Web links related to the Back of the Book program of June 11, 2001

It's now Sunday evening 6/17/2001 22:27:15 and this page has been updated. I never did get to the cosmology stuff I'd wanted to get to on this program. In July, for sure! Assuming that this radio program is here in July. I've added some stuff to the AIDS section, along with a link to the latest about the listener lawsuit, and of course the tenses are as mixed as always. I haven't got anything to put up here about Brother Leonard and my squeaking out of high school because that all came off the top of my head. The E-mail I read on the air is on this page now, even the parts I sort of skipped over a bit. So this page is done!

Here is the latest on the theft of Pacifica.

Here's my take on the current WBAI and Pacifica crisis.

And remember, there's still a gag rule at WBAI.

There have been some developments in the listener lawsuits, as well.

Okay, so our colleagues from Off the Hook probably have both a RealAudio streaming web cast and the new, permanent MP3 stream going tonight, at least at 9:13 PM last night both of these feeds were working.

The Summer Solstice will occur on Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 3:38 AM (EDT). For more see my Chart of the Seasons.

Hey! I got the “Great Nigerian Scam” E-mail yesterday! Does this mean I've arrived? Does this mean that the Nigerians think I have a lot of money? Or has this scam, once reserved for the well off and greedy/stupid, trickled down to the spam stage along with all of those mortgage offers, chain letters and other crap we ordinary folk get?

I spoke about AIDS on the program, from the perspective of someone who's dealt with it among his peers for longer than two decades. AIDS has been getting some attention from the media for 20 years now. It's been around in Africa for a whole lot longer than that. I recall hearing media reports about “the gay cancer” twenty years ago. And then the Centers for Disease Control (now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) found that there might be other opportunistic infections among a small number of gay men, so they realized that they were dealing with some sort of immune system problem and labelled it GRIDS for Gay Related Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

Meanwhile, those of us involved in the gay liberation movement were noticing that some of our colleagues were looking a little the worse for wear. We chalked it up to certain of them living a really wild, partying lifestyle. But here and there someone who was in his twenties or early thirties would actually get sick and die in a very short period of time. We didn't know it then, but we were watching the earliest American casualties from what would become the AIDS pandemic.

After a year or two GRIDS got lobbied into AIDS, as it became obvious that the disease was not really limited to gay men.

In 1984, Dr. Luc Montagnier discovered the causative agent of AIDS. This retrovirus is now named Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). HIV causes AIDS.

There are now groups lobbying for more research on AIDS.

There are also some people, whom I call AIDS cranks, who are trying to deny various aspects of the AIDS crisis. They tend to be all over the place, with some denying AIDS exists, some denying that HIV exists, some accepting that one or the other or both exist but denying that they have anything to do with one another and a whole lot of other wrong ideas. It's nonsense. Here's a site that has a bit of an overview of these. There's a lot of real information here.

The AIDS cranks sometimes cite a letter from years ago, signed by hundreds of people, as some sort of proof that they're right. Most of the signatories to that letter were just long term AIDS cranks who had no qualifications in biology or medicine. Tragically a number of people who signed that letter have since died of AIDS. “The Durban Declaration” is a document that was signed by 5,228 physicians and scientists from 84 countries at the XIII International AIDS Conference held in Durban, South Africa last year. That was one “interesting” conference.

A hell of a lot has happened regarding the disease syndrome we call AIDS in the past two decades plus. The bottom line, however is that AIDS is real and it will kill you if you catch it. Some advances against the disease have been made over the past couple of decades, such as protease inhibitors, but these drugs do not cure AIDS. There is no cure for AIDS. The protease inhibitors require a lot of work to make sure you take them at the right times of day. If you don't take them according to a rigid schedule they don't work. For some people they don't work no matter what you do. For some people the protease inhibitors are very toxic. Protease inhibitors also seem to only work for a few years, at most, after which they're ineffective. So be careful!

I read through some conventional mail messages on the air, and of course those I can't reproduce here. So here's the usual E-mail bunch.

First, we have a missive from Fernando, who's been writing a lot lately. I must say, I don't know anything about this “Giganthropithicus” he's talking about. On the air I was speculating on whether or not he was talking about one of our not quite direct ancestors Australopithecus robustus. This guy was not something you'd want to meet in a dark alley, or even in a well lit alley, for that matter. Although under five feet tall this thing had jaw muscles that could probably take your hand off at the wrist with one bite. This species was a vegetarian.

