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.

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dimland radio 5-30-20 show notes

George Floyd

Perhaps you’ve heard that name. Sure, you have. And you know the significance of the name. George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer while he was resisting arrest by lying on his stomach, on the ground, his hands cuffed behind his back, and three cops holding him down. One of the cops was kneeling on the back of his neck. For as long as nine minutes.

George Floyd died.

I ‘m a white guy. Middle-aged as much as it pains me to say it. I do not know what it is like to deal with police as a black man in America. I have dealt with cops. I’ve gotten a couple tickets. I’ve been stopped late at night because the circumstances were suspicious. I work as a janitor and I often leave buildings very late and that has gotten the attention of the police from time to time.

I retold my compare and contrast story of my being pulled over by cops and the story of an African American professor being detained by police. Neither of us were involved in the crime we were being detained for, but my reaction to the police attention when it was over was much different than the professor’s when his encounter ended.

I also talked about the horrific image of George Floyd losing his life. I discussed the importance of seeing such images. I believe it is important to witness these horrible moments. I argued as much on Facebook.

The meme that so concisely explains why quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee and lost his job with the San Francisco 49ers was what I shared on Facebook, and that sparked the conversation on the appropriateness of sharing an image of a dying man. It’s all right there in that meme. It’s brilliant.

I am sharing the meme here. However, I have cropped it to remove that terrible image of a suffering George Floyd. Well, call me a hypocrite.

Riots

Minneapolis and St. Paul saw an explosion of riots and looting in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. A lot of destruction happened, mainly in Minneapolis. Dozens of businesses were burned or looted. A post office was destroyed, as well as the 3rd precinct police headquarters.

The destruction area got within three blocks of Nostalgia Zone, the comic book store I work for. The day after the first night of riots, the owner boarded the store.

The store has survived. So far.

And Then There’s Dad

My dad is 85. He’s not as spry as he was even just a couple years ago. He still gets around, but he’s slowing down. Well, the other day he had gone to the supermarket to pick up a few things. It was closed in anticipation of a second night of rioting, so he went home.

He got home and complained to Mom about a pain in his side and a feeling of nausea. However, the ailments passed quickly. Mom told me about it, but said Dad was fine at the moment.

Later that evening, I received a call from my panicked mother. “Your father is sick! Please come over!”

Mom hadn’t called emergency, but I was thinking pain in side and nausea. Is he having a heart attack? I had my wife call 9-1-1 as I rushed over.

I’ll leave the rest of the story for you to listen to, but I will say that Dad is fine. So far.

All this and a continuing pandemic. 2020 has really sucked.

And Now I’m Actually Using A Comb!

Not since I was in high school have I carried a comb. In the age of COVID, haircuts have been DIY or just let go and grow. My wife could cut my hair, but I’ve decided to wait it out, so I now need a comb. The Great Clips where I get my hair cut has a sign in the window saying it will reopen June 1st. So there is light at the end of the COVID hair tunnel.

Without a comb. Watch out!

I Got Hate Mail!

After ten years of Dimland Radio, I finally got my first hate mail. It came through Z Talk Radio’s email. A fellow didn’t like my opinions, so he quit us.

Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

The name redacted to save the person embarrassment from not checking their spelling.

Cool Thing: Baseball On YouTube

There are full baseball games on YouTube. Many of them I have no idea how they come out, so it’s like baseball is being played now. It isn’t. I miss it, but YouTube is helping.

And I just watched Justin Verlander pitch a no-hitter for the Detroit Tigers. I didn’t know that was what was in store when I started watching. It was awesome!

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

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Everyone A Puzzle Lover by 10,000 Maniacs and Eliminator Jr. by Sonic Youth

Second ad break bumpers: neXt Position Please by Cheap Trick and One Day by The Church

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 5-23-20 show notes

Stealing Geo’s Thunder

On episode 663 (three away from Satan – Hail Satan!) of the Geologic Podcast host George Hrab’s cold open was about certain tropes in movies and television shows that bug him. I didn’t want to spoil them all, but I did dig into one that bugs me as well: Characters rarely say goodbye when ending a phone conversation.

I came up with a way I’d like to see characters say goodbye on the phone.

MTV’s Moments Of Prescience

This was a show filled with audio clips. The first two were pulled from MTV’s first day of broadcasting. Veejay Mark Goodman was reading some news items in which seem to predict the future, sort of.

First was a news item about anti-rock crusading preacher from Minnesota Steve Peters wanting there to be a rating system, similar to movie ratings, for rock records. Peters and his brothers were on a crusade to expose the truth about rock. Rock is the tool of the devil meant to corrupt kids and turn them away from God.

Hail Satan!

Well, Pastor Steve didn’t get a rating system, but a few years after this news item Tipper Gore’s PMRC did succeed in getting record companies to put warning labels on albums with explicit content. That was the kids would know which ones to buy.

Hail Satan!

“Eye Phone?! Who would ever want one of those?”

Next Goodman told the story of a Maryland man who had invent a device one could wear while listening to music. It covered the person’s eyes and flashed colorful lights in time to the music. He called his invention the Eye Phone. Goodman scoffed. He didn’t think the world was ready for the Eye Phone yet. Oh, Mark. How silly.

Hail Satan!

And Then There Were These Two Bigfoot “Documentaries”

I played several clips from two bigfoot “documentaries” for 1975. First was the Peter Graves hosted film The Mysterious Monsters (aka Bigfoot: The Mysterious Monster). Graves had decided to find out for himself if bigfoot was real. In short, he didn’t.

Oh, the documentary was sure to make actual science look close-minded, rigid, and unyielding in its nonacceptance of shitty evidence. But in the end, bigfoot remained just as unproven as ever.

The mean skeptic, the frustrated investigator, and the credulous scientist. You can tell he’s a scientist, he’s wearing a white lab coat.

The second “documentary” I discussed (very briefly, because it was total bullshit) is called The Legend Of Bigfoot. The film was made by a fellow named Ivan Marx. Never heard of him? That’s surprising, because going by his film he establishes bigfoot is real! I would think his would become a household name after such a feat.

Ivan Marx, the man who proved bigfoot exists!

And yet.

And there’s his proof! Right there! Can’t you see it? How can science deny this proof?!

Ooops! I almost forgot…

Hail Satan!

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

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Eye In The Sky by The Alan Parsons Project and Rocket From A Bottle by XTC

Second ad break bumpers: Two Story House by George Jones & Tammy Wynette and Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran

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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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.

Images used under Fair Use.