06/21/16 RTIR E-zine: Islamophobia, National Parks, Tainted Food

June 21, 2016

01. Hillary’s Foreign Policy is Scarier than Trump’s
02. New Report – 65 Million Refugees
03. Funding Islamophobia in America
04. Women in Politics – US Ranks 97th in World
05. The Real Cause of Orlando Shooting
06. Vacation Like a King, on a Pauper’s Budget
07. Happy 100th Anniversary National Parks!
08. Retirement Planning is Not a DIY Project
09. Tainted Food & Recalls – How to Protect Your Family
10. How to Look & Feel 20 Years Younger
11. Is Alzheimer’s Preventable?
12. Why Muhammad Ali’s Death Wasn’t the Greatest
13. Gordie Howe Lived his Legacy
14. An Inspiring Story of Faith and Hope
15. Listen Like a Dog

1. ==> Hillary’s Foreign Policy is Scarier than Trump’s

Ivan Eland believes the recent mass shooting at an
Orlando nightclub has amplified our need for a long
overdue national conversation about the overall
direction of U.S. foreign policy and our proper role in
the world. With the party nominating conventions just
weeks away, he says now is a good time to start.
“Clinton’s biting attacks on Trump get high marks from
many in the media. Yet, ironically, Trump’s foreign
policy views, if you think about it, are less scary,
even in their implications for possible nuclear war,
than Clinton’s belligerent interventionism—sold as
‘American world leadership.’” He adds, “Donald Trump is
wise to question the United States’ outdated,
inflexible and costly commitment to protect large
numbers of nations around the world. Such formal and
informal alliances are the core of an overextended
American foreign policy that requires having hundreds
of U.S. military bases overseas and conducting
countless—now seemingly perpetual—military campaigns,
such as the wars Clinton supported in the Balkans, Iraq
and Libya, to support this informal American Empire.”
Ivan Eland is 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, @Ivan_Eland

2. ==> New Report – 65 Million Refugees

Marking World Refugee Day yesterday, the U.N.’s refugee
agency released a sobering report: The total number of
displaced people is at its highest ever — surpassing
even post-World War II numbers.
At the end of 2015, 65.3 million — or one out of every
113 people on Earth — was either an asylum-seeker,
internally displaced or a refugee. The report offers
three main reasons for the increase in the rate of
forced displacements, including long-term situations
like the conflict in Afghanistan. Originally from
Kenya, Joseph Oloimooja knows what it’s like to be
displaced because of war. He’ll share the unintended
consequences that occurred when that country sent
troops to protect its border with Somalia. Now a U.S.
citizen, he’ll also explain why foreigners need to be
educated about life in the U.S. before they come here.
Joseph, pastor of Christ the Good Shepherd Episcopal
Church and the manager of spiritual care services at
Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, will
discuss his nine-year journey to citizenship and the
work he does helping other people achieve citizenship.
Reach him at (323) 687-2167; oloimooja@yahoo.com

3. ==> Funding Islamophobia in America

According to a report by the Council on American-
Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Center for Race and
Gender at UC Berkeley, 33 Islamophobic groups had
access to at least $205 million in total revenue
between 2008-2013. The report, titled Confronting Fear,
also documents the negative impact of Islamophobia in
America, including anti-Islam laws recently passed in
10 states. “The 2016 presidential election has
mainstreamed Islamophobia and resulted in a number of
un-constitutional proposals targeting Muslims,”
according to CAIR’s Corey Saylor. Saylor will discuss
other alarming trends including two recent phenomena –
Muslim-free businesses and armed anti-Islam
demonstrations – which raise deep concerns. Saylor is
director of CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat
Islamophobia. Contact him at (202) 384-8857;

4. ==> Women in Politics – US Ranks 97th in World

Hillary Clinton may have broken through the glass
ceiling, but the statistics about women in government
reflect the reality of our current political system.
The United States currently ranks 97th for women’s
representation across the world, after countries like
Rwanda, Bosnia, Cuba and Spain. At the rate the U.S.
now elects women to the House and Senate, it’ll take
105 years for women to be half of the United States
Congress. State offices won’t reach that mark for
another few hundred years. While over 52% of the
population, women are only a quarter of the State
Houses. “At the local level, cities and towns all
across the United States still have no women leading
them,” according to Erin Vilardi, VoteRunLead founder
and CEO, “if we are lucky, they have one. Local
democracy matters. One woman, even in the most powerful
position in the world, needs numbers behind her. And,
we know women are ready to lead at every level.”
VoteRunLead is a national, nonpartisan organization
that encourages women to become leaders in democracy
through training, technology and community. Contact
Vilardi at (609) 290-2864; erin@voterunlead.org.

