dimland radio 7-2-11 show notes

Can We Drop The “Under God”

No “under god?” We’re going to hell!


I talked about how the phrase “under god” should be dropped from the Pledge of Allegiance. The words were forced in the Pledge in 1954 and essentially made the notion of “one nation indivisible” divisible, because including the two words excludes polytheists, non-theists and those who believe in a different god

Read about the Pledge here and a humanist’s reaction to Religious Right’s reaction to NBC not saying “under god” when the Pledge was recited during the US Open coverage here.

A Tale Of Reckless Fireworks Usage

Years ago, a couple friends and I acquired some very powerful and illegal fireworks to celebrate our nation’s birthday. We went to great lengths (well, distance) to get them. We drove all the way to South Dakota from the Twin Cities instead of just heading to Wisconsin.

I tell the story of the beer-influenced decision to blow up our beer cooler. Boy, it blowed up good. We were fortunate to not suffer any injuries.

This video clip will give you an idea of what an m200 firecracker sounds like.

This Week’s Dubious Item

Imagine Lennon voting for Reagan, I wonder if you can. I can’t.


Some fellow is claiming that John Lennon was a Reagan Republican in the later days of the former Beatles’ life. I’m not so sure about that. I can see John
being less interested in his activism, but becoming a Reaganite? I doubt it.

Read the dubious report here.

It’s Not True: The Coriolis Effect And Flushing Toilets

Clockwise? Must be in the southern hemisphere. Well, not necessarily.


It’s not true that where you are on the planet affects which direction the water flushes from your toilet. The Coriolis forcing deals more with weather systems, hurricanes rotate counter clockwise north of the Equator and clockwise south of it. Your toilet flushes in the direction it was designed to flush.

Michael Palin of Monty Python fame was taken in by a con artist’s trick of draining water. In the BBC series ‘Pole To Pole’, Palin shows us a fellow demonstrating the effect in a small Kenyan town on the Equator. The fellow is playing a trick.

Learn about the Coriolis Effect and how Palin was fooled here.

Movie Recommendation: Michael Palin: Around The World In 80 Days


Yes, I know. It’s not a movie, but it’s very good and worth watching. Michael Palin attempts to travel around the world in much the same way as Phileas Fogg
does in the Jules Verne novel. It’s wonderful and available on Netflix.

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ram’ by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: ‘Independence Day’ by Urban Guerrillas & ‘Only In America’ by Naked Raygun
Second ad break bumpers: ‘Little America‘ by REM & ‘America Is Waiting’ by Brian Eno/David Bryne
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle

That’s it! See you next Saturday night for Dimland Radio 11 Central, midnight Eastern on www.ztalkradio.com you can also download my show from the z talk show archives page. You can email your questions and comments to drdim@dimland.com

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