dimland radio 7-4-20 show notes

It’s The Fourth

America is having a birthday in interesting times. The pandemic is still in its first wave and rising fast, BLM is in its second wave and seems to be gaining more and more support, and we have an orange man-child at the helm who is far more concerned about himself to even have the slightest clue how to be a leader.

So, yeah. Interesting times.

And the neighbors are going nuts with the fireworks. As I write this on the morning of July 5th, I can tell you last night was a big night for fireworks. It didn’t quiet down until after midnight. In fact, there were a few outbursts going into the wee hours. I was woken up at 3:20am by some yahoos still celebrating ‘Mericuh!

I know the pandemic has gotten us a bit keyed up for any excitement, but yeesh!

Also, our relatively new July 4th tradition still holds. My wife Amy painted my toenails. This year the color is dark purple.

That’s right. Those are my feet.

Two New Toys

It was time. Our 19 year old lawn mower had become more and more difficult to get started and to keep running. Not being mechanical at all, my fixing the old boy was out of the question, so it was time for a new lawn mower.

We still have money left from the pandemic stimulus check, so I made a trip to the Home Depot and got us a new lawn mower and a new trimmer/edger. Like Bob Dylan in 1965, I went electric.

So sporty!

I had my first chance to use the new toys yesterday. Very fun! They worked like a charm. And the lawn mower looks like a race car! How cool is that?

A Dimland Radio ARGH!

Stupid, stupid riddles! The Facebook has had riddles making the rounds. Although it is refreshing to see something other than how much we all hate each other on social media, these riddles are so stupid. They are badly worded and impossible to solve because they leave out information. Information needed to be able to solve them.

I went over the two stupid riddles I’ve seen on Facebook and gave examples of two good riddles (and one silly one). One of them came for television’s favorite detective Columbo (the link gives you the set up, I give the solution on the show). The other is one I’ve known since I was a child.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Back In Time?

The MLB Network has a series that started airing in 2009 (I don’t know if it is still running) called MLB Prime 9. Each show they review nine top things related to the game. Nine greatest catchers, nine best plays at the plate, nine best fastballs, and so on. I’ve watched a few and they are pretty fun and help fill the no baseball gap.

I reviewed the episode listing the nine greatest teams (of course four of them just had to be the Hated Yankees) and brought up a pedantic moment.

Just as they were beginning to discuss the 7th greatest team on the list, the 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates, the narrator said we would be going “back in time.” Well, yeah. The entire list has us going back in time. Duh!

Are People Really That Stupid?

I blogged about this a few days ago, so I’ll be brief this time.

There is something odd about that map.

Jimmy Kimmel Live did one of their “dumb people on the street” videos in which we see dumb Republican people being too dumb to identify any country on a map of the world. Of course the map was not labeled. But, come on! Shouldn’t they at least be able to pick out the United States?

Well, no. None of the people shown in the video segment could do the task. And that is important to remember: None of those who were shown. What about the people who could name a country? Surely there must have been some who could.

There are two ways this segment is deceptive. One is through editing. How many people were asked to name a country before Kimmel could find six who couldn’t? How many people were sent to the cutting room floor?

The other deception is that map. Look at the photo above. Notice anything odd about the map?

Wear A God Damn Mask!

You say you want America to get back to normal? You say you want to get back to work? You say you’re tired of the pandemic? Well, wear a god damn mask!

It’s so aggravating going into stores and other places the public frequents and see so many people not wearing masks. I talked about a particularly annoying incident from last weekend.

There is a shift going on at the conservative end of the spectrum. Prominent Republicans (here and here) are now saying people should wear masks. Even Fearless Leader seems to be coming around.

Let’s make America healthy again. WEAR A GOD DAMN MASK!

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

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Homebreakers by The Style Council and Another Nail In My Heart by Squeeze

Second ad break bumpers: Public Highway by Luxuria and Primary by The Cure

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


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look at how dumb they are

They are a staple of late night talk shows: The person on the street interviews. There are variations, of course, and a particularly popular variation is the dumb person on the street quiz. Featuring people who are too ignorant to correctly answer fairly simple and basic questions. Audiences lap them up.

Jimmy Kimmel has done several of the dumb person on the street segments and I hate them.

