Seems Berthold’s on his way out – no prob, Volunteer Alex becomes not just interim general manager but interim executive director as well, a win-win . . . cometh the moment, cometh the man

. . . “Seeking a Director position”, the start of Mr Reimers’ LInkedIn webpage – all five screenshots taken Tu23Aug2022, https://www.linkedin.com/in/bertholdreimers . . .

Berthold ‘I’ve got more coats of Teflon than Donald Trump’ Reimers has been WBAI’s station manager since July2010 (sic). He’s hoping to be gone by Xmas.

Berthold is one of life’s survivors. Forget pussy: his performance should have been evaluated annually, in writing, 12 times by the WBAI Local Station Board, carrying out its duty “[t]o prepare an annual written evaluation of the station’s General Manager” – by-law Article 7, Section 3(C), https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art7sec3.html. This hasn’t happened. The LSB members, year after year, failed to carry out one of the few mandatory duties they have.

Why has this been tolerated? Not least by the directors sleepwalkers of the Pacifica National Board because it has its own mandated duty in this matter – an unconditional duty, a duty without discretion – to make sure that the LSB members (which includes themselves!) do their job: “[s]ubject to the provisions of the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation law, and any limitations in the Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws relating to action required or permitted to be taken or approved by the Members or Delegates of the Foundation, the activities and affairs of the Foundation shall be conducted and all corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the direction of the Board.” (the whole of by-law Article 5, Section 1(D), “General Power and Authority”, all emphases added – https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art5sec1.html).

Despite this lack of scrutiny, how much have the members & other listeners been giving Mr B? The only publicly available info pertains to fiscal-year 2016, thru 30Sep2016, when he was paid $117 127 ($85 000 “[r]eportable compensation from the organization” + $32 127 “[e]stimated amount of other compensation from the organization and related organizations”) – https://pacifica.org/finance/990_2016.pdf (page 8), accessed from https://pacifica.org/finance_reports.php. For some it will be regrettable that this is his only pecuniary appearance in a Pacifica Internal Revenue Service Form 990.

. . . Pacifica Foundation, Inc. 2015 IRS Form 990, mostly using FY2016 data, page 8 – https://pacifica.org/finance/990_2016.pdf . . .

Meanwhile, Pacifica will be transformed in the coming weeks & months. Bigtime. This, the product of an opaque process, all helped by the directors sleepwalkers not being pressed by any LSB to disclose (1) not just the criteria but the ranked criteria the directors sleepwalkers are using for decision-making, & (2) the scenarios they’ve specified, thoroughly analysed/discussed, & then evaluated using said criteria – but, to do them justice, they’re probably just proceeding ad hoc, like a Trump. Fat chance decisions are being made in the context of implementing a network development plan – let alone one designed to allow every one of the five stations, plus the Pacifica Radio Archives & Pacifica Affiliate Network, to not just grow but to develop, to flourish.

This PNB opacity & LSB collusion has been reinforced for the last 12mths or so by a Pacifica withdrawal from the public: choosing more often to refuse to publish the joining details of meetings; reducing the number of streamed meetings; & putting far fewer audio recordings in the Pacifica meetings archive – every lil bit helps in the war against transparency & member/listener/staff involvement. After all, curiosity is dangerous. Whereas secrecy precludes accountability, & also makes it more difficult to know what’s going on, even discouraging an initial interest from a newbie to PacificaWorld. Yes, alienating the plebs makes it easier to rule as one wants.

That aside, never let a crisis go to waste, as the wit has it. Crisis? Seize the opportunity! And quote some Chinese sage – even if it’s made up. Can even talk of Mao & ‘there is great chaos under Heaven – the situation is excellent’, adding Chinese characters for authenticity, an authority prop.

