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Bla Bla Galaxy
"Giving thoughts their freedom"
Monday June 1, 2020 8:04 AM CDT
The Artisan Radio Blog
Breaking News: Artisan Radio Blog Signs On
Fellow broadcaster Artisan Radio adds a new blog voice to his web
June 1, 2020 9:12 AM CDT
I Thought I Heard Voices
Sunday June 14, 2020 10:29 AM CDT
An Interesting Analysis of Audio
Servers and Streams
have been deeply silent under COVID quarantine, except that Saturday
night I plainly heard voices penetrating the walls of the Internet
Building, home of KDX Worldround Radio, while I was on round the clock
security detail standing watch over the food stock. Stepping out onto
the Parade Review Stand (formerly the front porch) it sounded like a
large sports-type crowd was moving east on an adjacent street within
100-feet, blocked from view by the forested nature of our campus. Now
two days later I see in the newspaper that a police station a
block-and-a-half away was a gathering point Saturday evening for a
street-blocking protest in response to George Floyd's murder last week
in Minneapolis. News photos show National Guard troops blocking access
to the police building. Having spent time in the Guard I could see
myself standing there opposing the crowd and realized how foolish I'd
feel if it were really me. The activists against white sadism are
heroic defenders of an enlightened future in which civilization is no
longer betrayed by militarism.
Monday June 1, 2020 10:59 AM CDT
Up in Space
Elon Musk's Space X
& NASA Crew Dragon
June 1, 2020 11:57 AM CDT
All New Artisan Radio Blog posted generous praise and a link to
our Blare Blog, along with defining a "blog" and its place in the
social media spectrum. Along the way this was said by Artisan: "blogs by definition
are one-way communication. They provide an outlet for the
blogger, but no one else."
That statement holds true in most cases but the Blare Blog offers
slightly more in the way of social value... there are Blare Blog
Correspondents providing feedback and original viewpoints so to
generate a veritable quasi-forum. In fact Artisan ranks among the
June 1, 2020 1:31 PM CDT
Good News Bad News
- a word to the world from Carl
news -- Death is no problem because there'll be no judgement nor
punishment; only deep non-existence of which the dead are completely
Bad News -- Life could go on for
quite awhile with the earth failing and burning around you and
Monday June 1, 2020 3:16 PM CDT
The Rising Fall of Trump's Reich
Macho Man Rooftop Strut
loves .. theatrical displays of Presidential power.
He believes that you project strength by proclaiming it—that if you say
you are macho, then you are.
But, on this violent, tragic weekend for America, there was no
narcissistic photo op that could obscure the reality that
he is a deeply unpopular, deeply insecure politician, who is
struggling, as never before, to lead his divided country.
A few hours later on Saturday, after Trump flew back to Washington from
Florida, he retreated for the night behind the high walls of his
fortified executive mansion, defended from an angry crowd by a heavily armed swarm of riot police
and National Guardsmen.
For twelve hours, Trump said and tweeted nothing, as the fires raged
and as the “American carnage” of his strange, apocalyptic Inaugural
finally seemed to become manifest in televised images of a country at
war with itself
and plagued, once again, by its long and awful history
of racism and police abuse.
Trump did not offer new versions of his race-baiting tweets of Saturday
morning, about “vicious dogs” and tough-guy tactics, to stop the riots.
Nor did he mention the pro-Trump crowd of counter-protesters he had
sought to summon that morning to the White House,
but which had
entirely failed to materialize.
The Macho Man did not seem so alpha anymore. -- quoted from the New
Yorker article linked above
Monday June 1, 2020 3:56 PM CDT
Know Your Reichs
word "reich" is German, meaning either "realm" or "empire", and the
book Das Dritte Reich by Arthur Moeller van den Bruck set out the three
reichs we know:
First Reich (962 - 1806) The Holy Roman Empire; The Second Reich (1871
- 1918) The German Empire; The Third Reich (1935 - 1945) Nazi Germany.
Goofus T. falls short of getting his little reich off the ground due to
disorganization and he wouldn't know what number to give it because of
his ignorance of history. Now you're smarter than he is.
Monday June 1, 2020 4:09 PM CDT
rare occasion broadcast stations in the FM & VHF bands are heard
at wildly unusual distances, and no one is more aware of this than
Correspondent Bruce at his Radio Monitoring Bunker on the east coast
who reports that two events have been reported over the weekend. Bruce
took time away from a drain unclogging job he was working on to let us
know that WIL-FM, 92.3 MHz from St. Louis at 100 kW was clearly heard
near the Atlantic Ocean, and another DXer heard a NOAA weather station
at 162 MHz from a midwestern state. According to Bruce the physics
behind E-Skips are not well understood, but we have a
hypothetical proposition...we believe it's caused by clogged
Monday June 1, 2020 4:34 PM CDT
You want to amount to something, but how does one become a Blare Blog
It's as easy as 1-2-3!
Just send Carl "mister" Blare an email saying "You want in."
Operators are standing by.
Monday June 1, 2020 6L51 PM CDT
Not To Be Deterred
am here with a specific message while numerous incoming messages
compete to grab my attention.. the first thing is I smell fish. The
neighbors are having a fish fry in their back yard and I wonder if
COVID Virus could be riding on the scent. The second attempt to topple
my concentration comes from Attorney General Barr who is lying to me on
a newscast in violation of his oath to uphold the Constitution... he is
claiming in absolute terms that "far left agitators are being bussed in
to cause civil unrest" and so justifying a strong military pushback
against protesters. I strongly suspect there's violence being
deliberately staged by undercover law enforcement elements so
as to discredit honest protesters and justify their bringdown. The
"Trump Crime Organization" is run by Sharks, and if you've seen enough
American movies you will know that one doesn't go against Sharks.
That's why now is not the time for me to go overboard on the subject,
and why I'm sticking to my single message of the moment...
video and audio of everything all day and get it streamed safely into
cloud storage so you can back up what you may happen to witness. If you
have the time and sense of duty put yourself in places where there'll
be something to witness. Don't be a protester, be a protest protector.
Monday June 1, 2020 8:01 PM CDT
When the Looting Starts the Shooting Starts
Tweeted the Towering Statue of Decayed Beef. In attempting to force his
words into a more favorable context, White House Press Secretary
McEnany pointed toward "the 7 looters shot in St. Louis", which is to
say, "Louisville". Except that 7-looters weren't shot in either of the
Tuesday June 2, 2020 8:52 AM CDT
Canada Shows Concern for Its Lower Neighbor
It must be a scary
time to live in the U.S. right now.
You have to deal
with Covid, riots and, of course, Trump.
I'd liken the
situation to when Hitler managed to seize total power in Germany using
the Jews as an enemy, but I just don't think that Trump's all that
smart. He appears to be a big bag of hot air and bluster who is
waaaaay out of his depth at this point. Unfortunately, if he
doesn't declare something like martial law and attempt to seize total
power, he's gone (and somewhere in that dim brain of his, he knows it).
Be safe. -
Tuesday June 2, 2020 9:15 AM CDT
Trump's weakness is that he has no
Our weakness is that we'll have
empathy for Trump.
Tuesday June 2, 2020 10:41 AM CDT
this morning to "Watching the Hawks" from RT America hosted by Tyrell
Ventura bringing an excellent report from the street in front of the
White House about the veritable rebellion taking place across the
country it struck me that this is excellent reporting and for a moment
I was disappointed that no one was tuned in according to the status
window of our Icecast Server, but then I remembered myself; I am here
listening and very proud of the voice KDX presents. Whatever anyone
else is doing that keeps them from hearing what we do it is likely that
they will not be so well informed.
Tuesday June 2, 2020 6:13 PM CDT
Police Chief to President Donald Spongepants
you don't have something constructive to say, keep your mouth shut
June 3, 2020 3:18 AM CDT
Training U.S. Police On Large Scale
June 3, 2020 7:46 AM CDT
for Unlicensed Radio
- Radio World -
June 3, 2020 9:57 AM CDT
We Can't Breath
Thousands of necks are sticking out in protest against institutional
By commenting publicly about it we stick our own neck out.
To say that "all lives matter" is to merely state a given.
The essential statement "Black Lives Matter" is to remedy what
heretofore has not been given.
The Democratic Party is not good at what it does. Consider Joe Biden.
The Republican Party sides with facism than argues over semantics.
Religion has been dwarfed by COVID-19.
Prayer is what people do while remaining quietly out of the way.
Shot at and stink-bombed by peace officers leaves a smell.
Orange Hitler holding the Bible upside down leads the stench.
- Carl Blare
June 3, 2020 11:34 AM CDT
Making It Up
(as we go along)
people make beds. Carl Blare makes decisions. For example it has been
decided that the Low Power Hour will return to the polluted air with
all new episodes telling amazing tales of success in the field of
unlicensed radio broadcasting.
original series of 211 episodes of the Low Power Hour became part of
part 15 legacy and the new series will become part of part 15 legacy.
What else could it be?
