Back of the Book — February 6, 2021

We got to the below topics on this program. That crazy person in the House of Representatives is quite a problem. And the so-called people's Republic of china gathering all of the information it's possible to get about individual Americans, including the DNA information so many Americans send to companies to get analyzed. The pandemic continues. I'll try to post some more about what we did on this radio program in a little while.

You can now listen to this program on the official WBAI Archive.

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, February 10, 2021, it will probably be held as a teleconference meeting, as the 10 previous public meetings were because of the pandemic.

The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

We held elections for Director, which will actually be held on-line. The election for Vice-Chair went on, virtually, later last month and Dee Dee Halleck is the new Vice-Chair of the WBAI LSB. The LSB meeting had an executive session attached to it. I maintained during the meeting and after it that this was a violation of the rules laid down in the Communications Act. Nothing that was actually confidential was discussed. It'll be interesting to see what the legally required report out says. That's required to be posted by January 27.

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?

QAnon Crazy
Lying Right-Wing Creep

We had several things to say about that crazed QAnon follower Marjorie Taylor Greene. And this moron is in the House of Representatives. What's wrong with the people of Georgia's 14th congressional district? Do they really take her seriously or did they figure that they had to vote for whatever slop was doled out on the Republican ticket?

She was removed from her committee assignments for her racist, anti-semitic and violent postings on-line over the past few years. She gave a 10 minute speech on Thursday trying to wiggle out of it by saying that she renounced the things she'd said, well, some of them. She had said that the California wildfires last year were caused by flue lasers shot from space onto the dry grassland, and they were somehow Jewish lasers! I hadn't known that there was a Kosher brand of quantum superposition. Yeah, this nutty belief is another contribution of the QAnon cult to the nutcase rhetorical armamentarium.

Now that she has nothing to gain by any further dissembling she is again back to her crazy stuff. On Friday she refused to apologize for advocating violence against Democratic leaders, and saying that Nancy Pelosi deserves death for treason, and she's also said she's not sorry for harassing a teenage school shooting survivor. She apparently cut short a press conference she was giving on Friday when she was asked about her 2019, Facebook posting that called for House Speaker Pelosi to get a bullet to head. Really, this person needs to be completely removed from the legislature.

The SARS CoV 2 virus
Still Setting Death Records

We tolled the newest numbers of the Covid-19 pandemic. Covid-19 cases in the whole world reached 105,229,079 on Friday, and global deaths reached 2,293,416. In America the number of cases as of Friday was 26,766,400 and the death toll in America was 458,105, so 22,653 people have died of Covid-19 in America since our last program one week ago. The death rate is only sightly higher than it was a week ago, but that's still a lot of people dying.

The Biden Administration has had to start putting together a plan for distribution of the vaccines, because the previous administration left office with no plan for the distribution of the various vaccines. Will Biden be able to fulfill his bold claim that he's going to get 200,000,000 doses for Americans? The third vaccine is in the process of being approved.

I'm hoping that I can get my vaccination pretty soon. I'm waiting for the V.A. Hospital to contact me about it. I registered with them for it weeks ago. Unfortunately, at this time I can't get a shot because I'm too young!

On 60 Minutes this past Sunday they had a piece about personal information and the personal health details of Americans, including DNA samples, being scooped up by the so-called People's Republic of China. They may take over health care in America, and what will they do to us then? They can generater quite a bit of leverage with everybody's health information, along with a lot of other information they have from snooping. And people pay to give away their DNA information to a company that will say it can tell them who their ancestors might have been!

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.

There used to be a number of mailing lists related to Pacifica and WBAI. Unfortunately, they were all located on Yahoo! Groups. When Yahoo! Groups was totally shut down in December 2020, all of those mailing lists ceased to exist. One year earlier their file sections and archives of E-mails, had been excised leaving only the ability to send E-mails back and forth among the members. Now it's all gone. Older Back of the Book program Web pages tell a little more about those lists.

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