Planes Crash A Lot
I start the show making a couple clarifications to some of what I talked about last week. First I wanted to make sure that I explained the gotcha the YouTuber thought she had when she discovered the all 900 of the three-digit numbers come up in a Google search of new cases of COVID.
The impression I got was that her gotcha had something to do with the “media” lying to us about the pandemic. The media is perhaps exaggerating the seriousness of the virus or just making the whole thing up. It’s just a cold or flu. So, Google is helping fool the sheep by making certain there are hits no matter what number is searched on their site.
I also needed to qualify plane crash when it came to my talk about the Law of Large Numbers. A friend pointed out the I needed to say major plane crash not just plane crash. Major plane crashes, such as commercial airliners with many passengers, are relatively rare. But! Small plane crashes happen quite frequently.
I did a Google news search for plane crash and found five crashes had taken place in America in the past week. Alabama, Texas, Montana, Nevada, and Alaska all had plane crashes since July 28th. Maybe Google is conspiring to make plane crashes seem to be happening more often than they really do. Hmmm.
Herman Cain 12/13/1945 – 7/30/2020
Herman Cain, African-American businessman, conservative, ran for the Republican nomination for President in 2012. He was a Trump supporter and not a fan of masks and social distancing during this pandemic.
In June of this year, he attended the Trump COVID Infect-A-Thon 2020 in Tulsa, OK. He did not wear a mask. He did not social distance himself. In early July, he was hospitalized with COVID-19. On July 30th, he died from the deadly disease. The pandemic claimed another victim.
His death is sad and was likely avoidable. He was 74 and had more life to live.
Wear a mask!
Chris Brown Weighs In On Masks
A voice from the past returned to Dimland Radio. Some years ago, my friend and fellow skeptic Chris Brown would join the show for a brief chat on some skeptical topic. I think we called it the Ten Minute Topic with Chris Brown, but it’s been so long I can’t quite remember.
Well, recently Chris had taken to Facebook to ask anti-maskers why being requested or required (depending where they live in America) to wear a mask to limit the spread of COVID-19 is some great attack on their rights. I thought his points were well made and asked if he would record an audio file so I could play it on the show. And wouldn’t you know it? He did.
Thank you, Chris. It’s good to hear your voice again.
Speaking Of Masks
Since the topic of masks came up I thought I’d talk about a smelly, dead animal again. Not the same smelly, dead animal. This time it was a dead raccoon (see image – WARNING!).
The smell of the dead raccoon got me thinking about the 2001 HBO WWII mini-series Band Of Brothers. When you listen to the show you’ll get the connection. And I promise it does have something to do with masks.
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Private Webster Knows German, Doesn’t He?
Having watched Band Of Brothers as often as I have, I have begun to notice little subtleties and inconsistencies. My pedantry focused on Private Webster. In one episode, we learn he is fluent in German, the next episode it seems he had forgotten it.
Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. WEAR A MASK! Stay safe.
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