If they can catapult two men up to a
space station we should be able to catapult one transmitter for
Wednesday June 3, 2020 3:59 PM CDT
Shouting Distance by Radio
legal unlicensed radio stations of interest to this Blog radiate over
the same distance as loud yelling, except that we make no noise without
radio receivers tuned and listening. Boiled down to basics there are
two moving parts to the process of broadcasting: technology and
programming. Succeeding in both areas benefits from shared information
and experience among the greater community of small-casters and such
specialized contact is lubricated by dedicated forums, blogs and
associations, but the current state of things is dreary, as often
discussed here and at Artisan Radio's Blog.
could use a decent central low power radio forum moderated by
intellectually limber managers who comprehend radio's place in a
cosmopolitan world. That's the bottom line and a career opportunity for
someone who doesn't scamper when the anti-hobby trolls buzz around like
fly-mosquito hybrids with their virtual pepper spray. Yes, even our
small pastime has its detractors.
It was the Christians who recognized
that we have no saviors, so they invented one. If they did it so can we.
Wednesday June 3, 2020 6:04 PM CDT
Live Eagle Cam
- YouTube -
June 4, 2020 8:12 AM CDT
Speaking of Birds
This from Boomer:
I was whacking weeds
on my estate, an area where I have an abandoned ancient shopping cart
as part of the decor, and I looked in the cart and saw straw inside,
and then a nest with two robin eggs in it, which surprised me, it
wouldn't be hard at all for a raccoon or coyote to get in and chomp
them. I've seen a lot of robins around, and believing that they're
territorial, that may have been the only spot that hasn't been taken in
the area. Robins
might have a band plan like radio stations that fit together like
pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, in order to maximize their worm resources. -
Robin Cam 1
Robin Cam 2
- BoomTube -
June 4, 2020 9:41 AM CDT
We (May) Owe Our Lives to Ivanka
conjecturing, but as I see it we are spared nuclear incineration for
the simple reason that Donald Spongepants is cognizant of the reality
that ordering nuclear strikes might harm his cherished daughter, the
one person for whom he has human devotion. If this is true, Ivanka's
well being is our well being.
Thursday June 4, 2020 10:48 AM CDT
Pandemic in Progress
and behavior of "restarting the economy" and "re-opening society" are
unfortunate examples of human impatience and denial of reality all
happening while the COVID-19 crisis is in full bloom with new cases
in place has proven itself to significantly minimize risk which rises
sharply by "coming back out" and, inconveniently, joining protest
crowds. Others may be giving their lives for their vote, as elections
- Johns Hopkins University -
June 4, 2020 11:29 AM CDT
Chinese People from Russia Are
Mating with Space Aliens and the Telephone Poles Are Part of It
Don't let stupidity stop you from
being an activist against your own technology.
All Know It's the 5G
disclosure - Microwave energy is known to cause thermal heating of
certain body cells, but the cell phone signals are solid.
Friday June 5, 2020 6:16 AM CDT
International Shortwave Websites
Provided by Outfar Press, producer
of Shortwave Report
June 5, 2020 9:18 AM CDT
What Is It?
Everyday the media magazine TV
Technology sends a "Quote of the Day" and today's was said by Steve
"Older people sit down and ask 'What
is it?' But the boy asks 'What can I do with it?'"
have to say that I don't grasp the point of the quote. To start, why do
older people "sit down" while nothing is said about the stance of "the
boy"? Is the kid sitting or standing and are we to believe that either
party is coming from the context of a computer work station? Steve
Jobs, after all, is the father of Apple Computers, isn't that correct?
And the older people, why do they care "what it is"? And being blunt
I'd say to the kid "you can't do anything with it because it's not
yours." As an older person I'd wonder if it
could serve as an antenna.
Friday June 5, 2020 12:36 NOON CDT
Move by D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D)
- Washington Post -
June 5, 2020 2:16 PM CDT
Your Rights to Protest
- ACLU -
June 5, 2020 3:27 PM CDT
Since Martin Luther
June 5, 2020 5:04 PM CDT
Michael Vadon / CC BY-SA
Pig smears lipstick on
entire face, wears suit, and attempts to take over the free world
June 6, 2020 7:34 AM CDT
Is It Happening Again?
spinning through hard-drives deleting programs so as to free space for
new episodes, it crossed my mind that much of what I was erasing is the
best programming of our time and marks a period in radio history. If I
am not saving it, who is? It's exactly like the 1940s when 16' disks
brought scheduled programs to affiliated radio stations and were
discarded upon use.
Saving and storing recorded media is not a
simple process and we are not oriented toward safe-guarding our
history, partly because doing so takes time and resources away from
present and future endeavers. We only come to notice at a point decades
later when someone wants to stage a memorial program looking back only
to realize that the source material was pitched years earlier.
Saturday June 6, 2020 12:32 NOON CDT
June 6, 2020 1:52 PM CDT
Hitler Adds Extra Layer of Fencing
- This link shared from Artisan
Radio Blog -
demonstrate exactly who is the captive the protesters should snap a
thousand padlocks on #Babygate and throw the keys down the sewer.
Do You Know About #Babygate?
June 6, 2020 5:45 PM CDT
- 1957 TV Series produced by David
Lynch and Mark Frost
June7, 2020 9:07 AM CDT
We thank Artisan Radio for first
bringing our attention to Sarah Cooper.
Sarah Cooper Accolades
June 7, 2020 10:37 CDT
Is Social Distancing Anti-Social?
WILW Radio Blog
June 7, 2020 11:30 AM CDT
of Covid-19 Might Be Linked to Blood Type
New Covid-19 Finding
June 8, 2020 7:29 AM CDT
Artisan Radio Blog
Strong Week Starter
you wake up on a Monday morning and oh, we're still in a pandemic and
peaceful protesters have grown in number and are coming down your
street. The world seems so serious and what you need is a fresh
viewpoint that will convert all the negativity into something to laugh
about. Here's the formula: click over to this next website and watch
the video marked "Bunker Boy"
June 8, 2020 11:28 AM CDT
Stereotypes Will Hold Us Back
unfortunate reality of stereotypes is upheld everytime someone exhibits
the behavior that makes stereotypes true. In parallel with peaceful
protests against police brutality a car full of young black men broke
into a pawn shop and began looting television sets. A shop employee
came upon the scene trying to prevent the thieving and was shot dead by
one of the thieves later tracked down and arrested based on video
surveillance. Black men unthinkingly sabotaging the good efforts of
cartoon fairly and honestly depicts the conflict between righteous
anger and opportunistic criminality. If reporting and commenting on the
difficulties in achieving equality between races cannot address those
blunt truths that weaken hopes of advancement we have no chance of ever
moving forward. Of course, predictably, this cartoon is being criticized
as "racist" in complete ignorance of how honest it is.
June 10, 2020 12:47 NOON CDT
Boomer Blog and Shopping Cart Update
Hi Carl, glad
your blog is back on, I got the Closed message for a while last night.
Maybe you could find a picture of a stage with red velvet curtains that
are drawn, meaning that the show will be starting at some point, maybe
pin a sign to the curtain.
First, a robin
update, the picture of the eggs I sent? They're now a three pack of
pretty big sized baby robins at this point, laying on top of each
other, it looks like it's crowded to overflowing in that nest. At least
inside of a shopping cart they can't fall down.
I barked about
it and finally got started on a blog, the same as all of the radio
resistors seem to be doing now. I'll just stick things I've been
learning about in there. I wouldn't leave the ALPB, but when it's slow
there, a blog might be good for overflow. I'll see if I can really get
into it like you guys.
Excellent move, Boomer! The radio world benefits greatly from having a
new voice from the low power point of view!
Wednesday June 10, 2020 1:34 PM CDT
From Blog to Blog
a June 2 entry titled "Hospital Radio" the Boomer Blog talks about
carrier-current live radio in hospitals, and this recalls for us here
at The Blare Blog an early encounter with such a station in a VA
hospital. The VA's chief engineer overheard the voice of a patient and
invited him to host a program on the hospital's CC station, and about
that time a new FM station was being started and happened to appoint
the VA engineer who set up all the equipment, while I was onboard
starting my second job in radio. Connections sometime pay off and the
good voice that had been doing shows at the hospital was brought on
board the FM where he launched a popular city wide show which, as years
went by, resulted in his rise to national prominence as midnight
host on 50 kW KMOX. And of course I'm part of my own story having built
a conglomeration of low power radio stations and blog.
Wednesday June 10, 2020 1:50 PM CDT
A Career in Parking Lots
pandemic has opened a new day for parking lot radio and many
pre-existing low power radio stations are considering the addition of a
parking lot. Toward this objective KDX Worldround Radio has opened a
new Parking Lot Division and developing the world's first Parking Lot
Kit, now accepting pre-orders.
Saturday June 13, 2020 5:41 PM CDT
We Were Lost But Now We're Found
Just after writing about parking lots on Wednesday we did something
inadvertant that caused our server to collapse. After much
reconstructive effort we are at last again a web presence with the
website kdxradio.com and the
streaming radio service KDX-OGG.
Radio programs resumed at 3:44 PM CDT this afternoon.
Thanks go out to loyal technicians who are always there when we need
help getting across the street.
Sunday June 14, 2020 8:31 AM CDT
When Endings Start
The ending of the year 2020 starts one week from today on Saturday June
20 the Longest Day of the Year, following which days will shorten by
1-minute per day until there are none.
Don't take the knee. Take the butt.
