I’m a child of the 60’s, but somehow, growing up in small-town Michigan, I missed a lot of the excitement. I remember seeing the news reports of the protest marches, the love-in’s, the stuff surrounding Woodstock, etc. But to be honest, I wasn’t even a teenager until late in the decade, and I missed the whole meaning of it. Now, about 50 years later, you can see that generation doesn’t want to give up the past. And it’s sad really.
This past weekend, there was this, “March For Science” in DC. According to their website, there were over 600 other satellite marches around the country for those that were interested enough to give up a Saturday, but not interested enough to get to Washington. That by the way, for you statistic freaks is 1.7% of the towns in the US…and nowhere did anybody actually count the number of people that actually marched.
My point is, what do these marches accomplish except to get a bunch of people riled up, spend money on hotels and food and gas to get to a certain march location, and then leave? I have never understood what the end result is. What gets accomplished in the long run? Why are we doing it? Is it to feel good for a few hours or a few days? Is it to meet like-minded people? Or is it just a throwback to a time long past and some people don’t want to give it up?
Frankly the “March For Science” was neither. There really wasn’t a march per se. It was more of a get together to espouse their love of science and the fact that a more conservative government isn’t going throw the billions of dollars the last one did on climate change research. So, all of these “scientists” wanted to protest that. Actually, about a third of all “science” that has been studied in the past 10 years hasn’t been actual science as defined in the checklist at http://www.guideforscience.com. That means that one out of every three dollars we’ve been spending on this “research” is bunk. This has included most (but not all) of the climate change crap because most of it doesn’t follow the checklist. There are a lot of other examples out there of science that is performed not for the good of humanity, or even curiosity, but for grant money.
That was my point way back when. Governments decided that they would only fund left-leaning “scientific” experiments and studies, especially those that proved that global warming was real. In essence it was found that numbers were fudged in order to achieve the desired results. That’s not science. That’s politics. And why the government, any government should be funding a political theatrical discussion is beyond me. Let the people have the discussion. Let the leaders decide, but don’t you dare call it science. It’s political theater, pure and simple.
So, nothing was accomplished on this “March For Science” this past weekend. Nothing will come of it. Nothing ever has, and I doubt nothing ever will…though my crystal ball has never worked right. But let’s all do ourselves a favor…the next time you see on your favorite news channel the anchor covering some march…and I don’t care which side of the aisle it’s on…pull the channel. Go somewhere else. These things are useless and a waste of time. They are nothing more than a “feel good” strategy that accomplishes nothing!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!