Web links related to the Back of the Book program of July 23, 2001
It's now Thursday, 8/2/2001 15:40:11 and this page is at long last done! Sorry the update has taken longer than maybe ever before. There's a lot happening with WBAI and that has certainly taken up a lot of my time. I did get to more about the latest ideas in cosmology again on the program. I also talked about the G8 atrocities in Genoa, Italy, which was almost breaking news. I lamented the demise of the Homer Restaurant in Manhattan. And I got through at least a bit of the mail backlog. As usual, please don't mind the changes from future to present tenses in the paragraphs below, it's just the way this medium is working out for me.
Here is the latest on the theft of Pacifica.
Here's my take on the current WBAI and Pacifica crisis.
And remember, there's still a gag rule at WBAI.
There have been some developments in the listener lawsuits, as well. Keep watching these lawsuits because there are rumors of something big happening with them soon.
Our colleagues from Off the Hook have a RealAudio streaming web cast operating. For a while they were trying to provide a new, permanent MP3 stream but the link to the MP3 stream now just gives you the RealAudio stream. At 8:00 PM last night this feed was working.
Another WBAI colleague of ours, Ken Gale, who does the comic book program 'Nuff Said has had a cyber tragedy. He had some software go crazy on him and wipe out his hard drive. He writes, “Years of work were destroyed. Stories, zines, plots, articles, story ideas and fragments, article ideas and fragments, personal records, downloaded information, our mailing list, birding information, you-name-it. Not everything was backed up because the tape system we got to do so wasn't working properly.” Ouch! I think he's still trying to recover more data from that event. My condolences, and we should all back up our personally created data, at least. These days, what with code bloat and all, it's not so simple to back up everything on a hard drive.
One plans a radio program and then things happen which one simply must address. The actions around the “Group of 8” meetings in Genoa, Italy have certainly gotten our attention.
A demonstrator was shot twice in the head and then run over twice by a paramilitary police vehicle. That story in still photographs is on the Web.
There has been a big police raid on the IndyMedia Center in Genoa, Italy. There are reports of a lot of people being seriously beaten and sent to the hospital. Police reportedly took all the recordings and hard drives they could carry and destroyed computers and other equipment.
It is reported that arrested reporters are being beaten and tortured at police booking centers and forced to say, “Viva El Duce!” which was the official Fascist Party salute to late Dictator Benito Mussolini who ruled Italy from 1922, until the Italians killed him in 1945. Mussolini made Fascist Italy one of the Axis powers which, along with Mussolini's Nazi pal Adolph Hitler, and fellow Fascist Hideki Tojo started World War II.
Interestingly, the Italian Foreign Ministry's Web site seems to have a broken link on it. It's the link to the English language version of their site. They do have an embassy in the United States, of course. There is also an Italian Embassy in Los Angeles Phone: 310 820-0622 Fax: 310 820-0727 at 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 300; an Italian Consulate in San Francisco Phone: 415 931-4924 at 2590 Webster St (at Broadway), 94115, and of course an Italian embassy in New York City at 68th St. and Park Ave. I've heard that there's a protest scheduled for the New York embassy for Monday, July 23, starting at 4:30 PM.
In the fortnight prior to this program I discovered that the Homer Restaurant, aka the Homer Diner, at 121 W. 10th St. in Manhattan was gone!
I've eaten at the Homer many times and when Pickles of the North and I go into Manhattan we frequently end up there. When I looked at it in mid July it was closed and some of the stainless steel cabinets and ovens had been moved to the front of the space, with some of the booths having been removed to make way for them.
The mural was still there, with its view of somebody's idea of a coastal Greek village. It mostly looked like it could be gotten back up to functioning with a couple of day's worth of work. But I doubt that's going to happen.
A couple of months ago we saw a notice on the corner of Greenwich Ave. & W. 10th St. about a hearing to be held at Manhattan Community Board #4 regarding the demolition of the building that the Homer Restaurant occupied. This single storey building occupies most of the space between Greenwich Ave. and Patchin Place on W. 10th St. The first scheduled meeting was postponed and we never heard what happened at the second meeting. Before this second meeting the folks who maintain the Jefferson Market Garden were putting out information that the six storey condominium that would be built on the site of the Homer Restaurant and the other establishments on the north side of W. 10th St. between Greenwich Ave. and Patchin Place would cast shadows on the garden and have an impact on the plants, as well as obscuring the view from the north of the Jefferson Market Library's famous clock tower. This thing would also turn Patchin Place into an even darker place than it is.
As I get older I experience what others have, things that were there “forever” go away. In some cases change is good, in others it's just not worth it. This is one of those latter cases.
I got into cosmology and the Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) on the last program. I continued with that on this program, and talked about polarization a little bit.
I talked about the MAP project's attempt to detect polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation showing that gravitational waves happened at about 10-38 seconds after the Big Bang which will go some way towards proving the Inflation Theory. Hell of a lot more interesting than Genesis, isn't it?
Starting this morning subway service for a lot of people is going to be terribly disrupted. The Manhattan Bridge is being repaired and all of the trains that use it to go between Brooklyn and Manhattan are going to have to be re-routed. For more information there's always the Manhattan Bridge Hotline: (718) 521-3333. Don't jump!
And we got to some more mail on the program. I think we got through some snail mail and then tackled as much E-mail as we could manage. Some of the E-mail got postponed because it was too big to fit into the program's time slot!
Our first two E-mails are from Fernando who once again asserts that I'm in favor of child molesters just because I don't want to live in a police state devoted to capturing them and, by the way, destroying the civil rights of all of the rest of us. Fernando needs to listen better. I also didn't read all of his letter on the air because it was so long and also because some of it didn't pass the smell test.
And what I said in response to something he wrote in one of his previous missives was “Bite my shiny, metal ass!”
So now Fernando doesn't like taxes. Well, if he thought that April 30th was when “tax season” suddenly came upon us, he's in trouble with the IRS by now!
It's interesting to see that Fernando is against public education. I wonder how in Fernando's World those who couldn't afford private education would get educated. Maybe he doesn't want them educated at all. Of course then the country would fall rapidly apart and probably get taken over by some other nation-stat that had bothered to educate its young.
I seriously doubt if Fernando has given this much thought. He seems to enjoy a lot of the services that taxes provide, I wonder how he'd feel about having to subscribe to a fire department, as used to be the case? He'd also have to pay off the police directly. But what if someone with whom he had a beef paid them more than he did?
I doubt if Fernando would be able to go to a flea market, or whatever he goes to in order to buy his collectibles, if the infrastructure of society wasn't there any more owing to a lack of taxes to pay for it.
I think I was talking about my photograph, linked to above, back on that program. Oh, I am so far behind on the mail! I've really got to devote the next program to getting through a lot of it.
I hadn't known that Greenpoint (pronounced Green-pernt) couldn't receive WBAI. I went to high school in Greenpoint, a part of Brooklyn.
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.
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