01/14/16 RTIR E-zine: SOTU, Medical Mistakes,Groundhog Day

January 14, 2016

01. Arab Activist on Real Middle East History
02. SOTU – Don’t Blame Technology for Inequality
03. Mammo Madness?
04. Rams Headed back to L.A.
05. 25th Anniversary of Desert Storm
06. Clinton’s Coffers
07. Gun Violence is Personal
08. Medical Mistakes Skyrocket
09. Treat Chronic Pain without Drugs
10. Top 5 Travel Destinations for 2016
11. When You’ve Got a ‘Groundhog Day’ Life?
12. Looking for a Pet? Consider a Senior Dog
13. Yoga Meets the Bible
14. The Stars Predict a Revolution
15. What Your Dreams are Trying to Tell You

1. ==> Arab Activist on Real Middle East History

Iyadel El-Baghdadi is an entrepreneur, author, and
activist most noted for his role in facilitating Arab
uprisings. Now based in Norway, where he has received
asylum, El-Baghdadi is currently in Malaysia. His
Twitter account was briefly recently suspended after he
sent out a series of tweets taking issue with Obama’s
about current conflicts “rooted in conflicts that date
back millennia”: He says, “The current dynamic isn’t a
conflict of sectarianism but a willful and cynical
sectarianization of a regional power struggle.” Last
month, El-Baghdadi wrote the piece “Saudi Arabia Is the
Problem and Solution to Extremism” for the New York
Times. Contact him at , iyad.elbaghdadi@gmail.com
(email best); 011-47-482-31-974, @iyad_elbaghdadi

2. ==> SOTU – Don’t Blame Technology for Inequality

In his last televised State of the Union Address this
week, President Obama said the economy has been
changing in profound ways, citing technology as a
reason more and more wealth and income is now
concentrated at the very top. John Schmitt of the
Washington Center for Equitable Growth argues that
technology is not the force behind rising inequality.
“Technological change has been a constant feature of
the economy throughout the entire 20th century, with no
obvious associated increase in wage or income
inequality for much of that period. The largest
increase in wage inequality took place in the few years
between 1979 and 1982, well before personal computers,
let alone the Internet, had transformed workplaces.
And, the pace of growth in wage inequality slowed
somewhat even as computerization spread steadily in the
late 1980s and 1990s.” Schmitt co-authored “Don’t
Blame the Robots” with Heidi Shierholz — who is now
the chief economist at the Labor Department — and
Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy
Institute. Contact Casey Schoeneberger at (202)
299-6752; cschoeneberger@equitablegrowth.org,

3. ==> Mammo Madness?

Earlier this week, the US Preventive Services Task
Force issued final recommendations reaffirming their
controversial position that mammogram screening should
start at age 50. BUT they also said some women may
benefit from screening starting at age 40. What’s a
woman to do? The guidelines are confusing, so when
should you get a mammogram and will your insurance
cover it? Radiologist Dr. George Flinn will discuss why
he believes all women should be screened at age 40. ”As
a medical doctor, husband, father and grandfather, I
don’t want to see patients lose their coverage and even
their lives until further research is conducted to
prove otherwise.” Flinn started an online “Screen at
40” petition. George Flinn, M.D., is a West Tennessee-
based physician with more than 40 years of experience
practicing ultrasound and mammography. He is a fellow
of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and
the American College of Radiology, and a member of the
Society for Study of Breast Disease. He is also the
owner of Flinn Broadcasting, which operates 40 radio
and television stations throughout the country. Contact
him at (501) 941-9322; Jacob@caissaps.com.

4. ==> Rams Headed back to L.A.

The St. Louis Rams are headed to Inglewood, California,
the result of a vote made by the NFL’s owners on
Tuesday. Invite Kate Delaney, The Sports Princess, on
your show to talk about the move, and whether the San
Diego Chargers will join them. “They’ve got until Jan.
16, 2017 to agree to lease terms with the Rams. If the
Chargers decline, the Oakland Raiders, another former
L.A. tenant, will have another year to decide if they
wish to link up with the Rams.” Delaney is a radio/TV
broadcast pro who’s covered 15 Super Bowls, 10 U.S.
Opens, 15 Final Fours, and a plethora of sporting
events. She’s the author of “Invade the Man Cave:
Sports Secrets Guys Don’t Share.” Contact Mark Goldman
at (516) 639-0988; (516) 901-1103.