They are intended to make the average American look dumb, giving the rest of us a good laugh at their expense. One such segment that was done in February of this year recently caught my eye. It had a more select group of dumb Americans by focusing on dumb Republican Americans. This version was a follow up to an earlier video in which the political affiliations of the people involved were unknown. The Republican version was made in response to Ted Cruz claiming the first video showed a bunch of geographically challenged Bernie Sanders supporters.

The challenge for this dumb Americans video was to point to and identify a country, any country, on a map of the world.

A couple things occurred to me while watching the video that suggested deception on the part of the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show.

First is the main deception of which all of these sorts of people on the streets videos can be guilty: Editing.

The audience has no idea how many people Kimmel had to challenge before six dumb Americans were found who couldn’t name a single country. Both the politically unaffiliated version and the more recent Republican version show just six geographically challenged people. (The first video did have a middle schooler who could name several countries. I suspect a ringer, but that’s just me being cynical.) How funny would it be if we saw Kimmel’s staff ask, say, 60 people to attempt the task and 54 of them could do it? That would be 90%. Not so funny when it’s just 6 dumb people out of 60.

Asking a Republican to name a country, any country.

Having the power to edit means that Kimmel can present the video in such a way that it looks like every person who participated failed the challenge. It’s possible that we are shown all the people who were asked, but I have my doubts that that was the case. How many people who were up to the challenge were left on the cutting room floor? We don’t know.

And then there’s the map. The countries were in white with blue borders and oceans. Of course, none of the countries was labeled. People would just have to recognize them based on the borders. A few people were able to identify Africa, but that’s a continent not a country. In the end, none could identify any country, not even the United States.

Something seems off about this map.

The deception here is in how Kimmel arranged his map. The Western and Eastern Hemispheres were flipped with east on the left and west on the right. This is not how most of us grew up seeing the map of the world. The maps we are familiar with have the Americas on the left with Europe, Asia, Africa, Russia, and Australia on the right. Of the first 50 hits in a Google image search of “map of the world” only two showed the Americas on the right and one had the Americas in the center with the other parts of the world wrapping around the two sides.

This is the map we are more familiar with.

This sets up a sort of mental speed bump when looking at Kimmel’s map. Sure, it’s still accurate, but that’s not what people are used to seeing. It looks weird. And that weirdness might cause confusion and get the challenge takers flustered, because they are unable to figure out why the map looks off. Being flustered might cause a cognitive disruption, which could lead to blanking on any country’s name. However, not being a psychologist, I could be wrong. Still, it feels deceptive.

So, what we get is video taken by a camera crew sent out on the streets to ask passersby basic questions. The questions ought to be easy to answer. Invariably, the passersby do not rise to the challenge and the audience gets a good laugh at the ignorance on display.  “Oh, how funny it is these people are so dumb. Hahaha!”

Some people, however, get upset at the appalling lack of basic knowledge in our country. They believe it is a failing of our educational system. “How sad it is that our country is so full of ignoramuses. Why, I could easily answer all those questions! I’m so above average.”

But everyone thinks they are above average, even if they can’t name a country on a messed up map, with a camera in their face.

And that’s another thing. In order for these segments to be funny, the majority of the audience has to be able to do what the people on the street apparently cannot. I suppose the audience could just be playing along and glad their ignorance isn’t being put on display.

Whatever the reason these bits are so popular may be, I still hate them.

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dimland radio 6-27-20 show notes

I’m Me Again

25 days after the the barbershops and hair salons were allowed to open, I finally made my way into a Great Clips to stop looking like a damned hippie.

Before and after.

It’s Not True: 3 Items

Item #1: Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez’s Deleted Tweet and Doing Research

The above image was shared on Facebook by a friend of mine. It seemed fishy to me so I started searching to see if it was real. I knew to avoid using Snopes to debunk this claim, because my friend would have dismissed that out of hand, because Snopes has a liberal bias, so they would lie about this item.

Among the many red flags indicating this was fake was a database that captures politician’s deleted tweets and this tweet allegedly by AOC is not there; Real News Network is a news website, but it has nothing about this tweet, the RNN logo in the image is not the logo for that website, it looks more like the logo for Radio News Network.

I revealed this to my friend and got no reaction. When someone else shared a Snopes article debunking the claim, that person got plenty of attention as my friend and others dismissed Snopes out of hand. Incidentally, while I was doing my research (something my friend clearly didn’t do), I did check Snopes. They had nothing when I checked. Eventually, they did and they used the same deleted tweets database that I found.

I could work for Snopes.

Item #2: Comparing Trump To Hitler

He campaigned for and held political power by scapegoating a group of people, promising to make the country great again, and by holding up a Bible in a photo-op. Am I talking about Donald Trump or Adolf Hitler?

If you go by the internet shared meme above, you’d think I could be referring to both,. However, the image of Hitler has been Photoshopped to make it appear he was holding a Bible. The image below is the real one.

Snopes debunked this.

Item #3: A Woman On YouTube Thinks She’s Had A Gotcha Moment

A friend sent me a link to a YouTube video of a person taking viewers through her research in discovering that money donated to Black Lives Matter ends up being given to Democrat Party candidates. My friend asked if the video was accurate or bullshit.

I watched it.

It’s bullshit.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: They’re Oldies?

This cartoon calls The Monkees, The Byrds, and The Turtles oldies, while calling Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and The Grateful Dead classic rock. But, the bands are contemporaries.

I know my pedantry ruins the joke.

A Cool (But Creepy) Thing

Look at it. Those are my parents at a Halloween Party circa 1970. Dad went as a scarecrow and Mom as a crow. I was about 4 or 5 years-old and Dad’s makeup scared the shit out of me.

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

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Erica’s Word by Game Theory and Too Much Love by The Screaming Blue Messiahs

Second ad break bumpers: Home Of The Brave by Naked Raygun and (The) Everyday Story Of Smalltown by XTC

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 6-20-20 show notes

Scrubbing Floors With Infectious Disease Experts

I did not do a show last week due to the big scrub and wax job we do each year. This year I was fortunate enough to be able to work with three infectious disease experts. Yep, the three fellows’ years of experience not working in medical science has given them the insight and confidence to be certain they know better than the men and women who have dedicated their lives to understanding, treating, and preventing infectious diseases.

I was so honored to be working alongside them. Seeing them not wearing masks was quite an inspiration.

I also talked a bit about the lack of mask wearing I’ve been seeing around town.

People! Wear a god damn mask!

Basic black works.
A little Gilbert can make masks fun.

I Made A Visit To The Spark Of A Revolution

A couple Saturdays ago I had the chance to visit the sites of the damage done by rioters crying out for justice and change in America and the spot where George Floyd was murdered by the Minneapolis Police. It was a moving and sober visit.

Here are some pictures:

Walgreens just blocks away from the comic store for which I work.
3rd Precinct headquarters of the Minneapolis Police.
Minnehaha Liquors
Part of the memorial for George Floyd at the intersection of 38th and Chicago.
Killed by police. So many names.
The spot George Floyd was murdered.
What do you want your last words to be?

Required Viewing

I’m not qualified to really talk confidently about the state of policing and racial injustice in America, so I will direct you to the following people to help put all this in perspective:

John Oliver

Trevor Noah

Kimberly Jones

Dave Chappelle

And then there was Candace Owens, an African American woman and a conservative, who took to social media to blame the victim and declare George Floyd is not her martyr and not her hero. I had a couple things to say about her talk, but I think these people would have a deeper understanding of the situation than I:

Roland Martin

Tyrone Magnus gives a more nuanced reaction to Candace Owens and George Floyd.

Another Example Of The Mandela Effect?

This might be a little frivolous in light of the seriousness of the topic, but I think there is a Mandela Effect starting. People are saying and artists are depicting the cop who murdered George Floyd as having his hands in his pockets as he was killing George Floyd.

Well, that’s not true. The officer was wearing black gloves which made it appear he had his hands in the pockets of his black or navy blue pants.

Aunt Jemima Is Gone

Quaker Oats, owner of Aunt Jemima, a character that had for decades been used to sell pancake batter has realized that, even if they had tried to move away from the original depiction in recent years, their character was still based upon the racial stereotype of the “mammy” persona, and that it was time to retire her.

She is based on racist attitudes and it’s time she be relegated to the ash heap of history. Right? Everyone can agree on that, can’t they?

Well, not exactly everyone, because all of a sudden some people are worried about erasing Nancy Green from history.

Who is Nancy Green, you ask? (Interesting question. I’ll address why in a moment,)

Why, she was the first woman to play the Aunt Jemima character selling pancake mix at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Ms. Green went on to play the character for years and made many, many promotional appearance as the character. That’s who she was.

