Recession, made visible

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1212013/Revealed-The-ghost-fleet-recession-anchored-just-east-Singapore.html  Interesting to see the material reality of recession made so visible. It may be the immaterial flows and whatever that drive the ships or keep them silent - but it is the ships that keep us alive. Very literally, if you live in Ireland; about half of all our imports and exports go through one single port, at Dublin. (Not for nothing did the anarchist novel The Free imagine a revolution starting in the port.)

This, of course, in a world where an organic farmer in Tipperary (ie someone who doesn't pay extra costs for weedkiller and artificial fertilisers) can be undercut by lettuces grown in Holland and transported by lorry, ship and lorry again (if not two ships and three lorries, via Britain).