5. ==> 25th Anniversary of Desert Storm

January 17th is the 25th anniversary of the beginning
of Desert Storm. Invite Ivan Eland to discuss George H.
W. Bush’s first Gulf War against Saddam Hussein. “The
victory appeared to be smashing, as American military
propaganda dazzled the world with footage of the
accurate strikes against Iraqi targets. Saddam’s third-
rate army was blasted in half and had to retreat from
Kuwait, and his air force either was impaired or had to
fly to Iran to escape the reach of the American
superpower. Saddam’s power was broken and he was no
longer an offensive threat to his neighbors.” Eland
says historians are finally beginning to question
whether this short-term victory was really a long-term
triumph.”Perhaps the purveyors of history should also
begin to closely examine whether other hallowed
American wars–such as the Civil War and World War I–
don’t fit the same abysmal narrative. If they did,
maybe public opinion would change about jumping into
wars of choice that have calamitous long-term
implications.” Ivan Eland a senior fellow and director
of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent
Institute. He’s the author of several books including
“Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace,
Prosperity, and Liberty.” Contact him at (703) 282-3484
(cell); ieland@independent.org

6. ==> Clinton’s Coffers

Some might says that one of Hillary Clinton’s remaining
hurdles is convincing Democratic voters that she is not
beholden to Wall Street and other wealthy interests
that have fattened her family’s bank account with tens
of millions of dollars for paid speeches. Chelsea
Gilmour is assistant editor at ConsortiumNews.com and
just wrote the piece The Clintons’ Paid-Speech Bonanza.
She says, “For speeches usually lasting between 30
minutes and one hour, Clinton was paid from $100,000 to
$335,000, an average around $230,000. Many of her paid
speeches were delivered to Wall Street, Big Pharma,
Tech and other industries with interests in influencing
government policies. She adds, “That nearly 38 percent
of Hillary Clinton’s current personal wealth of
approximately $31.3 million was accumulated during the
brief period between her departure from the State
Department and her run for the presidency underscores
the extent to which she is a beneficiary of big-
business’ financial largesse.” Contact her at (703)
819-9195; cgilmour03@gmail.com, @Consortiumnews

7. ==> Gun Violence is Personal

Earlier this month, a tearful Barack Obama said he
would use his executive authority to tighten background
checks and who is licensed to sell guns. While David
Brady applauds the president for taking action, he
doesn’t see it as a game changer. Brady knows what it’s
like to be on the wrong side of gun barrel wielded by
an unstable person. When he was 12, his alcoholic
father tried to shoot him three times with a Remington
Pump Shotgun. The gun jammed. Brady says, “What my
father’s attempted murder did was destroy our family,
and create incredible post-traumatic stress that
propelled me into alcohol and drug abuse as a
teenager.” Brady was able to put self-sabotage behind
him to become a writer and producer of TV and films.
The author of “Transforming Childhood Trauma,” says, “I
am not against guns per se. But I am against anyone,
regardless of their mental or emotional state being
able to purchase one randomly.” Contact him at (613)
484-9675; david@davidbradycommunications.com

8. ==> Medical Mistakes Skyrocket

A recent study found that most people will encounter a
medical mistake or delayed diagnosis in their lifetime,
sometimes with fatal consequences. More than 200,000
people die each year due to medical errors and
researchers at the Institute of Medicine say the
problem is likely to get worse as healthcare becomes
more complex. Dr. Carol Gunn says Americans should be
angry and outraged that medical mistakes are the third
leading cause of death in America! Invite her to share
how medical culture needs to change, what patients must
do if their symptoms are being ignored, and why it’s so
important to share stories of medical errors. Carol
Gunn, M.D., practices medicine in Portland, Oregon.
She’s been speaking out about issues pertaining to
medical errors since the death of her sister Anna who
died last year at a large teaching hospital after her
cardiac symptoms were repeatedly ignored. Contact Dr.
Carol Gunn at (503) 542-0080; CarolGunnMD@hotmail.com

9. ==> Treat Chronic Pain without Drugs

According to a recent study, surgery for chronic pain
conditions performed no better than a placebo. Other
studies show patients who take opioids like OxyContin
and Vicodin for chronic pain have more disability and a
lower quality of life than patients who don’t. Pain
treatment expert and chronic pain survivor Cindy
Perlin, LCSW, says, “That means that most of the $300
billion spent annually for pain treatment in the U.S.
is doing more harm than good!” According to Perlin, the
biggest shame of all is that there are more effective
treatments for pain that doctors aren’t telling
patients about and insurance companies won’t pay for.
She’ll discuss safer alternatives for treating pain and
explain why even Tylenol, aspirin and ibuprofen can be
deadly if not taken as directed. Cindy Perlin is a
licensed clinical social worker, certified biofeedback
practitioner and chronic pain survivor. She’s appeared
on numerous radio programs and is the author of “The
Truth about Chronic Pain Treatment: The Best and Worst
Strategies for Becoming Pain Free.” Contact her at
(518) 439-6431; cperlin@nycap.rr.com

10. ==> Top 5 Travel Destinations for 2016

With a relatively high trading U.S dollar, 2016 is
shaping up to be the best time in years to take a trip
abroad – without spending a fortune! Ultra-economical
travel expert Russell Hannon will share little-known
destinations that have never been easier to access,
surprising spots with the most stunning natural sites,
and the hottest city for travelling right now. Russell
Hannon is a travel expert who has been featured by
Johnny Jet, CNBC, FOX, America Tonight, CTV, ShopSmart,
Yahoo Finance, and Around the World Travel TV. He is
the author of “Stop Dreaming Start Traveling: The
Ultimate Guide to Traveling More and Spending Less.”
Contact him at (403) 354-0349;

