06/06/17 RTIR E-zine: UK Bombing,Summer Jobs, Kids and Terrorism

June 6, 2017

01. UK Bombing: Blowback from British Collusion with Jihadists
02. Manchester Attack Could have been Prevented
03. The Cluelessness of Trump’s Travel Ban Tweets
04. Mr. Trump: Stop Tweeting, Go Back to Bed
05. ‘Daddy’s Girls’ become Successful Women
06. Fatherhood is for the Birds (but it’s a Good Thing)
07. When Honoring Dad is Difficult
08. Simple Test Could Save Dad’s Life
09. Bring Your Dog to Work Day!
10. Time for a Family Reunion this Summer?
11. Summer Jobs May Not Be Best for Teens
12. How to Talk to Kids about Terrorism
13. Trump’s Erratic Behavior: Are Statins to Blame?
14. What’s an Emotional Support Dog?
15. Build Your Own Country – Seasteading

1. ==> UK Bombing: Blowback from British Collusion with Jihadists

Independent, London-based investigative reporter,
Nafeez Ahmed says, “The evidence suggests that the
barbaric Manchester bombing, which killed 22 innocent
people on May 22, is a case of blowback on British
citizens arising at least partly from the overt and
covert actions of British governments.” He adds, “In
Libya, U.S. and UK-led intervention destroyed the
functioning state and created a vacuum allowing
hardline Islamist fighters to consolidate their
foothold in the country. This paved the way for the
empowerment of ISIS. The direct line between Libyan and
Syrian Islamist rebels fueled jihadism in both
countries. Both David Cameron, then Prime Minister, and
Theresa May — who was Home Secretary in 2011 when
Libyan radicals were encouraged to fight Qadafi —
clearly have serious questions to answer.” Nafeez
Ahmed’s books include “A User’s Guide to the Crisis of
Civilization.” He is ‘System Shift’ columnist at VICE
and just co-wrote the piece “The Manchester Bombing:
Blowback from British state collusion with jihadists
abroad” with author Mark Curtis. Contact him (in
London) at iprdoffice@gmail.com, @NafeezAhmed

2. ==> Manchester Attack Could have been Prevented

In the aftermath of the horrific attack on the Ariana
Grande concert in Manchester, news filtered out that
the perpetrator was known to the authorities. As with
the recent attacks in the US and Europe, the attacker,
Salman Abedi, had already been reported by the local
Muslim community who saw that he was becoming
radicalized. For Gwen Griffith-Dickson, this incident
demonstrates current weaknesses in American and
European counter-terrorist strategy, but also points
the way forward. “We cannot rely on the government or
police alone to keep us safe from political violence.
There are things that ordinary people can do to help
prevent terrorism that police can’t.” Invite her on to
discuss what makes people carry out these attacks, why
they slip through the net of the authorities, and what
we can do to stop future attacks. Griffith-Dickson is a
visiting professor at King’s College London and founded
the Lokahi Foundation, a charity that prevented a
terrorist attack. She oversaw the creation of Britain’s
Deradicalisation Programme and is the author of
“Bleedback” and the upcoming book, “Seven Ways to
Prevent Terrorism.” Contact her at ggd@lokahi.org.uk or
via Skype at gwen.griffith.dickson.

3. ==> The Cluelessness of Trump’s Travel Ban Tweets

Donald Trump’s tweets in the wake of the London
massacre Saturday night have become the subject of much
speculation. Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe
says they show how Trump doesn’t get how judicial
process works. “The issue before the Supreme Court
isn’t whether the thing is a travel ‘ban’ or a travel
‘pause,’ but whether it’s a barely disguised form of
religious discrimination, one targeting believers in
Islam (even though, of course, not all such believers).
Part of what Trump tweeted over the past day or so does
indeed bear on that issue.” He adds, “Trump exposed the
anti-Islam sentiment underlying his travel ban by the
very way he reacted to the London attack: He claimed
the attack proved the need for his ban, even though we
knew nothing at the time about which nations the
attackers were originally from or whether they had ever
even visited any of the six countries named in the
ban.” Laurence Tribe is the Carl M. Loeb University
professor and professor of constitutional law at
Harvard Law School. Contact him at (617) 495-1767;
tribe@law.harvard.edu or @Tribelaw and @ShadowingTrump
and @ShallTakeCare.