And, no, I don't think this creature is “bigfoot” or “sasquatch” or any of the other silly sightings that people claim to have made. These creatures, like alien abductions, are figments of people's imaginations. Oh, and Fernando's part of New Jersey is one of those places where the native black bear population has risen greatly over the past decade. I'd sooner believe that a suburbanite doesn't know what a bear looks like than that they'd seen “bigfoot.”

Subject: What about Giganthropithicus?
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 16:28:40 -0400 (EDT)
From: Fernando
To: rpm@glib.com


This morning (April 1) I listened to your broadcast and enjoyed most of the content. I have a hard time swallowing your political views and I feel your perspective on global-warming to be the product of extreme left-wing indoctrination and politically-correct propoganda. I won't even go into your crazy view that “Big Oil” and the “Right Wing” have “stolen” the 2000 election. That is just Oliver Stone conspiracy bullcrap. In spite of all this, I do enjoy the scientific topics you discuss from time to time and this morning's broadcast touched on one of my favorite scientific mysteries, anthropology and the crazy evolution of mankind. I love this, R. I love it. I loved the part where you talked about the creature with a ridge on its head. That was great! Where can I see a picture of this guy? My question to you is where does giganthropithicus fit in on the primate “family bush” as you call it? Does he even fit in at all? Is giganthropithicus one of those “distant cousins” you referred to like neanderthal man? If so, Martin, where did he go? Was he wiped out? How do you feel about cryptozoology, Paul? I love it although I don't necessarily buy into it 100%. I'm not a fool you know. I do know a guy, however, who theorizes that giganthropithicus survived and continued to flourish in Northern China and migrated to the North American continent. This guy attributes all of these reports of Big Foot on giganthropithicus. How about that? How do you feel about this topic, R? Is this guy just blowing smoke up my ass?

I live in New Jersey (with my mother) where we have reports of a “Skunk Ape,” whose discription matches that often given in many “Sasquatch sightings.” In Pennsylvania, Cambia County has sightings of similar creatures that go back a few years. Cambia County is a hotbed of Big Foot activity, R! Are creatures like these giganthropithicus? If so and they do exist, how can they remain so elusive? Would catching one justify razing the damn forests they seem to hide out in until we flush one out? Can we do this, R? This continues to bother me. Do you know Cambia County? Until next time, Martin, I have to go now. I enjoy your show and I look forward to you getting back to me.

Florham Park, NJ

Our next correspondent asks about Web casting. Well, there's a great deal of that going on these days. I'm not going to link to any of them because there are so many! Just plug the phrase “radio webcast” into any search engine and you'll get a load of links to what some are calling “radio on the Internet,” but which really needs a different name.

As for mainstreaming WBAI — why? Almost everything else is already mainstreamed, why add more? Even if you don't like 95% of WBAI, and there are some things on WBAI that I too truly cannot stomach, why get rid of something that's one of the extremely few broadcast entities, for which you need only a cheap radio and not an expensive computer, that's different from most? I just don't understand that argument.

Subject: Internet radio?
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2001 05:54:12 -0400
From: Dan
To: rpm@glib.com

I know that your show is also being webcast. So I was wondering if it is possible to actually webcast a radio show exclusively. I'm pretty sure it's already being done in a limited way in someplaces. Considering that WBAI doesn't get as many listener as comercial radio stations, couldn't all those people who are complaining all the time on the station just broadcast their shows on the web with existing technology? And why are they complaining so much anyway? What's wrong with making WBAI more mainstream. I mean WBAI is about 95% garbage. I can only name 3 or 4 shows that air weekly or biweekly that I want to listen to. I'm sure some people will make the argument that everybody likes their own abscure shows and that this diversity of shows is a great thing, but sometimes you can turn on WBAI and hear a half hour of a guy just make noises into a microphone. And when I say noises I don't mean that what the person is saying is stupid, I mean the guy just makes noises and sound effects for half an hour. Don't these wackos belong on the internet?

