And it’s all over bar the shouting (and perhaps a lawsuit or two, if any past US elections are anything to go by…)

Hopefully it’ll be the end of Sarah Palin’s time in the limelight, but unfortunately I fear it is only the beginning. It seems certain that she’ll be running for the top job at the next election, and Americans may have to put up with her on their TV screens in the meantime. Another good reason not to live in the US.

I was chuffed to see the Canadians got her a good one though. Close the door on your way out, Sarah dear…

I joined a group on Facebook concerned with the effects on depleted uranium and within 24 hours I’d received a message from a certain Roger Helbig. This was what he said:

Mark,

Why are you a member of the anti-DU group? Do you know that the leaders of the anti-DU crusade are scientific charlatans and con artists?

These are the people who are behind the video “Beyond Treason” posted by Paul Haynes

Neo Nazi American Free Press/The Barnes Review convention http://www.chairmanofnordwave.blogspot.com

A good place to learn a lot about DU is http://www.depletedcranium.com

For a nice neutral Swiss view, go to
http://www.labor-spiez.ch/en/dok/hi/pdf/depleted_uranium_en_kurz.pdf

Roger .

Now I appreciate a lucid and intelligently written piece of argument as much as the next person. And if I’m going to be mistaken about something – especially when I think I’m on the right side of the argument – then I want to know. I had a look at the Depleted Cranium site (great name by the way) and I was on my way to replying to Roger when I noticed a couple of things that got my spider-sense tingling. So I Googled the guy – and voila – he’s an ex-Pentagon official who’s made a career out of hassling anything and anyone who’s shown an interest in depleted uranium and any negative effects of it. Replying to him would have opened up my Friends List to him for a month. Needless to say, I did not reply to him.

Another thing that has raised alarm bells this week has been the upcoming blanket censorship of the internet in Australia. The program that the federal government wants to implement will put Australia into the same group as Iran and China when it comes to online freedom of expression. Even though the heads of Australia’s major online providers universally agree that the negatives outweigh any possible positives of such a program, it seems that the government is determined to go through with it – sending the country back to the Dark Ages of the internet in one fell swoop.

Enough darkness. Next, there will be light, I promise.

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