03/01/16 RTIR E-zine: Syrian War, Celeb Fashion, Apollo 10

March 1, 2016

01. Syrian War Fueled by Propaganda
02. Why Aren’t Blacks ‘Feeling the Bern?’
03. Why We Can’t Get Trump Out of Our Heads
04. Leonardo DiCaprio Means Well, But…
05. Celebrity Fashion Designer/Reality TV Star
06. Flu Spreading Across the Nation
07. Doc Shares Drug-Free Health Tips
08. Is Your Water Safe to Drink?
09. What a Motorcycle Gang Taught Him about Business
10. Why You Need More than a Degree Today
11. Are You Getting the Right Retirement Advice?
12. Popular Dog Breeds – Should You Buy a Purebred?
13. From Successful Business Exec to Student Mentor
14. Did Tech Kill the Peace & Love Movement?
15. Apollo 10 and Mysterious ‘Space Music’

1. ==> Syrian War Fueled by Propaganda

Stephen Kinzer says disinformation about the conflict
in Syria has bled into the American presidential
campaign. “Washington-based reporters tell us that one
potent force in Syria, al-Nusra, is made up of ‘rebels’
or ‘moderates,’ not that it is the local al-Qaeda
franchise. Saudi Arabia is portrayed as aiding freedom
fighters when in fact it is a prime sponsor of ISIS.
Turkey has for years been running a ‘rat line’ for
foreign fighters wanting to join terror groups in
Syria, but because the United States wants to stay on
Turkey’s good side, we hear little about it. Nor are we
often reminded that although we want to support the
secular and battle-hardened Kurds, Turkey wants to kill
them. Everything Russia and Iran do in Syria is
described as negative and destabilizing, simply because
it is they who are doing it — and because that is the
official line in Washington.” Stephen Kinzer is a
senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International
Studies at Brown University. He recently wrote the
piece “The media are misleading the public on Syria.”
Contact him at kinzer.stephen@gmail.com, @stephenkinzer

2. ==> Why Aren’t Blacks ‘Feeling the Bern?’

Kevin Alexander Gray is a longtime South Carolina
political organizer and analyst who has worked on many
political campaigns. He says, “Many are puzzling over
blacks — who are typically the most progressive
element in the Democratic party — backing Hillary
Clinton over Bernie Sanders. In part it’s about
sticking with the devil you know. Many blacks
surrendered any kind of political voice they have
during the Obama years and feel like it’s Hillary’s
turn. And the Clintons have delivered some things: The
last public housing in the south was built in the late
90s.” He adds, “Sanders has been in Congress for 30
years, but hasn’t developed meaningful relationships
with many black elected officials. The way he
approached South Carolina was largely to bring in
outside black, northern intellectuals who are all men.
And Killer Mike — a rapper. Women are 60 percent of
the black electorate here. He has events at the
colleges. This isn’t a serious bottom up strategy to
get to where people in the community really are.”
Gray’s books include “Waiting for Lightning to Strike:
The Fundamentals of Black Politics.” He is co-editor of
the book “Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American
Violence.” Contact him at (803) 261-0230; (803)
779-7741 or kevinagray57@gmail.com, @kevinagray

3. ==> Why We Can’t Get Trump Out of Our Heads

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is the topic of
conversation in countless social interactions these
days. We all know that he’s loud and speaks his mind
and that could be why we can’t get him out of our heads
– right? Maybe, but Debbie Silverman says that’s not
why we find him so engaging. She says, “Donald Trump is
in our heads because he allows us to experience an
untapped feeling.” Silverman says, “The problem other
candidates have is that most are functioning within the
old belief that our political system is business as
usual. With the exception of Bernie Sanders, who is
also tapping into repressed feelings, other candidates
are ho-hum and do not allow real, naked feelings to
surface.” She’ll discuss how business experience will
‘trump’ political savvy in this election, and explain
the big difference between voter apathy and voter
engagement. Debbie Silverman is a human behavior
specialist and the president of Consumer-Perspective
LLC. Contact her at (954) 610-1403; Debbie@Consumer-

4. ==> Leonardo DiCaprio Means Well, But…

Leonardo DiCaprio made a powerful plea while accepting
his Oscar, saying climate change “is the most urgent
threat facing our entire species, and we need to work
collectively together and stop procrastinating.” But
what if greenhouse gases are not the actual cause of
the widely-observed global warming? “There is no need
to procrastinate,” says Dr. Peter Langdon Ward, a
geophysicist who worked 27 years with the US Geological
Survey and spent the last ten years reexamining the
many assumptions underlying greenhouse warming theory.
“The problem now is that climate scientists are so
convinced that greenhouse gas theory is completely
correct and are so tired of fighting off skeptics, that
they refuse to even consider new data and insights
showing that climate models grossly overestimate the
thermal energy absorbed by greenhouse gases and grossly
underestimate the warming caused by depletion of the
ozone layer.” Ward says ozone depletion provides a much
more direct and logical explanation for each of the
major changes in global warming over the past 100 years
and throughout Earth history. Ward is the author of the
new book “What Really Causes Global Warming? Greenhouse
Gases or Ozone Depletion?” Contact him at (307)
733-3664; peward@wyoming.com.

