Pacifica now has 365 days to pay FJC its $3.265m – unless FJC (or the current owner of the loan) decides otherwise

. . . Recital B: the directors have committed Pacifica to “a swap or sale of one or more radio station licenses or a sale of other Pacifica owned assets of sufficient value to repay this Loan (as defined below), or such other sources that will become available” https://mega.nz/#!5NMhHAxI!QzMtaBd0iRTZJ_YNmh2KZ1xKu7Qh_hQ6IcPMVkGWX94 . . .

As the other Bill wrote, about the land where Chris Albertson spent some of his childhood, “TikTok or Tick-Tock, that is the question” . . . Given Pacifica’s age structure, we know the answer. The foundation now has exactly a year to pay $3.265m to another foundation, the Foundation for the Jewish Community, that operates as FJC.

For two whole years, the directors have sat on their paws. See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil. FJC loan? Excuse me? How many millions? Due when? Why worry? Thoughts & prayers. Thoughts & prayers. It’ll just go away. One day we’ll wake up & it’ll be gone. Like a miracle. It’ll just disappear. Yes. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear. Thoughts & prayers. Thoughts & prayers. The loan, under control. Things. This FJC thing, it’ll just run its course. Let it rip. It’ll all work out well. Victory. The next PNB election. Incredible. Leadership. Be appreciative. A lot. A lot. This is what winning looks like. Stronger. Better. Victory. PacificaWorld, RealWorld. Country with a stockpile? Or all pile & no stock – a pile of BS, & a pile of gravestones. (But always a stockpile of nuclear weapons: priorities.) Vicious. Carnage. Keeping Amerika great. USA! USA! USA! Ode not to joy but to the United Scarves of Amerika.

Meanwhile, back in PacificaWorld, it’s from the ballot to the bullet – and the bullet has to be bitten. And now. How to pay the principal of $3.265m has to be decided now. And, rationally, that requires knowledge of the options Pacifica has.

The directors, since 2Apr2018, have lacked not foresight on this but due diligence. It didn’t even require vision; just plain diligence. Everyone knew what has to be re-paid, & when. The question was, how. The 2018 directors, by agreeing to the contract, identified two particular ways of getting the money to FJC: signal swap or sale of assets. The third way was generic, “other sources that will become available” – such as cash provided by another lender. So what’s it going to be: signal swap? buildings sales? extend the loan? find new lender? maybe the Jesse James approach, improving on the Symbionese Liberation Army?

There’s no evidence that research was done on any of this by the then executive director, Tom Livingston. Nor by ED Maxie Jackson III, or ED Grace Aaron, or ED Lawrence Reyes, or the current ED, Lydia Brazon.

So, obviously, the PNB needs to immediately direct ED Brazon to conduct or commission an authoritative report on Pacifica’s options. The PNB meets on Thursday, 2Apr. Will a director make the necessary motion?

Thoughts & prayers. Thoughts & prayers.

Since 2Apr2018, Pacifica’s being & future had been structured most forcefully by the FJC loan. No more. Since mid March, that’s been replaced by the spread of disease, of COVID-19. It’ll collapse Pacifica’s revenue. And well before the principal is due. Pacifica’s executive & national governance aren’t noted ballerinas, nimble. And confirmed cases are cascading. NYC’s first was Su1Mar. 1Mar. The Bay Area shelter-in-place started 0001, Tu17Mar. The US’ first 100k confirmed cases took 68 days, M20Jan to F27Mar. The second took 5 days [UPDATE, W1Apr]. It was as if federal officials were watching Fox & CNN rather than the world news. (Guess Al Jazeera America was ahead of ‘the market’, one suffused with national chauvinism.)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/first-case-of-coronavirus-confirmed-in-new-york-state-11583111692; https://www.sfdph.org/dph/alerts/files/HealthOrderC19-07-%20Shelter-in-Place.pdf (City & Co. of San Francisco); & https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html (first case diagnosed M20Jan, publicly reported by CDC the next day)

Will Pacifica’s ‘leadership’ rise to the task?