12. ==> When You’ve Got a ‘Groundhog Day’ Life

February 2nd is Groundhog Day. Remember the classic
movie of the same name? Anne Jolles says many people
can relate to the film and Bill Murray’s character, a
guy who wakes up each morning and must relive the same
day over and over and over. Like Phil the weatherman,
they grapple with the question: “What would you do if
you were stuck in one place and everything was exactly
the same and nothing that you did mattered?” Jolles, an
award-winning life coach and author, knows just what to
do. She’ll explain how anyone can break the cycle that
makes every day feel like the one before it by asking
five simple questions. Jolles created the Grace Trail
in 2012 to help her cope with the worry of having a son
in combat in Afghanistan. Since then, the concept has
guided thousands to begin a conversation around joy,
hope and resiliency. Plymouth, MA is the site of the
original path, but Grace Trail can be walked anywhere,
from the comfort of your audience’s kitchen to the
office or any outdoor spot. Anne will blend her own
life lessons with the latest research, while sharing
practical, heart-warming advice to walk off worries,
one step at a time. She is the author of “Grace Trail:
Find Your Footing and Move toward the Life You Were
Meant to Live.” Contact her at (781) 878-8589;

12. == > Looking for a Pet? Consider a Senior Dog

People abandon their senior pets for a myriad of
reasons; financial difficulties, health issues, and,
unfortunately, sometimes trivial reasons. When you
think of adding a pet to your family, do you picture a
puppy? Sure, they’re wonderful, but they’re also a lot
of work. Invite veterinarian Dr. Judy Morgan to discuss
why senior pets can be the best pets for adoption or
foster care. She’ll talk about special medical issues
facing older pets, where to find a compatible senior
pet, and how rewarding it can be to adopt an older
animal. Dr. Morgan is CEO of Monkey’s House, a hospice
and senior sanctuary for sick or disabled senior dogs
with no home. Dr. Morgan has been a practicing
veterinarian for more than 30 years. She is the author
of several books and is co-host of a podcast on
holistic pet care. Contact Dr. Morgan at (609)
202-0999; (856)881-7470 or Judy_Leigh_0603@yahoo.com

13. ==> Yoga Meets the Bible

Yoga isn’t just great for your health according to
Sanjay Patel. The former monk of 20 years says ancient
yoga also resolves many biblical controversies! Invite
Sanjay to explain the connections of yoga’s beliefs
with instances in the Bible. “While some scholars argue
over the length of the 7 Days of Creation in the Bible,
ancient yoga provides passages that resolve it. As
commentators argue over the construction of Noah’s ark,
ancient yoga provides passages that clarify it!” Patel
aims to undo the one-sided discussion of science and
religion and expose the whole truth. Patel is the
author of 11 books including “Is God Real: The Stunning
New Convergence of Science and Spirituality.” Contact
him at (713) 517-8812; sanjay700@gmail.com

14. == The Stars Predict a Revolution

As astronomers debate whether or not Pluto is a planet
astrologers have no such doubts. They know that Pluto,
which takes some 248 years to orbit around the Earth,
has a powerful influence and its imminent return is
already bringing big changes to America. According to
career astrologer Azlan White, “As Pluto comes closer
to its American birth-chart position, its power is
increasing! The possibility of war or catharsis
heightens over the next 7 years. At the actual point
when Pluto returns (February 20, 2022) it will mark a
time of possible change in government for the United
States.” White points out that the last time Pluto
travelled there it coincided with the Revolutionary
War. Invite this provocative expert astrologer to
discuss what lies ahead in the national horoscope.
Azlan White has a degree in journalism and is the
author of “StarWeather Whale,” a daily blog where she
shares her unusual and highly-regarded star-wisdom.
Contact her at (303) 444-0823; azlanwhite@gmail.com

15. ==> What Your Dreams are Trying to Tell You

We all dream, but many people either don’t remember
their dreams, or discard them because they seem silly
or don’t make sense. Justine Lasley says everyone
should pay attention to their dreams and use them as a
guide. “Dreams will never take you off course from
being uniquely the person you were born to be.
Sometimes we sleep through the messages of our dreams,
missing out on our inner guide which promotes us to be
authentically unique. We’re born with an inner compass
to lead us to use our talents and abilities to become
all that we can be. Often the world drowns out the
message.” Justina Lasley is founder and director of
the Institute for Dream Studies. She’s the author of
several books on dreams, including “Wake Up to Your
Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and
Health While You Sleep.” She’s appeared on numerous TV
and radio programs and in USA Today and other
publications. Contact her at (843) 991-4414;

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