Are You What You Eat?

Yes, we know there’s a lot of plastic in the ocean. We’ve seen the news reports about plastic in whales’ digestive systems and sea life tangled in plastic waste. That’s the big plastic. The micro-sized plastic? We’re eating and inhaling it.

Plastic? In My Beer ! ? ! ?

A study published by the American Chemical Society reports that in a year’s time we consume about 100,000 pieces of micro-sized plastic, most too small to be visible. The study estimated that adult men, on average, would eat, drink and breathe in 121,664 particles during a year — that’s 333 per day — while women would take in 98,305 — 270 per day. The numbers are projected from more than 3,600 samples of items, including air, alcohol, bottled water, honey, seafood, salt, sugar and tap water.

The production of plastics still increases every year, so researchers are not surprised that it is finding its way into our food chain. The research is in its beginning stages and scientists speculate that our actual plastic intake is really much more than what they have found so far. Beef and pork, for example, have not yet been studied. Nor have processed foods which are likely to be a bonanza of plastics.

Plastic? In My Beer ! ? ! ?

Researchers say they do not yet have enough data to speculate on what this means. Maybe we’ll learn that eating plastic is good for us.

So far there is no Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for plastic.

Climate Change Wisdom from Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has extolled the benefits of a warming planet:

“Steady reductions in sea ice are opening new passageways and new opportunities for trade. This could potentially slash the time it takes to travel between Asia and the West by as much as twenty days.”

Last week Pompeo shared his climate knowledge with the Washington Times — not to be confused with the Washington Post — newspaper:

“If waters rise — I was just in the Netherlands, all below sea level, right? Living a wonderful, thriving economic situation.”

Unfortunately what works for Netherlands won’t work for the state of Florida:

“Most of the state—consists of limestone that was laid down over the millions of years Florida sat at the bottom of a shallow sea. The limestone is filled with holes, and the holes are, for the most part, filled with water.”
“You can’t build levees on the coast and stop the water. The water would just come underground.”

(Elizabeth Kolbert in The New Yorker):

No big deal; the climate “always changes,” and so “societies reorganize, we move to different places, we develop technology and innovation.”

Like they’re doing in Guatemala:

“Guatemala is consistently listed among the world’s 10 most vulnerable nations to the effects of climate change. Increasingly erratic climate patterns have produced year after year of failed harvests and dwindling work opportunities across the country, forcing more and more people to consider migration in a last-ditch effort to escape skyrocketing levels of food insecurity and poverty.”

(Gena Steffens in the National Geographic)

As we know, Pompeo and his boss are doing everything they can to assist Guatemalan refugees unable to sustain themselves in their home country.

And say good-bye to Louisiana.

The Deep State Bigfoot Coverup

You may be skeptical about the Deep State, the hidden-from-view unelected bureaucracy that is insidiously attempting to undermine the business of our honorable leaders. Maybe you have some cynicism about claims made by the current occupant of the White House and his legions of toadies. Read on to remove all doubt about the secrets that have been kept from us.

We in the Pacific Northwest are familiar with stories of Sasquatch, popularly known as Bigfoot. It’s real, we just know it. The beast is big, it’s hairy and smelly. Just because one has never been captured or a skeleton has never been found doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. And now we learn the F.B.I. has covered up the story for more than four decades.

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100 Years of A & W Root Beer

Long ago and not so very far away, a family night out would be a fifteen-mile drive up U.S. 101 on the Oregon Coast, past Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park to the A&W drive-in just as the highway entered Seaside. The A&W featured car service, so our two young daughters could enjoy their burgers in the comfort of the back seat.

The Seaside A&W is long gone. A McDonald’s thrives nearby, testament to effective advertising and rigid uniformity. A&W restaurants are still around, but fewer than half as many as there were in the seventies. Continue reading “100 Years of A & W Root Beer”

Car-Sharing: First-World Problems

Dan Smith built a fence around the Mercedes 250 parked on the apartment property he manages in the congested Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. The vehicle bears the logo of the car-sharing company car2go. Smith says the car is parked illegally.

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