dimland radio 2-20-21 show notes

My New Couch, You Should SEE My New Couch

I told the story of our getting a new couch. There was good timing, a helpful stranger, and the potential for an unsolved mystery.

It’s riveting tale.

A Cool Thing: Perseverance Landed On Mars

It is always a cool thing when humans achieve something as astounding as landing a sophisticated piece of equipment on another world. And to see photographs from that world is truly awesome.

Some folks are upset that money is spent on missions to Mars instead of ending the pandemic and/or ending child hunger. I understand the sentiment, but to me that’s a little like saying a person shouldn’t buy a car while they still owe money on their house.

The thing is we should be able to do both.

Check out NASA’s website here.

Damn Cars And Cold Weather

Despite a having a brand new battery, the very frigid air caused our car to refuse to start Monday morning and again on Tuesday morning. Each time I had to hook up a battery charger to get the damn thing to start. The new battery’s first test and it failed.

Minnesota had a fairly mild January, but February made us pay for that. From late afternoon Thursday Feb. 11 to midday Tuesday Feb. 16, the air temperature in the Twin Cities never went above 0º F. That Monday morning the temperature dropped to more than -20º and the car didn’t like it.

The Texas Shithead Walk Of Shame

But as bad as it got here, other parts of the country also got hit with harsh winter conditions, especially Texas. We here in Minnesota and the upper Midwest are much more prepared for severe winter weather. Texas was not in any way ready for what hit them.

Unfortunately, Texas also has a shithead senator who thought it was a good idea to get out of Dodge for a long weekend in Cancun, until the internet convinced him it was instead a really bad idea to take a vacation while so many of his constituents were suffering. Had the internet not caught him, the shithead would have enjoyed a long, warm weekend on the beach. Poor guy.

If you are able and would like to help out the folks in Texas this website has several ways in which you can help.

Somebody Needs To Do Something About This Guy, But Not Me

That is pretty much what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said as he made the House Managers’ case while excusing his and 42 other Senate Republicans’ vote to not hold Fearless Loser responsible for inciting an insurrection. In his post not guilty vote speech, McConnell made it clear that Pres. Trump was “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day [January 6].” However, McConnell chose the easier path of kicking the can down the road. Let someone else take the principled stand. Mitch wants to be re-elected.

What a coward.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s full post trial speech.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s full post trial speech.

Compare and contrast.

A Statement Made

John, Ben, and Adam. Friends no more. It’s a shame, but words have consequences.

A couple shows back I talked about the BeanDad Twitter kerfuffle. Musician/podcaster John Roderick made a questionable joke by suggesting he cruelly taught his nine year old daughter how to use a can opener. The Twitterverse did not take the story as a joke. They were even less forgiving of his ironic sarcasm in using racial, homophobic, and anti-Semitic slurs on Twitter a few years ago.

Apparently, Roderick’s co-hosts of the podcast Friendly Fire weren’t too thrilled either. The show came to an abrupt end. The co-hosts, Benjamin Harrison and Adam Pranica, hadn’t made any public statement about the severing of their partnership with Roderick.

They said nothing until their other podcast, hosted by just Ben and Adam, The Greatest Generation began reviewing the episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. It was subtle. They were commenting on a moment of racial insensitivity in the first episode. They made a comment about someone using the excuse of it being a joke when they say horrible things. Listeners not familiar with the controversy might not have caught the subtle statement, but to those who know the message was received.

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: Empty Glass by Pete Townshend and Waiting by The Suburbs

Second ad break bumpers: And Through The Wire by Peter Gabriel and Soul In Isolation 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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