This) I think I know why I have such bad poison ivy all the time. Something having to do with ecs&eama (which I will promptly learn how to spell since it is a condition that I have had since my youth), or something. Read it in a Parenting magazine. Proteins and the like. Its a mystery that is on its way to being solvent... or solved.
That) The Great Pacific Trash thing is seriously upsetting and messy and a mess. Think about it and carry a tote for the love of all things holy and goodly.
The other) Platinum, 90% of which is mined by one company, is seriously affecting the livelihood of South Africans. Go read about it.