05/24/16 RTIR E-zine: Vietnam and Pakistan, EgyptAir, Preventing Alzheimer’s

May 24, 2016

01. The Pivot, Vietnam and Pakistan
02. EgyptAir and Terrorism
03. Listeria – How to Protect Your Family
04. Dad – The Original Super Hero
05. For Dad’s Day – The Zany Side of Parenting Toddlers
06. What is Ramadan?
07. Politics and Mental Health
08. Is Your Water Clean?
09. Interviewing 101 for New Grads
10. Here Come the Brides
11. Calories Don’t Matter
12. You Can Prevent Alzheimer’s?
13. In Business, think Globally
14. There May Not Be a 45th President
15. Celebrity Designer on Uncomplicated Style

1.==> The Pivot, Vietnam and Pakistan

According to Ivan Eland, “If President Barack Obama’s
visit to Vietnam and the lifting of the arms embargo to
that country represents his “pivot to Asia,” his
simultaneous killing of Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour,
the Taliban leader in Pakistan, and the U.S.-backed
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s announcement of
an assault to free Fallujah in Iraq illustrate why the
pivot has not been realized.” The pivot is an attempt
by the United States to contain China by supporting
countries in East Asia against its rising power and
also to augment U.S. military forces and bases in the
region. Eland says the pivot has never been fully
completed because the United States has been bogged
down needless nation-building wars in the greater
Middle East for a decade and a half. Ivan Eland is a
senior fellow and director of the Center on Peace and
Liberty at the Independent Institute, a non-profit,
non-partisan, research and educational organization.
Contact him at (703) 282-3484 (cell);

2. == > EgyptAir and Terrorism

It’s been days since EgyptAir Flight 804 disappeared
off radar over the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people
aboard, and questions about what happened to the flight
abound, including the possibility it was a terrorist
attack.  Beau Grosscup argues that, regardless of the
cause of the crash, there are a series of problems and
hypocrisies that lead to a totally skewed discussion of
terrorism. “The regular assumption that Iran is the
major sponsor of state terrorism shows that the U.S.
and its Western allies ‘own’ the word terrorism. For
decades they have constructed a politically correct
discourse where U.S. leaders in particular determine
who the terrorists and freedom fighters are and enforce
that distinction in public debate and public policy.”
He says, “The U.S. can ‘Shock and Awe’ (bomb major
cities), ‘double tap’ (intentionally hit rescue teams
with a second missile after its first attack killed and
wounded civilians), or abandon its policy to not bomb
combat areas if there’s a near certainty of harming
civilians, yet the word terrorism is never invoked.”
Beau Grosscup is author of several books including “The
Newest Explosions of Terrorism” and “Strategic Terror:
The Politics and Ethics of Aerial Bombardment.” Contact
him at (530) 899-8035; bgrosscup@csuchico.edu

3. ==> Listeria – How to Protect Your Family

Outbreaks of Listeria, a bacteria that grows well in
cooler temperatures, have caused a frozen food company
to recall close to 360 frozen food products sold under
42 different brand names—and that’s just the latest
recall of popular foods people keep in the fridge.
Brands of sunflower seeds, salad dressings and trail
mix are also recalled due to a separate listeria
contamination. But there are ways to keep yourself
protected from Listeria, even beyond making sure you
are not eating recalled food. According to Dr. James
Hubbard, there’s no need for panic. “There are steps
you can do to prevent it and antibiotics to treat it if
you know the symptoms.” Dr. Hubbard can discuss
listeria contamination along with other food-borne
illnesses and how to keep your family safe from the
food in your fridge. Dr. James Hubbard, aka The
Survival Doctor, teaches easy-to-follow, makeshift ways
to survive disasters and in the wild, and is the author
of several books including “The Survival Doctor’s Guide
to Wounds.” Contact him at (719) 576-2353;

4. ==> Dad – The Original Super Hero

We all need heroes, but more than anyone, kids need
them!  Sometimes we forget that while sports stars and
comic book heroes can be great, dads – for better or
worse – have much more impact and influence on their
kids. Invite Tom Gagliano to share tips to regain or
maintain Dad’s hero status. “Celebrate achievements and
victories by taking your child for an ice cream or
slice of pizza and be curious about your kids’ lives
and ask them how they’re doing and what’s new.  By
being curious we give them the message they are
important and we’re thinking of them.” Tom Gagliano,
MSW, is a mentor, speaker and author. Bullied as a kid,
he now helps others who suffer from negative childhood
messages. He says his goal with his own children is to
give them what his father couldn’t; a safe place to
share their feelings, whatever they might be. Contact
him at (732) 266-4952; gags17285@aol.com

