PUBLIC ADVOCACY: Time for action

March 31, 2015

Dear followers, as we approach this Holiday season, during this time of reflection and hope, I’d like to ask your opinion.  If you’ve logged onto my word press site or merely followed me around, where do you think I belong on the political spectrum?  Join me in conversation.

Also, I have questions about you , my followers.  Of all the topics discussed, what’s most important to you?   Who are you?  Where do you live?  What’s your age?your gender?
Let’s move from a static community to action!
I’m ready if you are. No more procrastination, it’s  time to  for me to mingle with real people.  Contact or twitter @grandmajsilver.
As always, your responses and likes are important to me.  Time for a dialog and time to get to work!  There is no better tomorrow unless and until we all work together to make it happen.  All the best. Joyce

PUBLIC ADVOCACY: A scrap for the Middle Class

March 25, 2015

me @ 1:29  11/30/14Have you read the news lately?  Obama has just released $10 Million to several States to create good paying jobs to enable food stamp recipients to get off ” the Public trough”.  While that’s admirable, I wonder, why do we become conscious of the waste in this system and not look at the wasted money going to Big Agra , the folks who produce nothing and get the big bucks?  These folks, literally have gotten a free ride on the backs of the poor and middle class,  yet their supportive enabling program is sacred.  Why?   Why do we only shine a light on the poor?  Their misuse of the “food stamp program”, is 1% according to the New York Times.  Yet the poor , not those subsidized by the Middle Class,  are scrutinized as a group and condemned as parasites.

 Parasites indeed!   Why not  Stop the Farm Subsidy dole  and enact more programs to help the Middle Class reclaim their stake in America.  It’s a thought when Politics effects us.  

PUBLIC ADVOCACY: We hear, do we listen?

March 25, 2015

Photo on 3-26-15 at 12.12 PMWe hear but we don’t listen.  Bibi NETANYAHU won an overwhelming majority in the Israeli elections.    Herzog and the left  have an opportunity to become  a vocal opposition.  Bibi stated there would be no Palestinian State until there was peaceful cooperation between their two peoples.  Sounds reasonable to me.  The Arab platforms , vying for Knesset seats, representing 400,000 ARABS and minorities, won big time based on a platform of moderation.  The Arab minority, just like Israel’s left, want to place the Economy first.  They are no longer concerned with bombastic rhetoric, they want jobs and peaceful coexistence.

Call me an optimist, but I see this election as a turning point in internal Israeli affairs.  Finally, all Israelis are involved   No more denial of facts on the ground, everyone has a voice   Israelis want to live in peace with prosperity, but they are concerned about the fighting on their borders.   Three fronts with the potential to erupt into warfare;  that’s the external threat.  Knowing nature abhors a vacuum, it behooves the Israeli people to work together with those in their neighborhood also seeking Peace.   I listened and I heard Bibi and the Israeli people respond.
Our reaction to events in America concern me more then events in Israel.  The Israelis will demand the change they want.  They are not silent.  What about US?    In America,  where our media interprets Policy pronouncements , it’s hard to hear what is said.   When Janet Yellen said interest rates will not rise until the Economy improves, the market reacted. Uncertainty has always ruled the marketplace, but we should listen carefully.  If the economy doesn’t improve, we will not see a significant raise in rates.
Why do we, the American people remain silent?  The prognosis for our Economy is not good.   Why do we remain silent while major corporations,   the “banking Industry” and equity firms get the Lion’s share of our budget and our wealth,  assuring that our Middle Class standard of living declines?
  • We should be fearful that too big to fail has gotten bigger.
  • We should be scared that big business and big Agra get tax breaks and subsidies as young people seek entrepreneurial jobs, because there is no place for them in the corporate world.
  • We should be scared as we continue to subsidize fossil fuels at the expense of clean energy.
  • We should be scared that  $1 trillion in student loan debt exists.
  • We should be scared that credit card debt and car loans may be the next bubble.
It’s time for Us to be involved. Politics effects us. Just like it effects everyone, no matter where they live.
On a lighter note:  Join me this afternoon, as I attempt to use Twitter’s Periscope at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  All the best.  Have a great day everyone!

