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Bernard Starr, PhD, is a psychologist and professor emeritus at CUNY, Brooklyn College. His screenplay "The Crucifixion of Truth" a thriller set in 16th century Italy and Spain has been optioned for a feature film or TV series by Atlantic and Pacific Studios.
Starr's doctoral dissertation was on the authoritarian personality, His mentor was Dr. Bernard Kutner, one of the leading authorities on the authoritarian personality.
At Brooklyn College Starr taught developmental psychology to prospective teachers and research methods and statistics in a graduate program that he directed. He is also the lead author of a lifespan textbook, "Human Development and Behavior: Psychology in Nursing." Starr is the founder, and for twenty-five years, the managing editor of the cutting edge Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics published by Springer; also editor of the Springer Publishing Co. series Adulthood and Aging and Lifestyle and Issues in Aging. For several years he wrote for the Scripps Howard News Service on healthcare, the boomers, and issues of an aging society. And for seven years he was writer, producer, and host of an award-winning radio commentary, The Longevity Report, on WEVD-AM Radio in NYC. His book, The Starr-Weiner Report On Sex and Sexuality in the Mature years (co-authored with Dr. Marcella Bakur Weiner) provided the first comprehensive data on sexual activity after age 60. He is a past president of the Brooklyn Psychological Association and a past president of the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy. He is also the main United Nations representative for the Institute of Global Education (IGE), an NGO with ECOSOC status.
Starr currently produces and hosts television documentaries on meaningful, active and productive living in the third age of life (Active Aging Stories) for Phoenix Rising Television Productions.
His latest book is Jesus, Jews, and Anti-Semitism in Art. He is also the author of "Jesus Uncensored: Restoring the Authentic Jew," and is the organizer of the art exhibit "Putting Judaism Back in the Picture: Toward Healing the Christian/Jewish Divide."
Currently, his articles are published at OpEdNews. He has also published on the Huffington Post contributor platform, Salon, Baron's Financial Magazine, the Algemeiner, and the New York Daily News. His earlier book, "Escape Your Own Prison: Why We Need Spirituality and Psychology to be Truly Free," published by Rowman and Littlefield, explores spirituality as a psychology of consciousness.
(16 comments) SHARE Monday, November 22, 2021 How 'Socialism' Gave us Coronavirus Vaccines and Saved the World From a Worse Pandemic
The market model of "leave it to private companies and corporations to address and prepare for a pandemic has proven a failure. The financial risk is just too great. Only when government funding is provided does the research and development move. Yet, Republicans call all government programs "socialism."If not for this "socialism" we might still be waiting for a vaccine.
(34 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 6, 2021 If Republicans Go Full Fascist the Military Will Determine the Outcome
There has been much commentary-and fear-that Republicans will stage a coup if a Democrat wins the 2024 election for president. Recent actions by Republicans give credibility to that possibility. While General Mark Milley has expressed the traditional hands-off policy of the military in political disputes, if there is an actual coup attempt the military will determine the outcome.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 5, 2021 Who's Likelier to Take Your Guns Away? An Authoritarian Regime
Contrary to popular belief, far-right and other authoritarian regimes are likelier to take guns away from the public than liberal democratic governments. History confirms this-without exception. Those who think that authoritarian rule would protect and guarantee their Second Amendment rights should think again.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 24, 2021 How Anti-Semitism Killed Christians and How Anti-Science is Now Killing People of All Faiths
During the black plague, instead of Christians blaming Jews and persecuting them for the disease had they paid attention to what Jews were doing differently, untold numbers might have been saved. During the current pandemic, if science deniers had paid attention to what those who dodged the coronavirus were doing differently, untold numbers might have been saved.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 6, 2020 Lament of a Coronavirus Casualty: "Lord, Why Didn't You Save Me?"
The United States is experiencing a frightening surge of COVID-19 infections and a death rate far exceeding other developed nations, despite having the best medical science. Our failure can be traced not only to the lack of national leadership but to vast numbers of the U.S. population who reject science and place their fates in "faith." But science can also be seen as part of divine creation and should be included in faith.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, September 11, 2020 Stop the Hysteria: If Trump Loses the Election He Will Promptly Abandon the White House
Numerous articles have expressed shock at Donald Trump's hint that if he loses the election ("the fraudulent rigged election") he will not leave. There's good reason to believe that he's bluffing. He always threatens but then backs off when confronted and challenged. It's a mode of operating that he learned from his mentor Roy Cohn: "hit and run." And that's precisely what this article propose he will do if he loses.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, August 3, 2020 The Stock Market Surge and Wall Street's Dangerous Blind Faith in Science
The coronavirus is surging in 28 states with devastatng impacet o the economy--and no end in sight. Many businesses that were shut down are not expected to reopen, which will add to the growing unemployment, already greater than 10% Yet despite this economic catastrophe Wall Street is soaring with stock prices reaching new highs. This puzzling phenomenon can be traced to Wall Street's dangerous blind faith in science.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, June 26, 2020 Trump's Tulsa Rally Was Not a Failure. It Was a Big Success and Democrats Should Be Worried
Democrats and media pundits ridiculed the low turnout at Trump's rally in Tulsa Oklahoma--his first on-site rally since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the U.S. But it's no laughing matter. The ones who came despite dire health warnings from medical experts are fierce loyalists. And the ones who didn't show are not switching teams. So why the ridicule and celebration?
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 10, 2020 The Non-Voter's Begging Cup and Prayer Card
More than forty percent of eligible voters don't vote in national elections in the U.S. In 2016 100 million Americans didn't cast ballots in the presidential election. Yet for sure, they have needs, wants and complaints. To get what they want they might try the non-voter's begging cup and prayer card. If these don't deliver they might then exercise a proven method: the sacred right to vote in our democracy.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 7, 2020 We Have the Know-How, Ability, and Resources to End Pandemic Threats. So What's Stopping Us?
COVID-19 is terrorizing the world spreading fear, disease, and death. Despite warnings of a possible super-virus emerging that could not be stopped, our preparedness has been dismal. More alarming, while we focus strictly on defensive preparedness there is little if any talk about an offensive to mobilize massive resources for scientific research to end pandemic threats--a task that is doable as outlined in this article.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, March 13, 2020 Call for a 'Manhattan Project' against Epidemic Disease
We have had several warnings--Sars, Ebola, Zika--of the possible emergence of a devastating virus that can't be stopped. Yet, after each time we miraculously dodged a lethal bullet we slipped into slumber. It's time to change that with an all-out war on viruses with an operation modeled after the Manhattan Project.