Since Twitchy last checked in with the Scientists’ March on Washington in late January, organizers have unveiled a vasty upgraded web presence, a new name (March for Science, which takes into account satellite events around the world), some nice-looking merchandise, and a date: April 22, 2017.

Yeah, it’s way too late for that. People around the world are already making plans.

Let’s hope they knew when they finalized that date that it’s also Earth Day, so Washington should be crowded already with hippies tie-dying shirts and playing hacky sack on the National Mall. Hmm … come to think of it, that wouldn’t be a bad way to inflate attendance numbers.

Honestly, we’re pro-science, but 1) the march is most definitely a response to Donald Trump’s election and inauguration, and 2) it’s bound to attract a lot of people whose trepidation is based on fake news about climate change; for example:

Lo and behold, the Earth Day Network has announced it will team with the March for Science to offer a teach-in on the National Mall. Again, it’s a bit of a shame that science as a whole risks being subsumed by highly politicized environmental activism.

Not only the date has been settled; the organizers, having stated previously that intersectionality is a core principle of the march, have issued their final draft of unity principles. The sharp-eyed will notice that the march now includes ability and immigration status in its unity statement, and the agendered are recognized along with those who profess a gender identity.

Oh, and actors from 1960s TV series are especially encouraged to participate.

Scientists and their allies might be marching on Washington in protest of the “mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue,” but according to this year’s Wastebook, the government has been generous in its funding of scientific research.

Last year, taxpayers subsidized projects including measuring the endurance of mudskipper fish on a treadmill; creating a computer algorithm to predict human behavior from binge-watching 600 hours of TV; observing if female moneys spent more time observing male monkeys’ genitals in front of a red background; and creating a prototype of a high-altitude robotic monkey puppet which can operate in near space conditions before splashing down into the ocean.

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