01/12/17 RTIR E-zine: Climate Change, Flu Season, Space Stories

January 12, 2017

01. Democrats Playing with Fire with Russia
02. The Trouble with Tillerson
03. Why Trump’s Narcissism Matters
04. Millennial Pop Culture Reporter on Hollywood & Politics
05. ‘The Bake-Out’ – New Educational Cannabis Show
06. Reduce Climate Change Despite Washington Policy
07. How to Survive a Mass Shooting
08. Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Glenn Frankel
09. Top IRS Red Flags for 2017
10. It’s Here! Flu Season!
11. Are Schools Teaching Kids to Stop Thinking?
12. Failed Resolution? So What!
13. Have a Better Brain in 2017
14. What Now? Dealing with Uncertainty
15. Amazing Space Stories You’ve Never Heard

1. ==> Democrats Playing with Fire with Russia

Norman Solomon says Democrats are still stuck on trying
to tie the Kremlin around Donald Trump’s neck, a
strategy that failed during the campaign, and could
have tremendous consequences now. He says, “Top
Democrats would much rather scapegoat Vladimir Putin
than scrutinize how they’ve lost touch with working-
class voters. …The reality is grim, and potentially
catastrophic beyond comprehension. By pushing to
further polarize with the Kremlin, congressional
Democrats are increasing the chances of a military
confrontation with Russia. By teaming up with the likes
of Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham
to exert bipartisan pressure for escalation, Democrats
could help stampede the Trump administration in
reckless directions.” Solomon adds, “This approach is
already underway. It is worse than irresponsible. It is
madness that could lead to a nuclear holocaust.” Norman
Solomon is executive director of the Institute for
Public Accuracy and co-founder of the online activist
group RootsAction.org. Contact him at

2. ==> The Trouble with Tillerson

Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, Rex
Tillerson, was in the hot seat on Wednesday as senators
began his confirmation hearing. The former Exxon chief
faces stiff opposition from both sides of the aisle and
was grilled on Russia, human rights and trade. Antonia
Juhasz, an energy analyst, author and investigative
reporter, recently wrote a profile on Tillerson which
says, “On January 1, Rex Tillerson retired from oil
giant Exxon Mobil after 41 years, the last 10 as CEO
and chairman of the board. When he appears in January
before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to
be considered for U.S. Secretary of State, Exxon Mobil
will be preparing to appear before a jury at the U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia, just
blocks away. There, the company will face allegations
that security forces under its employ engaged in
serious human rights abuses, including murder, torture,
sexual violence, kidnapping, battery, assault, burning,
arbitrary arrest, detention and false imprisonment. The
complaint specifically names Rex Tillerson.” Juhasz is
the author of “The Bush Agenda,” “The Tyranny of Oil”
and “Black Tide.” Contact Antonia Juhasz at
antoniajuhasz@gmail.com; @AntoniaJuhasz

3. ==> Why Trump’s Narcissism Matters

Most psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental
health professionals agree that Donald Trump is a
narcissist, but Rick Patterson says most people don’t
realize that narcissism is actually rooted in self-
contempt and shame. He says, “When we come to
understand that the degree of narcissism one exudes is
frequently inversely proportional to the shame and
self-loathing we carry, we begin to see the extent to
which Donald Trump is possessed by a deep and sincere
concern about his own self-worth. This is further
demonstrated by the need he has to defend himself while
frequently tearing down others in the process.”
Patterson adds, “This is also why Trump is unable to
express remorse or regret or acknowledge any past
‘failures’ as his frail inner world might collapse
around such an admission.” But Patterson says these
attributes are easy to manipulate in someone to your
advantage. He believes Russian President Vladimir Putin
likely knows this as well, as he publicly lauds Trump
because he understands that direct confrontation with
such a person will get you nowhere, but manipulation
through admiration will work. Reverend Dr. Richard R.
Patterson is the author of the upcoming book “Shame:
The Root of All Evil.” Contact him at (269) 217-7987;

4. ==> Millennial Pop Culture Reporter on Hollywood &

While many lauded her speech, actress Meryl Streep is
facing some backlash for her political comments at the
Golden Globes. Apparently, some in Hollywood (and
outside the entertainment world) say they’re tired of
actors and their political pronouncements. Invite
millennial pop culture/political commentator Pavlina
Jain Osta to discuss the topic as well as other
entertainment stories including Jim Carrey’s recent
announcement that he has no interest in doing stand-up
comedy anymore. Pavlina has worked in radio and TV and
has been interviewing stars, athletes and newsmakers
since the age of 11. Contact Mark Goldman at (516)

5. ==> ‘The Bake-Out’ – New Educational Cannabis Show

The Bake-Out is a new, weekly online TV talk show about
today’s controversial world of cannabis. The show
premieres later this month and features former UFC
World Champion Frank Shamrock along with celebrity
nutritionist Robert Ferguson. The pair will answer
questions, dispel stereotypes, and reveal the truth
about cannabis. Invite Frank and Robert to talk about
the show which boasts a guest lineup of professional
athletes, celebrities, law enforcement officials,
physicians, government officials, cannabis activists
and patients. Shamrock is a pioneer in the sport of
mixed martial arts (MMA). Popularly known worldwide as
the first UFC Middleweight Champion and the first
champion to retire with his belt, Shamrock went on to
apply his larger-than-life personality to broadcasting
and international color commentary for the sport of
MMA. He also runs Shamrock Way, a non-profit
organization that serves at-risk youth. Ferguson serves
on the Presidential Task Force on Obesity for the
National Medical Association and is the official
nutritionist for the Soba Recovery Center in Malibu.
Contact Erin Dean at (661) 255-8283;

