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Scientists Discover Newest Unknown Global Change Problem that Needs an Unknown Amount of Money
Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | John Ransom

Posted on 07/02/2014 1:16:34 PM PDT by Kaslin

Scientists are desperately scrambling to face the newest “global change” problem: plastic in the ocean.

A recent expedition involving over 400 scientists from around the world has discovered that there is plastic in ALL of the world’s oceans.

Really. ALL of them.

Oceans, not scientists.

“The findings reveal that plastic pollution is far more widespread than first thought,” says Science World Report. “Rather than being in isolated pockets of the ocean, it's a global problem. It's clear that steps need to be taken in order to reduce the amount of plastic waste currently winding up in our world's oceans.

A quick survey of American households reveals that there is plastic there too.

In at least one American household that I’m aware of, plastic grocery bags have taken over at least 23% of drawer space in 87% of kitchen drawers and 63% of the corner space in ALL of kitchen cabinets.

The first step of course in confronting the irresistible tide of global change from plastic, will be the mad scramble of dozens of film stars, thousands of research scientists, tens of thousands of environmental activists, and hundreds of thousands of gullible young who, while pretending to get an education, will demand government grants be made available to study the problem.

And count on the scientists to do their part to confront the problem.

This is step two.

Valiant public servants that they are, they’ll devote countless “person-hours” to writing grant proposals, having conferences at hotels they otherwise couldn’t afford, and acting like they really work, all while wearing corduroy pants and flannel shirts in solidarity with those recently denied access to free birth control chemicals—that are subsequently peed into the oceans.

The man-scientists, of course, will likely wear something a bit more effeminate in solidarity with urban hipsterism.

In this effort, scientists of ALL genders will be funded by dozens of film stars, tens of thousands of gullible environmental activists; but not the hundreds of thousands of gullible youn, who, while pretending to get an education, will instead buy pot and beer with money sent from home.

“[T]he abundance of floating plastic fragments allows many small organisms to sail on them and colonize places they could not access previously,” says Andres Cosar, a researcher with the project. “But probably, most of the impacts taking place due to plastic pollution in the oceans are not yet known."

And that’s when the big money starts rolling in.

That’s step three.

The unknown problems could demand millions of dollars just in state grants. And it’s likely that other unknown “global change” problems will be revealed while studying the unknown current “global change” problems they have already identified, knowingly.

Payday!

They could take 100 years to identify and incorrectly forecast the problems associated with ocean-borne plastic.

While you non-scientists see the missed forecasts as some type of problem with the “science”, in truth the incorrect projections serve the most important scientific outcome imaginable: They keep they gravy train rolling while pushing doomsday to just behind the next horizon.

Payday!

“Our observations of the size distribution of floating plastic debris point at important size-selective sinks removing millimeter-sized fragments of floating plastic on a large scale,” says an abstract from the report. “This sink may involve a combination of fast nano-fragmentation of the microplastic into particles of microns or smaller, their transference to the ocean interior by food webs and ballasting processes, and processes yet to be discovered.”

“Processes yet to be discovered” is the part that’s most worrying, of course.

There’s already an army of 400 scientists waiting to discover the unknowns.

So please, whatever you do: Don’t tell them about my kitchen.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: climatechange; globalchange; globalwarming; oceans; plasticbagban; research; science; sciencefiction

1 posted on 07/02/2014 1:16:34 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
So, when is Al Bore’s 4 - hr tome on plastic pollution coming out?
2 posted on 07/02/2014 1:20:37 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin
Buy me a boat and I'll sail around and pick it all up. Something modest like this would get me started.


3 posted on 07/02/2014 1:23:26 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Kaslin
So it will cost. Can I pay with plastic?

4 posted on 07/02/2014 1:24:01 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Kaslin

Whatever it is we know it is caused by man and government must fix it.


5 posted on 07/02/2014 1:24:21 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Kaslin

Oh and I’d need crew to help me. A couple cute blondes would probably be needed.


6 posted on 07/02/2014 1:24:55 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Kaslin

oh noes

It appears my house has also been subject to this new invasive species...

what to do??


7 posted on 07/02/2014 1:25:20 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Kaslin
ANOTHER NWO SCAM?



8 posted on 07/02/2014 1:28:30 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: BitWielder1

We’re laughing now, but if we don’t change out the politicians we have now, this Rube Goldberg scheme for grabbing more money and power is gonna get legs.