PUBLIC ADVOCACY: Thank you, dear followers

March 24, 2015
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Hi there”
I’ve just accepted approximately 25 Comments for a response within the next few days. Thank you dear followers for your supportive words of encouragement.

With your help, “the Voice of Joyce”, continues to broadcast our thoughts and wishes for a “better” society, here and abroad. I’m in the process of consolidating my Blog Posts and turning the first 2.5 years into an eBook. Please look for it on the Web. I’ll notify everyone of it’s availability.

Meanwhile, I’ll continue to bring you the news and events that we believe are important. I await your support for “we the People” as we grow as a Community, realizing that “Politics effects Us”.

Are you ready to join me as Citizen Lions, making Social Media and “We the People” a force for change? Let me know! If not now?

Wishing you a brighter day! All the best. Joyce

PUBLIC ADVOCACY: An appeal to ” the other IRAN” 

March 18, 2015
me @ 1:29  11/30/14Say it isn’t so!  I read the Economist last week, the issue dated 3/7-13, The new Nuclear Age, “Why the risks of conflict are rising”.   There was no rejoicing, as I read why AMERICA wants a deal with Iran.  Why it’s pressing for a deal, when we know they are in fact a threat to Israel and our long standing Allies in the Middle East. It’s all about the money and influence.   According to the Economist, American corporations are lining up to do business with Iran.
  • So it’s not diplomacy driving our Country towards any deal with Iran, it’s all about the money, like most of our entrenched ideologies.
I have a question for Iran’s people, who number 80, 000,000 & have spent $100,000,000,000 on Nuclear ” Power”,  Why put your selves at risk?  Why build on seismic faults?  Why sit silently as your leaders build bombs and fight in far off wars, destabilizing the Middle East ?  Because we care about all people, you are forcing us to deal  with a corrupt ruthless regime and we’re going to trust that they’ll behave like good citizens of the World. ( People who are without principles, do not automatically become decent. )  Rather, until and unless, tough “conditions” are imposed on  Iranian regime, the world will continue it’s race toward more nuclear weapons .
We have the tools to strike a good deal with Iran without punishing her people.  Give them the humanitarian aid they desire.  Offer assistance in management of their natural resources and have them meet with all the regions nations in an attempt to achieve a lasting Peace.   We don’t want a proliferation of Armed Nuclear aggressor states, with ruthless militants upholding their laws.  We want a curtailment of aggressor state’s ambitions.
Of 175 Nations surveyed by the UN, Iran ranks 136 th in corruption.  The Military controls all the industry in Iran and the Ayatollah’s control the people.  Why should I care more for the Iranian people then their rulers who have squandered the people’s money on playing Geo Political Power Games?  Funding terrorists and terrorism takes Big Bucks, shouldn’t those in Power in Iran be held accountable ?   It is both convenient and disingenuous of the Ayatollah to blame the West and Israel for Iran’s failures and mismanagement of their resources.  It’s not the sanctions that hamper their prosperity.  The West’s Banks have been penalized for laundering the Iranian regimes money as they seek to circumvent those sanctions.
It’s not too late to change the conversation with Iran.   Strike a humanitarian bargain first.   Then talk seriously about staging the disarmament of Iran’s weapons program.  Figure out what is required for safe nuclear power and dismantle the remaining Plutonium and Uranium enrichment.  Since Russia is no longer a trusted partner in this world, don’t even think about giving the enriched material to them.  The end goal for the entire region should be Peace, not more threats of annihilation and War!
 There must be a third way to resolve these conflicts.  There is, when all decent people  decide their lives count.  Thanks for listening dear reader, Politics effects US and we have a choice.

PUBLIC ADVOCACY: NYUEF ( Entrepreneur’s Festival)

March 17, 2015

Dear Sn. Schumer and Sn. Gillrand: How can you help these young people? Thanks for your response.


