by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB
Today’s Daily Mail is carrying a scare story about the Hadron collider. As well it should. Some scientists – presumably in the employ of the nut-jobs who control governments – propose to turn on the collider next week.
Peter Higgs, a professor of physics at Edinburgh University (born 1929), discovered a sub-atomic particle that is now called “the Higgs boson.” We don’t need to know the particulars (ha! a pun, the partic-ulars) to know that this discovery caused some people to build a collider. It is near Geneva, Switzerland.
The Hadron collider has required miles of tunnels to be built so that a test could be made on the energy potential of the boson. Do you recall Enrico Fermi (1901-1954), IMHO — who had the chutzpah – the word chutzpah doesn’t do justice – to play with a chain reaction?
He used a basketball gym in Chicago to try out a sub-atomic test that could have wrecked the earth. Perhaps he was admired for his adventurousness. Anyway he was never punished, as he should have been.
By whom? By you and me, by anyone whose right to life he deliberately endangered.
You Should Pray?
The Hadron collider has caused the Daily Mail to write this headline: “Are we all going to die next Wednesday?”
Let me bring you right straight to the concluding paragraph in that “newspaper”:
“As for the rest of us, we have to hope that the scientists have done their sums right – and keep our fingers crossed next Wednesday.”
That is to say, after being told that every speck of life on Earth is about to be put at risk we are supposed to just hope for the best.
What? What? We are not supposed to exercise our basic instinct for self-preservation and tell these idiots to keep their finger off the button? We are supposed to “pray”?
Folks, this is just indicative of the weird state we have fallen into in which we accept bad things. We don’t have to accept bad things.
Here is what ordinary law has to say. Firstly, there has always been, and still is, a right to self-defense. You can do whatever you must do – I repeat, whatever you must do — to prevent someone attacking you or attacking another person. Naturally!
Secondly, the person attacking you is, of course, committing a crime. At the very least, someone who tells you he is about to turn on a machine in Geneva that may kill you, is performing an assault on you. Assault is defined as
“any act of such a nature as to excite an apprehension of battery.”
Yes, merely to cause you the state of fear is an assault.
There is also the tort of trespass. I realize it’s too mild to be talking about tort – a form of civil action – but what the heck maybe these idiots will turn on the machine and it will not cause harm — then they can be sued afterwards for recklessness.
According to the American Institute of Law’s “Restatement” (which is sort of a high falutin’ textbook), torts have three types: there are torts of trespass to the person, to property (“chattels”), and to land.
Walk down any street and see the sign “No trespassing.” We all understand that phrase, don’t we? Trespassing can also be a crime, that is, it’s prosecutable as well as actionable, but who cares at the moment, the point is we can use law against trespassers.
Don’t Take a Chance with the Collider
I am here to say don’t turn this outrageous machine on. It has been known for a long time that the results are unpredictable and that it could cause earthquakes, tsunamis, and the explosion of the planet.
And for what end is this being undertaken? So humans can discover something profound about atoms and about the universe.
Oh yeah? Well I can tell you something profound: We can’t even manage our own backyard. We can’t even piss straight (Sorry.) We don’t need to find our more about the nature of the atom until we have found out why we have fallen into a condition of masochism.
Get an Injunction
OK, judges, of Australia, you with the robes and wigs and ermine collars. Ask your mother or your son to march into court seeking an urgent injunction. They can do it today, Sunday. The court never closes, especially for injunctions.
Ask that the Geneva idiots be enjoined against blowing up God’s creation.
That’s not asking too much, is it?
— Mary W Maxwell lives in Adelaide and would like to still be living there on Thursday, October 27, 2016.
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