Absurdly named Pacifica Safety Net, launched Tu15Dec: latest breaker tag-team, Gendelman-Goldmacher-Huggins-Alderson. PSN sue Pacifica directors for misfeasance, malfeasance, negligence, unlawful conduct, & gross dereliction of fiduciary duty

. . . not Cornelis Cort, Heracles slaying the Hydra, his second labour, engraving, c. 1565 . . .


[Remember, the KPFA Local Station Board meets this Saturday, 19Dec, at 1100PT. “Each meeting shall include a public comment period of not less than thirty (30) minutes. No person shall be required, as a condition for attendance at any public meeting or to publicly comment, to register his/her name or to provide any other information” (Art. 7, Sec. 6C), https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art7sec6.html. Given the latest news out of Berkeley, I’m sure that the KPFA delegates will want to learn from a full & frank exchange of member & listener views, so one can expect at least an hour of public comment. To join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97261721597?pwd=eWdHbE81bVovVzlqV0kwd2lOVmFxQT09 (accessing in another way, just use meeting ID 9726172 & passcode 935186), per https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/showfile.php?id=6882&type=agenda.]


What a bunch of busy breakers! Whilst attention was on the New Day Pacifica group, this lot stayed focused, beavering away, stamping the PSN brand here, there, & everywhere, & even finding time to go to court – not once but twice! So what have they been up to, this last three months?

  • Two websites created F18Sep2020: https://pacificasafetynet.org (also the destination when keying ‘pacificasafetynet.com’) – and no, there’s no ‘pacificasafetynet.net’. (Thx to a reader for this info.) The main site links show their colours: New Day Pacifica, & Save KPFA – https://pacificasafetynet.org/links/#other-resources
  • a 501(c)(3) registered Tu29Sep2020: doc linked from Pacifica in Exile, please see below – will also be embedded on this webpage
  • of course, a GoFundMe, created 5Oct2020: “Donald Goldmacher is organizing this fundraiser” – well, he is the chief financial officer, according to the Cali Secretary of State; “$60,000 goal”; as of Pacific breakfast, W16Dec, $1 350 had been raised from 8 donors, all within the last 24hrs bar the first donation, made 18 days ago, Sa28Nov; https://www.gofundme.com/f/pacifica-safety-net
  • officers publicly disclosed M16Nov2020, to the Cali Secretary of State: Sherry Gendelman, Chief Executive Officer; Craig Alderson, Secretary; & Donny ‘do you think I care?’ Goldmacher, Chief Financial Officer – see Pacifica in Exile doc drop
  • a YouTube channel, Pacifica Safety Net, created F20Nov2020: 13 subscribers as of Tu15Dec; no public content, but two vids (detailed below), that are ‘unlisted’, so they don’t come up in a YT search, but each has a URL so can be shared; notably, comments are turned off – these peeps aren’t into conversation, discussion: they’re steamrollers (think tankies), into dissemination, into top-down communication; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1mgsTKWHgHkxO-yyK83RiQ/about [UPDATE . . . the two vids were made public at c. 1600PT W16Dec (changing the upload date to 16Dec, but leaving the views unchanged).]
  • & a Facebook page created Sa21Nov2020: linked to the primary website; three posts (the Peter Coyote vid described below, a note by David Talbot, & admin referring to Talbot); one ‘like’ & one ‘follow’ for the page; no likes/comments/shares for the posts; https://www.facebook.com/pacificasafetynet/

(GoFundMe donors, in chronological order: 28Nov, Anonymous, $5; −22hrs, Anon., $100; −16hrs, Thomas Miller, $1 000; −15hrs, Ann Riley, $100; −15hrs, Anon., $20; −11hrs, Rolando Thorbourne, $25; −8hrs, Barbara Whipperman, $50; & −8hrs, Chris Stehlik, $50. In The Times of Corona, glad to see some have a hoped-for $60 001 to spare. If only they were putting their energies into fundraising for Pacifica – priorities, I guess, priorities on what to build, what to destroy: building the attack to destroy Pacifica.)

