Back of the Book — November 20, 2021

All right, we've had a number of things going sideways as we've been preparing this Web page. I'll be updating it as soon as I can. We covered a lot more than one topic on this program.

Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of some of the WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do, and I've recently updated some of that.

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 Monday, November 29, 2021, it will probably be held as a teleconference meeting, as the 29 previous public meetings were because of the pandemic. This will be an executive session meeting, and so will be closed to the public. This will also be the last meeting of the Eleventh WBAI LSB, although arguably the Delegates Assembly of December 8, will be the truly final meeting of the Eleventh WBAI LSB.

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

The LSB meeting occurred more than a week after the Pacifica/WBAI elections were over. So there was no posturing for the sake of an imminent election.

The LSB's Program Director Search Committee has been going on for a long time. That committee is a special committee, according to Robert's Rules of Order, so when the WBAI LSB transitions from the Eleventh LSB to the Twelfth LSB the Program Director Search Committee will automatically cease to exist. So the LSB voted to hold an executive session meeting on November 29. At that meeting the LSB will hear about the recommendations of the Program Director Search Committee and will in all probability rubber stamp them. Of course there will be debate and talk for a couple of hours.

In an odd move the LSB was also asked to hold a Delegates Assembly to vote on some bylaws amendments. And that Delegates Assembly is to happen on December 8, 2021. That's the same date that the new WBAI LSB is to be seated. So people voted to have the Eleventh LSB meet as a Delegates Assembly and then adjourn that meeting and have the first meeting of the Twelfth LSB right after it.

I said during the meeting that this would put the legitimacy of those bylaws amendments in jeopardy because the time for the LSB meeting is the same as the time for this Delegates Assembly. Well, we'll see what happens, I suppose. The vote on handling the Delegates Assembly this way was 10 for, 3 against and 4 abstentions. I was one of those who voted No.

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, with the vote to hold an executive session and a Delegates Assembly we have the following schedule:

All of these meetings are set to begin at 7:00 PM. Yes, the two meetings of the Delegates Assembly and the new LSB are scheduled for the same time. Yeah, details. The Twelfth WBAI LSB will be seated at some time on December 8, 2021.

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. As of November 2020, Back of the Book airs weekly.

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?

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What Does This Portend for Future Demonstrations?

So weepy gun punk Kyle Rittenhouse has gotten away with murder. Pickles of the North predicted this based on her reading of the behavior of the judge. Really letting the defendant pick the jurors? She had the judge and jury pegged days ago.

Now we have this court decision that is going to inform other creeps who want to hurt people. Creeps who can't stand that others are expressing their First Amendment rights. Adolescent boys with fantasies of being a comic book hero can now walk about in states that have lax gun laws and threaten demonstrators and point guns at them. Surely enough of that sort of behavior and you'll have more shootings.

When Trayvon Martin's killer George Zimmerman got off that was terrible. He clearly brought a gun into a situation that didn't warrant it, the police had told Zimmerman not to follow Trayvon Martin that Winter evening, but Zimmerman pursued him anyway. It has always looked to me like Zimmerman was just looking for a fight, or even an excuse to shoot someone he didn't like on sight. Zimmerman knew that he had a gun and that he would probably win any fight. We don't know exactly what the specific events of the killing of Trayvon Martin were, but we have multiple videos of Rittenhouse pointing that rifle at people and clearly looking for trouble.

This isn't the first time someone has gotten away with murder by a court decision, but this decision may have very serious consequences for demonstrations, and demonstrators, in those states with lax gun laws. Really, you're allowed to walk around in a densely populated area with a locked and loaded semi-automatic rifle when you're 17 years old and that's just fine? We will probably have more to say on this issue of the consequences of this verdict on the next 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 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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