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    March for Science: Protesters gather worldwide to support 'evidence'








    (CNN)Crowds massed in the US capital and around the world Saturday to support science and evidence-based research -- a protest partly fueled by opposition to President Donald Trump's threats of budget cuts to agencies funding scientists' work.

    At the main March for Science, demonstrators gathered at Washington's National Mall to hear speakers laud science as the force moving humanity forward, and rail against policymakers they say are ignoring fact and research in areas including climate change.

    "Today we have a great many lawmakers -- not just here but around the world -- deliberately ignoring and actively suppressing science," one of the event's speakers, TV host and scientist Bill Nye, told a rain-soaked crowd from a stage.

    "Their inclination is misguided and in no one's best interest. Our lives are in every way improved by having clean water, reliable electricity and access to electronic global information."

    Besides the Washington march, organizers said more than 600 "satellite" marches were taking place globally in a protest timed to coincide with Earth Day.

    The march, whose beginnings reflect the viral birth of the Women's March on Washington, was billed by its organizers as political but nonpartisan.

    But many messages were leveled at Trump and his party, which holds majorities in Congress. Scientists have raised alarms over Trump's budget blueprint, which would cut $12.6 billion from the Department of Health and Human Services, including $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health alone.

    One speaker said the administration "tries but fails to silence scientists." Several contrasted rationality and scientific thought to "alternative facts," a phrase that's attracted popular derision since a White House aide uttered it.

    With the White House in view, protesters held signs with messages such as "In peer review we trust" and "It's the environment, stupid."

    The crowd fended off a steady rain with umbrellas and jackets as event co-host Questlove alluded to Trump.

    "That guy over there," the musician and producer said from a stage north of the Washington Monument. "It's been frustrating to watch as certain forces in our society try to squelch science or their refusal to believe in it or propose alternative realities and facts -- alternative facts, whatever that (expletive) is."

    Demonstrators push forward Saturday in Chicago's March for Science.

    Demonstrators marched from the National Mall to Union Square.

    Joni Wright, a neurophysiology graduate student at the University of Florida, cited the Trump administration as a reason why she was in the crowd.

    "Science is really important, and the current administration is making decisions that are counter to climate change, genetically modified food and vaccinations," Wright, 38, told CNN.

    Thousands of people also marched in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. In Chicago, throngs marched from Grant Park to the Field Museum for a science exposition, CNN affiliate WBBM-TV reported.

    "Science has always strived to remain nonpolitical, nonpartisan -- and we're still striving for that," Liz Homsey, a co-organizer, told the station. "Every single scientist at this event feels that it is much more pro science than anti anything."

    Marches start in Australia

    Demonstrators in Australia kicked off the day of protest.

    In Sydney, marchers carried banners, many homemade, with slogans such as "Science makes sense," "Science-based policy = stuff that works," and "Climate change is real, clean coal is not."

    Another placard displayed the message, "Governments: stop ignoring inconvenient science!"

    It wasn't only major cities where scientists and their supporters came out.

    Rebecca McElroy, an astrophysics doctoral student at the University of Sydney, tweeted video of a "mini march for science" around the dome of the Anglo-Australian Telescope in New South Wales.

    Demonstrators also turned out in New Zealand cities, including Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin and Christchurch.

    New Zealand Green Party co-leader James Shaw tweeted a popular chant from the marchers: "What do we want? Evidence-based science! When do we want it? After peer review!"
    March for Science: Crowds join global Earth Day protests - CNN.com

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    Hope the idea catches on worldwide... and gets carried by the mainstream

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    There were some great signs (all over the world in support of science). I thought as many others,..this might have been one of the best.




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    Yet, they truly don't live their respective protests.

    Fashionable.

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    Fashionable since about the 1960s. Before that, they were necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    Fashionable since about the 1960s. Before that, they were necessary.
    They're still necessary.

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    Same bunch of hypocritical libtard tosspots that quietly demanded that carbon footprints figures and talk be abolished- when it turned out that they had the biggest.

    Don't agree with them? you are anti science...

    Dear me, like some medieval lynch mob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    Yet, they truly don't live their respective protests.
    Fashionable.
    Quote Originally Posted by blue
    Same bunch of hypocritical libtard tosspots
    Because of course it's logical to label a whole group hypocrites. Not a functioning brain cell between the two of you.

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    I agree Humbert... those two do actually make you seem quite intelligent

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