Well, it's now Sunday 5/24/99 02:22:08, and I am declaring this page finally finished. I've added some things that relate to what I was talking about on the program.
The Union at WBAI has issued a press release about the National Labor Relations Board issuing a formal complaint against the Management of WBAI about their Unfair Labor Practices. See below for more.
So my mother's all right again, or as all right as she gets these days. She'd been smoking since the late '30s, or early '40s, and she has little functioning lung tissue now. So when she got pneumonia and went to the hospital she had a heart attack right in front of the doctor while she was on an EKG. The heart attack happened because her blood was not getting adequately oxygenated. Yet another good reason to avoid smoking.
On the last program I talked a bit about the shootings at columbine High School in Littleton, CO. But I didn't get the Web page updated about that in a very timely manner, so, if you missed it, here's what was on that page.
A listener sent me some E-mail showing that the United States Marine Corps is indeed using the computer game DOOM to train troops. This is not a great Idea, I think. Real life and video games are different things.
Date: Mon, 03 May 1999 02:58:46 -0400
From: dimitri <email@example.com>
r.paul - great show man. i loved the part about stars, astronomy is a passion of mine too. did you see this month's scientific american about direct proof of black holes? i'm sure you'd enjoy it. anyhow, here's an article from wired about the marines actually using doom as an infantry trainer:
peace - dimitri
http://deoxy.org = The Deoxyribonucleic Hyperdimension
http://www.levity.com/dimitri = Electrum Magicum
http://the-revolution.org = Victory Over Horseshit!
So there have been a lot of developments in the Abner Louima case. At this point it's just a question of how the main assailant will change his plea to guilty. But the defense was apparently trying to intimate that Louima was gay, in an effort to discredit him. Apparently they're of the opinion that a jury will not believe someone if they're revealed to be gay. Of course I have no idea what AbnerLouima's sexual orientation might be and it shouldn't matter. However, if the cops were saying that he is gay then that would actually lend credence to his story because cops have been known in the past to assault arrested gay men in exactly this way. The 6th Precinct in Greenwich Village used to do this sort of thing.
As I've commented before, the nuttiness that's gripping the world because we're about to end our century and millennium and enter new ones, which will not occur until January 1, 2001, is fascinating. Apparently one of the things that's happening is that many ordinary people are now seized with the idea of burying a time capsule for folks in the future to discover. One of the articles said that the best thing would be for someone to write down what they want to say to future generations on a piece of paper with a plain #2 pencil. I was surprised at this because I'd always thought that ink was more permanent than pencil. But the guy who said this is a part of something called the International Time Capsule Society, so he probably knows something about this stuff. That site also has tips on how to make a time capsule.
Now, I've got a lot of artifacts, mostly written word, from my life that a friend of mine who's a gay archivist wants me to give him, now or when I croak, and it's overwhelmingly in ink, not pencil. So I asked him and he confirmed that pencil, if not erased or something, lasts longer than ink! I was amazed. Apparently archivists have found that all ink fades on paper after a time. And some inks actually destroy the paper around the ink stains. Oh my, there go my archives. He also thinks I'm nuts for putting a lot of my stuff on CD-ROM because he says that this is even less permanent than ink on paper. I'm doing it anyway. I can tell you that things like audio and video tape, and ZIP disks and other magnetic media, are all going to be erased over time by the daily moving around of the Earth's magnetic field. One story I read is about the disasters that occur to many time capsules.
The Union at WBAI has been fighting for its survival for the past three years against the machinations of Pacifica and WBAI Management. They have been trying to bust the Union, and have been spending listener sponsors' money on lawyers to help them do this. But the Staff at WBAI are determined to survive as a Unionized work force. The NLRB has finally issued a formal complaint against Pacifica/WBAI Management for some of their Unfair Labor Practices. You can read our press release on this, and you can read the NLRB Unfair Labor Practice complaint. This is all part of the theft of Pacifica.
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.
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