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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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Celtics beat Bulls - Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley scored 24 points apiece to help the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 108-97 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

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    Imus Learns Interview Tactics From Afghan Expert Doug Stanton?

    Imus asked Doug Stanton, author of the book “Horse Soldiers” about the successful Special Forces mission in Afghanistan in 2001, what the endgame is now in that country, where last week the United States launched a major offensive on Taliban-held towns.

    “The endgame is a country where it doesn’t look like Minneapolis or the United States, but it looks like Afghanistan the way they want it to look,” said Stanton. “Kids can go to school, and you can walk to the store without getting shot at.”

    The problem in Afghanistan is more social than anything else, requiring the type of stable government that President Hamid Karzai has been unable to provide. For that reason and others, like its proximity to Iran and Pakistan, the U.S. has taken on the responsibility of “fixing” Afghanistan.

    Stanton is encouraged by the U.S.’s new “door-to-door” approach to finding weapons and militants in Afghan villages, and by President Obama’s new counterinsurgency tactic, which goes beyond the typical “clear, hold, and build” mantra.

    “They’ve added ‘transfer’ to that, which means, give it back to them and let them run it,” he said. “That’s the one thing they’ve never really done throughout the eight years we’ve been in that country.”

    American soldiers are following new rules of engagement that prohibit them from firing at somebody unless that person is holding or picking up a weapon. Asked if this handcuffs the troops, Stanton said critics will have to wait and see.

    In the long run, Stanton said, it’s better than taking out innocent civilians; gaining their trust is key to winning this battle like the Special Forces did in 2001. “They got the locals with them, and they did that by not killing them,” Stanton added.

    Ultimately, Stanton believes Afghanis can be successful, and he was optimistic about a $100 million aid package that will develop agriculture in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    “If you create legitimate agriculture, then the government gets legitimate, and the people believe in the government, and they drop the gun and don’t work for the Taliban,” he said.

    Last week, Pakistani forces captured the alleged number two leader of the Taliban in their country, though Stanton thinks the Pakistanis nabbed him just to get to him first. “He knew too much about the ISI’s relationship with the Taliban,” he said, referring to Pakistan’s intelligence operation.

    As for the best way to elicit information from this guy, Stanton recommended building a relationship and focusing less on “the physical stuff,” aka torture.

    “So torturing them, while it might be fun, is just not very productive,” Imus deduced. It’s a good theory to keep in mind when conducting interviews on this show, too.

    -Julie Kanfer

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