Sunday June 14, 2020 9:20 AM CDT
Black Paper from fmstream.org
Sunday June 14, 2020 5:53 PM CDT
Sunday June 14,
2020 12:55 PM
As the World Falls Off the Wall Humpty has Been Put Back Together
As two of you know, KDX Worldround Radio, its website at kdxradio.com,
and This Blog, fell off the wall four days ago and went unheard from
until slowly we've been able to return one egg shell at a time pasted
back together. One part of the experience in particular taught some
important lessons. We became acutely aware that almost nothing happens
inside a computer without a working browser, and part of our trouble
resulted from Firefox becoming trapped outside of consciousness. It
wouldn't run and refused to re-install, so we found the old Internet
Explorer, a Microsoft browser famous for never having been very good,
but for several days it was all we had, but frustrations grew and we
finally resorted to Opera which got us up to a limp, but ultimately was
unwilling to download many of our radio programs which come as mp3
audiofiles, Opera stubbornly insisting that we wanted to listen to the
programs and kept playing them but said NO when we tried to have them
our own way. At the brink of unhappiness we used new knowledge aquired
during so many naps to blunder through until Firefux was brought back
into our life and once again we have control of this high speed train
so graceful the way it would shoot into the sky if the trestle were taken overnight for scrap metal.
The Reincarnation - Photo by Ben
June 14, 2020 6:19 PM CDT
Unknown Table Manners
Eventually we'll be reintegrating
with the restaurant scene and taking
table with a colleague, sitting there in our face masks. The food
arrives and neither of us knows the protocol for getting the food into
our mouths without unmasking. If we lower the masks below the chin
they'll be contaminated with neck virus. If we unmask where will the
masks be laid without infecting the table. By handling the masks we'll
need to wash hands again which necessitates wearing a mask while away
from the table. After all that the food will be cold. Has anyone
written about this? Well, I guess I have, despite knowing nothing about it.
Monday June 15, 2020 7 AM CDT
After All That We Know More
From the time last Wednesday when
our server-computer malfunctioned we have learned many things
previously ignored as we've admittedly been laissez-faire about the
Windows Operating System, having come from the Amiga Computer culture
which was the superior operating system until it wasn't. Some grudges
tend to get very old before bygones are finally gone. Now, amid a
crisis of broken Windows, it's become necessary to wake up, become
"woke" as it were, and pay closer attention to how Windows 7 fits
together and what to do when it doesn't. We've come to know why so many
people are clutching their Windows 7 machines despite Microsoft having
evicted the system in favor of Windows 10 about which nothing good has
ever been said.
The other closely related matter is that of browsers, mentioned in
yesterday's Blog, and we learned beyond doubt that Firefox is the
browser for intellects and intellectuals. To be unfair, we reject
Chrome and Edge untried because they're products of Google and
Microsoft, respectively. And as we indicated Opera falls short of
deserving such a grand moniker but are reminded that Artisan Radio
plans to launch an operatic radio service alongside his Old Time Radio
Monday June 15, 2020 9:11 AM CDT
Technology Goes Under Water
Monday June 15, 2020 9:28 AM CDT
The First Worldwide Radio Broadcast was Operatic
Monday June 15, 2020 9:41 AM CDT
World Shortwave Countries
Monday June 15, 2020 3:04 PM CDT
The Meaning of "International"
KDX Worldround Radio, in addition to
journalism from numerous news agencies in the United States, also
carries frequent newscasts in English from Canada, China, Germany,
Japan and Russia, with more voices to come.
Tuesday June 16, 2020 9:11 AM CDT
Terrible Mess of Things at Voice of America
VOA Invaded by Trump Appointees
Tuesday June 16, 2020 10:24 AM CDT
Order, Disorder and Both
We take a standpoint about whether
certain minds are disordered, such as religious minds and those of the
extreme right, and we consider happenings in the daily scene to be
"orderly" so long as they run "smoothly" without disturbance to the
general tranquility. By observing the panorama of existence we
automatically keep score on the order of the moment from a personal
mixture of subjective and objective attitudes and expectations. These
musings on what constitutes "order" grow out of wondering how the words
"law" and "order" have become bundled together as if law someway
depends on order. To say that order requires law is like saying that
morality requires religion. For definitive guidance in law we consult
lawyers but on matters of order we'd be hardput to locate an orderer,
one who provides professional assistance on affairs of order. Perhaps a
beer would nurture our inquiry.
Wednesday June 17, 2020 9:42 AM CDT
Efficiency Amidst Turmoil
For many it's careerus interuptus,
nearness avoidance, peaceful riot protests, police funding questions,
and dodgy delivery traffic with USPS, IPS, FEDEX and Amazon Prime
arriving and leaving porches and delivery docks nationwide.
During the first months of
quarantine we wondered how many deliveries the neighbors could
withstand before bankruptcy or the collapse of their load bearing beams
but now it's us. Recent outage of our web radio server machines have us
clicking SEND TO CART as we fortify against signal outage by increasing
electronic backup capacity by ordering double redundant periferals so
KDX can continue telling people the world is flying apart.
In this third paragraph we reach the point of this moment in blog time
by telling how impressive it is that our supplier is a champion of
efficiency in response to our purchase order. From the first SEND of
the e-mail our inbox has been peppered with moment by moment progress
reports regarding each individual item as it moves into the
distribution network. "Your Order has been Received", "Your credit card
has been charged", "Your trackball mouse has been moved from stock into
the boxing room", "The trackball box is now labeled", "Trackball put on
tuck", "trackball flying on airplane", "trackball landed and is being
put on truck", "trackball is out for delivery", "trackball is now on
your front porch, known by you as the Parade Review Stand", "trackball
is inside your door", "trackball is waiting for you to open the box."
Imagine this happening for each of about one dozen separate items.
We'll be evaluating the main load-bearing I-beam that supports the
floor of the Internet Building, home of KDX Worldround Radio.
Wednesday June 17, 2020 10:45 AM CDT
Radio Havana Cuba and KDX
Today for the first time KDX carried
a 1-hour international newscast from Radio Havana Cuba, featuring the
headline story of 2,000 Cuban doctors and medical professionals that
have dispatched to 27 countries to collaborate on COVID-19 treatment and
a campaign to nominate the Henry Reeve medical contingent for a Nobel
Also heard was Arni Corno's long
popular DXers Unlimited, recounting Arni's love since the 1950s for
DXing AM shortwave at 4 AM pre-sunrise.
Wednesday June 17, 2020 10:53 AM CDT
Politics On Radio
One very loyal KDX listener tells
that he does not listen to "political" programs carried on KDX and we
understand this completely. In prior years I have never given mention
to political affairs over the microphones along the way and have been
deeply apolitical, never ascribing to any of their so-called "parties"
except to say that I am "independent". But there is a reason KDX
delivers political news and it's cynical. We want to display and
demonstrate what pointless, feckless, impotent, self-serving, inept,
corrupt, and free-loading grubby people most politicians and their
games tend to be. But of course if you already know that, why would you
want to be told about it?
Wednesday June 17, 2020 11:59 AM CDT
Depends who you ask. His story (history) might be different than her story (herstory). You had to be there.
Events are physically tangible when
they happen but flee afterwards into however many memories behind
however many eyes witnessing where curation relies on editor's filters
across a range from self-defense to revenge to obfuscation, whichever
spin suits the spinner. The Commandments cover the issue with "Thou
Shalt Not Bear False Witness" while court culture uses magic conjuring
to elicit "The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth" but
undoes the spell with dictates from the bench limiting what can be said
or considered: "The jury will disregard", "the testimony is too far
removed in time" and other truth quashers.
Anyone who dislikes what they
remember is free to alter the retelling into a more agreeable version
basically achieving "what they would have done if they had it to do
over again", known as "revisionist history". My own fame depends
on it. Makes regrets disappear.
Nothing is beyond a reasonable doubt.
Thursday June 18, 2020 8:04 AM CDT
New Radio Chief Dirties House
Some newly appointed administrators
come into an organization to "clean house", but that's not the way it
works under the Trump administration.
Thursday June 18, 2020 9:43 AM CDT
FCC Enforcement Actions
The Federal Communications
Commission of the United States is to the electromagnetic spectrum as
the National Park Service is to public parks. The spectrum, like park
ground, is a finite resource now in higher demand than at any time as a consequence of enormous growth of wireless communication
which has virtually saturated available space, with leftover crumbs for
the low power broadcast community as we stake out small openings for
our programs. It behooves the small operator to remain abreast of FCC
enforcement activity as agents scour the airwaves to safeguard licensed
users, the listening public, and impose violation notice upon anyone
exceeding the regulations. We hope never to see actors in our own
category named in any list of culprits. Perhaps due to the covid
emergency the last published enforcement date was October 7, 2019,
after which either no violations occurred, no violators were found, the
paperwork is delayed, or the detection teams are in quarantine. While
we (in the U.S.) are authorized by the Part 15 Rules, no license
requirement pertains, and so it falls upon each of us to continuously
survey our own radio emissions to ensure compliance. A certain heel
nipping comes by way of anecdotes about rogue inspectors who "don't
like" part 15 stations and opt toward citing them for having been born.
Part 15 Lives Matter, so we think.
Thursday June 18, 2020 1:05 PM CDT
Something Artisan Radio said:
I've noted a disturbing trend on at
least one Part 15 Forum. Posts are being edited, substantially changing
the content and initial intent, but being left up as if they were original (and,
in fact, the original posting date is left intact). How can you trust
anything on these Forums if information can (and is) being changed at any time
at the whim of the administrator(s). Yes, there is a note at the bottom of
the post stating that it has been edited, but you don't know what has changed.
