Minnesota March for Science on Earth Day, 2017

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I went to downtown St. Paul on Saturday to participate in the Minnesota March for Science. I brought my camera along to take photos and be a citizen journalist of sorts. I took a few snapshot photos at the 2008 RNC protests, also in St. Paul, but nothing like it for that long.

The march got its start at the St. Paul Cathedral, pictured below, and ended down the street at the Minnesota State Capitol.

On the way there, one of the youngest marchers.

The amount of signs was impressive!

It was a completely peaceful protest. I only noticed a handful of police, mostly directing traffic.

@lordvader made an appearance...

The Minnesota Public Radio building's news ticker, down the street from the Capitol, was up to date. :)

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Nice to see @lordvader was there. Some of those signs are pretty creative, I particularly like that dexter's laboratory sign.

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Me too, I'm glad I got both sides!

A few brilliant signs. Love the Dexter one, remeber watching him when my girls were little.

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One of my favorites too, just for the quote. :)

Awesome!!! SO many great photos!
It's so sad we have to make a (political) statement about science!!!

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Yeah, many of the people seemed to feel the same way. The organizing website discouraged politically/partisan-focused signs and such but it's hard to blame people for making them, given that defunding scientific studies and ignoring scientific results is under Trump's leadership.

This couple were on a more productive wavelength:

Great photos @pfunk! You were in our neighborhood! We live right by W.A. Frost.

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Hah yep! I could have even parked in front of your house :P

Did you make it out to the march by chance?

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No, I didn't make it to the march but was walking Amstel as everyone was making their way downtown.

Amazing signage at these marches! I was in NYC for the same this Saturday. Lots of fun + great conversations among enthusiastic people of all ages. Thanks for sharing @pfunk

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Awesome. Did you see anything that was too cool not to get some shots of? :) If so, I'd like to see your post!

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I was actually hosting an artist workshop, so I saw the science rally pass right alongside my booth but my hands were too covered in ink to take a pic! Although, I do have some great photos from the women's march a couple months ago. I'll see if I can dig them up and make a post!

superb! great signages out there!

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Yeah, I was impressed and surprised by the quality of most.

I see that someone recognized me in spite of my brilliant disguise. Now that my infiltration mission is complete and I have gathered the intelligence I required, I can confirm that was indeed me.

Our IT guy Dennis (who sucks by the way!) lost all of the images from the mission. The Empire would like to officially "request" copies of your images to use in a future transmission. It is common practice for the Empire to assign credit to the provider of these types of images.

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Permission is granted my Lord.

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Here. Have a token of the Empire's appreciation.

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Yum, the lightsaber makes a great kitchen tool. Instant crispy cuts of meat. Just don't use it on a medium-rare steak.

I wish you a wonderful cloudless day,
At the heart of the rainbow, rest and blossom,
In the eyes of spring, in the soul of a sparkling fire,
And for the accomplishments of one hundred percent luck.

I wish you sunny and bright news,
Surprises touching, laughing, positive,
Reliable companions and creative undertakings,
And the happiness of the colorful generous tide!

Nice to see the woolly mammoth in the march, and its amazing to think that we could bring these creatures back from extinction with science!

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I forgot to talk about the mammoth, so I'll just do it here. It had a pretty well controllable trunk and someone was blowing on a fairly convincing pachyderm-call trumpet. I'm glad someone brought him :P

This is great. Great photography👍 and seeing that people do care about science :D. Sir Neil deGrasse Tyson would be proud that people are ready to fight for science.

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Thank you

Thanks for the 22mb warning. Good to open this when I'm on wifi. The nice clear day made this a great get together of people who share the same ideology plus giving you great pictures

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You're welcome for that. I try to be mindful of mobile users and poor bastards with bandwidth-limited internet. Yeah it was a really nice day for a large gathering of people.

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More than poor bastard, I'm also a cheap idiot. ;-)

Always good to see a good turn out at these things.

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The turnout surprised me too. It was easily over 10,000 people.

Edit: Estimated at 50,000. One of the highest turnouts in the country apparently: http://www.fox9.com/news/250133151-story

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Holly molly very nice turn out then.

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Turns out I might have been slightly off :) See my edit above.

i like science too what I don't like is personal conjecture trying to be passed off as science :) thanks for sharing these captures!

From an outside observer it seems like the followers of science are one of the strangest religious groups out there. I bet it would have been fun to go to that march, but I wouldn't have drank any Kool-Aid there.

Nice Photos, I can't believe how many you captured :)

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Science isn't necessarily something to follow, in the same way as a religion :P But yeah, a few people take it to religious lengths sometimes. The vast majority at the march seemed like level-headed, every day people.

And I took a lot more, these are the ones that made the cut!

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I know you mean about the follow part, but it looked a little cultish lol

I wonder if your other photos would be good for memes or a memechallenge?

"Science but after the Peer review" poster is the best. I have a paper under peer review right now and I'm thinking that they will give me again a major review :-( Great event though! Thanks for sharing. I have voted you as a witness. Best.

Too bad so many seem to be trusting political solutions despite the overwhelming evidence that it's counterproductive.

That was pretty epic!

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It was a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon outside :)

Amazing that great convocation, excellent images dear friend @pfunk, congratulations on the excellent captures, thank you very much for sharing

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You are welcome @jlufer.

I found a typo on one of those boards, lack of "E", there should be "STEEMinist".

Awesome party :-)

Woah so many photos, looks like a fun day!
Sadly we need more influence of science in politics :(

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It was a good time. It is not good that facts come upon by rigorous methods are simply ignored because it's bad for business in the very short-term.

Good photojournalism! These people should stick to MEMEing though, their signs were cute and funny but didn't make me think any differently so I hope they at least had a nice time and enjoyed a nice day outside and hanging out with like minded individuals.

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Thank you @raddog

Excellent post! I like your work My friend

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Thanks!

Love the pictures! Also, chalk up another fellow 'sotan on the Steemit train! I thought I was the only one for a while, now I think there are atleast 4 of us.

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Thank you :) There's more than you think! For instance, if you dig photography and haven't found @kommienezuspadt yet, check him out. He's the best portrait/model photographer on here, without exaggeration.

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Following both you and him now, thanks for the info! And also, Skol Vikes! Unless you're one of those Sconnie transplants ;)

Wow, @pfunk what a beautiful place.:-)

What was the outcome of this march? Was science saved on this day?

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Yes but the results might not be repeatable. Reperform the experiment to confirm.

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I think one march is sufficient. No need to rile up the nerds and hippies a second time. Might get confirmation bias.