Web links related to the Back of the Book program of December 5, 2005

It's Sunday night 12/18/2005 21:58:24 and this page is not done yet, but it is updated. I'll be back to do more on it in the near future. It's cold outside! But there have been other reasons why this is a pretty sparse page. I really do have to update all of these Web pages soon. Maybe I can get it all done in the next fortnight. Check back for updates.

The next WBAI Local Station Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20th, 2005, at 6:30 PM location to be announced.

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 22nd, LSB meeting was held in Brooklyn. So Susan from Brooklyn came to the last LSB meeting. She got to see some of the stuff that goes on at them. The faction tried to pass a bylaws amendment, I argued that they couldn't vote on it because it was not the same calendar month. They voted that they could go ahead and do it and they did vote on it and announced that they had passed it. But I pointed out that they hadn't gotten the required number of votes for it. Surely they can count!

We also still have the issue of the member whom the faction has illegally suspended. I pointed out that his six month suspension was in its ninth month, but the faction likes to use their majority to exact revenge on people for their faction boss.

The guy who always denounced me denounced me, along with another Staff member who's demanding fiscal accountability at WBAI. He may be very surprised at the next Finance Committee meeting.

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.

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.

This is a bad time of year for those of us who like the sunlight. There just isn't much of it around! I am most bothered by the early sunsets. The earliest sunsets of the year are about to occur. They will occur on this coming Wednesday and Thursday when the Sun will set at 4:28 PM (ET). If you don't live near New York City you can check out when the Sun will set for you by using this Web site.

Winter will begin on the Solstice, December 21st, at 1:35 PM (ET). Yeah, it'll be Winter but it will also mean that the days begin getting longer the day after the Solstice. For more on the seasons and sub-seasons check out this page.

We did get to all of the outstanding mail on the air during this program. Here's the E-mail that we read.

Subject: intelligent periodic table
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 17:16:54 -0500
From: Robert
To: rpm@glib.com

I came across this while web surfing. As a chronic listener to christian radio i can see this being mentioned as a serious argument soon.
Periodictable.jpg - 145790 Bytes

Jeez, this isn't too far from what they're trying to do! As I've said before, Darwin's Theory of Evolution Through natural Selection in biology isn't the only thing the fundamentalists have to swat down if they're going to avoid anything that contradicts their superstitions. They also have to get rid of geology, astronomy and other sciences. I can see where the Periodic Table of the Elements might be on their list, albeit a ways down from evolution.

Next we have a listener who usually sends us cryptic E-mails via text messages, but now he's got another means of communicating and more to say.

Subject: User talk:C.Dember - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 06:44:58 +0000
From: Clarence
To: rpm@glib.com

Hi R.Paul & Pickles. Seems I got public domain credits for saying afew things. Let me know if this data holds the Eminent Domain Vampires at Bay. Cla

I don't think that a Web page is going to hold them at bay.

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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