dimland radio 2-29-20 show notes

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Don’t Panic. Wash Your Hands.

Just some soap and water and twenty seconds of washing. Frequent hand-washing can go a long way toward hindering the spread of illness.

It’s called COVID-19. It’s a strain of the coronavirus and it’s all the rage now. Everyone is getting it.

Well, not everyone. But of those who do get it 80% will be sick for a week or two, recover, and be fine. That remain 20% may have more serious complications. The fatality rate is about 2%.

Since October, at least 18,000 Americans have died from the flu. Remember SARS? That was also a coronavirus and it’s fatality rate was close to 10%. We survived that.

I’m not telling you to shrug this off. Take it seriously, just don’t panic. Wash your hands. Here’s a link to 13 myths about coronavirus debunked by two pathologists.

However, what does concern me is that the Man/Child in the Oval Office has put VP Mike Pence in charge of America’s COVID-19 response force. Greeeeaaaat. Mr Anti-Science will save the day. The man doesn’t even accept evolution. And we have five more years of this nonsense.

There were a couple other aspects with this whole COVID-19 thing that I talked about. One was that another reason to poach rhinoceros has been discovered. The rhino horn is now being peddled as a cure for COVID-19. It’s not. Rhino horn can’t do shit. Leave the rhinoceros alone.

And, two…

It’s Not True: Corona Beer Has Nothing To Do With Coronavirous

Of course it doesn’t. And despite claims on the internets, no one really believes it does. The notion did give me the opportunity to make a joke at Corona beer’s expense.

Flat Earth Can Hurt

“Mad” Mike Hughes was killed when his latest attempt to determine whether or not the earth is flat went awry. Hughes may not really have been a flat earther, but he was affiliated with a flat earth group who gave him financial support. The association is enough to realize that conspiracy theories taken to extremes can be dangerous, no matter how benign they might seem.

This is why skepticism is important. Rational thought could have prevented this. However, Hughes had the daredevil personality, so I don’t think conspiratorial thought can be held completely responsible. “Mad” Mike would probably still done his rocket launches if he got his funding from a group trying to prove men walked on the moon.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Skeptic vs Cynic

I innocently and gently corrected the misuse of the word cynic by the hosts of the wildly popular Stuck in the 80s podcast. And what do I get?

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Little Red Corvette by Prince and After The Lights Go Out by Urban Guerrillas

Second ad break bumpers: Nothing Turns Out Right by The Mighty Mofos and Diane by Husker Du

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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