dimland radio 1-23-21 show notes

Inauguration Day. Finally.

America has a new president. It feels good to have an adult in charge again. And he has a lot of work to do.

Photo credit: Andrew Harnik/AP

I gave a few of my reactions to the inauguration ceremony and that night’s celebration. There were plenty of highlights. I mentioned being pleased the former vice president Mike Pence attended, instead of seeing off his former boss as he and his wife slinked off early in the morning. (I stated that departure is how a loser loses.)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

I also enjoyed seeing three of our surviving former presidents also in attendance. And seeing Minnesota’s own Sen. Amy Klobuchar having such a prominent role made me quite proud. The poem by Amanda Gorman was wonderful and inspiring, as was Pres. Joe Biden’s speech.

Amanda Gorman

I could have done without all the references to God and the singing of Amazing Grace by Garth Brooks. Not because I’m not a fan of Brooks, which I’m not, it’s because I really hate that song and always have. I just hate it.

And with having an adult in charge again, an adult who accepts science, means America can get to work getting a handle on the pandemic and implement a Federal roll-out plan for the vaccine. The previous administration couldn’t be bothered. They were too busy pushing The Big Lie about the election being stolen, when not golfing that is. This also means the welcome return of an obviously relieved Dr. Fauci.

“Ah, to be listened to and not have to fear being uncut by stupid.”

Lastly, the person who really stole the show, albeit unintentionally, was Sen. Bernie Sanders. His coat, his mittens, and that photograph of him sitting on his own set the internet on fire. The memes created of Bernie reminded us that the internet can be fun.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: That Life Expectancy Thing Again

Mo Rocca doesn’t understand life expectancy.

Just because average life expectancy in 18th and 19th centuries was about 40, doesn’t mean 39 year olds were at death’s doorstep. There were plenty of older folks about, folks that made it into their 60s, 70s, 80s, and even 90s. Mo Rocca, in one of his profiles of the American presidents, perpetuates the notion that a life expectancy of 39 years meant that William Henry Harrison taking office at age 68 was like being 110 today.

No, it was like being to 68 today.

Incidentally, Harrison took ill shortly after being sworn in and died 31 days into his presidency.

I discussed the reasons for short life expectancies back in the day and gave the ages at which our more well-known Founding Fathers died. With the exception of Alexander Hamilton, who was killed in a dual with Aaron Burr at age 47 or 49, none of the Fathers died younger than 67 (George Washington). John Adams died at age 90.

And don’t think those politicians, all wealthy men, got the best health care. Doctors back then were still trying to figure out what worked in medicine. Sometimes not seeing a doctor was the safer bet. Just ask Pres. James Garfield…

The Assassination Of James Garfield

Pres. James A. Garfield

On July 2, 1881, Pres. James Garfield was shot twice by assassin Charles Guiteau. It took until September 19, 1881 for the president to die. Not so much from his wounds, more from the care he received from doctors who didn’t think using an antiseptic to clean their hands and instruments was necessary or helpful.

It was a harrowing and gruesomely slow death. When Garfield finally died, Guiteau stated, “Yes, I shot him, but his doctors killed him.”

That Has Always Been Wrong

Margo! What are you wearing?!

Throughout history, no matter how enlightened people may have thought of themselves, the majority could really have some troubling blind spots when it comes to race.

This is what Margo was wearing.

I watched an episode of The Good Life (called Good Neighbors in the States), a very popular TV comedy in the UK in the 1970s. During the episode Away From It All, the character Margo can be seen wearing an apron with a very problematic design.

The design is a character know as the Robertson’s golliwog. And it is racist as hell!

We see that now, but at the time the majority, thinking that they certainly weren’t racists, didn’t notice any problem. We have gotten better, but we still have a ways to go.

Thank God And Greyhound

I discussed first hearing this very funny and surprising break up song by Roy Clark.

Hmmm. Why might such a song come to mind this particular week?

Say it with me…

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: Time The Avenger by Pretenders and Eliminator Jr. by Sonic Youth

Second ad break bumpers: Lay All Your Love On Me by ABBA and Armagh by Au Pairs

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


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dimland radio 1-16-21 show notes

My Prediction From 2019 Didn’t Come True, Thankfully

Way back in December of 2019 I predicted that Pres. Trump would be the only American president to be impeached, acquitted, and re-elected. Turns out I was wrong. Phew!

