Back of the Book — August 20, 2022

Here is some of what we talked about on this radio program. Will Trump really get away with all of this criminal activity? At least some of his supporters who stormed the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, are going to prison. We talked about the pandemic, of course, and we talked about the situation in Ukraine. As of the time of the posting of this Web page we still don't know what's going to happen with that nuclear reactor the Russians are controlling. Well, controlling militarily. We let everyone know that early Monday morning the northern hemisphere will enter later Summer. Yes, the Middle Third is slipping away.

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? 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 regular LSB meeting will be held on Wednesday September 14, at 7:00 PM on ZOOM, even though ZOOM compromises privacy and security. This meeting will be held as a teleconference meeting, as the 39 previous public meetings were because of the pandemic.

The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. At times it was a bit comical. There was a lot of disagreement over the agenda, and then we did not get to that part of the agenda.

Before the August 10, 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, so we have the following schedule:

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. 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?

Trump behind bars
When Will They Lock Him Up?!

Since our last program Donnie Bonespur Trump had his place raised by the feds. He's now saying that it was all right for him to take that stuff home and keep it because he was just taking work home. A comedian retorted on-line that Trump doesn't have that job anymore, and he likened what Trump is trying to pull as if a babysitter is no longer employed to babysit a kid and then goes and picks the kid up from school and takes the kid home that's called kidnapping!

As we prepare this program for the air the Florida judge has not released anything from the affidavit that the FBI used to go get that stuff.

It was all in a basement that originally didn't even have a lock on it. Nuclear secrets and other things some of which are beyond Top Secret were there for anyone who wandered into that basement.

Classified stamp.

I wonder if Trump had had ideas about selling some of that stuff? I wonder if he let anyone from Russia in there? He might have had an idea to exchange it all for the peepee tape.

So he's really careful about keeping people from seeing his taxes, but nuclear secrets he doesn't consider that important.

Meanwhile a lot of those law and order Republicans are hollering to defund the FBI. And they're getting some of Trump's base all riled up. One guy tried to storm an FBI field office and ended up getting killed, and a moron from Pennsylvania who had threatened to kill as many FBI agents as he could on a right-wing social media site named Gab has been charged with influencing, impeding or retaliating against federal law enforcement officers after he made his public threats.

SARS-CoV-2 virus
Don't Turn Your Back On It!

According to the Johns-Hopkins Web site COVID-19 cases in the whole world reached 594,742,658 on Friday, and global deaths reached 6,450,149. In America the number of cases as of Friday was 93,478,918 and the death toll in America was 1,040,126, so 6,705 people have died of COVID-19 in America since our last program two weeks ago. That averages out to 3,353 per week, which is a slower death rate than we'd had for the previous weeks. The pandemic is not over, even though a lot of people are behaving as if it were, including the CDC.

The CDC is saying that they screwed up the response to the pandemic. I think they're screwing it up now. It's still going on. The buses say masks required but most people are not wearing masks and the bus drivers don't always wear masks.

By the time this program airs on Saturday morning all of those figures we quoted will be higher of course. This was all mostly preventable.

And this thing with monkeypox, I think that it's been allowed to get so far because it is perceived as being a problem affecting only gay men. This reminds me of how AIDS was treated. In the case of monkeypox they have a vaccine, they really need to get that to people to prevent the spread of this thing.

The Capitol Building
Another One Locked Up

We talked about this Guy Reffitt of Texas who went to the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, with a holstered handgun, helmet, zip-tie handcuffs and body armor in an attempt to prevent the counting of the ballots in the 2020, presidential election. Reffitt was found guilty in March of five criminal counts, including obstructing Congress' counting of the Electoral College votes that officially gave Joe Biden the win in the election. He got an 87-month sentence, more than seven years. It's the longest sentence any of the insurrectionists have gotten so far, but it's less than half what prosecutors had wanted for him. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nestler told the judge, He wanted to physically and literally remove Congress. We do believe that he is a domestic terrorist. Reffitt was a member of the far-right militia group the Three Percenters and he reportedly told fellow militia group members that he planned to drag House Speaker Nancy Pelosi out of the Capitol building by her ankles, with her head hitting every step on the way down, according to a court filing.

This is the moron who told his son and daughter that they would be traitors if they reported him to the authorities. Reffitt warned his own kids that traitors get shot. His 19-year-old son, Jackson testified against him in court.

Mid-Summer ends and late Summer begins on Monday, August 22, at 6:33 AM (ET). I have a Web page showing the seasons and sub-seasons here.

Ukraine Flag
They Continue to Strike Back

We talked about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Russian Saki base on the Black Sea experienced some explosions within the last fortnight. The Russian military said that some munitions had blown up, but a lot of people suspected that long range rockets fired by the Ukrainian military had hit the base in Crimea and that war planes were blown up. There was another story some days later that may throw some light on all of this. There are Ukrainians still in the occupied eastern section of their country who are apparently using plastic aeroplanes as drones and either dropping small bombs from them or attaching small bombs to them and flying them into targets.

And now a nuclear plant is in play. The last we heard before we recorded this radio program was that the Russian occupying force told all of the workers at the nuclear plant to not come in to work tomorrow. What might the authors of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster have planned?

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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