Painting Is An Instrument Of War

What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who only has eyes, if he is a painter, or ears if he is a musician, or a lyre in every chamber of his heart, if he is a poet, or even, if he is a boxer, just his muscles? Far from it: at the same time he is also a political being, constantly aware of the heartbreaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. How could it be possible to feel no interest in other people, and with a cool indifference to detach yourself from the very life which they bring to you so abundantly? No, painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.

-Pablo Picasso

The most apocalyptic killer virus coming home to roost

I predict people won’t be able to eat animals in the future, so I sometimes worry something big might happen in order to necessitate this change, something like this. Right now, I think COVID-19 has made progress on people calling for liberating animals more and on getting some people to stop eating animals, because of the assumed origins of the virus and what they might do with animals at zoos and pigs at pork productions, but I don’t quite think it’s big enough for what I predict.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8370969/The-apocalyptic-killer-virus-coming-home-roost.html

Iran berates U.S. over police killing, slams racism

Many news outlets in the United States are reporting Russia, China, and Iran are meddling in social media to provoke more uprisings, more divisions, and help destroy the country from within. This is happening at the same time as tensions between the United States and China are getting higher over Hong Kong.

https://news.trust.org/item/20200530180313-ny28c

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/05/minneapolis-human-rights-china-russia-iran.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-protests-idUSKBN237022