Web links related to the Back of the Book program of December 6, 2004
It's Monday morning 12/13/2004 01:01:04 and this Web page is done. Better late than never! I had a problem with my Web host moving the servers last weekend and I didn't get to post this page then. But this time I've posted the entire thing all at once.
The WBAI Local Station Board (LSB) will meet next on Wednesday, December 15th, at 6:30 PM at the Harlem State Office Building located at 163 W. 125th St. in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery, this is in Manhattan. The meeting will include Public Comment and is wheelchair accessible.
Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of every WBAI LSB meeting so far? Well, I do.
The elections for WBAI Local Station Board are over and the faction currently in charge lied and cheated its way to a majority on the WBAI Local Station Board. This is not a good thing. We'll see how it works out over the next few months.
As one of its last acts the old LSB lifted the secrecy from the executive session meeting of March 4, 2004. Here are the minutes of that meeting. The bottom line is that a prominent WBAI personality took the cash receipts of WBAI's Riverside 9/11 event and gave them to someone he knew. After the LSB began an investigation into this the money was returned to the station, eight months after it had been taken.
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.
Brand new is the Pacifica Internet Radio site.
So WBAI Management has fired Gary Null. This was done on the same day that the faction currently in charge, an appendage of Management, won a majority in the LSB elections. Here's Management's statement about the removal of Gary Null from WBAI's air:
Management's official statement is at odds with other statements from Management. What's really happening? The WBAI Program Director has exacted revenge on Gary Null, it's that simple. Management has been quoted as giving a different reason from the official one above for Null's permanent removal from the air.
Meanwhile, Gary Null has filed a “grievance” with the faction dominated fantasy union for Unpaid Staff at WBAI. We'll see what happens, but I think we already know how that's going to work out.
One of the questions is: was this just a single case of revenge or is this the beginning of a larger scale purge at WBAI?
There was no Web page for this program when the program aired. My Web host was moving servers over that weekend and nothing could be posted until the next week. So this whole Web page is going up much later than usual.
The Winter solstice will occur on Tuesday, December 21, 2004, at 7:42 AM (EST). For more information about seasons click here.
While watching 60 Minutes on December 5, I saw a piece they did on the “back door draft.” This is where people who'd thought that they were done with military service are suddenly dragged back through legal loopholes.
On 60 Minutes they were going over the situations of various people who'd been officers who were being forced back into active service and who were going to be shipped off the quagmire in Iraq.
If you were a military officer, and you do not resign your commission, you can be brought back in to active service in a “national emergency.” And this is exactly what's happening. I knew about this decades ago, but apparently a bunch of these officers didn't know about this little provision. Of course I was never an officer so I don't have to worry about such things.
Among those caught up in this back door draft were a woman who appeared to be a bit old for going into harm's way, a former chopper pilot who has a physical disability and a guy who is probably in his forties and is seriously overweight, maybe even obese. This last guy is going to be risking not only getting shot but having a heart attack from the heat and stress of dodging incoming ordnance. Just another way in which this war is a real mess.
And it is indeed ironic that a jerk who himself dodged military service in a war zone and didn't bother to show up for some of his National Guard duty is the one doing the back door draft and dragging these people off to a war zone.
Irene Elizabeth Stroud was a Methodist pastor and she was recently found “guilty” of living as an open lesbian. This is just right wing, anti-gay bigotry. Stroud was popular with the congregation, but the church pharisees found her guilty and removed her.
In better gay related news a 3 judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit found that colleges may indeed refuse to cooperate with military recruiters on the basis of the military's discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation.
And things are getting a little bit better in Kansas. The Topeka City Council passed a very limited gay rights law, but it's better than all of those losses we've had lately.
There's evidence that the Sun had a close encounter with another star billions of years ago. This would account for the planetoid Sedna and for the sudden drop off of the Kuiper Belt at about 50 Astronomical Units out. Some asteroids in our Solar System may even be left over from the exchange of material with this other star. The Sun started out life in a star cluster of maybe 1,000 stars. If some of those traded asteroids could be found then it might be possible to learn more about that star cluster, most of whose former inhabitants are now scattered all over the galaxy.
And we got to some mail on this program. Here we present the E-mails we read. A number of them were about the Vaughn Meader stuff we did on a previous program.
And then we have something about another silly psychic.
Well, I don't believe in any of these silly things. But I must say that the warning that “something big is about to happen somewhere in the world in the near future” is probably a pretty safe bet. As it has been for the past several thousand years!
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.
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