Thoughts & prayers. Thoughts & prayers.

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The set of loan documents are linked from the below webpage (it consists in the 19July2019 PacificaWatch summary of the loan, including details of the attendant advertising contract Pacifica’s directors agreed to, worth $37 000):

https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/what-fjc-has-made-pacifica-do/

Why FJC may no longer own the loan (posted 20July2019):

https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2019/07/20/has-fjc-sold-the-3-265m-loan-is-the-owner-the-marty-and-dorothy-silverman-foundation/

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Please note, as of tomorrow, W1Apr, the $3.265m owed to FJC is no longer a long-term liability: it becomes a current liability. In so doing it significantly worsens Pacifica’s illiquidity quotient, the measure of Pacifica’s incapacity, in terms of current assets, to pay current liabilities, that is, those falling due within 12 months. Even before this $3.265m became a current liability (albeit mitigated by the $2.361m written off by Democracy Now!, announced to Pacificans by ED Maxie at the 12Mar2019 PNB Finance Cttee), Pacifica was last liquid, according to audited balance sheets, at 30Sep2009. Yes, 2009. Pacifica’s latest audited balance sheet is at 30Sep2016 (the FY2017 one, proffered by NETA, wasn’t audited thru lack of supporting documentary evidence). That’s exactly 3½ years ago. And the illiquidity ratio was 11.54: that means every Pacifica $ of current assets was being chased by $11.54 from the short-term creditors (7 356 997 / 637 716 per auditor’s report, p. 2). Micawber would be cheered, yet saddened, seeing someone worse off than himself – splendidly cheered, m’boy.

https://pacifica.org/finance/audit_2016.pdf; also at https://mega.nz/#!YEcTRYID!IIQGPCye8yYMqj3_eOf0voVp8aVTcurd93L_D1Lpr30

Referenda station results: approx. absolute numbers

In a vote, it’s usual that the absolute numbers are made public. They even do that in The Other Land of the Dear Leader, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. But that’s RealWorld. In PacificaWorld, the NES, Renee Penaloza, chose not to. Why, a director or three may be able to find out.

Here are figures for the stations, albeit approximate, not least because the NES only gave whole number percentages, presumably rounded.

[When I have nothing better to do, I’ll post the below as tables. Before that, in another post, I’ll comment on what the figures reveal.]

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Info is in this order:

(a) electorate (#);

(b) respect for those members not taking part in the process: abstainers (#,%) — voters (#,%); &

(c) the voters: ‘no’ voters (#,%) — ‘yes’ voters (#,%) — invalid ballots (#,%). Some of the Total voter info gives two percentages: of the electorate, & of the ballots cast.

1. LISTENER-MEMBER REFERENDUM

Total:

electorate: 42 491

abstainers — voters: 32 777 — 9 714 (77.1% — 22.9%)

‘no’ — ‘yes’ — invalid ballots: 6 340 — 3 273 — 101 (14.9% of electorate, & 65.3% of ballots cast — 7.7% & 33.7% — 0.2% & 1.0%) . . . ‘no’ win by 3 067

KPFA: 12 496 ….. 8 768 — 3 728 (70% — 30%) ….. 2 199 — 1 494 — 35 (59% — 40% — 1%)

KPFK: 13 729 ….. 11 570 — 2 159 (84% — 16%) ….. 1 165 — 974 — 20 (54% — 45% — 1%)

KPFT: 4 368 ….. 3 485 — 883 (80% — 20%) ….. 423 — 453 — 7 (48% — 51% — 1%)

WPFW: 6 085 ….. 4 809 — 1 276 (79% — 21%) ….. 969 — 283 — 24 (76% — 22% — 2%)

WBAI: 5 813 ….. 4 145 — 1 668 (71% — 29%) ….. 1 584 — 69 — 15 (95% — 4% — 1%)

Station listener-voting summary (‘no’ — ‘yes’ — invalid ballots):

