Web links related to the Back of the Book program of March 5, 2001

So it's Monday morning 3/12/2001 01:46:13 and I'm declaring this Web page finally done! Pickles of the North and I rushed to the station a bit earlier than usual because of the predicted snow storm, whcih turned out to be bogus. I've updated some things on this page. I got through some more of the mail backlog on this program, and that's on this updated page as well. We live in interesting times at WBAI these days.

The Pacifica National Board met this weekend and here's what information I have on it.

Here is the latest on the theft of Pacifica.

Here's my take on the current crisis.

The usual WBAI Web cast has been down for more than five weeks now, so I guess it's history. However, our colleagues from Off the Hook probably have an alternate web cast going. At 7:08 PM last night it was working, so good luck.

So we hurried in and were all bundled up and it turned out that the monster storm that was going to bury New York city was bogus! It's just another example of herd journalism.

So there's the story out of Pakistan about some editors who may be facing the death penalty there because they printed a letter that some Pakistanis consider to be insulting to their dog spelled backwards. There is a blasphemy law in Pakistan and it can carry the death penalty.

It's usually a sure sign that the guys in charge don't believe in the phony baloney excuse they have for being in power when they have to resort of killing people, or severely punishing them, just because they challenge that excuse. And in this case it was just the result of some guy who was feeling too messed up to do his job. But this is the sort of crap you get when you have a theocracy.

Speaking of a wacky theocracy, the Taliban, who currently lord it over about 90% of Afghanistan, have gone on a statuary destruction spree. They are destroying all statues in Afghanistan. They say that they've already destroyed whatever was in the Kabul Museum, and as I write this they're equivocating about whether or not they've destroyed the world famous standing Buddhas at Bamiyan, which at 120 and 175 feet high are the world's tallest statues.

This is all being done because these Taliban scumbags say that their dog spelled backwards, the same one as in the above story where blasphemy is a capital offense, doesn't want these “idols” around because people may one day worship them. Pakistan has tried to dissuade the crazy Taliban from their war on art. Hell, even the pariah state of Iran is telling them that their religion doesn't require this sort of destruction of other religions' art works.

I have to wonder if Mayor Rudy Giuliani might ask George W. Bush's White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to give a grant to the Taliban to have them clean out the Brooklyn Museum!

The update of this story is that the big Buddha statues may well be destroyed by now, but it's still hard to tell because there are mixed signals coming from the Taliban morons.

As I said on the air, the notorious tour bus company Big Apple Tours has finally gone out of business. There isn't much left of their Web site.

And we did manage to get to some of the mail backlog on the program. First we have two missives from Dorothy, formerly “Dorothy From the Heights.” She's had some bad news lately, but she's also gone from paper letters to E-mail. Her sometimes prolific correspondence can now be posted.

Subject: Re: Oh, Whatever-the-hell and this 'n' that!
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 22:36:00 EST
From: DJpoet25
To: rpm@glib.com

Dear R. Paul, Hope your “holidays” are NOT miserable...I was ILLEGALLY evicted, MANY of my books & writings, ALL my music (STACKS & STACKS of Beauty, unless MAYBE the “evil evictors” STOLE 'em or some good soul went dumpster-diving...hoping treasures did NOT wind up as TRASH is one of the FEW things that keeps me from going COMPLETELY insane...not ONE soul out of HUNDREDS I'd BEGGED, in Jackson Heights and ELSEWHERE would give even ONE iota of human help--and I'M talkin' about the so-called GOOD Guys in the world!!! THEY'RE the CRUELEST!! You would be utterly AMAZED (and maybe FURIOUS) at who refused to HELP, even for FIVE minutes, even ANONYMOUSLY, by scribbling a note to ANY other Human Bean to GIVE them “PERMISSION” to Help!!! Because you might( or maybe you MIGHTN'T!) be surprised at the MIRACLES (Yeah, I knows Ya “hates” them “spiritual” woids, but I's talkin' 'bout the HUMAN miracles, like when ONE person named R. Paul and ONE “Out-FM” and ONE radio station DOES help any youth who might be listening who have creepy “families”, or whatever, and need help in coming out, etc. ...) that ONE anonymous scribbled note delivered anonymously DOES create!!!!! Anyhow, so here I is, back at the (Godlessness help me!!) “family” Snake Pit, where so MUCH of the hell-on-earth STARTED....at least I can reach maybe some true Human Beans 'sides YOU on the Machine, here....stay tuned for “MAD? We're ALL Mad here!!!” Peace and Pickles!

