Web links related to the Back of the Book program of December 19, 2005
This is the last program of this year! We plan to get to the below plus a bunch more, including science stuff and the mail. We will update this page at some point in time, I'm sure.
The next WBAI Local Station Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20th. There will be a WBAI Delegates meeting at 6:30 to elect a Listener Member of the Pacifica National Board to fill out the remaining term of Michael Tarif Warren, who has resigned. The Local Station Board meeting is at 7:00 PM, and will include election of officers for 2006. Both will be held at the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office of the Legal Aid Society, 111 Livingston St., 7th Floor, Brooklyn. Take the 2, 3, 4, 5, to Borough Hall, or A,C,E,F to Jay St./Borough Hall or the R to Court St. in Brooklyn. The location is wheelchair-accessible and public comment is welcome.
Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of the older WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do. And I'll be updating it soon.
The November 22nd, LSB meeting was held in Brooklyn. So Susan from Brooklyn came to the last LSB meeting. She got to see some of the stuff that goes on at them. The faction tried to pass a bylaws amendment, I argued that they couldn't vote on it because it was not the same calendar month. They voted that they could go ahead and do it and they did vote on it and announced that they had passed it. But I pointed out that they hadn't gotten the required number of votes for it. Surely they can count!
We also still have the issue of the member whom the faction has illegally suspended. I pointed out that his six month suspension was in its ninth month, but the faction likes to use their majority to exact revenge on people for their faction boss.
The guy who always denounced me denounced me, along with another Staff member who's demanding fiscal accountability at WBAI. He may be very surprised at the next Finance Committee meeting.
I have written a statement about the constructive removal of a LSB member and sent it to the PNB, the WBAI LSB and various public mailing lists and bulletin boards.
WBAI 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.
Our colleagues from Off the Hook now have both a RealAudio streaming web cast operating, and a new MP3 stream. The MP3 feed is now the preferred feed. Both feeds were working at 10:35 PM last night.
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.
WBAI is now archiving the programs! Just go here and you'll be able to listen to the program any time for the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, Back of the Book is not one of the programs that you can download, you can only listen to it on line. But maybe someone will change that at some point.
Winter will begin on the Solstice, December 21st, at 1:35 PM (ET). This will be the shortest day and longest night of the year. And then the days will start to get longer. More season stuff here.
Well, George W. Bush has been approving illegal, unconstitutional spying on Americans for four years! Not that we didn't expect that he was doing it, but now we know for sure.
And this Denis Donaldson guy who was high up in Sinn Fein turns out to have been a spy for the Brits for 20 years! We'll talk about this sort of thing a little bit tonight too.
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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