Web links related to the Back of the Book program of January 7, 2002
Good grief, it's Sunday night 1/20/2002 18:07:43 and I'm only now getting this web page done. Meetings, computer and DSL problems, all sorts of things going on here. Oh well, it's a new year and listeners heard an old sound at the very beginning of the program. I've gotten my old intro together on a CD and this should last until they bounce me out of WBAI, as opposed to my old carts which the machinery ate a few years ago. It's a very bizarre time at WBAI these days, so who know what I'll say. Mike Feder was “suspended” the Friday before this program for mentioning things that are true. Meanwhile General Managers of some Pacifica stations are attacking the interim Pacifica National Board on the air. While there are two major factions involved in a civil war at WBAI, there are more than a couple of factions involved in the bigger fight for the Pacifica Foundation. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that the licences of the stations could be getting jeopardized at this very moment. I got through some mail on the program, although not enough to catch up! As usual, you'll find a mix of tenses on this page which are artifacts of it having been written and updated more than once. And I'm declaring this page finished at last, time to start on the next one!
Here is the latest on the theft of Pacifica. The new interim Pacifica National Board is going to be holding its next meeting here in New York City next weekend.
Here's my take on the current WBAI and Pacifica crisis, I really have to update this thing. I'll probably do that this week.
And remember, there's still a gag rule at WBAI.
There have been some developments in the listener lawsuits, as well.
Some listeners are convinced that only open elections will provide a long range cure for the Pacifica Crisis. Here's an election proposal.
Our colleagues from Off the Hook now have both a RealAudio streaming web cast operating, and their new MP3 stream working at 8:12 PM last night. The MP3 feed is now the preferred feed.
I'm going to talk about the end of the universe again! I covered the fate of life in the universe, now that it seems that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, a while back. The New York Times has finally broached the subject. They have an article on life in the very far future, and I'll read some bits from that tonight, and put in a word or two of my own.
On this program I also told about the interim Pacifica National Board (iPNB) having met via teleconference on December 29, 2001, and I said that the infamous “gag rule” was under review by a judge. Well, on January 10, the judge ruled in favor of the iPNB majority and the “gag rule” is gone!
I also talked a bit about the then upcoming iPNB meeting held in New York City over the weekend of January 11 to 13. Unfortunately, they didn't get the exact venue nailed down until the Wednesday afternoon before the meeting, so I couldn't announce that on the air. But here's my summary of the meeting, which lasted all weekend long.
And we did get through some mail on the air. We read a number of letters sent to us via the USPS, as well as some E-mail. As usual, the E-mail will be presented here.
We start with an E-mail from Fernando. We'd skipped this one on the previous program because he'd already had a lengthy missive read then. So here that one is. As I've said before, so many times, George W. Bush is not the President of the United States of America, he is a usurper in the White House. If Gore had gotten all of Florida recounted he would have won.
Well, apparently I'm a genius to 12 year olds but after they hit 20 the scales fall from their pubescent eyes and they sit before their radios disillusioned. Hell, I thought I was a genius when I was 12 too! And I've gotta tell you that I'm even more disillusioned than you listeners are!
I told Elvis that maybe we might have a mission to Mars with people on it around 2050 or so, but it was not going to be 200 people. The logistics are just too much. For those of you who have looked at my photographs on this site you know that his idea of what I look like is other than accurate.
Oddly, Susan From Long Island wrote a letter which I read on this same program sending along what seems to be a copy of a letter she'd sent me years ago saying that the letter I was supposed to be sending her could be dropped.
Pickles of the North answered the question about her herself.
I got to this next one two months earlier than the listener had expected!
The way things are going, it may be March by the time you get to my letter. Let's hope we've all had a good winter and that there have been no September 11th's! As I'm writing, er, typing this, it is mid-December and another bleak winter is rolling in.
On your “last” program you read a letter by Fernando (I think), in which he asks you about Uncle Floyd Vivino and his grudge against Joe Franklin. Well, as a member of the Uncle Floyd Show Fan Club, I feel I must add some relevant information. Uncle Floyd was on the air for many years on UHF stations in New Jersey before coming to Channel 4 for a brief time, at like 2 in the morning. The show was loads of fun---he and his pals put on skits like Julia Stepchild and Bruce Stringbean, and yes, alas, Joe Frankfurter. It was all in good fun, mind you---I'm sure Floyd had nothing but admiration for those he spoofed. But Mr. Franklin's sense of humor wasn't so accomodating. On one fateful episode, which I did not see but heard about, they did a Joe Frankfurter skit using a prop---which was---you guessed it---a hot dog. Suffice it to say that something which was construed as obscene occurred with said hot dog---what exactly I can't remember. But good ole Joe sicked (sp?) his big-time lawyers on Floyd, and poor Floyd, being just a schmoe from Deep in the Heart of Jersey, couldn't possibly afford to defend himself, thus the Floyd show, by then the darling of the Lower East Village set, was forced off the air, breaking hearts like mine throughout the tri-state area. I heard he had a comeback show on a cable network, without his cronies, but I never got a chance to see it, and besides, it wouldn't be the same without the other cast members. So, basically, Joe Franklin is the Anti-Uncle Floyd!On a side note, we had some very warm December days recently---even hitting 70 degrees---and this prompted you to call it proof that global warming is happening. Well, it may or may not be happening, and before I say this, I have to say: when it comes to things scientific, you are the guru. I am but a child in kindergarten. I am serious. You are the Doctor Science of the airwaves. Having said that, I'm surprized that you would base your conclusion on global warming on the rise in temperatures in ONE GIVEN PLACE on the globe. After all, it is called GLOBAL warming. If it's 70 degrees in New York, maybe that's negated by it being 20 below in Wisconsin, if you get what I'm saying. I KNOW you KNOW this, but still---going on and on about the temperature in New York is a little misleading. My question is: are scientists able to accuratly measure the earth's average surface temperature, and how is that done? That would be an interesting statistic.
I didn't read the whole next message on the air, but follow the link to the satire JayKay sent, if you want.
And, finally, we have a missive from North American Shirley with season's greetings and an interesting story.
There are a lot of issues that we can't talk about on the air at WBAI. But there is an Internet list called “Free Pacifica!” which you can subscribe to, and these issues are discussed there. If you subscribe to it you will receive, via E-mail, all of the messages which are sent to that list. You will also be able to send messages to the list.
If you want to subscribe to the “Free Pacifica!” list just click on this link and follow the instructions, and you'll be subscribed. Could open your eyes a little bit.
The above list has occasionally produced a high volume of E-mail because of the attention that these issues have drawn. If you would prefer to subscribe to a low volume list that only provides announcements of events related to these issues then subscribe to the FreePac mailing list.
Another list that's sprung up is the “NewPacifica” mailing list. This one is very lively and currently includes over 400 subscribers coast to coast. Being lively, of course, it sometimes also gets a bit nasty. All sorts of things are happening on this list. With that warning in mind, you can look at the NewPacifica list here, and you can join the list from that Web page too, although you'll have to deal with Yahoo! to do so.
There is also the more WBAI specific “Goodlight” Web based message board. This one has a great many people posting anonymously and there's also an ancillary board that's just totally out of hand.
The “Goodlight” Web based message board has expanded to cover all Pacifica stations.
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