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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.

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Coronavirus pandemic, From Uploaded
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Genesis says God created everything, From Uploaded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 27, 2021
Republican and Evangelical Vaccine Resisters Believe God has a Hand in All Creations--But not Vaccines Conservative Republicans and Evangelicals top the list of Vaccine resisters. Their Failure to get vaccinated not only defies the natinaol effort to stem the pandemic but also defies their core religious doctrine that God has a hand in all creations--which should include vaccines.
Capital Insurrection; image BY-SA 4.0; script by Starr, From Uploaded
(34 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Goodby Guns--Authoritarian Regimes; designed by Starr, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Plagues, pandemics and conspiracy theories., From Uploaded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Vaccine for COVID-19; photo by fda; script by Starr, From Uploaded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Inoculation of Frontline Healthcare Workers Will be the First Valid Test of the Efficacy of the Coronavirus Vaccines Living conditions mandated by the coronavirus pandemic complicate valid testing for effectiveness in clinical trials. Since most of us practice safety measures of masks, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and more, when vaccinated and don't contract the coronavirus, we can't know for sure if the vaccine or safety measures protected us. But there is a way to test for efficacy and that is about to take place.
Graveyard;photo by Pauk;script by Starr, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Republican boogeyman tactic, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 21, 2020
No, it Wasn't Calls to Defund Police Departments that Defeated Democrats in Senate Races--The Boogeyman Did It It was stunning and revealing to watch the complete Senate debates of the Democrats who lost closely contested races. In every instance, rather than presenting policies or answering criticisms the Republicans attacked with fear mongering--the boogeyman.There is a way to vaporize the boogeyman. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff should take note for their upcoming runoff elections in Georgia.
Poll Vs Pick From a Hat, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 26, 2020
What the Media Doesn't Want to Know (or Report) About Political Polls but Should Know (and Report) Americans increasingly don't trust political polls--mostly because these surveys are so often wrong. But there is a more important reason why polls shouldn't be trusted. They rarely meet scientific standards.To assess the validity of polls you have to be able to identify the red flags.
Trump loses and leaves; image designed by Bernard Starr, From Uploaded
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Bible and managing slaves;desighned by Bernard Starr, From Uploaded
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 6, 2020
After Destroying Statues of Washington and Jefferson, and Closing the Show Hamilton, Should We Burn the Bible? We don't want offensive statues staring at us in our daily lives.But history has never looked kindly on demolishing, hiding, or erasing history. And our celebration today of slave-produced monuments around the world poses a disturbing dilemma. Why not leave some statues and erect alongside each another statue. In my example, the slave and her story devastatingly shatters the inhumane ideology of the figure next to her.
Raging Virus, Soaring Wall Street;image created by Starr, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Donald Trump Image by Gage Skdmore;Text addition by Bernard Starr, From Uploaded
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?
Non-Voter's Begging Cup designed by Starr, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 7, 2020
"COVID-19 Was a Curveball," Says Mayor, Bill de Blasio. No, it Was a Screwball After Failing to Hit Slowballs We had warning after warning over the last several decades that a deadly virus we will not be able to stop was likely to emerge. What was our answer? Rather than mobilizing maximum resources to stop pandemic threats we took a wait and see attitude. Now we see-and it's gruesome. No Mayor de Blasio, COVID-19 isn't a curveball, it's a screwball due to inaction. We need a Manhattan Project for pandemics NOW!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 1, 2020
Release Young or Older Prisoners? Will They be Safer as COVID-19 Rages Through Alternative Care Facilities and Society? COVID-19 is surging in American prisons because overcrowding is preventing isolation and social distancing that might save lives. To address this issue prison officials, politicians, and media pundits are urging the largescale release of prisoners. But which ones? Older or younger inmates-and according to which risk factors? And, will they be safer outside of prison during the present pandemic crisis?
COVID-19, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
The Manhattan Project's First Atomic Explosion, From Uploaded
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Burisma--Ukranian Gas Company, From Uploaded
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Hunter Biden Was Highly Qualified for the Burisma Board: Attacks on Him Are a Diversionary Cover-Up Tactic In a tactic to divert attention from Donald Trump's blatant impeachable offense of attempting to enlist a foreign government to get dirt on his political opponent Joe Biden, his attorneys have brought irrelevant and false accusations against Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden's credentials obliterate the accusations.
King Trump and King George, From Uploaded
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 30, 2019
An Open Letter to Donald Trump's Congressional Sycophants on the Sad Fate that Awaits You When His Presidency Ends Donald Trump remains president only because of the solid backing of Republican sycophants in Congress who enable his destructive policies and behavior. If they fully grasped their likely fate after the Trump presidency ends, they would be horrified and might rethink their knee-jerk allegiance--and realize that short-term gain will bring long- term shame.

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