Despite these travails, Berthold’s imminent departure opens up a golden double opportunity: Comrade Volunteer Alex Steinberg, Chair of The Board until January this year, may be on holiday in Greece at the moment but he can be made both WBAI station manager & Pacifica executive director. Steph can be made redundant, paid off, maybe with cowrie shells. And with Alex doing the two jobs on an expenses-only basis, the savings will be Himalayan. Not to be clichéd, but what could go wrong?

And why stop there? Who knows, maybe Alex can be the CFO as well, just like ED Tom Livingston was in 2018 – it may break a by-law, but what’s new: “neither the Secretary nor the Chief Financial Officer shall serve concurrently as the Chairperson of the Board or the Executive Director” – https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art9sec1.html. Never forget the first rule of PacificaWorld: rules are for RealWorld, not PacificaWorld. (Yes, a universe of paradoxes, of contradictions.) Instead, PacificaWorld is run by decisions – which is why it’s important to keep out troublemakers, those asking awkward questions, & instead just recycle, decade after decade, the Pacifica grandparents & great-grandparents, tempered in the Vietnam period, then steeled in the Pacifica politics spanning the millennia. Year after year, those are the ones ‘we thank for their service’, those exalted in Amerikan culture as ‘our leaders’ (without a flicker of recognition that this lauds the Führer principle). And keeping things cosy gives the decision-makers the peace & quiet they need to get on with the difficult job of deciding decisions, even if on occasion caution requires this to be deciding decisions about how to decide decisions – all achieved without the restraint of rules. The creativity & imagination of the directors sleepwalkers simply can’t be held back. After all, the very survival of ‘The Foundation’ is at stake.

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But to return to Berthold. Here, courtesy of LinkedIn, is ‘Berthold’s public profile badge’, which can be pinned all over the internet, posted on all sorts of websites, as he does his damnedest to get away from Pacifica, from WBAI:

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And his LinkedIn declaration is a wonder to behold. (Sad attempt at wordplay? Of course.) Some peeps get ribbed for hiding their light under a bushel. Berthold is dynamo incarnate: he cloaks his light within his behaviour. Listening to his performances, month after month, year after year, at the WBAI Finance Cttee & the WBAI LSB, & an annual appearance at the PNB Finance Cttee (if a station budget existed), who had the slightest suspicion that he not only has an MBA but came to WBAI with over 13 years’ experience of financial administration? Who knew? Who could tell? The wonder! The wonder!

Dynamo incarnate. Always on the move. Deflecting attention by bringing up new issues. Saying the opposite of what he said the week before. Even twisting time by producing the report after the meeting, tying up tens of minutes of the next meeting. Yes, Mr B is an irrepressible moving target. And when you think you’re finally within range he’s gone, poof!, just like that, as if he was never there. And in a sense he wasn’t, for Berthold is he who operates in another dimension. PacificaWorld, truly a unique universe!

The over-13yrs as a financial administrator, per his LinkedIn:

at Healthfirst (1yr 3mths; followed by an undisclosed gap of 2yrs 6mths; then 1yr 2mths):

• Premium Billing Supervisor

• Manager of Financial Operation

at EmblemHealth (11yrs 3mths):

• Manager of Capitation

• Assistant Director of Capitation

• Director of Product & Customer Management

• Director of Corporate Business Development

• Director of Financial Reporting & Analysis

• Director of SSP & Medicaid Dual Products R&A – Government Assisted Programs

Two screenshots showing Mr B’s work declaration – plus his two degrees (please, no music ‘jokes’):

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For completeness, here’s the other relevant section of his LinkedIn testimony/self-promotion/advert, his ‘About’, stressing ‘why Berthold? Berthold is CaptainFantastic, your one-and-only Mr StrategyGuy!’:

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. . . Someone like Berthold, no need to ‘wish him luck’, ‘wish him all the best’: Berthold is one of life’s survivors. He’ll always land on his feet.

Speaking of which, if WBAI had a newsletter, would his farewell be drenched with as many tears as washed over Quincy’s feet?