4. ==> Mr. Trump: Stop Tweeting, Go Back to Bed

It’s no secret that President Trump prefers tweeting
over talking to the public — particularly when nearly
everyone else in the country is fast asleep. Dr.
Richard Friedman says there’s a pattern. “A quick look
at Mr. Trump’s Twitter archive shows that some of his
angriest and most flamboyant accusations are issued
early in the morning. Not that he would listen, but
someone on his staff should tell him that the early
morning is not his friend.” Then there’s the issue of
Trump saying he sleeps just 3-4 hours a night. “Whether
the president actually gets as little sleep as he
claims is open to question. But if true, it certainly
isn’t helping with his famously irascible behavior and
impulsive decision-making style.” Dr. Richard Friedman
is a professor of clinical psychiatry and the director
of the psychopharmacology clinic at Weill Cornell
Medical College in New York. He’s an expert in the
neurobiology and treatment of mood and anxiety
disorders and has done research in depression. He’s
written for the New York Times, The New England Journal
of Medicine, The American Journal of Psychiatry and The
Journal of the American Medical Association. Contact
him at (212) 746-5775; rafriedm@med.cornell.edu

5. ==> ‘Daddy’s Girls’ become Successful Women

Connie Rankin set out to interview nine women who had
overcome tremendous odds to be successful. She expected
their stories would be varied, but she didn’t
anticipate how large a role the women’s fathers had
played in the strong women they had become. She says,
“Fathers are crucial to their children’s emotional
well-being because children base their foundational
ideas about how to relate to others and what to
consider acceptable and loving in future relationships
on this primary relationship.” Learn how Oprah
Winfrey’s father nurtured her reading habit and
provided calm in her chaotic life, the life challenge
Laotian girl Keo Chan accepted from her father that
shaped her life, and other stories of how a dad’s
influence matters. A nationally recognized leader in
female empowerment and sought-after media guest, Connie
Rankin is the author of “God Gave Us Wings: A Journey
to Success: Theirs, Mine, and Yours.” Contact Megan
Salch at (713) 864-1344, ext. 1;

6. ==> Fatherhood is for the Birds (but it’s a Good

As Father’s Day approaches, it’s time to thank Dad for
the important role he plays in family leadership, and
that means giving him props for helping the family fly
in formation while providing lift for each and every
member. Geese, swans and ducks do the same for their
families, points out leadership expert Jackie Freedman.
A frequent talk show guest with a terrific sense of
humor, Freedman says the bird analogy applies in many
ways to leadership at home and in the workplace. “Dads
do a difficult job—the lead position is the most
challenging to fly in. When Dad is leading, he has to
trust that the rest of the family is pulling their own
weight by doing their homework, cleaning their rooms,
etc.” Jackie Freedman has worked with a wide variety of
businesses including Merck & Co., ShopRite, Dun &
Bradstreet and J.P. Morgan. She’s the author of
“Updraft: The Aerodynamics of Great Leadership.”
Contact her at (908) 996-1003;

7. ==> When Honoring Dad is Difficult

No one gets to choose their parents but certain
holidays, like Father’s Day, make it especially
difficult for some children to honor their dads the way
society expects them to. Carol-Ann Hamilton, whose late
father was demanding, knows the guilt and conflicting
emotions some adult children will face on Father’s Day.
The author of “Coping with Un-cope-able Parents: Loving
Action for Eldercare” advises such children to refuse
to accept society’s messages about how to treat a
father, especially if that dad was physically, mentally
or emotionally abusive. She’ll share tips for
approaching the holiday without feeling guilty, ways to
make the day more enjoyable for everyone, and how to
deal with issues that arise even after your parent is
gone. Carol-Ann Hamilton spent 25 years as an
organizational development consultant in Fortune 500
and entrepreneurial settings and has written several
books on business and personal growth topics. An only
child with a demanding, inflexible, formerly alcoholic
father, she spent three years caring for him until his
death at age 89 in 2012. Contact her at (905)
822-2503; carolann@carolannhamilton.com

