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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at StonyBrookMedicine (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 35 books. In addition to his position on OpEdNews as a “Trusted Author,” he is a Senior Editor, Politics, for The Greanville Post; a Contributor for American Politics to The Planetary Movement; a contributor to the “Writing for Godot” section of Reader Supported News; and a contributor to From The G-Man. Furthermore, he is an occasional contributor to BuzzFlash Commentary Headlines and The Harder Stuff. He is also a triathlete (34 seasons, 250 multi-sport races). Dr. Jonas’ latest book is Ending the ‘Drug War’; Solving the Drug Problem: The Public Health Approach, Brewster, NY: Punto Press Publishing, (Brewster, NY, 2016, available on Kindle from Amazon, and also in hardcover from Amazon). His most recent book on US politics is The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S., 1981-2022: A Futuristic Novel (Trepper & Katz Impact Books, Punto Press Publishing, 2013, Brewster, NY), and available on Amazon. The book is currently being serialized on OpEdNews.

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Jake Angeli. Convicted rioter.  The fire next time?, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 28, 2022
The 'Stab in the Back;' Trump's Getting Desperate; QAnon: The New S.A. This column reviews the various "Magic Tricks" that Trump uses, that I have described and discussed in previous columns, that Trump has used for a lifetime to get out of one scam-to-scrape after nanometer. This time would appear to be different, what with "Mar-a-Lago," the NYS Attorney General's Office, and etc. Trump has used violence at a constrained pace in the fast. Is he getting ready to enhance it. QAnon, anyone?
The U.S.S. Constitution, 1803. A different kind. Inalterable., From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 22, 2022
Some Further Thoughts on the English Constitution, the Duke of Windsor, and the British Empire This is a follow-up column on last week's on the passing of Great Britain's Queen Eliz. II. It concerns a further consideration of the English Constitution and how various monarchs have violated it from time-to-time, a brief, highly focused critique of the British Empire from an OpEdNews column published by one friend, and some comments of life in England and English cars from another. It's back to current events next week.
Hrh Princess Elizabeth in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, April 1945.  Yes, she really did this, and I recall seeing her during the war on the Buckingham Palace balcony in a similar uniform., From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 15, 2022
On the Passing of Queen Elizabeth, II: Some lighter thoughts (for the most part) For the most part, this column does not deal with the many serious and negative elements of the the British Empire which this monarch represented. Rather, until its ending, the column is about some personal recollections of London and some interesting (to me at any rate) bits on UK history. At the end it treats of the very serious story about how this young lady actually came to be Queen: a not pretty historical accident.
Homininae.svg.  And by golly, somehow we ended up as the only one of the species-set that kills each other in great numbers, the cause of which is what this column speculates about., From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 8, 2022
A Revisit with "The Origin of the Self-Destructive Species (with apologies to Charles Darwin)" This column re-visits a column I published back in 2014 concerning two apparently unique characteristics of the species Homo Sapiens: it members are dependent for their existence on the conversion of elements found in the environment into various goods and services, and in my view, because of that necessity, which led to private ownership of the conversion processes, led then to ours becoming the only self-destructive species.
1952 Willie Mays, as I remember him with the New York Giants., From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 1, 2022
On NY Mets Old-Timers Day; First, Some Personal Baseball Fan History This column is about baseball and me, and the New York Giants and the New York Mets, about the greatest Giant of all time, Willie Mays, and the Mets' Old Timers Day celebration watched with my son, Jacob, with whom I had seen so many Mets' games over the years, live and on television. To this very day, we watch Mets games "together" over-the-phone (he lives in another state), when they are broadcast on national television.
A Confidence Trick - JM Staniforth.  This one is, of course, a classic con.  Trump's con isn't --- a classic one that is., From WikimediaPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 25, 2022
History's Greatest Con Man tries his Biggest Con, Ever, and Adds a 7th "'Magic Trick" This column A) builds on my assertion that Trump is History's Greatest con man, and B) attempts to prove that the "Stolen Election" shtick is Trump's great trick. He knows he lost but knows what he must do to A) remain in the public eye, B) retain political control of the Republican Party, and C) raise money, lots of it. The column also adds a "7th Trick, the "Oh woe is me; everyone's against me" one. What a combo. What a con.
20200806 Trump coronavirus quote timeline II - The Guardian.svg., From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 19, 2022
The CDC and COVID-19: Trumpian Politics and Policies Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the CDC has issued a statement of the performance of the CDC. both in re the COVID-19 pandemic and the functioning of the agency in general. Neither the words "Trump" nor "previous Administration" appear in her statement. This column begins to address that omission by republishing my very first column on "Trump and COVID." It's no surprise, I'm sure, to learn that there will be more to come.
Horthy the Regent. History's first fascist dictator.  Certainly looks the part, doesn't he?, From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Hungry for Hungary: Where does the Flavor Come From? The Republo-fascist Party and its CPAC mouthpiece, and the Hungarian dictator Viktor Orban, have a very close affinity for one another. The thesis presented in this column is that this affinity is not an accidental occurrence. Rather its origins stem about 100 years back, to the origins of the world's first fascist dictatorship, under Admiral Miklos Horthy, from which in my view, the Orban regime is directly descended.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 4, 2022
"Top Gun: Maverick:" How to Violate International Law and Get Away with It, Each and Every Time" This column is about just what its title says it's about: "'Top Gun: Maverick:' How to Violate International Law and Get Away with It, Each and Every Time." With a totally incomplete list of just how the United States has done so since World War II, in some cases on a much larger scale (like going to war on Viet Nam), this column shows how the story of this particular movie fits right into the real-world pattern of US policy.