Subject: Check out Susanna(h) North Martin - Notable Women Ancestors
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 22:45:04 EST
From: DJpoet25
To: rpm@glib.com

Click here: Susanna(h) North Martin - Notable Women Ancestors Dear R. Paul, Have also sent you a message-by-mistake that MAY seem to be in Invisible Ink, but IS in FACT, totally BLANK, like my MIND at this moment, as I have been trying (TRYING being the (in)operative Word!!) to work with this machine (and as far as I know, it does NOT send messages with “cloaking devices”!! Anyhow, thought his bit of “Martin” bizness might Intrigue you...Hoping “Uncle” Sidney is “surviving” “Earlybirdiness”, Peace, here from the Rainbow Bridge!! More surprises soon...

Jeez, I don't think this Susannah Martin was a relative of mine, but I'm sure I would have met the same fate as she had I been running around annoying people 300 years ago!

Subject: Firewall
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2000 03:31:36 -0500
From: Kathy
To: rpm@glib.com

Heard on your last program that you've acquired a new firewall. I'd love to know which one, and why you chose it.

Are you also running firewall software? If so, which?

Do you find it necessary or advisable to run both hardware and software firewalls?

Well, I'm leery of discussing my security arrangements either on the air or on line, but I have both a physical firewall and a software one. I highly recommend at least a software firewall for everyone who goes on line.

Next we have another E-mail from Dorothy/DJpoet25. I've left in the link even though she sent along an impossibly large URL. If the below link doesn't work, here's Dr. Seven's Science Fiction Journal.

Subject: Check out Dr Seven's Science Fiction Journal
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2000 10:14:32 EST
From: DJpoet25
To: rpm@glib.com

Click here: Dr Seven's Science Fiction Journal Dear R. Paul, Some splendid sillines that's had me smiling, even tho' I been through LOTS more Hell, lately (where's “Edgar” when ya need 'im???) Peace!

Did I actually get to this next one on the air? It was sent as other than plain test and didn't really print out. I have to confess that the mail is about the last thing that I print out before rushing off to get in to the program on time. My printer has paper feed problems, which is why it cost so little when I bought it used off Citibank nine years ago, and an e-mail that needs a lot of sudden processing is liable to get left out. Anyway, here it is.

What he's talking about is my comment on someone having called up some years ago saying that he knew that something was flying across the horizon at extremely high speeds, yet he didn't know how big the object was. Of course if you don't know how far away something in the sky is and can't find any independent evidence of its distance then there's no way you can tell how fast it's moving. While using the Doppler effect works fine, you need to be using something like radar, sonar or something else that you're sending out and getting back. Human eyes simply cannot do this.

Subject: doppler
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 02:38:07 -0000
From: "H_Rodney"
To: rpm@glib.com

Mr martin,
In regards to your question about judging distance without knowing the size of it. I believe they use some form of frequency shift analysis. This is based on the Doppler effect. eg A siren sounds faster as it is approaching and slower as it leaves. The theory behind this is that the sound waves are compressed together because of the movement towards you therefore it sounds higher and they expand as go away fromt he source. Using this analogy if you measure the shift in frequency you could determine the distance and speed of the obeject. The do this with light too as objects approaching shift to the red side of the spectrum and objects leaving shift towards the blue side. I am fairly sure I'm right but who knows for sure ask the experts.

Subject: More E-mail From the Listener With Reverse SAD
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 01:18:32 -0800 (PST)
From: Susan
To: rpm@glib.com

Hi R. Paul -

Apparently the web cast was working. Here's an excerpt from an e-mail that I just received from a listener in Virginia regarding some of the astronomical information presented on tonight's program.

“In response to R. Paul's question: 'Where else can you get the late breaking news about the Solar Flare?' Well, I read about it last night (Saturday) in the Roanoke Times on the front page, therefore, southwest VA knew about it before he read the e-mail from his friend. I was a bit confused about his comment of a 'possible Aurora Borealis'. The Aurora Borealis is always happening. What I had read was that this major solar storm (actually 5 huge solar flares over the course of the weekend) could supposedly cause the Aurora Borealis to shift to the south so that it would be visible in North America. I am not sure if this is only for the weekend or this storm is going to permanently shift the aurora. I did go outside and take a look and didn't see anything, because there was some overcast and I am in the middle of these mountainous sticks on the wrong end of the USA. I would imagine that people on the west coast and even in the Midwest can see the aurora as long as they aren't blocked by clouds.”

I was also told that this listener has made enough food, so that there will be plenty of leftovers for me in her refrigerator, and also that at 02:34 the time of her e-mail she planned to go to sleep as she is scheduled to start work at 08:45.

All I know about Florida is that I can pass the eye test and get an unrestricted driver's license without a doctor's permission.

How do you like the new e-mail? It has spell check and prints out my name. I was accused of posting anonymously on a closed mailing list. What do you mean that makes no sense? Oh never mind.

Glad to hear you're feeling better. I am too. Especially since all of this holiday family visiting stuff is almost over for me.