8. ==> Simple Test Could Save Dad’s Life

Sudden first-time heart attacks claim the lives of many
men with no apparent risk factors. Men who have healthy
cholesterol levels, normal blood pressure, active lives
and no family history of heart disease may still be at
risk, points out Victoria Dupuy. Victoria’s husband
Dean died in 2013 at 46 of a heart attack even though
he was a runner and had been proclaimed in excellent
health during a routine physical just a few months
before his sudden death. In time for National Men’s
Health Month in June and Father’s Day, Victoria wants
to tell your audience about a simple, noninvasive,
affordable test that detects heart disease in its
earliest, most treatable stage. It’s called a Coronary
Artery Calcium Scan (CACS) and it detects calcium
buildup in arteries. She’ll explain why your physician
is unlikely to suggest you have this test, how to
demand that he or she order it for you or even how to
arrange for the man in your life to have the test as a
Father’s Day present that could keep him around for
many extra years. Victoria heads the nonprofit No More
Broken Hearts, whose mission is to promote awareness of
the CACS. Reach her at (408) 981-1744 or

9. ==> Bring Your Dog to Work Day!

June 23 is the 18th annual Bring Your Dog to Work Day,
a day in which corporate America is encouraged to
officially go to the dogs. Carlyn Montes De Oca, an
author, animal advocate and human health expert, argues
that you should bring your dog to work every day! She
says, “From a business perspective, they create happier
workplaces, helping with employee retention!” Invite
her to discuss the healing properties of dogs and the
many reasons why they belong in the workplace. “Dogs
encourage people to talk face-to-face instead of
through emails or phone calls, and they’re natural
stress busters. Just stroking a dog’s fur lowers
people’s blood pressure!” Carlyn Montes De Oca is an
author, speaker, acupuncturist and plant-based
nutritional consultant in private practice near San
Francisco. She’s the author of “Dog as My Doctor, Cat
as My Nurse: An Animal Lover’s Guide to a Healthy,
Happy & Extraordinary Life.” Contact her at (415)
306-1853; cmdo@animalhumanhealth.com

10. ==> Time for a Family Reunion this Summer?

Half of all family reunions take place in the summer
when children are out of school; weather conditions are
less restrictive; and people are more willing to travel
to meet up with cousins, uncles, aunts and assorted
other relatives they may see infrequently, if at all,
according to the travel booking website
GroupTravel.org. Event planner Lynn Fuhler is a big fan
of family reunions. “If they’re done right, they can
bridge the geographical and emotional distance in
today’s mobile society.” She adds, “Thanks to online
surveys and online invitations, pulling off a well-
received family reunion is now easier than ever!”
Invite Lynn and learn how long you should plan in
advance, great places to hold reunions for families of
all ages, and how to delegate tasks so you’re not doing
all the work! Lynn Fuhler is the former tourism
director of Clearwater Beach, Fla., and former chairman
of the largest free jazz festival in the Southeast. She
is the author of “Secrets to Successful Events: How to
Organize, Promote and Manage Exceptional Events and
Festivals,” which has been used as a college textbook.
Contact her at (336) 499-6372; contact-

11. ==> Summer Jobs May Not Be Best for Teens

Got a kid who is headed to college in the fall … or a
rising high school junior or senior? If so, you should
know that how they spend the summer could impact them
for the rest of their lives for better or worse.
Interview Andro Donovan to learn why teens nearing
college age should focus on being in the moment—and who
they really are and want to be—instead of engaging in a
whirlwind of activities or even making money. The
author of “Motivate Yourself: Get the Life You Want,
Find Purpose and Achieve Fulfilment” will explain what
parents can do to help their teens avoid wasting time
and tuition money by choosing the wrong major and
encourage them to zero in on the values they hold
dearest—which will make them happy. Andro is a
leadership development specialist known for her life-
changing retreats that take place around the world.
Contact her at +4407711238410; andro@trend.co.uk;
andro@androdonovan.com; Skype: andro.donovan1

