modernizing…

Court Painter, as you know, has been denied the social life that fed his ravenous appetite for celebrity & political commissions and has decided to revisit and modernize to current plague standards , previous works that populated public and private spaces throughout the Americas.

The Beat Goes On…

As Court Painter continues revisiting and modernizing to current plague standards, previous gems that populated public and private spaces throughout the Americas ; he noticed out of the corner of his eye this nugget.

Canada’s big six banks together earned $46 billion in profits last year — the tenth year in a row their profits have gone up, the sector’s highest of anywhere in the world.

To assure the pace of bank profits continues in this time of plague, mortgage payments can be deferred for up to six months — but the interest on those payments will be added back to the outstanding balance, resulting in customers paying interest on top of deferred interest and increasing the total cost of borrowing.

Seems bankers didn’t get the message that we are all in this together!

So lets continue with the revisits shall we….

Dispatch

White House economic adviser, Peter Second Opinion Navarro defends the use of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus , highlighting “the possibility” that it has therapeutic efficacy.

Demonstrating recent American generosity in times of an ally in trouble ,Trump dispatches Navarro to Boris’ bedside with a Trump Approved Elixir!

OK …more flowers…words

Excerpted from the Charles Eisenstein essay ”The Coronation” March 2020

War-on-germs thinking brings results akin to those of the War on Terror, War on Crime, War on Weeds, and the endless wars we fight politically and interpersonally. First, it generates endless war; second, it diverts attention from the ground conditions that breed illness, terrorism, crime, weeds, and the rest.

Millions of people in the modern world are in a precarious state of health, just waiting for something that would normally be trivial to send them over the edge. Of course, in the short term we want to save their lives; the danger is that we lose ourselves in an endless succession of short terms, fighting one infectious disease after another, and never engage the ground conditions that make people so vulnerable. That is a much harder problem, because these ground conditions will not change via fighting. There is no pathogen that causes diabetes or obesity, addiction, depression, or PTSD. Their causes are not an Other, not some virus separate from ourselves, and we its victims.

As one meme explains it: “Your fish is sick. Germ theory: isolate the fish. Terrain theory: clean the tank.”

For a long time we, as a collective, have stood helpless in the face of an ever-sickening society. Whether it is declining health, decaying infrastructure, depression, suicide, addiction, ecological degradation, or concentration of wealth, the symptoms of civilizational malaise in the developed world are plain to see, but we have been stuck in the systems and patterns that cause them. Now, Covid has gifted us a reset.

The crisis could usher in totalitarianism or solidarity; medical martial law or a holistic renaissance; greater fear of the microbial world, or greater resiliency in participation in it; permanent norms of social distancing, or a renewed desire to come together.

Green & Pink

Pink slips for 20,000 school support staff in Alberta the biggest COVID-19 layoff in Canada

Those affected are education assistants, drivers, secretaries and other support staff.

TC Energy Corp. gave the go-ahead Tuesday for construction of its $8-billion US Keystone XL pipeline project, with help from the Alberta government.

The company said Alberta has agreed to invest approximately $1.1 billion US as equity in the project, which substantially covers planned construction costs through the end of 2020.

The remaining $6.9 billion US is expected to be funded through a combination of a $4.2-billion project-level credit facility to be fully guaranteed by the Alberta government and a $2.7-billion investment by TC Energy.