Portland's Earth Day celebrations combined with a national March for Science. "You know it's severe when even nerds appear" was one of the signs. These were not your usual assortment of activists. Some came in lab coats. "Dieticians against Twinkies" read another sign.
The organizers had rented a fairly high powered sound stage and were able to project speeches to the gathering thousands, after which followed a march, permitted, peaceful. One black-block-looking guy seemed out of place, furtively glancing about from behind his mask for at least one other anarchists in his tribe. Police kept a low profile, with no riot cops in gear that we could see.
Glenn and I took the bus downtown and joined in the march but also stood on the sidelines, the better to take pictures and enjoy the exotic assortment of science advocates.
We adjourned to the Yard House where we were soon joined by Dr. DiNucci, an expert in parallelism and operations research. He'd been marching with the Humanists' banner.
I saw several people I know in the crowd today, including a few Quakers.
The perception among many is that politicians, a lower ranking form of social engineer, may have lost their grasp on reality, in an effort to govern through make-believe. Their policies seem increasingly irrational to the point of crazy.
Washington DC, a distant city, run more by lawyers than engineers, seems to have dwindling relevance around the Pacific Rim. All those bellicose threats against our way of life add up to a big turn off.
Those avidly seeking greater political power inadvertently advertise their sense of not having much. The End of Power comes to mind, a book in the Blue House collection.