9 posted on 07/02/2014 1:28:41 PM PDT by Walrus (I love the America that used to be ---I hate the America that now IS!)
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To: GeronL
I'd just shut up about it or they'll quarantine the entire place and you'll be down at the Red Cross shelter. Or your MIL’s spare room.
10 posted on 07/02/2014 1:30:11 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Kaslin

Not to mention of course all the “stop plastic pollution (PP) now!” t-shirts to be printed. Then of course an inevitable controversey will erupt when it’s discovered that millions of such t-shirts and bumper stickers and posters were printed with ink based in part on petroleum products (gasp: plastics!)

Then a House Investigstion committee will be called to look into the practice (because everyone knows they don’t have more important things to do, than protecting the world’s oceans), eventually “discovering” (ie claiming but never verifying) some TEA party backed candidate has a connection to said scandal, who will then quietly be “audited” by the IRS.

When a Democratic link is also discovered, despite the best efforts of the Democrats on the committee (and their RINO lackeys) promises to “get to the bottom of this” will breathlessly be repeated until the next fundraising concert, all proceeds to benefit the Stop PP Now organization. (SPPN) An organization which the IRS fast-tracked to non-profit status coincidently enough. (but some “loony” FReepers claim has been used as a front to rig elections in Democrat’s favor).

And that, is the rest of the story.


11 posted on 07/02/2014 1:31:04 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Kaslin

I thought this was a John Semmis post.


12 posted on 07/02/2014 1:31:27 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Someone ring up Bill Koch...


13 posted on 07/02/2014 1:33:32 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: PapaNew

“Whatever it is we know it is caused by man and government must fix it.”

Well, with plastic junk it IS MAN that is causing it. However, it will all be blamed on the U.S., and it will be our government forcing us to fix it. (I imagine that most of the crap is from third-world countries and China where they live among the garbage, and much less worried about tossing it into the ocean.)


14 posted on 07/02/2014 1:34:48 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Who is John Semmis?


15 posted on 07/02/2014 1:37:13 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

ping


16 posted on 07/02/2014 1:39:50 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: 21twelve

Must be someone that I can give all my money to, in exchange for ocean-plastic credits. I’ve just got to assuage my guilt!

(preferably someone that knows a great deal about this issue, and has a big plastic footprint himself... until I find this... person... I’ll just call this someone ManBearPlastic)


17 posted on 07/02/2014 1:40:29 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Kaslin

George Carlin does an EXCELLENT smack down in this routine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjmtSkl53h4


18 posted on 07/02/2014 1:41:10 PM PDT by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: Kaslin
Almost all active environmentalists know about the giant ocean garbage patch that is twice the size of Texas; just floating around out there.

The trouble is that no one can find it. It doesn't show up on Google Earth and no cruise ships, naval vessels or cargo ships have run into it. But, like global warming, they swear by it and will call you names if you ask for proof.

19 posted on 07/02/2014 1:47:07 PM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: C210N

Sounds like a business opportunity for you! Perhaps get for every $500 you get in you’ll plant a $15 tree, and in 10 years it will be made into biodegradable paper bags!

(Oh wait, paper was bad so they switched us to plastic.) Okay - turn the trees into wicker baskets to carry our groceries in. Although there are already studies out about the bacteria and crap that grows in those reusable canvas and cloth bags. So hey - maybe the wicker (with ventilation, holds less moisture, etc.) WOULD be better.

Hey - forget it! I’m going to look on on youtube on how to make wicker baskets. (I KNEW I should have taken that course on basket weaving back in college!).


20 posted on 07/02/2014 1:51:29 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Cyman

So if they found plastic in all of the oceans why didn’t they just pick it up? Or better yet just have prisoners and welfare queens do it. It sure would be nice to see them earning someone else’s money as opposed to using the government to just steal it for them.


21 posted on 07/02/2014 1:51:31 PM PDT by formosa
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To: Kaslin
“[T]he abundance of floating plastic fragments allows many small organisms to sail on them and colonize places they could not access previously,” says Andres Cosar, a researcher with the project.

Been going on for thousands of years. I worry about the abundance of big organisms colonizing our shores from down south. They're focusing on the wrong problems.

22 posted on 07/02/2014 1:51:50 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: Baynative

I know exactly where that patch is. Its called New Jersey.


23 posted on 07/02/2014 1:53:06 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Kaslin
My liberal, loves O, plastic bag hating friend says plastic bags are destroying the ocean, and should be banned. I told her since we are 300+ miles from the ocean, I didnn't think my plastic bags were causing a problem.

She replied in an earnest voice, "I'm not sure if they are getting carried downstream in the river, or if they're picked up by the wind, but your bags are definitely getting into the ocean."

