It's plastic, and it floats, and it doesn't biodegrade...though sunlight will make it eventually brittle and disintegrate.
Trash and debris really stick out in the Valley, for that matter all the man made things do...and the photogs allways are alert to distinctive contrast...this shoe just waited for days for a pic...but in the City it would hardly be noticed...and out in the ocean, it would just float about, and if in the Pacific it might end up in the "gyre" I saw in the ecostory on TV the other day...lemegofindthat...
CNN on first with Larry King and Seinfeld..then news, then The Noose...history of lynchings...the soundtrack and monster movie voice narration..isn't news.
the Pacific Gyre Trash...brb...
Occasionally, shifts in the ocean currents release flotsam lost from cargo ships into the currents around the North Pacific Gyre, leading to predictable patterns of garbage washing up on the shores around the outskirts of the gyre. The most famous was the loss of approximately 80,000 Nike sneakers and boots from the ship Hansa Carrier in 1990: the currents of the gyre distributed the shoes around the shores of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii over the following three years. Similar cargo spills have involved tens of thousands of bathtub toys in 1992 and hockey equipment in 1994. These events have become a major source of data on global-scale ocean currents. Various institutions have asked the public to report the landfall locations of the objects (trainers, rubber ducks, etc.) that wash up as a method of tracking surface waters' response to the deeper ocean currents. 
That's from wikipedia...and almost funny. I think there's another one of these in the Atlantic...the Sargossa Sea...brb...yes....the Eastern Garbage Patch...and here's link LA Times online five part story....
It's something you just dont think about...but tonight, thinking up this post...I had a paper coffee cup stirred with a wooden stick, but it's lid is plastic. And this while cleaning up...we have a new citrus based degreaser, which I know from oil painting is biodegradable...but walking out the door home, the carpet cleaners were starting up....gawd knows what's being used on carpets...and where it goes...and what new fauna and flora is growing in carpets!!
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming!
Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
The Second Coming
William Butler Yeats
This is maybe the worst poem ever written, and everytime there's a catastrophe it gets sent up on the web...do google groups search: second coming yeats 911..it's like some cult...like it's made it's own gyre that collects all manner of flotsams and jetsums!!
Well, mere trash is what will likely be our undoing, that and gawdawful poems...I mean, Buchwald, where do they come from!!??
Paul Tibbets died today...that on CNN. I can update my little ditty...
Oh, Okumiya, Fuchida, Salem,
The Ghost of Tibbets is coming for you, bin Laden!
I goofed, and sent that up in my old web log, with Hussein the final name...Tibbets wasn't a ghost yet!...nonetheless...and sometimes I use 'ghosts'..and "are" which is too scary.
Okumiya bombed the Panay, Fuchida Pearl Harbor, Salem (I could be wrong on this) the Stark.
This must be somekinda Halloween hangover...
Tree in the Door
Nov. 1, 2007