Plus, even that note is optional.
We do not modify the content of any
blog post, except to change spelling or grammar, and even then it is done within
a short period of time upon the post appearing. Other than that, the posts
are presented in all their glory as originally intended. If something
needs to be updated or clarified, it is done in a new blog entry.
You can trust the Artisan Radio
In response to Artisan's
commentary... my experience at the Part 15 forums is that a bulk of
what I posted over several years was deleted by several moderators
without notice of any kind. It took awhile for me to become aware that
I was being chopped because I rarely looked back to review myself. Then
I learned that moderators who posed as my best friends at ALPB meetings
were slaughtering my forum contributions without redress.
As to policy here at home, The Blare
Blog is what is known in literature as a "living document", only
slightly similar to the idea behind the so-called "Living Bible", which
brings up a side argument after which I'll get back to The Blare Blog:
The Bible is a static patchwork
strung together by anonymous scribes deep in the Vatican in a fog of
altar wine based on supposed found scrolls authored by a hodge-podge of
one-named uncertified takers of dictation coming across the divide from
One God known to be perfect and unable to err, yet declaring changes
from the original plan, speaking through the face-mask of hearsay.
The Blare Blog, by difference from
all of the above, consists of mini-essays that are subject to
corrections, revisions and rejections with no effort to preserve the
first drafts for tomorrow's scholars.
Thursday June 18, 2020 2:25 PM CDT
Paying Tribute To a Good Transmitter
As spring 2020 approaches
expiration, KDX is sending on only one transmitter, various other
transmitters silent as we've been tackling hardware/software issues
with our automation computer, the single transmitter being a C.Crane
FM2 which we have married. She is a beauty and lives in the kitchen,
now known as the Upper Management Lounge.
As I, her husband, sit here at the
workstation commanding the program flow over stream station KDX-OGG,
with audio sending on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi traversing the 35-feet back to where
she resides against the back wall propped up on a round outmeal box
weighted in place by an old heavy-duty battery to avoid tipping. The
housewide signal from that exact location fills the house like a
wave-guide, being distinctly receivable in every room, office, closet
and secret chamber. It's even good for yardcasting about halfway to the
top and bottom of the campus.
The C.Crane FM2 would benefit from
only one modification, and that would be a button to place it into the
mono mode. There are good reasons for this which have been written
We are unable to have children for trademark reasons.
Thursday June 18, 2020 3:29 PM CDT
Crazy Writing on Walls Closing In
Exiled in a radio news bureau the
world seems to be losing its future the way the Antarctic is losing its
ice shelves. Whatever hope there was seems to be eroding as sink holes
open in the economy and persons infected by the covid virus approach
the juncture between life and death only to learn that their hospital
bill could range between $40,000 and over $1,000,000.
The local sheriff sends word that
hundreds of evictions are primed for execution and Secretary of the
Treasury Minutia schemes to transfer more trillions to rich bastards
while idiot boy Prsident Spongepants adopts the red triangle symbol of Nazi
political prisoners wondering whether it could be made orange.
Delivery truck demolition derbies
race around the streets signifying the final world going out of
business sale as we desperately order what consumer goods will make our
Men driven mad are marrying their own transmitters.
Thursday June 18, 2020 4:04 PM CDT
New Approach to Grounding
Radio transmitters refer to
grounding in two distinct ways: as with all electronic equipment there
are important safety aspects to electrical grounding, and for efficient
antenna radiation grounding is vital. In a Radio World Article (May 13)
Paul McClane describes new and purportedly more effective methods of
achieving a strong ground by a process he names GroundLinx.
Friday June 19, 2020 7:36 AM CDT
What We Know So Far
Every KDX day starts with Fault Lines,
a program from Radio Sputnik which until this week had been hosted by
Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan who've been working from their
respective homes since covid lockdown. But this recent Monday Fault Lines
was opened by Shane Stranahan, Lee's son, who had already been a
regular fixture with daily updates about covid-19. After introducing
new co-host Jamarl Thomas, Shane explained what was going on.
The program's hook had been based on
hosts coming from the left and the right, Garland Nixon being an
ex-police officer with left leanings and Lee Stranahan coming from the
right as a career journalist. The problem came as their relationship
turned from a heated exchange into a clash, as Shane explained,
resulting in their departure from the program.
As Shane and Jamarl carry forward
with the daily morning show we do not know what to expect in the days
ahead, but the uncertainty itself makes for a daily attraction always
wondering what might happen.
Friday June 19, 2020 8:09 AM CDT
Not fully recognized is the degree
to which hunter culture infuses the American way. Mingling as soldiers,
policemen and even court judges, are huntsmen whose craft is to bag
game and bring it to ground. The best target is a dead target.
Perhaps fewer of us would be stalked and targeted if the hunters were required to eat their kill.
Friday June 19, 2020 10:48 AM CDT
Knowledge Missing from What We Know
So often the self declared engineers
writing on the radio forums will reveal the little understood secret of
"balanced audio lines" as against the lay person's unbalanced audio
cables. The one is a three-wire circuit while the other is two wire.
How the "grounding" or "shielding" comes into it becomes part of the
more elaborate explanations, and usually the reader isn't exactly sure
what's being said whether due to grammar handicaps on the teacher's
part or plain inability to grasp unforeseen concepts.
As often as some version of the
foregoing has come along what never seems to get said and is typically
left out is the equally important matter of "line levels" every bit
part and parcel of the differences in conductors in the two categories
of equipment, those being "consumer" and "professional". Two-wire
"amateur" equipment standardizes on a -10 dB line level, while
industrial "pro" equipment sports a much higher level ranging between 0
dB up to +8 dB, differences so significant they contribute to
substantial distortion when mismatched.
What's really needed by the forum
engineers is a preparatory course in methods of instruction so their
efforts contribute to better results at the consumer end.
Saturday June 20, 2020 9:55 AM CDT
Juneteenth is ready made for declaration as a federal holiday.
Friday June 19, 2020 3:59 PM CDT
What is the difference between a garbage scow and a cruise ship?
I don't think there is one.
Friday June 19, 2020 7:35 PM CDT
The Wrong Thing to Say At the Least Opportune Time
While everything is being re-branded why don't we replace the expression 'white person' with 'standard person'.
Friday June 19, 2020 8:03 PM CDT
KDX has just taken on eight staff
announcers that will be heard during our daily schedule. Perhaps at
some point we'll give them blog time so we can know their take on world
events. Since 2007 I, Carl Blare, have been the station's voice, now
I'll be able to sit quietly in the KDX Radio Museum Pantry along with
boxes of old technology and dormant recording formats.
Saturday June 20, 2020 6:12 AM CDT
Of obstacles faced by low power
radio stations finding suitable spots on the dial is challenging in
many locations. In this regard KDX Worldround Radio has been fortunate
with always a few more choices than needed for strong dial presence,
and recent events are enlarging the pool with four slots opening on the
AM band following FCC pulling of license for violations and word of an
FM noncommercial facing possible closure in the wake of lost funding
brought on by the covid crisis. With the pandemic locked in place
indefinitely and economic circumstances on a downslide we may be seeing
more radio stations bowing out.
practical matter some older holiday ought to be jettisoned to avoid
having too many non-workdays and Columbus Day is ready for scrubbing
for obvious reasons. It wouldn't do right now to touch Martin Luther
King Day, although many white bastion municipalities ignore it and my
gripe is that King was a religious figure and I'm touchy about keeping
state and church apart, but clearly human governance is tailored to
large degree by miseducated emotions and one is prudent to remain aloof
from the fray, to speak fancifully.
Saturday June 20, 2020 12:07 NOON CDT
The Summer Solstice All Day
There will be a cessation of rioting
for one day while we observe the Longest Day of the Year, the Top of
the Year, a milestone defined by inter-solar relationships among local
celestial bodies. There's nothing supernatural or fantastical about it.
One thing that always stuns me about it is how quietly it takes place
given the massive scale of the planetary objects involved. It serves as
a lucid glimpse of truth in a generally unexplained existence where the
most evident knowledge is that no one knows, never has, never will,
exactly what' going on. Impressive too is the fact that the orbiting
chunks of matter that provide temporary ground for our scrambles
pre-existed and will long post-exist our brief blinking visit.
Saturday June 20, 2020 1:38 PM CDT
A World Governed by Childish Emotions
To intentionally confine selection
of a Democratic nominee for vice-president of the United States to a
black woman would be a bluntly racist way of choosing, yet that's the
approach being bandied as we wonder if critical thinking is nothing
more than five meaningless syllables.
Maybe they forgot that such
appointments are made based on excellent qualifications and impeccable
ability with no prejudice toward anyone who meets the criterion.
Sunday June 21, 2020 8:28 AM CDT
Loosing Their Heads
Within a 24-hour period four food
brands dropped their iconic images to disarm claims of racism against
Aunt Jamima Pancake Mix, Uncle Ben's Rice, Cream of Wheat Breakfast
Cereal and Eskimo Pie icecream bars. Three featured likenesses of black
people, and one of them called on Eskimo Indians to equate with the
cold north where tribes reside. It has not yet dawned on these deep
thinkers that the only choice kept open is to identify products 100% by
white associations which will eventually be considered racist when
someone realizes that black faces never appear on food packaging.
Sunday June 21, 2020 5:56 PM CDT
You Needa Audio?
Interesting electronics stuff.