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Latest misnoticing of proposed by-laws amendments. PNB Chair Alex Steinberg finds himself unable to read – Su12Dec KPFK Delegates Assembly

. . . day #6 of the 8Nov-8Dec2021 noticing period, Sa13Nov – but no notice either that day or the five previous ones, per the Wayback Machine records; in fact the first notice appears on day #7, Su14Nov – https://web.archive.org/web/20211113150803/https://pacifica.org/ . . .

These days the anti-breakers have lost the political argument: the 12July2021 second referenda result was crushing, with the breakers achieving amongst listener-members a 75.7 percentage point swing from the Mar2020 referendum, when expressing their vote as a proportion of the anti-breaker vote (−48.4 ⭢ +27.3). So, as Vlad-not-the-Impaler put it, what is to be done? Well, if you’ve lost the game, change the game: change the rules. Become a bureaucratic roader: use the power of the offices – not the power of the membership – to get what you want. And, as the early Chuck observed, it’s a matter of the particular & the universal, so present the special interest as the general interest: present this as protecting the organisation.

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You’d think it would be plain sailing to send in a proposed by-laws amendment (PBA), get the Pacifica National Board to approve a noticing period, twiddle thumbs for 30 days whilst the PBA sits in the notice on the Pacifica homepage, & then do some voting – all accomplished within six weeks, yes? Not in PacificaWorld. This sorry tale started at the end of summer, the Th2Sep PNB, & meandered all the way up to just before Christmas. Not six weeks, but 15 . . . x2½. Not bad, considering. At least it happened.

The four PBA’s:

• allow compensation for incurring financial damage – https://pacifica.org/documents/bylaws_211010/Compensation_for_Financial_Damage.pdf

• allow disqualifying acts for membership – https://pacifica.org/documents/bylaws_211010/Removal_of_members_rev.pdf

• allow limits on the frequency of referenda initiated by membership petition – https://pacifica.org/documents/bylaws_211010/Frequency_of_membership_petitions_rev.pdf

All four are here, in a one-click viewable & downloadable folder: https://mega.nz/folder/EctnDaSD#vDCapBSlS9nUCOz06X9XFQ.

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The sections:

•1• The process

•2• Three attempts at noticing – there you go, says Lydia

•3• Su12Dec KPFK Delegates Assembly

•4• The notices on the Pacifica homepage, M8-Tu16Nov

•5• The 30 timestamps, M8-Tu16Nov

•6• The noticing errors

•A• Appendix: 15 screenshots, M8-Tu16Nov

•1• The process

A PBA is sent to the Pacifica Secretary. Thing is, Pacifica doesn’t have one: whenever the PNB elects a secretary they’re described as ‘the PNB Secretary’, sometimes ‘the Secretary’. As the bullied know all to well, words matter. But, hey, who’s listening? It’s not as though anyone’s litigious in PacificaWorld.

The Pacifica Secretary evaluates the PBA for propriety, then tells the PNB Chair there’s something in the house, & to expect a motion to come in to start a noticing period so all PBA’s can be posted for 30 days on the Pacifica homepage, https://pacifica.org/. But the noticing also consists in a tricky bit, at least in PacificaWorld, something to do with a radio station & broadcasting: on-air announcements – 450 of them. Yes. 3 broadcasts a day x 30 days x 5 stations. Just as well the founding mothers didn’t require transparency, insisting on a by-law requiring that the so-called traffic logs be made public, posted on pacifica.org.

