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rick merritt
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PBS on Science March
rick merritt   4/20/2017 10:26:16 AM
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My fave news program, PBS News Hour, put the Science March in perspective in a spot that aired yesterday.

See: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/scientists-dive-political-fray/

 

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Re: It is about spending our money
abraxalito   4/20/2017 12:09:05 AM
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It would seem entirely reasonable for governments to print their own money, however the printing's devolved to private institutions for reasons no-one seems to want to talk about...

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Re: Reason and the mob
KenKrechmer   4/19/2017 5:16:04 PM
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As technology becomes more embedded in our lives it makes sense that technology is politicized.  As an engineer I think it was more fun when technology was under the radar.  What is interesting to me now is that standardization organizations are making more decisions with political implications, e.g., digital rights management, encryption, bio metrics, etc.  The EU seems to recognize this and EU governments are active in EU standardization activities.  The US government (including past governments) does not.  So I see the US government as a technology denier not only about climate but almost everything.

Will I march for science?  My wife wants to, so I will join her.

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Re: What is March for Science to an engineer?
elizabethsimon   4/19/2017 12:13:32 PM
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@antiquus

The Arizona SciTech Festival produces a wide range of educational events ...

Wow, I'm really impressed with the range of events being produced. If I lived anywhere near Arizona, I'd certainly attend and possibly volunteer for some of them.

Now if we can get more events like that started elsewhere...

 

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Re: Reason and the mob
Astronut0   4/19/2017 11:40:26 AM
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THANK YOU!!

rick merritt
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Re: What is March for Science to an engineer?
rick merritt   4/19/2017 9:59:24 AM
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@antiquus:  If you've been to the Arizona event I'd welcome a guest article desctribing it and your experiences/opinions of it. You can contact me at rick.merritt@aspencore.com

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Re: Reason and the mob
David Ashton   4/19/2017 4:50:31 AM
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@Astronut: "I can't post a separate comment (??) so I'll reply to this one...."

It IS confusing.  At the bottom of the article are 3 links: Email this / Print / Comment.  The Comment one is for commenting, right?   NOT!!  It just displays the comments.  If you want to post your own comment (rather than replying as you did), underneath every comment that's there already is a link "Post Message".  THAT is what you click on (under any existing comment, doesn't matter which)  to post your own comment.  Confused?  So are we all, we just get used to it :-)

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What is March for Science to an engineer?
antiquus   4/18/2017 10:14:27 PM
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So where is the march for engineering?  So much news today conflates science with engineering that its no wonder that high-school students are ignorant of the difference.

Its implied that lower Federal spending on "science" is somehow bad. Federal spending does indeed lead to investment, but little of that investment returns to the public sector, especially for medical initiatives that result in high-$ patents that boost the cost of Medicare and Medicaid, and now Obamacare as well.

The Arizona SciTech Festival produces a wide range of educational events targeting all age groups and extends throughout many months of the year. These events highlight not only science but also engineering, and don't require you to tramp around outside on a hot April day. If you want to promote engineering (a.k.a. applied science), then get out and volunteer.

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Re: Reason and the mob
Astronut0   4/18/2017 12:37:00 PM
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I can't post a separate comment (??) so I'll reply to this one.

I was certainly planning to attend the march!  But other obligations have intervened.  :(

March on, my scientific brethren (and sistren)!  I am with you in spirit!

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Re: Reason and the mob
donnie.adams   4/18/2017 12:25:59 PM
I will be there Rick! And no one is paying me to do this...

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