The YT channel has at least two unlisted vids, both embedded on the PSN website homepage:

  • one titled ‘Peter Coyote’, he speaks to camera, not having learnt the script, as betrayed by his eyes; uploaded Su6Dec2020; 331 views (this out of praps 3k-5k pre-contacted potential supporters); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PH_BRBmjFY (5:31)
  • the other titled ‘Programming Heard on Pacifica Radio’: unreferenced medley of gross falsehoods (even lies) & gibberish, allegedly broadcast by Pacifica; uploaded Su6Dec2020; 28 views; the clips are from Guns & Butter, Alan Sabrosky, Michel Chossudovsky, & a combo of anti-vaxxing/anti-masking/crisis actors/alien visitors/quackery/snake-oil hawking; but remember, in the 1960s, WBAI had the KKK on, to interrogate their ideas; & the liberal conception of speech allows causing offence, even expressing hatred, but bars incitement to violence (all anathema to liberalism are cancel culture/dis-inviting/safe spaces/trigger warnings); a separate matter, of course, is whether Pacifica should give its valuable airtime to reactionary views; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8aYys_rhlo (6:47)

And part of building the PSN brand is thru action, thru what are now two court cases, according to the PSN site, brought to eat up money that Pacifica doesn’t have, to punish their enemies on the Pacifica National Board, & to discourage anyone from becoming a Pacifica director:

  • Tu8Dec, the rejection by Judge James Chalfant, Los Angeles County Superior Court, of a petition (case # 20STCV46681) to put Pacifica into receivership & order a temporary restraining order; &
  • a Th10Dec press release declaring, “[l]egal action [by persons unnamed] to stop the destruction of the Pacifica Radio Foundation was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. The complaint accuses members of Pacifica’s board of directors with misfeasance and malfeasance, negligence in their management of Pacifica, unlawful conduct and gross dereliction of their fiduciary duties and responsibilities, causing Pacifica the severe loss of multiple sources of income, the imminent loss of its assets and putting Pacifica in imminent danger of insolvency and complete collapse” (emphases added) – https://pacificasafetynet.org/litigation-filed-in-la-superior-court/. (So Th10Dec; but this is contradicted by another webpage, which gives M14Dec: “PSN’s launch today [Tu15Dec] follows the bombshell announcement on Monday that Pacifica network directors were being sued for malfeasance and mismanagement” – https://pacificasafetynet.org/campaign-launched-by-donor-to-save-pacifica-radio/. Bit of a pickle.)

What else is publicly available? Pacifica in Exile, the blog of Tracy Rosenberg, usefully posted other primary docs on Tu15Dec2020 – https://pacificainexile.org/archives/9901. (They’ll be embedded here.)

And filings with the Cali Registry of Charitable Trusts? Unfortunately their Registry Verification Search, & other resources, are currently down for maintenance – and, like a failed state, the webpage says “[w]e do not have an estimated date on which those services will be restored and available”, a notice that’s also undated (https://oag.ca.gov/charities). Amerikan Karnage. Yes, the future is the present – and we aren’t even talking climate emergency.

Nevertheless, RCT gives alternative routes. First, it says “[d]ownloadable Charity Registration Reports are updated monthly on the Registry Reports page”, but this drew a blank (just Pacifica churches – although that’s close) – https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/charities/reports/charities-may-operate.csv. Second, the Charity Annual Report Filings, as expected, give nothing for Pacifica Safety Net, but it lists Pacifica Education Foundation, & Pacificans Care (lines #20247 & #20259 respectively; ‘care’ popped up on the PSN website, closing the ‘about’ statement: “[t]hank you for caring and giving” – https://pacificasafetynet.org/about-psn/). However, the location detail for both charities is Pacifica, CA, so one wouldn’t expect them to have anything to do with breakers – https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/charities/reports/charity-annual-report-filings.csv. But when normal service is restored to the RCT site we’ll take a look.


A Pacifica safety net, a really awkward phrase, yes? Even more rubbish as the name for a group. Seriously. But it has a genealogy, rooted in KPFA separatist culture, going back just over four years ago, just after when Trump was elected. This will be detailed in a companion post, ‘The hydra grows another head: breakers resurrect a 2016 plan, the Pacifica Safety Net’.