Yes, he was impeached (he had been at the time I made the prediction) and he was later acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate, who had thought Fearless Loser had learned his listen. (Scoff). I was wrong about him being re-elected. That’s the one silver lining of the pandemic.

Had he shown even half-assed competency in his handling of the pandemic….

Well, he is the man-child he is, so of course he fucked it up.

Even though I had called for it several times throughout 2020, I had not predicted he would have been impeached a second time. As we all know now, he has been impeached a second time. So much winning! And, yes, we can’t stand it.

On last week’s show I talked about the reason for his impeachment. Fearless Loser had spent months setting up his eventual loss as being due to fraud. And when he did lose he and his enablers cried fraud, fraud, fraud and his conspiracy theorist followers believed him. And on January 6, some of the more rabid Trumpers stormed the US Capitol building.

Had he been able to accept the loss and concede to Joe Biden, the Trumpers would have slinked back into their holes and he would have avoided a second impeachment…

Well, he is the man-child is, so of course he fucked it up.

But Were His Actions Impeachable?

Of course, I think Fearless Loser’s actions on and leading up to January 6 are impeachable, but I’m not an expert. I’ll let YouTuber Legal Eagle make the case.

And Legal Eagle additionally points out that Trump’s attempt to strong arm Georgia’s secretary of state to “find” 11,780 votes can also be considered an impeachable offense.

Can we impeach him again, again?

And Then There’s These Dipshits

They drove past masses of soldiers and police and barricades all around Washington DC. They walked past National Guard troops stationed inside their workplace. All those troops and cops in place to protect against further attacks by delusional Trumpers.

They walked into the House chamber and argued against impeachment. They said, “What about antifa?” They cried witch hunt. They did whatever they could to convince themselves the president’s actions were not impeachable. They were the 197 Republicans who voted against impeachment.

Pathetically partisan. At least, ten Republicans could put the Constitution and the country before party.

And The QAnoners Continue Their Nuttery

The most recoganizable Trumper involved in the attack, the Grand Poohbah of the Royal Order of the Water Buffalo, the shirtless fellow in the horned fur helmet and painted face, the QAnon Shaman has been arrested and his mother begged that her boy be fed organic food otherwise he would get physically sick. Oh, no. We can’t have him getting sick.

There are conflicting reports as to whether or not he has been granted his request for organic food.

Censored? That is a microphone you are speaking into on live television, isn’t it? What a dumbass.

And then there’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. She’s just been elected as a US Representative of Georgia, and she’s a QAnon supporter. Her first order of business after voting against the impeachment of the riot-inciter-in-chief is to introduce articles of impeachment against Joe Biden the day after he takes the oath of office. Attagirl! Feel the crazy flow through you!

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: QI, 17 Year Olds, And American Prisons

In the video clip (here) of interesting facts about America, QI host Stephen Frye says there are more 17 year old black people in prison than in college. I don’t know how the education system goes in the UK where this show comes from, but in America most kids start college at 18 years of age.

Sure, there are some who start younger, but that’s a small percentage. I wonder if there are more 18 year old black people in prison than in college in America.

Still, the numbers he gives are shameful.

It’s Not True: Kamala Harris Quote

Something that is so predictable about social media, because it is a constant problem, is the sharing of supposed quotes from politicians. People continue to share meme that are pictures of famous people with a quote. And people just assume the memes are true.

Well, this one ain’t true.

Kamala Harris never said that.

And, in the interest of fairness, I ran through a list of claims about Fearless Loser that aren’t true. I’m sure some people will raise an eyebrow, but I calls ’em as I sees ’em.

The Bonus Army

One Trumper friend of mine tried to counter the claim that the US Capitol building hadn’t been attacked since 1814, as part of the War of 1812. He attempted an “Oh, yeah! what about 1932?” gotcha. However, the event to which he referred wasn’t an attack on the Capitol. It was a protest.

It was the Bonus Army. This “army” was made up of thousands of WW1 veterans who had been hard hit by the Great Depression. The American government had granted the veterans a “bonus” to be paid to them in 1945, however the veterans needed the money desperately in 1932. They went to Washington DC to protest to get that money immediately.