5. ==> The Real Cause of Orlando Shooting

How do you explain the cause of the horrific Orlando
shooting? There are many opinions, but parenting expert
Emily Slingluff says the answer is both simple, and
complex. “People who choose to kill other people are
not happy with life. Probably because of the influences
on them in their formative years. They’re called
formative for a reason.” Invite Emily to discuss the
importance of raising children who are happy to be
alive instead of confused, insecure and unhappy. “It’s
so easy for a parent to help their child be happy with
life.  Be on your child’s side instead of against him.
Work with your child instead of being a dictator.”
Emily will explain how to replace hard-and-fast rules
and punishment with guidelines and communication. Emily
Slingluff is a pre-school parenting specialist and the
former assistant editor of the Virginian-Pilot. She’s
the author of three parenting books, including her
latest, “Peace.” Contact her at (757) 428.6167

6. ==> Vacation Like a King, on a Pauper’s Budget

According to a new Trip Advisor survey, 1-in-3
travelers expect to pay more to travel this summer.
Whether it’s higher airfare or premium hotel prices,
the added expense can put a strain on anyone’s vacation
budget. But ultra-economical travel expert Russell
Hannon says that doesn’t have to be the case. He’ll
reveal the best time to book summer travel for the
biggest savings, the most expensive mistake travelers
make, and hotel alternatives that can save money
without sacrificing convenience or comfort. Russell has
been featured on CNBC, FOX, America Tonight, CBS,
ShopSmart, CBC, CTV, the National Post and Around the
World Travel TV. He’s also the author of ‘Stop Dreaming
Start Traveling: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling More &
Spending Less.’  Contact him at (403) 354 0349;

7. ==> Happy 100th Anniversary National Parks!

The National Park Service marks its 100th anniversary
this year and Larry Powalisz says this summer is a
great time to pack up the family and explore America’s
parks.  The author of the book series “Exploring Our
National Park Treasures” will share where to go, when
to visit and why. He says, “The crown jewels of the
National Park System are the 59 national parks; but
there are over 400 national seashores, monuments,
historical parks, and others located all over the
United States. They’re inexpensive, educational,
historical, and the spectacular views and vistas can be
life changing. There is no better classroom for
children to learn from or enjoy. This could be the
epitome of family bonding, togetherness and enjoyment!”
Powalisz is a career law enforcement officer. He and
his wife have written several books about the national
parks after visiting a number of them with their own
children. Contact him at (414) 801-8158;

8. ==> Retirement Planning is Not a DIY Project

Last year, when the Federal Reserve Board asked, more
than half of all respondents admitted they were not
confident or just slightly confident when it came to
making the right retirement investment decisions.
Indeed, the Fed’s report expressed alarm at how
unprepared investors might be to make the best possible
choices for themselves without outside assistance.
Rodger Alan Friedman is worried too. He says, “Getting
the retirement equation right is no more a do-it-
yourself exercise than home root-canal kits … The vast
majority of Americans will not thrive in retirement.
That is reserved for people who understand the risks
they face in the later stages of their lives. They
acknowledge that preparation is necessary and they do
the intelligent thing—they seek help.” Invite Friedman
to discuss three steps to take now to get serious about
saving for retirement and why amateurs are not up to
the challenge of maximizing their retirement assets.
Rodger Alan Friedman is a chartered retirement planning
counselor and financial advisor with more than 30
years’ experience in the industry. He is the author of
several books including “Fire Your Retirement Planner:
You! Concise Advice on How to Join the $100,000
Retirement Club.” Contact him at (844) 3MY-PLAN;

9. ==> Tainted Food & Recalls – How to Protect Your

Outbreaks of Listeria, 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;

10. ==> How to Look & Feel 20 Years Younger

When Valerie Youngblood was a young doctor she noticed
that some of her 70-year-old patients looked like they
were 50. She wondered why they were aging much slower
than others. After studying them for decades Youngblood
was able to identify patterns she could follow to age
much slower herself. She says, “I have identified at
least five things you can do every day that cost
absolutely nothing, yet faithfully followed they’ll
lead to the mindset you need for a long, healthy life.
And if you want to live to be 100, the two most
important aspects of your life to concentrate on are
happiness and optimism.”  Youngblood will discuss the
ultimate doable routine for starting your day and why
it’s worth getting up earlier to do it. Valerie
Youngblood, M.D., is an integrative medicine specialist
with emphasis on age management and lifestyle medicine.
She is a speaker, yoga teacher, meditation instructor
and the author of “The Youngblood Code: Proven
Strategies to Optimize Your Health and Longevity by
Bending Time to Your Advantage” Contact her at (888)
673-6336; youngbloodmd@gmail.com.