Uneeda Audio talks about PZM
(Pressure Zone Microphons) and by chance KDX has been recently using
one of our collection of PZMs to record the Covid-19 ambience of a
socially distanced city and airing these soundscapes in place of talk
programs during some hours. We'll be coming back to this subject in the
days ahead, but for now here's another trove of useful information:
Crown PZM Manuals
Sunday June 21, 2020 8:06 PM CDT
Buckling Under the Heat
Somewhere around 90 (F) here inside
the Internet Building and the AC hasn't been turned on because it's no
one's job so no wonder I'm having uncharacteristic thoughts. I'm not a
cruel person, but there are certain freaks in the government who really
need to be sent a message. What I'd like to do is put on an asbestos
mitt, grab a wad of steaming hot pasta and whip them over and over
until they finally say, "When are you going to stop doing that?"
That's exactly the kind of thing
that the moderators at the Part 15 forums would delete, so it gives you
an idea of what readers are missing at those boorish sites.
Monday June 22, 2020 8:11 AM CDT
A Trio of Blogs
It was Boomer' Blogcast where it was
wondered whether Part 15 was "Sunsetting", but ironically the
appearance of Boomer's Blogcast only weeks after the launch of the
Artisan Radio Blog and given this Blare Blog it seems low power radio
hobbycasting is resurging. I can tell you that my mornings have become
busier as now I've got to check all the blogs in addition to the New
York Times to see what got done while I was over in pillowville.
On topic, Boomer wrote:
Right now I have a backup of blogs to post, 3-4 of them waiting and have
to get time to sit down with it. See when I start to type about
exciting tech topics, I want to run off and try some of those ideas!
I just started, but I like having the P-15 blog, it's another form of
freedom. I don't know how much I've been censored at the others, or who
is editing posts, but it bothers me even that readers could be shown
spooky ads that claim to be trending on just what the post is about. Ads
were appearing right in the middle of postings over at Part fifteen org
for a while. I have ad blocking, Firefox plugins, Ublock, but when I
look on a computer that doesn't have that, then I see what others might
We can do it ourselves without all the clutter and tracking and just
write on simple pages in text, a throwback but a good throwback, fitting
with our small radio and short antennas as you said.
The FCC should allow larger antennas, we need FCC Viagra. I like The
Legacy's idea for LPAM using a service that's already established and
doesn't interfere, TIS rules allowing 1 mile of coverage, everything
seems to be right to be able to broadcast that way on a small scale,
And this morning the Artisan Radio
Blog introduced the Boston Typewriter Orchestra which makes me want
typewriter bridges and themes in between newscasts here on KDX. Reminds
me of the days when my wife and I used office supplies to percuss along
with symphonic music as part of our business day here in the Internet
I think our Trio of Blogs bring culture to the Part 15 pastime.
Monday June 22, 2020 3:18 PM CDT
Technical Question for Qualified Readers
The LAN (Local Area Network) of
computers here within the Internet Building are connected by ethernet
cables through a router tied to the internet by coaxial cable, which is
to say we have no Wi-Fi, except that two computers each have USB Wi-Fi
I intentionally purchased one of the
adapters out of curiosity so I could see what kind of Wi-Fi activity
exists in the vicinity, and a second adapter arrived unexpectedly along
with a newly refurbished computer we obtained.
Now that we'll have two computers
with two Wi-Fi adapters, can those adapters talk to each other? Will it
be possible to extablish a Wi-Fi link between the two computers?
Tuesday June 23, 2020 10:30 AM CDT
It Would Be For the Best
What Did I Tell You
KDX is all in on DRM.
Tuesday June 23, 2020 10:33 AM CDT
In the morning mail -
Fix the Trains
You can get two Wi-Fi adapters and their computers to talk to each other
with a 'peer to peer' connection, and I believe I've done it
successfully in the past, but it seems easier to connect both machines
to a router by wireless, with shared folders on each machine, just like
you'd do with a wired LAN.
I have two machines on wireless like that, one is Windows XP on the main
studio, the other Win 7 and running the show on my AM station. I can
record and mix in the studio, download shows on another computer and
process them, and send music across 5 computers, wired and two wireless.
Before I had this set up, I used USB memory sticks to walk the files
from place to place, but doing it by LAN and wireless is much nicer.
The SDR Play came in, and that should be fun. It uses an SDR program
that I have to find and download yet. I also need cables for the type of
antenna jacks it uses to connect it to something. I may be looking for
an active antenna. I found that with the RTL SDR, it works much better
when the antenna is outdoors. -- Boomer
I knew you walked dogs, but files is
new. Oh, and I don't know if it's been talked about yet on the Blog,
but software defined radios are currently being tried by three of our
lab technician friends and we went through the same thing involving
patch connectors to attach antennas and agree that outdoor antennas are
more affective. What I am so far puzzled by is how to receive the
FM band and the 1.9 GHz cordless phone band.
Tuesday June 23, 2020 10:59 AM CDT
Clear the Sky Go By Rail
It's been heavenly under the quiet skies free after long last from the
nasty blasty jets while over 60,000 aircraft sit parked away somewhere.
How criminally negligent it's been to hurtle tons of machinery above
human population centers over all these years, while the national rail
network has languished in decline.
Mankind's two greatest inventions are broadcasting and railroad trains
and it's time to downgrade air flight into a secondary category of
Tuesday June 23, 2020 12: 20 NOON CDT
World Radio History
Tuesday June 23, 2020 12:40 NOON CDT
KLAN is Taken
An FM station in Glascow, Montana,
is assigned the FCC call sign KLAN and TV Klan is an Albanian TV
channel. Closely related is a "clan", a group descended from a common
ancester, something of a trailer park blue-blood, no reference intended to Bob Fwordly's faux ALPB micro-clan.
Tuesday June 23, 2020 1:15 PM CDT
Masked for Distance
At the onset of covid-19 we had on
hand this carton of Liberty ISOSAFE Cone Masks originally aquired for
working in dusty construction zones and they served for a couple
grocery trips, now we have a 50-piece box of LANSWE 90% efficient
Disposable Face Masks for the summer, provided by New Egg Computer
Marketplace. The cone masks were white, these more paperish ones are
light blue. I see people in black facial covering which takes me back
to my Lash Larue days.
Tuesday June 23, 2020 2:38 PM CDT
Strength Knows Weakness
U.S. President Trump has refused to
wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic, despite his own
government's guidelines, and has regularly suggested that Biden and
others who wear them are showing weakness or fear. That is a
pronouncedly adolescent stance against an adversary which is vastly
oblivious to whether infectees are "weak" or "strong" in some carnival
way, as in a wrestling match. Donald is a big boy now and could impress
everyone if he showed the manliness to wear a goddamn mask as an
example for all the weak-headed Trumpers.
Tuesday June 23, 2020 6:16 PM CDT
For Immediate Release
-- The Bob Cesca Show on the RELM Network
Wednesday June 24, 2020 8:29 AM CDT
All the Stream Directories
Low power stations who stream are
typically found on their own websites and perhaps one or more of the
public directories. For example, KDX Worldround Radio streams from
kdxradio.com and is also found on dir.xiph.org (the Official Icecast
Diectory), and Steamcast.com. There are many more directories and this
link provides an informative listing of most of them:
Wednesday June 24, 2020 8:36 AM CDT
Home School College and the Virtual Campus
My wife and I coined the name "Home
School College" to describe our lifestyle, consisting of always
learning and researching, self-starting scholars as we were. As such we
never intended to be a "school" and have always balked at people who
wanted us to reveal the secrets of success which, given our status as a
commercial media service, have tended to be proprietary. Circumstances
are somewhat different now that we are a hobby radio enterprise where
information sharing has become part of the style of operation, except
that we try to refrain from becoming anyone's on-call specialist. The
ideal relationship arises from cultural exchange through barter.
Wednesday June 24, 2020 9:09 AM CDT
The 18-Mile Wire Above Manhattan is Not An Antenna
Although it could serve as one, but only as a secondary purpose. The wire is an example of how bizarre religion can get.
Wednesday June 24, 2020 5:59 PM CDT
Haunted by Inheritance
At this moment the Oregon Symphony
Orchestra is performing on KDX the 4th Symphony by American composer
Howard Hanson, subtitled "Requiem", for the reason that he was moved to
write it upon the death of his father. What it means to me is indirect,
because until recently I'd never heard more than Hanson's 2nd Symphony,
which literally became the soundtrack for me one year on a very
personal level. It was for me at the time, and for thousands
thereafter, a stirring and beautiful experience. Howard Hanson died at
some point along the way but American news media never tends to
spotlight obituaries of more notable intellects so only now can I
consult Wikipedia to see that it happened on February 26, 1981, age 84.
Endlessly fascinating is the fact
that certain creative persons invest themselves in constructing
monuments in whatever field, be it written literature, music, or the
building of architectural wonders. From the reference point of life
we're inclined to ascribe a kind of immortality to such work, but the
arttist has only his lifetime to complete the novel work and no one
else will ever chance upon the same combination, the creator finally ceasing to exist despite what he leaves for our benefit.
It's really a form of fatherhood
that stands above common biology, and the work takes on a sibling rank
to those of us who love it. The everyday public who remain persistently
unimpressed do not belong in the same family and if they somehow wedge
themselves into the fold can only be spoken down to.