But you had to ask who she was. It’s not exactly erasing someone from history when hardly anyone knew who she was until the character she played was retired. Sure she has a Wikipedia page, so someone knew who she was, but I have my doubts those Facebook friends of mine sharing links to her Wikipedia page had ever heard of Nancy Green before Quaker Oats announced ending the use of a racist character.

Too bad Facebook wasn’t around when the Frito Bandito was retired.

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

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Shout To The Top by The Style Council and Hold Me My Daddy by XTC

Second ad break bumpers: Eighties by Killing Joke and River Euphrates by Pixies

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

Please subscribe on iTunes! Just search for Dimland Radio in the podcast section. And if you could leave a good rating and a positive review it would be awesome.

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dimland radio 6-6-20 show notes

Wear A Mask. Wear It Properly

After talking about my hair, (again!) I discussed wearing masks. I do see more and more people wearing them, but plenty are wearing them wrong. Your mouth AND nose should be covered. And stop fiddling with them! Here is a video giving you the low down on masks.

Then there are those who still think being required to wear masks is a violation of their liberties. Comedian Dana Gould has something to saying about that.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: This Guy

“You sure told off the rebel scum, Boss. Yeah, boy! Um, Boss? But I don’t have to wear a mask, right?”

Dana Gould’s use of that scene from Star Wars works perfectly until this guy shows up. You will note what he isn’t wearing.

Just Say No To Mail-In Voting… But, Why?

One of my recent posts on Facebook…

And why is it this objection to mail-in voting seems to be coming from Republicans and Trumpers? Curious, wouldn’t you agree?

Believers’ Strange Logic

I listen to a true crime podcast called Small Town Dicks. It’s a good show that gives listeners a look a crime from law enforcement’s point of view. I listened to this episode recently. It’s the story of a man who wasn’t quite right in the head who decided that setting his own house on fire so he could shoot some firefighters would be a good idea.

Fortunately for the firefighters, the man started shooting with his shotgun, instead of his more powerful weapons. He was too far away for his shotgun to be fully effective. As a result, none of the emergency response team was seriously hurt, despite at least two of them being shot. The shooter killed himself and his burning house caused some of his neighbors’ houses to be damaged or destroyed.

But, because the firefighters weren’t killed one of them had to indicate that God was looking out for them. Oh, really? He was, was He?

Your atheist host examined that “looking out for” from God’s point of view.

Misleading Headline Doesn’t Actually Lie, But…

When you read a headline which states as part of its coronavirus update:

“US Reports Over 21,000 New Cases Amid Mass Protests”

What pops into your mind?

Are you thinking that due to the mass protests the US has seen those 21,000 new cases? That’s not really what the headline is saying. The “amid” notes that the two events are happening at the same time, not that one is causing the other. But, in my opinion, placing the two events in the one headline is giving that misleading impression. And I think the headline writer knows that. Gotta get the clicks!

The article is here. Scroll all the way down.

Mario Cuomo Liked The Bunt

“”I love the bunt. It sends me into fits of rapacious joy. As I am at this moment just thinking about the bunt. Can’t you tell?”

When interviewed for Ken Burns’ Baseball documentary, former New York Governor the late Mario Cuomo talked about how he liked the bunt. I was unmoved.

Lately, however, I’ve been having a change of heart. I’m still pretty meh about the bunt Cuomo was talking about (moving a base runner into scoring position), but the squeeze play? That I like. The play is exciting and the bunt is part of it.

While watching Game 7 of the 1952 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Hated Yankees, I saw Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella get singles off perfectly executed bunts. Back to back. Astounding!

I guess I can like the bunt, too.

Cool Thing: The SpaceX Dragon Mission

With the pandemic and the civil unrest being on our minds, it was easy to miss that something cool happened. Two astronauts were launched into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station. This was the first time in 19 years that American astronauts were sent into space from America! By Americans!

Waitaminute! American astronauts? Not Canadian? But their names are Bob and Doug.

Bang! There goes my joke.

Not that Bob and Doug, eh!

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe.

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da by The Police and Under Pressure by Queen

Second ad break bumpers: She’s In Parties by Bauhaus and Insect Mother by Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians

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

Please subscribe on iTunes! Just search for Dimland Radio in the podcast section. And if you could leave a good rating and a positive review it would be awesome.

Subscribe to Dimland Radio on PodBean!

You can also go to my CafePress store and buy stuff with my artwork on it and have me do a portrait for you if you’d like.

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