KPFA: ….. 2 199 — 1 494 — 35 — ‘no’ win by 705

KPFK: ….. 1 165 — 974 — 20 — ‘no’ win by 191

KPFT: …….. 423 — 453 — 7 — ‘yes’ win by 30

WPFW: …… 969 — 283 — 24 — ‘no’ win by 686

WBAI: ….. 1 584 — 69 — 15 — ‘no’ win by 1 515

2. STAFF-MEMBER REFERENDUM

Total:

electorate: 993

abstainers — voters: 481 — 512 (48.4% — 51.6%)

‘no’ — ‘yes’ — invalid ballots: 331 — 177 — 4 (33.3% of electorate, & 64.6% of ballots cast — 17.8% & 34.6% — 0.4% & 0.7%) . . . ‘no’ win by 154

KPFA: 218 ….. 100 — 118 (46% — 54%) ….. 49 — 68 — 1 (42% — 57% — 1%)

KPFK: 268 ….. 161 — 107 (60% — 40%) ….. 45 — 61 — 1 (42% — 57% — 1%)

KPFT: 169 ….. 113 — 56 (67% — 33%) ….. 19 — 37 — 0 (35% — 66%)

WPFW: 120 ….. 43 — 77 (36% — 64%) ….. 72 — 4 — 1 (94% — 5% — 1%)

WBAI: 218 ….. 64 — 154 (29% — 71%) ….. 146 — 7 — 1 (95% — 4% — 1%)

Station staff-voting summary (‘no’ — ‘yes’ — invalid ballots):

KPFA: ….. 49 — 68 — 1 — ‘yes’ win by 19

KPFK: ….. 45 — 61 — 1 — ‘yes’ win by 16

KPFT: ….. 19 — 37 — 0 — ‘yes’ win by 18

WPFW: .. 72 — 4 — 1 — ‘no’ win by 68

WBAI: .. 146 — 7 — 1 — ‘no’ win by 139

Note: the staff electorates are small compared with the listeners’ – and given the paucity of info from NES Penaloza this causes a slight computational problem. Absolute numbers are derived from the voting percentages, & being provided by the NES they’re treated as authoritative (Final Report, p. 10); squaring the figures has meant that the occasional number tips over into a contiguous percentage point.

NES Penaloza fails to disclose station referenda numbers, & the raw data. Why?

NES Penaloza’s refusal to disclose absolute numbers (Referendum Final Report, Su29Mar2020, p. 10)

IMPORTANT CORRECTION (M30Mar) . . . The lack of info provided by the NES is even worse than I thought: the station voting percentages she gave (the “Voted (%)” column in the above tables) aren’t the station turnouts, as I mistakenly took them to be, but each station’s share of the total vote – that’s why, in the tables, one adds to 99 & the other to 100 (it’s 100 in the “Electors (%)” column of each table). Note, the heading “Voted (%)” is misleading: it should have been ‘Voting Share (%)’.

(I’m working out all the absolute numbers, which necessarily have a margin of error, not least because the percentages given are whole numbers; I’ll post them later today, M30Mar.)

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M23Mar, NES Renee Penaloza posted on her website’s homepage the two referendum result certificates, issued by Simply Voting Inc. the same day. These stated the ‘yes’/’no’ numbers, as well as the percentages.

What was missing were station data. Obviously these would be in today’s NES’ report. As absolute numbers, & as percentages. But no. Just percentages, rounded to, presumably, the nearest whole number.

Hopefully, one or three Pacifica directors will persuade the NES to include them in the report. Those numbers should be prominently & proudly displayed. After all, this is the go-to document on a Pacifica high: “[v]oter turnout was higher than in any prior Pacifica election” (p. 1).

More importantly, not least for voters, the raw data, anonymised by each voter’s receipt code, haven’t been disclosed. They’ve been kept secret. Why? Why have voters been prevented from checking if their vote was properly recorded? Why? . . . More work for directors who care.

(awkward to read the NES’ posting of the report (viewing its pages at 67% may be adequate) – why no PDF? Note, to turn the pages of the doc on the webpage, hover just below the ‘0’ at the bottom, which is the page number. Also, the downloadable zip file, oddly, doesn’t include the NES’ report – as efficient as the US’ ‘Third World’ capitalist response to the work of the SARS-CoV-2 virus . . . somewhat worse than the usual ‘market failure’.)

