dimland radio 1-22-22 show notes

No Mask And She Was Having A Bad Day

COVID is still a thing, y’all. And with the omicron variant peaking around America, plenty of people are still getting sick, hospitalized, and dead. The vast majority in the hospital and dead are unvaccinated, but the vaxxed and boosted can also get sick.

This is why masks are still needed to be worn when out in public. We still need to distance and it’s a good idea to limit trips to the store and to avoid crowds.

But, people are acting as though the pandemic is over. It ain’t.

A gas station/convenience store that I frequent causes me some frustration each time I go there to get a soda and a snack. No masks on the employees and most of the customers. Often I’m the only person in there wearing one. And no plexiglass partitions at the registers. I argh to myself every time I walk in there.

Hm. Perhaps I should limit my trips.

A recent visit had me arghing inside my brain at the no masks and no partition, and at the cashier, who is generally very pleasant and likes to call customers “bud”, who was maskless and apparently sick. COVID maybe?

But something happened. The cashier was having a bad day. My empathy rose and I realized she’s a human being and was in need of sympathy, not anger.

A Follow Up On A Pedantic Moment About QI

The awesome Stephen Fry!

About a year ago, I had a pedantic moment about a claim made on the very funny and entertaining British panel show QI. A show of quite interesting facts about science, history, people, animals, and just about anything else you can think of.

In a video clip on QI’s YouTube channel, host Stephen Fry gave the depressing but interesting fact that more black 17 year olds in America are in prison than are in college. My pedantic response was that there aren’t many 17 year olds in college in America period. Most college freshmen in America are 18.

I also posted my pedantry on this claim on Facebook and received a few messages reminding me that America is a country of 50 experiments in democracy. (Until Fearless Loser is installed as king in 2024, that is.) States may have different rules than other states on minimum age requirements to start kindergarten. Which would affect the age of students starting college, assuming those students start college immediately after high school.

Minnesota, where I am from, might require children be 5 years old at the start of the school year to attend kindergarten, but other states might take 4 years old who are close to turning 5. Pennsylvania is such a state.

Facebook reminded me recently of that push back on my pedantry. So, I looked into it again. There are a couple states that will take 4 year olds, but most require the starting age to be 5. And it’s been that way since the 1970s.

Take that QI! I’m right!

Sources: Here, here, and here.

Sigh. How Stupid?

Just look at those FBI agents or BLM or antifa members!

Some of the conned supporters of future king Fearless Loser were not only stupid enough to take video and photos of themselves invading the US Capitol and then share them on social media, they were stupid enough to contact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office to inquire about a lost and found. Some had left their phones or purses behind after the riot and they wanted to see if they could get the items back.

It was a great way to track these dumbass coup attempters.

Too Many Benefits Claimed And No Side Effects

It gives you a new tongue!

Snake oil may be something many people think only exists in the Old West or maybe the Depression era. Some might think that we have advanced past those naive days. Well, those some, if they exist, are wrong.

CDB and toxin-leaching foot pads are both said to relieve stress, reduce anxiety, reduce pain, improve sleep, and to treat high blood pressure. CBD (a hemp oil concoction) is claimed to relieve migraines, fibromyalgia, digestive disorders, muscle spasms, PTSD; and to treat Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, nausea, opioid addiction, and cancer in animals.

Toxin-leaching foot pads that turn black (due to sweat reacting with a chemical on the pad) when wore on feet overnight are claimed to have anti-aging benefits, to reduce back pain, and to treat diabetes; and they remove heavy metals while revitalizing weary bodies with new energy and boosting weakened immune systems.

Boy! What don’t these things do? Fix your car? Flare your pants? Make your out of style dress brand new?

Big Audio Dynamite

One thing they don’t do is (pause for effect) any of those things I listed above. CBD has been shown to be helpful in treating young people with epilepsy. Otherwise this stuff looks just like snake oil and any effects are likely placebo.

Mick Jones of The Clash formed the band Big Audio Dynamite (B.A.D.) after leaving “the only band that matters” in 1983 and a brief stint as part of the ska band General Public. The opening track on B.A.D.’s debut album This Is Big Audio Dynamite (1985) is Medicine Show, written by Jones and fellow bandmate Don Letts. In its way the song is telling listeners to be skeptical of miracle products that seem to be able to treat or cure everything.

