dimland radio 7-17-21 show notes

I’m The Asshole (But That Other Person Ain’t Great Either)

Not me, but close.

It’s that drive through lane at the McDonald’s again. Again, I followed the rules by using the drive through lane. Again, someone who pulled into the parking lot after me zipped right through the parking lot. Again, I was cut off. And, again, I grumbled about rule breakers.

Unlike last time, this customer appeared to run out of patience while waiting to get to the window at which customers pay. She drove off. I give other details on the show.

When I got back to the office, I succumbed to the lure of complaining on Facebook. And I doxxed her. I gave out her personalized license plate in my angry post. A post in which I called her an asshole.

However, a friend reminded me of the Principle of Charity. He pointed out that I had no idea what she was going through in her life at that moment, and he gave an example of someone we both know who has been going through a lot of stress lately.

Dang it! In posting her license plate, I was being an asshole. I removed the post.

In America, Covid Is Now The Disease Of The Unvaccinated

There is an interesting correlation in America right now: States that went for Joe Biden in the 2020 Election all have higher rates of their populations having received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine than states that went for Fearless Loser. And the greater Biden’s margin of victory, the higher the vaccination rates. It’s clear that most of the vaccine hesitancy is politically motivated.

There are other factors, I’m sure, but it’s clear the biggest factor is from whom people voted.

Biden had always taken the pandemic seriously and set the example of following the guidelines to prevent spreading the virus, including wearing a mask and getting vaccinated – publicly! And those who voted for him, for the most part, followed suit.

Trump, on the other hand, downplayed the pandemic all along, he gave false hopes in treatments that were known to not work, he ridiculed Biden as hiding in the basement and poked fun of his mask-wearing. The loser refused to take the pandemic seriously (remember, he got Covid) and set the example for his supporters. They took his “leadership” to heart.

To be fair, Fearless Loser did halfheartedly recommend people get the vaccine and he himself was vaccinated – in private. But, remember, he got Covid!

So, look at the two maps. In America, 99% of all cases of Covid, 99% of all hospitalizations due to Covid, and 99% of all Covid-rated deaths are happening among the unvaccinated. In America, Covid is now the disease of the unvaccinated. Covid is preventable. Get vaccinated!

Click here for the Mayo Clinics America’s vaccination status numbers.

Lauren Boebert Grew Up On Welfare

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R – Colorado) is one of that new lot of Republican congress members who fear-mongered their way into office. “The immigrants are coming to take your guns and abort your babies with their socialism and vaccines!” (I think that was her campaign slogan.)

From what I can find, this is real. She’s really that clueless.

She gave a speech at a recent conservative complain-athon. As she dance-strutted back and forth on the stage, she declared that Americans don’t want that socialism and they don’t want the “Fauci ouchie”. She had forgotten that she had tweeted in September 2020 about coming “up from welfare” and “standing in line waiting for government cheese.”

Welfare? Government cheese? Sounds like socialism to me.

Well, she isn’t exactly the sharpest boat on the tree. And, she’s probably not vaccinated.

And, is it me, or does she look a little bit like actress Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch in the Wizard Of Oz?

Well, maybe it’s just me.

Hey, Baseball! Get Vaccinated!

Aaron Judge: Spreading the Covid?

Those damn Yankees!

Baseball has just had their All-Star Break. The break comes just past the halfway mark of the season. And ESPN was all geared up to play the big game to mark the start of the second half of the 2021 season. They were scheduled to televise the Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees game Thursday night. It was the only game to be played that day, the rest of the league would restart the season on Friday.

I sat down, tuned in the game, and… no game. ESPN was replaying Monday’s Homerun Derby.

Why no game? Well, it was postponed. I immediately thought it was bad weather, but, nope, it was Covid.

Six of the Hated Yankee players tested positive for Covid! Including their big star player Aaron Judge.

Judge had participated in the All-Star Game. Who knows who him might have infected. Because, you see, not all of the ball players are getting vaccinated. What the fuck!

I can’t just hate the Yankees on this either. Alex Cora, manager of the Red Sox, has acknowledged that some of his players are not vaccinated. I’m sure that goes for the rest of the league. I know of a player on the Twins team who refuses to get the shot.