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[Remarks will follow as a separate post.]

Breakers get broken: Pacifica partisans get 66.0% listener-members, 65.2% staff-members

the certifications of the breaker exercise – which cost Pacifica members & listeners ~$100 001 . . . cool

https://elections.pacifica.org/ (copied at https://mega.nz/#F!hFkD3C4J!ZVuEamjMKKAtMuE6TPiwUg)

P.S. On the certificate, the word ‘abstain’ doesn’t have the ordinary meaning (77% of listener-members abstained in this referendum, & 48% of staff) but means invalid ballots (highly ambiguous paper-ballot, ballot full of vitriol, maybe the opportunity for a manifesto, plain blank, or any of the myriad of inventive ways a Pacif-I-can (nod to C Cuomo) can spoil a ballot).

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[When this post was made, I added the below three points. Rather than add to this post, the remarks will appear as separate posts.

  • (1) A few remarks will soon appear below; note that paper-voting, mainly East Coast, was way down.
  • (2) The remarks will also cover the need for the PNB to address two strategic matters:
  • (a) the $3.265m principal of the FJC loan, payable 1Apr2021; &
  • (b) the coming collapse in revenue, as the economic depression underway slashes listeners’ discretionary spend; the only obvious, yet highly regrettable, mitigation is that bequests will increase thru to, at least, Dec2021.
  • (3) A separate post will be made when the NES publishes her report, with station data, later this week (inshallah).]

Referenda results delayed, & no observation of ballot opening

the delay, & the non sequitur

Important news yesterday from the NES’ homepage:

  • the by-laws referenda results won’t be declared this weekend, &
  • “there will be no ballot opening observation”.

On the first, NES Renee Penaloza used contradictory language in saying, “[r]esults will be announced on Monday, March 23rd (TBD)”: well, they either “will” or it’s “TBD”, to be determined. I guess, in her usual sloppy way, she meant to say ‘it will be Monday, but the time isn’t known yet’.

On the second, “[d]ue to the coronavirus outbreak, there will be no ballot opening observation”. This doesn’t follow: given how the virus is transmitted to a person, it’s necessarily prevented in this situation by adhering to two simple rules: (a) staying 2 yards away from anyone, & (b) not touching the ballots with bare hands. (Aerosol transmission won’t arise during a fleeting visit to a largish room, a visit with no face-to-face interaction for 15mins or more.) Hence the NES’ decision is unreasonable, not least because it even contradicts the precautionary principle observed by a diligent manager.

https://elections.pacifica.org/wordpress/ (copied at https://mega.nz/#!NJsnVZjJ!PLxz9-Q8W92poFvYH1qQFqAop8SlftJ0C-VvFCqOZUE)

Screwed? Counting underway, 2 yards apart, results due this weekend: whither?

Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F6Mar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Th19Mar . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . .voters . e-voting . . .e:p . . . . . p- . . . .total . . . .e- % . . . . . e- . . . . . p- . . . . total . t’out %

KPFA . . 12385 . . . 2032 . . . 83:17 . . . 416 . . . 2448 . . . 40.41 . . . 3794 . . . 777 . . . 4571 . . 36.9

KPFK . . 13607 . . . 1001 . . . 87:13 . . . 150 . . . 1151 . . . 19.90 . . . 1869 . . . 279 . . . 2148 . . 15.8

KPFT . . . 4327 . . . . 468 . . . .89:11 . . . . 58 . . . . 526 . . . . 9.31 . . . . .874 . . . 108 . . . . 982 . . 22.7

WPFW . .6029 . . . . 686 . . . .50:50 . . . 686 . . . 1372 . . . 13.64 . . . 1281 . . 1281 . . . 2562 . . 42.5

WBAI . . .5761 . . . . 842 . . . .54:46 . . . 717 . . . 1559 . . . 16.74 . . . 1572 . . 1339 . . . 2911 . . 50.5

. . . . . . . .42109 . . . 5029 . . . . . . . . . . . 2027 . . .7056 . . . . . . . . . . . .9390 . . 3784 . . 13174

turnout . . . . . . . . 11.9% . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16.8% . . . . . . . . . . .22.3% . . . . . . . . .31.3%

expected listener-member turnout

Referenda voting ended Thursday, 19Mar, on the proposed new Pacifica constitution. A ‘no’ vote was rejecting the anti-democratic, authoritarian move by the breakers, longstanding campaigners to break up the Pacifica network.