5. ==> For Dad’s Day – The Zany Side of Parenting

They are delightful desperados, lovable scoundrels, and
tiny terrorists. We’re talking about toddlers so
adorable that we give them a pass when they throw
tantrums (and food!), resist potty training, overuse
the word “no” and otherwise turn parents’ lives into
chaos. For Father’s Day, June 19, interview prolific
author, father of three and great-grandfather of a
toddler Howard Eisenberg, whose new book is “Adorable
Scoundrels.” He’ll put a smile on the face of anyone
who has dealt with a toddler as he shares short poems
from his book. Like this one: Can’t find it in Miss
Manner’s Book/ But I have a hunch/ You should leave a
very big tip/ When you take a toddler to lunch.”
Eisenberg and family are kid lit royalty. His late wife
and daughter co-wrote “What to Expect When You are
Expecting,” and “What to Expect in the Toddler Years.”
Eisenberg’s poems have appeared in Parenting Magazine,
Baby Talk, and The Wall Street Journal. Reach him at
(212) 362-8040; sirhowardeisenberg@gmail.com

6. ==> What is Ramadan?

Ramadan begins next month and one quarter of the
world’s population will fast from sunrise to sunset for
an entire month. Invite Sam Mak, an American of Muslim
descent and an experienced diversity and multicultural
trainer and facilitator, to explain the history of
Ramadan and the Five Pillars of Islam, as well as the
myths Americans have of Muslims, and Muslim perceptions
of the United States. Sam is well versed in the history
of the region, politics of competing factions, religion
and culture. She says many people are surprised by how
much there is in common between Islam, Christianity,
and Judaism.  After 9/11, Sam Mak was asked to do a
presentation on Islam for her children’s school. Since
then, she has developed a video series on common
questions about Islam.  She also speaks to community
groups and international organizations about the rights
of Muslim women.  Contact Sam Mak at (303) 719-8656
(VA); sam.mak187@gmail.com

7. ==> Politics and Mental Health

No doubt about it–one’s values and outlook on life can
lead to greater emotional well-being–or cynicism and
unhappiness. There are key differences in philosophy
between Republicans and Democrats on the right way to
conduct one’s life and create optimal conditions for
the majority of people. Which ways of thinking improves
psychological health? Which impede personal growth?
According to psychologist Dr. Paul Coleman,
“Emotionally healthy people meet life’s challenges
head-on with determination and creativity, bounce back
from defeats, extend themselves for others, and view
life as positive and meaningful despite adversity.” In
30 years of practice he’s noticed that the people who
are the most stressed, most unhappy, and whose
relationships get most complicated, must change their
outlook and approach to life in key ways. Which changes
are more aligned with a Democrat or Republican
philosophy? Have your listeners take the quiz and
decide! Paul Coleman, Ph.D., is the author of 12 books
including “Finding Peace When Your Heart Is in Pieces”
Contact him at (845) 546-1206

8. ==> Is Your Water Clean?

Water contamination crises in Flint, Michigan, Hoosick
Falls, New York, and other locations have brought to
light the issue of clean drinking water. In addition,
some areas face water shortages. Environmental engineer
Dr. Ellen Moyer says, “Many of us take water for
granted, expecting to turn a faucet handle and have
unlimited, clean water come pouring out. In many
respects, we’ve neglected our water infrastructure and
today face problems with both water quality and water
quantity.” Moyer will discuss these issues as well as
solutions so that your family can have cleaner and
safer drinking water. Moyer is a regular contributor to
The Huffington Post and her latest book, titled Our
Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Have Fun
Creating a Sustainable World, will be available later
this year. Contact her at (413) 862-3452;

9. ==> Interviewing 101 for New Grads

The celebrations are over, now it’s time for new grads
to start looking for a job. The good news is that there
are reports the job market is improving, the bad news
is that many new grads lack interview skills. “One of
the most important conversations you will ever have in
your lifetime is the job interview conversation,” says
Debbie Silverman, a human behavior specialist. From
body language to using the right verbiage, Silverman
says, “The words we use in a conversation and how we
understand the silent conversation—facial expressions,
body language—is the difference between dreaming about
what you want and actually getting it, in a job
interview and in life!”  She’ll discuss how five simple
steps will give you an unfair advantage in the job
market and explain the difference between showing up to
interview and showing up to win! Debbie Silverman is a
human behavior specialist, NLP practitioner and the
author of “It’s Just a Conversation – What to Say and
How to Say It in Business.”  Contact her at (954)
610-1403; debbie@consumer-perspective.com

10. ==> Here Come the Brides

It’s time to talk about everything wedding related,
including the perfect wedding gown. Rani St. Pucchi,
creator of the world-renowned St. Pucchi Fashion Design
House in West Hollywood will discuss the growing trend
toward risqué wedding gowns and why nude is the new
white for brides. She’ll share tips for finding the
best gown for your body type and discuss veils, colored
wedding gowns and tiaras. Despite having no formal
training in fashion, Rani St. Pucchi is famous for
designing the wedding dress worn by “Phoebe” on the
finale of the hit television show Friends. Rani is the
author of several upcoming books including “Unveiling:
A Celebrity Fashion Designer’s Story.” Contact her at
310-990-3912; rani@ranistpucchi.com

