Pika's observation of train after train of cheap shit from China, and my even cheaper response, generated a fascinating data point from a correspondent who recently toured the Port of Long Beach as part of a class on globilization:
In 2004 it processed 7.4e6 TEUs of cargo -- a TEU is a twenty-foot equivilent unit, the volume of a 20-foot long container. That is, the port is equivalent to a steady stream of containers end to end at 1.43 meters per second 24/7. It's amazing, in a thought-provoking way.
Today's trash day in the 'hood. We also have to go to a lot of trouble to cart the cheap shit off once we're done with it.Posted by John Fleck at March 30, 2005 09:37 AM