dimland radio 7-18-20 show notes

Just Wear A Mask

It’s become my mantra on social media lately. I keep seeing anti-mask nonsense being shared and my respond has been to simply write “just wear a mask” in the comments. There may be subtler, kinder, and more nuanced ways of influencing the anti-maskers, but I’m not sure those methods would work either. So, just wear a mask.

Although, as of this writing, the Minnesota governor Tim Walz has not mandated mask wearing for the entire state, he does hold that as an option. He has set a threshold of a 5% infection rate as the trigger for the mandate. The latest rate was 4.7%, so we are close.

However, several retailers across the country are seeing the wisdom of wearing masks and are mandating they be worn by their customers. The retailers include Target, Walgreens, CVS, Home Depot, and Walmart. (Oh, the anti-masker tantrum videos we will soon be seeing.) This is a good thing.

Such a simple thing to do to help protect our neighbors and to keep the economy open. Is it really so much to ask?

Just wear a mask!

A Dimland Radio Science Hero: Dr. Zubin Damania (ZDoggMD)

Prescription: Break off a hunk of that doctor!

Dr. Zubin Damania (a real medical doctor) explains why wearing masks is a good idea. It helps keep down the spread of the COVID. Masks may also decrese the severity of the illness should you get infected, by limiting the amount of virus you are exposed to.

You go, ZDoggMD! (The kids still say that, right?) You are a Dimland Radio Science Hero!

Dead Mouse In The Middle Of The Store

Dead mouse in the middle of the store.

Dead mouse in the middle of the store.

Dead mouse in the middle of the store.

Stinking up to high, high heaven.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Real Reason To Remove Vader’s Mask

To be more accurate as to why we wear masks and seeing as how Luke isn’t wearing one, this meme…

…should read like this…

Excuse Me, Fellows. But What Your Jesus Statue Was More Accurate?

There’s been a sea change in America or at least the beginning of one. People are waking up to the systemic racism and are demanding changes. Aunt Jemima is gone, the Washington professional football team is ready to change their name, statues honoring Confederate heroes are coming down. I think this is a good thing.

I saw this photo of five well-armed white dudes ready to protect a statue of Jesus from the marauding mobs of statue destroyers. These men are resolutely standing on guard outside their church to protect their Jesus.

And that’s great. I hope they don’t actually have to deal with those mobs. I wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt over a statue.

However, that statue seems to be depicting a northern European man. Surely by this time, with all we know about history and culture and anthropology and biology and DNA and genes and heredity and all that, we know that Jesus, if he existed, wouldn’t look like that. Right? After all, Jesus was from Judea, not Sweden.

In 2002, Popular Mechanics used all we know about history, biology, anthropology, and culture and created what should be a good approximation of what a 33 year old man, born in the Middle East in the first century would look like. It ain’t Max von Sydow!

So, if all the current depictions of Christ were changed to reflect reality, would those statue protectors be just as gung ho?

A Cool Thing: Grackles Murmurating In Texas

It’s called murmuration. That’s when birds such as starlings, warblers, and grackles flock together and fly around without knocking into each other. Often they make awesome shapes and patterns as they fly through the sky. I’m told this happens in Texas every year in certain store parking lots.

The video at this link (in horrible, horrible portrait format – what are ya gonna do?) shows one such gathering of grackles, not crows as the video title states. It’s really cool.

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. WEAR A MASK! Stay safe.

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: You Know Better Than I Know by Pete Shelley and One At A Time by The Who

Second ad break bumpers: New Dreams by Naked Raygun and Every Word Means No by Let’s Active

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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