Back of the Book — March 6, 2021

We talked about the following topics on this program. We hope to update this Web page.

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, March 10, 2021, it will probably be held as a teleconference meeting, as the 11 previous public meetings were because of the pandemic.

The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

We welcomed a new member who replaced a member who resigned from the LSB. We had a debate about the legally required report out about the executive session from last month. I maintained that this was a violation of the rules laid down in the Communications Act. Nothing that was actually confidential was discussed. The report out was required to be posted by January 27. So it was quite late no matter what.

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?

R. Paul at the V.A. Hospital after his second dose of the Pfizer vacine.
On the Way to Full Immunization

R. Paul got his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine this past week. We found the V.A. Hospital less chaotic and calmer than it had been for his first dose three weeks earlier. The entire process took only about 35 minutes this time, including the 15 minute waiting period after you've gotten the shot where they make you wait to see if you have any immediate reactions to the vaccination.

Meanwhile Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has lifted all mask mandates and has said that everything will open as normal on Wednesday, March 10. We talked about how stupid this is. President Biden called this type of decision Neanderthal thinking. We'll probably see a surge in Texas as a result. Meanwhile Abbott is blaming President Biden for the deaths in Texas. We figure these bizarre declarations are the result of Abbott hearing from the other right-wing idiots at the CPAC convention last weekend. Yeah, you don't want to be our-right-winged by some other damned fool.

Meanwhile the Friday afternoon figures show that 522,221 have died from Covid-19 so far.

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Right Wing Idiot

Arrests of the January 6, insurrectionists continue. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested one Federico Klein, who was a Trump appointees to the State Department for what the FBI says was his part in the January 6, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Klein has been charged with assaulting federal law enforcement personnel during the insurrection on January 6.

That idiot who was dressed up in horns and face paint and who made a great effort to make himself conspicuous as the so-called QAnon Shaman, at Trump's rally and the assault on the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, turns out to be one Jacob Chansley. Mr. Chansley says, from his jail cell, that he wasn't invading the Senate Chamber as a part of an insurrection, he just wanted, to bring God back into the Senate. He says that he stopped people from stealing and vandalizing the Senate, and that he stopped somebody from stealing muffins out of the break room. Oh, well, then all is forgiven. What a schmuck! We look forward to how his muffin defense works in his trial where he faces a 20 year sentence.

Every single person who participated in that attempted insurrection should be arrested, convicted and they should do serious time for their crimes.

Representative Carolyn Maloney from New York is the Chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee and she's pushing for immediate hearings on the appointment of three people who have been nominated to the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service. That Board of Governors is the only entity that can fire that totally incompetent Trump crony and big financial backer Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General.

Maloney said, The American people have grown tired of the lack of on-time delivery, which impacts the delivery of letters, medicines, bills, and other essential items. It is urgent that the Postal Service have a full Board to ensure that it can effectively serve the American people. The Board of Governors is supposed to have 11 members, it currently only has seven, five of which are Republicans, and DeJoy is one of them! He refuses to resign, despite to awful job he's done, and he's very unlikely to vote himself out. We really hope they get rid of him. He's costing us money and mail.

DeJoy was originally appointed by Trump late in 2020, to slow down the mail after Trump and the other Republicans realized that mail-in ballots would play a big role in the 2020, election due to people not wanting to go to possibly crowded polling places in the midst of a pandemic. DeJoy removed and then destroyed hundreds of high-speed sorting machines from some bulk mail processing facilities which greatly slowed down the mail, and which probably resulted in many people not getting some of their mail at all. He continues to cause problems for the United States Postal Service and to a lot of citizens. We look forward to his ouster.

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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