Back of the Book — December 3, 2022

We talked about black holes again on this program. We also had a little celebration of Pickles of the North's birthday. We talked about the crazy stuff swirling around Donnie Bonespur Trump. Pickles of the North told us about the latest development with the Orion spacecraft coming back to Earth, and of course we talked a little bit about the current state of the pandemic. I plan to update this Web page soon, so check back for the updates.

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 WBAI LSB will meet in executive session on December 7, 2022. The next regular LSB meeting will be held on Wednesday December 14, 2022, at 7:00 PM on ZOOM, even though ZOOM compromises privacy and security. This meeting will be held as a teleconference meeting, as the 40 previous public meetings were because of the pandemic.

The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. The LSB passed a motion that listeners can contact the LSB; I'm not sure how that's going to work out. And Management was told to set up a phone number to call the LSB; I don't think that's going to happen. The LSB was also presented with an impossibly complicated motion, which may be out of order. I got it postponed till we can find out if it's even in order. People just throw in every bit of language they can think of sometimes and call it a motion. And once again certain LSB members showed that they are hardly familiar with WBAI at all. They should know more about this radio station than just what's on the air.

Before the November 9, 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?

SARS-CoV-2 virus
Will It Surge?

According to the Johns-Hopkins Web site COVID-19 cases in the whole world reached 644,620,422 on Friday, and global deaths reached 6,639,588. In America the number of cases as of Friday was 98,937,121 and the death toll in America was 1,081,285, so 2,103 people have died of COVID-19 in America since our last program which is a couple of hundred less than the previous weekly death toll. The pandemic is not over. Pickles of the North and I are still keeping our masks on. We've both gotten out bivalent vaccinations, so we should have maximum immunity against the currently dominant variants. We're really in the season now where a surge is possible with people meeting indoors for hours at a time.

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.

Birthday Cake
Merry Birthday to Pickles of the North!

On this program we wished Pickles of the North a Merry Birthday!

Trump & West at dinner
Nick's Under the Table

More information has come out about that little dindin that Trump had with that other moron Kanye West at his Mar-A-Lago joint. Kanye West brought along another moron, this Nick Fuentes creep. How stupid is Kanye West? Doesn't he understand what a white supremacist is? West said on social media that Trump was really impressed by Fuentes who has suggested Just send the military in, Do what must be done. Send the military into these Black neighborhoods. They're never gonna vote for us. Trump is not pleased at being tagged with Fuentes, although he did invite West. Trump is claiming West showed up with other people whom Trump hadn't known about. Really? The Secret Service let them in without having been looked at?

Trump is now saying that Kanye West tried to sabotage him by bringing the undeniably anti-Semitic Nick Fuentes to Trump's Florida estate for dinner last week, and then then making details of that visit public. What a surprise.

After West said weeks ago that he was going to go Death con 3 on Jewish people. (Yes, apparently Kanye West doesn't know that the term would be def con as in Defense Condition. This is the kind of mistake that semi-literates make when they mis-hear something and never read the word in print.) Leon Skum, aka Elon Musk, let him back on Twitter after that little comment. Well, that didn't last long. This week Kanye West posted a graphic that was too much even for Leon Skum, and he's once again banned from Twitter for promoting violence.

The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League has called Kenye West a vicious antisemite for his recent comments and behavior.

And West has been blabbing on various right-wing media outlets and is now quoted as having said on that other moron Alex Jones' podcast that, I'm not trying to be shocking. I like Hitler. Then he said, the Holocaust is not what happened. Let's look at the facts of that. Hitler has a lot of redeeming qualities. Jones, who's currently trying to worm out of paying for his years of lies by declaring bankruptcy, actually had to start trying to distance himself from some of Kanye West's crazy remarks. On this program Kanye West said of the Nazis, they did good things, too. We've got to stop dissing the Nazis all the time. West continued, There's a lot of things that I love about Hitler. A lot of things.

And of course Kanye West has announced that he, as well as Trump, is running for President in 2024. He's apparently added this Nick Fuentes character to his election team. If someone had written a comedy routine with all of this in it years ago no one would have considered it plausible enough to be funny.

Meanwhile the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has shot down that special master that Trump had wanted appointed to run interference a against the Justice Department's investigation of his playing games with all of that top secret stuff he'd stolen from the White House. The appellate judges wrote. The law is clear, We cannot write a rule that allows any subject of a search warrant to block government investigations after the execution of the warrant. Nor can we write a rule that allows only former presidents to do so. Two of the three judges on that panel had been appointed by Trump and the other had been appointed by the first President Bush. Trump's pet federal judge Aileen Cannon had done what Trump had wanted her to do. The federal appeals court wrote in its decision, The district court improperly exercised equitable jurisdiction in this case. For that reason, we vacate the September 5 order on appeal and remand with instructions for the district court to dismiss the underlying civil action.

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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