MIA…

Still MIA (Missing in Action)

Against the backdrop of legal wrangling, there is one question on the lips of everyone in the art world: Where are the self portraits “Court Painter Mundi”? 

Press Attache to Court Painter, A Hardon MacKay doubts recent reports that they are on Prince bin Salman’s yacht, as was alleged in 2019,” The $450million question:Where is Court Painter’s ‘Court Painter Mundi?”

“To put paintings like this on a yacht, with the sea air, the evaporation plus non stop party time wine & nacho spillage would be utterly stupid. I cannot believe the buyer would put these paintings in a setting like that,” AHM said.”they are on a wood chip board, which can warp in no time,” he said, referring to the composite panel on which the artworks were painted.

Court Painter chimed in and speculated that “it might be that we see them all together one day in the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Who knows? I can only hope! “

Meanwhile, AHM thinks they could be in a palace in Saudi Arabia, ready to be unveiled — perhaps before the end of this year — as part of the kingdom’s drive to brand itself as a hub for arts and culture. “The important thing about the art market is that behind the most beautiful objects often lie the ugliest of motives,” he said. “‘Court Painter Mundi’ means ‘Court Painter of the World.’ And in a way, these paintings are now so much part of the media world. Meanwhile, with the legal wrangling between the paintings former owners resurfacing once more, this valuable masterpieces and others once in the same collection, continue to test many a reputation.

(Be assured Court Painter’s reputation remains intact)

CDN bank$ pandemic profit$ …

The 5 CEOs of the 5 biggest Canadian banks celebrate 2021 first quarter profits

The COVID 19 pandemic is gold to the banks…profits up…time to increase fees!

BILLION: The Canadian meaning of a billion is a thousand million, or one followed by nine noughts (1,000,000,000)

Court Painter in action!

Platform capitalism…

Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles.

Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content.

Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory.

Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate.

Source:The Battle Is For The Customer Interface:2015 article, Tom Goodwin writes:

Court Painter has no paintings that reflect the state of platform capitalism.He just thought everyone should be reminded that the Court Painter Studio still runs on an antiquated system that assures the studio will remain a non profit digital age enterprise.

The images have been pulled from the archive to provide eye candy for a weary world.

The War on children continues…

There are one million children living in Gaza

Demographic statistics from Gaza show what medics, aid workers ,journalists and the Israeli government have long been aware of. That Gaza has an overwhelmingly young population, in fact so young that the majority of its population may well now be children.

In 2016, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics stated children constituted 49.6 of the population of the Gaza Strip, with slightly less across the Occupied Palestinian Territories as a whole. The median age being 17 years old . If we consider that Gaza has a population growth rate of 3% a year, among the highest in the world, very shortly if not already over 50% of Gaza’s population will be under 18-years-old.

Accurate statistic gathering in Gaza is understandably a difficult endeavour.

Excerpted/edited from April 17,2019 Red Pepper article :Gaza is a children’s prison There are one million children living in Gaza, trapped and under fire. By Omar Aziz

It is now May 19,2021….check out the news!

BBC NEWS: Of the 219 people who have been killed in Gaza, at least 63 are children, according to its health ministry. Of the 10 people killed in Israel, two children are among the dead, the country’s medical service says.

command structure…

Queen of Canada prepared to take command!

Formally, there is a direct chain of command from the Queen of Canada to the governor general, through the Chief of the Defence Staff to all of the officers who hold the Queen’s Commission, and through them, to all members of the Canadian Forces.

Seems it may take the Queen of Canada to take command & clean up this ongoing mess!

Chief of Defence Staffs & Governor General seem to have disappeared dishonourably and the tradition continues…

May 14-Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin under military investigation, is no longer leading vaccine campaign

May 14-Military replaces another top officer in wake of sexual misconduct allegations. Vice-Admiral Hayden Edmundson removed from post as head of HR during ongoing military police investigation

tripping out …

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault
  •  OTTAWA — After suggesting that under Bill C-10, the Canadian Radio-television and telecommunications Commission (CRTC) could impose discoverability regulations on individuals who have a large-enough following online, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault now says that’s not the case.

In a new statement sent to CTV News late Sunday night, the minister says he used “unclear” language when he referred to people and online channels being subject to federal regulations as part of the government’s updates to the Broadcasting Act.

In the interview on CTV’s Question Period that aired on March 9, the minister said more than once that while the CRTC isn’t going to be regulating everyday user’s content, the regulator could have powers related to the discoverability of online content for people whose channels have “millions of viewers,” are “generating a lot of money on social media,” and are “acting like broadcasters.”

March 10

MPs on the House of Commons heritage committee agreed today to pause a detailed review of the federal government’s broadcasting bill while the Department of Justice looks into whether recent amendments violate the free speech rights of social media users.

Conservative, Liberal, Bloc and NDP MPs all voted in favour of asking for a revised “charter statement” on Bill C-10. Such statements are issued by the justice minister to examine the potential impact new legislation may have on Canadians’ rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The motion also requests that both Justice Minister David Lametti and Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, along with a panel of experts, appear before the committee to discuss the implications of recent amendments to the bill and take questions from committee members.

medium… message…

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The struggle in social media is not among competing messages on a web site. It’s between people and the big companies that would colonize us, mine us for data, and program our every online move. The medium is indeed the message here. And the medium, which is in dire need of regulation, is Facebook.

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