Public Citizen - Larry Barnett

A skeptic’s bread and butter

It would be nice, I suppose, to believe that everything is just fine: the motivations of people are well-intentioned, science and technology... Continue

Thanksgiving – Thanksgetting

Setting aside the purely commercial aspects of harvest decorations and TV commercials featuring cute turkeys and cartoon characters... Continue

Fast money, slow money and no money

In the world’s economy there are only three types of money, fast, slow and no. Fast money is just that, credit which moves so... Continue

Coming to terms with Halloween

Try as we may to be blasé – making it the subject of horror movies, detective dramas, novels and so forth – the mystery... Continue

Ebola Rising

Every new artifact of human culture generates a set of effects. The most predictable of these relate directly to the operation or impact... Continue

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