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Maurice Ali



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We just finished the town hall meeting with the President of the World Bank.







Now I have to rush out and run some errands but a full recap with screen caps to show you what this thing was like as this type of engagement may be gone post-pandemic…..







It’s not what I thought it would be like the other meeting with the IMF but full disclosure later today…..
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As promised I will get into that meeting with the President of the World Bank David Malpass.







This year it’s all virtual and that means that many people from the Third World usually shut out more than others could have more participation and ask questions. So having asked my question to the Managing Director of the IMF last week, I decided to leave the questioning going forward to those who are most impacted by World Bank and it’s policies.








Sure enough Covid 19 vaccine procurement through CoVax and purchasing were top priority and some guy in Canada already double vaccinated and looking for two more shots to make travel easier isn’t a good look to be competing for questions at this venue!








So the questions began mostly from the Third World, places like Ghana and such. They also talked about climate change and poverty and education in the Third World - that type of vibe.







As you can see in the screen shots, this meeting was conducted through Zoom and not Cisco Webx like at the UN and WTO. You could ask a question ahead of time by email and during the meeting through Zoom!







The strange part this time is that the World Bank President also had an appointment with a VIP and had to leave after 30 minutes and transitioned questions to other high ranking members in attendance, but he appeared again in his limo to answer more questions enroute. So he gets points for availability even as he responded to questions in a car…..








And that was about it. My primary function was as a journalist and advocate for IAIJ, a journalist who could also step in and ask questions as a CSO which puts me in a unique position at these events. So all in all a great experience!




Then next one is next week at a round table with all the Executive Directors of the World Bank and that should also be interesting…..




Goodnight…
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wednesday is car and home renovations day…..



I started the day by changing the oil to 0w20 full synthetic as the heads run quieter during startup as the temperature goes down. The battery gives me no problems but at over four years I may do the pre-emotive strike and replace it for the winter. The tires still have tread but I may replace them with all-seasons that are better in the snow.



The rails at my dads place are up and solid as a rock with that new stud locator that actually works. I’ll finish up mounting the rest of the hardware tonight and then it’s just staining and sealing.







Captain Kirk goes up into space: My 88 year old dad was interested in this! Yes 90 year old William Shatner blasted off into space and came back alive. I figured they would have to carry him out of the capsule but no - the dude was spry after the flight - impressive and also his comments afterward. He’s another “Dorian Grey” guy with no dementia or Alzheimer’s going on.



Wednesday is not over but already it’s a productive day…..




Goodnight…..





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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2021 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A really late one today but a very productive day…..



I stained the railings at my dad’s house and then I bought a new battery for the Mustang and replaced it. I’ll spend one moment for some of you who may run into a problem I had.




The battery is under the wiper blade on the passenger side of the car!




It turns out the Mustang (being a sports car) puts the battery up near the windshield in this plastic tub that is barely larger than the battery. Then the tub is covered by this rubber cover. So you remove the cover by removing these rinky-dink plastic expanding screws and then remove the terminals and remove the battery hold-down wedge. That battery weighs like 59 pounds and there is no strap to pull it out of there! Common problem but I got a thin worn out belt that could slid into the slots where the straps should have been and lift it out that way. You then leave it like that until the new battery is in there and keep the belt as a strap to get it back to the store for you core charge return. Just go with your a belt and when you plop the battery on the counter you remove the belt and put it on your jeans (in other words you go there without a belt holding up your pants) - done!



I was on a roll, so I mowed the front yard as it was going to rain from Friday to Sunday. Then I tried for the quadruple play and went to replace the wipers with winter blades I got for free with the oil change - and would you know it - it had every connector except for the one I needed! I should have known better; but other than that the day was productive.



Friday has me sealing up the stained wood and cruising through the weekend.




Goodnight….





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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2021 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friday was just chilling.



I got a email survey from IMF Connect about the AGM. I Found it funny that it officially ends on Sunday but we get the survey on Thursday. Oh, and Prince Charles took part in another session on climate change. Like I said a few months ago, you can get access to royalty through their personal advocacy and if they jive to your ideas that will only help you going forward. Lots of royalty in intergovernmental advocacy…..









Anyway I still have that round table on Tuesday with the Board of Directors of the World Bank and then it ends for me. So the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank in less than the few weeks!




What else?