Take Care,


Ah, the holidays. I'm glad they're over. The aurora is dynamic. A permanent move would mean that we were getting a permanent increase in the electrons that are hitting the earth and getting funnelled to the poles by our planet's magnetic field.

Subject: reply
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 01:43:13 -0800
From: "BILL"
To: rpm@glib.com

howdy paul.i've been listening to you since my divorce in 1989-90 or thereabouts.i was having a rough time trying to make sense of it all overly applying logic and crawling out further out onto the most fragile of branches where i decided i couldnt move forward or back.then i accidentally tuned in ti you for the first time.your show reminded me of proust and the "small incidences'in life and i started to enjoy them myself.for the longest time i've wanted to tell you how much your show calmed me down although i wouldnt say it hasnt turned life into a joy it did help put things into their proper perspective.oh,by the way,the show had a long segment about the time you entered a china shop.i believe you were trying to match to a piece of china you found broken.i found it so relaxing to your machinations that for the first time in months i forgot my problems.i found a girl i thought id spend the rest of my life with but we had an argument and i left.in the interem she rekindled =well she was a very naughty girl and ive forgiven her in a manner but cant call on inner strenght to actually see her.i dont call her,we leave each other e-mails and she said she had sex with her boss because she assumed i left her for good and i suppose i gave that impression.how can i forgive her and get back without having hidden grudge-like feelings cropping up?oh boy,did i just say all that to a veritable stranger.i used to have friend who could straighten out any quandary with just on sentence after id labor over it forever but he died.oh well enough about me.im so happy for you that you found pickles of the north.i hope i dont have to embark on a spring offensive but who knows.thanks for reading this and peace.thanks,bill hans

Subject: ICANN Hears a WHO
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 19:50:31 EST
From: North American Shirley
To: rpm@glib.com

here's another complaint about the ICANN rulings:

HEALTH AGENCY BLASTS INTERNET “DOT-HEALTH” REJECTION The World Health Organisation said on Friday that it is extremely disappointed by the decision of the Internet governing body not to approve a special Internet domain for selected healthcare Web sites, and it might appeal.
http://primarycare.medscape.com/30269.rhtml?srcmp=pc-112200 Read it Here

Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 22:35:40 -0800 (PST)
From: Susan
To: rpm@glib.com

Ever consider reading that short story on the air?

Just a thought.

Keep on enjoying those pencils,


The last E-mail above relates to my talking about using a pencil that was in a pencil extender that regular listener and correspondent Seth has sent me to write a short story. I really think that people shouldn't read their poetry and fiction on the air. Others disagree, of course. If the story is any good it'll get published somewhere sometime. And if they throw me out of WBAI I'll have plenty more time to pursue writing.

Subject: your listener in the news
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 23:08:00 EST
From: North American Shirley
To: rpm@glib.com

they keep talking directly to me in all the election news analysis; i can't figure it out. They keep saying “Shirley, he knows what will happen if ..” and “Shirley, he won't take it so far as to ...”
~North American Shirley

This next E-mail is not from me. It's from a listener who used to send me a lot of mail signed “The Lord and Master of the Universe.” It's an interesting example of how easy it is to fake an identity, at least superficially, in e-mail.

Subject: FRAGGIN
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 17:51:04 -0500
From: "R. Paul Martin"
To: rpm@glib.com

If I could have this moment I would take it home with me Wrap it in some cellophane never to be free Never to be free Oh relax I'm just annoyed because the Evil Morelab was already taken I know I'm just a zit on your memory but as Brother Campion would say: Assume the position and pop me into your everyday thinking Love and Kisses, La Liege et Mastre de la Universe

Subject: Check out Mistyc House of Healing, Enlightenment, Humor, Ancient Wisdom and M
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2000 04:55:24 EST
From: DJpoet25
To: rpm@glib.com

Click here: Mistyc House of Healing, Enlightenment, Humor, Ancient Wisdom and Magical Stones Dear R. Paul, I thought that, EVEN though you do NOT “believe” in this STUFF, ya might, you 'n' Pickles, get a giggle out of this VERY tongue-in-cheek thingie...Ya DOESN'T hasta believe to “receive”!!! Peace!

Subject: There's something in the chimney!...
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2000 07:03:00 EST
From: kalipadma
To: rpm@glib.com

I like this a lot. Merry Cthulhu-mas! -- Black Lotus

A Lovecraft Christmas

Subject: Social Construction of Sexuality
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 00:38:08 -0500
From: polywog
To: rpm@glib.com

I have written in the past, now with my major being Sociology and a minor in Philosophy (hehe, remember some time ago - 1996 - I wrote to you saying that I wrote a philosophy paper in high school as a freshman and used your show as a source) anyways, I have written a piece about the Social Constructionist vs Essentialist theories on homosexuality (Nurture vs. Nature). I have attached it to this email, but it's also available on my website: http://polywog.navpoint.com

Best Regards,

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