Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Bos'n Higgs

Satyendra Nath Bose, for whom the boson is named.

The Higgs boson has been found...or has it?
The link goes to a Boston Globe story from the AP. 
There is a lot of hedging here.
These scientists are under pressure to produce results with their not so new expensive toy,
the Hadron Collider.
It looks like they have found another subatomic particle to go along with fermions, quarks, leptons, bosons (of which this is said to be another of at least six), and many many hypothetical ones.
Ho Hum.
It is all so reminiscent of the United States government
periodically announcing that Al Qaida Number Two has been killed.
By the way, the latest snuffed  Al-Qaeda  No. 2 leader,  was Abu Yahya al-Libi, who was blasted in "Pakistan's lawless frontier region" according to the Washington Post of June 5, 2012, by a CIA drone.
Watch out Al Qaeda Number 3; you are now Number 2.

There is always another Al Qaida Number Two to be tracked down. 
One can find anything one desires in this vasty universe,
From Higgs Boson particles 
to another Al Qaeda Number Two 
to Pink Unicorns.  
We do not even notice anymore. 

"This Book Is A Weapon" a painting by John Bonanno,
although it just might as well been named, "Appeal to Authority"

"As a layman, I think we did it...As a layman, I think we have it. But as a scientist, I have to say, `"What do we have?' ""- Rolf Heuer, CERN director

"Ladies and Gentlemen, We Got Him!" - Paul Bremer, USA Iraq director on the capture of former CIA asset Saddam Hussein who had nothing to do with Al Qaeda

Here is a rather extensive list of Al Qaeda leaders killed since 2004. 

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