Three topics:

  • expected listener-member turnout
  • predicted listener-member voting
  • the staff-member referendum

Expected listener-member turnout

The above table is an expectation of listener-member voting in the referendum, generated by the application of two assumptions upon published & reliable leaked data.

Highlights:

  • if the culture of high paper-voting on the East Coast persists, the NES’ data imply an unusually high total turnout from those stations, delivering big ‘no’ votes, 43% at WPFW & 51% at WBAI;
  • this compares with KPFA achieving 37%;
  • expected total turnout, 31%;
  • actual turnout by online-voters alone is twice that of each of last year’s two rounds of total LSB voting (so including their paper-voting); &
  • total turnout is expected to be x3 that of those 2019 LSB rounds.

Published data:

NES Renee Penaloza’s nominal 2018 LSB pseudo-elections final report, no date (published 18Mar2019) https://mega.nz/#!Yc83WCTT!fxdIWgniK1oLwMqPssGaWDt_qdkQfdaSoEBH0sOClUI

referenda online-voting update, 9.02pm [so presumably PDT], Th19Mar https://mega.nz/#F!dN1VXLiQ!ywTPcyUP8SWg4BviRNx1xw (#6 in the series)

Leaked data: NES’ emails to the Pacifica directors, Th5Mar & F6Mar https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2020/03/17/screwed-qm-1-in-13-purged-from-the-listener-elector-roll-wbai-culled-by-30pc-whilst-kpft-grows-by-21pc-update-on-the-th5mar-pnb-figures/

Assumptions:

  • the proportion of each station’s paper-voting (‘e:p’ in the table, the ratio) is the same as given in the last publicly available LSB data, per the nominal 2018 final report (the Jan-Mar2019 voting for all stations bar WPFW; that station in the 2016 LSB election; please see pp. 17 & 19); in all likelihood it’s less, with increased internet usage, but applying a factor of 10% or 20% (a deflator) would be unnecessarily speculative; &
  • final online-voting (‘e-voting’ in the table) is split between the stations in the same ratio as at F6Mar; so this assumes the KPFA online surge at 6Mar not only didn’t exhaust itself but was maintained, so keeping its 40% share of online-voting.

Predicted listener-member voting

Station . . . . No . . . . .Yes . . Yes %

KPFA . . . . . 2000 . . .2571 . . . 56

KPFK . . . . . 1400 . . . .748 . . . 35

KPFT . . . . . . .582 . . . .400 . . .41

WPFW . . . .2400 . . . . 162 . . . .6

WBAI . . . . .2800 . . . . 111 . . . .4

Total . . . . . 9182 . . . 3992

Two assumptions are made above, & in the 11Mar post a guess was made of the breakers’ core support, 1 200 – 1 500 KPFA & KPFT listener-members. Given this, the above rough prediction is made: a ‘no’ vote of 70% wins, rejecting the breakers.

https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2020/03/11/is-pacifica-about-to-get-screwed-qm-kpfa-overperforming-by-c-70pc-wbai-underperforming-by-c-29pc/

The staff-member referendum

Remember, the breakers need to win both referenda to effect their proposed change.

The electorate was 955. Paper-voting is likely to be immaterial; for example, it was only 4 out of 466 in the Jan-Mar2019 LSB voting. In the referendum, the NES says 51.4% voted, so 491. (Turnouts in last year’s LSB voting: 47.6% in Jan-Mar, 36.7% in Aug-Oct.) If all 491 are valid ballots, that means 246 wins this is 32 more than the KPFA electorate. The station turnouts at F6Mar: KPFA 36%, KPFK 17%, KPFT 27%, WPFW 35%, WBAI 44%. Being so high, it makes no sense trying to estimate expected station final turnouts.

