09/27/16 RTIR E-zine: Presidential Debate, Election Anxiety, Blood Cancer Awareness

September 27, 2016

01. Fact Checking the Presidential Debate
02. Do Debates Matter to Voters?
03. Former CIA Officer – Where’s the Peace Candidate?
04. Clinton & Trump – Low Emotional Intelligence
05. Trump and the Velvet Coup
06. Election Anxiety is Rampant
07. Everything You Need to Know to Cast a Vote
08. Race and Police: Where Black and Blue Intersect
09. Erin Brockovich Chemical in Your Water?
10. The Essential Facts about Zika
11. Critical Health Threat for Millennials and Gen X
12. September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month
13. Jolie/Pitt Divorce – When Parenting Styles Clash
14. Does Time Really Heal All Wounds?
15. New Book from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

1. ==> Fact Checking the Presidential Debate

Presidential debates are a centerpiece of presidential
general elections in the United States, but how do you
know what’s being said is actually true? FactCheck.org
is a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate for
voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and
confusion in U.S. politics. Journalists there monitor
the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S.
political players in the form of TV ads, debates,
speeches, interviews and news releases. Experts can
talk about what was true in last night’s debate, what
was totally wrong, and whether any of it is up for
interpretation. FactCheck.org
is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at
the University of Pennsylvania. To book an interview
with one of their experts contact them at (215)
898-9400; (215) 573-7070 or Editor@FactCheck.org

2. ==> Do Debates Matter to Voters?

The news media often anticipate televised presidential
debates as a national event of great importance — a
kind of Super Bowl of American democracy. But political
scientists have noted that, in contrast to the party
conventions, the general election debates do not
typically have dramatic effects on voters. That said,
political scientist Thomas Holbrook says earlier
debates are more powerful in terms of voters’ learning
about candidates. “The evidence overwhelmingly
indicates that the most important debate, at least in
terms of information acquisition, is the first debate …
The first debate is held at a time when voters have
less information at their disposal and a larger share
of voters are likely to be undecided.” Thomas Holbrook
is a professor of government at the University of
Wisconsin and the author of several books about
political campaigns including “Forecasting U.S.
Presidential Elections.” Contact him at

3. ==> Former CIA Officer – Where’s the Peace

The presidential candidates from the Democratic and
Republican parties are trading aggressive language.
Hillary Clinton states that the U.S. needs to be
“standing up to aggressors,” and we need to “toughen
our defenses,” while Donald Trump is saying “American
strength is the only way to ensure peace. We must
rebuild our military.” But former CIA officer John
Kiriakou says both candidates are missing the boat.
“Our country is in crisis. The quest for peace must be
a part of our presidential election. Instead of arguing
which candidate would be more likely to use drones,
more likely to bomb our enemies, real or perceived, or
more likely to use the stick, rather than the carrot,
we must demand that those candidates commit themselves
to the pursuit of peace both here and abroad. Without
peace, we will continue down the long road toward
anarchy and hatred.” John Kiriakou was honored this
past weekend with the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in
Intelligence. He blew the whistle on CIA torture
revealing the waterboarding of al Qaeda prisoners. He
was sentenced to a 30-month prison term for revealing
classified information. Contact him at
jkiriakou@mac.com, @johnkiriakou

4. ==> Clinton & Trump – Low Emotional Intelligence

A new survey from Multi-Health Systems Inc. (MHS), an
international publisher of scientifically validated
assessments, finds that neither presidential candidate
measures up when it comes to critical leadership
characteristics. The survey asked respondents to rank
candidates’ stress tolerance, problem solving and
perception of reality, with both failing to meet
voter’s expectations of a good leader. MHS CEO Dr.
Steven Stein says, “Whether the president of a company
or the president of the free world, it is important to
not only understand how you are perceived by the people
you lead, but also how you can better connect with
them. When it comes to this election, the data clearly
demonstrates a discrepancy in the attributes voters
look for in their leaders and the current frontrunners.
While we aren’t able to define the candidates’ actual
emotional intelligence, we all know that in an
election, perception is everything.” Multi-Health
Systems Inc. (MHS) developed the Emotional Quotient
Inventory which tracks 15 factors including: emotional
self-Awareness, assertiveness, independence, empathy
and social responsibility. Contact Caitlin Cox at (212)
445-8028; ccox@webershandwick.com

5. ==> Trump and the Velvet Coup

As the November election inches closer, Jill Cody says
the stakes are higher than ever, but many dissatisfied
Americans fail to see what’s actually happening. She
says it all began in 1971 with a manifesto written by
Louis Powell, called the Powell Memorandum; a
confidential memo for the US Chamber of Commerce that
described a road map to defend and further the Chamber
of Commerce’s concept of free enterprise capitalism.
“(Powell) struck terror in the hearts of corporate
CEO’s by telling them if they didn’t get involved in
politics they were complicit in their own destruction.
Corporations and the billionaires who owned them,
fought to stop governmental regulations that would get
in their way of making maximum profits and hired
lobbyists to capture politicians and federal
departments responsible for overseeing their specific
industry.” Cody will explain how Powell’s appointment
to the Supreme Court vaulted the power of corporations
and billionaires over the middle class and started the
country on the path of the ‘Velvet Coup.’ “Billionaires
believe they are the only real citizens of this country
and they view government in their way to exploit
America’s resources and people. As Grover Norquist
famously said, he wanted to see government so small
that it could be drowned in a bathtub. On whose behalf
was he working? If a billionaire becomes president of
the United States, the Velvet Coup will be
accomplished.” Jill Cody has spent the past 30 years in
public service working to inspire change in politics,
the environment, higher education and organizational
development. Her book, “America Abandoned: The Secret
Velvet Coup That Cost Us Our Democracy,” explores the
myriad ways abandonment is unknowingly permeating the
lives of the American public and what “We, the People”
can do to reverse this course. Contact her at

6. ==> Election Anxiety is Rampant

Let’s face it, the stakes are high in this election and
many Americans are fearful, anxious and afraid.
Katherine Sciandra says, “Psychologists, therapists and
counselors are reporting large numbers of people
presenting with high levels of stress and anxiety as
the election approaches. Many other people are having
trouble sleeping, concentrating, and experiencing
physical symptoms that are disrupting their work, their
health, and their ability to function.” She’ll help
your listeners with innovative rules and tools to come
back to the present moment and find peace in this
troubling time. “When we’re stressed we need to give
our bodies a break, quiet our minds, and ground
ourselves. Being a nexus of calm can not only help you,
it can help create an environment that helps everyone
around you. You’ll give your body a break, improve your
focus and even lower your blood pressure.” Sciandra is
a mindfulness expert and the author of “The Mindfulness
Habit: Six Weeks to Creating the Habit of Being
Present”. Contact her at kate@thehealingpresence.com

7. ==> Everything You Need to Know to Cast a Vote

With the election in full swing, millions of undecideds
and current non-voters hold the presidential election
in their hands…. but literally don’t know how to cast a
vote. It’s socially taboo to admit you’ve never
registered to vote and politics is complicated, but
Lisa Fontana believes it’s time to fix that. 42 states
don’t teach civics and over 90-million people have
never voted before. In fact, Lisa didn’t cast her first
vote for anything until she turned 35 years old! Invite
her to create a party-free, friendly, fun zone for
listeners to learn how to register to vote, how to have
a political conversation—or stop one—without bloodshed,
and how to avoid the pitfalls of the polling place. A
former actor and voice-over artist, Lisa Fontana has
extensive media experience. Now a deputy voter
registrar for Illinois, she runs informal ‘Welcome
Party Seminars’ that cover basic civics and election
issues. She wrote “Me, The People” to encourage non-
voters to feel welcome and wanted in politics and their
government. Contact her at (708) 473–6951;

8. ==> Race and Police: Where Black and Blue Intersect

Black Lives Matter and the Thin Blue Line can come
together and real change is possible with help from one
important group of people: police whistleblowers. So
says Washington, D.C.-based attorney, whistleblower and
whistleblowing expert Michael McCray, author of “Race,
Power & Politics.” McCray will explain why, under the
present system, bad cops are considered good and cops
that try to do good by speaking up when colleagues do
wrong, are considered bad, He’ll talk about what it
would take to break through the “blue wall of silence”
and how we can reform our broken court system. McCray
organized the recent Whistleblower Summit for Civil &
Human Rights in D.C., and spoke in Wilmington, in
celebration of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.
Reach him at (870) 543-0024; mccray.michael@gmail.com.

9. ==> Erin Brockovich Chemical in Your Water?

According to a new national report, millions of
Americans’ tap water contains dangerous levels of
chromium-6, the carcinogenic chemical featured in the
movie Erin Brockovich. While the US Environmental
Protection Agency has never set a specific limit for
the chemical in drinking water, the new analysis from
the Environmental Working Group, an independent
advocacy group, found that the tap water of 218 million
Americans contains levels of chromium-6 that the group
considers dangerous. Ph.D. 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. However, a lot can go
wrong with both the quality and quantity of our water
supplies.” 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 third book, titled “Our
Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive While
Creating a Sustainable World,” will be available later
this year. Contact her at (413) 862-3452;

10. ==> The Essential Facts about Zika

The Zika virus, a flu-like virus transmitted by
mosquito bites and sex that can cause severe birth
defects, has quickly spread since the start of the
latest outbreak last year — first in Brazil, and then
through Latin America and elsewhere, eventually
reaching the US this summer. Invite Dr. Jim Roach, a
leading integrative practitioner, to share what the
virus is, who is most at risk, and the best ways to
prevent it. He’ll even discuss anti-viral strategies
and give ideas on how to protect against brain
shrinkage even when Zika-infected. 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

