Web links related to the Back of the Book program of February 25, 2008

It's Monday, March 3, 2008, 06:21 and this Web page has been updated a little bit. Oh, good grief we have to pitch again! We'll try to make this less painful than is usual — for all of us. We're sorry, but we have to do it. We're going to talk about the murder of a gay teenager tonight. We're also going to get in as much other stuff as we can. I plan on updating this Web page, and not just with the newest news regarding this bizarre election that's going on at WBAI, in the next week or so.

Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of many of the WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do.

UPDATE as of Friday, February 22, 2008: The deadlines for the elections for the WBAI Local Station Board have been extended by the Elections Supervisors. They've been announcing that the ballots would be counted on February 23, for the past 3 weeks, but they have now extended that deadline to Saturday, March 15, 2008. If you've got a ballot send it in immediately.

If you didn't get a ballot and would like to get a replacement ballot you need to contact Local Elections Supervisor Dale Ratner via E-mail or by leaving a message at 212-209-2828. The Local Elections Supervisor says, “Ballots must be mailed in on Friday, March 14th, 2008.” I'll assume that this means that they must be mailed in by that date. Since they'll be counting the ballots on March 15, I would suggest that you mail your ballot in well before March 14.

If you've already asked for a replacement ballot you should be getting one in the mail very soon. But, if you are either a listener member or a Staff member of WBAI and you did not receive a ballot and/or you requested a replacement ballot then you need to immediately contact Frank LeFever Ph.D. and Mitchel Cohen and let them know if you didn't get a ballot and whether or not you got a replacement ballot.

You should either mail your ballot in immediately or, as the Local Elections Supervisor says, “There will be another ballot drop off day at the station on Friday March 14th, 2008.” The Local Elections Supervisor has not given us any more information than that. When I get more information I'll post it.

There has been a lawsuit filed about the way this election is being handled. Here is a posting about the details of the case. Obviously some of the details regarding these elections could change yet again so you'll need to keep updated.

There's a regular LSB meeting scheduled for March 25th at 7:00 PM, location to be announced.

WBAI has a program schedule up on its Web site. The site has gotten many of the individual program pages together to provide links and such, so check it out.

WBAI has an official Web stream of what's on the air at any time! You can go here and pick which type of stream you want! If this stream isn't working let me know. It was working all right at 8:26 PM last night.

WBAI is archiving the programs! Just go here and you'll be able to listen to the program any time for the next couple of months. When you first go to the Web page you'll only see the WBAI programs for the past 7 days. If you want to see older programs you can click on one of the “See ALL Shows” buttons.

Back of the Book is now one of the programs that you can download, as well as listen to on line.

I'm glad to announce that with a new person doing the archives there have been some positive changes. In the table on that Web page Back of the Book and Carrier Wave are both in the Show column. The “Date and Category” column shows the date of the program. After the program I go in and write the details of the program and say which program it is. Of course I'd recommend that you just listen to both programs in this time slot!

We pitched on this program. It's the first time in quite a while that this time slot has had to pitch for 3 weeks in a row. We did all right, considering. The final tally came in at $775. I don't think that's too bad. We thank each and every one of you who pledged at any time during this 'thon. And of course whether your pledged for this program or another one please be sure to fulfill your pledge when the bill arrives! We can only pay the rent with the money that listeners actually send in.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to all of the stuff we'd wanted to get to for this radio program. Well, that's what happens when we're having to pitch. The next program will be all program.

Lawrence King was not your average 15 years old, but he was still a kid. He was openly gay. He was murdered in class by a classmate for being gay. Of course I'm going to talk about this tonight.

The United States Navy shot down a satellite this past fortnight. This opens a whole long list of musty issues, mostly diplomatic ones that have been hiding from the advancement of technology around the world.

In what will probably not be a big story on the evening news astronomers have been able to refine their calibration of the types of stars that they use to determine the distance of various things out in space. This really helps to pin down not only the distances to other galaxies, etc., but it also helps to determine what may be happening with dark matter and dark energy.

Hey, do you want to see the planet Saturn? Well, tonight's a very good night to do so. But you'll still get excellent views of the ringed planet for the next number of weeks.

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.

Our very own Uncle Sidney Smith, whose program Carrier Wave alternates with us, has a blog these days. You can reach his blog here.

My voice mail number at WBAI is 212-209-2996. Leave a message.

You can also send me E-mail.

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