Whoa!  I saw this article on the internet today, and have seen similar articles over the years.  It is about the gigantic floating garbage patches in our oceans.  The following link connects to an article called The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is Bigger than the Continental US: Here’s what we can do about it. http://www.alternet.org/story/147528/the_great_pacific_garbage_patch_is_bigger_than_the_continental_us%3A_here%27s_what_we_can_do_about_it?page=entire

These are great “patches” of garbage, mostly plastic, that ends up in the ocean.  The “patches” are as big as the continental United States.  Besides just being wrong to do this, guess what it means for our food chain?  The plastic does break down, but not into its basic cellular components, it breaks down to really tiny pieces of plastic that the fish then eat. Then bigger fish eat the smaller ones, and on up the food chain, until guess what?  You eat it.  We are literally eating the plastic we produce.

Crap, on some level this reminds me of the movie Soylent Green.  Talk about recycling.   Between the oil in the Gulf and the fish full of plastic, I am seriously loosing my appetite for seafood.

Well, it gets worse. ” The Pacific Garbage Patch is not the only trash vortex out there. There are five – yes FIVE – trash gyres. Located in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, the trash gyres represent what we’re doing to our planet on a global scale.”

“According to Discovery News, there are estimated to be 315 billion pounds of plastic in the ocean right now.  The point of the calculations is this: cleaning up the plastics in the ocean ain’t gonna happen. Well intentioned programs designed to take the fight to the high seas, like Project Kaisei and the Environmental Cleanup Coalition, for example, are exercises in futility.  A real cleanup would be astronomically expensive, both in terms of dollars and equipment.”

The previous paragraph are excerpts taken from the article The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is Bigger Than the Continental US: Here’s What We Can Do About It.

I really don’t know what to say about this myself.  It is similar to the oil and gas issue.  It is so difficult to live in this society without a car, and to completely eliminate the use of plastic is almost impossible; everything comes encased in plastic today.  I hate it, but I don’t know how to get some items I need without fighting my way through a tough wrapping of plastic.  I even see boats being towed down the highway, totally wrapped in shrink wrap. What is up with that?

We are overusing the capacity of the earth to recycle our crap and over extracting the raw materials from her to make the crap in the first place.  I do my best to use recycled stuff and used things, but what about what is already out there, and so many people think there is no problem.  Technology will save us; or for the religiously inclined, God will save us.  Well, I guess we will see what happens.

The hamster recommends that you retain your sanity by meditating deeply on these wise words from the great philosopher, Douglas Adams:

“It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely products of a deranged imagination.”

The bemused hamster

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