I thought the wiper blade fiasco was user error on my part - but no - the adapters were not included for my car so the free wiper blades were a bust and I got rid of them.




I flashed Ubuntu Touch to the internal memory of my iPhone and made that the default OS. Then I flashed the dedicated official OS (Manjero ARM Plasma Mkbile) to an SD card and threw that in there. With that done the phone is now completely set up! I should also tell you that Pine64 is coming out with the Pinephone Pro model hopefully next spring. It will look the same but with better hardware, more ram, better cameras and a bump in internal storage from 32gig to 128gig. That should happen next spring but realistically figure a year to upgrade and will cost 399USD.




This was probably planned as getting a community together with an expensive phone is daunting but easy if the phone is cheap. So with things humming along with the cheaper phones, you now upgrade to a premium phone with most of the OS code already written - smart strategy…..





For Saturday I pay some bills and preen myself up for Monday.





Goodnight…..
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2021 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the local mall (Fairview Mall) it sure looks like they are setting up for some concert!







Just a sign of the times and the first decent live event I’ve seen taking place in two years - two years…..








Actually this is what I was talking about but I pulled back so I’m a bit interested in what happens here. I checked and it’s happening in a few hours:


Measha’s Gospel Brunch - Measha Brueggergosman Canada’s most beloved soprano, joins Luminato:


“Measha Brueggergosman, Canada’s most beloved soprano, joins Luminato for Measha’s Gospel Brunch, a Sunday morning gospel concert held in the parking lot closest to entrance 5 (by TD) at CF Fairview Mall that will lift your spirits and revive your soul.

Drawing from her personal journey of discovery into her roots as a fifth-generation descendant of emancipated enslaved people, Measha Brueggergosman brings to life gospel music’s hymns of freedom, resilience, and celebration of spirit.

Measha will be joined by Aaron Davis (keyboards), Rob Piltch (guitar), George Koller (bass), John Johnson (winds), and special guests Divine Brown, Dr. Draw, and Mike Schram.

Measha’s Gospel Brunch promises to bring us all together in joy, community, and great vibes through the power of your favourite gospel songs.”








So there you go, one of the first real concerts post pandemic. Congrats to the folks who had the balls to put this together at this time as they have more balls than me! But things are happening at FOF. LUCIFARI is making music along with Shane. The Brawlers is getting ready to make their first music video. So maybe - maybe - FOFSTOCK 2 could become a reality…..



In other news…..







After the concert I’ll start rust proofing the car. It just passed 6 months without leaking any rad fluid on the ground. So right now I really haven’t had any problems with the car in over four years that required warrantee work. That makes it the most reliable car I have ever owned. My thanks to the people at Flat Fock Ford for making this fine automobile!



Back to the usual for Monday, I got things done this week and can’t complain…..




Later…..





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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found out more about that concert at Fairview Mall.










First is that it was a not-for-profit corporation that has federal, provincial and municipal sponsorship. Second is that it was not an in-person concert but a drive-in and live stream concert with on-demand later that night after 7:00pm. Tickets were sold per car but I figure there was no more than a hundred cars there at most. You could listen to it with the windows down or by listening to a certain FM station.







So what is it?



I was there before the concert and during and afterward but not the whole event. Major money was involved as even the cameras were broadcast mated to 200,000 dollar box lens rigs for like football games. So practically the state was funding the project and with an ”safe” headliner for the concert. These events are good psychologically for the public as it means we are getting back to normal, but there is no way a small outfit like mine could do this.







The coolest thing though was that the whole stage was a tractor trailer that unfolds into this large stage. Totally portable and no building permit was required as far as I could tell! Hum, I’ll have to look into this in terms of cost. So that was the cool thing I did that day…..



In other news…..



I re-stained the rails at my dad’s place to a darker brown to fit in with the existing railing. Then in a week I seal it in with hard finish and it’s done.



I’m taking stock of my whole life and come up with an exit strategy into retirement. Many years away but you are forced into this when everyone you know is already doing this or have done this already. You can’t start over, your destiny is laid out even though you still have plays to make. The other possibilities have their bridges burned. In a way the lack of possibilities in the future is fatalistically satisfying in a way but my future is still with some possibilities. No possibilities except one means you can plan with certainty and know exactly what the future is. For me you have to keep some options open because you are still a player so you still have this nervousness of a sort of open future which still connects you to the kids. Without that relevancy and open future the two of you would be invisible to each other.



