Public Citizen - Larry Barnett


Crazy wars of assassination

Countries have used a variety of excuses to go to war. Some cite the need for protection of people who speak their language, like Vladimir... Continue

Infections, virus and hacking! Oh my!

It’s interesting how medical terminology has been applied to the digital realm; after all, computers are just machines, right?... Continue

The dawning of the age of aquarium

Back in the hippie-dippy days of the 20th century two things were a Big Deal: Hair and Astrology. Long-haired men faded as an issue... Continue

Oceanic Mercury

It was recently reported that the world’s oceans now contain three times as much methyl mercury as they did before the industrial... Continue

Why government is not a business

Our society is so permeated by commerce that business metaphors are regularly applied to non-business situations. Thus we “profit... Continue

Not so Grimm Fairy Tales

Being a grandfather provides the opportunity to experience contemporary fairy-tale movies, and suffice to say, the stories have changed. The... Continue

If not for communication, what’s a metaphor?

All language is metaphor, and for that matter, so is every word in every language. We humans are metaphor-makers, and making metaphor... Continue

Multilingual Multiculturalism

America is exceptional in many ways, not all of them so good. One way which falls into this “not so good” category is an... Continue

Mistaking Ignorance for Wisdom

The internet of things had not arrived when NYU professor Neil Postman wrote his 1985 critique of television and its effects on society.... Continue

Monopolies of knowledge

Beginning with painting on rocks and writing code for binary computers, the records of what we know have variously been kept. Between... Continue