Could the breakers have garnered 246 staff? Unlikely.

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POSTSCRIPT on the virus (SARS-CoV-2) causing the disease (COVID-19)

Article by Mike Davis, from last Saturday, 14Mar; hopefully he’s interviewed by KPFK, if not KPFA.

https://jacobinmag.com/2020/03/mike-davis-coronavirus-outbreak-capitalism-left-international-solidarity/

Public health officials, worldwide, knew a global health emergency was coming. The World Health Organization (WHO) even explicitly warned of highly infectious disease yet to come into existence, which it designated as Disease X: “[t]he needs for research preparedness for a new disease were also deemed to fit into the ‘urgent’ category” (report on 8-9Dec2015 workshop, page 2). WHO also made a very short vid on this, Mar2018. And it was even discussed 10 months before the COVID-19 outbreak, at the winter playground of the Masters of the Universe, Davos – discussed when the media were focusing on Greta.

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/blue-print/blueprint-for-r-d-preparedness-and-response-meeting-report.pdf (8-9Dec2015); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBM8emEVe8Q (WHO explain the Disease X conception, Mar2018; 2mins) & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gBDkXzgMDM (Davos, Feb2019; 58mins)

Healthcare professionals also did their part preparing the public. In 2018, for example, Peter Piot, head of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, gave a Royal Institution lecture, Are we ready for the next pandemic?.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en06PYwvpbI (29June2018, 1:02:00)

The public was also made aware through simulations such as this, also from 2018, one that took place in Australia, This is not a drill: a hypothetical pandemic‘.

https://www.wheelercentre.com/broadcasts/this-is-not-a-drill-a-hypothetical-pandemic (bios of participants) & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4zaazgR87k (6Sep2018; 59mins; only 26k views, but it’ll grow)

Finally, handwashing vids from WHO & the US’ CDC; the WHO one is done by Dr Tedros, the world’s fave Ethiopian, who when he’s not modelling, pursues his day job, Director-General of the WHO:

& https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d914EnpU4Fo (where’s Dr Fauci when you need him?)

More than 18 months of multiple waves of illness? Fed COVID-19 ‘plan’ for the people, dated 13Mar2020

. . . whither the world? . . . whither Pacifica? . . .

PanCAP, your friend? Who knew?

“A pandemic will last 18 months or longer and could include multiple waves of illness

(p. 4, added emphases)

“Supply chain and transportation impacts due to ongoing COVID-19 outbreak will likely result in significant shortages for government, private sector, and individual U.S. consumers” (p. 4, added emphases)

Universal susceptibility and exposure will significantly degrade the timelines and efficiency of response efforts” (p. 4, added emphases)

A COVID-19 pandemic environment will require modification to concurrent disaster response operations (e.g., increased levels of personal protective equipment (PPE), restricted interactions with survivors and stakeholders, resource prioritization)” (p. 5, added emphases)

Implementation of community mitigation measures may adversely impact sustained operations of U.S. healthcare facilities, critical infrastructure, and government” (p. 5, added emphases)

COVID-19 vaccine research, development, production, and distribution are under rapid development and will take extended time to develop” (p. 4, added emphases)

Aim: “COVID-19 response and recovery worker safety and health protection measures have been developed and compliance measures have been implemented” (p. 7). Already not achieved.

“Purpose[:] This plan outlines the United States Government (USG) coordinated federal response activities for COVID-19 in the United States” (p. 1)

“A nimble, effective COVID-19 response with flexible sustainable capabilities will save lives and mitigate social and economic disruption” (p. 7). Sure.

