if they know what it's actually going to do and how safe it will be though?

I wonder if getting vaporized by the big bang will be less painful than an atom bomb? :D
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  User: jtankers2
  Date: 2008-08-12 01:17 (UTC)
  Subject:   Sky might be shrinking...
Probably not so bad.

The most likely catastrophe scenario is that a micro black hole might be created (estimations range from .5% to 50% likely hood), and that they might take 50 months to 50 years to grow large enough to be "a problem", likely if created based on Dr. Rossler's analysis.

Though recently more concern has also been raised about the possible creation of stranger matter. Danger time frame between creation and possible "bad effects" is unknown...

In any event, it would not be the end of the world. We'll actually it might be the end of the World, but at least not the end of the universe, now that sounds crazy!
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2008-09-10 23:30 (UTC)
  Subject:   Irrelevant argument
You say you've got the wacko's who are worried about the world falling apart. Aren't you supposed to call them the realists? Until this point there has only been solid proof that the world CAN FALL APART, and there has been none static proof that counters this statement. The only arguments given why this would be "safe" is because some NON-PROVEN theory says the black hole would fall apart immediately and because they "suspect" this also occurs in the higher atmospheres. So they're not wacko's. You're wacko's for continuing with this potentially dangerous experiment and you're also wacko's for leaving everyone in fear exept convincing them with static proof that it IS SAFE.
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