Cure alls generally aren’t.


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Help Me Somebody and Mea Culpa by Brian Eno & David Byrne

Second ad break bumpers: America Is Waiting by Brian Eno & David Byrne and The Bottom Line by Big Audio Dynamite

Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle


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dimland radio 1-15-22 show notes

No Access To Delivery Location?

The item I was waiting for.

It all turned out fine, but the one day delay was very curious. A package was out for delivery to my house on Thursday, but it didn’t arrive. “What gives?” I asked myself.

I tracked the package and got the message that the USPS had attempted to deliver the package, but there was no access to the delivery location.

The streets are plowed. The sidewalks are shoveled. The pavement was dry. How could there be no access to delivery location? Curious.

The package was delivered the following day.

It had snowed. Go figure.

Fun Socks And A Possibly Made Up Story

I decided to become one of those old guys who wears the fun socks. And I now have a lot of fun socks. The very first pair I bought shows bigfoot riding a bike and holding a beer. Pretty fun, eh?

That led me to telling the little known story of the Patterson/Gimlin film deleted scenes.

I insist the story is a true story. And by that I mean it truly is a story.

Strange Bedfellows

Why is Ben smiling? Is he listening to Carolla owning the libs?

A few shows back I talked about the super serious, very conservative opinion giver Ben Shapiro. A man who may not ever have had a good belly laugh. I could be wrong, though, because Shapiro’s website The Daily Wire has been promoting comedian/actor/podcaster Adam Carolla.

Carolla is a libertarian sort, so I can see his appeal to someone like Shapiro. However, remember Cadri B’s controversial song WAP (Wet Ass Pussy)? Ben Shapiro did not cotton to such a song with such bluntly stated female desires. OK, Shapiro is a “family values” guy, but has he heard Carolla’s podcast?

Carolla working “hard” at a job that can pay really well. Why don’t you do that?

I used to listen to Adam’s podcast (I stopped after I got fed up with his “I’m rich because I work harder than you” attitude). I recall his talking about enjoying porn and making other sexually explicit comments. He even had a PSA made to help poor Americans and poor folks in other countries avoid having kids they couldn’t afford. It’s a variation of the “pull out” method of birth control.

But, I guess when Adam Carolla is useful for owning the libs, Shapiro and fellow family values guy Dennis Prager look the other way. They turn a blind eye to the sexually explicit content of Carolla’s material, because he’s useful to them. The Judea-Christian moral fellows look past Adam’s atheism and crudeness. Cardi B is leading the world toward sin and decadence. Adam Carolla is making them feel comfortable in their white privilege and their secret desire to say f#ggot.

OK, that last bit might not be fair.

I also talked about a rather long “joke” Carolla tells about the slippery slope as related to smokers losing their ability to smoke in restaurants. It’s an old routine that I heard years ago, but he has come up with a name for “them”: The all-woke, no-joke douchebags. Well, he’s yelling the truth.

The punchline of the joke had me asking, “Can American civilians own grenade launchers?”

Apparently, it is legal, but you can’t fire anything more powerful than a flare. After all, you can’t own grenades. Weird.

Zebra

Look at those pictures. A friend of mine searched through Google Earth (I kept saying Google Maps, whoops) and thinks an anomaly he’s found is significant. He is suggesting he’s found evidence of an eight mile long building emerging from the melting snow of Antarctica.

I think he’s found an image of sunlight reflecting off part of a mountain ridge, which when magnified to the extreme displays what are likely photographic artifacts that resemble windows. Through the phenomenon of pareidolia, his brain is creating the image of a building that isn’t there.

This reminds me of the aphorism that when you hear hooves, think horse not zebra. Horses are far more common in most places than zebras. The saying means that people should put more weight on ordinary explanations for mysteries than on extraordinary ones.

Although the aphorism (in medicine it’s known as a zebra) isn’t exactly worded the way I quoted it, I think my explanation of what we see in the photo is far more likely than some gigantic building with massive windows.


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: A Man Of Great Promise by The Style Council and Age Of Consent by New Order

Second ad break bumpers: Abacab by Genesis and All That I Wanted by Belfegore

Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle


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dimland radio 1-8-22 show notes

Happy New Year!

