Back of the Book — March 23, 2019

It's Friday afternoon, May 17, 2019, 15:53, and I've updated this Web page with the stuff about Devin Nunes, including that lovely graphic. I am apparently able to finally get my ancient Wed page editor to work on Windows 10. I think that this Web page is finished. The original top of this page follows the arrow. ⇒ So it's another mad rush this morning. The Mueller Report getting dropped has caused some changes in our plans. We plan to talk about the below stuff, and about how I'm still trying to adjust to the new Windows 10 computer. It is not going that smoothly.

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

The LSB tried to meet on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, but it failed to achieve a quorum. I made a written Treasurer's Report for that meeting, but was not able to actually give a verbal one as well. You can read the written Treasurer's Report for August 8, 2018.

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 will probably be scheduled to be held on April 10, 2019, at a location to be announced. The meeting is supposed to start at 7:00 PM.

The Pacifica elections are over, for now. The next set should start up within weeks! Yeah, more of this crazy election stuff. We are told that the results of the election will be available between March 15, and March 20. I suspect that the WBAI LSB will meet on its regularly scheduled night of April 10. We'll see how that works out. We'll update this Web page with the results. The good news is that the good guys won a majority on the WBAI LSB.

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.

Here is WBAI's current Internet stream. We can no longer tell if the stream is working without testing every possible stream. Good luck.

WBAI is archiving the programs! WBAI has permanently switched to yet another new archive Web page! This one is more baffling than the previous one. For some time I was unable to post archive blurbs, but I've found that after this program I was finally able to do so, but only for this morning's program. I still can't go back and plug in any archive blurbs for the programs that are missing from the archive. We'll see how this works out.

This is a link to the latest version of the official WBAI archive. The archiving software appears to have been at least partially fixed. To get to the archive of this program you can use the usual method: you'll have to click on the drop-down menu, which says Display, and find Back of the Book on that menu. We're pretty early in the list, so it shouldn't be too difficult. Once you find the program name click GO and you'll see only this Back of the Book program. I expect that after next Saturday they'll have the pre-recorded program that's alternating with us now showing up there too.

For programs before January 26, 2019, you'll have to click on the same drop-down menu as above, which says Display, and find Specify Date, it's the second choice from the top. You are then given a little pop-up calendar and you can choose the date of the program there. Then click GO and you'll see a list of programs that aired on that date. For instance, the previous program will be under January 12, 2019. You'll just need to scroll to the 5 AM to 6 AM slot to get to us. For those previous programs you can get the audio, but nothing else, since I can't post anything to those pages anymore. Yeah, it looks like they'll have the alternating program's name prominently there, but if you have the right date it'll be our program. Good luck.

Since the General Manager has banned Sidney Smith from WBAI he's not alternating with us on the air. At this time there's a regular, pre-recorded, program in the alternate week's time slot.

Things have improved this year on the PNB. I'll be trying to update my pages about all of this in the near future.

Bring Back Uncle Sidney!

Our friend, fellow WBAI producer and Saddle Pal Uncle Sidney Smith has been banned from WBAI by General Manager Berthold Reimers. The General Manager will not say why. He won't even tell Sidney why he's banned! This is grossly unfair to Sidney and constitutes abuse of Staff. Why did Berthold ban Sidney?

There's a posting here about it. More to come.

As we're trying to get a radio program ready it was announced that Robert Mueller has presented his report to the Attorney General's Office. Oh, we'll talk about that, all right.

Representative Nunes relating to his cow - interpretation.
Representative Devin Nunes (R. CA) And His Cow

Representative Devin Nunes (R. CA) is making a fool of himself. We did help him along with that project a bit, on this program.

Nunes, who is the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a big booster for Donnie Bonespur Trump, isn't shy about letting the world know that he has a bunch of right wing opinions. He denies that global warming/climate change is happening and in 2014, when a drought was raging in California he said, Global warming is nonsense. Of course not everyone agrees that the narcissist in the White House is a great guy with lots of good ideas. So Rep. Nunes has gotten opposition on social media platforms.

Nunes' activities have generated some blowback. Among them are some Twitter accounts that have been created with the sole purpose of mocking the blowhard Republican. Among the mocking Twitter accounts are @DevinNunesMom, (which was removed by Twitter by the time we got on the air), @DevinGrapes, @FireDevinNunes, and @DevinCow.

That last one, @DevinCow, went from about 1,200 followers to about 567,000 Twitter followers by the time we went on the air! By contrast the @DevinNunes Twitter account had 397,000 followers. Representative Nunes was not pleased.

A few days before this radio program Nunes filed a defamation lawsuit against Twitter, Liz Mair, Mair Strategies LLC, and the Twitter accounts Devin Nunes' Mom (@DevinNunesMom) and Devin Nunes' Cow (@DevinCow). He sued for $250,000,000 in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages. Yeah, that was sure to silence those critics and end the mockery. This lawsuit is what got the @DevinCow Twitter account a lot of extra followers. As another point of amusement Nunes had previously co-sponsored the Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act in the House of Representatives. What percentage of Republicans have a defective sense of irony?

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 open list is the 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. The bleepin' blue board had to add a step for folks to get onto it because it was 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

UPDATE: In of June 2012, I ended up having to salvage the bleepin' blue board, and so I'm the moderator on it now.

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 used to alternate with us, has a blog these days. You can reach his blog here.

One formerly popular mailing list is the NewPacifica mailing list. Founded October 31, 2000, this list has been moribund for a couple of years due to de facto censorship by the group owner. As of February 2019, it had 696 subscribers coast to coast, but postings on it are very infrequent now.

Back in the day it sometimes also got a bit nasty. All sorts of things used to happen on this list and official announcements were 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.

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