10/24/17 RTIR E-zine: Western Wildfires, Weinstein Whistle Blowers, War Tales

October 24, 2017

01. On Bowe Bergdahl
02. Trump is Tarnishing Military Brass
03. Why Western Wildfires Are Increasing
04. ABC News Journalist Martha Raddatz
05. It’s National Bologna Day!
06. Lessons from Hollywood Sex Scandals
07. Blowing the Whistle on All Weinsteins
08. Firsthand Look at Wine Country Devastation
09. Nearly $40B Stolen from Churches Annually
10. Protect Your Credit After Equifax Hack
11. Expert Help for Holiday Travel Planning
12. Holidays Are Ideal for Starting a Biz
13. Simple Math Secrets for Successful Futures Trading
14. Military Brat Shares Pre-War Vietnam Tales
15. Psychic: Halloween & Spirits

1. ==> On Bowe Bergdahl

Matthew Hoh just wrote the piece “Bowe Bergdahl:
Traitor to American Exceptionalism and White
Supremacy,” which states: “Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s
guilty plea begins the end of this phase of an
embarrassing, sad and morally absurd saga of American
history. Sergeant Bergdahl, who was dismissed from the
Coast Guard because of mental illness, [was] recruited
into the Army in spite of such issues, and then sent to
the frontlines of Afghanistan where he walked away from
his base and was captured, kept as a prisoner, and
tortured by the Taliban for nearly five years, has been
offered almost no compassion, sympathy or forgiveness
by large swaths of the American public, political
classes, veterans and the media. …” Matthew Hoh is a
member of the advisory boards of Expose Facts, Veterans
for Peace and World Beyond War. In 2009 he resigned his
position with the State Department in Afghanistan in
protest of the escalation of the Afghan War by the
Obama Administration. He previously had been in Iraq
with a State Department team and with the U.S. Marines.
He is a senior fellow with the Center for International
Policy. Contact him at matthew_hoh@riseup.net

2. ==> Trump is Tarnishing Military Brass

Military historian and foreign-policy analyst Max Boot
says the President’s ‘generals’ are serving the country
at the expense of the reputation of its armed forces.
“The extent to which U.S. President Donald Trump relies
on retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as his secretary of
defense, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as his White
House chief of staff, and active-duty Army Lt. Gen.
H.R. McMaster as his national security advisor is
unprecedented. The extent to which these generals feel
compelled to lend their stars and their gravitas to
save the president from suffering political damage for
his own screw-ups should disturb anyone who cares about
the future of the American armed forces.” Max Boot is
the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national
security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
His forthcoming book is “The Road Not Taken: Edward
Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam.” Contact
him at @MaxBoot or Maria Ory at (202) 728-7318;

3. ==> Why Western Wildfires Are Increasing

Leroy Westerling says there’s been a one thousand
percent increase in western wildfires in the past
decade, and he attributes that to climate change. “We
have a really diverse set of ecosystems across the
western United States, even within forest areas and
they have different sensitivities to increasing
temperatures and changes in the timing of spring. The
places that have shown the largest increases linked to
those changes in spring timing and warmer temperatures
are places where the forests have historically been
pretty cool and wet. The warming that we’ve experienced
[has] kicked them up into a different regime where they
can burn more often. The dry season in the summer gets
longer when you melt the snow out earlier and you have
more evaporation driving fuel aridity that can increase
fire.” Leroy Westerling is co-director of the Sierra
Nevada Research Institute at the University of
California. Last year he wrote the piece “This year’s
wildfires are bad. Climate change will make future ones
worse” for the Guardian. Contact him at
leroy.westerling@icloud.com; @leroywesterling

4. ==> ABC News Journalist Martha Raddatz

National Geographic will premiere “The Long Road Home,”
an eight-part series on Nov. 7. It’s based on the New
York Times best-selling book by Martha Raddatz and
tells the story of April 4, 2004, when a small platoon
of soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort
Hood, Texas, was ambushed in the Baghdad suburb of Sadr
City — a day that would come to be known in military
annals as “Black Sunday.” Invite Raddatz to discuss the
series, why she wrote the book, and what it was like to
see the story become a scripted series. Martha Raddatz
is ABC News’ chief global affairs correspondent and co-
anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” She
has covered national security, foreign policy and
politics for decades – reporting from the Pentagon, the
State Department, the White House and conflict zones
around the world. Contact Johanna Ramos-Boyer at (703)
646-5137; (703) 400-1099 (cell) or Megan Bonomo at
(703) 646-5188

5. ==> It’s National Bologna Day!