The primary sources are the two audiofiles of the Sa19Nov2016 KPFA LSB – yes, them again – and a 29Nov report & analysis by Janet Kobren, then a Pacifica director, PNB secretary, & KPFA listener-delegate.

https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/kpfa/161119/kpfa161119a.mp3 (two audiofiles, 3h35; as you know, at the end, just replace the ‘a’ with ‘b’) & https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/12/01/18794297.php

Quotes from the report, in order of appearance:

  • “One notable difference was the Proposal #4: Proposal for LSB to Establish a 501(c)3 (see description below) for which the title had changed from ‘Proposal for bringing to Life The KPFA Foundation’ to ‘Proposal for Bringing to Life a 501(c)3 Foundation As An Available Safety Net To Catch The License And/or As A Way To Ensure KPFA’s Financial Stability’” (emphases added);
  • Set up a safety net 501(c)3 Foundation – lavender paper [document]. A safety net organization to receive the license to broad cast [sic] in the event of collapse, dissolution, or acceptance of the plan #3 (above) that makes KPFA an independent affiliate of Pacifica holding our own license and operating in exchange for assuming Pacific’s debt” (emphases added);
  • “Proposal #4: Proposal for LSB to Establish a 501(c)3 [… new para …] Kobren summary: Per Travis, in the case that Pacifica is dissolved, this is a way to pass some of the assets to a nonprofit organization that has a similar mission, and this 501(c)3 would have an identical mission and ‘have something in place’ (a ‘safety net’)” (emphases added); &
  • “Whipperman [Barbara, an early GoFundMe donor, $50, to PSN] suggested the 501(c)3 be named the Thompson/Hill Foundation”.


A final, crucial point.

PSN betray their origins:

[t]he Pacifica Safety Net (PSN), a California non-profit organization, formed by Pacifica radio listeners, volunteers, and donors officially launched a website and posted a five-minute videotaped statement by actor and author Peter Coyote

https://pacificasafetynet.org/campaign-launched-by-donor-to-save-pacifica-radio/ (emphases added)

Donors. In PSN’s own words, donors who aren’t “listeners”, donors who aren’t “volunteers”.

So who are they? Who bankrolled the court actions? Who are these people? What do they want?

Why no transparency?

Why the secrecy? What are they hiding from the Pacifica members, from the Pacifica staff, from the Pacifica listeners?


The GoFundMe tells it like it is, meekly & modestly:

[o]ur mission is durable because it was created to serve – out of a righteous spirit


[w]e are dedicated to raising money, outside of the purview of foundation [sic] management, to protect the local stations from the immediate dangers they face. We are raising money for a ‘safety net’ of funds to protect the stations in case of emergencies, whether they are legal, operational or otherwise

https://www.gofundme.com/f/pacifica-safety-net (emphases added)

Let’s not mince words: the stated ambition is to set up a parallel funding operation, one necessarily competing with Pacifica. In the meantime, fund litigation to bleed Pacifica dry.

Let battle commence.


Breakers excel themselves: 𝙂𝙤𝙡𝙙𝙢𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙧/𝙃𝙪𝙜𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙨/𝙏𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙧𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙥𝙪𝙩 𝙋𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙖 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙥. Scum. Beneath contempt

. . . the Pacifica of their dreams . . .

. . . no flowers in their office, no flowers in their hair . . .


Published today, Tracy Rosenberg’s Pacifica in Exile blog (email version, not yet on website). [UPDATE: the web version, Th10Dec, has a one-sentence addition, in the opening para, & it appears below.] . . .

Our characters:

  • Donny ‘do you think I care?’ Goldmacher (KPFA listener-delegate),
  • Christina ‘Nurse Ratched’ Huggins (KPFA LSB Chair & listener-delegate), &
  • Andrea ‘so anodyne I don’t merit a moniker’ Turner (Pacifica director & KPFA listener-delegate).

Allegedly, this morning, Tu8Dec, they broke their ‘lockdown’ (nice Pacifican conduct there), drove from the Bay Area to a LA court, & tried to shaft the members, the staff, the listeners.


Beneath contempt.


