Web links related to the Back of the Book program of August 15, 2005

All right, we're going to do lot more than we have on this page tonight. Check out the WBAI Archives. We'll be updating this Web page as soon as possible, so check back in for the updates.

A regularly scheduled WBAI Local Station Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 24th, at 6:30 PM, location to be announced.

Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of almost every WBAI LSB meeting so far? Well, I do. And I'll be updating it soon.

At the July 25th WBAI LSB meeting, held in Manhattan, we had a bit of amusement as the Chair started off the meeting with another illegal, restrictive ruling about photographs. When she tried to stop someone from appealing this ruling I appealed that ruling. When ti came time to vote on it she couldn't get her fellow faction members to vote for it and had to do a song and dance including getting one of the faction whips to tell the other faction members to wake up and vote for upholding the Chair's illegal ruling!

WBAI Program Director Bernard White was at this meeting. He was quite confrontational, alleging that there is a “Well financed program of destabilization” going on that he was heroically resisting. In addition there was passed out a scurrilous, unsigned poison pen leaflet attacking a recently fired WBAI late night producer and the female department heads at WBAI, among others. Oh, it was quite a time at the old LSB meeting. The audio of that meeting is here.

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 were operating at 9:44 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.

We're going to talk about that moron George W. Bush coming out in favor of teaching that fraudulent “intelligent design” bullshit in schools.

We're also going to talk about the Kansas Board of Education putting out science guidelines for the schools in Kansas that are critical of the theory of evolution through natural selection. Coincidence? I think not!

Msgr. Eugene Clark, who was the rector of St. Patrick's Cathedral had to resign the other day when it was discovered that he'd been screwing his female secretary. Clark also did a cable TV program called Relationships on the Eternal Word Television Network where he would display as much anti-gay bigotry as he could, opposing same gender marriage and pushing “fidelity.” That program's on hold now.

Funny how these holier than thou characters are so often caught doing exactly what they're criticizing everybody else for.

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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