What is it going to take to convince these people? Will they need a superstar player, Aaron Judge perhaps, to die before they are convinced they need the shot?

And I’m not going to practice the Principle of Charity with the unvaxxed ballplayers. They are athletes. This is their job. It’s such an easy step to take.

Again! In America, Covid is now a disease of the unvaccinated!

GET VACCINATED!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Crash by The Primitives and Coming Up by Paul McCartney

Second ad break bumpers: Crystal Days by Echo & The Bunnymen and Come To Milton Keynes by The Style Council

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


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dimland radio 7-10-21 show notes

Who Says This Old Man Can’t Run?

As I have been getting older, I have been readjusting my baseline abilities of things I think I can still do. What I mean is, I have been noticing I can’t do some of the physical exertions I used to be able to do; running, push-ups, dancing for example. Maybe I can still do some of them, just not as well.

Running was a baseline item that was still there, but when I sometimes have to pick up the pace when crossing the street, I have noticed it is not as easy as it used to be. Maybe I no longer can run as well as I once did. At least, not without the proper motivation, say a bear chasing me.

Well, a recent event demonstrated I can indeed still run. And pretty fast, too. (For an old guy.) But, yes, it does take proper motivation.

What A Bunch Of Commies! Including You-Know-Who

I guess it looks cool, but is it worth it? Photo credit: AP News

My cousin who is a Trumper, an anti-masker, an anti-vaxxer (but believes all credit for the vaccine, which he won’t get, goes to Fearless Loser), and other things I suspect but will not mention; is very upset that Pres. Biden pulled the permit for fireworks at Mt. Rushmore this past Fourth of July weekend. (A decision upheld by a Federal judge.) “What a bunch of commies,” my cousin said.

And, boy, do we hate dem commies!

Turns out the Biden Administration merely reinstated the ban on fireworks at that National monument that had been in place for a decade or more. Since 2010, from what I can find, a ban has been put in place to prevent wildfires. Wildfires are always a risk in South Dakota in July, but in recent years the state has been affected by an infestation of the pine beetle, which is making South Datoka’s forests even more vulnerable to fire.

My cousin’s comment.

But 2020 was an election year and Fearless Loser needed a spectacle to con his followers into believing what a patriot he is. And what better way to do that than to risk millions of acres of prairie and forest and any towns (Deadwood comes to mind) and residences to wildfire for a 30 minute fireworks display? So the ban was waived and the Manchild-in-Chief had his fireworks show over the big heads of some old dudes (I doubt he could identify them) and have another Covid super-spreader event during a raging pandemic. Bonus!

I pointed out that I hadn’t noticed my cousin or any other Trumpers complaining all those years before last year’s ill-advised event. After all, three of years of the ban were while Fearless Loser was in office. Sure took him a long time to waive the restrictions. What a commie!

Tales From The Janitor’s Closet

This was a quick one. An employee was all enthusiastic when hearing about the possibility of picking up an additional property a couple nights a week, until…

You’ll have to listen to the show.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: How Is That Spelled?

That’s not how to spell newsstand.

While watching a YouTube short documentary on ABC’s Saturday morning educational cartoon shorts Schoolhouse Rock, I noticed a typo. As you can see in the screen capture to the left, “newsstand” is misspelled. Whoops!

I pointed this error out on Facebook and, of course, someone had to make an argument out of it. They commented that it was a cartoon and shared a Farside comic strip by the brilliant Gary Larson. It features a dog attempting to lure a cat into a clothes dryer. The dog had written “cat fud” a few times with arrows to show the cat where it could find food.

Missed it by that much!

The commenter was attempting to equate a purposely misspelled word meant to show that a dog had written it (I know dogs can’t write and cats can’t read, but that is taking pedantry too far) to a typo. “Newsstand” was not misspelled on purpose. The animator goofed and no one noticed.

I knew spelling wasn’t high on my former (I unfriended them because I was sick of their shit) Facebook friend’s priorities list when he misspelled “it’s”.

What a dumbass.

