01/10/17 RTIR E-zine: IRS Red Flags, Trump’s Cabinet, Saving the World

January 10, 2017

FR: Lauren Healy and Chris Morabito, Editors, Radio-TV
Interview Report Newsletter
01. Fake News VS Independent Information
02. Trump’s Cabinet – Unqualified Education Secretary?
03. Obamacare – What Happens Next?
04. How to Survive an Airport Mass Shooting
05. Free College?!
06. Amazing Space Stories You’ve Never Heard
07. Top IRS Red Flags for 2017
08. What Really Caused Fisher and Reynolds’ Deaths?
09. New Year Resolutions are for Losers
10. Need Help Adjusting to a Trump Presidency?
11. Expect Protests to Be the New Norm
12. How to Talk to Your Kids about Prejudice
13. Stop People-Pleasing for a Healthier 2017
14. Is Your Childhood Running Your Life?
15. Ways to Save the World in 2017

1. ==> Fake News VS Independent Information

At the end of 2016 the US Senate quietly passed a bill
that will create a new propaganda agency. The new law
mandates the U.S. Secretary of State to collaborate
with the Secretary of Defense, Director of National
Intelligence and other federal agencies to create a
Global Engagement Center ‘to lead, synchronize, and
coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to
recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign
state and non-state propaganda and disinformation
efforts aimed at undermining United States national
security interests.’ The law directs the Center to be
formed in 180 days and to share expertise among
agencies and to ‘coordinate with allied nations.’
Investigative journalist Rick Sterling says, “The new
law is remarkable for a number of reasons, not the
least because it merges a new McCarthyism about
purported dissemination of Russian ‘propaganda’ on the
Internet, with a new Orwellianism by creating a kind of
Ministry of Truth — or Global Engagement Center — to
protect the American people from ‘foreign propaganda
and disinformation.’” Invite Sterling to discuss the
issue of ‘fake news’ and what the new agency will
likely be doing. Sterling is an independent
investigative journalist. He just wrote the piece “The
War Against Alternative Information” for
ConsortiumNews.com. Contact him at rsterling1@gmail.com

2. ==> Trump’s Cabinet – Unqualified Education

Diane Ravitch served as Assistant Secretary of
Education and Counselor to the Secretary of Education
from 1991-1993 under the George H. W. Bush
administration. About Trump’s pick for Education
Secretary, she says, “Betsy DeVos should not be
approved by the Senate committee or confirmed by the
Senate. She has no experience or qualifications for the
job. She is a lobbyist for alternatives to public
schools.” She adds, “DeVos is a billionaire who has
never worked in a public school, never attended a
public school, never sent her own children to public
school. She has lived in a billionaire bubble of
privilege. She has no understanding of the needs of our
nation’s public schools, and she is in fact actively
hostile to them. This is unacceptable. She is
unacceptable.” Ravitch is a research professor of
education at New York University. She is the author of
many books, including “Reign of Error: The Hoax of the
Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s
Public Schools” and “The Death and Life of the Great
American School System: How Testing and Choice Are
Undermining Education.” Contact her at
gardendr@gmail.com, @DianeRavitch

3. ==> Obamacare – What Happens Next?

The Affordable Care Act—Obamacare— is in trouble. It’s
extended health insurance coverage to fewer people than
promised, in many parts of the country, insurers are
abandoning the market due to financial losses, and even
those covered face double digit premium increases and
deductibles that are hundreds of percent higher than
before. Supporters say the problems can be fixed but
critics insist that Obamacare is mortally wounded, and
should be euthanized. Invite Philip Romero and Randy
Miller to help your listeners make sense of the health
policy debate. You’ll hear how health costs have grown
more than twice as fast as incomes, why the health
sector now consumes almost one in five dollars in our
economy, and the blind spots that Democrats and
Republicans each have about health care. Romero is a
finance professor and former business dean at the
University of Oregon, as well as twice chief economist
to the governor of California. Randy Miller is an
insurance and public finance specialist. Their book
“Health Financing Without Deficits: Reform that
Sidesteps Political Gridlock” outlines a new way to
finance health care. Contact Romero at (503) 640-6206;
promero@uoregon.edu or Miller at (541) 510-2042;

4. ==> How to Survive an Airport Mass Shooting

When Esteben Santiago killed five people and wounded
six in a busy baggage area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
Airport last week using a legally-owned gun he carried
in his own checked bag, airport safety became front and
center on the public’s radar. To find out what anyone
can do to minimize the chance of being shot at an
airport in such an incident, interview Chris Bird,
former British Army officer, former San Antonio
Express-News crime reporter and author of “Surviving a
Mass Killer Rampage.” He’ll talk about avoiding ticket
counters and if possible, not checking a bag, and
maintaining situational awareness at all times. He’ll
discuss why airports shouldn’t be “gun-free zones” and
why he prefers driving to flying. Bird says, “It’s just
ridiculous that people should be disarmed and therefore
have to depend on government bureaucrats to keep them
safe. Everyone knows that government bureaucrats have a
terrible record of keeping contraband from getting
through TSA checks.” “Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage”
has been endorsed by a retired Texas Ranger captain and
retired CIA officer. Contact Bird at (210) 308-8191 or

5. ==> Free College?!

