Perhaps that's because the LHC
will take a year to ramp up to full power. Today's firing wasn't a collision, it was just to send the beam of photons on a test run around the track. There was never a risk for the first shot around the bow.
So yes, doomsdayers and naysayers! The end is not today.
Honestly, I wonder if this is what it felt like to live in the early centuries of scientific advancements. The intellectually enlightened on the edge of their embroidered seats waiting to know the greater truths of the universe, or at least if they could rest assured that they wouldn't fall off a flat earth at the horizon. And the masses, clamoring to stop the progress of science for the sake of our soil and our souls!
Personally? My betting money is still on 12/21/2012
EDIT: Had this comment made to me. I believe there's a Logic term for this kind of argument, but I can't think of what it is.
"Debra. some of the "folks running scared" might be recalling this:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_test
Which science counted as a "successful" test.
We weren't consulted on that one either."
Wow. Guess I'm just not enlightened enough because I still think this is awesome stuff and that the off-shoot science that occurs will be amazing and useful and progressive.