No need to worry about the light, & The Lazarus Project – the M16Nov PNB Development Task Force

… not The Raising of Lazarus by Caravaggio, c. 1609; in his penultimate year, at 38; an altarpiece in Messina …


This task force is quite important, you may think. Especially as four of the five members are Pacifica directors: Nancy ‘don’t say “FJC” again!’ Sorden (2018-9 PNB Chair, & WPFW listener-delegate), Tom ‘I get so harassed at KPFA LSB’s I wonder why I keep turning up’ Voorhees (KPFA listener-delegate), Sandra ‘I’m sorry for making a fool of myself at that recent PNB meeting’ Rawline (KPFT listener-delegate), & Heather ‘I used to work for Coretta King’ Gray (WRFG-Atlanta affiliate-director). The other member is given as Rosalie Hoffman (WBAI, not on the station board, according to the Calendar & Meeting Archive).

There have been eight meetings of this important Development group, starting on 24June. Quite a lot, you may think. An urgency commensurate with pressing circumstances.

Thing is, there isn’t one audiofile in the Archive. Oh. But then it’s only met three times – yes, five have been cancelled. Quite the achievement, you may think.

But this is all explained, yes, that basic courtesy to members & listeners? Well, only twice: 19Oct, “[q]uorum not achieved”, & then today’s more detailed disclosure, made when ex-Chair Nancy ‘wooden as a chair’ Sorden updated the Archive:


No one present


And the purpose of the meeting that no-one came to, not even the convenor?

Plan fundraising and member raising actions

OMG, Pacifica has embarked on The Lazarus Project!

Ah well, guess that’s one way to try to reverse the necroeconomics of The Golden Corpses, the reliance on bequests.


Obvious I know, but wouldn’t it be a good idea for a director to ask at the next PNB, why the hell isn’t the Development Task Force meeting?!?


And Rosalie Hoffman? A blast from the past. Not as far back as our Milanese talent, but at least from the turn of the century. She appears in a notorious list, the HCUA blacklist the National Board Un-Pacifican Activities list of “FIRED, BANNED, REMOVED, SUSPENDED or DRIVEN FROM WBAI SINCE DECEMBER 22, 2000” . . . appearing as “Rosalie Hoffman – producer (fired and banned)”. Exactly a year later the list was “37 and counting”. But Rosalie was in good company: Cerene Roberts, Mimimi Rosenberg, Bernard White, Kathy Davis, Bob Fass, Bob Lederer, Grandpa Al Lewis, Juan González, Amy Goodman . . . (letter from Pacifica Secretary Carol Spooner to Judge Ronald Sabraw, Alameda County Superior Court, Exhibit A, 2Jan2002 –

Not included was Ursula Ruedenberg, who popped up, with Rosalie & the next three, in this banned list, 19Mar2001: Thoroughly rehabilitated, Ursula’s the longstanding director of the Pacifica affiliates programme,



M21Sep PNB Strategic Planning Cttee meeting decides to decide to start discussing a discussion of a strategic plan – at the next meeting

. . . the cttee members decide not to decide on the preliminaries of how to discuss the discussing of a Pacifica strategic plan (not least the need to pay $3.265m within the next six months to the Foundation for the Jewish Community, FJC); instead they decide to decide to defer the deciding to the next meeting . . .

It was even on the agenda – it’s just that in 1½hrs they never got to it coz they had agreed (without objection) to place it as the penultimate substantive matter, & having spent almost all their time on whether to run a pilot on advertising (underwriting), the grains of time had passed thru the egg-timer. Ah well, there’s always another one in two weeks’ time. (The meeting next Monday, called on 6Sep, was cancelled on 15Sep, without explanation or subsequent comment – but then it was denoted as “Purpose: Discuss Strategic Planning”.

[UPDATE . . . audiofile now posted, (1:18:48; the intended 90mins meeting started 21mins late; agree agenda, 2:44; advertising, 4:52-1:05:04; the last 13mins of the gathering spent lamenting the fact they never got to discuss “the strategic plan”).

[Highlight, from Our Grace, hallow’d be Thy name. Priceless:

I’ve been hearing, um, complaints & criticisms from a number of sources that Pacifica doesn’t have a strategic plan, & I would like to suggest that we, argh, at least start talking about it & – urgh – that we – I’d like to extend this meeting for 30 minutes to start a discussion about a strategic plan.

The effort to extend just withered. And died. Never put to the vote. There’s always next time.]


Apologies to the three- & four-year-olds of Tourcoing, France, on the Belgian border, 12May2020; photographer, Lionel Top.

Also recognition to the teacher, a profession much maligned by the barbarians. But much more meaningful, & solidarian, than verbal support is significant material support: here, the widespread use of daily rapid testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19. As Michael Mina (Harvard public health) et al. argued even in late June, feasible on a universal basis is a $1 test giving a result within 15mins. It’s akin to a pregnancy test: it’s non-laboratory, just saliva on a paper strip impregnated with antigen (that’s a protein from the virus – non-infectious, please note! – that triggers a detectable immune response).

the 5mins vid,

details on the meat, identifying the people able to transmit the virus: that’s why a rapid result is needed, so it’s actionable (note, false negatives are irrelevant in practice coz they’re almost certainly picked up the next day, not least due to massive virus replication), (15July) & (5Aug)

the paper, 27June, ‘Test sensitivity is secondary to frequency and turnaround time for COVID-19 surveillance’, (also as downloadable PDF)

advocacy, – and for those in the Heimat,

. . . so much for focusing on massive vaccine development funding, moreover, providing competing pharma with the guarantee that if they fail then the taxpayer pays for their failure, & if they come up with a winner then the shareholders take the profits. Brilliant. Not the Amerikan way but the capitalist way, when capitalist interests run the state . . .