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2022-06-02 4:31:53 PM  
Did the Sad tag off itself, overwhelmed by depression due to the state of the environment?
 
2022-06-02 5:32:56 PM  
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2022-06-02 5:42:02 PM  
Hypodeemic nurdles all over the Jersey shore
 
2022-06-02 5:47:37 PM  
Kudos to these people getting real and doing whatever it takes to clean that crap up. Seriously, that's dedication to the cause.
 
2022-06-02 6:03:33 PM  
Interesting. I had never heard of a trommel before.

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2022-06-02 6:29:19 PM  
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2022-06-02 6:38:21 PM  
Maybe the reporter got around to telling us what the fark a nurdle is but I didn't get that far.
 
2022-06-02 6:47:35 PM  

Russ1642: Maybe the reporter got around to telling us what the fark a nurdle is but I didn't get that far.


Small plastic beads that is used to make toys, water bottles, and other objects. I guess they're heated up to soften a bit and then gets pressed into whatever shape is desired.
 
2022-06-02 6:49:09 PM  

Russ1642: Maybe the reporter got around to telling us what the fark a nurdle is but I didn't get that far.


I had to look it up

https://betternurse.org/nurdle/
 
2022-06-02 7:35:51 PM  

mcmnky: Russ1642: Maybe the reporter got around to telling us what the fark a nurdle is but I didn't get that far.

I had to look it up

https://betternurse.org/nurdle/


It's a perfectly cromulent word.
 
2022-06-02 8:02:31 PM  

mcmnky: Russ1642: Maybe the reporter got around to telling us what the fark a nurdle is but I didn't get that far.

I had to look it up

https://betternurse.org/nurdle/


If it's something I really ought to know I'll look it up. If it's farking nurdle then no, I'm not going to Wikipedia to find something that should have been in your article. I say this because reporters have been biatching about being unappreciated nearly my entire life, but I think they've earned the respect they're given these days.
 
2022-06-02 8:07:54 PM  
What the fark is a nurdle?

My angry spell-check says it isn't a word. Wiki says it's some type of thing you ship in open piles on rusty barges while shoving it overboard.

So a pre-plastic product that breaks down easily that we're just dumping into the oceans constantly?

That sounds really bad.
 
2022-06-02 8:17:38 PM  

Russ1642: mcmnky: Russ1642: Maybe the reporter got around to telling us what the fark a nurdle is but I didn't get that far.

I had to look it up

https://betternurse.org/nurdle/

If it's something I really ought to know I'll look it up. If it's farking nurdle then no, I'm not going to Wikipedia to find something that should have been in your article. I say this because reporters have been biatching about being unappreciated nearly my entire life, but I think they've earned the respect they're given these days.


It probably is an important job of a new reporting type person to explain what a nurdle is and why lots of it being tossed in the ocean is bad, but that would be actual work.
 
2022-06-02 8:19:27 PM  

Russ1642: Maybe the reporter got around to telling us what the fark a nurdle is but I didn't get that far.


It was in the first paragraph.
 
2022-06-02 8:22:41 PM  
"A Sri Lankan Navy soldier walks amid the debris"

Sorry, you lost me there.
 
2022-06-02 8:31:43 PM  

NathanAllen: What the fark is a nurdle?

My angry spell-check says it isn't a word. Wiki says it's some type of thing you ship in open piles on rusty barges while shoving it overboard.

So a pre-plastic product that breaks down easily that we're just dumping into the oceans constantly?

That sounds really bad.


It's how plastic is supplied as a raw material. You melt them and feed it into your injection molding machine or whatever.
 
2022-06-02 8:33:57 PM  

Russ1642: mcmnky: Russ1642: Maybe the reporter got around to telling us what the fark a nurdle is but I didn't get that far.

I had to look it up

https://betternurse.org/nurdle/

If it's something I really ought to know I'll look it up. If it's farking nurdle then no, I'm not going to Wikipedia to find something that should have been in your article. I say this because reporters have been biatching about being unappreciated nearly my entire life, but I think they've earned the respect they're given these days.


Dude, it's atlas obscura, not even a full step up for wikipedia. Don't conflate it with journalism
 
2022-06-02 9:16:22 PM  

Ivo Shandor: NathanAllen: What the fark is a nurdle?

My angry spell-check says it isn't a word. Wiki says it's some type of thing you ship in open piles on rusty barges while shoving it overboard.

So a pre-plastic product that breaks down easily that we're just dumping into the oceans constantly?

That sounds really bad.

It's how plastic is supplied as a raw material. You melt them and feed it into your injection molding machine or whatever.


Can confirm.

The fun part is finding out the volumes that sort of stuff is sold in.  We wanted a sample of a particular polymer, and the company sent a 50 kilo sack, for free.
It was the smallest packaging they had.
 
2022-06-02 9:17:10 PM  

Metastatic Capricorn: Did the Sad tag off itself, overwhelmed by depression due to the state of the environment?


I don't know, did the 300,000,000 years the Earth had no way to decompose trees manage to kill off all life, leaving nothing but a biomass-covered acreage of the once glorious emerald and sapphire orb that circulated through the night sky, possibly, the only thing with any trace of true organic life on...

