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Maurice Ali



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2021 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saturday night…..



Saturday night, which for me is a TV dinner and a glass of Yellowtail Merlot. I watched the audio commentary of “Event Horizon” as I ate supper. After I finished the last post I drove down to Starbucks and got a Mocha - but I wonder if any of you get messages on the lids like I get? So I don’t know what the “c” and “=“ sign mean but in physics it means “the speed of light”. This is the one today:







It’s cute and a few of the baristas know something about me so, if this is you: Thanks! I figured it was a Starbucks memo to keep customers, but I can’t find any so maybe it’s me. Anyway, it’s cute and lifts up your day just a bit - I love it!



As usual I slept most of the day but I did get ready for taxes with all the bank statements. I messed up on the balance sheet for the association last year, so I will have to look at that again.



Life gets harder.




Gone are the days with mom and dad there to offer that safety net if things went wrong. Now you run the show. Gone now, are your mentors who kept you from harm’s way and taught you more than they taught the others about the world and how it works. You wonder why? Probably because you are like them. Probably because they have sons and daughters and grandchildren and worry about the world they will receive - so guys like me running around the place are their best hedge against the bad aspects of society they knew (i.e. WW2/Cold War). And they were right! Just look at me go this past week alone…..



Why would they tell me everything they knew - everything - why would they entrust that knowledge to me? Sure, maybe it is a bit selfish as I live in the same place as their families, and maybe it’s because those at the very top are idealists like me, or maybe a combination of both…. But I was not so much born as I was made!



I’ve been to the apex of power and seen it and the people who inhabit it - and - I’m more than competitive there! It’s a pity I didn’t meet anyone in my formative days that I could have partnered up with to take some of the pressure off. But there wasn’t - and so that explains why the far-right welcomed me in and protected me decades ago - it’s hard to find the right people to carry on…..



Unfortunately I will find myself in the same spot they were in decades ago. Nobody lives forever…..



Goodnight…..
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The weekend wasn’t so bad after all…..



I’m well into the corporate taxes and I cleaned up all the bills for both households. I washed both cars with that large Buick SUV taking the longest. Grocery shopping at multiple places which I occasionally have to do. But stuff got done.



I nailed down the music recovery plan with Shane on Saturday. The weird thing when talking to my gang is how the “trip into space” thing is always an afterthought. First with Shane and then Sunday morning with one of the directors. It literally was: “I guess that’s it - Oh!” So a personal trip into space was fantasyland two weeks ago, then reality last Tuesday with nervousness about down payments to secure a seat, and finally the experience becoming an afterthought in conversation. That just shows how malleable humans can be…..


Not so malleable when it comes to governance. I actually get pissed off when people try to figure out if I’m right wing or left wing! The quick answer is that I’m “no wing”! I’m pushing an agenda that does away with all that ancient proxy government stuff. Without a proxy like in the worldwide vote there is no choice of who leads you as you have a say in everything. You lead yourself!


Like going into space for ordinary people, having a say without having to give it to a representative and hope they stay true to their promises - can be a thing of the past due to technology. I have gone beyond traditional politics and I don’t want to be labeled. I only want a voice at the venues that matter and as you see it is getting challenging…..




Goodnight…zzzzzz…..





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Maurice Ali



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent the morning watching the Blue Origin launch. Jeff Bezos also has now officially handed over control of Amazon and the new regime sent me a email last night stating there will be no arbitration over disputes anymore as it will now be settled in the courts:


“Dear Maurice Ali,

We wanted to let you know that we recently updated our Conditions of Use.

One of our updates involves how disputes are resolved between you and Amazon. Previously, our Conditions of Use set out an arbitration process for those disputes. Our updated Conditions of Use provides for dispute resolution by the courts.

Please visit https://www.amazon.com/conditionsofuse to read our updated terms in full.

As always, your use of any Amazon service constitutes your agreement to our Conditions of Use.

Thank you,

Amazon”


Hummmm - does this mean an arbitration process that can go to court? Doesn’t seem so:


“DISPUTES
Any dispute or claim relating in any way to your use of any Amazon Service will be adjudicated in the state or Federal courts in King County, Washington, and you consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in these courts. We each waive any right to a jury trial.”



A lot of it is intellectual property so the average user should not worry. But for us creators this is the final act after booting us off almost all Amazon platforms….. I’ll give Jeff Bezos a little wiggle room here as all the nasty changes started happening when mentioned he would step down as CEO.



The second part is the average person losing wealth and the elimination of the middle class by big equity corporations. Corporations can create and buy other corporations, so in effect you can strip cash and equity from humans and have it in the hands of non-humans which makes no sense. Stocks are traded by these corporations by programs and build wealth that does not translate to wealth for all or even a few wealth humans…..


