dimland radio 9-24-22 show notes

Snopes Won’t Call It A Hoax, But…

Snopes, a website that is a reliable source for exposing hoaxes on the internet, has called the video of a woman with a snake in her ear “unproven”. No doubt Snopes is being careful due to not having enough evidence to declare it a hoax.

But, on the show, I call it a hoax.

A Cautionary Tale

Our little one about an hour after her ordeal.

I am livid with anger to the point of tears.

I took our little one out for her 10 o’clock walk. It’s dark, so I bring a flashlight. Just as we got to the walking path (where the flashlight is needed) I heard a voice coming from the dark.

I turned on the flashlight and saw a large black dog coming toward us. It was being chased by a man who was trying to get it to stop. I tried to get between Edna (my dog) and the onrushing dog, but I was too slow and it was too close.

It had Edna’s head in its mouth.

I pulled at the dog as the fellow caught up and together we got Edna free. I picked her up, cradled her in my arms, and shouted at the top of my voice, “WHAT THE FUCK?! GET A FUCKING LEASH!!” And then I carried Edna away. She was screaming with fear.

I hurled a few more words at the fellow I presume to be responsible for that dog not being controlled. Edna was on a leash.

When we got far enough away and Edna had stopped screaming, I decided to have her walk again. I wanted to see if she was ok enough to do that. She was.

I got her home and Amy and I examined her. Her head was wet from saliva, but there was no blood. No puncture wounds. The dog didn’t shake her around or pick her up. I think it just put its mouth around her head without biting. However, a tooth might have scratched her, because we did notice Edna’s left eye was a bit swollen.

I contacted an emergency animal hospital and told them what happened. They asked a few questions and my answers had them thinking that observation at home was the best course of action. So we’re going to monitor her.

As coincidence would have it, she has a vet appointment Tuesday morning. The emergency people said not to wait until Tuesday if we notice her condition is worse.

I feel horrible. I should have picked her up immediately. I should have had the flashlight on sooner. It’s a cliché, I know, but it all happened so fast.

The anger in my voice as I tore into that irresponsible asshole surprised me. And the volume did, too. I think the whole neighborhood heard me. He, on the other hand, said nothing to me. No apologies. Nothing. He just took his dog away.

We have leash laws for a reason! If you have a dog use a fucking leash!

Edna has almost completely recovered. She is nearly done with the meds that she’s been taking to deal with a puncture wound in her left eye. Luckily, that was pretty much the extent of the physical damage Edna suffered. On hindsight, it seem likely the black lab that grabbed a hold of her was not intent on hurting her. It probably was just rough-housing.

We have made adjustments on out nighttime walks. No more walking the unlighted path, even if I bring a flashlight. And, in general, anytime I spot a dog not on a leash, I pick Edna up immediately.

If you are a dog owner, please, use a leash.

It’s Not True: Oh, It’s States’ Rights

Remember when the Justices who lied their way onto the US Supreme Court by saying they wouldn’t overturn Roe v Wade because it was a settled issue, overturned Roe as soon as they had a conservative majority on the court? Remember how in the aftermath conservatives reassured people upset by the ruling that the Court did not ban abortion, it just returned the the states. You know? “States’ Rights,” they all said.

Weeeeeelllllllll, conservative Senator (unmarried with no children and not a woman) Lindsey Graham stepped up to tell us know it’s not true

Cool Thing: I Work With A Couple Of Sweethearts

Sure, they look scary. Yeah, you’d probably cross to the other side of the street if you saw them heading you way.

They are covered with piercings and tattoos. They wear lots of black clothes. One has a mohawk, the other long hair and a shaggy beard. One’s a diehard punk rocker, the other a member of a world famous black metal band (I’m sworn to secrecy never to divulge the name, but the band really is world famous). And they are a couple of sweethearts.

They took it upon themselves to make up a few dog hoodies with her name printed on them. Edna’s gonna be toasty warm this winter.

Thanks, guys! You’re awesome.


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Wolves, Lower by REM and Is It A Crime? by Sade

Second ad break bumpers: She’s In Parties by Bauhaus and Columbus by The Church

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


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dimland radio 9-10-22 show notes

These show notes are going to be much briefer than usual. Time constraints just keep getting constraining. I apologize for any inconvenience.

I’m A Horrible Twins Fan

So, convinced was I that the Hated Yankees would complete a four game sweep on my beloved MN Twins in their recent visit to New York, I actually bet three dollars against my team. That in itself is horrible, but it was so much worse…

17 Hour Power Outage & The Great Bob Ross Mystery Solved

A storm blew through the Twin Cities a couple Saturdays ago and it knocked out the power all over Minneapolis and St. Paul. Our house was without power for approximately 17 hours. But just a few doors down on the opposite side of the park from us, those neighbors only had power out for two hours. My dad had the lights dim for a few seconds, but he never lost power.

I guess we were special.

While talking with the neighbors who were inconvenienced for a mere two hours, I met another neighbor whose lights went dark for 12 hours. She was also significant for being the person who watches Bob Ross virtually every night. She gave me her reason for her viewing habit.

The Queen Is Dead, Long Live The King

I’m an American and as such I don’t get royalty. America said no to the whole king thing in the late 18th Century. There was a war (actually two) to win and secure our independence. You may recall hearing about in school.

But for some reason the British Royal Family holds some kind of endless fascination for some Americans. I don’t get it.

I guess she was good at the job (don’t ask the Irish) she has been doing for decades. A job she qualified for by being born into the right family, at just the right position in the line of succession.

Good gig.

Now her son Charles is King. His mom was Queen for more than 70 years. He’ll get 10, 15 years. Maybe 20 years, if he hangs lives as long as his mom.

Britney Spears Is An Atheist Now, Y’all

People come to atheism for all sorts of reasons. Pop singer Britney Spears said she came to it because of how her family treated her.

Is that a great reason? A solid reason? Will it stick?

I dunno. I welcome her, because the more atheists we get in the world, the better off the world will be.

Cool Thing: My Wife Went To LA

My wife Amy and her oldest and bestest friend went out to California to see their favorite band: Duran Duran.

They missed out on seeing their show here in Minnesota last month due to stormy weather (it was an outdoor show). The band and the venue announced the show would not be rescheduled, so Amy and her friend decided to take in their show at the Hollywood Bowl in LA.

They took in some sites, saw the show on Friday night, and had plans for Saturday night. The Saturday night plans were dropped when they decided to see Duran Duran again at the Hollywood Bowl.

They had a great time. And they’ll be going back to LA in November to see Duran Duran again!

My Somewhat Major Announcement

After the better part of 33 years, I have quit my janitor job. My last day will be Friday September 16th.

I have quit that job a couple times over the 33 years, but went back because I needed the job. I hope this time sticks.


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Sex Beat by Urban Guerrillas and A Man Of Great Promise by The Style Council

Second ad break bumpers: Chartered Trips by Husker Du and Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

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


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dimland radio 9-4-22 show notes

Cool Thing: Nature Proceeds Undaunted

Way back in 1974 (or thereabouts), a storm blew a large branch out of the tree in our backyard. Two other large branches that were growing from the trunk at the same place as the fallen branch looked as though they, too, might be in danger of coming down.

Dad cleaned up the debris from the yard and, as he did so, he puzzled over how he could prevent more branch loss. He hit upon the idea of tying the two branches together with a heavy chain.

So, he climbed up there and installed the chain. It worked. Well, at least it seems to have worked. The branches haven’t come down, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the chain was responsible.

Nearly 50 years later, Dad still lives in that house, alone now that Mom is gone. (I miss her so much.) And the hackberry tree is still there and so is that chain.

Incredible! Might those two parts of the branches continue to grow toward each other and completely engulf the chain?

Nature continued to do its thing and the tree continued to grow. It has grown right around that chain. Only a small portion of it can be seen. The rest is now inside the tree.

Nature is really something.

Timing Is Everything

At work we printed up some shirts for the son of Clyde Bellecourt, a founder of the American Indian Movement. The design on the shirt was to honor the senior Bellecourt who died fairly recently. We did a fine job on the shirts, if I say so myself.

These guys would not write a racist song, would they?

The son wasn’t able to pick up the shirts, so he sent the fellow who made the design. The artist, himself, is also Native American.

Everything went fine. He was very happy with the shirts. But, there was a song playing on my computer. It was from my Spotify playlist and it was a Beatles song. John Lennon’s The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill. The song isn’t about Native Americans in any way, but Bungalow Bill is awfully close to Buffalo Bill.

Not the most terrible song that could be playing, but of all the songs on my playlist…

I Have A Bet!

My longtime listener knows how much I hate the New York Yankees. They have been beating up on my beloved Minnesota Twins for the last 20 years. Especially in the postseason.

Over that time, the Twins would play the Hated Ones twice a season, a series there and one here. Six to seven games total and for years the Twins have only managed to win one of those games each season.

The good guys have their one win this season, so the four game series this week in New York should be a sweep for the Bronx Bastards. I mentioned as much to a coworker and the bet was on. Three dollars are on the line.

As of this writing, the Twins have lost the first game.

One down, three to go.

Dr. Oz Goes To The Grocery Store For Some Crudité

In an effort to reach out to the working and middle class voters of Pennsylvania (a state in which Oz never lived until very recently, when he decided to run for US Senate), TV’s doctor quack thought it would be a good idea to slum it and go to a grocery store himself. His wife had sent him to get crudité.

He succeeded in showing how out of touch he is with the common people. Crudité? You mean veggie tray? Who calls it crudité? Rich people do.

I had heard the word before on HBO’s Mr. Show. I thought it was made up (Pedantic Moment – All words are made up!) to sound like saying crude in French. Watch this and you’ll see what I mean.

A Scientist Plays A Little Joke On The Internet

The scientist’s tweet claiming this slice of meat is a distant star. He was joking.

Using a picture of a slice of chorizo, a kind of lunch meat, a French scientist played a joke on the internet. He shared the image and claimed it was an image of a star captured by the James Webb Telescope. The internet was fooled for a time, but the scientist came clean.

This brought up the notion of whether or not scientists should play little jokes like this on the unsuspecting public. Does this harm the public’s trust of science?

I dunno, but it led me to talk about…

Juno, James Webb, And Jupiter!

A view from James Webb.

I took my listener through some of the human experience with Jupiter. From ancient peoples observing a star wandering through the night sky to Galileo using a crudité crude telescope to spot four of Jupiter’s moons to the discovery of the giant red spot, and then to the beautiful images from the Juno space probe and James Webb Telescope.

We have come a long way! Thank you, Science!

It’s also pretty cool how much parts of Jupiter resembles Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Head Over Heels by The Go Go’s and Bone Machine by Pixies

Second ad break bumpers: My Kingdom by Echo & the Bunnymen and Love Is A Stranger by Eurythmics

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


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dimland radio 8-20-22 show notes

Night Walks With Edna

Each night, I take our new dog, Edna, for her evening walks. (Usually two of them.) And I’ve noticed a couple of interesting things.

One is that, at this time of the year, the grass in the nearby walking park is literally crawling (or hopping) with frogs and toads. Edna had been going after something, but, it being dark, it took me a while to figure out what it was. But I did figure it out.

Now Edna needs figure out that when she gets on of those night critters in her mouth, which she sometimes does, they don’t taste so good.

“Birds. Let’s turn those little mistakes into birds.”

The other interesting thing I have noticed is that a neighbor likes to watch Bob Ross nearly every night. You know Bob Ross, don’t ya? He’s the US Air Force veteran who found a television career teaching people how to paint. Sort of. I mean, he’s not exactly one of the old masters. He ain’t no da Vinci.

But, he seemed like a nice, calm, and friendly sort of fellow. His painting show was very relaxing, so maybe my neighbor watches him to settle down for bed.

Cool Thing: The Ghost Of Roy Orbison?

You gotta keep your eyes open. You never know when you’ll see something cool.

Case in point, the other day we were driving home from work. It was an overcast and rainy day, which was perfect for making the illusion (?) we saw.

In the windshield of the pickup truck behind us was an excellent reflection. There was a ladder strapped to the top of the truck that created an interesting image in the windshield: It was the “ghost” of Roy Orbison!

Pretty cool!

Heaven, Grandma, Masturbation, & Neelix From Star Trek: Voyager

I had some thoughts about heaven. The thoughts were inspired by a meme on Facebook and an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Both had to do with the afterlife. The meme reminds people who believe that grandma (and Jesus) watches over them at all times, even when they masturbate. Mmmmhhhmmmm

I did get serious for a bit, when I considered if heaven might exist and are dead loved one (and Jesus) watch over us. Heaven is supposed to be complete joy and contentment for all eternity. Yeah, you have to worship God the whole time, but you don’t care. You are in complete bliss. It’s heaven, after all.

But, if it’s true that you watch over your surviving relatives, how blissed out are you going to be when you witness them going through a tragic event?

Heaven don’t sound so hot now, does it?

Neelix, well-portrayed by Ethan Phillips

And then I talked about the Star Trek: Voyager episode titled ‘Mortal Coil’. The main story is about Neelix being dead for more than 18 hours and, apparently, he didn’t experience the afterlife during those 18 hours. Neelix had a crisis of faith after that.

I speculated on what I might say to him.


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Somebody Got Murdered by The Clash and Come To Milton Keynes by The Style Council

Second ad break bumpers: Armageddon Days (Are Here Again) by The The and New World Man by Rush

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


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dimland radio 8-13-22 show notes

Alex Jones Called Out For Perjury

Judge Maya Guerra Gamble: “This is not your show.” Briana Sanchez/Pool via REUTERS

I was mistaken in my suggesting that liar Alex Jones stopped lying once under oath. Well, the judge saw things differently.

Defund The FBI?

The fact that I’m a middle-aged white guy limits my ability to have a full understanding of what life is like for minorities living in America. But, within those limitations, I do understand that the simmering anger in our society sometimes boils over. In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd by the police (and so many others before him), the simmering anger boiled over.

While I don’t condone the destruction and looting of businesses and the burning of a police precinct, I can understand (in a limited way) why it happened. Minority communities, especially black communities, want to be heard. They want justice. They want a fair shake. And there doesn’t seem to be much progress.

And the grift, as always, is on!

In the last couple years, we have heard the call to Defund the Police. The call is to rethink policing. It is to take some of the funding the police receive and reallocate them to agencies and professions that can take over the marriage counseling, drug abuse intervention, dealing with folks with mental illness. The police have had to do all that.

Not surprisingly, Defund the Police isn’t popular with conservatives, Republicans, and, yes, Democrats. Pres. Joe Biden is not in favor of it. Neither is Q-Anon mom, Christian Nationalist (isn’t that a Nazi?), Trump-cultist, and the definitely not too bright Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a not big fan.

Oh, wait! She is now. She’s all in on defunding the FBI. Why? Because they dared execute a search warrant on Fearless Loser’s mansion in Mar-a-Lago.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town

That’s Kenny – cross-armed and throwing attitude.

It was a hit for Kenny Rogers & The First Edition in 1969. It had been recorded by Waylon Jennings (1966) and Johnny Darrell (1967), but the Rogers’ version is probably the best known. The song tells the story of a young man, paralyzed in Viet Nam, rendered unable to meet the “wants and the needs” of his young wife, who can’t stop from going to town in search of some lovin’.

It’s a sad song about how war creates many victims. And this young man is quite frustrated at his inability to give his wife the lovin’ she needs. His frustration has him saying:

“And if I could move, I’d get my gun and put her in the ground…”

Can you guess why I might be pedantic about this song?

Electric Vehicles Are Coming, Like It Or Not

That is the plan, but it will take some time.

For the life of me, I cannot understand all the fear of the electric vehicle. Do these folks work for the oil companies?

The horse and buggy industry must have sounded much the same when the gas-powered cars were taking over.

They are coming. Fossil fuels are going to become a thing of the past. This will happen.

That fact doesn’t stopped the EV-fearful from continuing to make the same old and updated arguments. Brian Dunning of Skeptoid.com just did a podcast on those old arguments. Check it out here.

A Movie Recommendation (Sort Of): The Way West (1967)

It’s an ok movie. But it’s interesting in its addressing, at least tangentially, marital rape. A young husband wants some action from his even younger wife, but she’s just not ready. He almost rapes her, but he stops himself and goes off to have sex have the quite flirtatious Mercy (played by Sally Field). She was ready. Very ready.

The trailer gives you a taste of the typical racist treatment of Native Americans in films of that era. Plenty of Italian and Greek actors playing them still.

And I think they may have actually killed a cow!

Still it was ok.


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Sixty Second Interval by The Vapors and We Care A Lot by Faith No More

Second ad break bumpers: The Model by Kraftwerk and Soul In Isolation by Chameleon 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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