Even if there are limitations to internet broadcasting now, I'm sure it will be common place in the next few years. I can't imagine what all those whiney idiots will do then without an enemy like Atlantica. No doubt many of them will say that the ten dollars a month that AOL charges is a plot by the UFO and captalists aliance to oppress them. Self rightious whiners will always whine, but hopefully I won't have to listen to it for long.

Subject: (no subject)
Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 20:51:27 EDT
From: Scorpian from Parkslope
To: rpm@glib.com

The name you use is Scorpian from Parkslope. As a regular listener to your program on a forthnight, I am deeply concerned about your lack of religious morals, considering the fact that you were brought up in Saint Francis Xavier Grammer School, which I also attended. I am not a God fearing person per se, nor do I think you are either, but lay off the Guy.

Your comments on your last show about Global Warming deeply concerned me. When do you feel that the most dire effect of the warming will begin?

Also, I would like to know your thoughs on the Mir Space Station falling and did you have a chance to see any of the photographs of it splashing down?

Oh, if dog spelled backwards can't take the heat he should get out of the superstitious kitchen.

Global warming is already manifesting itself. As I've said before, if nothing is done about global warming then in about 2050 high tide on the East River will be lapping at the doors of 120 Wall St., from which WBAI broadcasts. Last year the North Pole had no ice on it for part of the Summer, it was only water! I'd say we're already seeing some really disturbing trends, but in ten to fifteen years even the Republicans will have to admit that global warming is real and must be dealt with. Of course it may be too late to head off some of the problems by then.

Mir space station missed me, I'm glad to say. Pretty interesting watching the videos of it falling into the Pacifica Ocean. Those videos were another illustration of how things look when they enter the atmosphere at high speeds. Lots of people saw it, it was captured on film and tape and it was hard to miss. This is in contrast to the UFO sightings we usually hear about.

Next we hear from regular correspondent North American Shirley. Unfortunately, I seem to have missed Nanook of the North on Channel 21. I've known about the movie for years, but I've never seen it. Pickles of the North, however, is her own person, and she sometimes makes me her woman. She is so named because she comes from the North Pole, before it melted, where she fought the oppressor Santa Claus.

Subject: Nanook
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 02:29:47 EDT
From: North American Shirley
To: rpm@glib.com

did you catch “Nanook of the North” on channel 21 recently? Perhaps an inspiration for Pickles' name? So strange to see something from so long ago that no doubt set our stereotypes of “Eskimos” and igloos and so many other icons of the Yukon for years to come. I knew the stereotypes but didn't know the source until I saw Nanook last week. I never even knew if “Nanook” was an old radio show, a TV serial, a kid's adventure book, or what, but I have heard various “Nanook” jokes and references all my life without really knowing their origin. I was surprised at the beauty of some of the photography. Just off on a tangent, I guess. <I am; therefore I tangent.> Incidentally, I really love your show; it always makes me feel better ... Love,
Shirley of the North America <aka N.A.S.>

Subject: Hello...i have a request....
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 19:15:31 -0400
From: michael
To: rpm@glib.com

Hi!! Great Show!! I wanted to ask a favor of you. I wanted to request that on April 16th or April 30th (Sunday night/Monday morning) when your show is on, if you could let your show's intro- Heart's “Barracuda,” play all the way through. From beginning to end. I really love that song. I was surprised to hear that some of your listeners didn't want to hear it. If you could, PLEASE, just once (or three times maybe!?), play it all the way through for a few shows! I would really appreciate it!!! Thanks in advance!!

Well, I've actually done as Michael requested a number of times since he sent his E-mail in to me. So I guess I've satisfied at least one listener!

And, in contrast to Scorpion's missive above, we have this from another listener.

Subject: Great Show!
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 01:49:08 EDT
From: Amata
To: rpm@glib.com


Always love when ya “go on” about the Katholic church. Great show! Former katholic & listener.


Subject: A Not-To-Be-Missed Missive!!!!
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 18:43:18 -0400 (EDT)
From: Fernando
To: rpm@glib.com

Hi R. Paul,

I've got some things to say. First, I enjoy your program even though politically, you and I are not compatible. Regardless, I enjoy your lectures on scientific matters and your comments on culture. I won't go into specifics because of your situation concerning the new management of the radio station, but I will tell you that I can appreciate your feelings. Having said that, however, I have to be honest and say that I support the new direction of the station. The radio signal is coming in more stronger now and I can here you more clearly. FM is definitely the way to go. If I may touch on politics again, I have to say that your constant refusal to recognize President Bush as this nation's duly elected president speaks very ill of your ability to reason and makes you sound immature and very unprofessional. Everyway you want to slice this pie, the winner of the 2000 election remains George W. Bush.