Puns And Pedantry

I like puns. I feel sorry for those sad, sad people whose bleak existence does not allow for an appreciation of puns. They just don’t understand how awesome and complex language can be.

Oh, they may think they are happy and well-adjusted and living fulfilled lives, but deep down I know they are truly sad and feel as though they are missing out.

Maybe I’m wrong. (I feel like I should drop a pun here, but I ain’t got one.)

Anyway, I talked about two Star Trek themed memes featuring Captain Kirk. The first has a good pun, but the setup is just plain wrong and there is no way Mr. Spock would get that wrong. No way.

The second meme is pretty damn good. And I think it is even gooder (misspelled on purpose) for the fact that you must see the text to get the pun. Check them out!

Is This A Good Idea?

Cuddle Clones is a company that offers fairly realistic clones of your pets. The one in the image is used as a golf club cover. I would advise you be certain the dog is nearby when your loved opens the package.

Cool Thing: A Father And Son Trip To The Ballgame

Thank you Maddy and Julie for the tickets. It was a great day.

Pregame warmups.
Father and son and baseball.

Be patient. Wash your hands. Wear a mask where required. AND GET VACCINATED!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Snake Dance by The March Violets and Spy World by Wall Of Voodoo

Second ad break bumpers: The Passenger by Siouxsie & The Banshees and Can’t Hardly Wait by The Replacements

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 6-26-21 show notes

Is The Car Fixed?

That’s a good question. It’s running. It has a new battery and ball joint, but they couldn’t get the check engine light to come on again, so they couldn’t get it hooked up to the computer to find out what’s wrong.

So far, the check engine light has remained off. Is it fixed?

I dunno.

Selling Out?

Neil Young made his views of selling out clear.
Townshend pontificating in The Kids Are Alright.

I talked at length about the idea of selling out in pop and rock music. There was a time when, as Pete Townshend remarked in the late ’60s, the attitude of pop and rock musicians was that music was art and it was “crucial that it should remain art”. They were against pitching products. (Well, The Who were amenable to selling ad time on their third album The Who Sell Out. It’s complicated.)

Henry Rollins

As the ’60s and ’70s artists aged and gave way to later generations, the idea of selling out became less of a thing. Sure, those older artists, such as Neil Young, still took a dim view of artists allowing themselves and their music to sell for the “man”.

But, Black Flag’s former front man Henry Rollins disagrees. Selling out, according to the hardcore punker/spoken word artist/actor, is making the record you are told to make, not the record you want to make. If an artist gets a song in a commercial and earns some money from it, so what?

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Mixed Messages?

The sell out topic led me to talking about how some songs used in advertising don’t seem to fit if you pay attention to the lyrics.

Eric Carmen’s All By Myself was rerecorded by Rashida Jones (possibly), who also appears in the ad, with the lyrics adjusted a bit to advertise Expedia, an online travel agency of sorts. It works with the lyrics change to mean people don’t have to feel alone when booking a vacation. But, I keep thinking of the original lyrics: “All by myself, don’t want to be, all by myself…”

Then there are some cool, alternative tunes that have made it into TV or internet commercials. Indie music. The kind I like.

I’m not sure the lyrics of the songs really fit with the ads.

The Ramones got a song in a Bud Light ad. Lyrically it still works.

But Buzzcocks’ What Do I Get? to sell cars or McDonalds? Gang of Four’s Natural’s Not In It to sell XBox and their song Damaged Goods to sell Tiffany’s jewelry?

The squares may not know the lyrics, but I do.

Covid Is Still A Thing, Y’all

News out of Florida tells of a local government IT department was hit by Covid recently. Everyone in the department got infected. Except for the one IT member who was actually vaccinated. None of the others were.

Hmmmm. Interesting how that happened, eh?

Comic Books And Original Comic Art Are So Hot Right Now

Mine page. For sale? Maybe.

Forbes is reporting on how comic books and original art from comics are extremely collectible now. Their values are soaring. I have a comic book collection that I am not quite willing to part with, but I do own one page of original art. I paid $12 for it in the late ’80s. I am looking into seeing what it might be worth.

If the price is right, sell! Sell! SELL!