11. ==> Calories Don’t Matter
Ever wonder why some people eat very little, try hard
to lose weight and fail while other people eat a lot,
hardly exercise and don’t gain anything?  Invite
nutritional wellness expert Belldon Colme to put to
rest the myth that calories matter when it comes to
weight loss. Colme says, “The evidence is all around
you; the calories in food do not matter, but the proper
balance of food types does. What makes the difference
is the balance of nutrient-dense foods that work for
you, for your own unique body.” He’ll explain why
eating less and exercising more is a prescription for
failure, why “eating healthy” and “healthy eating” are
not the same, and how processed foods weaken your
immune system. Colme’s interest in nutrition, fitness
and wellness was sparked when, at 280 pounds, he found
himself unconscious on his kitchen floor. Certain that
he was headed for a heart attack, Colme lost 105 pounds
and dedicated his life to helping others achieve
wellness. “No One Ever Got Fat from Calories: The Real
Truth About Weight Loss, Your Body and Wellness” is his
first book.  Contact him at (909) 363-6566;

12. ==> You Can Prevent Alzheimer’s?

More than 5 million Americans are currently living with
the memory-robbing disease known as Alzheimer’s.
Moreover, their numbers are expected to reach nearly 14
million by 2050. But what if there were a new
breakthrough in alternative medicine that could prevent
this dreaded disease? And what if no one were telling
us about it? There is such a therapy and you can
interview one of the pioneers. According to Michael
Morgan, his research is showing strong evidence of the
promise of Craniosacral Therapy in the treatment of at-
risk people and those in the early to mid-stages of
dementia. He’ll explain what Craniosacral Therapy is
(it’s also being used by NFL players, and children with
autism) and ways it can increase longevity. Morgan is
the author of “The BodyEnergy Longevity Prescription:
How CranioSacral Therapy Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s and
Dementia While Improving the Quality of Your Life.”
Reach him at (312) 543-4719; media@bodyenergy.net

13. ==> In Business, think Globally

Consultant, trainer and workshop leader Barbara Weaver
Smith says millions—and possibly billions—of dollars
are being lost when sales leaders focus on selling to
the local offices of giant corporations instead of
viewing them as a global account. “So much of sales and
advice and training is superficial,” she says. “It
focuses on your own product and your own sales.
However, when you are doing large account sales, they
are so complex you just have to know so much more about
your customers and their business than you think.”
Weaver Smith, whose clients do business with such
global companies as Verizon, McDonald’s, Capital One
and Bayer, can discuss 4 strategies for global sales
success, why members of sales teams need to be
specialists and generalist, and how businesses are
morphing and why sales professionals need to know where
buyers are going. Barbara Weaver Smith, Ph.D., is
founder and CEO of The Whale Hunters®, a consulting
business that teaches small and midsize companies to
rapidly increase their revenue through bigger sales to
bigger customers. She’s the author of “Whale Hunting
with Global Accounts: Four Critical Sales Strategies to
Win Global Customers.” Contact her at (480) 584-4012;

14. ==> There May Not Be a 45th President

Robert Baynes has been watching the debt and currency
situation here in the US for several years with great
concern. He realized that anyone using simple math
could tell that our debt is unsustainable. As an
entrepreneur for over 30 years, he says he can sense
the changes that are affecting our future better than
the average person. He says, “Much like the recent
movie The Big Short, very few people want to see what
is coming. The government won’t tell people how serious
our debt situation actually is. In all actuality, the
total liabilities of the US Government are more than
the total net worth of all US citizens. The national
debt cannot and will not get paid. Our leaders will
kick the can down the road until it comes crashing
down. Then we will be facing martial law.” Baynes is
the author of “The Day the Dollar Died.” Contact him at
(260) 273-6925; robertvbaynes@gmail.com

15. ==> Celebrity Designer on Uncomplicated Style
Happiness is an inside job, yet it’s not something that
can be bought by fancy furniture or expensive
interiors. After twenty-five years of designing for the
likes of the ‘real’ housewives, former interior
designer Deeia Topp left a lucrative career to help
teach people that there is more to life than vanity and
excess. “This may seem crazy, but designing your life
is easier than designing your living space. Why?
Because all it takes is being mindful, daily, of your
intention to lead a less complicated life.” Deeia will
share some of the crazy client stories that led her to
switch careers and discuss three easy ways to find calm
amid a chaotic world. Deeia is an inspirational and
motivational speaker who helps teach people that life
doesn’t have to be as complicated as we make it. She is
the author of “Complicated by Design,” a delightfully
dishy peek behind the draperies of Greenwich’s Botoxed
elite. Contact her at (941) 350 -5716;

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