There has recently been a lot of buzz about NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo’s free college proposal, but who will
actually benefit? Adrian Ridner, CEO and Co-founder of
Study.com says the idea of providing free college is a
noble one, but to realistically make it happen, we need
to make college less expensive and make the experience
more flexible for students, particularly those who are
juggling school, work and family. Invite Ridner to
discuss how alternative credit can be used to cut the
cost of a degree in half, and in some cases get the
total cost of a Bachelor’s degree under $10k. He can
also talk about a unique free college model being used
in Mountain View, CA that leverages a combination of
discounted course and tuition fees, low-cost
transferrable credit, local workforce development funds
and corporate sponsorships, to make college free for
any resident. Fed up with the high cost of education,
Adrian started Study.com in 2002 with the mission of
making education accessible. Today the company helps
over 25 million students a month, from middle school
through college, with short video-based online courses.
Contact Jennifer McHam at (650) 288-2381;

6. ==> Amazing Space Stories You’ve Never Heard

Rod Pyle is a wealth of NASA knowledge and a fun guest
to talk about everything space-related. Invite him on
your show to discuss current space topics like SpaceX’s
recently announced Big Mars Plans (huge 100 passenger
Mars ships for 2025) or old, little-known topics like
plans from the 1960s that involved atomic spaceships
(yes, powered by atomic bomb explosions!) Rod Pyle has
written several books and produced numerous
documentaries for the History Channel and Discovery
Communications, including the acclaimed Modern Marvels:
Apollo 11. He has lectured at NASA’s Johnson Space
Center, and written for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Caltech, LiveScience, and Space.com. His new book,
“Amazing Stories of the Space Age,” shares zany never-
flown ideas for space missions from the 1940s through
the end of the 20th century. Contact him at (626)
399-4440; rodpyle@yahoo.com

7. ==> Top IRS Red Flags for 2017

With a year comes a new tax filing. And the IRS is back
in full force, looking for scams and tax cheats. Of
course, that’s not you, (or your listeners), but what
will the IRS be looking for this year? Join tax pro
Abby Eisenkraft in a fun discussion about the latest
targets for the IRS. The author of “101 Ways to Stay
Off the IRS Radar,” Abby will help your audience steer
clear of IRS problems. She can also enlighten your
audience on IRS scams so new you’ve never heard of them
and how to stay safe. Frequently quoted by the press,
Abby is one of the leading experts on IRS problems and
how to avoid them. Contact her at (347) 598-0111;

8. ==> What Really Caused Fisher and Reynolds’ Deaths?

Millions of fans were devastated by the recent deaths
of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds.
Zeesham Raza says the mother/daughter passing was
caused by a lifetime of heartbreak and emotional
baggage that reached a tipping point. Moreover, he
says, we can learn from them how to prevent our own
past traumas from turning deadly. Raza will discuss the
traumatic events and unprocessed emotions both women
endured and ways they could have been diffused. He
says, “Reynolds’ childhood feelings of rejection, shame
and worthlessness from being unpopular at school and
impoverished, the betrayal she felt over Eddie Fisher’s
leaving her for Elizabeth Taylor and the humiliation
she experienced from her second husband’s financial
difficulties—all caused her emotional bucket to
overflow when Carrie died.” He’ll also discuss Carrie,
and the impact of her mother’s two divorces as well as
the self-abuse, shame and humiliation she experienced
from her own addiction and failed relationships.
Listeners will learn a technique anyone can use to
release trapped emotions so they won’t lead to disease
and ailments. He’s a healer and author who took charge
of his own emotional health after getting a serious
diagnosis. Reach him at (416) 858-4788;

9. ==> New Year Resolutions are for Losers

Andro Donovan has two words for people who didn’t
decide to join a gym, lose five pounds, eat less
chocolate or be nicer to their in-laws for the new
year: Well done! The author of the new book “Motivate
Yourself: Get the Life You Want, Find Purpose and
Achieve Fulfilment” says, “Resolutions are dramas
waiting to happen. They are expectations that you are
going to fail after your good intentions peter out.”
She says, “What works is a desire or intention to
slightly steer yourself in the direction you want to
go, a gentle steering away from what didn’t work and a
steering into where you want to take your life.” Andro
Donovan is a leadership development specialist. In 1990
she set up the Hemingways Group, a leadership
development and corporate transformation consultancy.
She is best known for her life-changing retreats which
take place around the world. Contact her at
+4407711238410; andro@trend.co.uk;
andro@androdonovan.com; Skype: andro.donovan1

10. ==> Need Help Adjusting to a Trump Presidency?

