Bernard Starr, PhD, is author of The Crucifixion of Truth, a drama set in 16th century Italy and Spain that captures the themes of this article. He is also author of "Jesus Jews and Anti-Semitism in Art" and "Jesus Uncensored: Restoring the Authentic Jew." Starr is a psychologist, journalist, and professor emeritus at CUNY, Brooklyn College. 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. In recent years he has written extensively on environmental issues and has produced and hosted television documentaries on meaningful, active, and productive living in the third age of life (Active Aging Stories) for Phoenix Rising Television Productions. Currently, Starr's 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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Invention of Christian Jesus by Renaissance Art, Hollywood Films, and Art Historians and Critics Proved Lethal for Jews "Is it possible that revered Renaissance artworks and celebrated blockbuster Hollywood films played a major part in promoting antisemitism? And, if so, why did art professionals--historians, critics, and curators--support that prejudice which was responsible for violence against Jews? You will be shocked to learn how a powerful foundation of historical antisemitism embedded in Renaissance artworks has escaped exposure.
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The Dangerous Cognitive Disorder That Is Sweeping America--And Threatening Democracy The thinking and behavior of deniers and conspiracy theorists show a remarkable similarity to characteristics of preoperational cognition of young children as described in the stage theory of famed Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget. This discovery explains the puzzling tenacious illogical and dismissive rejection of science and facts by deniers and conspiracy theorists.
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Climate Apocalypse Now: How a Colossal Climate Disaster Could Save Us Scientists tell us that the climate change doomsday clock is ticking with time for effective action running out. Despite numerous climate change disasters the world's response continues to be compromised by political, economic, and social constraints. What level of disaster will it take for the world to finally wake up for an all-hands-on-deck battle to defeat climate change and halt the dangerous warming of the planet?
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Three Technologies That Can Stop Climate Change. Why Isn't the World Making a Massive Investment in Developing Them? Despite decades of worldwide efforts and hundreds of billions of dollars invested in addressing the climate crisis, the world is closer to climate doomsday. Yet three nascent technologies if fully developed could stop climate change. A massive investment in science is the best and perhaps the only path to defeating climate change.
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The Supreme Court's Version of "Bonfire of the Vanities" The Supreme court no longer functions in the fulfillment of the vision of the Founders of our Republic. The justices were given life appointments with the expectation that they would act independently with no obligation to vested interests. For extremist justices invoking their religious ideologies in defiance of the constitution and the principle of we the people, the Supreme court must be radically reformed.
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A Call for a Month of Teach-Ins and Write-Ins on Democracy vs.Fascism. We are at a critical moment in U.S. history with democracy at risk. Yet evidence shows that the American public is largely ill-informed about the workings of government. That may explain why so many crave authoritarianism without knowing the dangers posed by that form of government. This proposal for educating the public on democracy vs. fascism may be an important step toward preserving the American experiment.
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"Xueta Island": The Untold Story of Genocide and the Resurrection of Judaism The film Xueta (pronounced cheweta) Island tells the story of the brutal persecution and murder of Jews over many centuries on the Spanish Island Of Majorca by the Spanish Inquisition. Ultimately the entire Jewish population of the Island was forced to convert. Judaism was then thought to have disappeared. But in recent years descendants of murdered Jews are returning to Judaism.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, April 8, 2022
Fascism Isn't Coming to America, It's Here Too many Americans are fans of authoritarianism encouraged by leaders who are undermining our democracy-and enticing them with promises that will not improve their lives. Unfortunately, these authoritarian-leaning Americans do not fully understand authoritarianism. An honest look at the daily lives of people living under authoritarian rule might change their minds. Because that isn't happening our democracy is in grave danger
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Repeating the Same Failed Responses to Climate Change Illustrates Albert Einstein's Definition of Insanity Governments and the public have repeatedly shown that they will not practice the sacrifices for extreme conservation that could stop the catastrophes of climate change. Yet each time a new appeal is issued there is the expectation of a different outcome. That is insanity. Science holds the best possibility to defeat climate change. But only if given the necessary massive resources.The stakes are high and time is running out
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Is the Human Species on a Fast Track Toward Extinction? Overwhelming evidence exposes our failure to act on climate change commensurate with the current threat to human survival. At the same time, science is under assault, suggesting that further evidence of planetary degradation will not change the minds of deniers. Science offers the best chance for salvation from extinction. But only if we urgently mobilize it on a massive scale.
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Finally, Good News for Everyone to Celebrate: You've Won the Biggest Lottery Ever With all the dreary news this past year including lockdowns and restrictions on socializing, attending entertainment, and other cultural events and gatherings, it's not surprising that people are feeling unhappy and down on their luck. So this good news will be welcome: You've won the biggest lottery ever--and you don't know it.
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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.
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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.
(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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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