Back of the Book — May 4, 2019

It's Friday afternoon, May 17, 2019, 17:48, and I have updated this Web page a bit. The stuff about the April 10, LSB meeting and about Trump attempting to prevent people from testifying before Congress has been updated, and with a historical graphic, as well. The original top of this page follows the arrow. ⇒ Oh, we're going to get wet going into the station again, and I lost my umbrella at WBAI last week! Well, we'll be pitching, not that that will get me a new umbrella, and we hope that you will be generous and pledge. We plan to talk about the latest completely crazy stuff around Trump, and we will also try to talk about some science and health related issues. We do have to pitch, however, and that makes it pretty difficult to predict what will happen on this program. If I can ever figure out how to get my old HTML editor to work under Windows 10, so far I have not been able to do that, I'll post an update for this Web page.

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

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 is scheduled to be held on May 8, 2019, at the First Unitarian Church chapel 119 Pierrepont St, corner of Monroe Place, in Brooklyn, NY 11201, Brooklyn, NY 11201. The meeting is supposed to start at 7:10 PM.

The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 7:00 PM at Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, NY 11201.

This meeting was mostly about electing the officers of the LSB and the Directors, who go to the PNB. Lots of voting and ballots and all. In addition the LSB had to elect five LSB members to the Ad-Hoc Management Evaluation Committee. That last one proved to be the most difficult election. All of the elections that elect more than one person to a position have to be run by Single Transferable Voting (STV). This is a very involved method of electing individuals and supposedly reflecting the intent of the greater number of voters. The bottom line is that it gets very complicated when you have to put five people on a committee. In fact the LSB had to bail on this, no one had a computer with the STV counting software on it at the meeting, and a list was sent out to a guy on the west coast who does have that software and is experienced with calculating the internal LSB elections in Pacifica.

Here are the LSB Officers elected for 2019

These are the WBAI Directors elected for 2019

These are the people who got elected to the Management Evaluation Committee

As is unfortunately so often the case the LSB did not get to a Treasurer's Report at this meeting, but I put out a written Treasurer's Report for all to read.

Some years ago the WBAI LSB voted to hold its regular meetings on the second Wednesday of every 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.

The Pacifica elections are over, for now. The next set should start up within weeks! Yeah, more of this crazy election stuff. The elections are over and the independent listeners and Staff came out well in it. I'll update this Web page with the results very soon. 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.

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I've Been Through This Before

Those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it, and so Donnie Bonespur Trump is following in Richard M. Nixon's footsteps and trying to keep a lid on his corrupt regime by claiming executive privilege for his former White House counsel, who was already interviewed by the FBI for the Mueller Report.

Nixon lost his 1973, battle over executive privilege by an 8 to 0 vote of the Supreme Court. Will the right wing on the Supreme Court back Trump now?

And the ol' Bonespur is even making noises about Mueller being able to testify before the House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. Well, I don't think that there's any way whatsoever that Trump can claim to prevent Mueller from testifying. Doesn't mean the ol' Bonespur won't mouth off about it a lot though.


The WBAI Spring 2019, 'thon is on. Management has moved programs around based on their evidence of having listeners, which is accomplished in the WBAI Managerial mind by how much the programs raise during these on-air fund raisers and by the Nielsen ratings, which the station is now getting after years of not getting any ratings at all. I hope we raise some money for the station this time.

So for this WBAI Spring 'thon, if you can, please call 1-516-620-3602 during the radio program and pledge some amount of money to help keep Back of the Book on WBAI and help keep WBAI on the air. Remember, the phone pledge needs to come in while we're on the air for it to count, otherwise use the on-line method below.

If you want to pledge to the program via the Web while we're on the air, you need to go here and pick the amount you want to donate, then click on “Add to cart,” and then be sure to pick Back of the Book as the favorite show from the drop down menu. Otherwise your pledge won't be counted towards the program.

And Kim Jong Un has launched missiles into the Sea of japan, just to underscore what a farce that pair of summits was between Kim and Trump.

We plan to talk about the measles endemic on this program.

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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