It’s the meat with a first name, beloved by chefs such
as Michael Symon and David Chang and enjoyed around the
country for breakfast, lunch or dinner. “Bologna is an
American classic that links us back to our childhoods,”
says Eric Mittenthal, president of the National Hot Dog
and Sausage Council (NHDSC). “No matter how it is
served, it is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.” Invite him
to share anything and everything about bologna
including how it’s made, the different regional styles,
and even bologna recipes from famous chefs! The NHDSC
is a project of the North American Meat Institute. The
Council serves as an information resource to consumers
and media on questions related to quality, safety,
nutrition and preparation of hot dogs and sausages.
Contact Mittenthal at (202) 587-4238; (404) 808-8396 or
emittenthal@meatinstitute.org, @MeatVP

6. ==> Lessons from Hollywood Sex Scandals

Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Amazon
Studio chief Roy Price. Screenwriter and director James
Toback. Just three of the high-profile men to be hit
with accusations of sexual harassment and assault in
recent weeks. You might have thought the casting couch
was dead and that the powerful men in Hollywood were
cleaning up their acts. But the reality is quite
different, asserts Darla Colinet. Because both men
preyed on women for years, she says, they taught their
victims and society three lessons they will never
forget. Darla will share what those lessons are along
with why it’s time to put all abusers in the hot seat
to find out why they abuse women instead of attacking
the women who come forward. A victim of domestic abuse,
Darla can share her life story and insights she gained
from talking with hundreds of other women who suffered
abuse at the hands of men. Contact her at (970)
631-2529; darla@godstransforminggrace.com

7. ==> Blowing the Whistle on All Weinsteins

Harvey Weinstein got away with sexually harassing young
starlets for years. He continued his behavior even as
his company quietly settled multiple lawsuits. Even NBC
reportedly buried the story. Sadly, there are powerful
men like him in all industries and they are still out
there preying on less powerful women. Meanwhile, women
are often afraid to speak up, fearing that they will
not be believed when they are reporting the bad
behavior of influential men. Leadership expert Andro
Donovan has advice for men and women who want to blow
the whistle on men like Harvey Weinstein who think they
are entitled to sex with whomever they please because
they can make or break someone’s career. Andro is the
author of “Motivate Yourself: Get the Life You Want,
Find Purpose and Achieve Fulfilment,” published by a
subsidiary of Wiley. Contact her at +4407711238410;
andro@trend.co.uk;andro@androdonovan.com Skype:

8. ==> Firsthand Look at Wine Country Devastation

Wildfires in Sonoma and Napa counties in California
have left a brutal path of burned-out homes and
businesses, hitting the wine growing industry hard.
Susie Selby, owner and winemaker at Selby Winery in
Healdsburg in Sonoma, has had a front-row seat ever
since wildfires broke out all around her. Susie can
discuss why she stayed when her community was
voluntarily evacuated, the terror that has taken place
and the heroes that emerged as well as the chaos that
ensued as she and other vintners tried to keep the
grape harvest going. She can also address the economic
impact the devastation is going to have on the area,
the entire wine industry and even perhaps, the effect
on your favorite wine. Susie, who has an MBA from
George Washington University, is one of the few women
to own and operate a winery in the U.S. She has made
wine for Robert Redford, Dan Marino and a former
president. Reach her at (707) 975-0988;

9. ==> Nearly $40B Stolen from Churches Annually

According to the Association of Certified Fraud
Examiners, nonprofits lose an average of 5-7 percent of
their revenues each year to fraud and theft.
Brotherhood Mutual, an insurance company specializing
in serving religious institutions, says that over $39
billion was stolen from churches in 2014, surpassing
the $35 billion churches spent on missionary work in
the same period. Certified public accountant Lisa
London, says the thieves are usually the people you
would least suspect. “Their crimes require motives,
means, and opportunity. Not much can be done about
motives,” London notes, “but churches and nonprofits
can do something about limiting the means and
opportunities!” She’ll discuss how to keep money safe
and employees and volunteers above suspicion and share
valuable tips including always having two people handle
the money, not letting the person in charge of the bank
account also have access to the donor records, and
regularly comparing the financial results to a budget.
Lisa London, CPA, is the author of “The Accountant
Beside You” series of resources which includes “Using
QuickBooks Online for Small Nonprofits and Churches.”
She’s been quoted in U.S. News and World Report and
featured on numerous national and local media outlets.
Contact her at (919) 770-3746;