2021 is over. Phew.

The Christmas excitement! You can almost feel it!

The Fitzsimons Clan got together on Christmas Day for food, fun, and festivities. All who were there were vaxxed and boosted. Well, my son hadn’t been boosted yet, but he is now.

We had been invited by another part of the family for a Christmas Eve gathering for food, fun, and festivities, but we begged out. We had other plans. Plans that were to spend a quiet night at home watching Breaking Bad.

And Then There Was Omicron

Let us not dwell too long on the latest variant that has taken the world by storm. It rose right up the charts to hit number one in no time at all. Omicron is more contagious than delta, the previous number 1 variant, but it appears to be milder, especially for those who have been vaccinated and boosted.

So, for the love of Mike, getting vaccinated and boosted if you haven’t already. What are you waiting for? The next letter in the Greek alphabet?

Speaking of Breaking Bad

“My name is. My name is. Slim Shad… No, wait. That’s not my name.”

Amy and I binge watched Breaking Bad over the Christmas season. It was our second time watching the series and I have a few observations.

First is the observation made by plenty of other folks about the series being an indictment of the American healthcare system. Not the quality of care, but how a hospital stay can bankrupt people without good insurance. Memes have been made to point that out. But, it’s not just lead character Walter White that is hit with that American reality. There is another of the main characters whose health insurance isn’t enough to provide the top quality treatment they require. And that character works for the government!

Some might argue that without America’s horribly expensive healthcare system we wouldn’t have great TV shows such as Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul.

Hmmm. It is a hard choice, but I’m willing to sacrifice a couple TV shows for a Canadian style healthcare system in the States.

Second, Amy had told me the show’s creator Vince Gilligan wanted to see how far he could push the audience’s liking of Walt. Walt does some pretty horrible stuff. He goes from Mr. Rogers to Scarface over the course of five seasons. And I still rooted for him.

The show gave us likeable villains. But there was one group of villains I never warmed up to: The Nazis that showed up late in the series. They were assholes right from the get go. Well, one of them was likeable, I guess. However, he never does or says any of the Nazi nonsense. He seems to be able to take it or leave it. He’s an absolute psychopath, but not much of a Nazi.

Third, I think the main characters must all be somewhere of the Autism spectrum. There are so many scenes in which one of those characters will talk and talk and talk to another of the main characters and never notice that character’s emotional state. We in the audience can see it. Hell, I took to crying out “Read the room!” whenever one of those scenes came up.

Walt! Read the room!

But finally there was this scene!

Joe Biden Is The President!

“The former President…has created and spread a web of lies…”

On the anniversary of Fearless Loser’s failed coup attempt, President Biden gave a speech in which he laid into the loser of the 2020 Presidential election and his supporters in the Republican Party. Fearless Loser lost. He lost by seven million votes. He lost. He lost! For fuck’s sake! He lost!

It was a great speech. The best I’ve heard from Biden.

I haven’t heard how the Fox Propaganda News entertainment hosts have reacted to the President’s take down of the Loser (He lost!), but I have heard that they took exception with VP Kamala Harris comparing the dark day of January 6, 2021 to the dark days of 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. “Psssh! That day wasn’t like Pearl Harbor! Now, the day our Christmas Tree was burned down – that was like Pearl Harbor! But not the peaceful tourist visit on January 6th. As if!”

And, you know what? They are kind of right. They are wrong if they are suggesting it wasn’t a dark day for America, but they are kind of right that it wasn’t 9/11 or Pearl Harbor. Those events were attacks on America from the outside. 1/6 was an attack on America from the inside. Instigated by a sitting, albeit lame duck, President. HE LOST!

A better comparison, in my opinion, would be April 12, 1861 and the attack on Fort Sumter, the beginning of the American Civil War. That was an attack on America by Americans. They just didn’t have a President egging them on back then. They did have a sitting US Senator (Jefferson Davis) cheering on the attack, though.

Dipshit congressperson and wannabe racist standup comic, Loren Boebert tweeted on the day of the assault on American democracy that “Today is 1776.” Wrong. It was 1861.

Watch Pres. Joe “I won by seven million votes” Biden’s 1/6 Anniversary speech here. It’s brilliant!

