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Bernard Starr, PhD, is a psychologist/gerontologist, and professor emeritus at CUNY, Brooklyn College where he taught developmental psychology to prospective teachers and directed a graduate program in gerontology. He is the founder, and for twenty-five years the managing editor, of the cutting edge Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, He also founded and edited two series for the Springer Publishing Co.: Adulthood and Aging and Lifestyles and Issues in Aging. 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.
For seven years he was writer, producer, and host of an award-winning radio commentary, The Longevity Report, on WEVD-AM Radio in NYC. During the same period-- for three years--he wrote op-ed articles for the Scripps Howard News Service on healthcare, the "boomers," and issues of an aging society. He 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: How Renaissance Art Erased Jesus Jewish Identity and How Today's Artists Are Restoring It." 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 and the Huffington Post contributor platform. He has also written for Salon, Barons Financial Magazine, the Algemeiner, and UPI's Religion and Spirituality section. 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.
(1 comments) Monday, January 21, 2019 Ancient and Medieval Walls Only Worked if They Were Backed by Lethal Force. Is That Donald Trump's Plan?
Historically, walls alone have been ineffective and could be breached by crude technologies. Against 21st century technologies the medieval type wall sought by Donald Trump is flat out silly. Walls that have appeared effective did so because they were backed by a powerful military prepared to use lethal force. It will be sad day if America unleashes lethal force against caravans migrants seeking asylum from violence
(3 comments) Sunday, December 9, 2018 Hanukkah vs. Christmas: Does It Have to Be a Contest?
Hanukkah and Christmas are much different celebrations--Hanukkah for a military victory that restored the practice Judaism, and Christmas for the birth of Jesus, who Christians believe is the Messiah. Since the Hanukkah festival is not mandated in the Torah, secular Jews wonder if it should be celebrated at all.
Nevertheless, they worry that no celebration might encourage their children to be drawn to Christmas traditions.
(3 comments) Saturday, November 17, 2018 How Congress Became a 'Cathouse' of Prostitutes Paying Off Their Pimps
Members of Congress are beholden to lobbyists and other donors who finance their election campaigns and other projects.Thus they will often vote the demands of their benefactors rather than their beliefs or conscience making them like prostitutes who work for their pimps. Without campaign finance reform Congress will continue to be a cathouse.
(1 comments) Friday, November 9, 2018 Why Christian Anti-Semites Are Ignorant of Their Own Faith
Anti-Semites are ignorant of the common foundation of Judaism and Christianity. Otherwise they would know that Jesus was a dedicated practicing Jew and that the synagogue was his spiritual home; thus, an attack on a synagogue is also an attack on Jesus.
(2 comments) Monday, August 13, 2018 How Fake News Launched the Persecution of Jews for Two Thousand Years
A series of fake news releases dating to the beginning of Christianity set the stage for atrocities against Jews spanning two thousand years. Then, the omission of Jesus Jewish heritage and identity in Mediaeval and Renaissance era artworks supported anti-Semitism by hijacking Jesus from Judaism and establishing him as exclusively Christion with no connection to Judaism--lethal fake news with no free press to correct it.
(7 comments) Monday, May 28, 2018 A Better Way for Athletes to Protest That Will Bring Cheers, Not Smears
There is a more effective way for athletes to protest oppression of African Americans and other assaults on democracy under the Trump administration--a way that would defuse the charge of anti-Americanism by embracing "my America" of social justice and democracy and rejecting "their America" which is tearing down the principles established by the founders of our republic that have made America great.
(4 comments) Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Mind Control: How Donald Trump Has Transformed Americans into Pavlov's Dogs
Donald Trump has inadvertently harnessed powerful behavioral principles to normalize pathological behaviors that in previous eras would have disqualified him for public office. Primarily through the application of "systematic prolonged desensitization" he has achieved mind control of millions of Americans. But brainwashing can be disrupted.
(5 comments) Tuesday, March 13, 2018 The Ma and Pa 'Business Empire' of Donald Trump
Donald Trump brought to the White House the Ma and Pa model that runs his business enterprises.The application of this model for conducting the government of the United States explains much of the chaos and failures of Donald Trump's administration.
(20 comments) Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Church or Synagogue: Which Would Jesus Choose?
When confronted with two adjoining buildings, a church and a synagogue, which one would Jesus be drawn to enter? That's the intriguing question posed by artist Israel Tsvagenbaum's painting, "Crossroads." After reflection on the interiors of these buildings in the context of Jesus' identity, the answer is obvious
(14 comments) Sunday, December 10, 2017 The New Democratic Party Strategy: 'Dumb and Dumber'
Democrats have demonstrated that they don't know how to fight and are unable to learn. The campaign mantra of "when they go low we go high" cost Democrats the election. And they are doing it again in seeking a mythical high ground by persuading Al Franken to resign. What Democrats are adept at is playing into the con man's play book.
(1 comments) Sunday, December 3, 2017 Alice of 'Alice's Restaurant' Is Back in Town
The 50th anniversary celebration of Arlo GUthrie's song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree", which inspired the film "Alice's Restaurant, dramatizes the explosive era of the 1960's. In a 2017 interview with ALice Brock, she reminiscesd and drew comparaisons between "then" and "now"