10. ==> Protect Your Credit After Equifax Hack

Nearly half of Americans may have had their information
stolen in the massive Equifax data breach. Making
matters worse, the hackers had a two-month lead on
consumers trying to protect their credit and personal
information. Invite Patricia Davis, a former corporate
finance and banking executive who manages her own
financial services firm, to share what the hack tells
us about the U.S. credit system and eight steps your
listeners can take now to protect their credit. She’ll
discuss why and how you should lock down your credit
reports, change your passwords and more. Davis holds an
MBA from Stanford, a master’s degree in personal
financial planning from Golden Gate University and a
certificate from Georgetown University’s Stonier
Graduate School of Banking and Finance. She is the
author of the upcoming book “Going Broke Is No Joke.”
Reach her at (301) 249-2261 or

11. ==> Expert Help for Holiday Travel Planning

The holidays are the busiest travel time of the year —
and probably the most stressful. Travel expert Keith
Nowak (from the leading travel website Orbitz) can
offer insider tips on how to save money and save your
sanity! Last year, the number of Americans who
traveled for the holidays reached an all-time high with
more than 103 million people. This year, with
Thanksgiving falling on Nov. 23, earlier than usual, we
may see all new record travel numbers. Keith can
discuss the best days to fly for Thanksgiving,
Christmas and New Year’s Day, the least expensive days
to book flights, the latest trends in holiday travel
such as “family destination holidays,” tips for getting
through airport security as quickly and smoothly as
possible, and tips for traveling with kids. Contact
John Angelo at John@premieretv.com.

12. ==> Holidays Are Ideal for Starting a Biz
Starting a business just as the holidays are gearing up
may seem like a recipe for failure. But according to
business and marketing expert Claudia Newcorn, it can
be the ideal time to get started if your business will
cater to holiday shoppers. Bring her on your program to
learn why you might not want to wait until after the
New Year to start your new venture. She can also offer
five ideas of holiday-based businesses you could start
and share her list of five things to ask yourself
before you start any business at any time. Claudia is a
frequent radio talk show guest whose book, “Zipline to
Success: Fast-Track Marketing Strategies to Accelerate
Your Sales & Profits,” won a gold medal at the San
Francisco Book Festival. Reach her at (209) 204-0502;

13. ==> Simple Math Secrets for Successful Futures

Conventional technical analysis was getting Richard A.
Fell nowhere in commodity futures markets. When he
learned to distinguish between association and cause
and affect he was able to crack the mathematical code.
He says, “Prices move in predictable and measured
steps. Simple mathematics is the key!” Invite Fell to
share the secrets he’s learned and help listeners
understand trends, consolidations, and breakouts to
know what to buy, when to sell, and how to predict the
future. Richard A. Fell is the author of “Back to the
Futures: The Remarkable Power of Simple Mathematics in
Futures Trading.” Contact him at (412)351-1428;

14. ==> Military Brat Shares Pre-War Vietnam Tales

From age 10 to 12, Sandy Hanna lived in Vietnam with
her family where her father—a colonel—was stationed in
the early 1960s. She has some fascinating stories to
tell about what it was like to be a kid living in
French luxury at a time when politics and intrigue
resided between plot and counterplot in Saigon, which
was then known as the Paris of the Orient; she touches
on an area not covered by Ken Burns’ recent documentary
yet her stories are currently attracting interest from
multiple movie producers. Sandy is the author of the
upcoming book, “The Ignorance of Bliss: An American Kid
in Saigon,” a book she promised her now deceased father
she would write after he gave her an expose written by
his Vietnamese counterpart. The expose has explosive
revelations about the Diem regime that came into power
with support from the United States in violation of the
Geneva Accord; a regime that was anti-American. Sandy
is an experienced guest who holds a master’s degree in
education and was a designer and marketing and sales
director for Sesame Place. Reach her at (908) 361-1843;

15. ==> Psychic: Halloween & Spirits

What are the signs someone from the other side is
trying to communicate with you? Can you actually
develop psychic abilities? Are there more spirits
around on Halloween? Ask psychic medium Vincent Genna,
a veteran ghost-buster! Vincent is available to provide
fun, on-air readings and offer some haunting insight
from those who have already crossed over. Vincent Genna
is a triple power psychic – a psychic with the
knowledge and experience of a licensed psychotherapist,
and the personality of a showman. He’s appeared on
Coast to Coast AM, Hay House Radio, and many other
radio shows around the country. Contact Emily Maloney
at (661) 255-8283; emily@steveallenmedia.com

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