Keeping the Art Conversation Real

Thinking about the biography of Albert Gleizes has led me in a thousand directions, all of them relevant to current events. Where I get into trouble is in deciding what to talk about first. Sometimes I think the French art conversation is the place to start since it’s part of the larger political picture and since some of the factions that struggled with each other a hundred years ago are still with us. However it is not my intention to promote any one faction. My goals include gaining a better understanding of what was being said, and illustrating its relevance to the United States. That is, to people in the United States that aren’t already part of an artistic elite.  I’m not aiming for a paternalistic art conversation, but a conversation that is capable of preparing everyone to participate, even if it takes several generations.  I’ve finally decided that maybe the best way to begin is to make a list of related topics. If any of you have expertise in any part of this list, please don’t wait for me—go ahead and write about it.

1. The politics behind the rivalry of Pablo Picasso and Albert Gleizes

2. The crucial difference between Gleizes and Picasso as explained by the
theories of Jacques Maritain

3. The place of the occult in art

4. The doctrine of Personalism as it applies to The Self, to art and to the
occult

5. The relationship between theology and art in the West and the Orient

6. French influence in Germany and Russia before the world wars

7. The occult revival in Russia after the fall of the Berlin Wall

8. The devil and the problem of evil in Western culture

9. Differing views of reality as represented by Albert Gleizes and the
Catholic Church

10. Picasso as mage

The Real World of OTC

Recently an investment site published a negative article about OriginClear (OriginOil). OriginOil has its problems, as I’ve already said. However, this article may not be unbiased. [ref name=“Hotstock Precision Related company Sued for Fraud”]Peter Hristov, Hotstock Precision Related Company Sued for Fraud, 1 Feb. 2014. Available: http://stockreich.com/hotstocked-precision-related-company-sued-fraud/[/ref] It says the jump in the stock price on the 17th was due to paid promotion. Silly me, I thought it was because of my article. But I guess they should know because these people have promoted the securities of companies on the OTC and Pink Sheets exchange. But strangely, this website, hotstocked.com, has been publishing similar articles about OriginOil since at least 2010.

A random commenter on the above cited article says Hotstocked is run by the shorts—people who make money if the stock price goes down. But so what? That’s the world we live it. What it comes down to is this: this is not good news for OriginClear investors.

Origin Oil Update

I think it’s necessary to provide an update on my opinion of Origin Oil (OOIL).[ref name=”Origin Oil Inc]Origin Oil’s Website, OriginOil.com, Available: http://www.originoil.com/[/ref] This article is not a fresh recommendation—this is a followup to my previous article about Origin Oil. My intention is to provide information for readers who learned about this stock on this blog.

Investment in this stock was always speculative. While the company’s innovative product line has consistently attracted the attention of analysts and industry experts, it’s a relatively new company that until recently has focused on research and development. Although it seems to be advancing according to a solid strategy, revenue has not been sufficient to cover costs. Ongoing pressure on the company’s stock price hasn’t helped matters. However an addition to the business plan provides a glimmer of hope for the next quarter.

Risks

The company has experienced net losses and negative cash flows since its inception, and it expects this to continue into the foreseeable future. There are substantial risks heading into the next quarter. The company’s ability to continue hinges on its ability to raise capital from financing transactions and future sales. However, in 2014 product revenues were limited. In addition, capital markets and the company’s history of losses could impact the availability or cost of future financings. For the years ended December 31, 2014, and December 31, 2013, OOIL incurred net losses of $(11,138,608) and $(8,762,911). However, as things stand at this time the company projects the ability to continue operations for the next 9 months. (For a complete list of the risks assessed by the company, please see the latest 10-K.)

The Business Plan

The company’s long-term business model is centered around licensing its technology to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributor resellers, service providers and other licensees. However recently OOIL has begun assembling and selling complete solutions based on EWS, (Electro Water Separation), its core technology. Besides generating short-term revenues, benefits of this strategy would include getting EWS into use ahead of the licensee adoption rate, and the subsequent potential for additional demonstrations of the process.

Recent Developments

It seems relevant to provide a brief rundown of the company’s activities, since a recent article by an energy stocks analyst gave the false impression that these are limited to oil field servicing. Sales of pilot and demonstration equipment began in June of 2010. The company’s commercial sales, including sales by its licensees, began in 2014.

In January 2014, OOIL signed an agreement with Orca Vision Inc. a new East Asian urban farming venture. Orca Vision also purchased three demonstration systems.

The first commercial sale by an OEM licensee occurred in September 2014. Industrial Systems, inc. (IS) sold four industrial systems powered by OOIL’s EWS to Synergy Resources for produced water and oily waste treatment in Trinidad in Tabago (T&T). OOIL is receiving a royalty as well as fabricating core components for sale to the licensee.

In October of 2014, Gulf Energy SAOC of Oman agreed to purchase a CLEAN-FRAC (now OriginClear Petro) 5000 system.

OOIL is in a joint venture with Ennesys focusing on algae production to meet the European Union’s environmental regulations. In mid-2013, a prototype EWS Waste unit was installed at the Ennesys demonstration site.

In December 2014, OOIL announced that it will launch a subsidiary in Hong Kong and grant it a master license for the People’s Republic of China. The subsidiary is expected to license regional joint ventures for frack and waste water treatment.

On January 27, 2015, OOIL announced a collaboration with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) of the U.S. Department of Energy. OOIL and INL have submitted a proposal in response to a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts (TABB). The TABB FOA seeks alternatives to overcome barriers to commercializing algal biofuels.

This is not a complete list.  For detailed information please see the 10-K. [ref name=”Origin Oil’s 10-K”]Origin Oil Inc. 10-K, EdgarOnline. Available: http://b2i.api.edgar-online.com/EFX_dll/EdgarPro.dll?FetchFilingConvPDF1?SessionID=knyp6jvp9Iaoo-9&ID=10600790[/ref]

Disclosure

I own this stock.

This is How We Should Talk to Each Other

Two Italian designers made a statement about gay marriage that turned out to be very controversial. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana said in a recent interview that they oppose gay adoptions. They also oppose gay marriage. They believe ‘the only family is the traditional one’.

Gabbana said, “”A child needs a mother and a father. I could not imagine my childhood without my mother. I also believe that it is cruel to take a baby away from its mother.”((Victoria Ward, Sir Elton John Calls for Dolce and Gabbana boycott after row over same sex families. The Telegraph 15 March 2015. Available:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/11473198/Sir-Elton-John-calls-for-Dolce-and-Gabbana-boycott-after-row-over-same-sex-families.html))

I wanted to share this story for two reasons: first because it demonstrates kindness and consideration for mothers; and second because it’s surprising that men are questioning whether gay men should be raising children together.

Resetting My Conversation

I’ve been focused on the Church’s potential for political and economic reform. This was a mistake. You could argue that the pope hasn’t promised to accomplish the reform—only to establish a proper foundation for reform.

I am firmly convinced that openness to the transcendent can bring about a new political and economic mindset which would help to break down the wall of separation between the economy and the common good of society. [ref name”=Evangelii Gaudium”]Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel. Available: w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html[/ref]

I happen to believe that people’s minds can be changed in this way, and that reform without this deeper foundation would be empty.  I think we’ve been approaching it the wrong way around. This conversation needs a reset.