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Don't forget to catch Deirdre on Blonde on Blonde, Wednesdays at 7:35am and Psychos, Thursday at 7:35am on Imus in the Morning! 

 

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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    Vicky Ward Likes to Tell Icky Stories

    Someone with a masters degree in English from Cambridge University, like Vicky Ward, has no business talking to Imus, a master cowboy. But this unlikely duo found common ground in their mutual appreciation for salacious stories, like the one Ward tells in her book, The Devil’s Casino, about the bigwigs at the new defunct Lehman Brothers. Just how she came into the icky details of drugs and backstabbing is a subject of great interest itself.

    She received a call one day asking if she was the Vicky Ward working on a book about Lehman, and quickly said yes. “Well, you need to see some documents I have,” said the voice on the other end of the line. This person also told Ward they would write the “definitive story of Lehman” themselves, but feared it would spell disaster for his career.

    “I didn’t know what he was going to hand over,” she said, but agreed to meet this man by herself, at 7am on a Saturday morning, someplace 90 minutes outside Manhattan.

    Though she was a bit nervous, Ward’s a tough cookie, having dealt with mercenaries in Africa and received death threats in the past. “I had done enough due diligence on this guy, and I knew he was legit,” she told Imus. “He had actually worked at Lehman. The chances of me ending up dead in a ditch were about .5 percent. But, you never know.”

    The risk was surely worth the reward, as the documents handed over to Ward were invaluable firsthand accounts of the last 25 years at Lehman Brothers, kept by senior members of its staff.

    “The diaries were commissioned in the hope that everyone would remember things that one man wanted them to remember,” she said, referring to Joe Gregory, the number two guy at the firm. The result was not what he had in mind, nor was it anything he wanted to go public.

    “They wrote down stories of backstabbing and betrayal,” said Ward. The diaries also divulged tales of rampant rule-breaking, competitiveness, and lying that dated back to the 1970s.

    And not much has changed since Lehman’s collapse in 2008, and the undoing of other large firms like Bear Stearns: just last week, the SEC charged Goldman Sachs with knowingly selling bad mortgages to clients for the profit of a hedge fund. Goldman insists they were under no obligation to tell their customer what they knew.

    “Really, what we should see in the financial reform bill, it should stop bankers from making immoral choices,” said Ward, who knows of several “boutique banks” that are now cautioning employees to use better judgment.

    It raises the age-old question of whether morality can be legislated. If that’s the case, the entire cast of the Imus in the Morning program is in even more trouble than Wall Street.

    -Julie Kanfer
    

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