There was no storming of the Capitol. No Congressman was threatened with kidnapping or death. The only violence came when the government went to clear out the tent city the Bonus Army had built and occupied during their protest. Two were killed by police.

Learn more here and here.

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: Entre Nous by Rush and Watching The Clothes by Pretenders

Second ad break bumpers: Away by The Feelies and Sign O The Times by Prince

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


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dimland radio 1-9-21 show notes

It’s A New Year, But With 2020’s Same Old Shit

I take two weeks off and the world continues to go to hell. I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, Fearless Loser is still president and determined to watch the world burn.

There’s a very common question skeptics get: What’s the harm?

What’s the harm if someone believes in bigfoot, ghosts, UFOs, angels, etc?

Oh, look. Trump’s very fine people have stormed the Capitol. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The harm is that believing in seemingly harmless things sets the bar for evidence very low. With a low bar, people can begin to believe any wild claim. They haven’t developed the critical thinking skills to protect themselves from scams, fantasy, and conspiracy theories.

What we saw on Wednesday was conspiracy theorists whose threshold for evidence is so low they believed the insane bullshit peddled by dangerous internet trolls (such as QAnon), right wing media, the president, and his fellow coup attempters. Fearless Loser has based his whole political career on mongering conspiracies. I don’t know whether he believes them or not, but that doesn’t matter. His staunchest supporters do. And on Wednesday, he, Fearless Loser Jr., and Rudy Guliani got a crowd of “peaceful” protestors ginned up to “peacefully” march to the Capitol, where a joint session of Congress was certifying the Electoral College vote for Joe Biden, and then “peacefully” push past the barricades and police to “peacefully” storm the seat of American government.

Was that Fearless Loser’s intent? I think it was. What else did he think would happen?

He started his political career pushing the conspiracy theory of Birtherism (Obama was born in Kenya) and established his base. A base of people who can’t tell good evidence from bad, reality from twisted fantasy. He then went on to lie to his base through his campaign and his entire presidency. In the last several months he set up that base to believe that if he lost reelection it would be because it was rigged. Then when he did lose, he spent two months lying about widespread voter fraud, vote-flipping, dead people voting, massive dumps in the middle of the night (or was that him referring to what he was doing while tweeting?), etc. He invited his base to come to DC on January 6th for a “wild” time. They came, he lied to them, and they went wild.

Impeach this man, the worst president in American history, again!

The Lincoln Project’s Rick Wilson puts this in perspective here.

Seth Meyers gets it, see here.

In the direct attack on American democracy, five people lost their lives. One of them was a police officer. So much for blue lives mattering. One was a rioter who was former military. She was shot trying to climb in through a door that had been busted open. The other three deaths were rioters who suffered heart attack, stroke, or some other medical emergency. (Four people were killed in Benghazi and Republicans were enraged. In Benghazi, the four died from an attack by outsiders on our American embassy in Libya. These five died in an insurrection attempt by Americans attacking their own country. How enraged do Republicans seem about that?) If BLM protestors had attacked the Capitol there would be far more than five people killed.

Believing the conspiracy monger-in-chief’s lies is the harm.

Trump to the domestic terrorists: “We Love you. You are very special.” IMPEACH THIS ASSHOLE!

A Dimland Pedantic Moment: Does It Really Mean Exactly The Same Thing?

On the most recent episode of George Hrab’s Geologic Podcast, in his Facts That Will Fuck You Up segment he said the road warning “Bridge May Be Icy” means the exact same thing as “Bridge May Not Be Icy.” But, this pedant asked, “Hmmm. Does it?”

We Got Our White Christmas

It was beginning to look like we might have a brown Christmas in the Twin Cities this year. But, that all changed on Wednesday, December 23rd. Below are the before and after pictures. Before was from that Wednesday morning, the after is from just over 24 hours later.

Another Maskhole And Me Not Wanting To Get Beat Up

Not me, not the maskhole.

I encountered a giant man and his little granddaughter not wearing masks at the grocery store. I’d like to say I approached him to confront his lack of civic caring about the health of his fellow Minnesotans. I’d like to say I informed him of the science behind mask-wearing during a pandemic. I’d like to say I stood my ground.