Last weekend I attended a forum for Entrepreneurs  at the  NYU Stern School of Business . The Keynote speaker was Jonathan Wolfson, the CEO of Solarzyme, Inc.  His company has been working on algae based energy and bio fuels for 13 yrs.  As part of his strategy, he’s changed his product line to meet the needs of his investors and customers.   Though his first love is alternative clean energy, he has not been licensed in America to produce this product.  Flexibility,  spanning 13 years , has been  the “key” to his success!  The “pay off”,   Goldman Sachs became his investment partner!

Next year he will be opening a Plant in Brazil.  When I asked, ” why not here”, he stated, he could not qualify for American  grants  or funding for his products.   Brazil’s sugar beet farms, will provide the environment he needs for manufacturing his product.  More…

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PUBLIC ADVOVACY: ” Merchants of Doubt” ; Conning “We the People” 

March 16, 2015
Me/from my home this afternoon

Me/from my home this afternoon

First it was cigarettes, then it was fossil fuels and now it’s going to be the Banking industry whitewashing the facts to protect themselves from Regulatory change.  We are dealing with slick con men, donning a look of compassion, while they conceal their true selves behind their

Mask.  The mask has been bought and paid for as they use life coaches and psychologists to frame their message.
I’m afraid and angry at the same time.  We are dealing with industries and industrialists who cooperate with each other to cast doubt on the truth.
According to ” The Merchants of Doubt” , it was known in the 50’s that cigarettes caused heart disease, were addictive and caused lung cancer but the Cigarette lobby persuaded the Public that the science didn’t reflect the truth.  They cast enough doubt on the consequences of cigarette smoking to delay their repeal for 50 yrs.
In 1988′ NASA and NOAA and other esteemed scientific groups sounded the Climate Change alarm.  Climate Change was also well documented and believed by a former climate denier, Bob Inglis of South Carolina.  He  repeatedly stated that organizations like the Cato Institute and other Lobbying groups, hire ” consultants” to cast doubt on Climate Change so those promoting fossil fuels can continue unabated to prosper.  It’s all about the money. It’s always about the money.  Not in the People!s pocket, oh no, this money stays with the large corporations like Exxon Mobil, BP and others.  The sole purpose of creating doubt, is to prevent people from becoming skeptical.  If you believe only your group, or the messages from your group, it assures that the use of coal, oil and shale remains dominant.    The American People have been conned.  As noted by The Guardian, the “Merchants of Doubt” raises questions and 2 climate deniers are trying to “Silence” it’s continued distribution.  We have a voice and we have a choice, when Politics effects US.  Be skeptical!  Debate is democratic!  To  paraphrase Woodrow Wilson, ” a sure way to destroy Democracy, is to repress it”.
“We the People”,  will continue to be conned, if we watch silently as the Banking Industry takes up the next challenge, using psychology, mindfulness and lobbyists to cast doubt on the finding that Banking Greed caused the Financial Collapse of 2008.  They are now creating the spin to cast the blame on the government’s policy of home ownership. The concept of home ownership was perverted by creating an entire industry to benefit from building and selling homes.  In fact, only 5% of the Mortgages sold were fraudulent,  the CDO’s  (Collateralized Debt Obligations),  brought down the Global Economy.   If  ” The Merchants of Doubt” are successful, once again,  the Banker’s will keep their toys and their sandbox and ” we the people” will be poorer.   Like lemmings we will once again buy stocks and create the next ” biggest bubble”?
Wake up people, our tribal impulses are being used against us to benefit the rich and powerful.  If you hate big government, those who want to deceive you, know that and will spin any story you’ll accept.  They have no shame.  Playing to win is ruthless but they will take no prisoners.  It’s their money and your life.  Choose if you can.  Be skeptical.  Dare to think and disagree.  You have everything to lose if you fall prey to the next Biggest Con.  The Banks will win and it will take 40 yrs to dig US out of the financial hole we’ve created.  No good news to report.

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