Three Members of KPFA’s LSB Try To Give Pacifica’s Assets to California Court

Los Angeles – Three members of KPFA’s local station board, Chair Christina Huggins, Andrea Turner, Donald Goldmacher and their lawyer, traveled down to Los Angeles on Tuesday, violating California’s COVID19 shelter in place order, to try to convince a court to place Pacifica’s assets into a receivership and remove control of the Foundation from its members. [Update: The 4th plaintiff is Craig Alderson, a former KPFA LSB member and the attorney is Stephen Jaffe, an SF employment lawyer and unsucessful Congressional candidate.] Their effort was unsuccessful and their emergency request was denied by the court.

Their filing, apparently an error-riddled 800 page tome, was not available on the LA County Superior Court site as of the time of this newsletter, but was said to have asserted incorrectly that Pacifica’s buildings were about to be foreclosed upon and that the fiscal year 2017 audit had not been completed. (It was completed some time ago). The judge denied the request in a brief hearing of less than 30 minutes duration and castigated the plaintiffs for procedural irregularities. 

Among the procedural irregularities was the failure to serve the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s attorney merely called a few officers of the board on the telephone at 8:00 am the day before the hearing. 

Receivership, which is normally requested by an organization’s creditors, not its member-elected delegates, hands over all of the foundation’s assets, including all five station radio licenses, title to all owned real estate, and all of the money in any the station bank accounts, to an independent party appointed by the court. The receiver maintains possession of all assets until discharged by the court, The receiver makes all financial and operational decisions during the period of receivership and may shed assets and discharge workers to attain profitability. With the permission of the overseeing judge, a receiver can act to liquidate an organization and can also petition to terminate or not renew collective bargaining agreements.

The three KPFA local station board members did not inform the KPFA local station board of their actions, and one of them Andrea Turner, who is a PNB director, did not inform her national board colleagues. Their bizarre actions happened as other members of their faction send pleading emails to members to sign a petition for a bylaws referendum, which would no longer be possible under receivership, as members would lose their voting rights for the duration of the receivership. 

While the “emergency request” was formally and finally denied, the full lawsuit will continue wending its way through the court system, with Pacifica members like you footing the bill. 

Pacifica members upset at the actions by delegates to take away the Foundation from its members can email the KPFA local station board at kpfalsb@googlegroups.com.

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Thx to Tracy Rosenberg, not least for publishing so swiftly. Respect.


A Pacifica pre-emptory 2hr broadcast, ‘The Battle for Community Radio’, went out this evening on WPFW & WBAI, alerting The Faithful to the dastardly deed perpetrated on the West Coast, hosted by John Riley & Mimimi ‘you think Third Worldism died in 1976? Racist!’ Rosenberg:

• with Arthur Schwartz (Pacifica lawyer, 9:12), Ralph Engelman (Pacifica historian, 17:29), Tracy ‘yes, the other one, &, no, not related to Ethel & Julius’ Rosenberg (21:54) and the talent just keeps coming, rising to a crescendo with DeWayne ‘I put the chip into cookies’ DeLark (Pacifica Vice-Chair, KPFT listener-delegate, & NAAAAAACP junior chapter president when a three-year-old, 49:16), all on today’s court case


• with Tracy ‘yes, the other one’ Rosenberg (6:27), Grace ‘hallow’d be Thy name’ Aaaaron (in her last days as both director & KPFK listener-delegate, 11:24), Michael Novick (KPFK listener-delegate, 19:27), Ron Pinchback (director & WPFW staff-delegate, 38:12), Akua Holt (producer of KPFT’s pan-Africanist programme (not known to be on Lynden Foley’s iPod), 44:02), & Lawrence Reyes (director & KPFK listener-delegate, 53:21), all on the Golden Dawn New Order New Day new constitution by-laws petition

One can only enjoy.

[UPDATE: John Riley, WBAI stalwart, made this video of the 2hr broadcast . . . although I think you’ll agree that some of the visuals are a lil scary . . .


What you doing the Saturday before Christmas? Got something to get off your chest?

. . . “Address: Info for how to join by Zoom will be posted on the agenda page for this meeting on KPFTX.org the week before.” Thx, Carol . . . https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/cal_show1.php?eventdate=20201219

. . . “Public Comments”, even “PNB and LSB Updates” interesting, as Chris ‘I may only play the triangle, but I’m still a musician’ Cory would say . . . https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/kpfa/201219/kpfa201219_6882_agenda.txt

The world & her wife can make their views known, via Zoom, during the mandatory minimum 30mins public comment at this KPFA LSB meeting, 1100PT Sa19Dec, when the 2021 LSB officers will also be elected.