5. ==> Celebrity Fashion Designer/Reality TV Star

Angel Brinks has dressed Hollywood’s hottest stars
including Blac Chyna, Amber Rose, Heidi Montag, Lil’
Kim, Ashanti, Coco Austin and more. She’s also the
latest cast member to join VH1s hit show Basketball
Wives LA. Invite her to dish about the show, celebrity
style trends and must-have items for every closet.
She’ll talk about how she manages running a million
dollar company, what it’s like doing reality TV, and
how she does it all while being a single mom. Angel
recently opened her flagship retail store in the heart
of downtown LA. She’s been featured at NY Fashion Week
and recently appeared as a fashion expert on NBC’s
Today show. Contact Lindsay Feldman at (702) 245-4397;

6. ==> Flu Spreading Across the Nation

Flu activity in the US increased again last week, with
the Southwest as the major hot spot according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In
all, 21 states have reported flu cases in the last
week. Getting a flu shot may be your best protection
but it takes two weeks to be effective. So what else
can you do?  Dr. Jim Roach says everyone should be
proactive in preventing the flu. He’ll share strategies
everyone can utilize that can effectively prevent and
manage respiratory infections and flu. Jim Roach, MD,
is a leading integrative practitioner who has appeared
on numerous radio and TV programs. He’s 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
him at (859) 846-4453 (office); (859) 846-4697or

7. ==> Doc Shares Drug-Free Health Tips

In today’s society, there’s a pill for just about every
ailment and health issue. But Dr. Kathleen Fry says
there are other ways to treat illness and stay healthy
without drugs. Dr. Fry will explain what homeopathy is,
how it ‘s worked for millions of people around the
globe, and how the average person with no medical
training can use it for common ailments like colds,
flu, ear infections and food poisoning. A
conventionally trained medical doctor, Dr. Fry gave up
a lucrative Ob/Gyn practice in Scottsdale, Arizona to
care for her clients using a less toxic, more powerful
form of healing that restores people to health without
pharmaceutical drugs. Dr. Fry had a regular monthly
call in show in Phoenix for more than 10 years. Her
latest book is “”VITALITY! How To Get It and Keep It: A
Homeopath’s Guide to Vibrant Health Without Drugs.”
Contact her at (480) 695-1383; drkathi@drkathifry.com

8. ==> Is Your Water Safe to Drink?

Lead poisoning from the drinking water in Flint,
Michigan has raised awareness to contaminants in
drinking water nationwide.  Invite Sophia Gushee to
discuss how to learn if your water should be filtered,
which filter options are best for your water supply,
and whether bottled water is healthier than tap. She’ll
also share detox tips for the kitchen, home, nursery,
office, and more. A mother of three, Sophia spent eight
years researching her children’s toxic exposures from
common household products. Ultimately, she realized
that just ten key goals are the most high impact ideas
to focus on and most cost little, or nothing. She
refers to these ten goals as her D-Tox Strategy, and
believes that we should consider our toxic exposures as
often as we think about what we eat and how much we
exercise. Sophia Gushee is the author of “A to Z of D-
Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic
Exposures.” Contact her at (917) 208-9842 (NY);

9. ==> What a Motorcycle Gang Taught Him about Business

At the age of 19, Tom Scarda got involved in one of the
most notorious outlaw motorcycles gangs in New York
City. “In retrospect,” he says, “it was simultaneously
one of the best and worst decisions of my life. While
being involved in the gang, I didn’t realize I was
learning valuable lessons that I’d be able to apply
years later in my businesses.” From branding to
recruiting and even having an attitude, Tom says
businesses could learn a lot from the way motorcycle
gangs are run. Fourteen years ago, Scarda quit his job
working for the New York Subway system and Long Island
Railroad to buy a smoothie franchise, which he sold
five years later at a considerable profit. He’s the
author of “Franchise Savvy: 6 Strategies Pros Use to
Pick Top Performing Franchises.”  Contact him at (516)
322–1435; Tom@TomScarda.com

10. ==> Why You Need More than a Degree Today

University students are facing unique challenges today
– rapid economic changes, an evolving job market, and
the need to become the employee employers want to hire
and keep. How can they create the needed adaptability
skills, along with the mobility and fluidity essential
for today’s hires while still in college? Invite Jason
Ma, America’s chief millennial mentor, to discuss the
challenges common to students and Millennials, and
share ways to help them be successful in their careers
– and life. From clarifying direction to becoming more
pragmatically skillful (and street-smart) to finding
quality internships to managing stress, failure and
conflicts and to rising up the ranks, Jason will
address the many issues facing students and young
professionals today. Jason Ma is founder, CEO & chief
mentor of ThreeEQ, Inc., a success coaching and
consulting service for high-end families and companies.
He’s an international speaker and the author of “Young
Leaders 3.0.” Contact him at (408) 823-7768;

11. ==> Are You Getting the Right Retirement Advice?

Where do most people learn about retirement planning?
Most don’t learn it in school, or from our parents, so
in essence, we’re learning on the street! Invite
financial adviser Rodger Alan Friedman on your show to
discuss the reasons many people don’t get the right
kind of retirement advice, and how to build a
relationship with an adviser that will work for your
individual needs. Friedman will talk about the biggest
risk facing retirees today, why being your own
financial adviser is a big mistake, and how to make
sure your relationship with your adviser is a truly
beneficial one for you. Listeners will also get access
to a free 17 page special report on retirement
planning. Rodger Friedman is the author of “Forging
Bonds of Steel.” Contact him toll free at 1-844 -3- my-
plan or 1-844-369-7526 or

12. ==> Popular Dog Breeds – Should You Buy a Purebred?

The American Kennel Club released its latest list of
the most popular dog breeds. Once again, the Labrador
Retriever topped the list, followed by the German
Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Bulldog and Beagle. But,
did you know that the most sought-after breeds can be
found in rescue organizations? The more popular the
breed, the more dogs available. Veterinarian Dr. Judy
Morgan says people buy them for the wrong reasons and
give them up, making them available for those wanting
to adopt. “When the101 Dalmatians movie came out, sales
soared and then many were dumped. The same thing
happened with St. Bernards after the Beethoven movie.”
Dr. Judy can discuss how to choose the right dog, where
to find one, and how to make sure you don’t make the
wrong choice. 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. ==> From Successful Business Exec to Student Mentor

Julia Donnelly has always had a passion for teaching,
but when she was choosing a career her parents steered
her into business so she could make money. So she did,
but she never lost her love for teaching and helping
young adults. “So many college students are without the
resources to help them sort through their personal
conflicts. The same skills I’ve used in project
management are invaluable for identifying the sources
of conflict – the type that often creates mental and
emotional confusion, and clouds our ability to tap into
our hearts, and our real desires, core talents and
abilities.” Invite Julia to discuss how she teaches
students to identify their core strengths and
abilities, how to manage school projects like a
business pro, and realize and release their anxiety
triggers.  Julia Donnelly is a 25 year veteran in
global project managing and consulting. She is the
author of the upcoming book, “Get Productive in a
Multi-Task World, a Student’s Guide to Getting it Done!
“ Contact her at (609) 304-4056 (CT);

14. ==> Did Tech Kill the Peace & Love Movement?

Of the 7 billion people in the world, 6 billion have
access to a cell phone. Text messages in the US
exploded from 14 billion messages in 2000 to 188
billion messages in 2010. Smart phone owners, 18-24
years of age, send and receive four thousand messages
per month, per individual. What is this telling us?
“Interpersonal communication is on a severe decline,”
says Carol Blackman. “Human relationships are
suffering. And, statistically speaking, this problem is
only going to get worse!” Invite Blackman on your show
to discuss how we can create an atmosphere where the
lost art of real personal connections can flourish. A
journalist, Carol studied at San Francisco State
University at the height of the Peace and Love era.
She’ll discuss what lessons we can learn from the 1960s
and how the mantra ‘Do your own thing’ is needed more
than ever in personal relationships and business today.
Carol Blackman is a newspaper reporter, author and
speaker. She is the author of several nonfiction books
including the upcoming “Truth and Love: Finding the
Soul of the Sixties.” Contact her at

15. ==> Apollo 10 and Mysterious ‘Space Music’

Newly declassified audiotapes have revealed that Apollo
10 astronauts heard “outer-space” music as their
spacecraft flew around the far side of the moon in
1969. During the mission, the astronauts were on the
part of the moon furthest from Earth, where no one from
NASA could see or hear them. The astronauts’
conversation was kept under wraps for more than four
decades. Invite NASA expert Rod Pyle to discuss the
‘weird music’ and why, 40 years later, we’re still
intrigued. 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 most recent book is “Curiosity: An
Inside Look at the Mars Rover Mission.” Contact him at
(626) 399-4440; rodpyle@yahoo.com

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