Web links related to the Back of the Book program of June 11, 2011

It's Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 03:43, and I've updated this page with the information on the Summer solstice. The original top of this page follows the arrow. ⇒ At least we're not pitching on this program! Unfortunately, this will be our only program this month. Check back for updates.

Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of some of the WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do.

The next regular WBAI LSB meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at a location to be announced.

The LSB tried to hold a regular meeting on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at “Brooklyn Commons” at 388, Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn. But we never reached a quorum and couldn't hold a legal meeting. The meeting was convened an hour late! You can read a little more about it here. After the meeting was over one faction operative started stalking me, insisting that I engage in a conversation with him. Yeah, another of the so-called Justice & Unity Campaign members turns out to be a thug.

At a previous meeting the WBAI LSB voted to hold its meetings on the second Wednesday of every month and/or the last Thursday of that month, subject to change by the LSB, which gives us the following schedule:

All of these meetings are set to begin at 7:00 PM.

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. And you can see the status of the streams at any time by clicking here. The stream was working at 1:07 this morning. The station has a Flash stream here, make sure you enable Javascript so it can work for you.

WBAI is archiving the programs! Just go here and you'll be able to listen to this program any time for the next couple of months. You may need to scroll up one line to see the audio archive. Let me know if you find this feature useful.

If you want to listen to any part of the WBAI archive click here to go right to the archives. 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. Or to see only the two shows in this time slot click here.

Back of the Book is again one of the programs that you can download, as well as listen to on line.

In the table on the archive Web page Back of the Book and Saturday Morning With the Radio On are both 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!

In the Summer of 2009, there was a Pacifica National Board meeting held in New York. Here's the Web page I did about this PNB meeting and the amazing things that went on at it.

And the PNB has also met in Houston from Friday October 9th, through Sunday October 11th, 2009. The official audio archive of that meeting is here. It was not disrupted as the New York meeting was, although some of the same miscreants got out there to say stupid things.

The Pacifica National Board (PNB) met in Manhattan the weekend of October 1-3, 2010. The audio has been posted for the first day of the meeting, the second day of the meeting and the third day of the meeting.

The Summer Solstice is coming! The Summer Solstice, In the northern hemisphere, will occur on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011, at 1:16 PM (ET). Of all the seasons I have always liked the Summer the best.

For the dates and times of other seasons, and sub-seasons, visit my Web page about the seasons.

High Mobility Artillery Rocket System
High Mobility Artillery Rocket System at Battery Park

The big green thing in the photograph is a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). As part of Fleet Week they had this HIMARS thing and some Marines, with assorted other weapons, down at Battery Park showing it all off. The Marines also had a chin-up bar that they challenged guys on. And of course they had an eye for recruiting some of the younger folks who might try chin-ups.

At one point we saw a bunch of young guys in civilian clothes marching through the park with a Marine leading them. We don't know if they'd just been shown how to march, of if they'd just been persuaded to join the Marines and were being marched off to some recruiting station or worse.

Lots of people were very interested in the weapons of war that they were showing off. They had some weapons I remember from my time in the army, and they had the newer versions of others. Unlike the flocking tourists I did not feel the need to pose with the M240 machine gun, having done enough with its predecessor the M60 machine gun in my youth.

Loads of Navy guys all over Battery Park too, of course.

Manhattanhenge 2011
Manhattanhenge 2011 on W. 56th St.

Pickles of the North went over to Manhattan this past fortnight and hung out with some of her gal pals. She took this photograph of something called Manhattanhenge, which is the phenomenon of the Sun setting so as to shine right down certain Manhattan streets. She'll be talking about this on the program this morning.

our defrosting refrigerator
Our Defrosting Fridge

In other Earth shattering news Pickles of the North defrosted our ancient refrigerator the day after the last program. We actually don't know how old this refrigerator is. I suspect that it's older than a serious percentage of our listeners though.

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 bleepin' blue board has had to add a step for folks to get onto it because it's under attack by spambots. When you click on the above link you may be asked for a username and password. Type in Username: poster Password: enternow

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.

My voice mail number at WBAI is 212-209-2996. Leave a message.

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