11. ==> Critical Health Threat for Millennials and Gen

The Millennial Generation, today’s largest and youngest
workforce, already represent seven percent of cancer
survivors. The X Generation is contracting cancer at
alarming rates (not smoking or genetics related). After
graduating from law school, Vera Gilford was diagnosed
with cancer and lost a kidney. Her new mission: to
discover how this resulted from what she thought was a
healthy life style. Her research reveals a common
denominator between weight gain and the top five
leading health threats in America, including heart
attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and
cancer. Learn what ingredients you eat every day that
harm your health and how this can be avoided and reduce
weight and healthcare costs. Vera Gilford is the co-
author of “Secrets to Losing Weight & Better Health.”
Contact her at (305) 877-9470; Vera4Speaker@gmail.com
or vera@veragilford.com

12. ==> September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

This year, more than 150-thousand people will be
diagnosed with a form of blood cancer. Leukemia,
lymphoma and myeloma affect the bone marrow, the blood
cells, the lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic
system but symptoms are vague, non-specific and are
often confused for other illnesses, like the flu.
Invite leukemia survivor Don Armstrong to discuss the
symptoms, treatments and his own battle with the
disease. “Battling cancer was a true eye-opener for me
and taught me a great deal about myself, and about life
in general.” Armstrong is an 11-year leukemia survivor
and the author of the soon-to-be released “Finish Your
Race,” about his journey (race) with leukemia and what
he learned along the way. “Prior to my diagnosis, I’d
been wrapped up with the activities of simply trying to
get by from one day to the next. I’d thought of that as
living, when I had no idea what living really meant.
Though I never would have anticipated the outcome as I
sat in my hospital room, cancer changed almost
everything about me for the better.” Contact him at 817
917-5919; DonArmstrongLive.com

13. ==> Jolie/Pitt Divorce – When Parenting Styles

According to several reports, the Brad Pitt/Angelina
Jolie breakup was triggered by a conflict over the kids
and the couple’s differing parenting styles. With their
large, multiracial brood and paparazzi plagued life,
you’d expect the pair to have a challenge raising kids,
but Leeza Steindorf says the issue actually affects
many couples. She says, “Being on the same page–or at
least in the same chapter–with your parenting partner
is essential. Getting there is the challenge. Knowing
your values, goals and non-negotiables, both
individually and mutually, goes a long way in creating
a functional framework to parent from. Not an easy
path, but a doable one, even with differing approaches,
as long as the parents have laid solid groundwork and
the kids know the lay of the land.” Leeza, an expert in
parenting and communication, will explain what that
means in terms of day-to-day interactions with kids and
how things change as kids age. Leeza Steindorf is a
communications and conflict resolution expert,
international consultant and speaker. She’s the author
of “Connected Parent, Empowered Child: Five Keys to
Raising Happy, Confident, Responsible Kids” and “CORE
Success for Schools: The Practical Guide Book for a
Positive School Climate.” Contact her at (541) 550-
0451; Leeza@CoreSuccess.com

14. ==> Does Time Really Heal All Wounds?

How many times after some traumatic experience has a
well-meaning person told you “Time heals all wounds”?
Maybe you’ve even said it yourself. This trite
expression is meant to give comfort, but it actually
does harm, according to Michelle Nagel, author of
“Suffering is Optional: Step Out of Darkness into the
Light.” Invite this well-informed guest on air to
discuss the three main reasons many people have not
received the healing they have wished for, instead
continuing to carry sorrow tucked away in their hearts.
She’ll also share other harmful myths people may
believe about “getting over loss.” During the past 15
years, Nagel, president of Soul Shift, Inc., has been
guiding clients through the process of overcoming their
traumatic past to find peace. Contact her at (541)
414-7811, or michelle@isoulshift.com

15. ==> New Book from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

It’s back and weirder than ever! The new book from
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is now on sale. “Ripley’s
Believe It or Not! Unlock the Weird!” is a yearbook of
the weird; strange stories, amazing achievements, fun
facts and incredible people – brought to you by
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! the authority on all things
unusual. Read about one man who took a break from
reality by spending three days climbing the Swiss Alps
on all fours as a goat! Meet Birdman Ted Richards who
loves his pet parrots – he really, really loves these
birds – so much so that he had his ears removed and his
face and eyeballs tattooed to look like them! Find out
about an Irish festival where competitors take part in
sheep dung spitting. Edward Meyer, a 35-year veteran of
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will take your audience on
a tour of some of the bizarre stories lurking in this
new book. Contact Frank Wolff at (407) 339-0879;

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