This archive blurb was a long time coming. I had planned to do it in the back area of CCNY, if they hadn't removed the lone computer there yet. (By the way, where are the WBAI computers?) But that back area was infested with flies! Large, annoying flies. Pickles of the North had had enough with the couple of flies that we'd had to deal with all through the program, so we didn't even try to do anything back there. Yeah, I should have gotten to this archive blurb much earlier, but better late than never?
So several things converged on this radio program. It was R. Paul's birthday, he turned 67, and with the end of this program Back of the Book completed 28 years on the air. The day after this program was also the final day of the Middle Third of 2014. Yeah, that's quite enough convergence. Of course we talked about all of that.
We talked a little bit about Joan Rivers, who was rushed to the hospital the day before this program. She had won a place in R. Paul's heart when she went on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and called Anita Bryant a pig. This at a time when other celebrities were siding the the anti-gay bigot Bryant or were just ignoring her entire campaign to repeal a gay civil rights law in Dade County, Florida. Sadly, Joan Rivers passed away a few days after this program.
We talked about going to Coney Island during the past fortnight, and about the boulders that are being stockpiled at the extreme southern end of W. 22nd St. right next to the Boardwalk.
We talked about these ISIS/ISIL creeps and their "Caliphate" of depredation and violence. They are reported to have captured many women from the Yazidi religion, whom the ISIS/ISIL creeps call devil worshippers. They tell the women that they have to convert to the "proper" form of Mohammedanism. If they do convert they are sold to one of the creeps and have to be their slave. If they do not convert they are gang raped on a daily basis. The ISIS/ISIL creeps have also murdered hundreds of people whom they've captured during the course of their rampage across eastern Syria and western Iraq. These ISIS/ISIL creeps need to be removed.
We talked about an article in the Science Times that says that the human microbiome, which we've talked about on the air before, may actually have a direct effect on our behavior, especially when it comes to what we eat. We've previously talked about how our unconscious really does so much of what we consider that we do on a rational basis. And now we find out that the unconscious itself may be getting infuenced by the microbes that live in our intestines. R. Paul drew a parallel between the gut bacteria and the slugs from outer space portrayed in Robert A. Heinlein's novel The Puppet Masters in that both can end up controlling human behavior.
In other news related to the microscopic we talked about the current Ebola Virus epidemic in west Africa. This is the largest outbreak ever. Large numbers of people have died of the disease and more have been infected. When it was a village killer it was bad, now that it's spread to actual cities it could end up getting out to the world in general, and that would be bad.
We talked about Vladimir Putin just outright invading Ukraine. He's made a speech where he said, "Don't mess with us," and "I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers." He made this bellicose speech to kids at a Russian Summer camp. This kind of talk actually shows weakness. German Prime Minister Merkel said months ago that she thought that Putin was living "In another world." We speculated on Putin possibly doing the diplomatic equivalent of the old Soviet submarine maneuver called a "Crazy Ivan" where the Soviet sub would suddenly turn at high speed and rush back along the way it had just come. This was an attempt to get rid of any American subs that might be shadowing the noisy Soviet subs a little too closely. Maybe Putin figures that if he acts nuts enough he can get away with the crap he's pulling.
And R. Paul now has a grand total of 35 followers on Twitter! A stupendous record, for R. Paul. Oh, the entire Internet must be burning up with all of that Twitter traffic.