06/23/16 RTIR E-zine: Heat Wave, Retirement Planning, Women in Politics

June 23, 2016

01. Banner Year for Third Parties?
02. Questions Linger in Orlando Massacre
03. Let’s Talk LeBron
04. How to Survive a Killer Heat Wave
05. Fun Summer Show – Ketchup on Hot Dogs?
06. Women in Politics – US Ranks 97th in World
07. Retirement Planning is Not a DIY Project
08. Let’s Talk Wedding Dresses
09. 5-Star Honeymoon on a 3-Star Budget
10. Cool NASA Show – 1,000+ New Planets!
11. Take on Aging Like a Sport
12. How Our ‘Inner Terrorists’ Influence World Events
13. Never Forget – World War II Survival Story
14. Mindful Strategies for Leadership and Living
15. Immigrant’s Story of Family, Culture and Betrayal


1. ==> Banner Year for Third Parties?

CNN sponsored a “Town Hall” with the Libertarian Party
ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld last night.
According to Darcy Richardson, “As Hillary Clinton and
Donald Trump continue to register unusually high
negatives in what is clearly shaping up as a classic
duopoly battle between the despised, the country’s
nationally-organized third parties have a genuine
opportunity to be more than a minor footnote in the
2016 presidential election.” He adds, “Most pundits —
those who have been consistently wrong throughout this
entire topsy-turvy election cycle — believe that
former two-term New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the
Libertarian Party’s nominee, will most likely be the
chief beneficiary of the widespread discontent with the
two major-party candidates.” Darcy Richardson is author
of “Others”, a four volume series on U.S. third
parties. His most recent book is “Bernie: A Lifelong
Crusade Against Wall Street and Wealth.” Contact him at
(904) 428-9281 (cell); (904) 442-6254 or

2. ==> Questions Linger in Orlando Massacre

Details of last weekend’s deadly Orlando shooting
continue to unfold but questions remain about his
whereabouts earlier that night, his reason for the
attack, and whether he was a member of any particular
terrorist group. Vijay Prashad says, “What’s
interesting about this particular killer is that not
only, of course, was he deeply disturbed in many ways,
including … [being] a man with great homophobia. Not
only do we know all this, but his views regarding,
let’s say, what the Clinton and Trump campaigns call
“’radical Islamic terrorism’” seems rather incoherent.
At some times he apparently said he was a member of
Hezbollah, which is the Lebanon-based militia group,
largely a Shia group. At the other moment he says that
he is sympathetic to somebody with Al-Qaeda, the next
minute with the Islamic State.” Prashad is professor of
international studies at Trinity College in
Connecticut. He is the author of twenty books including
“The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab
Revolution.” Contact him at (413) 336-6004;
Vijay.Prashad@trincoll.edu, @vijayprashad

3. ==> Let’s Talk LeBron

LeBron James completed the second season of his return
to Cleveland by leading the Cavaliers to an NBA title.
He was voted unanimous MVP of the finals with an
effective field goal percentage of 53.3. He became the
third player to record a triple-double in Game 7 of the
Finals, joining Jerry West in 1969 and James Worthy in
’88. Invite Richard Sheubrooks to talk about the NBA
finals and LeBron from an insider perspective. He’ll

“There is no question that LeBron James has earned the
respect of the basketball world by delivering on his
promise.  He was a child prodigy and has continued to
carry that better throughout his career.” Richard
Sheubrooks is a former NBA scouting director and
marketing executive with NIKE. He’s worked with
legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, Jerry West and
Michael Jordan. He’s the author of “The Greatest Story
Never Told,” and the upcoming book “The Assist,”
inspired by Michael Jordan and Dean Smith. Contact him
at (980) 230-3070; richsheu23@gmail.com

4. ==> How to Survive a Killer Heat Wave

You might not consider a heat wave a natural disaster,
but it most certainly is. Heat waves can cause mass
casualties, as they did in Europe when 70,000 died of
exposure (not in the Middle Ages, but in 2003). India,
Pakistan, and other underdeveloped tropical countries
experience thousands of heat-related deaths yearly.
Invite Dr. Jim Roach, a leading integrative
practitioner, to share heat wave safety tips that could
save your life. He’ll discuss the difference between
heat stroke and heat exhaustion, and how hyperthermia
can kill even a very fit person, very quickly. Jim
Roach, MD, 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 Dr. Roach at (859)
846-4453 (office);  jproach@aol.com

5. ==> Fun Summer Show – Ketchup on Hot Dogs?

Need to fill some down time this summer with a fun, but
surprisingly controversial subject? Everyone has
opinions of proper hot dog toppings and July’s
“National Hot Dog Month” serves as a timely tie-in. Get
ready to hear from Shark Tank alumni and the “Queen of
Condiments,” Julie Busha, who turned a head of cabbage
into a million-dollar idea. She’ll talk about proper
hot dog eating etiquette, the crazy new “haute dogs” at
baseball stadiums and what celebs and experts say about
eating ketchup on a hot dog. Does it wreck the wiener
or is that just food fascism? Have your listeners
introduce themselves with their favorite topping and
weigh in. As a bonus, hosts can do a blindfold tasting
of the newest hot dog topper to hit the market… one
that may just put traditional toppers in the trash.
Contact Julie Busha at (704) 879-4411;

6. ==> 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.

