Web links related to the Back of the Book program of November 21, 2005

All right, it's Sunday night 12/4/2005 22:00:39 and although I've updated this page with the sound file of Pacifica interim Executive Director Ambrose Lane, Sr.'s remarks to the PNB on October 30, this page isn't done yet. I've really got to get these updates all updated! We're both back! We plan to get to the below topics and more on tonight's radio program. We also plan to get to the mail a bit earlier than usual and maybe even get through it all. Check back in for updates some time soon.

The next WBAI Local Station Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005, at 6:30 PM, at the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office of the Legal Aid Society, 111 Livingston St., 7th floor, Brooklyn, NY. Take the 2, 3, 4, 5, to Borough Hall, or A, C, E, F to Jay St./Borough Hall or the R to Court St. in Brooklyn. The location is wheelchair-accessible and public comment is welcome.

Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of the older WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do. And I'll be updating it soon.

The November 1st, LSB meeting was held in Manhattan and we got a quorum after a while. The faction currently in charge declared that it is not accepting the apology from the member whom they're not allowing to vote because they claim that he's “suspended.” So his six month suspension is now in its ninth month. Another way for the faction currently in charge to deal unfairly with someone whom they dislike. The faction also tried to pass an approval of an amendment to the bylaws which the PNB passed in October. But they screwed that attempt up on several counts.

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 streams were working at 10:51 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.

Late Autumn begins later today at 2:51 PM ET. Really getting dark early now, all right. For more on the seasons and sub-seasons check out this page.

In the evolution battles the recent election saw the right wing anti-evolution members of the Dover Area School Board defeated i thier elections. This was the school board that got itself sued by parents because they wanted to start edging science out of the classroom in favor of their religion, letting “intelligent design” take an equal place with the Theory of Evolution Through Natural Selection.

And George Coyne, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, has said that “intelligent design” isn't science and doesn't belong in the classroom. Well, he is an astronomer, and he looks at things that are very old all the time.

We're going to be playing some remarks made by Ambrose Lane Sr. about the Pacifica Foundation and WBAI tonight. Mr. Lane is the Executive Director of the Pacifica foundation, which owns WBAI, and he's also the Chair of the Pacifica National Board. Below is the edited audio of Mr. Lane's remarks which I played on the air during this program. Double clicking on the link should get it to play on your computer. Or you can just download it, right click in windows and choose to save it to your hard drive, other systems will be different.

Selected remarks by Pacifica interim Executive Director and Chair of the Pacifica National Board Ambrose Lane Sr. on October 30, 2005.

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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