Plastic Water Bottle Floating in Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica, California, USA

Surprise!  Only a little comes from the US.  A majority of the plastic waste in our oceans comes from China and nearby Asian countries.  Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan each throw more garbage into the waters than we do.  So does the European Union.  The US accounts for less than 1% of the plastic waste in the ocean.  (Banning straws in California isn’t really going to make much difference.)  You can read the dirty details here.




My favorite historian, Victor Davis Hanson, has the best explanation I’ve seen of President Trump’s Foreign and Trade policies.  Using arguably the most significant person of the 4th Century B.C. to do so makes it all the more enjoyable.

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

–  George Santayana

Philip Jenkins offers up a useful history of one of the biggest revolutions of the 20th Century in “So You Want a Cultural Revolution?”  We definitely do not want to repeat Mao’s Chinese Cultural Revolution.  But do we remember how bad it was?  It’s worth refreshing our memories.

You can read the article here:


Gordon Chang has been warning of China’s economic risk-taking for some time. But in a recent article in The National Interest, Chang documents China’s severe difficulties in defending its currency and stock. It is not a pretty picture. If the situation is as dire as Chang presents, then the world economy is in for a rough ride beginning very soon.

Apparently, the folks in Washington are considering it.  A new coin could be minted by the US Mint in platinum to pay for government operations should the debt “ceiling” not be raised.


I don’t think they’ve thought this out.  You know Obama is going to want to carry it around in his pocket.  What if he forgets to take it out, and it gets lost in the White House laundry?  What if he drops it on the golf course or at the beach?

Instead, how about cutting government spending just a little, get the Senate to finally put together a budget, and not have to raise the debt “ceiling” at all?  Or is that more ridiculous than minting a $ Trillion coin?