The reason for business and commerce is to improve the lives for all in humanity. What is happening now is a form of insanity if you look at it objectively. We are literally impoverishing the masses and giving it to a legal entity that can’t use any of the food, property and services these large equity corporations have. Why is Bill Gates buying up all the farm land in the States? Is he keeping it from being owned by these non-human corporations or is it something more nefarious? Who knows, but something is screwed up.



This is why we need a new global social contract. Things aren’t going in the right direction anymore. You know, I look at Carl Sagen interviews and he saw the broad direction we were headed; so why is nobody pushing back (why didn’t Sagen take up the cause) or offering an alternative like I am. And this is out of 8 billion people! Why do I feel so alone in his journey to disseminate a new global contract? The Secretary General said he wanted one and I have one! Watch if I even get a side event or speaking statement at the United Nations next year…..



It is what it is and it’s mostly disappointing…..




Later…..





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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I have until July 26 to submit my proposal for what will now be a virtual session as a prelude to The World Bank AGM late September to
October. There are less sessions like the WTO this year so I really don’t stand a chance - but I will still try and you never know - but you don’t quit trying…..







It does get to you after a while, but having been in sales toughens you up to rejection…..hehehehe…..



You have your truth, your key to humanity’s new deal. Some love what you are doing but most hate it. Trust me - for those who jive to my ideas, I appreciate your subtle endorsements to keep me going. You need the subtle endorsement and keep at it. You need that because almost everyone is against you. That is strange as the people who need the new deal most and stand in the mud - aren’t at the UN or the World Bank or the WTO. You are only here through a fluke of politics - but you got access. So you have unpopular ideas for the status quo but that will help humanity who is too afraid to step up and have your back.



You will always be an outsider, unwelcome, a pariah - alone and on your own. But that - oddly enough - that is the best way to disseminate new ideas as they don’t come by committee or compromise.



You keep at it as there is nothing else to do. This is all that you have created. So you complete the mission. Without this misery, you are invisible - and the others are jealous - what do they know about the “reality of what I am trying to do”. Disseminating an idea and seeing it’s influence can be a daunting reward. I could take hundreds of years but given current technological progression I’m not so sure we have that luxury.


So I still go at it even if humanity’s epitaph may slide to a bitter ignominy in the end…..







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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I’ll let the cat out of the bag for you now about the World Bank application.







While we stand little chance at getting a spot while also not fulfilling the minimum number of slots for panelists. They have given me a space to address the selection committee. It is here that I will make the case for a single person moderator but with a possible participation for all of humanity exceeding those groups limited to at the World Bank - true participation for anyone interested - for all a stakeholders. So while my proposal does not form the typical proposal I will ask for an exemption for this new form of experimental involvement of the general public in these unprecedented times! The access for civil society and all the other groups is for input from stakeholders affected by World Bank policy. However, the largest stakeholders have been shut out from a voice at the World Bank. My session will allow this! The session committee will have come face to face with technology and the philosophy that allows these proposals and sessions. They will absolutely hate me for this but change is necessary. There is a reason my Linkin page is the way it is - all of humanity are my contacts…..



There! I’m a bad’s ass”, a rebel and I’ll never change…..


All kidding aside: We will probably still get rejected, but we will have rattled the cage, opened some eyes to new ways of doing things. This “is” the way to disseminate new ideas. Rome was not built in a day, this will also take some time, but at least I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time when I do it this way…..





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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just more work on the World Bank application. Remember that we don’t stand a chance but I get to make an argument for inclusion of our type of advocacy…..







Another funeral this week. As more people you know die off, it gets harder to have someone recognize whatever accomplishments you have. The victories, while not exactly hollow, lack the social reaction unlike the earlier ones. Nobody is there from your past to put it all in perspective. If successful, the kids will look at me as this guy who did whatever he did and not realize that I was once one of them and did what I did over decades. They disconnect from the empowerment that “that” can happen to them. As for the oldsters, some is happiness for you but most shy away as it shows missed opportunities in their lives, sort of like me on Father’s Day, nobody is immune.


I miss the early days when you could just live for things and forget everything else. Life for me will just get harder and end in death, but in younger days you could just put it all out of your mind. In the end at your funeral, the people you know will gather and say a few words, and you will be forgotten just like everyone else. Even if you are famous, just watch how quickly they are forgotten. In my life - only the ideas matter anymore. That will be the only legacy, and that is the advocacy going forward.



A depressing downer but this is reality. No “happily ever after” - just cold reality that hits you in the face more regularity as you get older…..




Goodnight…..





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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more on Virgin Galactic and this time about Virgin Galactic’s White Knight Two.




White Knight Two.




