Web links related to the Back of the Book program of February 4, 2002
Holy hell! It's Sunday night 2/17/2002 18:47:29 and I'm back on the air in another 6+ hours! And I'm just getting this Web page done. Oh well, it is done, at least. I talked about several things on this program, including life on other planets, or moons, or something. I also talked about some WBAI/Pacifica stuff as well. I only got through some of the mail backlog, but it's more than it may seem from looking at this Web page because several pieces I read on the air were not E-mail. I think this page is done, and I'm already working on the next program's Web page! As usual we have an assortment of tenses below because different parts of this Web page were written at different times.
Here is the latest on the saga of Pacifica.
Here's what I was saying about the WBAI part of the overall crisis in August. I seriously need to update this.
I'm very glad to note that at WBAI the gag rule is dead, for now.
As we move into the next phase of the Pacifica Crisis some listeners are more convinced than ever that only open elections will provide a long range cure for the Pacifica Crisis. Here's an election proposal.
19?? - 2001
When I got to the station to do this program there was the now usual immense clutter on the front desk of all sorts of leaflets and things. Among them we found a notice that Pat Dix, who used to be a producer at WBAI, had died on December 5th, 2001. I don't know the cause of death and I was not that close to Ms. Dix, but I did know her and I'm saddened by another death among WBAI people. She was a lot closer to other folks I know, and I know that they're sad about this too.
Our colleagues from Off the Hook now have both a RealAudio streaming web cast operating, and their new MP3 stream working at about 8:35 PM last night. The MP3 feed is now the preferred feed.
Since I've talked before about the end of life in the universe, tonight I'm going to talk about life starting out in the universe.
There's a hell of a lot of life on Earth right now. But a mere half billion years ago the life on this planet was still fairly primitive. This means that it's possible that life tends to start out very slowly and then pretty much burst into complexity.
Some organisms are very robust and can hang on in conditions that it was previously thought that life couldn't exist in.
I find this sort of scientific speculation about life on other planets far more intriguing than the wacky stuff some people come up with, primarily because this speculation about life elsewhere is real and there's the possibility that such life may actually exist. For those of you who would like to take part in a serious search for extraterrestrial intelligent life you can hook up with the SETI @ Home project, and you can download their software here.
I didn't get to this on the last program, so I'll try again! I talk about the universe a lot, at least I have for the past couple of years. Well, it turns out that Kermit The Frog may have had some insight into the universe that no one else had! The Universe is green!
Of course there was mail on this program! The backlog didn't get dealt with on the previous program because I spent most of it revelling in the fact that the gag rule was removed and I could talk about all of the stuff that's been going on at WBAI and in Pacifica over the past few years.
But this time we read some mail. Besides the nice Valentine's Day card from Martha from Queens we got some hard copy mail, which we read, and we also got some E-mail which I'm posting here.
We started with a couple of previously skipped E-mails from Fernando. In this first one he's complaining about personals ads. I told him that, yes, some of those ads were probably really come ons for prostitution operations. Pickles of the North took him to task for his attitude about women, especially women whom he deems to be “too large.”
Here's Fernando's other delayed missive. On the air I told him the simple way to stop the charges to his credit card. So do you think I'm being trolled by Fernando?
And, finally, we had this next E-mail from a listener who is being sort of tongue in cheek about our recent crisis, and the new phase of the pacifica/WBAI crisis. I have made some elisions below to remove some WBAI producers' names.
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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