Back of the Book — March 21, 2020

It's March 23, 2020, 18:07, and I have updated this Web page with the results of the Pacifica Bylaws replacement referendum. Yeah, the bylaws hijackers lost! The original top of this page follows the arrow. This is quite the unusual program. It was recorded on March 20, 2020, the day before it aired. We had to do that because Pickles of the North really did not want me going out into the world and getting exposed to the novel coronavirus 2019. She's probably right. I'm elderly now, and I have a number of very serious medical issues that make me especially vulnerable to this virus. We'd thought that I'd be coming in to do the program live, and I hope that the sound quality of the recording isn't too bad. In any event, I'd better get this posted because it's almost air time. I'll try to get this Web page updated. Oh yes, during this program I explain why this might be our last radio program. More on that in a future update.

The results of the Pacifica Bylaws Replacement Balloting Are in: NO by a Landslide!

Yes 3,273 34.0%
No 6,340 66.0%
Yes 177 34.8%
No 331 65.2%

The bylaws hijacking has failed!

Results of Staff balloting Results of listener balloting

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 April 8, 2020, it is unlikely to be held at a physical location, but will more likely be held as a teleconference meeting, as the March 11, 2020, meeting was because of the pandemic. There is also the possibility that all of the Pacifica LSBs will cease to exist this weekend. The big bylaws replacement referendum was held this past month and the voting ended at 11:59 PM (ET) this past Thursday night. The official Web page for this election says that the National Elections Supervisor will Provide results March 21-22. So we should know this weekend. This may all be complicated by lawsuits that may be filed depending on the results of the referendum. Pickles of the North and I voted NO on this referendum and I hope that all of you did too.

The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

The LSB met via teleconference. The legality of doing this was debated and the motion to create a Program Director Search Committee was taken off the table, amended and approved. Before the meeting I had 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.

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, then I could, and then I couldn't again. You can take a look at it and see if I've been able to post anything on it lately. There are still some limitations, but I am assured that I can plug in the archive blurbs that were lost in the latest upgrade.

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. Management has fixed some problems that we'd been having with the archives.

For programs before March 23, 2019, we're all out of luck. The changes that took place once WBAI Management took control of the WBAI archives seems to have wiped out all access to anything before that date in March. 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 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 some 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. There is sometimes a pre-recorded program in the alternate week's time slot.

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?

More to come.

Global Map of Locations with Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of 12:00 PM ET March 20, 2020.

Of course we talked about the worldwide health crisis that's being caused by the novel coronavirus 2019, aka SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. A lot has happened in this regard since our last radio program. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is showing 234,073 total cases around the world and 9,840 deaths worldwide from COVID-19, which is what the actual disease is officially called. A startling statement from the CDC is that, It took over three months to reach the first 100,000 confirmed cases, and only 12 days to reach the next 100 000. Yes, growth is still exponential.

What now amounts to the daily Trump shows on TV are disgusting. He makes them into campaign stops for his candidacy. Most of the people he has on with him just fawn over how great Trump is, ignoring that he was calling the virus a hoax not long ago. When a reporter noted that the Trump Administration had not gotten onto the virus right away, that they'd definitely known about it no later than January 3, she was not treated well.

An interesting bit of information I've heard is that for COVID-19 the male death rate is twice that of the female death rate. Is this caused by something biochemical in the male or female body or is it in some way behavioral? The cause of that statistic is unknown at this time.

Pickles of the North talked about the impact this pandemic is having on her family up north. Our plans had originally been that Pickles of the North was not going to be on this program. She was supposed to have gone up north to attend her elderly father's 65th Saint Patrick's Day variety extravaganza. Well, that didn't happen. When we were figuring out what to do we had no idea that the actual borders between Canada and the United States were going to be closed, and that here in Brooklyn we'd have to quarantine ourselves in order to prevent our getting infected.

R. Paul gave a recounting of his joining the Gay Activists Alliance 50 years ago as of next Thursday. Yes, March 26, 1970, was a day when R. Paul's life changed.

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 that no longer exists was the WBAI specific Goodlight Web based message board. It was sometimes referred to on Back of the Book as the bleepin' blue board, owing to the blue background that was used on its Web pages. This one had many people posting anonymously and there was also an ancillary WBAI people board that was just totally out of hand.

In June 2012, I ended up having to salvage the bleepin' blue board, and so I was the moderator on it for its last seven years, until it got too expensive.

Sometimes we used to 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 had become very infrequent. During the WBAI Coup of 2019, traffic picked up on that board again, for a while.

Back in the day it sometimes also got a bit nasty. All sorts of things used to happen on that 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.

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