Wednesday June 24, 2020 7:04 PM CDT
Odds Looking Bad
Making fun at the expense of handicapped persons is in bad taste and
here we've made sport over Trump's many disorders, however what I
believe is at the root of our response to the absurd man is an
embarrasment over having no mechanism for undoing his sticky little
hands from our nuclear buttons.
If we can learn something from our stalemate it would be that
democracy is no more effective than a coin flip depending on how many
MAGATS you have (MAGA - Trump Supporters).
Thursday June 25, 2020 8:38 AM CDT
Stored and Restored
As of 3 AM most of the kdxradio.com
website and The Blare Blog have been recovered and restored with only a
few missing links and images that will soon be patched. The
situation dates from mid February when our main server crashed . KDX
has been operating from a spare temporary server during the interim
without access to primary contents. A USB hard-disc docking device was
employed to retrieve missing data from the broken server. Are you
receiving me now?
Thursday June 25, 2020 10:45 AM CDT
Remarkable Alternative Universes
I never could have guessed that a
certain individual close to our radio operation is a Trump defender.
He's never shared any comment large or small about the president in
several years of working together, so it was brain-stopping to be
informed that our coworker feels strongly that criticisms of Trump
amount to attacks and finds Trump admirable and charming. What makes it
particularly incomprehensible is that our associate is intelligent and
logical in other ways. To the majority of people who see Trump's
defects so clearly it is the Trump defenders who represent an
imponderable dent in the fabric of sanity. It's like they have a
Thursday June 25, 2020 11:26 AM CDT
Writing By Blog
In his May 30 blog titled "Why a Blog?", Artisan Radio wrote: "The value for me comes in the writing. To get the facts,
and sometimes my opinions, 'out there'."
And that's what it is. The Blare Blog follows the same impetus...
writing is a form of speech, speech is an outward expression from an
author's mind to fellow humans telling what we know and what we think.
Blog reader's provide the counterpart which completes the circuit; they
want to know "what the blogger thinks", giving the finishing patina to the social encounter.
Thursday June 25, 2020 11:57 AM CDT
Go to School
There's a movement afoot to
capitalize the "B" in "black" when referrring to the so-called
African-American race. Let's do some unpacking. If we capitalized that "B" we'd
also need to capitalize the "W" in "white" and the "L" in "latino", as
well as every word in "people of color".
The reason I fudged on
"African-American" is because not all blacks descend from African, as
many came from Haiti and other various countries and islands, as well
as most blacks nor their parents have never been to Africa.
Because I am three generations
removed from Swiss ancestry, am I Swiss-American? Or, perhaps I'm a
blend of Danish-French-Swiss-Swedish American stemming from another
branch of the family. I once flew over Colorado; am I a Coloradan?
Pulling down some statues, aside
from being a bit of non-sequitur given the murder we should really be
concerned about, is alright with me. Apart from whatever symbology a
statue might represent I've always felt that statues clutter up the
landscape and pose no equal to well coiffed botany.
Friday June 26, 2020 10:07 AM CDT
No Vaccine So Far But Try Some of This
Friday June 26, 2020 3:38 PM CDT
Diplomacy Is Called For
Word from Boomer:
Hi Car, I guess I'm outed, I've been a staunch conversative the whole
time, and I hope that doesn't change things between us, since it should
be all about radio, and everyday politics needn't define how we
associate in broadcasting. We've known each other for several years, and
I was this way all along, so why should you change anything, you just
know a little more about me now.
Glad you worked until 3 am to recover your site and older blogs and get
it back on line, it looks good and it's fast as usual, unlike commercial
sites out there that use sometimes hundreds of items on a page and load
slowly, yet might have 1/10th of the readable content that yours has. - Boomer
Carl takes the stand, the prosecution has questions: "Mister Blare, how do you intend to get out of this?"
Carl speaks. thereby waiving the right to avoid incrimination by remaining silent:
Oh me my goodness, Boomer, no! I
mean, I wasn't writing about you, I was writing about someone who has
no part in the Blare Blog, a person known only in civilian life. It
comes as an immense surprise that you reside on the Trump side of the
street, although you do like dogs, as you've said. Well, I'm trying to
learn several things and you can be instrumental. I sincerely want to
understand how intelligent and creative persons, which you and the
unknown civilian are, yet somehow remain blind, indifferent or unaware
of Trump's conspicuous, obvious, glaring, blatant and plainly obvious
malicious cruelty, destructive and deconstructive way of governing,
immoral, unethical, enourmesly deceptive, dishonest and psychologically
impaired low class Hitler immitation. There is no way on earth to
support his racism without also being a racist; no way to deny earth
sciences (air and water pollution) and medical sciences (Covid) without
also being something approaching a flat-earther; no way to overlook his
mysogeny without also being disrespectful of women, no way to ignore
his theocratic, anti-intellectual and anti-educational manifesto
without being anti-Constitutional. Other than that things are fine.
And as you say it IS about radio,
and radio is the ideal place to have open conversations unlike the
conservative commercial radio stations which apply a strictly one sided
propaganda laden message, and for that matter unlike many alternate
news organizations which deal perhaps narrowly in truth and accuracy.
Bob Fwordly wouldn't tolerate open cultural exchange and broke every
rule the ALPB had spent months drafting in his haste to assassinate
Artisan Radio and me through hostile takeover of the group we'd help
build, accusing us of developing a simbiosis (not exactly the right
word but I can't think of it right now and will fix it later) while, in
gross contradiction, saying that the aim of the ALPB was to foster a
simbiotic relationship among members.
All this aside, you, Boomer, are a member of the Family of Radio and
correspondent emeritus to The Blare Blog and as such are being handed a
key to the Internet Building with the unrevokable privilege of coming
here anytime day or night, but don't eat everything in the
Maybe this will be one of the greatest conversations ever had on a radio hobby site.
Friday June 26, 2020 5:57 PM CDT
Part 2 of Word Exchange RE: Conservatism and Its Trappings
The Blog has realized we need an
articulate conservative prepared to dscourse on the polarized
distortions between today's political divide. I already have two
questions as conversation starters:
Q. What do conservatives
conserve? Not the natural environment as we've seen by their
destructive disregard for nature conservation.
Q. Why are conservatives secretive about being conservative? Like some deep rooted guilt.
The Blare Blog is becoming a forum in slow motion. Reply within 30-days.
Friday June 26, 2020 9:04 PM CDT
Thoughts in the Fading Light
At this time of day a chorus of
thoughts join voices stemming from the day's many activities, so I'm
thinking about the tree branch that dangled short of denting the car,
the ten-thousand words all day on KDX describing the state of the
worldwide crisis, work in progress rebuilding the backup capacity of
our website, and further thoughts about the newly opened line of
discussion regarding conservatism. One thing stands out from Boomer's
message, the part where he said "It should be all about radio", and
that means many things once put to critical thought.
For the community of low power radio
operators and their forums and blogs "radio" is the "common interest"
that sparks our frequent return to see what's newly being said about
the central interest, and a different version of this is true between
me and the "civilian" I referred to as the Trump supporter that came
unmasked much to my shock... the common interest with him is not radio.
In fact he has told people that "Carl Blare is only daydreaming about
having a radio station" and his saying that could open up a whole other
conversation, but it mainly reveals an ignorance about what radio is.
As it happens he is a self-taught computer geek who has often been of
great help in building my dream station.
Difficulties have arisen in some low
power relationships because even radio buffs hold different conceptions
of what radio is to them. On the forums I was continually derided for
going "off topic" and talking about things that "weren't radio", but to
me everything is connected to radio because the medium is a
communications resource and there's nothing in the universe that can't
be referenced in a radio discourse and those who would castrate topics
not aligned to their worldview are to me the height of conservatism and
exhibit the behavior expected from them, so there we connect radio with
the heart of a problem I have, knowing how to correspond successfully
with conservatives because I don't consider them to be anything more
than righteous and dogmatic. My saying it out loud may sound
impertinent but it is to be prized none the less as being bluntly
honest, for what that's worth. At this moment I have managed to
describe a classic foil employed by those on the right to muzzle such
honesty by forcing the thing called "political correctness" in which
THEY, the holier authorities, dictate what cannot be said. Moderators
at the forums have been clone examples of the "father knows best" boss
figures just described.
Circling all the way around back to
friend Boomer I so far have not been able to see the signs and symbols
that mark a conservative as I understand it to be, and wonder if
perhaps Boomer is living in a delusion and only thinks he's a
conservative by way of some misunderstanding about word definitions or
political rankings. After saying all that it's necessary to announce
that we are not in a fabricated court room on the way toward rendering
judgments. It's only a Radio Blog and we'll be right back after this
Friday June 26, 2020 10:09 PM CDT
Destined to Fail
The BLM, Black Lives Matter,
movement is dooming itself with broken thinking that continues to
attach itself to the protests. This time it's a rush to end the time
honored practice of white voices performing black characters in
animated movies. This in itself is a racist idea because it essentially
holds that black voices are a different species and that white voices,
no matter that the same English is being spoken, are a breed apart. The
only real way to meld two races is to consider each equal to the other.
Saturday June 27, 2020 6:07 AM CDT
Freely speaking by blog can veer at
times into the hyper personal or other revelations possibly not fit for
public consumption and it's not unusual to have a "day after" kind of
moment when the writer feels uncomfortable about something said. While
it's easy enough to redact and delete it seems to me that retension of
such material in an offline state is preferable for preservation of the
total record. As a way of managing the situation The Blare Blog today
establishes a holding cell where removed material can be isolated
pending future review.