Trump. See .Magic Trick No. 6., From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 28, 2022
Do Trump's '6 Magic Tricks' Still Work? Well, No." This summary is easy to write. I have previously written on "The Six Magic Tricks" on which Trump has relied to get him through life, through all of his failed deals with no long-term injuries, all the way to the Presidency. But in the current crisis for him (and for him it is a crisis) I do not think that the Tricks will work and that he will go down. This column explains why I have come to that conclusion.
Entrance Auschwitz I.  Sunshine.  Leafy trees.  What a background for mass murder., From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 21, 2022
Teaching 'Both Sides' --- in Ohio Republicans in the Ohio State Legislature are proposing to mandate a "two sides" approach to the teaching of history in the public high schools. There has been a good deal of negative response to this proposal. Here I suggest that it might not be such a bad idea after all, depending of course upon what subjects are chosen for consideration, beginning with the "two sides" of legislative interference in public school curriculae.
Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving Dinner, 28 November 1869, by Thomas Nast. NOT for today's Republicans., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 14, 2022
Christian Nationalism and the Republican Party: Something New? Nah! This column begins with a quotation from a column by the New York Times' Elizabeth Dias concerning the rise of "Christian Nationalism" in the Republican Party and the coordinated decline of the recognition of the Constitutional centrality of the doctrine of the separation of Church and State in the thinking of some contemporary Republicans. This column is another one in my series of "Something new for Republicans? Nah!"
BEWARE: This is the doctrine that the Republican Religious Right wants to apply to all of us., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 7, 2022
Further Thoughts on Winning the Abortion Wars: 'I Told You So' The fight to guarantee the rights of women in the mater of abortion is not over. It is quite obvious that the next stage has just begun. As readers of my columns know, I feel that a major opportunity has been missed: to fight on what is really the central issue here: the struggle against religious authoritarianism. This column consists mainly of a reprint of a 2016 column on that subject that published on the Greanville Post.
This is the Diktat that the Republican Religious Right would install to have power over us all., From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 30, 2022
Reversing the Attack on Women's Bodily Autonomy Roe v. Wade has succumbed to the Religious Authoritarians, mainly of the Republican Religious (Christian) Right. This column is about the majority opinion, written by Justice Alito, in the case that gave Roe in. It is also about other strategies to protect the right to choose (for women who would like to have it) that might have been used (like employing the doctrine of religious authoritarianism) and how they might be used.
Themis, the second wife of Zeus. She is the personification of justice, divine order, fairness, law, and custom. In the U.S., especially in dealing with minorities and the poor, honored only in the breach., From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 24, 2022
Prosecute Trump? Not Yet This column concerns the controversy over whether on not to try Trump, not because he might be innocent and so trying him would be unfair, but because of the violence and long-term political retribution that might follow. This column offers some thoughts on a way to navigate this potential disaster for the nation, and still bring Trump to justice.
Donald Trump in Reno, Nevada. Actually, what Trump is looking for is the Fourth Reich: HIS!!!, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 15, 2022
The Nature of U.S. Fascism: A View from 25 Years Ago This is a description/definition of fascism as presented in an appendix to my 1996 book, "The 15% Solution."
Bull Durham Trade Mark.  It would be interesting to know exactly what Barr and (John) Durham are smoking., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 10, 2022
" 'Bull Durham,' and 'Bull Barr' " Bill Barr has been tied up with Trump and his various cover-uos for quite some time. As it turns out, Barr was well-suited to this job for he previously did the same thing on behalf of G.H.W. Bush and "Iran-Contra." This column begins briefly exploring one the great baseball movies, "Bull Durham," reviews briefly Barr and "Iran-Contra," and then goes on to look at Barr, Durham, Trump, and a whole lot of Bull.
Ted Cruz: Keeping the U.S. safe for the gunners., From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 26, 2022
On Guns, Mass Slaughter, and the 2nd Amendment The gun control issue is center-in-the-news once again. Once again, the Repubs. will refuse to do anything on the issue, other than calling for "thoughts and prayers" or dealing with "mental health issues" (about which Repubs. do next-to-nothing either). This column covers an issue I have covered before: what the 2nd Amend. actually says about guns. But at the end I note that for the Repubs., it is really all about the money.
NYC: The Five Points - Worth and Baxter. What they all look like now., From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 19, 2022
The "Great Replacement Theory:" New for the GOP? Nah! As is well-known, leaders of the Republican Party have in recent months making a great deal out of what they call "The Great Replacement Theory" (TGRT) and what it means for "White America." Many observers are greeting the use of TGRT as something new for the Repubs. As it happens, some version of racism and xenophobia has been in the DNA of the Party since its beginnings in the 1850s. Which is what this column is about.
First Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, 1861. A different crowd from those who are now launching the Third Civil War., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 13, 2022
The North Won the 1st Civil War; The South Won the 2nd; and its Successor Seems to be on its Way to Winning the 3rd I, and others, have come to characterize the period from the End of Reconstruction up to now as that in which "The South Won the Civil War." I present here a new consideration: that that period should be referred to as the Second Civil War, won by the South and its ideological successor, what I call the "Republo-fascist Party." This column then projects that the U.S. is now entering the "Third Civil War," over female autonomy.

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