I’d like to say these things, but…

A Cool Thing: 10cc’s Masterpiece

The story behind this 1975 pop music masterpiece is really cool. And the song is terrific!

The proof is here and here.

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: Under Pressure by Queen and America Is Waiting by Brian Eno/David Byrne

Second ad break bumpers: Burning From The Inside by Bauhaus and Another Tricky Day by The Who

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


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dimland radio 12-19-20 show notes

Taking A Break

With Holiday upon us, I decided I would take a break from the show. So, there will be no new show for the next two weeks. Dimland Radio will return January 9, 2021.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Licorice Ice Cream

Well, I scream for licorice ice cream. Not everyone appreciates the wonderfulness of the licorice flavor, but it’s been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. And in those days my source for that delectable treat was Bridgeman’s Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor.

Sadly, decades ago, the local Bridgeman’s closed down and my favorite ice cream became impossible to find. I looked from time to time over the years and found similar items, but they were either fleetingly available or had some distance to travel and planning involved.

This past week, while at the Mom & Pop grocery store near my work, look at what I found!

Honey, He Followed Me Home! Can I Keep Him?

He wandered into the comic book store at which I work. He looked so sad and lonely as he stood there. I kept looking at him and my heart was breaking. I knew he needed a good home and I knew just the place.

I worked out a deal with the boss. We came to a price that we could both agree on and into the car my new friend went. (The price turned out to be nothing, because the owner decided to make this little fella my year-end bonus.)

It was then that I figured I should ask my wife if I could bring home an addition to our family. “I’ll take care of him. Feed him, walk him, clean up after him. Please, please, please!”

She said no.

Then I explained to her the concept of a fait accompli.

And now he has his own spot in my art studio at home. Right next to my special globe and the remains of a previous little fella that I brought home. I’m sure my new friend will fair better than that other one did.

A Republican Who Accepts Reality

He was early in his acceptance of Fearless Loser’s election defeat. He kept asking to see evidence of widespread voter fraud and the Trump campaign never offered any. All they did was cry fraud to the public, but then they sang a different tune in the courts. And the courts shot down every challenge, but one.

He’ll be dismissed as a RINO.

This Republican has also begun to plead with anti-maskers to mask up in order to save lives during this pandemic. He had the Covid and he knows how important it is to stay safe. He had been following the guidelines for months but he let his guard down for four days and he ended up in the ICU.

He is the former governor of New Jersey Chris Christie. He deserves some kudos for being on the right side of history with regard to the pandemic and the overwhelming repudiation of Pres. Trump by the American voters.

The Beginning Of The End Of The Pandemic In America

We still need to mask up, keep our distance, wash our hands, and stay home as much as possible, but Pfizer’s vaccine for COVID-19 has begun to be administered. Front line health workers are first and Vice Pres. Pence has jumped the line (he would have been second to last if I was scheduling the vaccine rollout) to get his. It will take time for the rest of us, but the end is in sight.

Still, be smart and stay safe!

The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

There is a podcast called Omnibus! which is hosted be Ken Jennings (Jeopardy! grand champion) and John Roderick (The Long Winters) and drops twice a week. It’s a history podcast of sorts and recently they talked about the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon or as it as is more scientifically known the frequency illusion.

The coining of the term Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon predates the term frequency illusion and it made its first public appearance in the pages of the St. Paul Pioneer Press in the mid-90s. The section it first appeared in is known as the Bulletin Board, a feature for regular folks to contribute stories, jokes, photos, memories, observations, and complaints. The Bulletin Board is that series of conversations one hears at gatherings of friends and family. I was a frequent contributor back in the day and I remember when Gigetto On Lincoln (a fellow BB contributor) introduced us to the phenomenon.

I Mean, Can We Stop Saying Penultimate?

I’ve been hearing a couple things over and over lately. One is the word “penultimate” and the other is the phrase “I mean.”

Penultimate means next to last or second to last. And over the past couple of years I’ve been hearing more and more podcast hosts using the word. A YouTuber used t just recently when reviewing Paul McCartney’s new album and I’ve been hearing it elsewhere, even the boss said it the other day. I think we should give it a rest.