Saturday June 27, 2020 7:12 AM CDT
The Way to Have Fewer Deaths from the Corona Virus,
is to Have Fewer Tests.
-- U. S. President Donald J. Trump
Saturday June 27, 2020 7:30 AM CDT
International Voices from KDX
KDX Worldround Radio has been
establishing itself as a comprehensive global radio station presenting
major radio voices from many countries, already including the U.S.,
Canada, Germany, Japan, China, Russia, Cuba, and arranging soon the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation and South African Broadcast
Corporation, all programs in English. With all of this we continue to
bring programs on technology, symphonic concerts and natural
soundscapes absent human speech. Our continual monitoring of other
stream activities finds no other station as versatile as KDX.
Saturday June 27, 2020 7:43 AM CDT
True or False
The conservative man is good with police brutality.
Carl Blare sees no other way to rationalize the matter; it's all part of the same package.
Saturday June 27,2020 10:40 AM CDT
Using only black voices to produce
animations with black characters will necessitate picking black actors
who sound "black enough" to instill the character with authentic
blackness. Those black actors that could pass for white based on how
they sound would not qualify.
The Blare Blog is not being
pickayune on these issues to mock or poke fun, although it has a fun
side about it, my wish is that we can get it right making changes to
old culture in the process of building an all inclusive society. Wrong
moves now are apt to disempower the whole effort.
Saturday June 27, 2020 10:53 AM CDT
The Ku Klux Klan is a conservative
committee formed to resolve social unrest. Some of my best friends are
conservative. Does that make me complicit with the KKK?
Saturday June 27, 2020 12:01 NOON CDT
Individual Ingested in a Greater Whole
Belonging to a membership
organization whether in spirit or written contract requires surrender
of individuality. Henceforth the organization determines belief and
agenda as one absorbs into the group. Such is true of political,
military and religious affiliation, by which one subscribes to a set of
standards governing physical and mental viewpoints, exercise of
personal deviation from group-think constituting disloyalty to the
group. Actions requiring the group to assertively act as one,
transforms it into a mob in which responsibility is diluted through
community sharing. It is because of these things that I consistently
combine all the names, titles and emblems of organized groups into
interlocking equivalences wherein conservative means white supremest
means Republican means right winger means theocrat means racist means
authoritarian means pro-lifer means GOP. For non-party purposes some
residual remnants of an individuated human is able to cast a presence,
but this fractional person is mainly subservient to the greater whole
of the Party.
The description used for a groupless
non-participating private individual is "free thinker" for the purposes
of religion and philosophy and "independent" in politics. At one time
the military had some ugly ways for demeaning anti-militarists, but
since the end of the draft the volunteers are pretty much in a hell of
their own making if they decide they made a mistake and I'm not aware
of whatever kind of support might be sought if they manage to stay
alive amidst possible "friendly fire".
Saturday June 27, 2020 3:30 PM CDT
Message from Bill Baker at The Radio Source
Saturday June 27, 2020 4:22 PM CDT
Saturday June 27, 2020 6:40 PM CDT
RAG-FM 107.7 Raglan New Zealand
Word from RagFM
We made contact with Johny of RAGFM
in New Zealand to say thank you for several times providing excellent
guidance in locating and selecting new computer-servers to put us back
in operation following the crash of our original computer tower, and
quickly received acknowledgement:
All good down here, stations running with no problems.
Winter down here so all we have had is rain and more rain.
Lock down has finished down here, but our borders are closed and
every one coming in are tested and have stay in hotels for 2 weeks
and are tested again and must be covid free before they can leave
and join the rest of us here.
Have a good week. -- Johny
Sunday June 28, 2020 10:28 AM CDT
A man of words is a man who places stock in the meaning of words
A man of his word is a man who keeps his word
A man of few words is a man with little to say
A wordy man talks a lot
Sunday June 28, 2020 11:07 AM CDT
From the Bruce Radio Monitoring Station
Hi Uncle Carl!
Thank you for the computer info!!
In this picture - the GE Superadio is tuned to 90.9 MHz, and from YOU - it's KDX!
and 91.9 are the other 2 stations. I've never broadcast 3 Part15
streaming sources from the FM band all at the same time before now!
Sunday June 28, 2020 11:10 AM CDT
The Rebuilding, and resistors and capacitors don't care about our politics --
Hi Carl, no, I was glad that you answered that way on the Blare Blog,
and the only thing that potentially could have bothered me was the 5
minute belly laugh I had from reading your comments.. :) It was not long
after I ate, and I had to stop laughing so I wouldn't possibly get
sick! Thanks, I needed that, it got me away from my SDR for a bit.
I do think that on radio forums, and other forums, worldly politics
could be a stumbling block, just like anything that's about something
else than the main topic of the board. If I ran a forum, I'd want to be
mindful of others, knowing that some do their radio hobby to be in touch
with the finer points of resistance, capacitance long ground leads and
signal range, to lose themselves with radio for a while.
Another side is that people come with personalities that include
interest in world politics and they make small talk about it with their
family, at the bus stop, to a cashier, or with their chauffeur. For some
it's like bringing up sports or the weather in conversation, so it's
natural for some to want to talk politics.
It's a tough job to put balance on everything. I thought that the ALPB's
best hope was when Jim Henry took the helm, he was active, fair, and
experienced in forum operation from running boards since the BBS days.
Most importantly, he wanted the job and had the qualities of a leader.
I'll have to read your thoughts on Black Lives Matter. I've heard a few
comments about their motivations, but feel that the moment everyone
jumps on something and says you must act that way is the very moment to
There was a Twilight Zome dealing with mob thinking during crisis, I
think it was called The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, and a
broadcast leads people to catch a virus of thought that leads them to
acting like a mob. This was original Twilight Zone during the Cold War,
but it's not outdated, and still worth the watch.
Great blog, carry on! -- Boomer
So much for new tricks.
We have different definitions for 'radio'.
Monday June 29, 2020 7:05 AM CDT
All professions have their hobby
groups, even sewer systems. Many sewer hobbyists insist that it's all
about the parts - elbow pipes, large pipes, manholes and sewer lids
while more advanced members would claim that the parts are only a means
toward the end, which is the carriage of sewage itself.
Radio is also comprised of component
parts, i.e., resistors, capacitors and antennas, but the advanced
followers have an 'end justifies means' argument in noting that radio
infrastructure carries information.
Therefore sewage and information are part of the full hobby in either case.
Probably everyone can identify
sewage, but less thought may have been given to what is 'information'.
It is built on the shorter word 'inform' and that's what radio can do,
in addition to having electronic parts.
Monday June 29, 2020 8:49 AM CDT
Making the Morning Rounds
First making sure KDX-OGG is up and
streaming we nurse a coffee while browsing a few favorite daily sites
including the low power forums and blogs. The new Artisan Blog takes
first look and lately has been missing frequently during what we guess
are construction related outages. Next comes the Boomer Blogcast which
hasn't produced anything new since the June 5th essay on the
"Sunsetting of Part 15". Over to Hobby Broadcaster which recently has
been paying homage to an unusually high number of radio professionals
passing out of this life. Then comes Part15-dot-org and a fresh
discussion of antenna connection complexities given the technical
limitations imposed by the FCC. On to the hijacked "Old ALPB Site"
where about 5 members take a look to see if anyone of them has said
anything but none has. So to the New York Times Morning Briefing which
lands in the email box to see how much trouble we're in today so far as
our species of toxic animalis concerned.
Monday June 29, 2020 9:56 AM CDT
Kayleigh McEnany White House Press Secretary
Talent for the Unethical
There's good money in sly, cynical, butchery of truth.
Monday June 29, 2020 11:30 AM CDT
Mask or Die
It bugs me on Saturday night when Ian Freeman, host of Free Talk Live
as heard on KDX, blares his libertarian chant that wearing masks during
the pandemic is tyranny and his followers gather publicly everynight in
defiant maskless protest. Meanwhile, a more reasonable spokesperson
said earlier on KDX that masks are a public health issue, not a civil
rights issue, which is the stand shared by us at Worldround Radio. To
our consternation Free Talk Live
is also carried on over 200 full-power licensed radio stations, and we
wonder how so many senseless owners can afford having those stations.
COVID-19 is being very slow in eradicating stupid people. Still,
there's a morbid fascination tuning in each week to see if those
libertarians are still there.
Monday June 29, 2020 12:46 NOON CDT
New Show from KDX and Plans for the 4th
Our good friends at Radio Phvern put
us onto a high quality text to speech software that has been populating
KDX with announcers and program hosts, resulting today with the new
"Joey Show" which I'll link in a moment.
Quite a few things are planned for
Saturday the 4th, including a long-form recording from sunset to dark
so we'll be able to relive the bombast the next day on Sunday with a
soundscape broadcast on KDX. At the same time, on the air Saturday from
4 to 6 PM CDT will be the return of chamber music from "Music
Mountain", a legendary concert series from Falls Village, Connecticut,
followed by another live "Free Talk Live" show from Keene, New
Hampshire, so we can count the times host Ian declares tyranny for face
Monday June 29, 2020 1:42 PM CDT
The theatre was on fire but I didn't yell 'fire' because it was crowded.
