Back of the Book — July 7, 2012

Oh, it's early Summer and it's warm and there's lots of Sun and I like it. Of course it's still very odd that when we come in for the program Wall St. will be illuminated by false dawn and the Sun will rise at 5:32 AM, while we're on the air. But that's life. We plan to talk about the below stuff and more tonight. We'll do things around the Christopher Street Liberation Day march and other things on this program. Check back for updates.

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

The next regular WBAI LSB meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012, at Alwan-for-the-arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor, in downtown Manhattan.

The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012, at Alwan-for-the-arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor, in downtown Manhattan. For the second time in two meetings I got to make a Treasurer's Report. I don't remember the last time I was able to do two Treasurer's Reports in a row. I delivered the by now not so great news that we're in pretty bad financial shape.

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 newly revamped 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 02:53 this morning. The station has a Flash stream here, make sure you enable Javascript so it can work for you.

New WBAI stream! WBAI has put up an experimental stream for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This is a brand new, experimental stream. So if you have one of those devices you might try the link out. And let us know how it works for you one way or the other. That way the folks implementing it can iron out any kinks in the system.

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 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.

We will be pitching on our next program on July 21st. We'll be pitching as a part of the WBAI Summer 'Thon. We'll be hoping to raise enough money for the station to survive until late in the fiscal year.

If you would like to contribute but you figure you may not be able to catch the program when it airs on July 21st, you can always send your donation in ahead of time. A regular one year membership is $25. If you want to send more than $25 that would be great. So, if you can, please send a check made payable to “Pacifica/WBAI” and send it to:

R. Paul Martin
120 Wall St. 10th floor
New York, NY 10005

And we hope that everyone who listens pledges or sends in a check.

View of the march down Fifth Ave.
View down Fifth Ave.

Of course Pickles of the North and I went to the annual Christopher Street Liberation Day March this year. Yeah, it's mostly known as the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered Pride March, but I'm an old coot and I call it what we called it when it was risky to march in it.

We'll be talking about the entire adventure on the program tonight/this morning. I also plan to do an entire Web page about our adventures that day.

So have they really found the elusive Higgs boson? At a press conference on July 4th, scientists from the Tevatron collider at Fermilab and the ATLAS and CMS experiment teams at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN presented what are termed preliminary results which indicate that they have found a particle at a mass of around 125 to 126 GeV, which is right where the Standard Model of the universe predicts the Higgs Boson should be. They're not completely sure they've found it, but they're close enough that they had to make the announcement.

If it operates as some physicists think it does the Higgs boson is what gives other particles, and eventually all matter in the universe including you and me, mass.

We plan to talk about this tonight and also talk a bit about some of the new things going on in physics around such discoveries.

For those who really care the Pacifica FY11 audit is finally out. You can view it here.

mermaid parade aftermath
Revelers After the Mermaid Parade

Pickles of the North went to the 30th annual Mermaid Parade at Coney Island shortly after the last program. R. Paul just stayed home and went to sleep.

Pickles will talk about it all a bit tonight.

echinacea flower
Echinacea Flower at Battery Park

So here's a shot of an Echinacea flower we saw while strolling through Battery Park after the last radio program.

Yeah, sometimes I just like to post photographs of flowers. They're nice to look at when everything is covered in snow and ice of when it's just awfully cold and gloomy out.

There are a lot of issues that are considered hazardous to talk about on the air at WBAI, even though the gag rule was lifted in 2002. 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.

One popular list the “NewPacifica” mailing list. Founded October 31, 2000, this list is sometimes lively and as of mid-2011, has 687 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

DISCLOSURE: as of June 7, 2012, I am the moderator of the bleepin' blue board.

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 Saturday Morning With the Radio On 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.

You can also send me E-mail.

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