Tuesday, April 25, 2017

More from the March for Science

Over the next few days I'll be posting pictures from the march.

Here's some coverage of the March for Science from the Post:
Thousands of people gathered in the rain Saturday on the soggy grounds of the Washington Monument to turn Earth Day into an homage to science. After four hours of speeches and musical performances, they marched down Constitution Avenue to the foot of Capitol Hill, chanting “Build labs, not walls!” and “Hey, Trump, have you heard, you can’t silence every nerd!”

The March for Science began as a notion batted around online on Reddit after the Women’s March on Washington, which was held Jan. 21, the day after President Trump’s inauguration. The idea snowballed after it was endorsed by numerous mainstream science organizations, which vowed that it would not be a partisan event. It eventually became a global phenomenon, held in more than 600 cities on six continents — and cheered on by scientists on a seventh, Antarctica.

“We are at a critical juncture. Science is under attack,” said Cara Santa Maria, a science communicator who is one of several emcees of the four-hour rally that kicked off at 10 a.m. “The very idea of evidence and logic and reason is being threatened by individuals and interests with the power to do real harm.”

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Mission of the March for Science

About the mission of the March for Science from their web site:
The March for Science is a celebration of science. It's not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?

People who value science have remained silent for far too long in the face of policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world. New policies threaten to further restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings. We face a possible future where people not only ignore scientific evidence, but seek to eliminate it entirely. Staying silent is a luxury that we can no longer afford. We must stand together and support science.

The application of science to policy is not a partisan issue. Anti-science agendas and policies have been advanced by politicians on both sides of the aisle, and they harm everyone — without exception. Science should neither serve special interests nor be rejected based on personal convictions. At its core, science is a tool for seeking answers. It can and should influence policy and guide our long-term decision-making.

The March for Science champions and defends science and scientific integrity, but it is a small step in the process toward encouraging the application of science in policy. We understand that the most effective way to protect science is to encourage the public to value and invest in it.

The best way to ensure science will influence policy is to encourage people to appreciate and engage with science. That can only happen through education, communication, and ties of mutual respect between scientists and their communities — the paths of communication must go both ways. There has too long been a divide between the scientific community and the public. We encourage scientists to reach out to their communities, sharing their research and its impact on people's everyday lives. We encourage them, in turn, to listen to communities and consider their research and future plans from the perspective of the people they serve. We must take science out of the labs and journals and share it with the world.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

March for Science

This is my favorite sign from the march. But there were lots of great ones.

Here are the first of a bunch of pictures from the March for Science. More to come.

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Grand Finale of the Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks

I am a huge fan of fireworks. I have to say that these were really well done. They lasted much longer than I expected and finale was really amazing as you can see from the video.

Cherry Blosson Festival Fireworks

Saturday was the Cherry Blossom Festival fireworks. They were spectacular. And for once the weather was nice enough to really enjoy them.

Video will be up in the next day or so.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Great Day for A Ball Game

It was an absolutely great day for a ball game yesterday. The weather was fantastic and the results were just as rewarding. Here are a few posts from the game.

It was Daniel Murphy bobble head day. As you can see there were plenty of those.

Some great music from Justin Trawick and his group.

Also some political disagreement from tenets in the condo across the street from the park.

Strasburg on the Mound

Here is Stephen Strasburg warming up before the start of the game.

It Wouldn't Be a Nats Game without the Presidents!

A Spectacular Finish — Murphy Comes Through in the 10th

The Nats battled back to tie the game. They left plenty of runners on the bases which was not a good thing. But as I said they battled back to send the game into extra innings with this amazing finish.

I stopped taking pictures at this point to cheer on the win.

Here's a quick run down of the game from the Post:
There will be days in this long season when the Washington Nationals will not mash their way to victory. It may not happen often for a lineup as deep as theirs, but it will happen, and when it does, the onus shifts to the club’s other facets — to the starting pitcher, the bullpen and the defense — to provide the club with a win. Friday was one of those days.

Stephen Strasburg continued the Nationals starters’ run of dominance and held the Philadelphia Phillies to two runs over seven innings . A defense that had made nine errors in Washington’s first nine games — a number the Nationals didn’t reach until Game 27 last season — committed none Friday. And the bullpen, the scrutinized one with a 6.75 ERA in 29⅓ innings, didn’t concede a run in three innings, holding on long enough for Daniel Murphy to double home Bryce Harper in a 3-2, 10-inning walk-off victory at Nationals Park.

Murphy’s double was a line drive down the left field line off Jeanmar Gomez, the Phillies’ closer until the Nationals (6-4) scored three runs against him Sunday in Philadelphia. Harper had singled to lead off the frame, and third base coach Bob Henley, never hesitant to gamble, waved him home, with Harper’s helmet flying off and bouncing off the back of his left foot as he rounded the bag. Harper completed the 270-foot scamper with a smooth headfirst slide. Jayson Werth was there for a hug.

Here's the hit that won game!

Notice how big of a lead Harper has off a first.

Harper is in motion as soon at Murphy hits the ball

Murphy is mobbed after his hit.

Baker congratulates Haper.