12. ==> How to Talk to Kids about Terrorism

With reports of terrorist activity making headlines
everywhere and plastering our television, computer and
phone screens, it is becoming more and more difficult
to shield our children from the carnage and fear that
is filtering into our cultural psyche. How should we
best handle the conversation with our children about
the reality of terrorism without making them overly
fearful? Invite Tom Gagliano to discuss how to talk
with kids about the issue. He says, “With limited life
experience, your child doesn’t have the experience or
tools to process and understand the why or how of
terrorist activity and motivation the way you do. Ask
them how they feel and listen without judging or
denying their feelings, whatever they may be.” Gagliano
says you can’t shield kids from life’s ugly realities
but you can try and limit their exposure to the gory
details and be honest and open with them. He’ll discuss
ways to help kids make safe choices yet still live life
without being fearful. Tom Gagliano, MSW, is a mentor,
speaker and the author of several books including
“Don’t Put Your Crap in Your Kid’s Diaper.” Contact him
at (732) 266-4952; gags17285@aol.com

13. ==> Trump’s Erratic Behavior: Are Statins to Blame?

According to Dr. Jim Roach, President Trump’s
disclosure of highly classified information is
consistent with, and can be fully explained by, his use
of statin cholesterol medicine (disclosed when he
revealed his health information before the election).
He says, “Much of Trump’s behavior could be explained
by the early stage of dementia, which has many causes
from genetics, to B12 deficiency, to excess lead or
mercury, to testosterone deficiency (statin cholesterol
medicine lowers testosterone 20% in my male patients),
to “Grain Brain.” Dr. Roach says statins are the most
common cause of dementia/cognitive impairment in his
office and that according to a published study, 75% of
people on statins have cognitive impairment. The good
news is that it’s reversible 90% of the time when the
statin is stopped. Jim Roach, MD, 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 His latest book, “Vital
Strategies in Cancer,” will be released this fall.
Contact him at (859) 846-4453 (office); jproach@aol.com

14. ==> What’s an Emotional Support Dog?

You may have heard about therapy and emotional support
dogs, but what are they exactly and is there a
difference between the two? Invite Lisa Overcash to
discuss these special healing pets. You’ll learn the
difference between therapy dogs and emotional support
dogs, how dogs are trained and how to legally get an
emotional support dog. Lisa will also share stories of
her own emotional support dog, a Yorkie named Promise.
“We adopted her soon after I was diagnosed with
multiple sclerosis. When I’m sick and forced to stay in
bed, our little ball of fur never leaves my side. She
is also a certified therapy dog and shares her love and
tenderness with many people at hospitals, assisted
living care facilities, schools and churches.” Lisa
Overcash is a wellness coach and author of “My Fur-Ever
Family.” Contact her at (919) 308-8889;

15. ==> Build Your Own Country – Seasteading

More and more Americans are dissatisfied with their
government. So why not innovate and create a self-
governing country that caters to your values and
lifestyle? Nearly half the earth’s surface is a blue
frontier over which no country holds sovereignty, and
startup cities that float permanently in international
waters will soon be economically feasible as
construction materials get cheaper, greener and
printable in 3D form. These will be homesteads on the
high seas — or seasteads. Invite Joe Quirk, president
of The Seasteading Institute, to talk about the idea,
who is embracing it, and why. Blue Frontiers is a for-
profit spinoff from The Seasteading Institute with
plans to provide fresh jurisdictions on floating
sustainable islands designed to adapt organically to
sea level change. These will be privately financed and
built by local maritime construction firms employing
the latest in sustainable blue tech. He says, “We’ve
already raised our seed round of investments to perform
research and secure legislation, so get ready for the
next wave of nations.” Quirk is co-author of
“Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the
Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and
Liberate Humanity from Politicians.” Contact him at
press@seasteading.org or @ joequirkexults

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