11. ==> Is Alzheimer’s Preventable?

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

12. ==> Why Muhammad Ali’s Death Wasn’t the Greatest

As the world continues to mourn the passing of Muhammad
Ali and his impact on boxing and civil rights,
emergency physician Kevin Haselhorst says there are
other lessons we can take away from his death. Most of
us are unaware how Ali spent his final days, Haselhorst
notes. Even a great man such as Ali, who suffered for
years from Parkinson’s syndrome, was at the end placed
on a ventilator, after having undergone dialysis. He
was in critical condition, not fair condition as the
press reported. Haselhorst asks: “Were doctors
miscommunicating with his family or just with the
public? Was there a greater misunderstanding of Ali
being near the end and how he might have been cared for
more properly?” Haselhorst says Ali’s death was an
assault on his dignity. He says a palliative care team
would have protected Ali from the brutality displayed
by his gang of aggressive doctors. Haselhorst is the
author of “Wishes to Die for” and has a free PDF
download on End of Life discussions available on his
website. Reach him at (480) 907-6027;

13. ==> Gordie Howe Lived his Legacy

Gordie Howe was special on the ice. But he was
singularly unique in understanding his legacy wouldn’t
start till he stepped OFF the ice.

“Many athletes think their legacy is what they did on
the ice, the field, or the court” says Robb Lucy,
author of ‘Legacies aren’t Just for Dead People!’ “But
Gordie knew it was his ability to stir the hearts of
kids for the game of hockey, and show them they too
could encourage with humor and class off the ice.”
Gordie’s on-ice presence will be remembered for his
goals, 23 All-Star games, playing with his sons at 51
yrs. of age…. and the odd elbow in an opponent’s
“Gordie was an inspiration who connected people with
his values of humor and sharing” says Lucy. “He
energized them to play the game with passion… but
mostly to be a gentle giant outside of the locker
room.” “I think Gordie celebrated more about what he
could do off the ice” said Lucy, “and that’s his real
legacy.” Contact Robb Lucy at (604) 874-7700;

14. ==> An Inspiring Story of Faith and Hope

As a child in rural Mexico, Obdulia Marini faced many
dangers from wild animals and poverty. The greatest
danger, however, was her own family. Mocked by her
siblings, almost abused by her father, taken away from
her mother at seven, living in caves and under trees,
Marini learned early to depend on no one but herself
and God. She attended school a month here and there.
More than once cried she wanted to go to school, like
the other children, but she never had that chance.
Finally, at ten, she attended school for the first
time. Separating from her family at 16, Marini went to
a boarding school, and finally gained her independence.
She continued to work several jobs and served as a
teacher herself. Determined to live in America, Marini
spent all her money on a passport and entered the
United States in 1966 – finally able to pursue her
dreams through her faith in God.   Her inspiring
memoir, “Baby Blue’s Destiny: Part One,” shares in
intimate details her challenges and hard work. Contact
her at mariniluly24@yahoo.com and (619) 573-7093.

15. ==> Listen Like a Dog

Dogs instinctively know not to interrupt us, finish our
sentences, offer unsolicited advice or text us instead
of talking to us. And if we’re smart, asserts best-
selling author Jeff Lazarus, we’ll strive to be more
like them. Citing a Cornell study’s finding that we
have one-third fewer good friends now than we did
before social media came along, Lazarus will share his
leash law violations—mistakes we make when we think we
are communicating—the power of the paws (effective
silence), and why it’s more important to be interested
than interesting. A health science consultant with an
MBA from Pepperdine University, Lazarus taught public
speaking at the university level and conducted numerous
workshops on listening, presentation skills, and
customer engagement. His new book “Listen Like a Dog”
was inspired by his late dog Roamy and is the follow up
to his #1 bestseller, “Dogtology.” Reach him through
Darcie Rowan, (347) 407-0942; Darcie@DarcieRowanPR.com

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