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Say "I Do" to Material Recovery - By Deirdre Imus, 4-20-2017 - For better or for worse, the bride’s dress is often what people remember most about a wedding.  Was it white, or off-white? Short, long, or really long? Lace, satin, or Tyvek?  Maybe you’ve never heard of a Tyvek dress. I hadn’t either until I met Bella the Bride.

 

 

 Celebrating 15 Years Protecting Children's Health & the Environment

 The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®  - When you are among the first voices to speak out on an issue, it’s difficult to know if anyone is listening. When I founded The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center fifteen years ago, concern about our children's health being impacted by toxic exposures in the environment was not the hot button, trendy issue it is today.  Read more...

Deirdre's Dish Picks

Salads From Around The World: For Earth Day, we would like to feature a food directly from Mother Earth: Salad.There are many kinds of salad from around the world that highlight what is so good from our gardens. Our third salad recipe takes us back home to the United States of America. These are some of my favorite salad recipes from our Imus Ranch cookbook. As we say on the ranch, Come and get it!

If you have a fond memory from your childhood about some of the dishes we post please click here to contact us, we would love to hear your story.

The Zika Breach of Public Trust: The Wealth Transfer Model From US Taxpayers to Big Pharma

 Petition to White House Take Action to End the Autism Epidemic and Implement Comprehensive Reforms of Vaccine Safety Policies - There’s a Petition online to the White House and President Donald J Trump, which needs 100,000 signatures by March 31, 2017 or it will be ignored, that asks for the following regarding vaccines and vaccinations in the USA: Sign Up Here

Deirdre's Book Pick Of The Week

 

 Inoculated: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism - by Kent Heckenlively - In November of 2013, Simpson University biology professor, Dr. Brian Hooker got a call from Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working in vaccine safety. Their conversations would lead to explosive revelations that top officials at the CDC engaged in a systematic cover-up of data showing that earlier administration of the MMR vaccine caused increased rates of autism in children, particularly African-American males.

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    "Horse Soldiers" Author Doug Stanton's Advice On Afghanistan

    Doug Stanton's most recent book is Horse Soldiers, about a small band of Special Forces soldiers who battled the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. He believes the small-scale approach carried out by these troops could have a similar impact if implemented again in the same country.

    "These guys go in, don't think they're going to come home, and they ended up turning the Taliban out of the country, and they united the Afghans together," Stanton said of the Special Forces. "One of the great frustrations is that we haven't really taken a look at the playbook from eight years ago."

    President Obama's "classic counterinsurgency plan" can work, according to some military minds Stanton consulted, but it must focus on one tribe at a time.

    "What we would have to do, or what the Afghans have to do, is create their own government, because Karzai's is so inept," said Stanton, who predicted some measure of success would be in place by Obama's deadline of July 2011.

    There needs to be some version of success similar to what was seen in Iraq. "The surge there worked because it was preceded by this other thing called 'the awakening' in Anbar province," Stanton said.

    One of the men in Horse Soldiers, upon arriving in the Anbar region of Iraq, noted the exorbitant unemployment rate. He got people on his side by giving them jobs, and turning them against the insurgents. Unless a similar strategy is carried out in Afghanistan, Stanton said that after 18 months, "We'll be stuck in a version of 'Iraq lite.'"

    He questions whether there are only 100 Al-Qaeda operatives left in Afghanistan, as statistics have suggested. But those still there are bitter from their 2001 defeat by the U.S. Special Forces, a unit Stanton compared to the Peace Corps.

    "Except they get to shoot back if they have to," he joked. "They'd rather make change from the inside of society rather than hammer at it from the outside."

    Obama's plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan would do mostly the latter, which Stanton said doesn't always work and often alienates people.

    "This is a social problem, it's not just a military problem," he said. "It's a lot like teen pregnancy and drug abuse in the United States — we can't even fix that here, when we know the language, and we can figure out who to vote for. How do you expect another country to just fix it overnight?"

    Afghans, he added, must determine their own future, and it's possible that future will include the Taliban, "in a way that they can live with other Afghans without trying to chop their hands off, or stone women in the soccer stadium."

    -Julie Kanfer

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