Web links related to the Back of the Book program of December 22, 2003
Merry Solstice! It's Sunday evening 1/4/2004 17:37:36 and this page is done. As the official radio program of the 2003, Winter Solstice we did okay. We counted down to tjhe event and celebrated its arrival on the air. We also covered the below topics and got to some mail. The E-mail we read on the air is posted below.
This is the special Solstice episode of Back of the Book!
The Winter Solstice will occur at 2:04 AM (EST), which means it will happen during this program.
Yes, Back of the Book is the official radio program of the 2003, Winter Solstice!
As the Earth invasion fleet heads for the planet Mars the Martians have used their advanced technology and have taken out the Japanese Nozomi orbiter. Although the word nozomi means hope, there is no hope for this space craft ever getting to work around Mars. It's been allowed to stay in a solar orbit.
We spoke on the air about the impending arrival of the Earth invasion fleet. More about this on the next program.
I was also talking about ancient pre-humans on the air. It turns out that some creatures which may have been Homo habilis or Homo erectus, or a missing link between the two species, was living in Eurasia as long as 1.75 million years ago. I was basing this part of the program on an article titled “Stranger in a New Land” in the November 2003, issue of Scientific American.
Our species, homo sapiens, didn't show up until about 160,000 years ago, and didn't do things differently from their predecessors until some time between 35,000 to 70,000 years ago. The above mentioned pre-human species were long gone by then.
We got through some mail on the air. Some were seasonal greetings, which we read out of order, and the E-mail we read on the program we present here.
And here's an E-mail from a listener outside the official listening area. He offers a reason for why we didn't get really blasted by that big coronal mass ejection that happened a couple of months ago.
Well, I think there's more to it than that. Robert Moses was a bad guy, but I don't think that the high car insurance rates can be attributed to him.
I remember most of that stuff, although some of it I never really had much to do with. But I did get to meet Soupy Sales at the “Friends of Old Time Radio Convention” in New Jersey in October 2002. Unfortunately, I can really predict which piece of mail will get read on which program, so I guess I read this one without alerting you ahead of time. Sorry.
There are a lot of issues that are considered hazardous to talk about on the air at WBAI, even now that the gag rule has been lifted. However, there is the Internet! There are mailing lists which you can subscribe to and Web based message boards devoted to WBAI and Pacifica issues. Many controversial WBAI/Pacifica issues are discussed on these lists.
Probably the most popular list that's sprung up is the “NewPacifica” mailing list. This one is very lively and currently includes over 400 subscribers coast to coast.
Being lively, of course, it sometimes also gets a bit nasty. All sorts of things are happening on this list and official announcements are frequently posted there.
You can look at the NewPacifica list here, and you can join the list from that Web page too. If you subscribe to the “NewPacifica” mailing list you will receive, via E-mail, all of the messages which are sent to that list.
There is the option to receive a “digest” version of the list, which means that a bunch of messages are bundled into one E-mail and sent to you at regular intervals, this cuts down on the number of E-mails you get from the list. You will also be able to send messages to the list.
This list also has a Web based interface where you can read messages and from which you can post your own messages.
There is also the more WBAI specific “Goodlight” Web based message board. It is sometimes referred to on Back of the Book as “the bleepin' blue board,” owing to the blue background used on its Web pages. This one has many people posting anonymously and there's also an ancillary “WBAI people” board that's just totally out of hand.
When the computer in Master Control is working we sometimes have live interaction with people posting on the “Goodlight Board” during the program.
And then there is the historic “Free Pacifica!” list, which has been used to help organize resistance to Pacifica Management hijackers since the mid-90s. It's become a low volume mailing list because it's been eclipsed by some of the newer, more technologically advanced, lists. Just click on this link and follow the instructions, and you'll be subscribed. This is a mailing list only, it doesn't have a digest option nor does it have a web interface.
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