It's Tuesday night 10/23/2001 23:24:34, and I'm declaring this page finished. This was an unusual program. At 8:46 PM Sunday evening I was told that there might be some maintenance going on at the Empire State Building where WBAI's transmitter and antenna are. I was told that if that happened WBAI would be off the air between midnight and 2:00 AM. So I figured that at worst I'd go on at 2:00 AM and go until maybe 3:30 AM, because Uncle Sidney said I could have an extra half hour. As it turns out, the transmitter wasn't brought back up until 3:04 AM. I did a half hour of program, and I didn't even touch on everything that's on this page. I also couldn't get to any of the mail. So if you tuned in for the program and heard dead air in the usual Back of the Book time slot, that's why. We hope that the next program, which should air October 28/29, will air and air on time.
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.
Some listeners are convinced that only open elections will provide a long range cure for the Pacifica Crisis. Here's an election proposal.
Our colleagues from Off the Hook have a RealAudio streaming web cast operating, and it was working at 8:18 PM last night. Their MP3 stream is sometimes working again, although it wasn't last night.
The new war goes on, and someone has suggested a less violent method of destroying the fundamentalists who are the enemy: give them what they really want!
Meanwhile our civil liberties may well become casualties of the war. Congress is playing politics with our rights. Either we'll be living in a police state for the next five years or we'll be living in a police state for the rest of our lives. What a wonderful prospect.
There is some humor associated with all of this though, Pakistani protestors have carried signs with Sesame Street character Bert and Osama bin Laden on them. We don't really understand their culture, but it looks like they don't completely have a lock on ours, either.
Some scientists think that they've found a gene that gave rise to speech. This would be one of the main things that have defined humanity.
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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