After the noticing, the PNB & the five LSB’s have 45 days to vote. If the PBA is approved by the PNB & at least three LSB’s, then it’s adopted, becoming a by-law – that is unless it also needs to secure a majority in a membership vote. And the whole process has to be completed within the same calendar year. Note that in a board vote, insufficient is a majority of either those voting or those present: what’s needed is a majority of all the members of that body. So, if there are 22 directors, then a fail would even be a 11-0 vote, however many attended.

https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art17sec1.html

•2• Three attempts at noticing – there you go, says Lydia

• Th2Sep PNB: a notice date was agreed for Sa16Oct (23:44). Chair Alex Steinberg (WBAI listener-delegate) was absent, but temp Chair Polina Vasiliev (KPFK staff-delegate) related that he wanted that date because it was the day after voting ended in the 2021 delegates elections – per item 5 of the draft minutes (never seem to have been approved; unpaginated, but pages 2 & 3 of the PDF; link in the archive erroneously denoted as “[a]genda”), https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/pnb210902/pnb210902_7245_agenda.pdf, & https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/pnb210902/pnb210902a.mp3. The end date of the notice period wasn’t mentioned, but the 30th day would have been Su14Nov.

• Th7Oct PNB: a new notice date was agreed for Su10Oct (40:01). Lawrence Reyes (KPFK listener-delegate) moved to rescind what he called the noticing for Sa16Oct-M15Nov (even though that’s 31 days, not the required 30 days), & replace it with a Su10Oct notice (no minutes online – although they were approved by the 4Nov PNB (18:36) – https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/pnb211104/pnb211104a.mp3). (For the 10Oct notice, the end date wasn’t mentioned during the meeting – but 30 days would make it thru M8Nov.) One reason he gave for the change was that the current notice would prevent three LSB’s (KPFT, WPFW, WBAI) from considering any PBA’s at their regular November meeting, on the 10th, forcing them to arrange special meets. Guess this was more important than the reason given the last time: avoiding a noticing overlap with voting in the delegates elections. https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/pnb211007/pnb211007c.mp3

On seeing the PBA’s posted at pacifica.org, I felt I had to make a public comment at the Su17Oct KPFK LSB, pointing out that two of the four required approval by a membership vote. Oddly, this was the first time that had been said in a recorded public Pacifica meeting.

https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2021/10/18/important-correction-two-of-the-oct2021-proposed-by-laws-amendments-only-trigger-a-members-s-referendum-if-either-of-them-is-approved-by-both-pnb-three-or-more-lsbs-erroneous-public-comment/

• Th4Nov PNB: yet another new notice date was agreed, this time for M8Nov (19:14). Again, it was Lawrence that moved the motion, to replace what it called the 9Oct (sic) noticing with a new one starting 8Nov. Why another change? “[T]he mandated announcements had [sic] not been airing” (20:09). Oh. (The end date for this 3rd noticing period wasn’t mentioned during the meeting.) https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/pnb211104/pnb211104a.mp3

• (The notices have many errors, & these are listed below in the final section.)

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“[N]ot been airing”? Pacifica may have wheels but they’re fly-wheels – it rarely has cogs, allowing transmission. Admin simply couldn’t organise themselves to make three announcements a day. It’s complicated. Spread out across the day & night. At five stations. Interminable, all of 30 days. Pacifica isn’t suited for complex operations like this, requiring coordination & multi-disciplinary teamwork.

But the wheels were spun again – and that’s exactly what happened for six days, M8Nov thru Sa13Nov: wheels, not cogs. It was only on day #7 that the notice appeared on https://pacifica.org/ – at least according to the authoritative archive of the whole visible internet, the Wayback Machine, https://web.archive.org/web/*/pacifica.org. That single Pacifica webpage saved over 11 000 times, since 13Nov1996. By a well-tooled organisation, with its relentless ‘crawling, then scraping’, archiving over 636bn webpages – that’s >636 000 000 000. Remember this pedigree, as it soon becomes relevant.

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A grounding political point. The wrecking isn’t pointing out deficiencies: the wrecking lies with the scrutinised officeholders, with their behaviour of driving on come what may, even when repeatedly warned of the harm they’re causing. The organisation needs to be protected from litigation, it needs to be protected from so-called leaders who are intent on breaking the rules, be they Pacifica by-laws, CPB requirements, state & federal law. It doesn’t matter whether anyone likes those rules: it’s just that if one carries on regardless, the day of reckoning is bound to come. And an anti-breaker violating a rule is objectively doing the work of a breaker. And the breaker can simply choose their preferred moment when to strike. With the anti-breaker having laid the organisation wide open to pay the costs. Simple as.

