Friday, January 27, 2017
Point of disorder
Last night, January 26, 2017, the new Pacifica National Board had its first regular telephonic meeting with the newly elected members in on-line attendance. Any anticipation of hearing a new, improved Board soon hit the dust, however. Some of the new voices joined a few of the old in making brave attempts to to lend an air of normalcy, but—like so much Pacifica does these days—nothing worked. In fact, this may well have been the most chaotic meeting since the beep-a-thon and that infamous tribute to Mozart.
They actually had an agenda, available here in PDF form. I recommend taking a glance at it before listening to the audio, for it will make what you hear all the more bizarre. And what will you hear? Over three hours of simultaneous discussion that never got to the point. The old disrupters were at it again and this time one of them, Adriana Casenave played the role of Madam Chairwoman—don't even try to imagine that. It is, of course, a part for which she is eminently unsuited and, indeed, voices are raised to get her replaced. It becomes clear that neither she nor undocumented Board crasher Cerene want this meeting to yield any results—they get their way.
The clip's three hour length is an intelligent listener's endurance test, but I hope you will spot check these proceedings, because only hearing is believing.