Quiet-List 1997

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RE: Purpose of quiet-list

The first step is to get acoustic assault recognized as a crime. I think 
we're a long way from that.

I think I hear the two Bobs advocating a Greenpeace-style (or even Sea 
Shepherd-style) campaign that would generate publicity through 
controversial actions. The populace at large, though, is probably a lot 
more willing to accept extremism in defense of the environment than 
extremism in defense of quiet. Quiet is not yet recognized as an 
environmental value.

I have to go back to my experience at the Earth Day rally, when I was 
called a "freak" and physically assaulted for asking that the volume be 
turned down to safe levels. When I complained in writing to the organizers, 
I not only did not receive an apology but was criticized for being 
"confrontational". The irony here can best be appreciated by those who have 
seen the tactics of the environmental movement in British Columbia over 
forestry practices in the last decade or so.

My point is simply that if you sink a whaling ship or chain yourself to a 
tree, at least part of the world is going to think you're a hero. If you go 
around zapping boom cars, you're going to be almost universally regarded as 
a dangerous lunatic. You're also highly likely to get beaten up or worse.

Peter Donnelly
Right to Quiet Society

From: 	Sorrento95@aol.com[SMTP:Sorrento95@aol.com]
Reply To: 	quiet-list@igc.org
Sent: 	Monday, September 22, 1997 5:58 PM
To: 	quiet-list@igc.org
Subject: 	Re: Purpose of quiet-list

   Without advocating any illegal actions, would it be appropriate
   to discuss legal issues and legislative strategies associated
   with extending  the doctrine of self-defense to include self-
   defense against acoustic violence and noise trespass?

   Boom cars do bodily injury to innocent people every
   day.  The stress response is immediate, and probably
   measurable with instruments.   The hazards of sleep
   deprivation are obvious.  How many auto accidents
   are caused by drowsy drivers who are deprived of sleep
   by their neighbors' noise?  How many deaths and
   crippling injuries?

   What legal options already exist whereby people can
   defend themselves against more conventional forms of
   assault, and can they be extended to permit defense
   against noise assault?

     -- Michael Wright

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