I point out to you an article that appeared in New Jersey's Star Ledger on April 4, 2001. This article reported that had the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the unlawful, excessive, and random recounts to continue, George W. Bush would still have emerged as the winner. Adhering to the (many and varying) standards, Al Gore himself put forward, Bush would still have won. The narrowest margin of victory Bush received after these recounts was to win by 363 votes. Under another set of standards, he wins by 1665 votes and under yet another set, he wins by 884. Anyway these votes were counted, they resulted in a Bush victory. These recounts were done by an independent effort put forth by several of Florida's newspapers. Do you understand me? I therefore have to ask how you can still call into question the legitimacy of this presidency. G. W. Bush won. He won on election night (even after the nnetworks attempted to sabotage his chances by prematurely declaring Gore the winner in Florida), he won after the first (and only LEGAL) recount, and he won after all subsequent recounts. Now I know you may not be happy with these results, but to continuously refuse to acknowledge what is true is ignorant. Try to be better than this, R.

I concede that Gore won in the popular vote and we may debate the electoral process all day, but the reality is that the election goes to the candidate who wins the most electoral votes and that was George W. Bush. He did so legally and legitimately. Please read this article from the Ledger. They are right. I do have to ask why news of Bush being victorious in these recounts is not making bigger headlines. The media could assist in removing any doubts concerning this presidency once and for all and they are not doing so. Most media outlets who are carrying this story are burying it as a small headline. Please spread the word, R. Paul. Please become the new Walter Winchell.

Florham Park, NJ

As I said on the air, George W. Bush is not the president of the United States. He's the Usurper in the White House. I've already gone over, more than once, the fact that the Republicans grabbed something like 6,000 votes in Seminole County, Florida by “correcting” some mail-in ballots so they could be counted, but only after making sure that those ballots came from registered Republicans. Democrat ballots were not so corrected and therefore were not counted. That decided the election right there.

As for Walter Winchell, our Saddle Pal Maxwell J. Schmid has played a piece of tape from Walter Winchell's radio broadcasts from the McCarthy era wherein Winchell denounces the WBAI Union (United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America) as a bunch of Commies. Good grief.

Subject: April Greetings
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 22:10:29 -0400
From: steve
To: rpm@glib.com

Hopping Oyster and Merry Underpass to you and POTN.
All bestest,

Steve attached an amusing graphic, but it's way too large to put up here, and I don't know if it's copyrighted by anyone. But thanks, Steve!

Next we have a pair of missives from long time listener, correspondent and contributor to the program, Seth.

Subject: The one true stool
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 23:50:55 EDT
From: Seth
To: rpm@glib.com


Do you still need a stool, at the station. If so, I might be able to donate one.

If you still need one, tell me what kind and what height.


Subject: This coming weekend's event...
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 23:52:10 EDT
From: Seth
To: rpm@glib.com


What do you think of the WBAI event, coming up this weekend at the Theater For The New City?

Also... are you participating, or thinking of showing up?


We'll have to see about the stool. WBAI Management is currently spening an apparent bundle on “security” measures at the station. Why can't they buy us a stool and a clock for Master Control?

As for the event Seth's talking about, I didn't go. I'm deeply embedded enough in the WBAI stuff that's been going on lately. I just can't let the civil war eat my life.

There are a lot of issues that we can't talk about on the air at WBAI. But there is an Internet list called “Free Pacifica!” which you can subscribe to, and these issues are discussed there. If you subscribe to it you will receive, via E-mail, all of the messages which are sent to that list. You will also be able to send messages to the list.

If you want to subscribe to the “Free Pacifica!” list just click on this link and follow the instructions, and you'll be subscribed. Could open your eyes a little bit.

The above list has occasionally produced a high volume of E-mail because of the attention that these issues have drawn. If you would prefer to subscribe to a low volume list that only provides announcements of events related to these issues then subscribe to the FreePac mailing list.

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

You can also send me E-mail.

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