Earth Day Free Fire Zone

Today, 22 April, is Earth Day — of particular importance to the environmental movement. This year it’s also the day of the March for Science.

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.

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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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8 responses to “Earth Day Free Fire Zone

  1. Just in time to note the fire fight that has begun between Kent Hovind and his former IT expert Theo (aka Theodore Valenzuela/Valentine).

    Seems to be really heating up with YouTube broadcasts going back and forth; and all this during Kent’s “Open House” (April 21-23).

    I have posted an article which links to the various videos and features other material at:

    http://kehvrlb.com/theo-v-kent-round-1

    Also, Jim Allen has posted an editorial today in his paper:

    Jim Allen on the Theo v. Kent Debate!

    (TEXT)

    God Doesn’t Like Ugly

    The Monthly View
    Conecuh County, AL
    By Jim Allen
    April 22, 2017

    I find it highly interesting that the two men who attacked this newspaper claiming our coverage of them has been false and misleading are now being exposed by other sources and circumstances confirming our original coverage of them was indeed accurate and justified.

    Johnny Andrews has been arrested following an investigation by the FBI and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

    Now multiple followers of Kent Hovind, aka Dr. Dino, who stayed at his compound are coming forward in YouTube videos and on Facebook to expose events in Lenox.

    One of those followers has now announced they have met with the FBI.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    http://themonthlyview.home.mindspring.com/features.htm

    ———————————————————————

  2. An appropriate card for Trump’s view of Earth Day.

  3. And Donald Trump’s statement in support of EPArth Day:

  4. Howdy ! I was at the Houston March for Science today. There was fantastic signage and lots of great scientists and their families as well as concerned americans out there. My favorite sign was a rocket with brown jets that said “You can’t pray this stuff (substituted word here)into space”…
    A big win. Believe me. We’re going to get so tired of winning.

  5. I was at the SF science march, lots of good pro science signs, my favorite was “Got polio? Me neither.” Another was “Alternative hypotheses, not alternative facts,” and of course “Alternative facts are sqrt(-1).” No, it wasn’t full of “identity politics” or “Social Justice Warriors,” (not that those are bad things) as many conservative whiners proclaimed. In fact there was almost none of that. And there was one “Jesus Loves You” sign. (Sigh).

  6. Nothing wrong with “Jesus loves you” as long as it’s not followed by “Jesus hates evolution” or other stupidities.

  7. Christine Janis

    My favorite sign at the march in Bristol (UK).

    “Oi, Mr. Trump. Keep your hands off my Schroedinger’s cat”.

  8. It isn’t scientists who have politicized science.