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I went to the Boston Rally for Science today. We had a rally instead of a march because, after the organizers estimated how many people were likely to show up, and consulted with the police and City Hall, they concluded that marching *tens of thousands of people* through downtown was not safe. Have I mentioned I love living in a highly intellectual area?

There were a lot of good signs.

There were a lot of variations on "I'm with Her" with an illustration of the earth. Several variations on "There is no Plan(et) B". Two or three variations on "I bet the dinosaurs thought they had time - Stop Global Warming!'

"I'm from Indiana and I'm very sorry about Mike Pence."

"They tried to bury us - they didn't know we were SEEDS."

"Information wants to be free, so libraries need funding!"

One said "Fund Libraries" with a picture of the Statue of Liberty holding up her library card, her books curled in her other arm.

"Got polio? Me neither. Thanks, Science!"

"Remember when we cured polio? That was pretty great."

"Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less - Marie Curie"

"WPI resists!" with a picture of an electrical resistor. (WPI is Worcester Polytechnic Institute.)

"Science > opinion. Alternative facts = Dark Ages."

"Alternative facts are [square root of negative one]."

"May the Facts be with you."

"No Science = No Beer"

"Donald: Fund the NIH and we'll grow you some real hair!" (NIH is the National Institute for Health. The sign was illustrated with a picture of his toupee.)

"STEMinist"

"Act now or swim later."

Image of a polar bear, saying "Let us now paws for a moment of science."

"If you say 'it's just a theory', I hear 'I don't have a basic understanding of science'."

"Change the politics, not the climate!"

"Resist: the siren song of techno-utopia."

"Less invasions, more equations."

"Atoms make up everything. Presidents shouldn't."

And, of course, "What do we want? Real science! When do we want it? After peer review!"
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