•3• Su12Dec KPFK Delegates Assembly

So what happened yesterday in Los Angeles? https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/kdelegates/211212/kdelegates211212a.mp3

The KPFK Delegates Assembly met to consider the four PBA’s. PNB Chair Alex Steinberg was in the audience – sitting amongst the plebs, but in the front row, with waitress service, & filling an automated recliner with leather armrests. When he heard something he really didn’t like, he felt he had to pipe up.

What irked his ire was my public comment:

[t]he proposed by-laws amendments under consideration today have not been properly noticed 8Nov thru 8Dec. The Wayback Machine has publicly available evidence that Alex’s claim that it was is false: Pacifica’s homepage was crawled 20 times for the 6 days 8Nov thru 13Nov, & the notice wasn’t there. In fact the first time the notice appeared was Su14Nov at 11:17:20 EST. Oh. That means there are presently no proposed by-laws amendments for a Pacifica body to deliberate upon. Double oh. https://web.archive.org/web/*/pacifica.org

39:52 (original emphases), Su12Dec KPFK Delegates Assembly – https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/kdelegates/211212/kdelegates211212a.mp3

The response of The Big A, in full: “[t]he notice on the pacifca.org [sic] web site was there from Nov 8, Nov 9, Nov 10. I just checked the wayback machine for those dates” (Zoom chatbox, 11:22:06 PST, Su12Dec2021).

Thing is, in his haste to read what he wanted to see on the webpage in question, he mistook the 10Oct-8Nov amendments notice for the 8Nov-8Dec one. Oh. But easily done: both being notices, both being in green, both set on a black background, both referring to not just ‘8’ but also ‘November’, & both notices being in English. So, yes, easily mixed up.

So I simply said in the Zoom chatbox, “[h]i, you know you’re mistaken, yes, misreading the old notice, the 10Oct-8Nov one? A person of honour would publicly state, both verbally & in the chatbox, that they made a mistake. Are you?”

No answer was the stern reply – which wouldn’t surprise anyone who knows him.

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As far as the proceedings went, besides the Wayback Machine evidence, it was pointed out by Call-In User #5, a well-known Pacifican, with a calming, mellifluous, s***** voice, that the mandated 450 announcements hadn’t been made, as witnessed by peeps in Berkeley & NY (46:26).

Raymond Goldstone (KPFK listener-member) said that the PBA re director terms needed an accompanying PBA re Article 5, Section 3, which speaks of the annual election of directors (44:25) – https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art5sec3.html. Oh. As Art. 17, Sec. 1(B)(5) says, & I quote in full, “[n]otwithstanding any of the provisions of this Section 1(B), these bylaws may not be amended or repealed if said amendment or repeal would: (i) violate any state or federal statute or regulation; (ii) conflict with the Foundation’s Articles of Incorporation; or (iii) create conflicting provisions in these bylaws” (emphases added) – https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art17sec1.html.

A proper, general comment was made by Jonathan Markowitz (KPFK listener-member): there needs to be a wide discussion about these important PBA’s before they’re presented to a Pacifica deliberative body (42:00). Quite right. And it was in the gift of each local station board to have discussed them in October or November – and even at both meetings.

‘Hapless’ Alex also had to admit (29:08) that the PBA changing a director’s terms would also require a membership vote – one conducted by 31Dec (sic).

He could have added that the delegates assemblies at WPFW & WBAI, voting on 8Dec, had wasted their time – not simply because the process initiated on 2Sep was imploding before everyone’s eyes, but because the earliest voting could legally occur was 9Dec: “[t]he PNB and Delegates shall vote on the proposed amendment(s) within the 45 day period beginning on the day following the last day of the notice period” (emphases added, Art. 17, Sec. 1(B)(2)(i)) – https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art17sec1.html. And being Pacifica, not just one station did this but two. Priceless. You’re jumping off the cliff? Shift over, I’m joining you!

