Web links related to the Back of the Book program of March 27, 2006

Spring is here! We're going to get to the below stuff and more and we'll also try to get through the mail tonight. Some day I hope that I update this Web page.

The next WBAI Local Station Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 30, at 6:30 PM at Local 1199's Bread and Roses Art Gallery, 310 West 43rd St. between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan.

Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of some of the WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do. And I update them from time to time.

The March 16th, LSB meeting was held in Brooklyn. It started almost an hour and a quarter late. The faction currently in charge attacked a member who wasn't even there. They voted to "disassociate" from his remarks. Some of his remarks, however, appear to have been accurate. All this is just a preliminary to the faction's usual dirty election tactics.

The faction sycophant who always denounces me denounced me and various other people at this meeting. He asked “Does anyone even listen to [Back of the Book]?” The Program director raised his hand. The faction was amused, the faction sycophant demanded that I be removed from the air.

I have written a statement about the constructive removal of a LSB member and sent it to the PNB, the WBAI LSB and various public mailing lists and bulletin boards.

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.

Our colleagues from Off the Hook now have both a RealAudio streaming web cast operating, and a new MP3 stream. The MP3 feed is now the preferred feed. Both feeds were working at 11:24 PM last night.

The Pacifica Foundation, which owns WBAI, has revamped its Web site and now has something called the Pacifica Lounge where you can post messages about Pacifica, WBAI and other Pacifica radio stations. This may be a good thing, and of course there are other, long term fora in which to participate.

WBAI also has a forum on its Web site now. You have to register to post messages, but anyone may read the messages.

WBAI is now archiving the programs! Just go here and you'll be able to listen to the program any time for the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, Back of the Book is not one of the programs that you can download, you can only listen to it on line. But maybe someone will change that at some point. NOTE: The archives for everything between February 11, and February 22, are missing. I have made an archive of the February 13, program and posted it on another site. Note that I've had to strip out the music portions for copyright reasons. Yet another NOTE: the names of the programs are getting bollixed up. The archive will probably list this program as Carrier Wave just go by the date and you'll get this program. I'm trying to get them to fix this.

Well, as I'm typing this I hear on the news that Abdul Rahman, who was facing the death penalty in Kabul, Afghanistan for having converted to Christianity, has had the charges against him dropped, and he's supposed to be released tomorrow. I was going to talk about this, and I guess I still am. I'm glad that he's not facing death for his decision to choose a different superstition.

Among the science things we're going to talk about tonight will be global warming and Inflation Theory.

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.

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

You can also send me E-mail.

WBAI related links

Free Pacifica Web site

WBAI Listeners' Web page

WBAI Management's official Web site

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