Cool Thing: Dry Cleaning (The Band Not The Laundering Process)

Dry Cleaning

Not wanting to end the show on a bummer, I recommended checking out the video for UK band Dry Cleaning’s Scratchcard Lanyard (I mistakenly called it Scratched Lanyard, d’oh!). It’s a cool song. They’re a cool band. And it’s a cool, if a little creepy, video.


Mask up! GET VACCINATED! GET BOOSTED! And if you have been vaccinated, THANK YOU!


Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Monkeys by Echo & the Bunnymen and Cig Machine by The Suburbs

Second ad break bumpers: Second Guessing by REM and The Queen of Eyes by The Soft Boys

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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dimland radio 12-18-21 show notes

Wrong, But…

Did Elvis write his songs?

Last week I mentioned The Byrds didn’t play their own instruments on their first album, Mr. Tambourine Man. Apparently, they did. However, with the exception of Roger McGuinn, who went by Jim McGuinn at the time, the session musicians group The Wrecking Crew laid down the instrument tracks on the single… Mr. Tambourine Man.

Did The Beach Boys play on this album?

According to Wikipedia, people confused the single for the album. With both being named the same, it is an understandable mistake.

Still, to stand up for The Monkees, I have come up with two other examples that don’t get shit for either not writing their own songs or not playing their own instruments.

Stupid Meme Is Stupid

Last week I talked about the Cross/Bible door design. It’s probably not true that the six panel door was purposefully designed to look sort of like a cross floating above an open Bible. I didn’t have the strongest evidence to refute the claim, but it seems to not be true.

What I didn’t talk about on the show was the specific meme claiming liberals’ heads would explode when they learned of the Cross/Bible design. (I did write about in last week’s show notes.)

Why would liberals be bothered by this? Does the meme-maker not think it’s possible for liberals to be Christians? Have they not heard of Rev. Jesse Jackson? Pres. Jimmy Carter? Our current President? That Biden is a pretty devout Catholic.

Could the meme-maker have meant atheists? If so, I’ll quote what I wrote in last week’s show notes:

Dude, I live in Saint Paul. Christian bullshit is all over the place in this country. My head’s fine.

Our door has an upside down cross. Hail Satan!

It may be subtle, but it sure does look like an upside down cross, doesn’t it? Right wing Evangelicals’ heads exploding in 3…2…1…

I’m Not That Pedantic

Well, I am awfully pedantic, but I try to use my pedantry judiciously. I gave an example of how I didn’t allow my pedantic nature to ruin a friend’s story.

I knew what my friend meant when he quoted a drug dealer he used to know saying, “When transporting illegal substances: Commit one crime at a time.”

The one crime the dealer meant was the transporting of the drugs. In his way, he was saying don’t speed, don’t tailgate, don’t run red lights, etc. that will risk bringing the transporter to the attention of the Man! I held my tongue and kept from saying that when transporting drugs there are probably more than one crime being committed. However, another friend did not show the same restraint.

See? I’m not that pedantic.

And Now For A Few Pedantic Moments

Australia’s 60 Minutes

#1: The Australian version of the television news magazine 60 Minutes filed a report focusing on the events of January 6, 2021, also known as Insurrection Day. Or, as Fox News refers to it, the day a bunch of peaceful MAGA tourists were blamed for antifa storming the US Capitol. As the reporter set the scene with shots of rioters peacefully attacking Democracy, he got the chronology wrong.

Journalists need to be accurate.

#2: Fearless loser and modern, caring, sensitive, male Bill O’Reilly are conducting their Make American Democracy Die tour. Their stop in Florida apparently was not as well-attended as the two authoritarians would have liked. Ticket sales were lackluster. Prices were slashed and lower priced ticket buyers were upgraded. Pics and video of empty seats were shown on the news and social media.

Empty seats? Sure. But it looks like people are still filing in.

The images did show empty seats, but how long before the event were the pictures taken?

#3: The Monkees song What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round is about a young man who has met the love of his life in Mexico, but he was too preoccupied with getting back to Texas to appreciate what he’d found. However, once he was back in Texas, he became preoccupied with going back to Mexico to be with his love. The turnaround happens in the third verse, but it doesn’t happen in the chorus.

I think it should.

I also made a few observations about the clip from the classic TV show of the band “playing” the song.