7. ==> 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;

8. ==> Let’s Talk Wedding Dresses

It’s wedding season and brides and grooms are getting
ready to walk down the aisle. Talk about wedding
fashion with Rani St. Pucchi, creator of the world-
renowned St. Pucchi Fashion Design House in West
Hollywood. She’ll 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

9. ==> 5-Star Honeymoon on a 3-Star Budget

84 percent of newlyweds confess they’d skimp on their
wedding to have a fancier honeymoon. With the average
wedding costing 30K, who can afford a luxury trip?
Ultra-economical travel expert Russell Hannon will show
you how to take that dream honeymoon – without skimping
on the wedding, and without breaking the bank. Hannon
will discuss wedding trends, how to use crowd funding
and travel registries to pay for your honeymoon, and
creative ways to leverage the cost of your wedding to
fund your trip. Russell Hannon is the founder of Break
the Travel Barrier and author of “Stop Dreaming…
Start Traveling: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling More
and Spending Less.” Once feeling unable to afford to
travel, Russell applied lean principles he learned at
work to travel more and spend less. He has since
visited many of the world’s most expensive cities for
less than his every day cost of living. Contact him at
(403) 354-0349; russell@breakthetravelbarrier.com

10. ==> Cool NASA Show – 1,000+ New Planets!

Astronomers working with data from the Kepler space
telescope have announced the verification of a stunning
1,284 new exoplanets, worlds orbiting other stars.
Invite NASA expert Rod Pyle to discuss the find, and
what that means. “These are the 99% probable out of
4,300 candidates. More will probably be vetted. About
550 could be terrestrial, or somewhat like Earth. Most
of these are close to their parent star, because with
their faster orbits they are easier to spot. Longer
orbits like Earth’s take much more observing time. Not
bad for a crippled mission on its last legs.” 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;

11. ==> Take on Aging Like a Sport

Boomers will be turning 65 at a rate of between 8-
and10-thousand per day and our older population is
expected to almost double in 2050. Are we ready?
Sharkie Zartman, a former All American volleyball
athlete and professor of health offers a novel,
athletic approach to the challenges of aging—take on
aging as a sport. She suggests a new paradigm in
viewing aging as a challenge and privilege instead of
an inevitable period of decline. Viewing the common
symptoms and conditions as opposing competitors is an
empowered approach that any athlete or sports fan can
identify with and use an effective game play to take
charge of their lives instead of letting age strip away
their quality of life. She can discuss the mind-body
connection, why we need to change our attitudes about
aging, training principles, how to clean up our diets,
why we need to exercise every day, and more.  She’ll
motivate your audience to get off the bench, put on
their helmets, and get into the game. Sharkie Zartman
is the author of five books, including “Take on Aging
as a Sport; The Athletic Approach to Aging” Contact her
at (310) 4150-0190; sharkiezartman@yahoo.com

12. ==> How Our ‘Inner Terrorists’ Influence World

According to Susan Trammell, we may all be responsible
for terrorist acts. But, she also says, that also means
we can play a part in ending it.  “The answer to how to
rid our world of violence resides within each and every
one of us; and that at a collective level we can raise
the consciousness of our planet and its inhabitants so
we no longer need to experience the horrors we so often
do.” Invite Susan to discuss how one person can make a
difference, why we all need to examine our own
conscious beliefs and thoughts and determine what in
our lives we hate, condemn, and judge negatively. A
self-proclaimed 21st century alchemist, Susan will
demonstrate how to transform your consciousness from
something less to something greater. Combining
spirituality, psychology, science, and even a little
“magic,” she will help your listeners discover and live
an authentic, fulfilling, and meaningful life – from
the inside out. Contact her at (404) 376 – 9852;

13. ==> Never Forget – World War II Survival Story

It’s been 70 years since the end of World War II and
many of today’s younger generation know little of the
conflict. Invite Anneros Valensi, a 78-year-old
survivor of the war, to tell her story of living under
Russian occupancy in 1946 with her mother and four
siblings, when she was just seven. It’s a story of war,
but also of overcoming the insecurity and fear everyone
feels after harrowing circumstances in life. Valensi is
the author of “Where is Home: How a Childhood in East
Germany during World War II Shaped my Life.” Contact
Anneros Valensi at (718) 549-1407;

14. ==> Mindful Strategies for Leadership and Living

Everyone’s heard of mindfulness. It’s recommended for
everything from stress reduction to peak performance
and overall good health. But what is it? Kate Sciandra,
a mindfulness expert and author, will explain how
anyone – and everyone – can become more mindful and
reap the many benefits of learning to quiet the mind
including better relationships, communication and
productivity. Sound too ‘woo woo’? Kate makes the
subject accessible, applicable and practical! Who
doesn’t want to be more present, calm and
compassionate? Whether it’s sports, at the office, or
at home with family, Kate says mindfulness can help
create a peaceful atmosphere where people actually like
to be with one another! Kate Sciandra is the author of
“The Mindfulness Habit.” Contact her at (612) 202-5583;

15. ==> Immigrant’s Story of Family, Culture and

When Victorine Ngangu discovered that a photographer
and one of her friends had forged her signature so they
could sell her photos to a major U.S. company, she was
outraged. Without her knowledge and consent, 144 of her
photographs were sold. Ngangu was never paid and did
not receive an apology from the photographer, her
friend or the company. In 2012, Ngangu filed a case
with local police to bring them to justice but received
no satisfaction. This wasn’t the first time a member of
her family from the Kingdom of Congo had been cheated.
Convinced that people of certain ethnicity are often
victims of such practices, Ngangu wants to share her
family’s tales in the hope that awareness will put an
end to such discriminatory practices. Victorine Ngangu
is the author of “In the Heart of Our Souls” containing
the stories of her Congo ancestors, and “Eyes of
Africa,” an examination of the politics, poverty and
corruption in Zaire. She is president of Help Children
of Africa, a charity she established to provide food
and clothes for orphans and street children. Contact
her at (424) 394-2959; victoria1box@hotmail.com

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