It seems that it too can carry passengers so a possible single trip will have the real spacecraft take off after being dropped by the carrier craft “White Knight Two” and then that same carrier aircraft will keep their passengers at double the altitude of traditional jets so you can see the curvature of the earth and the plane can also give you a taste of zero G!




SpaceShip Two


So this would be the “poor man’s” sort of “space trip” at a much more affordable cost.







The interior of this mother ship is the same as the proper space ship and can be used for training or like above - an extra trip on the cheap. The actual SpaceShip Two was designed to go above the Karman Line but me thinks increasing the passenger capacity on all crafts made them settle for
the US definition. More weight equals a lower trajectory. This is of course is a money making company! As I learn more about all this, I’ll offer it here, but as each week passes it sure looks like many will get a chance to experience what they see on TV with their pocket book being the only limiter. Also as a entertainment company, Virgin has really out done Blue Origin here. Blue Origin needs to figure out if they want to take on Virgin or Space X. I don’t know if there is a place in the middle…..






Oh I forgot: Ashton Kutcher gave up his seat because his wife didn’t want him to take any chances with a young family. I think he got those tickets in 2005 - Anyway…..





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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had to go to a funeral today.



It just reminds you that time only goes in one direction and now your parents and mentors are leaving the population. Today was a family friend and at one time my boss, he is interesting doing stuff like being the head of sport for his country at the 72 Munich Olympics. Personally met Indira Gandhi and was invited personally to mass with Pope John Paul II, etc., etc, and on and on. He introduced me to the business world after I got out of university and those lessons learned are still with me today!



But time waits for no one. Soon all of those older than me will be gone and it will all be on me now. It probably is already all on me now come to think about it. That’s a bit distressing right there. Humanity simply can’t develop as far as our technology so either humanity gets replaced, or blown back generations to simpler times for a breather. There is a macabre theory that this could all be done as some calamity while in reality it is a scripted calamity to keep humanity at pace with tech that was once too advanced but now brought back to a manageable level. Of course that theory was mine - but I’m not advocating it. I still believe people are versatile enough to develop with the new tech. If not though - there are options - as unpalatable as they may seem.



And if you think all of the above is too bizarre to fathom, realize that decisions still have to be made about humanity. Maybe burst the tech bubble that stifles tech of R&D cash to give humanity time to to close the gap in runaway technology. Pull back that curtain of giants of industry and you may find a small unassuming person working the controls instead.



Nah - must be pure fantasy…..




Goodnight…..





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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A sobering Saturday…..








As I finish off our application for a session at the World Bank; the real show will be giving the Secretary General the new Global Social Contract he wanted as stated in 2020! This will probably happen at next year’s Commission for Social Development, but we shall see how it goes.



Unlike the other stuff we did as of 2016, this was a request by the Secretary General himself and as an obligation of my own moral imperative, and as a duty as an NGO in Consultative Status with the United Nations (that is why we are there), it is our duty to deliver this fully fleshed out new Global Social Contract to the Secretary General of the UN at the venues that matter. That “is” the main show going forward. I thought it would have ended with the dissemination of the Positive Mandate, but it quickly became a new Global Social Contract. All the money and time seems to have been worth it in the end, and if anything happens to me, my second will have the resources to deliver this “new deal” for humanity to the Secretary General.









It is strange to see this chance I took 18 years ago work out so well. All I can do is offer, but I love how the money and time and effort paid off here.




Goodnight…..






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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man is Saturday depressing.


I took the family down to this mall north of the city and we walked around. Then at home, I watched part of a movie eating a TV dinner and sipping some wine and slept most of Saturday afternoon away. Then I basically finished the application for the World Bank and will tweak it on Sunday. I’ll also finish the in-depth report on online participation at the World bank and submit the application before Monday morning’s deadline. The new week will start with me suing the government for 1.9 billion dollars - fun times ahead as long as I don’t have to pay “costs”. So we shall see.


The depressed feeling is foreboding, as a single guy I should be a free man totally in charge of my life. But - that is not the case, my life is not my own, split between my use internationally and then the remainder of my family. What is left after that is all I have for myself and even that is minuscule. Like Ashton Kutcher giving up his seat on Virgin Galaxtic, that young family of his trumped his personal wishes as something could go wrong. Space flight can’t actually be called safe, but the fatality is still 3 percent so he should be safe. But his wife (Mila Kunis) will only think the worse, and the restrictions just get worse as you get older…..


And that’s why Saturday sucked…..


Oh, one other thing: I have too many suits. Prior to the pandemic I was actually using them. Then while looking for a black suit - for the funeral - I found new suits never worn with the Calvin Klein tags still on them! I should at least take them for a spin down in the financial district and try them out! Yes, two year old suits never worn (but I did alter them) another slice of life - and how my life has changed. And don’t even get me started on the number of ties I have!


Goodnight…..






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