dimland radio 10-17-20 show notes

And Like A Good Neighbor…

Amy came to the rescue of our next door neighbor. The neighbor had gotten her finger caught in her garage door and the finger got pretty messed up. In a panic, she came over to our house to see if Amy could help.

Amy jumped into action.

We Got Our Flu Shots

The Fitzsimons household believes in vaccination and we get out flu shots every year. This year is no exception.

If everyone gets their flu shots and follows the CDC guidelines to deal with the COVID, we could see a drop in COVID infection rates and have a less problematic cold and flu season. Win, win!

If only we had good, strong, intelligent federal leadership.

Why Skepticism?

Blindly trusting a voice on the phone. This is going to go very badly.

In 2004, at a McDonald’s in Kentucky, a phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer led to the three hour humiliation, including sexual assault, of an innocent young woman. An assistant manager believed the voice on the phone. She just took him at his word and she did what she was told. The story is infuriating.

You can get a more detailed account of the story than I related on this recent episode of Casefile, a true crime podcast from Australia. You can also watch part of the ABC’s PrimeTime Live report on the case here. The 2012 film Compliance was based on these events. Here is the Wikipedia article on the case.

Although one employee of the restaurant had his skeptical radar working and sniffed it out as bullshit early on, the assistant manager kept right on doing what she was told until another and older than her employee got involved and put an end to the torture.

A healthy dose of skeptical would have prevented the entire scene and kept an innocent person’s horrific life-altering torment.

But when authority speaks, people tend to listen…

The Milgram Experiment

Speaking of obeying authority, when listening to that Casefile episode I kept thinking of an experiment that was conducted to see how far people would comply with authority. Would people continued to apply increasingly intense electrical shocks to someone because they were told to by an experimenter in a lab coat.

Well, according to an experiment conducted by Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale University, in 1963, 65% of participants would follow the instructions of the person in authority all the way up to 450 volts. Click here to learn more.

Something Strange Happened While Making Planet Of The Apes (1968)

When the classic 1968 sci-fi film The Planet Of The Apes was being produced, people involved noticed a strange phenomenon. When on lunch breaks the cast of extras, in full makeup, would gather in groups according to the species they were portraying. Gorillas with gorillas, chimps with chimps, etc.

This mystified the cast including the star Charlton Heston. No one could explain why people would self-segregate like that. It’s a mystery…

Well, I give a possible explanation on the show.

A Dimland Pedantic Moment: An 89º Angle

The meme show what is supposed to be an 89º angle and it challenges perfectionists to look at it and still have a nice day. Presumably, perfectionist would want that to be a 90º angle, being so close, that it not being so would ruin their day. However, why would a perfectionist be bothered by a depiction of such an angle? The meme says it’s 89º, not 90º. No problem.

But! Is it an 89º angle?

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

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Dear John by Au Pairs and Eighties by Killing Joke

Second ad break bumpers: Repetition by Urban Guerrillas and Tears by Chameleons UK

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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