The famous Suez Canal has been blocked to container traffic for about a week now. A huge container ship apparently lost power, drifted sideways in a sandstorm and got wedged on the sand banks of the canal. The container ship “Ever Given” is as long as the Suez is wide that we now have a wedge situation.
It has given rise to hundreds of memes on the internet, including a change.org petition to remove it. The Onion has still not weighed in.
Someone suggested blowing it up.
Someone suggested unloading all the containers and building a container pyramid to memorialize the incident.
A small excavator stands next to Ever Given like a Lilliput in Gulliver’s Travels.
Experts are sprouting and spouting on TV about how many billions of dollars have been lost to the traffic jam.
Is this peak Globalization? I sure hope so.
I think the world should take a break on movement of unnecessary crap across the planet. 24x7x365.
So what, if I live in the Pacific Northwest and can’t get my Chilean grown fruits during the Winter? I won’t die. Just send me a fresh GIF of the Chilean orchard daily on my WhatsApp and with the good mornings I get from across the globe, I will enjoy it virtually too.
Are there not enough places and people for Nike to set up a few sneaker factories in America?
I think capitalism and the free trade party needs to be reined in a lot so we don’t end up screwing up the planet more than it already is.
At least, let’s start with not needing these giant container ships, ok. Screw efficiency.