Given the evidence & arguments presented it was no surprise that the delegates voted to not consider the four PBA’s, passing the motion 11-6, with 5 abstentions, giving, as rationale, inadequate noticing (1:03:47).

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Obeying rules. An endemic problem. Pacificans are really quite cavalier with rules. Pesky lil tings, always trying to interfere with the triumph of the will, always trying to restrain the preferred politics in PacificaWorld: unbridled voluntarism. A political & ethical disposition that necessarily holds the membership in contempt – for the objectivised force of the membership, its silent & ever-present witness & putative regulator whenever a Pacifica body deliberates, is none other than the set of by-laws, the constitution of Pacifica.

Actions without consequences; arrogance going unpunished; actors believing themselves immune, feeling invincible, able to act with impunity, devoid of a sense of responsibility. Behaviour uncoupled from accountability. But this fantasy has its limits: PacificaWorld has to interact with RealWorld. And RealWorld is a dangerous place: it has bodies specialising in accountability, both jural & ethical. And for the 2021 PNB majority this is their Achilles heel – as 2022 will show.

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For Alex’s benefit, & for any other 11/8 truthers, appended to this post are 15 screenshots of the Pacifica homepage, M8-Tu16Nov, courtesy of the Wayback Machine.

•4• The notices on the Pacifica homepage, M8-Tu16Nov

The notices:

NoticeM8NovTu9W10Th11F12Sa13Su14M15Tu16
8Nov-8Dec PBA ❌❌❌❌❌❌✅✅✅✅✅✅
10Oct-8Nov PBA ✅✅❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌
LSB election results✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅❌❌❌❌
ED vacancy✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅❌❌❌❌

. . . Pacifica notices per the Wayback Machine, https://web.archive.org/web/*/pacifica.org (PBA are proposed by-laws amendments) . . .

That’s why Alex messed up, in his haste to prove himself right.

•5• The 30 timestamps, M8-Tu16Nov

• The Wayback Machine gives its timestamps as UTC, also known as GMT. (The UTC acronym was the compromise made in 1970, between English & French, between CUT & TUC: Coordinated Universal Time & temps universel coordonné. Yet another reason why the Martians thought we weren’t worth bothering with.)

• The timestamps are given below as Central Standard Time (−6hrs of UTC) because Central Time is the time zone used by Pacifica for its notices. (Note that although Pacifica’s national meeting times are given as Eastern Time at the Calendar, https://kpftx.org/ (both the linear list & the grid), the issuing of a Pacifica notice for both meetings & other announcements is per Central Time, so one hour earlier. An advantage is that at 2127, during a Tuesday PNB Finance Cttee meeting, Secretary R Paul Martin can be sent off scurrying to post a notice at kpftx for a 2030 meet the following Tuesday, & it’s all legal, complying with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting open meetings’ seven-day noticing requirement – as happened with the noticing made during the 14Sep meeting of a 21Sep meet, https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/cal_show1.php?eventdate=20210921 & https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/finance/210914/finance210914_7126_minutes.pdf.)

• The timestamps tabulated are paired: the first is termed a redirect by the Wayback Machine, & it slips thru to the second one; the redirect has its own URL (the first here is https://web.archive.org/web/20211108101642/pacifica.org, so 10:16:42 UTC – or 04:16:42 CST), but after clicking on it one never goes there, being redirected to its companion page (https://web.archive.org/web/20211108101646/pacifica.org, so 4secs later).

