The event has political overtones. In the Globe and Mail of Toronto, the most populous city in Canada and the capital of Ontario, we read Scientists divided over impact of Washington’s March for Science. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
By now, most scientists will have decided for themselves whether or not to participate in the March for Science taking place in Washington on Saturday as well as in hundreds of satellite locations across the United States and around the globe, including 19 Canadian cities. Organizers say the purpose of the event is to defend the need for well-funded and publicly accessible science, principles that have been challenged in recent months by the rhetoric and budget proposals that have emerged from the White House under President Donald Trump.
Momentum for the march has been growing since January, fuelled [sic] by Mr. Trump’s professed disbelief in climate change, talk of gag orders on scientists in federal agencies and a travel ban that has impacted the ability of researchers to work in U.S. labs.
Aside from that, the Discovery Institute is using the occasion to complain to the world that their peculiar efforts aren’t appreciated — see The Discoveroids and the March for Science.
So what is your Curmudgeon’s opinion? Last year we posted Earth Day? Bah! How About Uranus Day? That says it all.
This year we’re using the occasion to declare an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You wanna talk about Trump? Go ahead. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
The comments are open, dear reader. Have at it.
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