Monday, November 2, 2020

Ouro Podre

 Materia Prima Deck ~ Palladium Pd 46

First  identified in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston as a by-product of platinum. About 85% of today's mined palladium ends up in auto exhaust catalytic converters, where it helps turn toxic pollutants into less-harmful carbon dioxide and water vapor. In short supply for the last eight years, driving current pricing to $72.00 a gram. Each converter uses 2-30 grams depending on size of the vehicle. 

Early Brazilian miners called it ouro podre, worthless gold. How times change. And will change again, catalytic converters aren't needed in electric cars.This card reminds me of all the things and people I held in high regard that changed to disinterest or disuse over the years. Of the things I disregarded when I should have noticed. 

Our lifestyle alterations due to coronavirus strike me daily, how many of those changes will we take to heart for the better, how many will we sling from us later? And what ouro podre will I discard, what palladium will I draw to me today? 

And if you need a calming distraction this week, I'd call this Palladium... click here 


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