Trailer: Convergence

January 29, 2017

CONVERGENCE, the new film from Conservation Hawks, explores the essence of fly fishing. In September, 2016, the CH team filmed Hilary Hutcheson and her daughters Ella and Delaney; Travis Swartz (a.k.a. “Hank Patterson”); Simon Perkins, Els Van Woert and their daughter Pippa, and Pippa’s grandfather (and Orvis CEO) Perk Perkins. CONVERGENCE is the story of these incredible anglers and their collective passions: their love for wild trout; for healthy landscapes; for clean, cold waters and for family and friends. The film also shares their concerns about the future, their desire to protect our fisheries, and their unease with our changing climate and rapidly warming planet.

More films from Conservation Hawks here.

Like this cover of Springsteen better than the original.

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Purge: Trump Plans for 2020

January 28, 2017

Hollywood Reporter:

Donald Trump in an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday said he was already planning to run for reelection in 2020 and had his slogan ready to go: “Keep America Great.”

“Are you ready?” Trump asked the Post. “‘Keep America Great,’ exclamation point. Get me my lawyer!” In a recording accompanying the story, the president-elect can then be heard talking to someone in his office, telling them to trademark the new slogan.

Obviously, it is a continuation of the 2016 slogan, “Make America Great Again,” but where have we heard that new one before…? Oh, yeah, a horror film

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Washington Post:

The events of the past week have been worrying to advocates of government action on climate change, with the removal of climate priorities from the White House website, the order to freeze all Environmental Protection Agency contracts and the inauguration of a president who said he is “not a big believer” in the fact that humans have played a role in changing Earth’s climate.

But these events have also been very good for website traffic.

According to data from, which tracks Web traffic on all .gov websites, several pages related to climate change have been extremely popular in the week since President Trump’s inauguration.

As of Friday morning, a National Park Service report about the agency’s “Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy” was the most downloaded document from a government website. Thousands more people wanted to download that document than those who downloaded the form to apply for passport renewal or any of the Internal Revenue Service documents required to file tax returns.

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American Geophysical Union:

AGU Sends Letter to Federal Agencies Urging Protection of Scientific Integrity and Open Communication of Scientific Information

The American Geophysical Union expresses concern for scientific integrity and free communication of scientific information to the public at federal agencies

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Geophysical Union (AGU) wrote to federal agency heads on January 26, expressing concern over recent reports about violations of scientific integrity and interference with public access to and communication of scientific information.

In the letter AGU emphasized scientific integrity and transparency as critical to “advancing national security, a strong economy, public health, and food security.” AGU calls on the agencies, and the administration, to reverse policies that threaten scientific integrity and open communication as soon as possible and urges that they not be reinstated.

“Access to scientific information improves and informs many aspects of our everyday lives,” said Chris McEntee, AGU’s Executive Director and CEO. “AGU will be monitoring to see if the policies have been lifted and whether the scientific information that is currently available remains. It is critical to our economic success, national security and public health that the American people continue to receive to the most up-to-date scientific research and information.”

The letter was sent to the following agencies and institutions:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of State
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Park Service
  • National Science Foundation
  • United States Geological Survey

AGU has a position statement related to scientific integrity entitled, “AGU Supports Free and Open Communication of Scientific Findings.” The statement was adopted in 2011 and reaffirmed in September 2016.

In late 2016, AGU launched a petition calling on the new Administration to make the appointment of a scientific advisor a top priority. The petition currently has nearly 9,000 signatures.

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