• The 30 timestamps (Central Standard Time):

M8NovTu9W10Th11F12Sa13Su14M15Tu16
04:16:4205:28:0505:58:3106:51:4308:10:3009:07:5810:17:2011:06:3000:39:22
04:16:4605:28:0805:58:3606:51:4808:10:3909:08:0310:17:2311:06:3400:39:26
22:52:5507:41:2023:52:0019:42:5317:55:4112:22:43
22:52:5807:41:2323:52:0219:42:5617:55:4212:22:47

. . .timestamps of the Pacifica notices per the Wayback Machine, https://web.archive.org/web/*/pacifica.org (hrs:mins:secs) . . .

•6• The noticing errors

The pre-history is the Jacobson fiasco

• This was the first attempt by the anti-breakers to change the rules. Eric Jacobson (KPFK listener-delegate) had the idea to change the Articles of Incorporation, adding talk of Pacifica being “democratically self-governed by its members”, in an attempt to stop a new constitution being presented to a membership vote. It saw the light of day at the 31Mar2021 PNB Governance Cttee (3:05) – and that was the high point of the whole endeavour. However, in anticipation of it getting thru votes by the boards, & going to a membership vote, by being added to the ballots for the delegates elections, National Elections Supervisor Renée Asteria Peñaloza posted the proposed amendment on the elections website. At the PNB, it would need a “2/3 vote of all Directors” (Art. 17, Sec. 2(B)(2)(i)), so 15 of the 22. Not a high bar: a very high bar. But that wasn’t the main problem: even if it got thru the PNB & three of the LSB’s, it would need ⅔ of the voting members – and the listener-members had just spoken, with the breakers ruling the roost. Too late. Game over. The proposed amendment was never presented to a board.

https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/governance/210331/governance210331a.mp3; https://elections.pacifica.org/wordpress/pacifica-articles-of-incorporation-amendment-proposal/; https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art17sec2.html; https://mega.nz/file/cNV0DTKR#5B9mf5RSO_lauOW0VHRWijYQp-g6uGtweUehfpyOEQ0 (NES final report on the 2021 by-laws referenda)

First notice

• Never posted: superseded by the second one.

Second notice

• According to the Wayback Machine, there was no notice on the Pacifica homepage for Su10Oct, the first day of the noticing period. They archived the webpage at 5:31:29 & 17:41:35 Central Daylight Time (CDT). It wasn’t there either on day #2 at 8:15:30 – but at 19:35:31 it was. https://web.archive.org/web/*/pacifica.org

• The same source shows that the notice posted on the Pacifica homepage started off giving the end date as “Tuesday, November 9”, before switching to “Tuesday, November 8”. This notice was by order of the Th7Oct PNB, but the proceedings, as per the audiofiles, made no mention of the end date of the noticing period, & no minutes have been made public. But with a 10Oct start, the 30th day is 8Nov. In RealWorld, the calendar gives 9Nov as a Tuesday & 8Nov as a Monday. In PacificaWorld, things don’t tend to get written down – just like the mafia – so with no calendar, combined with those famous powerful quantum effects, anything is possible. Things can’t really be tied down – one reason why Tuesday can shift from one day to the next, & why no-one’s ever responsible for anything.

• The public record shows that the noticed end date changed on Tu2Nov. Maybe none of the leaders had been looking at the homepage – then, with the motion for a third noticing coming at the Th4Nov PNB, perhaps someone had a look, & thought, ‘OMG, better change that!’. And then couldn’t get it completely right.

• Notice has on-air announcements “for a period of 4530 days” – so over 12yrs. Obvious how this arose: someone cut & paste, losing the strikethru of the ’45’ in the process. Always a big ask getting someone to bother to take the time to read what they’ve done.

• Each of the four proposed by-laws amendments lacks the names of the six or more directors who proposed them. But, hey. In fact they’ve never been disclosed in print on a Pacifica website. And the only audio recording in the Pacifica archive is the Su17Oct KPFK LSB, when in public comment I asked director Lawrence Reyes who these people were. He replied: “the directors that signed on to the, urgh, urgh, to the bylaws, urgh, um, proposal […] – they are Alex Steinberg, James Sagurton, Beth von Gunten, Heather Gray, myself, Ronald Pinchback, Julie Hewitt, Tom Voorhees, and Thomas O’Rourke” (1:54:55; removed are the station affiliations he gave) – https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/kpfk/211017/kpfk211017a.mp3. Assuming “signed on” means the proposers, guess we now know – and they were nine.

