Hello. Long time, no see. I hope you’re keeping well.
We’ll be back to the usual odd mixture of random musings soon. First, I’d like to catch up on your reaction to last week’s news: namely the story about this week’s ‘sing-in’ protest against Gary McKinnon’s planned extradition.
In what David called “a heavy handed response” from the US, Gary, who has Asperger’s syndrome, stands accused of hacking into US military websites and is now under threat of extradition – under the controversial 2003 Extradition Act, which allows US authorities to demand extradition without having to provide much by way of evidence – so that he can stand trial in the States.
He could face up to an incredible 70 years in jail there, labelled an ‘enemy combatant’, which sounds like a most severe wrap across the knuckles as punishment for looking for proof of alien life, as Gary maintains.
I’d like to know what you think. Some might argue that he did them a favour by exposing how lax their security was. (Default passwords at the Pentagon?!)
In the same vein, Earth Hour.
Did you vote, either way, with your light switch on Saturday? Do you think the results, due to be presented to the powers that be in Copenhagen at the end of the year, will make a blind bit of difference to world policy on climate change?
I hear that some thought it appropriate (funny? clever?) to deliberately use as much electricity as possible during that hour, dressing it up as a celebration of human achievement. To me it seems like a rather spiteful, childish and, above all, wasteful way to mock. Still, if you orchestrate a global election and ask people to vote for Earth (or not) in this way, surely that was always likely to happen. Besides, many don’t have light switches to flick – in anger or anything else.
So, as the Graham Nash song re-written for Gary’s case goes: ‘We can change the world, re-arrange the world, it’s dying to get better.’ Do you believe that we can?
Let’s hope the protesters in London for the G20 summit this week do.
Viva la Revolución…