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But few things are quite as strange as the "starving artist" shows that regularly take place in hotels all around the country. One look at the newspaper advertisements begins to show what's so peculiar: "Beautiful original oil paintings, with spectacular mountain landscapes, ocean scenes and much, much more. This is a collection of our prestigious artists with exceptional quality."

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Take Midwest Starving Artists, for instance. It's run by Joe Phillips, an Indianapolis man who takes pictures from hotel to hotel during the winter and runs an asphalt maintenance business during the summer. The artists are not from the Midwest, nor are they necessarily starving.

"I get the paintings from an importer who works out of Chicago," Phillips says. "I don't know where he gets the pictures from." He speculates, though, that a number of the artists are in Taiwan and Mexico and from all over the Third World.

Even though the works generally look alike, Phillips says the paintings are created by humans, not machines. The artists pin up between five and eight canvases on a wall and work down them assembly-line fashion, first doing the backgrounds for all, then adding trees, then grass, then something in the center. A picture may take just 15 minutes to create.

His brother Nick runs Starving Artist Group out of Lansing, Mich. There are other "starving artist" organizations in California, Florida and New York City, and similar operations that go by other names: "Struggling Artists of America," "Pacific Artists Guild," "Artists Co-op," "Caravan Art" and "Traveling Artists."

However, the truthfulness of some operations' presentation has been questioned at times. In the 1970s, operators of the now defunct Southwest Starving Artists were convicted of nine counts of willful violation of Mississippi's consumer protection laws. Those violations included using language that led people to believe that local artists were benefiting from the sales when they were not, and using the word "sale" when the paintings were actually being sold at regular prices. In addition, Southwest Starving Artists said that the sales were one-time events, when in fact they took place frequently. Southwest Starving Artists went out of business shortly thereafter.

Other traveling auctions advertise works by such artists as Chagall, Picasso, Rembrandt and Toulouse-Lautrec. The auctioneers may actually have five or 10 prints by well-known artists, but they start the bidding for them at $5,000 and up -- nowhere near the $20 that everything else seems to be selling for. It's a variation on the old bait-and-switch tactic, with auctioneers looking less to sell the valuable pieces than to lure buyers in with the hope they'll go for something cheaper.

The ``art'' shows are heavily advertised in newspapers and on television: ``Beautiful original oil paintings, with spectacular mountain landscapes, ocean scenes, and much, much more! This is a collection of our prestigious artists!'' The ``starving artists'' business, it seems, deals in paintings and hyperbole. One is more likely to see someone trying to get rid of this stuff than actually buying it. ``Sofa-size'' paintings, which sell for $10 each and some for as low as $5 in enormous shows of largely identical pictures, are no one's idea of highbrow.

Starving artists' companies around the country go by a variety of names: ``Struggling Artists of America,'' ``Collectors Art,'' ``Pacific Artists Guild,'' ``International Art,'' ``Striving Artists,'' ``Artists Co-op,'' and ``Traveling Artists.''

Joe Phillips, who heads Midwest Starving Artists in Indianapolis, runs an asphalt maintenance business during the summer. Both he and Bill Stone, president of the San Diego-based Collectors Art, spend time during the off-season locating art they will sell later on. Mr. Phillips says that his artists are not from the Midwest, nor are they necessarily starving.

``I get the pictures from an importer who works out of Chicago,'' he says. ``I don't know where he gets the pictures from.'' Most of the artists, he suspects, are in Taiwan, Mexico, and elsewhere in the third world.

At times, truthfulness has been an issue. In the late 1970s, Southwest Starving Artists was convicted of willful violation of the consumer protection laws in Mississippi, including leading people to believe local artists were benefiting from the sale of the pictures and using the word ``sale'' when the paintings were actually being sold at regular prices.

Shortages in Venezuela of regulated food staples and basic necessities have been widespread following the enactment of price controls and other policies under the government of Hugo Chávez[4][5] and exacerbated by the policy of withholding United States dollars from importers under the government of Nicolás Maduro.[6] The severity of the shortages has led to the largest refugee crisis ever recorded in the Americas.[7]

On 9 February 2018, a group of United Nations Special Procedures and the Special Rapporteurs on food, health, adequate housing and extreme poverty issued a joint statement on Venezuela, declaring that much of its population is starving and going without in a situation that they do not believe will end.[21]

Economists state the Venezuelan government began rationing in 2014 for several reasons including an unproductive domestic industry that had been negatively affected by nationalization and government intervention, and confusing currency controls that made it unable to provide the dollars importers needed to pay for all of the basic products that enter Venezuela.[72] According to Venezuelan residents, the government also rationed public water to those who used water over 108 hours a week because of the nation's poor water delivery systems.[72] Gasoline was also rationed allegedly because subsidized Venezuelan gasoline was being smuggled to Colombia where it was sold for a higher price.[72]

The bun is taking no shit from the fox. The fox is grump, but accepts his fate.I thought the delay would be longer, but Rick was determined to finish.Merry Christmas and all that! See you sometime after the New Year!Enjoy and let us know what you think! Love to all Patreons, both old and new. Hope everyone is having a good year-end so far.Don't forget to donate if you can (if you aren't already). We've had a little drop and still no new donations this month. Artists are starving people and if we starve, who will continue Sunderance?

The OH colors are magnificent!!!! Remarkable color ranges! You may find an option there. I have to wonder what Caravaggio and many of the other grand artists working back then would have used with the vast, marvelous light-fast choices we now have available. Best wishes! Donna ;-}

Even in the half century after Pearl Harbor, it is part of the theory of economic sanctions that action short of war is preferable to war, so economic sanctions are justified. Despite failures, the logic is incontrovertible, in such cases that it is decided some action against another state is necessary. Economic sanctions do not inevitably lead to war, though that certainly can be the outcome. War results in war 100% of the time.The goal, of course, is not to starve the world of oil and get Iran hopping mad. The goal is to convince Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions. Domestic US politics have a big role in the outcome, just as domestic Iranian politics do. Nothing new about that. The whole issue, then, is not whether to starve the world of oil, but whether the threat of starving the world of oil is worth the risk in an effort to prevent the nuclearization of Iran.I thought that was obvious, but comments here suggest it is not.

The problem we have is that Iran and many other countries will become net oil importers in the next 6-7 years. What we are experiencing is gradual and perhaps slightly sudden aggregate supply shock caused by an increase in quantity demanded and a decrease in overall production and export. This is why countries like Indonesia who became a net oil importer in 2004 are now using their NG reserves as a bargaining chip for oil while sending countries like Japan to search elsewhere for oil and consequently, natural gas. Add in that the Middle East is the third largest growth user of petroleum due to modernization and electrification and what we now have is a much greater demand than what was projected 20 years ago. 041b061a72


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