[Vision2020] Convicted:Wilful Blindness:Reducing CO2 Emissions

Sunil Ramalingam sunilramalingam at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 3 22:16:57 PDT 2006


I don't have a global solution.  I just think bicycle riders shouldn't court 
death or severe physical injury to make a political point.  I think they'll 
lose every time.

I also think bike riders should ride in their own lanes and shouldn't 
mistake themselves for pedestrians as they race on sidewalks or blithely 
enter crosswalks on their bikes without yielding the right of way.  That's 
what I try to do when I ride my bike.

Those are the only points I tried to make in this discussion.  I did not 
claim to have an answer to the  'critical question' I never tried to answer. 
  If I had the answer, I would have tried to provide it.  I won't pretend to 
have more to add.


>From: "Ted Moffett" <starbliss at gmail.com>
>To: "Sunil Ramalingam" <sunilramalingam at hotmail.com>
>CC: vision2020 at moscow.com
>Subject: Convicted:Wilful Blindness:Reducing CO2 Emissions
>Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 15:18:26 -0700
>Sunil et. al.
>Consider, Sunil, that you have not read all the responses to the "Critical
>Mass" discussion on Vision2020, because some of them were "Off List"
>discussions you were not privy to, that were prompted by the public
>discussion.  And I strictly follow the rule that "Off List" communications
>stay that way.  I did not name you in the post that you quote from below in
>your response, that you assert was, what, probably or likely, aimed your
>way?   I did not name anyone in that post subject headed:
>Critical Mass: Kind & Gentle Activism: Thoreau Lives On?*
>I did not name anyone to avoid the very sort of personalized "ad hominem"
>response you gave!
>But I have no axe to grind here.  I plead guilty.
>I stand convicted of "wilful blindness," and throw myself on the mercy of
>the court.  Will you offer your best argument to the judge or jury for a
>light sentence, though you seem convinced of my guilt?  If you were my
>public defender, would this not be your "sacred" duty?
>How you know my blindness is "willful," though, is beyond my powers of
>comprehension.  Perhaps I'm just "blind," and this is due to the oblivious
>"blindness" of the sort that a famous ethicist (not Oden) once said,
>"Forgive them father, for they know not what they do."
>Anyway, to focus on a much more important issue that led to the discussion
>on how to promote more bicycling, you did not answer the critical question
>posed in the thread on Critical Mass/Inconvenient Truth, though perhaps in
>my "blindness," I missed your answer.
>I'll pose the question again, in case you care to enlighten us, if you have
>not already:
>"Inconvenient Truth: What WE gonna do?"
>The "Inconvenient Truth" is human caused global warming from CO2 releases.
>And your solution or solutions?
>Ted Moffett

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