Web links related to the Back of the Book program of December 31, 2007
It's Sunday, 1/13/2008, 04:13 and I've finished updating this Web page. Merry New Year! We got to the below topics plus more. We got through all of our mail on this program. Note the new information about the archives and the next LSB meeting.
Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of many of the WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do.
UPDATE as of Sunday, December 30, 2007: The elections for the WBAI Local Station Board are currently on hold while a judge works out the details of the lawsuit brought by some members.
Because of the lawsuit nobody is sure what's happening now. Is the election over? Was the election extended? It's all going to depend on what the lawsuit determines.
The issue is to go before the judge on January 24, 2008. It is hoped that after that it will all be resolved. A complicating factor is that the Pacifica National Board will be meeting here in New York beginning January 25th. Will WBAI be able to choose new Directors in time or will the current Directors, dominated by the faction currently in charge, continue no matter what?
If you are either a listener member or a Staff member of WBAI and you did not receive a ballot and/or you requested a replacement ballot then you need to immediately contact Frank LeFever Ph.D. and let him know if you didn't get a ballot and whether or not you got a replacement ballot. Dr. LeFever is unofficially collecting the information to see if there's a pattern to the ballot non-receipt phenomenon.
There has been a lawsuit filed about the way this election is being handled. The Court case is still ongoing. The temporary restraining order is still in effect. It's possible that some of the details regarding the election could change so you'll need to keep updated.
There's a regular LSB meeting scheduled for January 14th at 7:00 PM, in Local 1199's Cafeteria , at 310 West 43rd St. between 8th & 9th Avenues, in Manhattan.
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.
WBAI has an official Web stream of what's on the air at any time! You can go here and pick which type of stream you want! If this stream isn't working let me know. It was working all right at 11:21 PM last night.
WBAI is archiving the programs! Just go here and you'll be able to listen to the program any time for the next couple of months. When you first go to the Web page you'll only see the WBAI programs for the past 7 days. If you want to see older programs you can click on one of the “See ALL Shows” buttons.
Back of the Book is now one of the programs that you can download, as well as listen to on line.
I'm glad to announce that with a new person doing the archives there have been some positive changes. In the table on that Web page Back of the Book and Carrier Wave are both under “Shared Timeslot Monday 1AM to 3AM” in the Show column. The “Date and Category” column shows the date of the program. After the program I go in and write the details of the program and say which program it is. Of course I'd recommend that you just listen to both programs in this time slot!
The planet Mars has a slim chance of getting hit by a small asteroid next month.
The odds began at 350 to 1 and have now progressed to only 25 to 1. In any case it will be a close call, in astronomical terms.
We're also going to talk about some diseases that are showing up and challenging the idea that people can go anywhere and be free of disease. One disease is also spreading due to global warming.
It was 40 years ago yesterday, December 30, 1967, that I got my draft notice. Oh, you know I'll be talking about that tonight!
On our previous program we said that if you're expecting a premium, it may be delayed.
On that program we also played some unedited audio of the Pacifica National Board's Finance Committee meeting on December 10, 2007. At that meeting there was a report from the WBAI working group, which is working on dealing with WBAI's financial crisis. Since I've taken so long, due to computer problems, to get the edited version of that audio posted I'm also providing a link to it from this program's Web page. Click here to go to the page with a short audio clip of that working group's report along with a roundup of what else happened at that meeting.
We also reported on a rumor that Nicole Sawaya, who had recently been hired as Pacifica's Executive Director was “in discussions” with the Pacifica National Board. We'd previously heard rumors that Ms. Sawaya had simply quit after about a month on the job.
After this program aired The Berkeley Daily Planet has reported that the discussions are indeed ongoing and they've got confirmation of this from both Ms. Sawaya and Pacifica National Board Chair David Adelson.
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. Update: the “Issues” forum of the bleepin' blue board is not functioning at this time. The owner of the bleepin' blue board tells me that they're having problems with the cgi scripts. So folks are posting in the “WBAI People” forum until this gets fixed.
When the computer in Master Control is working we sometimes have live interaction with people posting on the “Goodlight Board” during the program.
Our very own Uncle Sidney Smith, whose program Carrier Wave alternates with us, has a blog these days. You can reach his blog here.
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