Web links related to the Back of the Book program of January 31, 2005
It's Sunday night 2/27/2005 18:25:53 and this Web page is finished at long last! Different parts of the below test were written at different times.
The WBAI Local Station Board (LSB) will meet next on Wednesday, February 8th, at 6:30 PM and on Wednesday February 16, 2005. Right now we don't know where either of these two meeting will take place.
Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of almost every WBAI LSB meeting so far? Well, I do.
This last LSB meeting featured a smoke and mirrors presentation about whether or not there were security guards there. I never did get a straight answer to my question about that. We mostly didn't get much done at the last meeting, even though we were supposed to vote for people to be on the PNB committees. The faction currently in charge decided that they had to have another meeting so they scheduled one eight days before the one that's already scheduled for February.
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.
Our colleagues from Off the Hook now have both a RealAudio streaming web cast operating, and a new MP3 stream. The MP3 feed is now the preferred feed. Both were operating at 10:58 PM last night.
The Pacifica Foundation, which owns WBAI, has revamped its Web site and now has something called the Pacifica Lounge where you can post messages about Pacifica, WBAI and other Pacifica radio stations. This may be a good thing, and of course there are other, long term fora in which to participate.
WBAI also has a forum on its Web site now. You have to register to post messages, but anyone may read the messages.
We're pitching tonight. Surprise! We'd been led to believe that we were not pitching in this 'thon, since the overnight's only pitch for about one week during the thons, but then things changed and we found out that we were pitching. Too bad no one thought that a biweekly program might be able to profit from a bit more lead time. But we're pitching, and that makes the program somewhat unpredictable.
UPDATE: We raised $625 in this pitching shift. Not nearly as much as we usually do, but then we had some handicaps this time around. Thanks to everyone who pledged.
That moron Bush has said that he's really going to be pushing that stupid anti-gay marriage amendment to the Constitution. This in deference to his main supporters the right wing Christians. So the anti-gay attacks from this guy will continue.
We also went on about the Earth's changing weather and the fact that it's having negative effects on people and ecosystems. Pickles of the North handled that segment.
We also talked about the latest in the discovery of the ancient cousin of humanity Homo Floresiensis. And we talked a bit about how we may not be hearing much more about it in the future. Seems an Indonesian professor is collecting all of the fossils and may not be allowing people to examine them anymore! He's apparently of the opinion that Homo Floresiensis is not a new species. Here's a translation of his side of the story.
There are a lot of issues that are considered hazardous to talk about on the air at WBAI, even now that the gag rule has been lifted. 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.
Probably the most popular 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 and official announcements are frequently posted there.
You can look at the NewPacifica list here, and you can join the list from that Web page too. If you subscribe to the “NewPacifica” mailing list you will receive, via E-mail, all of the messages which are sent to that list.
There is the option to receive a “digest” version of the list, which means that a bunch of messages are bundled into one E-mail and sent to you at regular intervals, this cuts down on the number of E-mails you get from the list. You will also be able to send messages to the list.
This list also has a Web based interface where you can read messages and from which you can post your own messages.
There is also the more WBAI specific “Goodlight” Web based message board. It is sometimes referred to on Back of the Book as “the bleepin' blue board,” owing to the blue background used on its Web pages. This one has many people posting anonymously and there's also an ancillary “WBAI people” board that's just totally out of hand.
When the computer in Master Control is working we sometimes have live interaction with people posting on the “Goodlight Board” during the program.
And then there is the historic “Free Pacifica!” list, which has been used to help organize resistance to Pacifica Management hijackers since the mid-90s. It's become a low volume mailing list because it's been eclipsed by some of the newer, more technologically advanced, lists. Just click on this link and follow the instructions, and you'll be subscribed. This is a mailing list only, it doesn't have a digest option nor does it have a web interface.
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