The biggest and most celebrated in recent years was the Superconducting Supercollider
Celebrated in 1987 as the "Colossus of Colliders" and "The Biggest Machine Ever," the Superconducting Supercollider
became, in 1993, a media metaphor for extravagant technologies.
Peters was later forced to resign from the position when during the course of a televised hearing into $28-apiece pure-titanium paper clips being used by record clerks at the Superconducting Supercollider
, Peters became disoriented and, apparently thinking he was at lunch with a Monthly editor, motioned to the nearest young female congressional aide and declared, "Waitress, I'll have the usual--a double Amaretto martini with a frozen Heineken smoothie and a shot of Galliano on the side."
[paragraph] The superconducting supercollider
, a king-size Texas toy dear to the hearts of some theoretical physicists but necessary to no one else.
That amount is only half the cost of the superconducting supercollider
being built in Texas and less than 4 percent of the cost of the savings-and-loan cleanup.
Californians might give up water subsidies if Washingtonians gave up electricity subsidies, Texans gave up the superconducting supercollider
, Georgians gave up peanut subsidies, and Connecticut gave up the Seawolf submarine.
Under President Bush's proposal, the DOE would receive $19.4 billion in fiscal year 1993, up $400 million from the current year; much of this increase reflects funds for the superconducting supercollider
AX IN THE AIR...We should learn early this month whether 'big science' projects like high-performance supercomputing and the superconducting supercollider
will realize the sizeable budget increases proposed in President Bush's fiscal 1991 budget.
He offers glib tour-guide accounts of everything from the Scopes trial to the superconducting supercollider
project, with asides on air bags, breast implants, saccharin, and the Salem witch trials, to mention but a few, but he comes up short on cogent analysis.
The agency was on the right side of the economic tradeoff that demands the sacrifice of 1,000 chances to fund the next Bill Joy/Sun Microsystems in order to fund one superconducting supercollider