The Plastiki Completes Its Trans-Pacific Journey


Last year we wrote about the David de Rothschild-led Plastiki expedition—whose name recalls Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 trans-Pacific journey on the Kon-Tiki raft—in which a team built a boat out of 12,500 recycled plastic bottles and sailed it across the Pacific Ocean. As you can see in this video from ITN World, the Plastiki has, after four months at sea, completed an 8,000-mile voyage from San Francisco to Australia's Sydney Harbour, which was meant to call attention to the polluted Pacific Gyre and advocate a smarter approach to using resources like plastic.

The Plastiki site has all sorts of media—videos, posts, photos—that tell the story of trip and illuminate the science behind it.

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Conservative radio host Dennis Prager defended his use of the word "ki*e," on his show Thursday by insisting that people should be able to use the word ni**er as well.

It all started when a caller asked why he felt comfortable using the term "ki*e" while discussing bigotry while using the term "N-word" when referring to a slur against African-Americans.

Prager used the discussion to make the point that people are allowed to use anti-Jewish slurs but cannot use the N-word because "the Left" controls American culture.

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