And younger folks keep starting their answers to any question asking their opinion with the phrase, “I mean…” That really has to stop! I mean, it’s just getting out of hand.

A Couple Christmas Blogs

I ended the show be reading two holiday-themed blogs I wrote for Warehouse Find, the official blog of Nostalgia Zone:

The film best version of A Christmas Carol.

How we lose those precious treasures from our youth.

Time for some ice cream!

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: Let It Snow! by Bing Crosby and Christmastime Is Here by Vince Guaraldi Trio

Second ad break bumpers: Have A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives and Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt

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


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dimland radio 12-12-20 show notes

He Just Keeps Losing

I think he’s beginning to like it.

The US Supreme Court deals Fearless Loser yet another loss. January 20th can’t get here soon enough. But don’t forget, the Proud Boys are standing by.

Star Wars Fans Are Gonna Hate Star Wars – Follow Up

In a quick follow up to my talk from last week’s show about how Star Wars fans are the worst fans in cinema for so hating the movies they love, I talked about the tweet (see above) that summed it up succinctly and brilliantly.

Half Speed Makes You Drunk

“Di-ju ehvur wunder how dish burd got innish kaych?”

At least it makes you sound drunk. This was a bit of fun.

There’s a couple videos on YouTube (here’s one) that feature actor/director Jonathan Frakes hosting the show Beyond Belief: Fact Or Fiction that have been slowed down. The effect is to make Frakes sound drunk as he asks a series of questions. It is quite funny.

Not wanting TV’s Commander Will Riker to feel singled out, I played a couple audio clips of a pair of world famous skeptics slowed down and sounding impaired.

Aericibo RIP

Ouchie!

While it is a sad event, the videos that capture the collapse of the 900 ton instrument platform, which destroyed the huge radio telescope earlier this month, were pretty cool. And I’m sure the footage the drone recorded will help engineers determine what went wrong.

Well, the space observation tool was 57 years old. The years can catch up to you, I can tell you. I’m 56. I haven’t spent my whole life outdoors facing the elements and I still feel like I might collapse at any moment. The old dish had a valuable life helping astronomers listen to what’s out there.

I wonder if there will be video of my eventual collapse.

Stop Spreading The Stupid

The meme has been fixed by me.

Suggesting the 2020 presidential election (including the mail-in vote) was not safe, secure, and honest in light of the fact there is no evidence that it wasn’t is just stupid. And funny how it’s just the presidential election. The Senate and House elections were just fine. Well, there is Georgia’s run-off. I’m sure there will be allegations of cheating should the Democrats win.

The United States Postal Service is trusted to deliver the following safely, securely, and honestly six days a week to millions and millions of households and businesses:

Mortgage, rent, insurance, utility, credit card bills and payments.

Paychecks.

Packages. (Some of which contain medications, which the recipients are trusted to take, by the way.)

But not to deliver mail-in ballots?

Oh, and did the ballots need to be shipped at 70º below zero? The vaccines for Covid need to be shipped at that temperature. So it wouldn’t be very practical to deliver the doses to each person, would it?

This is just fucking stupid!

The Beginning Of The End Of Of The Pandemic

The UK has started distributing the Pfizer mRNA Covid vaccine. The vaccine will start being given here in the States very soon, first to the front line health care workers and then it will be given to nursing home residents and workers. It will take until, at least, June or July of 2021 for the bulk of the American population to start getting vaccinated.

There is light at the end of the tunnel.

However, until then (and ever after for a while) wear a mask, social distance, stay home! We are still in the woods.

I Ruin My Own Fantasies

I have a fantasy of the paranormal kind. I imagine that I can travel to any time and place in the past. There’s a whole set of rules to my time travel fantasy meant to prevent corrupting the timeline. I can only observe, never interfere.

There would be ancient mysteries I could solve…

That’s when it hit me. There are plenty of currently active mysteries that need solving. There are missing children to find, serial killers and rapists to track down, tax returns to find…

It would be a good thing, though. Maybe I didn’t ruin my fantasy…

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: Eighties by Killing Joke and Never Talking To You Again by Husker Du

Second ad break bumpers: Always The Sun by The Stranglers and Good Ole Boys Like Me by Don Williams

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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