Back of the Book — December 21, 2013

It's Tuesday morning, January 21, 2014, 09:51, and I've gotten the image of Uncle Sidney with his Minnie Mouse ears on blinking. That's how those ears work. Previously I'd added the part about Pickles of the North's Solstice Party, and I'd corrected some typos. More updates to come. The original top of this page follows the arrow. ⇒ This is our last radio program of 2013. We hope we'll be back for 2014. We plan to get to the below topics and more, and we are hoping that we an get some of the mail done on this program. Updates will be coming, so check back for those.

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 some of that.

I have also posted a whole lot of the minutes of the Pacifica National Finance Committee. I'm a member of that committee because I'm the WBAI LSB Treasurer.

The next WBAI LSB meeting should be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 7:00 PM at a location to be announced.

The WBAI LSB met last on Friday, November 22, 2013, at 388 Atlantic Ave. in downtown Brooklyn.

We had a very tiny Treasurer's Report at this meeting. Here's a written Treasurer's Report I had posted for the meeting.

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.

Because WBAI was forced out of its studios by the flood waters' destruction of the building's electrical system we still have this alternate, temporary stream for the radio station! I do not know how long this emergency stream will be up for. If this stream isn't working let me know.

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. There is also another version of the archive here.

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!

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.

There are a lot of stories about gay related subjects that we plan to get to on this program. Yeah, it's going to be jam packed, it looks like.

This program is airing in the final hours of the Autumn of 2013. The Winter Solstice will occur this afternoon at 12:11 PM. For more on the seasons and sub-seasons look here.

Yeah, we'll go on about the Solstice and the light and dark of it all on this program, sort of like we did on the previous one.

Sidney with his new accessory

Pickles of the North had another of her Solstice parties this past fortnight. We couldn't have it right on the Solstice because we're both going to be pretty wrecked later today, and we're going to another party tonight.

Here you can see our artificial Isaac Newton's Birthday Tree, Uncle Sidney with his light-up Minnie Mouse ears, and another guest closely examining a plastic ice cube with a blinking LED in it.

North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un
Dynastic Commie Dictator Executes Uncle

Well, some people dislike their relatives more than others this time of year. And some actually do something about it.

Maybe it was something uncle Jang Song Thaek said at a recent Party party or something that got his all powerful nephew to oust him from all future family gatherings. Officially Uncle Jang got executed for corruption, drug use “creating an illusion about him,” distorting and weakening party goals, abusing his power, having “improper relations with women,” and gambling at casinos while undergoing medical treatment in a foreign country.

So we won't have Uncle Jang to kick around anymore.

Well, Caligula would certainly understand this sort of family business.

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We are hoping to get through a lot of the mail backlog on this program. It's our last radio program of the year and we'd like to not have to drag too much of a mail backlog into next year, assuming we're on the air at all next year.

St. Nicholas Park December 7, 2013
St Nicholas Park on December 7, 2013

And here we have a photograph of St. Nicholas Park right after we left CCNY after our December 7, program.

It was a pretty cold morning, but we were adequately bundled up for it all.

The park is only about one, short, city block wide, but it extends through several blocks of the neighborhood to the east of CCNY.

You can see that there is a very steep incline between the two parts of the park. We're glad that we don't have to go charging up those stairs in the wee hours of a Saturday morning in order to get to the WBAI studios at CCNY.

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

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.

We like to stay interactive with our listeners. Here are the various options for you to get in touch with us.

You can also send me E-mail.

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WBAI related links

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WBAI Management's official Web site

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