6. ==> Reduce Climate Change Despite Washington Policy

2016 was the second-hottest year in U.S. history yet
Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees for the EPA and energy
secretary say climate change isn’t real. No wonder
people who care about the environment may be worried
about the future. Ellen Moyer, Ph.D., a 30-year career
environmental consultant, wants Americans to take heart
and understand that the choices they make and how and
where they spend their money can have a tremendous
impact on the world around them. Invite Moyer on your
show to discuss how to reduce the impact your family
makes on climate change with the foods you buy and the
way you heat and cool your home. You’ll also learn what
you can do to keep forests and wildlife healthier,
starting in your backyard and mailbox. 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
new 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

7. ==> How to Survive a 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

8. ==> Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Glenn Frankel

Glenn Frankel is a longtime Washington Post reporter,
editor and bureau chief. His latest project explores
the Hollywood blacklist and the making of the classic
western High Noon. Frankel says the film is known for
the memorable performances by Gary Cooper and Grace
Kelly, but what many people don’t know is that it was
written by Carl Foreman, a former Communist who
intended it to be a parable about the Hollywood
blacklist. He’ll explain how, during filming, Foreman
is forced to testify before the House Committee on Un-
American Activities about his former membership in the
Communist Party. He’ll share stories of some of
Hollywood’s most talented writers and producers and how
they navigated the era of Hollywood’s Red Scare.
Frankel’s new book is “High Noon: The Hollywood
Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic.”
Contact Johanna Ramos-Boyer at (703) 646-5137

9. ==> 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;

10. ==> It’s Here! Flu Season!

Wintertime means colds and flu. This year’s outbreak is
predominantly type A flu. Learn healthy strategies that
can prevent most colds and flu, and minimize symptoms.
What single intervention reduced type A flu 50% in
children? (it wasn’t the vaccine!) His office approach
has been so successful he no longer utilizes flu
vaccine. Jim Roach, MD, is a leading integrative
practitioner who has appeared on numerous radio and TV
programs, is a speaker, consultant, educator,
researcher, and widely sought clinician with patients
from across the country. He is also author of “God’s
House Calls” which discusses spiritual near-death
experiences of his patients and seeks to de-stigmatize
spiritual experiences. Contact Dr. Roach at (859)
846-4453 (office); jproach@aol.com

11. ==> Are Schools Teaching Kids to Stop Thinking?

School used to be a place where students learned how to
use reason and academic skills to solve problems. But
nationally recognized author Tom DeWeese says today’s
Department of Education instructs teachers not to teach
students how to think but what to think. DeWeese says
the classroom has become a place for non-stop
propaganda and behavior modification to impose a
“proper” thought process called “Globally Acceptable
Truth.” DeWeese says the result is today’s generation
of college students who live in constant fear of
microaggression and trigger warnings. Invite DeWeese to
discuss how we got here and what is required to restore
proper education in our schools. Tom DeWeese has been
featured on Fox News’ Follow the Money, Hannity and
Colmes, The Michael Reagan Talk Show and in The New
York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington
Post, and The Washington Times. He’s the author of
“Erase.” Contact him at (540) 341-8911 (VA);

12. ==> Failed Resolution? So What!

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

13. ==> Have a Better Brain in 2017

It’s mid-January and many of your listeners have
already given up on their New Year’s resolutions, but
there’s still plenty of ways to improve your life in
2017. Why not do a show on ways to have a better brain
this year? Dr. Stacey Robinson, a functional medicine
physician, will share ten steps for optimizing your
brain for better memory, better health and a better
chance of avoiding dementia down the road. Dr.
Robinson, author of “Road Map to Health,” will explain
what you should be eating, which daily supplements to
take, why your toothbrush type matters, and what
special blood tests to ask your physician about. She’s
an experienced guest on TV and national radio. Reach
her at (727) 329-8859 (office): md@robinsonmed.com

14. ==> What Now? Dealing with Uncertainty

The one thing everyone can agree on right now is that
the future is TBD…To Be Determined. The question on
everyone’s minds is “now what?” How can we best
navigate through these uncertain times? Brenda
Reynolds can share 5 tips for helping you take control
of a situation that feels out of your control. Whether
it’s the transition our nation faces, your own personal
transition or a change in your business world, she’ll
explain what you can do to find greater clarity and
confidence. Brenda Reynolds is a transitions expert,
consultant, speaker, and founder of BKR Consulting.
She’s worked with clients nationwide and in 2008
applied her expertise to her own challenges when the
economy took a nosedive and so did her life, leaving
her a divorced mom of two. She is author of the
upcoming book, “TBD—To Be Determined, how to Find
Clarity and Confidence in Uncertain Times.” Contact her
at (610) 639-5722; brenda@bkrconsult.com

15. ==> 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

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