Web links related to the Back of the Book program of May 8, 2006

The Middle Third is here! We plan to get to the below topics, the mail and more on this program. I do hope that I update this again soon.

The next WBAI Local Station Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 22, at 6:30 PM, location to be determined. What do you want to bet that there will be another attempt at an executive session?

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 April 25th, LSB meeting was held in Manhattan. The faction went on a hate binge against the interim General Manager. She layed off the faction leader, not to be confused with the faction boss, and the faction leader is using all of his connections to try to get that paying job back. The entire faction is demanding that he be re-employed. When it's convenient the faction operatives claim that they're so pro-labor, but here we have a situation where numbers of Paid Staff have been layed off or have had their hours cut due to budgetary constraints, and they all have seniority over the faction leader. But since he's the faction leader they want to ignore seniority and keep the patronage system going for him. I can't say just what happened at the executive session at the last meeting, but I can say that it started over an hour late, lasted only twenty minutes and in my opinion was a waste of time. This isn't over.

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.

There is a new, official stream for WBAI! You can go here and pick which type of stream you want! If this stream isn't working let me know. It was working at 10:59 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 have not always been behaving properly of late. They have been fixed, but we can't guarantee their condition. If Back of the Book isn't archived this time I'll post an archive myself. Also note that they have been calling the Back of the Book archive the Carrier Wave archive. You should go by the date of the program until this gets rectified.

NOTE: The archives are screwed up again and the April 24, 2006, program did not get archived. I have made an archive of the April 24, 2006 program and I've posted it on another site.. Note that I've had to strip out the music portions for copyright reasons. Stripped out parts are replaced by one second of tone.

Our Saddle Pal Uncle Sidney Smith has a blog! Click here to go to Sidney's blog.

I'm going to talk a little bit about this Zacarias Moussaoui character who got life in prison this week. Is he nuts? Just a poseur? How might his case be related to that of Leon Czolgosz?

It's horseshoe crab mating season! We'll talk a little bit about this tonight, as we have in the past.

On the last program I talked about how that mysterious stuff called dark matter behaves and why it doesn't all just collapse into a bunch of black holes. This time I'm going to talk a little bit about a new finding that shows that the axes of spiral galaxies tend to line up with the filaments they're in. The filaments are the collections of ordinary matter which we can see but which also seem to follow the distribution of the invisible dark matter, which only interacts with ordinary matter through gravity.

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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