The Taxpayers Protection Alliance on Pentagon Spending, #ORadio

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 11.41.00 AMOstrolenk speaks with Michi Iljazi, Communications and Policy Manager for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA). The TPA is a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy group that works on issues that impact American taxpayers. Focusing on Pentagon spending, Iljazi speaks about why so much money is wasted in defense spending and how the misallocation of resources makes America less safe. Iljazi further discusses programs that are significantly overfunded, why the Pentagon should not be considered a job-creation program, and why all Americans should care about auditing the Pentagon.
To learn more about the TPA, visit their website at www.protectingtaxpayers.org and follow them on Twitter @Protectaxpayers

The voice of America’s taxpayers and efficient government spending, #ORadio

National_Taxpayers_UnionOstrolenk speaks with Nan Swift, Federal Affairs Manager at the National Taxpayers Union (NTU). Swift speaks about the projects she works on through the NTU to achieve legislative outcomes favorable to taxpayers. Her recent work includes collaboration with Taxpayers for Common Sense on defense spending. Swift also elaborates on the Budget Control Act and the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund. Lastly, she discusses how throwing more money at the Pentagon does not make us more safe and how beneficial an audit would be.

Personal growth with Seichou Karate Dojo, #ORadio

image1 copyOstrolenk speaks with Shihan Richard Romero, founder of Seichou Karate Dojo. Shihan Romero tells of his education in martial arts and Japanese language and culture. After competing in the Kyokushinkai-kan World Championship, Shihan Romero decided to continue his career in karate through teaching. He discusses the disciplines offered at Seichou Dojo, which, in addition to karate, include language, culture, and weaponry training to name a few. Shihan Romero also discusses the methodology behind his teaching, and why yoga and meditation are incorporated in to his karate practice.
To learn more about Shihan Richard Romero and Seichou Karate Dojo, visit his website at: Sdojo.com.

The Sexual Differences We Should Embrace, #ORadio

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Ostrolenk speaks with Dr. Brandon, clinical psychologist and sex therapist, on an evolutionary perspective of our primal instincts. Dr. Brandon discusses how our culture encourages us to both overthink sex and try to make it politically correct. Rather, she argues, there are sexual differences between men and women that our primal instincts want to seize upon. Although developing a sexual passion based on power dynamics may seem at odds with what we believe to be healthy, Dr. Brandon describes how to capture on the primal brain inside the bedroom and the modern brain outside of it.
To learn more about Dr. Marianne Brandon, visit her website (www.drbrandon.net) or check out her three books:
2. “Reclaiming Desire: Four Keys to Finding Your Lost Libido.” https://www.amazon.com/Reclaiming-Desire-Keys-Finding-Libido/dp/1605298263

Three Reasons for Transpartisanship, #ORadio Mental Musings

tumblr_inline_nau948PxO51rgeiy3Ostrolenk talks about the three general purposes of transpartisanship: humanizing the political process, finding common ground, and creating space in the body politic for new ideas to emerge.

Transpartisan leadership; inner development, #ORadio Mental Musings

leadership-transitionOstrolenk speaks on transpartisan leadership and focuses on the importance of inner development for the next generation of leaders. Inner development refers to an individual’s ability to cultivate emotional and intellectual intelligence, develop skills in effective and efficient thinking, and seek to understand other’s world views. Ostrolenk expresses that in addition to developing for one’s own leadership, true leaders also aim to train the next generation of leaders.

Transpartisan – Means and Ends, #ORadio Mental Musings

teamwork3Ostrolenk speaks on transpartisanship and how prioritizing the ends over the means can be an efficient way to collaborate. In working across the aisle, it’s likely that others agree with the ends you seek, but may not agree on the means. If you are curious and flexible to compromise on the means, it is often possible to obtain the ends that both parties desire.

Col. Douglas Macgregor on U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy for the Next President #ORadio

macgregorOstrolenk speaks with Col. Douglas Macgregor on the U.S. Foreign Policy and Defense advice he would offer to the next President. Col. Macgregor gives an overview of the strategic objectives of Russia and China and how neither is the imminent threat we may believe them to be. Col. Mcgregor also presents that many countries can afford to protect themselves and that America should explore where it makes sense to remove ground troops. Finally, he would advise the future President that not every military action in the Middle East is directed at the U.S.; while the United States can protect its own borders from ISIS, the U.S. will not be able to defeat ISIS abroad. With these considerations and many other examples detailed, Col. Macgregor ultimately stresses that the United States cannot, and should not, be everywhere: global military hegemony is unaffordable, but regional military dominance when needed, is obtainable.
To learn more about Col. Macgregor, you can follow him on Twitter @MacgregorDoug and check out his newest book: Margin of Victory (http://www.amazon.com/Margin-Victory-Battles-Changed-Modern/dp/1612519962).

Mindfulness for the Warrior Community, #ORadio

adArmor Down, an organization that provides mindfulness training to warriors and transitioning veterans. Armor Down is also the organization behind Mindful Memorial Day, an annual event at the Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. that seeks to honor every fallen service member since September 11th, 2001. In doing this they hang a yellow ribbon with the name of each fallen warrior and then provide each ribbon to a visitor of the memorial. This year they will hang 6,852 ribbons. The event will take place on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Memorial Day weekend and will require the help and dedication of volunteers to carryout our responsibility of honoring those who sacrificed their lives for our country. To learn more about how you can help and volunteer, visit Mindful Memorial Day’s website:http://www.mindfulmemorialday.org/

 

Matt Fay on Acquisition Reform, #ORadio

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Ostrolenk speaks with Matt Fay, Defense Policy Analyst for Niskanen Center, on the process of the military’s weaponry acquisition and the need for acquisition reform. Fay explains that in the military service acts largely alone in defining requirements for new weapons, often resulting in orders that are unrealistic and beyond our technological capabilities. With few to no checks and balances in weaponry acquisition, this often wastes tax payer dollars and leads to inefficiencies, as Fay details through past examples. To learn more about Matt Fay’s work and acquisition reform, read his articles: Fixing Defense Acquisition Requires Fixing the Requirements Process (http://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2016/04/29/fixing_defense_acquisition_requires_fixing_the_requirements_process.html), The US Should Never Develop Another Joint Fighter (http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2016/04/us-should-never-develop-another-joint-fighter/127165/?oref=d-river, and The “Bow Wave” and the Military Balance (http://warontherocks.com/2016/04/the-bow-wave-and-the-military-balance/), and follow him on Twitter.