Science and music

I was at today’s march for science, and as I got near the main stage, this guy was singing:

That’s Thomas Dolby. He blinded me.

And amid the mass of speakers, this science guy got a big ovation:

Yes, Bill Nye.

The rally near the Washington Monument was a combination of the 47th observance of Earth Day and a March for Science. The march probably wouldn’t have happened if a bunch of mouth breathing pump truppets hadn’t put the orange troll in the White House, which the main stage was facing as speakers repeatedly noted that people who don’t believe in science have taken over the country. Here’s what the dwarf appendaged crimson menace looked like during the speech:

Thanks, pump truppets.

Remember that drought in California?

From Gizmodo:

California governor Jerry Brown recently declared an end to the state of emergency brought on by his state’s historically terrible drought. It’s a mid-level miracle, assisted by record rainfall earlier this year.

The stark contrast between peak drought conditions of 2014 and the relative normalcy of 2017 means that marinas that were veritable deserts just a few seasons ago are now lush lakefronts. Rivers that had shrunk to a trickle now fill the valleys they once carved out of the Earth. Heck, even crispy brown fields of thirsty grass have become majestic green hills. That means the risk of wildfires is down, and Californians can lighten up about water usage.

Let’s compare 2014 to today:

For more before and after images, click here.