Many Americans are deeply depressed about the election
of President Donald Trump and worried about the
country’s future. Though understandable, Devadas
Chelvam says the depression and worry makes the
situation even worse. Chelvam says people need to
choose to be happy—right now! “Find a way to love Trump
and the members of his administration unconditionally,
to visualize Americans being reconciled and the country
as peaceful and prosperous.” He says, “Depression and
worry are energy spent to create exactly what is
feared. And that is a rather risky attitude to adopt at
this juncture.” Born in Sri Lanka, Devadas Chelvam
spent nine years as a priest before embarking on a 20-
year career in child protective services in New York
City. He has master’s degrees in theology and sociology
and conducts workshops on the healing power of love.
His latest book is “From Fear to Limitless Love: Your
Path to Finding Self-Worth, Harmony and Bliss.” Contact
him at (610) 882-1032; dc@limitlesslove.net

11. ==> Expect Protests to Be the New Norm

Carol Richardson says, “When the majority popular vote
does not elect a president, and the president-elect has
expressed hate towards large portions of the US
population, protesters are speaking up and will
continue to speak up to express what is needed in a
healthy democracy. America has become an oligarchy
which has exercised a too-often unrecognized tyranny
over American politics.” Richardson, an Interfaith
Minister, says no matter what side of the aisle
Americans choose, most of us have experienced tyranny
financially or politically, and with this divisive
election, protests against perceived tyranny may become
the norm. She adds, “American democracy was founded on
spiritual ideals, and we will only return to a
cooperative, peaceful democracy when we restore these
healthy ideals in American life.” Rev. Carol
Richardson, M.Div., MPH is an Interfaith Intuitive
Healer and Coach in the Washington, DC area, and an
expert in healthy spirituality. She’s the author of
“Mornings with the Masters: Mystical Journeys in a
Postmodern World.” Contact her at 269-365- 8939;

12. ==> How to Talk to Your Kids about Prejudice

Recent events have left many Americans frightened,
angry, and divided. In this day and age, it’s
impossible to shelter our children from the constant
influx of information from the media. Influences from
television, magazines, newspapers, social media and the
internet are so ubiquitous, even the most vigilant
parent may not be able to completely shield their child
from disturbing, adult-appropriate news. So how do
parents talk to their kids about the frightening,
violent, and prejudiced acts flooding our media?
Parenting expert Thomas Gagliano can discuss how to
talk to your kids about the violence and prejudice in
the media and what an age-appropriate discussion should
include. Tom will also touch on whether we should – and
can – limit a child’s exposure to the Internet and
media, and share ways to ensure your children feel safe
and not overly fearful. Tom Gagliano, MSW, is a mentor,
speaker and author. Contact him at (732) 266-4952;

13. ==> Stop People-Pleasing for a Healthier 2017

Want to have less stress, sleep better, get fewer colds
and flus and avoid headaches and heartburn? Doing so
may be as simple as saying no to obligations, chores
and social commitments you agree to just to make other
people happy. Find out why people-pleasers get sick
more often from Dr. Don (MacDonald). He’s a recovering
people-pleaser and chiropractor who realized that many
patients were coming into his office because of stress-
related conditions fueled by their own excess worries
and inability to say no for their own good. Dr. Don
will explain ways moving your body, deciding in advance
what you will and won’t do and defining your purpose
can lead to a healthier and happier New Year. Dr. Don
is the bestselling author of “The Underdog Curse.” He’s
an experienced radio and TV guest who can be reached at
780-983-5102; drdon@shaw.ca

14. ==> Is Your Childhood Running Your Life?

Do you ever wonder why you do the things you do? It may
be because your childhood is hijacking your adult life.
Interview Michelle Nagel, an author and resilient
survivor of child abuse, for a discussion on ways
growing up poor, losing a parent to death or to
divorce, jail or drugs or alcohol or other adverse
childhood experiences may be leading to bad choices on
your part today. She’ll reveal a test you can take to
find out if you have an adverse childhood experience
impacting your life and discover the power that comes
with acknowledging your past. She will discuss some
simple techniques that, if implemented, can change your
life. Over the past 15 years, Nagel, the president of
Soul Shift, Inc., has been guiding clients through the
process of overcoming their traumatic past and finding
internal peace and serenity. Contact her at (541)
414-7811; michelle@isoulshift.com

15. ==> Ways to Save the World in 2017

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you think about some
of the environmental and health challenges facing the
world today. But environmental consultant Ellen Moyer,
Ph.D., says, “Whether we like it or not, or know it or
not, our small actions repeated day after day add up to
huge impacts! Consumers inescapably weigh in on a vast
array of issues every day. We make a difference with
each bite we take.” She’ll discuss how healthy eating
is nearly impossible for many people who simply can’t
afford it because of the unfair advantage. industrial
food production enjoys over organic food production.
She’ll share easy but powerful ways to significantly
improve your health and the health of our environment,
and the best way to use your resources (money and
otherwise) wisely. Dr. Ellen Moyer is a registered
professional engineer with 30 years of environmental
consulting experience. She’s a regular contributor to
The Huffington Post and has presented more than 100
seminars in North America and Europe. Her soon-to-be-
released book is “Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves:
How to Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World.”
Contact her at (413) 862-3452; ellenmoyer@em-green.com

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