24 posted on 07/02/2014 1:57:22 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of course I didn't read the article. After all, this is Free Republic.)
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To: Kaslin

I may have misspelled his name (and I may have misspelled “misspelled”) but he’s the author of the clever “semi-news-semi satire” posts on FR that catch people (until they learn to recognize the author) and are so ridiculous that reality has a hard time catching up...though it’s a VERY close second!


25 posted on 07/02/2014 2:10:32 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Kaslin

For those of you who plan on coming back one hundred thousand years from now, expect a little bit more bounce in your sandstone.


26 posted on 07/02/2014 2:35:21 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

I have never heard of him. I did a search and I found a John Sammis, but I don’t think it’s him. No you did not misspell “misspelled” It is one word


27 posted on 07/02/2014 2:40:45 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Walrus

It’s already gotten legs. It’s the feeble minded waiting for the rest to catch them and love them and hold them.

Old cartoon humor.
George


28 posted on 07/02/2014 2:41:40 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: Kaslin

I will ping you next time I see one of this posts. I searched, too. FR search quality = well, I’ll leave it unsaid.


29 posted on 07/02/2014 5:12:45 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Kaslin

The same jerks who took our paper bags?

The same jerks who then said plastic bags are great?

The same jerks who then said plastic bags are evil and we should all use renewable green dolphin safe ozone friendly carbon neutral paper bags?


30 posted on 07/02/2014 5:16:06 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Organic Panic

Paper is made from trees, but this idiots either don’t know or ignore that forests are renewable if for every tree that is cut down two or five, I don’t remember are planted to replace it. Personally I hate plastic grocery bags.

At the commissary in Fort Campbell the baggers always ask if I want paper bags or plastic bags. I say plastic bags because the paper bags are hard to carry for me, even though I prefer them to the plastic bags


31 posted on 07/02/2014 5:29:12 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
plastic pollution is far more widespread

This is a problem and the problem is growing.

People ignore news like this because of government's effort to promote the hoax of manmade global climate change. Real pollution is ignored.

Man has the technology, if not the motivation, to diminish pollution. However, as long as people can be convinced of nonsense like CO2 is a pollutant nothing will be done.

This film should be seen by the entire world

32 posted on 07/02/2014 5:51:42 PM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: Kaslin

It’s John Semmens.

Here’s one of his latest threads.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2809727/posts


33 posted on 07/03/2014 7:11:49 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Here is his latest.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2809727/posts

(It’s John Semmens, btw)


34 posted on 07/03/2014 7:13:22 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: MosesKnows
Why is it that they don't want you to use plastic bags to carry your food home in, but all trash must be placed in a large plastic bag ?


35 posted on 07/03/2014 7:24:47 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Kaslin
I say plastic bags because the paper bags are hard to carry for me, even though I prefer them to the plastic bags

I just have them put the paper bag inside a plastic bag. Makes it much easier to carry.

36 posted on 07/03/2014 7:26:25 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Kaslin

If we could BURN our garbage we wouldn’t have this problem!


37 posted on 07/03/2014 8:39:13 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: UCANSEE2

“Why is it that they don’t want you to use plastic bags to carry your food home in, but all trash must be placed in a large plastic bag ? “

BWAHAHAHAHAH!


38 posted on 07/03/2014 8:41:16 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: driftdiver
Oh and I’d need crew to help me. A couple cute blondes would probably be needed.

Only a couple of cute blonds? A boat that size would require at least 4 or 5 cute blonds.

39 posted on 07/03/2014 12:49:48 PM PDT by dearolddad (/i>)
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To: Kaslin; Travis McGee

Maybe they could hire Dan Kilmer to go scoop it all up. I understand he’s looking for a job ...


40 posted on 07/03/2014 12:51:56 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: dearolddad

Well ok twist my arm. 2 blondes, 2 brunettes, and maybe a redhead to spice things up and keep the blondes from falling off.


41 posted on 07/03/2014 4:43:47 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Oh yea, that would do, that would do very nicely. And it’s environmentally friendly Wind power.

The greenies would lob gobs of cash your way.

All you need is a crew. Let me guess: Blonde, Brunette and Redhead. Females of course. Hiring women always a winner, and very diverse in coloring.

I think you’re one to something there DD. Um,if you need a cabin boy... :-)


42 posted on 07/03/2014 5:01:43 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird

And it would save money over the plan they will come up with.


43 posted on 07/03/2014 5:08:12 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Which begs the question: why don’t all those greenie limousine liberals with all those fancy yachts pitch in while they’re cruising, and drag some of that crap back to shore?


44 posted on 07/03/2014 5:14:39 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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