“The first U.S. case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington State on January 20

(p. 1, added emphases)

(“PanCAP Adapted”, in the doc’s title, means this COVID-19 response plan is an adaptation of the Pandemic Crisis Action Plan: “[t]he PanCAP, approved in January 2018, operationalizes the BIA [Biological Incident Annex] with a focus on potential viral pandemic pathogens. The COVID-19 Response Plan outlines adapted federal response actions for the response to this disease” (p. 6, all added emphases, for the titles).)

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. . . meanwhile they frolic in the Floridian ocean . . .

. . . it may be Spring Break for humans, but for Viro the Virus it’s work, work, work . . .

Video published M16Mar by the local TV company.

It’s why Kang & Kodos, for eons, simply observe. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kang_and_Kodos

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Pacifica’s future was largely structured by the $3.265m loan from the Foundation for the Jewish Community, FJC. Now it’s the effects of the virus, SARS-CoV-2.

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Breaking the story: Peter Baker & Eileen Sullivan, ‘U.S. Virus Plan Anticipates 18-Month Pandemic and Widespread Shortages’, NYT, Tu17Mar2020:

Click to access full.pdf

Permanent posting of the doc:

https://mega.nz/#!BFkEGISB!5MXaxUANc8XxYSzvBeV6AZ2FIzLmhmnx7j48_ouW4JA

Screwed? 1-in-13 purged from the listener elector roll, WBAI culled by 30%, whilst KPFT grows by 21% – update on the Th5Mar PNB figures

the four tables sent by NES Penaloza to the PNB, Th5Mar (the first in the sequence) & F6Mar2020; elector & online-voting totals for Pacifica & stations, split for listeners & staff in the last two tables

The listener elector rolls for the referendum are drastically different from those used just nine weeks ago in the 2019 LSB pseudo-elections. There’s been a shocking, sudden change. A strange change. A Pacifica purge has been perpetrated, particularly at WBAI. And the Lord has delivered unto KPFT a heavenly host of new believers. Besides the practical implications for these existential referenda, there’s a lot here that needs explaining.

Highlights, the changes in only nine weeks:

  • listener-membership has fallen 3 581 (−7.84%, 1-in-13), from 45 690 to 42 109
  • KPFA listeners −13.6%, so 1-in-7 (14 334 → 12 385, so −1 949)
  • KPFT listeners +21.2% (3 569 → 4 327, so +758)
  • WBAI listeners −30.1% (8 240 → 5 761, so −2 479)
  • WPFW listeners −4.2% (6 293 → 6 029, so −264)
  • staff membership has fallen −1.5% (970 → 955, so −15)

Five topics are addressed:

  • the listener referendum online-voting data – including necessary revisions to last Wednesday’s blogpost
  • adding in estimated paper-voting
  • the staff referendum
  • predicted referenda turnout
  • final, regrettable point: the coronavirus societal crisis, Pacificans (not least re the age structure & existing ill-health conditions), & the $3.265m loan from the Foundation for the Jewish Community (FJC); this crisis of capitalist society will necessarily cause both the largest & the swiftest contraction in the world economy in human history.

[I’ll finish writing this, & its replacement will be posted on the blog a day late, so apologies, on Referendum Day, Th19Mar.

[Just noticed that the NES, after seven l-o-n-g days of silence, has just given a turnout update (online voting only, take note). The W11Mar one gave listeners 13.8% (~5 811) & staff 34.7% (~331). The one denoted an ambiguous 1.42am (EDT?), W18Mar, gives listeners 19.0% (~8 001) & staff 42.2% (~403). So, added votes of 2 190 listeners (+37.7%) & 72 staff (+21.8%). The listener surge is a whole week of 313 a day, compared with 232 a day for the difference between 9 & 11Mar, the previous updates.

https://mega.nz/#F!dN1VXLiQ!ywTPcyUP8SWg4BviRNx1xw (#5 in the series)]

In Rikers, only some are good men

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UPDATE: On conviction, felon 20B0584 was transferred from Rikers to an Oz of New York State, maximum security Wende correctional facility, near Buffalo. On Su22Mar he tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19. So in addition to his ostracism, he’s now in solitary. Labelled inmate 20B0584 in the de-humanising system now organising his life, this man was previously known as Harvey Weinstein.