Monday June 29, 2020 4:16 PM CDT
Artisan Radio Blog
Classical Music Timing on Radio
In a blog dated June 27th Artisan
Radio talked about the difficulties of fitting classical works into a
schedule that is framed by the hour and half hour, a complication as
old as the history of radio. Artisan's idea of pairing long and short
works into neat hour lengths is a solution I used in my Symphony Music series, about 32 programs now stored on the shelf.
Various concert series received from present day classical programmers
are packaged in 2-hour sets with a station break as close to midway as
Actual live concerts in symphony halls of the world tend to time out at
90-minutes with a 10-minute intermission prior to the longest featured
work. The first two works on the schedule are usually a brief overture
and a reknowned concerto.
Operas are day long events and the closest I ever came to opera on
radio was as local announcer for a station that carried the
Metropolitan Opera on Saturdays.
KDX presently maintains a collection of appealing shorter works to use as filler when small amounts of time open up.
Tuesday June 30, 2020 7:08 AM CDT
Why KDX Closes During Local Storms
Storms that bring wind and lightning
can do severe harm to radio facilities. Most full power stations remain
on the air during storms at great risk to themselves, and many stations
become hobbled when lightning wrecks vital facilities or wind damages
antennas or other physical structures. By closing down and
disconnecting during storms KDX improves the liklihood we will return
intact following the fury.
Tuesday June 30, 2020 9:41 AM CDT
Tuesday June 30, 2020 9:53 AM CDT
A Part 15 Station Under Development
Tuesday June 30, 2020 9:56 AM CDT
Bruce follows up on the June 28th "KDX Super Radio" bit:
Alright Uncle Carl! I will be sending you some text on my GE
Superadio. Also on the WMEX logo and why that's there, as well as some
info on the 2 other stations that are streamed - WWUH and WAPJ. And a
little bit on the other radio in the picture - that ham radio
handitalkie in the foreground.
Best Wishes -- Brooce
Tuesday June 30, 202011:23 AM CDT
Small Talk is Polite Talk
In Artisan Radio Blog 6/27 it was written:
I was saddened to read on the Blare
Blog that a fellow Part 15 broadcaster and blogger admitted he was a right
winger, and presumably a Trump supporter.
Even though I did like him and his writings, I find it difficult
to give him a pass, as virtually everyone in the radio world who has similar
views has eventually shown themselves to be liars and completely lacking
integrity. Like Trump, like supporters.
A day or so later Artisan added:
Have you noticed that those who
want to keep discussions surrounding Part 15 Radio confined to its technical
aspects only are mostly white nationalist, far right wing conservatives?
Around the same time blogger Boomer wrote:
If I ran a forum, I'd want to be mindful of others, knowing that some do
their radio hobby to be in touch with the finer points of resistance,
capacitance long ground leads and signal range, to lose themselves with
radio for a while. Another side is that people come with personalities that include
interest in world politics and they make small talk about it with their
family, at the bus stop, to a cashier, or with their chauffeur. For some
it's like bringing up sports or the weather in conversation, so it's
natural for some to want to talk politics.
also see that efforts to confine the discussion to small talk is a way
of preventing any opportunity to discuss really serious matters, such
as the fate of mankind in the world as a consequence of mans'
'politics'. We should remain children and tend to play things.
It was a moderator at part15-org
that demanded that the site serve the newbee 12-year old first
discovering the wonders of radio electronics. Experiencing life as a
12-year old grows old after awhile ending eventually in retardation.
There's got to be a future beyond childhood to give purpose to our
resistors and capacitors.
Incoming comment from Artisan Radio:
One of your correspondents wrote: "If I ran a forum, I'd
want to be mindful of others"...
That's an interesting statement coming from an admitted, right
wing Trump supporter.
Perhaps he's referring to the right others, such
as older, white males.
For those on the right, most of all Trump, aren't mindful of
blacks and other persons of color, women (except for certain,
animalistic purposes), immigrants, scientists, media types etc.
I believe that the real reason Trump supporters hide their
allegiance is that it's difficult to believe anything they say
once that allegiance is known. How can you take any sort of
technical or scientific statement seriously when the basis for
their belief system is anti-science. Or, at least, science that
serves their purposes, i.e., greed, power, racism et al.
The remark makes
something clear that I've been overlooking... Trumpers ARE
anti-science, so how could they take radio seriously? Is that an
inadvertant hypocrisy? "We believe in radio parts but not inmedical science nor earth science?"
Tuesday June 30, 2020 2:00 PM CDT
what is unfolding here on The Blare Blog requires a clear explanation
lest we appear to be picking on one of our Corresponding Participants
for being a 'conservative', in this time in history when that label is
approximately the same thing as being a Nazi in 1940 Germany. Other
radio forums would by now have stripped our membership and pointed
fingers of "ad hominum", accusing us of 'attacking' one of our fellows.
The process employed here on The Blog is simply that of critical review
in which all contributors have equal access to the lectern. We have
already been bypassed more than once in our extended offer to provide a
floor for articulating the fundamentals of conservatism in a manner
that might correct any misconstruals. The webmaster at the hijacked
ALPB told me there is no such thing as "critical review" given the fact
that he had never heard of it, but there are college courses and
degrees in the field. Unless something changes the only vocal
spokespersons for the right are the hate radio/tv hosts who themselves
avoid holding rational conversations.
Origins of Left-Right Politics
Tuesday June 30, 2020 3:08 PM CDT
Jim Jones All Over Again
Some may remember the religious
fanatic named Jim Jones who took his followers and founded "Jones
Town", where members proved their faith by drinking poisoned Kool Aid
and all died.
Today we have Donald Trump who
demands the show of faith indicated by refusal to wear a mask for
protection against COVID-19. "Die for Don".
Tuesday June 30, 2020 6:56 PM CDT
In sincere interest I have asked many conservatives some very simple questions they have never answered.
Q. What do conservatives conserve?
Q. What is 'supreme' about white supremists?
Q. What is significant about the 'right' unless they think it is the opposite of 'wrong'?
Q. In that case what would the 'left' be opposite of?
Q. 'Pro life' to you means
women cannot manage their own reproductivity, yet 'pro life' does not
apply to blacks or imigrants?
Q. Again on 'pro life', it is
taken for granted that conservatives are Christian yet the Doctrine of
Free Will does not apply to women?
Q. In the case of lynching blacks how does the Commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' apply?
Q. Whey does the KKK conceal
their identity if what they do is righteous, and in what way does the
Christian Cross relate to it?
Q. There are plenty of Nazis
that do not care that the Nazis lost the war with Germany, and by the
same token there are many Confederates who believe 'the south shall
rise again", true?
Conversations with conservatives can't seem to start.
Artisan is the first to ring in:
After reading your latest blog post, I became interested, and found this:
That answers one
question for me, Artisan, and I genuinely did not know that history.
But can we suppose that most conservatives would not have done the
scholarly thing you did by linking to a definition or even trying to
express something of their own? Would a conservative take the time to
read all those words and upgrade their knowledge? Not, according to my
view of it.
Tuesday June 30, 2020 9:26 PM CDT
Boomer Arrives Hours Ahead of July
Resistors Might Actually Care About Our Politics --
Hi Carl, I was word-playing with you, but I guess I was discounting the
power of politics to bring about stronger conclusions in these dramatic
times. Not trying to be a troll, just be a conversationalist, which
really takes no political sides, since anyone is eligible to speak.
Really, I don't take a strong side on politics, if I polled myself, I'd
probably find I was somewhere in the middle and leaning towards liberal
on some issues, conservative on others. I'm more like my parents in that
way than contemporary.
One thing about low power radio, at least over the past 50 years, the
majority of the pirate radio stations have had left-leaning politics, it
seems to me, with youthful idealists wanting to free the airwaves, stop
the war, big corporations and damage to the environment. That's why
it's interesting to me that the forums are that conservative. I guess
P-15 forums really are a different animal. I wonder how they started,
and how they got to the place they are.
I'm not against pirate radio as much as the Part-15 groups seem to be,
it's also low power radio for a change, I'd just want it to be legal.
The power to broadcast was taken over by corporations who had the
advantage technologically, and average people didn't have a chance to
participate in this new technology as broadcasters, they were allowed to
be listeners only and accepted their role. Now we have newer tech, the
internet, with much more access, so the public is exploding all over it
with ideas, letting it all out.
Again, sorry for being so foxy, especially in this moment we're all living in. -- Boomer
Boomer, I say earnestly that you
have a sensitive penchant for observation and expression with rich
depth of field. In a picture focussed on political treacheries your
bandwidth stretches to include incidental asides that, as details come
to light, are part of a holistic whole, pirate radio among them. I
don't think part 15 groups are against pirate radio, I believe they put
on an act as a way of convincing any government eyes that the site is
legit. Many of them have other social forums where they relax and start
wondering what a few more meters or Watts might do with an antenna. In
fact so-called 'piracy' is yet another risky topic that brought
moderator wrath upon me when I dared say that civil disobedience might
be valid grounds for defying the Rules, in some cases. The BLM could do
wonders with low power radio and we wonder why it isn't happening, I'd
welcome the excitement in this dull radio town.
It seems that you (Boomer) are not
the one who will teach me conservatism. Probably conservatives are not
teachers in as much as they're cult followers, and now you've clearly
disarmed by thinning the broth, and for me, other than an appreciation
for hunting horns, it's not a fox hunt.