Be patient. Wash your hands. Wear a mask where required. AND GET VACCINATED!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: We Got The Beat by The Go-Go’s and Spinning Round by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

Second ad break bumpers: The Disappointed by XTC and Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat

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 6-19-21 show notes

I Forgot To Mention Last Week

Last week’s show was number 500!

Sure, it’s an arbitrary milestone. For some reason people put more emphasis on getting to 500 than 499 or 501. But what are ya gonna do?

I’ve done 500 shows.

Well, 501 now.

More Car Trouble

See a car on the side of the highway? SLOW DOWN!

Or maybe it’s just a continuation of the problems our Kia Soul was having a few months ago. I don’t know at this put, because the service department at the dealership is quite busy and they haven’t gotten to take a look at our ailing vehicle yet. They tell me they might be able to get to it on Monday.

So, I told the harrowing tale of getting stranded on I694 East. I had trouble getting the roadside service arranger to find my location. I was mostly to blame for the confusion.

There were a couple of interesting side moments as part of the whole towing event.

One involved the breaking of the rule to never talk religion or politics upon meeting someone for the very first time. The other had to do with the chirp of a certain home implement that needed its battery changed.

A Dimland Radio Science Zero: Jon Stewart

People might think this is funny, but it demonstrates how to not help.

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart isn’t helping.

Stewart was the first guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on its first show in front of a full audience since March of 2020. Colbert had been producing shows from a shed in some secluded location during the pandemic. But, with the vaccine roll out, Colbert felt comfortable enough to tape the show in front of audiences again. Fully vaxxed audiences.

SciBabe: Yvette d’Entremont

It was suggested that Jon Stewart was doing his whole satire thing, but his over-the-top, paranoiac rantings about the lab in Wuhan, China having the same name as the kind of virus that caused the pandemic (it doesn’t) just didn’t come across in his usual satirical style. At least, I didn’t read it that way. And I imagine many watching didn’t read it as being satire either. And some of them are going to think Jon is onto something when it comes to the whole “lab leak” conspiracy theory.

There’s a former Fearless Leader who is probably thinking that Stewart has seen the light on the whole “China Virus” bullshit. And some at Fox News are thrilled.

Was it satire? As I said, I didn’t read it that way. It might have been, but the damage Jon Stewart did with his manic rant, even if he doesn’t really believe it, makes him a Dimland Radio Science Zero.

SciBabe agrees with me.

A Dubious Lesson In Sharing

Christmas in July is a thing. Why not Christmas in June? Especially when I’m trying to fill an hour of Dimland Radio. Not always easy.

The story came to mind when I was talking to the boss’s wife and the concept of sharing came up. I remembered a gift I received from my godfather one Christmas many, many years ago. It was a package of Santa suckers.

There were six suckers in the package and, coincidentally, there are six members of my immediate family. Mom saw that and said, “Oh, look. There’s enough for you to share with the whole family.”

“Share?! Aw, Mom!”

Three Cool Things

Lou Ferrigno overcome with emotion.

Cool Thing #1: Lou Ferrigno gets cochlear implants. Thank you, Science!

Stewart Gillies

Cool Thing #2: Stewart Gillies, someone you may not have heard of, is the brother-in-law of a friend of mine. He’s also a musician who plays the drums. He’s been in a few bands, but never hit the big time even in his home country of Australia. Still, he’s very good and he did a tribute to drummer Simon Phillips by doing a drums cover of the Pete Townshend song Give Blood.

My friend knows of my admiration of Townshend and he thought I would appreciate it. He was right. Check out the tribute here. Very cool!

Cool Thing #3: It’s Father’s Day! The most important day of the year!

That happy old guy is my dad!

Happy Father’s Day!

Be patient. Wash your hands. Wear a mask where required. AND GET VACCINATED!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Gone Daddy Gone by Violent Femmes and Hold Me My Daddy by XTC

Second ad break bumpers: The Man With The Lightbulb Head by Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians and Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) by John Lennon

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 6-12-21 show notes

Hayden’s Big Week

My son Hayden had a very eventful week.

Ready for Prom!