#4: At the ramp in which I occasionally park when picking up my wife from work, there is a message screen above the slot into which drivers put their tickets to open the gate in order to leave the ramp. When a driver has inserted their paid ticket the gate opens and the screen shows a smiley face with the message to drive safely. However, I’m not sure the emoji means it. Look for yourself.

Why are you winking?

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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Soul Kitchen by X and Brianiac’s Daughter by The Dukes of Stratosphear

Second ad break bumpers: Kiss Off by Violent Femmes and Sleepless by King Crimson

Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle


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dimland radio 12-11-21 shot notes

“How’s That Working For You?”

Attempting to show anxiety, but I’m not an actor.

Take the word from someone who suffers from the occasional bouts of difficult to control anxiety. Intellectually, I know it’s better to just try to not focus on my worries to the point of anxiousness, but it isn’t that easy.

A friend tried to snap me out of it by pointing out that which I already know. I tried to explain that to him. Maybe he got it.

After the conversation with my friend, I talked to my wife, who understands anxiety. Understands it really, really well. It was when I was talking to her that I remembered my friend suffers from occasional…

You’ll have to listen to the show. Hey, I can’t give everything away.

The First Big Snowstorm Of The Season

As I recorded this week’s show, we here in the upper Midwest were hours into a big snow event. It started in the Twin Cities during the noon hour and finally petered out at about four in the morning. At the Minneapolis/St. Paul international airport in Bloomington they’re measured just under 12″, but no one lives at the airport.

We got about 8″ which I had to clear by myself. Amy was sleeping and the boy was still in Mankato. Using the snowblower and my trusty shovel, it took me an hour and a half to clear our walkways and driveway, as well as my neighbor’s, and the alley.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the 50s on Wednesday. Minnesota winters can be weird.

It’s Not True: The Six Panel Door Is A Christian Thing

The meme has been making the rounds on the internets. It claims the six panel door shows a cross and an open Bible. For some reason knowing this “fact” was supposed to make liberals ‘ heads explode. Really?

“Hey, Lib! You’ve got a Christian door! Hahahaha!”

Dude, I live in Saint Paul. Christian bullshit is all over the place in this country. My head’s fine.

Besides, despite my not being able to find anything solidly conclusive, it appears the Cross/Bible door design is a myth. History Professor Carl Lounsbury has been said to point out the front door on the Moses Meyers House in Norfolk, VA is a Cross/Bible door. Seems odd as Moses Meyers was Jewish.

Oh! And the door was also said to ward off witches. Yeah, this doesn’t ring true.

Mike Nesmith: 1942-2021

My quick sketch tribute to Mike Nesmith.

My favorite Monkee died on Thursday. Mike Nesmith was also the coolest Monkee. I mean, he wore the wool hat. None of the other Monkees did that. Not even the British one.

Here’s a list of ten Monkees’ songs, in no particular order, which are my favorites sung by Wool Hat, half of which were also written by him:

Tapioca Tundra (1968) written by Nesmith.

The Door Into Summer (1967)

Birth Of An Accidental Hipster (2016)

The Girl I knew Somewhere (1995 reissue of Headquarters) mono mix with Nesmith vocals, written by Nesmith.

What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round (1967)

Papa Gene’s Blues (1967) written by Nesmith.

Love Is Only Sleeping (1967)

Me And Magdalena (2016)

Sunny Girlfriend (1967) written by Nesmith.

You Just May Be The One (1967) written by Nesmith.

Randi Speaks (Well, Writes)

I did a lengthy follow-up on my story (show #466) about 70s Spoon-Bending Sensation Uri Geller’s unfortunate appearance in an issue of Daredevil by Marvel Comics. I was disappointed that Marvel would legitimize a person who seems likely to using magicians’ tricks to do his feats. Geller fooled many, but he didn’t fool James Randi.

Randi wrote a letter to Marvel. I’ll let him have the last word here:

Printed in Daredevil #137

Mask up! GET VACCINATED! GET BOOSTED! And if you have been vaccinated, THANK YOU!


Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Big Brother Muscle by The Screaming Blue Messiahs and Games Without Frontiers by Peter Gabriel

Second ad break bumpers: Inside A Fireball by Hunters & Collectors and Cruiser’s Creek by Talking Heads

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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