“Each meeting shall include a public comment period of not less than thirty (30) minutes.” https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art7sec6.html (Art. 7, Sec. 6C)

PacificaWatch, during the last KPFA LSB meeting, Sa21Nov, via a linked quote in the Zoom chat, reminded the delegates that, per the by-laws, they couldn’t do the elections at their usual every-other-month meeting, so in Jan. (Yes, maximising participation, & increasing the opportunity to hold decision-makers to account, are anathema to the KPFA station chauvinists. Moreover, the public are just a nuisance, wreckers.) Chair Christina ‘Nurse Ratched’ flatly denied the prompt; after she’d been reassured by lackies that the linked quote was correct, ‘Nurse Ratched’ carried on being ‘Nurse Ratched’, so not as much as an apology to the humble attendee. Manners not maketh ‘Nurse Ratched’, only unbridled power.

“Each Local Station Board shall elect a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Recording Secretary, and a Treasurer, who shall be elected annually at the December meeting of the LSB for a term of one year using the Instant Runoff Voting method.” https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art7sec5.html


[Not Edward Hopper, Office in a Small City, 1953; he was 71]


One year ago, Pacifica was shafted by the fifth columnist breakers, with the lockout at WBAI

Guess the anniversary never even got to Amy’s editorial meeting this morn. So here it is.

Bare leads, WBAI’s master control studio (W9Oct2019 photo; courtesy of R Paul Martin)

R Paul Martin: “[n]ot pictured is the vacant space where the Emergency Alert System (EAS) module had been. It is illegal for WBAI, or any radio or TV station in the United States of America, to operate without a functional EAS capability.”


Lockout notice, new locks on the door, 3rd floor (W9Oct2019 photo; courtesy of R Paul Martin)

After the W9Oct WBAI Local Station Board, R Paul Martin & other staff went to the building housing the station, got inside, & saw the damage.

This was the work of “a group composed of Pacifica interim Executive Director (iED) John Vernile, Pacifica National Board Directors Bill Crosier (KPFT) and Adrienne LaViolette (KPFT) and Moe Thomas, Chief Engineer of WPFW”. Pacifica’s very own wrecking crew. WCP.


R Paul Martin, ‘A visit to WBAI on the night of October 9, 2019’, https://glib.com/wbai_20191009.html


That 9Oct WBAI LSB meeting (2:03:39; videographer, Joe Friendly):


Protest outside City Hall, 15Oct (59:42; videographer, Joe Friendly):


There are quite a few PacificaWatch blogposts about this attack on Pacifica by the breakers. Please scroll down on the right, or click ‘WBAI’ in the list of folders at the end of this post.

But the saddest thing is that the political lesson hasn’t been learnt: Pacifica partisans have to be strategic, have a plan, & not just be reactive to the repeated initiatives of the breakers. One year on, the only change is deleterious, a further reinforcing of established routines.


Initiatives . . . the latest one was sprung on Monday, at the PNB Strategic Planning Cttee, 5Oct, by Lynden Foley (KPFT listener-delegate) – 7:22, https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/pnbstratcomm/201005/pnbstratcomm201005a.mp3.

‘Peruvian’ Lynden isn’t just an average breaker: he’s named in the groundhog scheme to give Pacifica a new constitution, the so-called by-laws petition doing the rounds. Lynden would be Pacifica’s treasurer, one of four breaker-appointed officers running a reconstituted Pacifica until “early December2023 (proposed Article 4, Section 13, added emphases), officers “responsible both for implementing the New Day Pacifica Bylaws and also bringing Pacifica back to financial and governance health during the transition”.

https://newdaypacifica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Proposed-New-Day-Pacifica-Bylaws.pdf (pages 17-18), & https://newdaypacifica.org/transition-officers/

The wheels, the wheels, they just keep a-turnin’ . . .


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.]


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.



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

(Note this rough split . . . abstainers : ‘no’ : ‘yes’ = 10 : 2 : 1)

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



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.)


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’.)


[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).


[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).]

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.


  • 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/


  • 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.


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.


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.


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).)


. . . 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.


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: