Web links related to the Back of the Book program of March 5, 2011
It's Sunday evening, March 4, 2012, 18:43, and this Web page is finished. I've updated this Web page with the piece about our trip to Coney Island a couple of days before this program, and I've also put up a separate page about that trip. Previously I'd put in a link to the video of what we did after the last program. More to come, and pretty soon, I hope. The original top of this page follows the arrow. ⇒ Wow, we're all crammed up here tonight. We plan to get to the below topics and more on this program. I'm sorry that I haven't been updating the Web pages for these radio programs of late. I plan to rectify that over this next fortnight.
Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of many of the WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do.
The next regular WBAI LSB meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at 388 Atlantic Ave. between Bond & Hoyt Sts., in Brooklyn. This meeting will be on the ground floor.
The regular LSB meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 9, 2011, was not totally insane. We elected the officers and put people on PNB committees. While the faction operatives has various comments to make they never mentioned their phony LSB meeting that they held after the real LSB meeting broke up in December. Maybe they actually embarrassed themselves.
Here are the Officers elected for 2011
At a previous meeting the WBAI LSB voted to hold its meetings on the second Wednesday of every month and/or the last Thursday of that month, subject to change by the LSB, which gives us the following schedule:
All of these meetings are set to begin at 7:00 PM.
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.
WBAI is archiving the programs! Just go here and you'll be able to listen to this program any time for the next couple of months. You may need to scroll up one line to see the audio archive. Let me know if you find this feature useful.
If you want to listen to any part of the WBAI archive click here to go right to the archives. When you first go to the Web page you'll only see the WBAI programs for the past 7 days. If you want to see older programs you can click on one of the “See ALL Shows” buttons. Or to see only the two shows in this time slot click here. The archives of our programs in our previous time slot are here.
Back of the Book is one of the programs that you can download, as well as listen to on line.
In the table on the archive Web page Back of the Book and Carrier Wave are both in the “Show” column. The “Date and Category” column shows the date of the program. After the program I go in and write the details of the program and say which program it is. Of course I'd recommend that you just listen to both programs in this time slot!
In the Summer of 2009, there was a Pacifica National Board meeting held in New York. Here's the Web page I did about this PNB meeting and the amazing things that went on at it.
And the PNB has also met in Houston from Friday October 9th, through Sunday October 11th, 2009. The official audio archive of that meeting is here. It was not disrupted as the New York meeting was, although some of the same miscreants got out there to say stupid things.
The Pacifica National Board (PNB) met in Manhattan the weekend of October 1-3, 2010. The audio has been posted for the first day of the meeting, the second day of the meeting and the third day of the meeting.
Subject: [WBAI-LSB-PUBLIC] Announcement: Berthold Reimers appointed GM of WBAI
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:43:09 -0500
From: Mitchel Cohen
I've just received word from Arlene Engelhardt, Executive Director of Pacifica, that she's appointed Berthold Reimers as the General Manager of WBAI.
Chair, WBAI Local Station Board
Back of the Book has been moved to this time slot. We'll see how this move works.
The interim Program Director has issued notice of program changes. The evolving, relevant documents are below. We are hearing from other producers who have been told they are being moved to other time slots and having their time cut in half. One producer has been told he's off the air entirely and another producer has decided that he would rather resign than be treated in a way that he can't abide.
Some producers are lobbying heavily to retain their current time slots, and some have lobbied to get better time slots amid the chaos of this sudden program shakeup. One producer got moved, accepted it, and then got pushed out of the new time slot by another producer who had publicly quit and then successfully lobbied the interim Program Director, with the aid of four supporters, for a better time slot. The producer who got pushed out has quit WBAI.
We got a call on our answering machine from WBAI interim Program Director Tony Bates at 5:17 in the afternoon on November 1st. He said that the grid was changing and that Back of the Book would be affected. When I called back at 7:15 that evening I got his voice mail and the voice mail was full so I couldn't leave a message.
I called the interim Program Director about this again the next day. He told me that he was moving Back of the Book to 5:00 AM on Saturdays! And in this new time slot the program is only one hour long. Let's just say that we are not jumping for joy about this change in the program. It's quite a change for us, and for our listeners. And, yes, Uncle Sidney has moved his program Carrier Wave, or whatever he's calling it lately, to this same time slot and will continue alternating with us.
Here are the latest documents from Management about the programming shakeup:
|Management's Original Formats||Web Friendly Formats|
|First letter from WBAI Management||First letter from WBAI Management|
|Second letter from WBAI Management||Second letter from WBAI Management|
|The new WBAI program grid||The new WBAI program grid|
|The new WBAI program grid in HTML format|
|Updated schedule as of 11/15/10|
|Updated schedule as of 1/5/11|
Of course I've had something to say about all of this. I sent this out as an E-mail on November 11th. If we don't get more listeners soon WBAI will cease to exist.
The Vernal Equinox will occur on Sunday, March 20, 2011, at 7:21 PM (ET), the day after our next radio program. Oh, I am so looking forward to Spring. Click here to see the Seasons and sub-seasons for the near future, and past.
Some astronomers in Hawaii have set a record. It's a record for the most near Earth asteroids (NEAs) discovered in one night.
Setting a record is nice, but when you think about the fact that it means that there's even more stuff whirling around in the space hear the Earth than had been known about before it gives you pause.
A hint of sanity has actually touched the U.S. government. They have finally declared that they are lifting the ban on “exporting” programs and source code for “Publicly available mass market encryption software and other specified publicly available encryption software in object code.”
This was long overdue. This sort of nonsense was used to harass Phil Zimmerman, inventor of the Pretty Good Privacy software, for years. And all of that software has been publicly available, internationally, for all of that time. The entire announcement is here.
So on March 1st, Pickles of the North and I went to Coney Island. Here you can see Pickles shouting at the gated community called Sea Gate, on the other side of the chain link fence that extends along the jetty out into New York Harbor.
You can see some of the buildings and the private beach in Sea Gate through that rusting chain link fence. Sea Gate, besides being a gated enclave, is also being worn away by the action of the waters of the Lower New York Bay. Some homes that used to be on the extreme western end of it have fallen into the harbor over the years.
I've put up a separate Web page about our little excursion that day.
After the last program we went to Battery Park. It was cold, again, and it was windy. The waters of New York Harbor were really choppy.
On the left is a video I took of the choppy water. And then I got a shot of the Staten Island Ferry making its way through the rough water to its berth.
Yeah, it's not exactly a great video, but it does give an idea of how choppy that water was and how windy the conditions were.
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. UPDATE: The bleepin' blue board has had to add a step for folks to get onto it because it's under attack by spambots. When you click on the above link you may be asked for a username and password. Type in Username: poster Password: enternow
When the computer in Master Control is working we sometimes have live interaction with people posting on the “Goodlight Board” during the program.
Our very own Uncle Sidney Smith, whose program Carrier Wave alternates with us, has a blog these days. You can reach his blog here.
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