Predatory Takeover…

It’s a bumpy road ahead for art vendors this year, and the coronavirus could lead to even more consolidation going forward, especially among art vendors that are vulnerable to the predatory takeover practices of Court Painter.

The structure of the art vendor industry is still very fragmented with hundreds of small studios finding it increasingly difficult to compete and it looks inevitable that the general trend line of value and volume of mergers and acquisitions by Court Painter will maintain momentum over the next months.

 Court Painter in a statement released today said, “I consider my studio as part of the new wave of serial acquirers and opportunistic plunders .We will be plying the waters as soon as the end of the second quarter, looking for strategic opportunities to round out our art business and expansion into value added products like toilet paper.”

Court Painter approaches a well known and loved art vendor to explain he is being forced out.

Court Painter shows an example of the product that will replace the art works of the well loved vendor once the predatory acquisition is complete.

Court Painter seen wth new products being offered after replacing the well loved art vendor by another strategic acquisition

Wow wow bow wow

Court Painter Inspired a Main Character in a Steamy 2020 Romance Novel, Says Author: ‘I Fell in Love With Him Bigtime’

Missy X Mayhem , author of the steamy 2020  Wow Wow Bow Wow, revealed that the “sexy” artist her protagonist, a divorcee, falls in love with is inspired by none other than Court Painter.

Missy X Mayhem  told The NewYorker magazine that she first met Court Painter while at an art function in the Bronx., where the two sat next to each other as dinner partners.

“I just fell in love with him,”Missy said. “Usually those dinners, you make polite conversation, and that’s it. But we had this intense conversation, personal conversation. I thought, ‘Wow wow bow wow this guy is amazing.’”

Missy X Mayhem’s fictional celebrity artist Pentine Terp III discovered an art therapy for divorcees, which once again links back to Court Painter’s true accomplishments  as a preeminent portrait practitioner northwest of the New York art scene.

Terp is introduced into the novel as an artist painting the president, who secretly has mumps. This is how he meets divorcee Lady Shady, who was the presidents diarist and nurse.

Lady Shady immediately begins to lust after Pentine Terp III, but he is hesitant at first, because he is married and a card shark, while she is neither. These obstacles ultimately fail to prevent a passionate love affair that unwinds, rewinds and spools throughout the novel.

Missy describes Terp’s voice as “high, discordant, sexy, almost despondent,” while he recites art-based yet romantic lines such as, “You are like a paint stroke in my brain which spreads across the canvas of our lives each day one after the other one.”

Court Painter apparently knew that he was the inspiration for Mayhem’s forbidden love story and was “not a bit embarrassed,” but mainly, “just thought it was a horny hoot.”

Work has started on auditions for a film adaptation.The following images are recently released stills from the auditions.

Targetman

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer targeted the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) and the student financial aid program as offering incentives for people to stay home rather than return to work.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is designed to provide temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Andrew Scheer’s salary of $259,000 as a Conservative MP and leader of the opposition has been uninterrupted by COVID- 19 while a great number of other Canadians are left facing perilous financial circumstances.

 Scheer was reported in 2017 to have ownership stakes in three real estate limited partnerships (RELPs) a tax-sheltering investment vehicle that is apparently only available to the rich. RELPs allow investors to write off up to 50 percent of their initial investment. To participate, he had to show $75,000 in personal annual income and a net worth of $400,000 or more.

Only ones with real immunity…

“Now, as we turn to the healthy companies to help us revive the economy, it could be that the only ones with real immunity are the tech giants. In this way, Covid-19 has accelerated their rise and tightened their grip on our lives. And this consolidation of power, combined with Big Tech’s control of data, automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, media, advertising, retail and even autonomous tech, is daunting.”

Big Tech stocks, which were hit in the first weeks of the pandemic, are on an upward march to the top of the market-cap heap. Microsoft at $1.32 trillion. Apple at $1.26 trillion. Amazon at $1.14 trillion. Alphabet at $900 billion. Facebook at $577 billion.  This group now makes up just over 20 percent of the S.&P. 500, which is a flashing yellow signal of what is to come.

Excerpted from

The Immunity of the Tech Giants

By Kara Swisher May 1, 2020 New York Times

Get on with it…

Four-in-five Canadians support complete ban on civilian possession of assault style weapons

The results of the latest public opinion survey from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute show an overwhelming majority – nearly four-in-five – support a complete prohibition on civilian possession of the types of weapons used in the Montreal Massacre in 1989, and most recently, the rampage of an assault weapon-carrying murderer who killed 22 people in Nova Scotia last month.

Source: Angus Reid Institute: May 1 ,2020