So that is the bizarre side to the life I lead. It keeps you young and if you had no friends or family you would be totally with the kids and pushing to make things better for them. In this realm you will last longer than those in line
positions who eventually retire - but you have more time. But I have responsibilities and more and more it’s a balancing act to do everything. You can still do everything but it’s not as single minded as it was like ten years ago…..








Tomorrow is the round table with the Directors of the World Bank Group.




Goodnight…..





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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





The World Bank / IMF Annual General Meetings are over and I said my goodbyes and even took the survey. A more complete recap of the round table zoom meeting later, but for now I have to rush off and catch up on other things.







Later….
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2021 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The round table was a 90 minute zoom meeting between civil society organizations and the Directors of the World Bank.







This was something new due to the pandemic and many directors noted they had never been in such an event before. This just underscores my formal question to the IMF that such interaction be continued or expanded going forward. The question was not acknowledged or answered (but I’m sure they got it!) as many others but it was submitted formally by email.









Understand that while meetings in Washington are not expensive to me they are to others. For example the next AGM is in Morocco which is expensive for me and prohibitive to others. The zoom call opens up such forums to all CSOs and not just the wealthy few. We shall see what happens but I did my part!








As for the meeting they handled many issues such as financing for Covid 19 vaccines in the third world. Reprisals for CSO whistleblowers. Ensuring World Bank money goes to where it is intended and so on. Quite frankly the meeting was very productive for a global round table!








And IAIJ’s reason for being there was more than validated with the our ability to bring issues of importance because of our unlimited scope of interest and then the important issue of transperancy. So all in all this year’s AGM was most productive given the internet tools used because of the pandemic. We shall see how things go forward with regard to future AGMs.



At home in the FOF world, my attention turns to the post advocacy role of our media corporations. My gang wants them to continue and thrive and that means making money and paying bills. This will be hard going forward but that is reality. I’m not paying to keep this going into retirement, they have to survive on their own. The lucky part is that fixed costs are very low so they don’t go bankrupt or go out of business, they just go dormant until they can find projects. That much I have given my gang going forward……




The Fates



Aside from that life is getting ready for winter. The annual rustproofing of the car needs to be done. I had thought about more snow friendly tires but due to shortages that has been decided for me. I keep getting older and you see it here and there. The Fates may have given me an extra seven years to get things done but you are still aging. That Global Social Contract is now the priority and firstly at the UN where the Secretary General publicly acknowledged he wanted a Global Social Contract and I intend to give it to him! I will try my best to make 8 billion lives happier based on the Positive Mandate for Humanity. BTW: Stepping back - this is just so cool to see develop! We will start with the usual way and if we get shut out I take a more direct approach. This “is” new and interesting stuff - now! You are now in a different realm and truly messing with the machine. One way or another it will play itself out the way the mythical Fates envision. After this is all said and done, life will get boring or maybe things will just keep developing.



Wife, marriage and family life is a full life. What I am doing falls outside of all that and you can’t have both, you can’t have it all…..




Goodnight…..




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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprisingly the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has contacted me - only to propose a dismissal:









Their first contention makes no sense as it’s age discrimination. I could resubmit and fight that. Vaccinations were made as per age and my age got inferior treatment.



The second one has more problems. They don’t say I do not have a case, but that it probably won’t work and they offer up what seems to be some precedents. Buy “jurisdiction” I don’t think they mean federal/provincial but maybe that I would have to take the case to to the courts instead. A court could rule on provincial actions and policy/laws made during the pandemic.



The problem with a court case is the expense of getting a lawyer, then possibly losing and paying court and legal fees. This I won’t do as I’m asking for only four thousand dollars. Small claims opens the door for a charter application, but I never get anywhere with those and I’ve done three so far. However, it’s not looking good at this point. I will keep looking at it but the jurisdiction thing is the problem. The tribunal doesn’t want to bite the hand that feeds them and wants me to just leave and go somewhere else. That’s the long and short of it as I see it now…..




Goodnight…..





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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A late one today as I was varnishing those handrails at my dad’s place.



However I also came a cross some buckets of stiff of mine from the 1980s! I’ll lock though it and see if there is anything salvageable on the answering message tapes and so on. I may as well get them digitized as the tapes become brittle and unplayable. Same with Polaroid photos. They get dark with time and delaminate around the edges. So that’s where I’m at now…..



Later…..
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