Saturday Open Thread

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  1. Liza says:

    Photos from around the country show just how massive the March For Science really is

  2. Liza says:

    This is the truth and not a half bad idea.

    Perhaps we should have a March for History? My banner will be EVERYTHING IS MORE COMPLICATED THAN YOU THINK.— David Andress (@ProfDaveAndress) April 22, 2017


  3. Liza says:

    APRIL 22 2017 3:09 PM
    Here Are Some of the Best Signs From the March for Science
    By Daniel Politi

  4. rikyrah says:

    so, there were science marches on 5 continents.

    anyone see pics from South America and Africa, so that we can make it all 7 continents?

  5. rikyrah says:

    That will teach me to assume. I saw two pretty Black girls come into the park district. I assumed that they were here for gymnastics. Well, they break out the ice skates….and, their private coach came to give them a lesson.😄

  6. Liza says:

    So, I was watching MSNBC and they were covering the March on Science. But then, of course, they start talking about Trump who was at Walter Reed giving a purple heart to an injured veteran.
    A lame attempt to show what a good guy he is while ignoring the message being sent to him by the people in the streets.

    I want to scream every time I hear his name.

  7. Liza says:

    The people speak…

    I decided to go to Russia today so I walked out my front door.— MikeFarb (@mikefarb1) April 22, 2017


  8. Liza says:

    Why March for Science? Because when it is attacked, only the elite benefit

    Lucky Tran
    Saturday 22 April 2017 05.00 EDT

    I’m marching for science today because I’m mad. Yes, I’m a mad scientist. I became a scientist because I wanted to help people. In my career I’ve researched gene therapy, how to engineer new antibiotics and how to make better cancer drugs. But now what I do and care about has come under attack. I’m mad at politicians for hijacking science for their own selfish interests.

    The real question is who does science serve? When politicians are left alone to attack science with impunity, the answer is that science serves only the most elite, and is obstructed from helping all of us. As a result, real people get hurt, particularly our most vulnerable and marginalized communities. Look at lead poisoning in Flint. Or Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Or the Dakota Access Pipeline. Or the rising seas of Tuvalu. Or the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Or the measles outbreak in Europe.

    I’m marching because science needs to take a stand and fight for justice with the communities who are harmed by bad science policy.

    In the past, the institutional structure of science advocacy has created a conservative bystander culture that has failed science abysmally. We need grassroots activists unfettered by protocol, and not content to just do better “outreach”. We need science advocates who can speak truth to power, organize in our communities, and to challenge problematic power structures with action. Scientists in the streets is a sign that politics as usual cannot continue.

    We need another scientific revolution. The first scientific revolution transformed our understanding the natural world and changed civilization as we know it, making us healthier, happier and more productive. Today, we have huge scientific challenges ahead such as climate change, genetic engineering and automation. And yet we are stuck with the hand brake on and unable to act effectively as a society, because a few privileged people are blocking progress at the expense of the rest of us.

    That’s why we urgently need to transform the relationship between science, politics and society: our collective futures depend on it. That’s why I’m marching, because we need to change history. It’s time to join the revolution.

  9. rikyrah says:

    My park district pool is closed today, so I am Peanut’s chauffeur today. We are at swimming class now, and then on to gymnastics class 😄

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  11. Liza says:

    Democracy Now streaming…

    Live: Thomas Dolby performs "She Blinded Me With Science" @ScienceMarchDC streaming at— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) April 22, 2017


  12. Ametia says:

    4 words for Bernie Sanders:


  13. Ametia says:

    A six-hour workday could make you happier, healthier and more productive
    By Thomas Heath April 21

    Forget diets, fitness and employee wellness programs. U.S. firms may find shorter workdays are the way to cutting health-care costs.
    That’s one suggestion from a controversial experiment in Scandinavia — the cradle of worker-friendly capitalism — that’s questioned Sweden’s eight-hour workday.
    Work-life balance is now an international issue. French Conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon wants to end that nation’s 35-hour workweek and return to 39 hours.
    “Given the attention in international media this small pilot project in Gothenburg has received, it is clear the issue attracts broad interest,” said Gothenburg Deputy Mayor Daniel Bernmar, who helped promote the study.

    A 23-month study at an elderly care facility in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, found that nurses — considered a high-stress profession — were happier, healthier and more energetic when working six-hour days instead of eight hours.

  14. Ametia says:

    The March for Science: What You Need to Know

    The March for Science started with a few scientists on social media who felt their community was threatened under the Trump administration. Now, thousands of people are expected to demonstrate in Washington and in smaller events around the world on Saturday, which is also Earth Day. Here’s what you should know about the event.

    Why are they marching?

    Scientists, science advocates and science enthusiasts say they are marching together to support, defend and celebrate the scientific enterprise. For some, it’s a way to voice their opposition to what they see as an alarming trend against evidence-based policy making in the government. For others, it’s a way to push back against cuts in President Trump’s proposed budgets for federal agencies that fund scientific research. It is also a way for some to show their appreciation for the scientists who have made important contributions to technological and medical advancements.

    • Liza says:

      My nephew and his lab partner are out there right now.

    • Liza says:

      From Alaska to Georgia, Why 6 Scientists Will March on Washington
      By Lindsay McKenzie APRIL 21, 2017

      Thousands of scientists and their supporters are preparing to participate in the March for Science on Saturday, but the run-up to the event hasn’t been without controversy. Some scientists have charged that planning for the march contradicted larger goals of diversity, while other scientists have worried that the effort might appear partisan to the public, and thereby hurt the standing of scholars in the field.

      Despite the controversy, the scientists who plan to attend the main march, in Washington, D.C., as well as hundreds of smaller ones elsewhere, say they’re doing so with a primary goal in mind: to send the message that science matters.

      The Chronicle spoke to six scientists who will be traveling to the nation’s capital about their hopes and expectations for the day.

      Chris B. Schaffer, associate professor of biomedical engineering, Cornell University:

      Mr. Schaffer, who has a background in policy and runs a small program for students who are interested in advocacy, said he would be traveling to D.C. with three buses of students. He said he hoped the march wouldn’t just carry the theme of “scientists against the Trump administration.”

      “It’s exciting to see scientists wanting to come out and do something other than plug away at questions in their labs,” he said. “I hope that this is a first step toward a much greater degree of engagement between scientists and the public.”

      After the march, he hopes to see more scientists engage in “sustained, low-level commitments” such as regularly speaking in schools, offering pro bono advice to businesses, and lobbying local lawmakers.

    • Liza says:

      Here he is, with his sign… at #marchforscience— Chris B. Schaffer (@chris_schaffer) April 22, 2017


  15. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. I’m nursing a flu relapse. No Paisley Park visit for me.

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