We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'm not doubting that this mass exists... but a little googling around finds varying views on size, distribution and cause, i.e. Most from ships and oil rigs vs. most from land.
Most all the articles also mention, and tie in to, the huge death of seabirds and fish from plastic ingestion. I seem to remember a few weeks ago Maggie's had a link to a recent study that debunked the numbers of creatures killed by plastic found in the ocean.
Too many folks with agenda's and grant fund needs... getting so I am very cynical of 'scientific' pronouncements.