The biggest event was his graduating from high school. It’s hard to believe all those years of schooling are over. It’s cliche to say how time goes so fast when watching your kids grow, but it is nevertheless true. How is it possible the time has gone by so fast?

His week was capped off by his going to prom. He went stag and hung out with friends. Despite his refusal to dance, he had himself a good time.

But, the week had an interesting start. Last Saturday (I know, that’s technically the end of the previous week, but go with me), while waiting for me to pick him up after a graduation party he attended, my son felt his life was threatened by a menacing stranger.

He followed his instincts and was able to find some kind people who helped keep him safe and calm until I arrived. I must admit when he told me the tale I was pretty shook up. What could have happened? It gives me the chills.

Well, nothing horrible happened and my boy has his high school diploma! Congratulations, Hayden! Your mom and I are so proud!

Cool Thing: MN Skeptics Meet Again!

A group photo from some years ago. Many pictured here made it to the first meet-up in person since March, 2020. Thanks to science and the vaccine!

After 14 months of Zoom meet-ups, the Minnesota Skeptics were able to meet in person!

No masks! A few hugs. Sitting ’round the same table. It was great! It made the drive through rush hour traffic and our early summer heatwave (I hate summer) worth it.

Of course we were all vaccinated. The MN Skeptics are strong supporters of science (some are even scientists themselves) and understand the need for vaccinating against Covid in order to end the pandemic.

From TPT2’s profile on the MN Skeptics. A piece that ironically started airing just as the pandemic shut everything down.

It really was good to meet again in person.

A Dimland Radio ARGH! This UFO/UAP Thing Again!

60 Minutes really opened a can of worms with their dropped journalistic integrity ball report on the US government acknowledging UFOs are real.

Well, the government didn’t exactly do that. It acknowledged that the various videos being hyped lately aren’t faked and that sometimes there are things spotted in the sky that aren’t readily explainable. Remember the U in UFO and UAP stands for unidentified, not extraterrestrial spacecraft.

I can’t get away from this thing. Last weekend, my mom asked me about it and didn’t want to hear my answer; later a friend asked for my thoughts and he was more receptive; then, during the ESPN Sunday night baseball game, Hated Yankee Giancarlo Stanton was asked about this UFO flap.

He said the universe is too big and too old for Earth to be the only place with life. Well, though that may be true, it doesn’t mean that extraterrestrial life has been visiting us. There certainly could be life out there, but they ain’t been here. It’s highly improbable, anyway.

Thanks a lot, 60 Minutes!

Once again, let’s listen to Mick West.

Sit Down And Watch The Damn Game

Each Sunday night during baseball season, I sit down, open my laptop, and tune in the ESPN Sunday night game of the week. I look forward to it each week, no matter who is playing, even the Hated Yankees. It’s baseball and I like to watch.

Baseball is the only major sport in which the fans can be seen watching for much of the game. Most ballparks have seating available directly behind home plate, so as we at home watch the pitcher throw his pitches, we can see the fans.

Most of the fans are fine. They are there to watch the game and those are expensive seats, so they want to get their money’s worth. But, sometimes there are certain fans that just want attention.

Occasionally, we get the fan on their cell phone waving to someone watching at home. “Can you see me? I’m the one constantly waving!” However, I haven’t been noticing those folks as much lately. The novelty must be wearing off.

Can you spot the two attention seekers sitting behind home plate?
Royals’ mascot Slugerrr tries to deal with Leopard Suit Sign Man.

Well, as I watched the Sunday night game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Kansas City Royals, two attention seekers showed up behind home plate. One was Marlins Man who shows up at most of the Sunday night games on ESPN. You can’t miss him, he always wears the bright orange jersey of the Miami Marlins. He stood out in the crowd of Royals fans who were wearing royal blue.

The other was a fellow in a leopard skin suit who held up several signs. Each had something different written on them, but actually they were all saying the same thing: Look at me!

Be patient. Wash your hands. Wear a mask where required. AND GET VACCINATED!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Freewill by Rush and Mexican Radio by Wall Of Voodoo

Second ad break bumpers: Two Story House by George & Tammy and Quite Unusual by Front 242

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 Apple Podcasts! 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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