...wait, no, fungi and bacteria adapted the ability to break down organic compounds into inorganic compounds that would result in the final stage being bituminous and shale oil, which we burn, to propel ourselves across the globe.

So, no, Virginia Muir, even if the worst-case scenario came to pass, life would not end, it would still exist, it would just look and act very alien...

/"But it's not the life I'm used to, and therefore isn't!"
"Well, thankfully, princess, you aren't making the calls..."
 
2022-06-02 9:40:48 PM  

Jedekai: Metastatic Capricorn: Did the Sad tag off itself, overwhelmed by depression due to the state of the environment?

I don't know, did the 300,000,000 years the Earth had no way to decompose trees manage to kill off all life, leaving nothing but a biomass-covered acreage of the once glorious emerald and sapphire orb that circulated through the night sky, possibly, the only thing with any trace of true organic life on...

...wait, no, fungi and bacteria adapted the ability to break down organic compounds into inorganic compounds that would result in the final stage being bituminous and shale oil, which we burn, to propel ourselves across the globe.

So, no, Virginia Muir, even if the worst-case scenario came to pass, life would not end, it would still exist, it would just look and act very alien...

/"But it's not the life I'm used to, and therefore isn't!"
"Well, thankfully, princess, you aren't making the calls..."


Sorry, but "life will go on" doesn't mask the dimwitted farkery of engineering a mass extinction.

Enjoy a polonium cupcake. After all, rare as it is, the element is found in nature.
 
2022-06-02 9:42:51 PM  
It burned for several days before completely sinking on June 17.

Are we in a time warp?
 
2022-06-02 9:47:07 PM  

Jedekai: Metastatic Capricorn: Did the Sad tag off itself, overwhelmed by depression due to the state of the environment?

I don't know, did the 300,000,000 years the Earth had no way to decompose trees manage to kill off all life, leaving nothing but a biomass-covered acreage of the once glorious emerald and sapphire orb that circulated through the night sky, possibly, the only thing with any trace of true organic life on...

...wait, no, fungi and bacteria adapted the ability to break down organic compounds into inorganic compounds that would result in the final stage being bituminous and shale oil, which we burn, to propel ourselves across the globe.

So, no, Virginia Muir, even if the worst-case scenario came to pass, life would not end, it would still exist, it would just look and act very alien...

/"But it's not the life I'm used to, and therefore isn't!"
"Well, thankfully, princess, you aren't making the calls..."


"The Planet Is Fine..." by George Carlin
Youtube uHgJKrmbYfg
nsfw
 
2022-06-02 10:27:24 PM  

DRTFA: Russ1642: Maybe the reporter got around to telling us what the fark a nurdle is but I didn't get that far.

It was in the first paragraph.


No, it isn't. If you're going to spring the word nurdle on people then you tell them what it is. A vague reference to plastic pellets doesn't tell anyone that the pellets are nurdles. For all I know they're just a component of a nurdle, or packing material for the nurdles, or something else.
 
2022-06-02 10:41:14 PM  

Russ1642: DRTFA: Russ1642: Maybe the reporter got around to telling us what the fark a nurdle is but I didn't get that far.

It was in the first paragraph.

No, it isn't. If you're going to spring the word nurdle on people then you tell them what it is. A vague reference to plastic pellets doesn't tell anyone that the pellets are nurdles. For all I know they're just a component of a nurdle, or packing material for the nurdles, or something else.


Second paragraph then.

Among those industrial materials were the lentil-sized plastic pellets called nurdles, which get processed into things like toys, water bottles, and automobile parts.
 
2022-06-03 12:24:16 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Russ1642: DRTFA: Russ1642: Maybe the reporter got around to telling us what the fark a nurdle is but I didn't get that far.

It was in the first paragraph.

No, it isn't. If you're going to spring the word nurdle on people then you tell them what it is. A vague reference to plastic pellets doesn't tell anyone that the pellets are nurdles. For all I know they're just a component of a nurdle, or packing material for the nurdles, or something else.

Second paragraph then.

Among those industrial materials were the lentil-sized plastic pellets called nurdles, which get processed into things like toys, water bottles, and automobile parts.


Like I said. After the headline and the first paragraph assuming I know what the fark a nurdle is I stop reading. I'm not the only one either.
 
2022-06-03 4:47:14 AM  
I'd suggest Sri Lanka needs a few dozen beach sanitizers on permanent shore duty, but they can't afford food right now, let alone a mildly sophisticated bit of equipment for public service.
 
2022-06-03 11:53:20 AM  

Russ1642: Ivo Shandor: Russ1642: DRTFA: Russ1642: Maybe the reporter got around to telling us what the fark a nurdle is but I didn't get that far.

It was in the first paragraph.

No, it isn't. If you're going to spring the word nurdle on people then you tell them what it is. A vague reference to plastic pellets doesn't tell anyone that the pellets are nurdles. For all I know they're just a component of a nurdle, or packing material for the nurdles, or something else.

Second paragraph then.

Among those industrial materials were the lentil-sized plastic pellets called nurdles, which get processed into things like toys, water bottles, and automobile parts.

Like I said. After the headline and the first paragraph assuming I know what the fark a nurdle is I stop reading. I'm not the only one either.


After review, I see your point and retract my snark.
 
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