Web links related to the Back of the Book program of October 13, 2003
It's late Sunday night 11/9/2003 20:33:45 and this page is done at long last! So things appear to be going a bit better than they were a fortnight ago, in terms of the computer and all. We plan to get to the below topics tonight, along with several others. We did get to the mail backlog on this program and put a dent in it.
Here is the latest on the saga of Pacifica. The big meeting of the interim Pacifica National Board (iPNB) took place in New York City, September 19-21, 2003, at The Synod House of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 110th Street), New York, NY 10025, moved from its previous location of a hotel in midtown.
Mr. Roger Manning from the listener group Coalition for a democratic Pacifica New York (CdPNY) attended and has posted his notes from the meetings, along with other documents on the group's Web site.
As of September 15, 2003, the Pacifica Foundation has new bylaws! More about that here.
WBAI now 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. Here's a schedule made by a listener who has Web links for various programs and producers.
Our colleagues from Off the Hook now have both a RealAudio streaming web cast operating, and a new MP3 stream both of which were working at 10:32 PM last night. The MP3 feed is now the preferred feed.
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 have received the news that we had another one of those close calls last month. On Friday, September 27, an asteroid passed less than 55,000 miles from Earth. It wasn't noticed until 11 hours after it had passed. It was only several meters wide, but it could have caused some damage. I guess we're just noticing more of these things lately.
Some scientists think that a big mass extinction that occurred 440 million years ago may have been the result of a gamma ray burst.
Interestingly, a (luckily) very much smaller scale gamma ray event earlier this year involved gamma rays from an explosion that occurred in a distant galaxy billions of years ago which actually ionized some of the Earth's upper atmosphere! Now that gives you some idea of the power of these celestial events.
Hey, we may be pitching next program, so be sure to pledge then, and if you tape the program why not send in your pledge so we'll have it when we're pitching? If you pledge $25 or more you get to vote for the WBAI Local Station Board!
We got to some E-mails on this program, and here they are.
Now Verizon: While they are a somewhat different puppy i juxtapose them to the MTA,, because i see parallels they both have similar underhand thievery tactics and treat customers with contempt ,and are somewhat on the same level of allround general scummyness.
Shortly after it was abittrated by a judge that the 2300 verizon workers be rehired i saw a spike in my bill with no change on my part with respect to added features or extra phone usage .HUUMM. Also they took away the 40 and 60% discount for calls made at off peak hours......IT was recently reported that the top man at Verizon made 4.1 MILLION last year alone yet this scumbag wants to make even more $$$ at the expense of everyone else ,i refuse to help subsidise his next yaght or vacation house in the Hamptons somewhere. I am currently trying to drop Verizon but this could be tricky sinse i don't know wether the other phone services are just as bad ,also the area where i live - Verizon seems to have monopolised the wiring so even if i drop them i may still have some sort of service charge from them monthly ....i currently know people who did the drastic -NO PHONE- ,to some this may sound unfarthomable but thats life sometimes hard choices.
So until my next correspondance , when i will take us back to some paranormal stuff : this will include my indepth research and interviews with ---Real--UFO abductees-. take care Rich ...
Yeah, they cheated, lied and broke the law and get to say “So what?” Other people go to jail if they cook the books, but not the MTA. Bad news all around.
R.Paul, I would like to request for myself and Iím sure, most of your listeners, that you talk more about your computer, software that pisses you off and how much you hate windows. I know that Pickles doesnít like computer talk but your listeners love it! We also love when you talk about Vietnam, but I would have to say that computer talk is more interesting. Just think about it, we have been listening to you talk about technical things for years and we havenít turned the dial so obviously we like listening to it.
I donít use total recorder because I find Polderbits to be much easier to use, but it does pretty much the same thing. As always, with either program your listeners will need an fm radio source such as a tuner or walkman (with power adapter) to provide the fm input into the computers sound card. The reason why Iím telling you all of this is because I heard you talking about transferring some old tapes you had to your computerís hard drive (how is that going anyway?).
Last but not least, I want to tell your listeners who donít have a computer that a computer capable of recording several hours of audio, can be had on eBay for about 50 bucks now a days, I have seen many 300 MHz computers sell for about 50 dollars, and I have seen many old 13 inch monitors sell for about 10 dollars. Computers of this class will usually have about 4gigs of hard drive space which is capable of recording many hours of audio. Polderbits, by the way, can record at reduced bit rates which will reduce the file size substantially. I used to record on a 1.6 gig hard drive which still allowed me to record for over 10 hrs.
Our old pal Seth, who's a regular listener, contributor and correspondent wrote regarding the emergency fund raiser in August.
Good point about Bloomberg telling people to log in without electricity! What a mess that blackout was. I'm not sure if Sharon moved or if she's metaphorically in Flatbush.
Egad! I'm not on Saturdays! In any case, we'll be lucky to stay on as often as we are. As I explained on the air, this radio program has been at odds with management and various factions for all but about nine, non-continuous months of its existence. Pickles of the North and I suggested that Elizabeth also listen to Uncle Sidney Smith's program Carrier Wave, and Pickles said the programs complement each other. And the address shown above is the one to use.
Well, of course Geeda Man is one of the listeners! As for diabetes, unfortunately you never get better with it, you can only hope to control it. So far I'm controlling it all right.
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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