Back of the Book — December 12, 2020

So we talked about the below topics and more on this program. The Supreme Court decision didn't come down until we were done recording this program and I was in the middle of editing it. We had predicted, along with just about everyone else, that Trump and Paxton would fail at the Supreme Court. Well, there's not much more he can even try to do in courts now. We did speculate on further shenanigans in the near future, however. The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is upon us, and there is a surge on top of that because so many people disregarded the CDC's warning about traveling for the long Thanksgiving weekend. I will be updating this Web page pretty soon, I hope.

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 on this Web site. 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 Wednesday, January 13, 2021, it will be held as a teleconference meeting, as the 10 previous public meetings were because of the pandemic.

The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

We held elections. I got reelected LSB Treasurer. Nobody else wanted to do it. Carolyn McIntyre was reelected Chair, Jack DePalma got elected Secretary and the Vice-Chair election is going on now, virtually.

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 another 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.

The U.S. Supreme Court
His Expectations Were Not Fulfilled

The Supreme Court told Trump, and that moron Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton, to get lost. Unfortunately for us that decision came down after we'd recorded the radio program. We were saying that it was very unlikely that Trump and Paxton would get their way with the Supreme Court. Meanwhile Trump's other lawsuits continue to get thrown out of court. The Texas lawsuit has a background to it. The Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton admitted to violating Texas state securities law by soliciting investment clients for the firm of his friend and campaign donor while he was running for office. Though he was referring clients to his associate, he did not register with the state of Texas and later paid a $1,000 fine. And then, in 2015, he was indicted by a grand jury on three counts — two charges of securities fraud in excess of $100,0000 and a third felony charge for allegedly advising or representing investors without properly registering, according to booking records. An aspect of this ridiculous lawsuit is that Paxton is willing to take the heat for it, maybe because he hoped to really suck up to Trump and get a pardon for all of his crimes! Some of the charges are federal. Truth is stranger than fiction.

It is disturbing that 17 other states' Attorneys General signed on to the Paxton-Trump travesty. Also, over 100 members of the House of Representatives endorsed this attempt to nullify the votes of millions of Americans.

The sars cov-2 virus
This Thing Has Killed So Many

The Covid-19 death roll rises, and it's rising at an alarming rate. We are definitely in the second wave of the pandemic, but were also seeing the results of a surge in cases caused by people ignoring the CDC guidelines to not travel for Thanksgiving. Hundreds of thousands of people traveled over that long weekend, and now some of them are clogging up the intensive care units of hospitals around the nation.

Covid-19 cases in the whole world reached 70,025,535 on Friday, and deaths reached 1,590,323. In America the number of cases as of Friday was 15,758,661 and the death toll in America was 294,056. So 15,973 people died of Covid-19 in America since our last program one week ago. The deathrate is accelerating. All of this can be laid at the feet of the Chinese Communist Party and President Donald J. Bonespur Trump. None of them will ever be called to account for their crimes against humanity, which is really too bad.

Meanwhile, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani got sick with Covid-19 and got the same extraordinary medical treatment that Trump got, and which ordinary people have no hope of getting.

In better news, we talked about the vaccines getting approves and probably starting t get distributed later this month. We also talked about Trump doing things like telling the head of the FDA to approve a vaccine on Friday instead of Saturday or resign. This is guaranteed to make some people figure that there's politics attached to that vaccine instead of science. Fewer people will get vaccinated because of that concern.

I talked about the Sun setting at 4:28 PM (ET) now. These are the earliest sunsets of the year, and I fund them so depressing. The Winter Solstice will occur on Monday December 21, at 5:02 AM (ET) and the days will begin to get longer after that.

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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