Third notice

• According to the Wayback Machine, there was no notice on the Pacifica homepage for M8Nov, the first day of the noticing period – nor for the next 5 days. It’s only on day #7, Su14Nov, that the notice appears, at 10:17:23 CST, on the Pacifica homepage.

• Notice says “Tuesday, November 8” – but 8Nov is a Monday.

• The noticing period is given as “Tuesday, November 8, 2021 thru Wednesday, December 8, 2021”, which is 31 days – whereas the by-law says “a period of 30 days (the ‘Notice Period’)” (Art. 17, Sec. 1(B)(1)). https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art17sec1.html.

• This time they corrected the noticing for more than 12yrs, only to falter by saying “for a period of 30-45 days (the ‘Notice Period’)”. It’s never easy going to primary sources.

• The notice says, “[t]he first day when a vote for the amendments that are posted can take place is 30 days from the notice date , ie. Dec 8” – which contradicts the by-law saying, “[t]he PNB and Delegates shall vote on the proposed amendment(s) within the 45 day period beginning on the day following the last day of the notice period” (emphases added; Art. 17, Sec. 1(B)(2)(i)). To state the bleeding obvious, the last day of the notice period is 8Dec, so voting can occur from the 9th – the fact that the notice period was made 31 days, in error, is besides the point.

• Again, each of the four proposed by-laws amendments lacks the names of the six or more directors who proposed them.

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Couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery.

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Despite everything, Alex & comrades have been reaching out, & some readers may be interested. Their website is https://11-8-truthers.org; & if you would like to donate, please go to their Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/11-8-truthers. They also have a discussion forum on either Signal or Telegram, but unfortunately PacificaWatch doesn’t have those details – either way, hopefully Homeland Security doesn’t get them confused with nutjobs. And preliminary checking hasn’t been able to adjudicate on the rumours that Alex wants to set up a TikTok & an Instagram – but you never know.

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•A• Appendix: 15 screenshots, M8-Tu16Nov

A noticing period starting M8Nov was agreed by the Th4Nov PNB. Here are screenshots of the 15 crawls, that weren’t redirected, made by the Wayback Machine thru Tu16Nov. The first nine show that the notice hadn’t been posted, those thru Sa13Nov, 09:08:03 Central Standard Time:

. . . day #1, nothing – M8Nov2021, 04:16:46 Central Std. Time (the date is in yellow, on the black strip, top left, nearest the centre) . . .

. . . M8Nov2021, 22:52:58 Central Std. Time . . .

. . . day #2, nothing – Tu9Nov2021, 05:28:08 Central Std. Time . . .

. . . day #3, nothing – W10Nov2021, 05:58:36 Central Std. Time . . .

. . . day #4, nothing – Th11Nov2021, 06:51:48 Central Std. Time . . .

. . . Th11Nov2021, 07:41:23 Central Std. Time . . .

. . . day #5, nothing – F12Nov2021, 08:10:39 Central Std. Time . . .

. . . F12Nov2021, 23:52:02 Central Std. Time . . .

. . . day #6, nothing – Sa13Nov2021, 09:08:03 Central Std. Time . . .

. . . day #7, the first notice at Wayback Machine – Su14Nov2021, 10:17:23 Central Std. Time . . .

. . . Su14Nov2021, 19:42:56 Central Std. Time . . .

. . . M15Nov2021, 11:06:34 Central Std. Time . . .

. . . M15Nov2021, 17:55:42 Central Std. Time . . .

. . . Tu16Nov2021, 00:39:26 Central Std. Time . . .

. . . Tu16Nov2021, 12:22:47 Central Std. Time . . .

There you go, says Lydia.

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