“…to promote the general welfare…”

It started when I shared the above meme on my Facebook page. A Facebook friend I knew in high school voiced his objection to wearing masks during this pandemic. He stated that mask wearing would be forced on Americans by law. I suggested (as the title of this blog also suggests) the enforcement of mask wearing is covered by the clause in the Preamble to the US Constitution that reads “to promote the general welfare.” I believe requiring people to wear masks during a public health crisis is promoting the general welfare.

He then stated that the masks would be mandated by law to control us. I reminded him that there are other laws on the books meant to control us: Stopping at red lights and stop signs; wearing clothes when in public; not being able to set our own houses on fire; needing a license to drive a car, fly a plane, be a doctor, practice law. And I presumed he didn’t have a problem with being controlled by those laws.

In fact, do you know which laws are meant to control people’s behavior?

All of them!

My friend told me that he and his whole family had all contracted Covid-19 and they all recovered. He said the disease has a 99% survival rate. He brought up the fact that lockdowns can lead to increased parental and spousal abuse and increased cases of despair and depression. He claimed that prolonged mask wearing would lead to lung damage due to the retention of germs and CO2. He brought up the eight month old talking point of the cure being worse than the disease and then he veered off into the non sequitur topics of socialism, China, BLM, and Antifa.

What follows is the rest of my response to my friend.

I’m glad to hear your family has recovered from Covid-19. I hope there is no reinfection.

Let’s take one thing off the table for this thread. The original post addresses the apparent hypocrisy of those hunters who can cover themselves, head to toe, including their faces, and do so for hours at a time when deer hunting; but when it comes to wearing a mask to go to the grocery store, in order to protect themselves and their neighbors from a highly infectious disease, that is an affront to their rights.

This thread should not be about civil unrest, socialism, whatever. That was a non sequitur that took the thread off topic.

Let’s focus on masks. I have posted about this before on Facebook: Masks work. Masks keep the large droplets that come from our mouths and noses when we cough, sneeze, talk, yawn, breathe, etc. away from others. It is in those droplets where the virus can be found.

The thing about Covid-19 is people can have it and feel fine, but still spread it around.

This is why we should all wear masks in public. We don’t know that we aren’t carrying the virus, so we should act as though we are. This is to protect others!

And this is something that boggles my mind. If you saw a neighbor being attacked by a dog, wouldn’t you try to save them? Of course, you would. Wearing a mask can save that same neighbor from this virus. Saving someone from a dog is doable for you, but wearing a mask isn’t? The dog can bite you, the mask can’t.

Another head scratcher for me is the fact that many of the people refusing to wear masks are veterans. They were willing to lay down their lives for strangers, but wearing a mask at the Home Depot is somehow a bridge too far? I don’t get it.

And that 99% survival rate you mentioned is just referring to those that don’t DIE from Covid-19.

It doesn’t mean that the 99% have all recovered back to their pre-Covid norms. Most will, but a sizable percentage of people who get it will develop problems with their lungs and/or hearts. They could suffer neurological damage. And of those who have these complications it may take weeks, months, or even years to recover. As the long term effects continue to be studied, it is possible some people might be afflicted in some way for the rest of their lives.

I know the difficulties of isolation and loss of contact with loved ones. My parents are both in their 80s and their health isn’t what it used to be. It’s been since March since I have been able to hug them. Like most anyone, I would like to able to give my mother a kiss on her cheek again, but I care about her health. I want my parents to be around for a few more years.

I know there is Covid fatigue, but if we as a country had acted quickly and followed the recommendations of medical science, we may have been able to avoid much of this and many of the more than 250,000 Americans who have died from this virus would still be here. I can still visit my parents (I wear a mask when I do), but there are a quarter of a million families who cannot be with the people they have lost to this pandemic. And many of them could not even be with their dying loved ones in those last moments.

Masks also give some protection to the person wearing them. Masks can cut down the amount of virus a person is exposed to. Science is showing that the amount of viral exposure can affect the severity of the illness. Less exposure, less severe. More exposure, more severe. However, there are other factors involved in the severity of a person’s illness. General health, age, comorbidities such as asthma and diabetes, etc.

I can’t help but think that had a certain leader of our country embraced masks instead of ridiculing them and saying he didn’t think he would wear one, many anti-maskers would be happily masking up, doing their part as patriots to protect their neighbors.

Why I suspect that had that certain leader masked up and followed distancing guidelines, he might have avoided catching Covid-19 himself.

And, no, CO2 poisoning is not a problem with mask wearing. There’s a video that gives the science on mask wearing. It breaks the myths surrounding masks, including CO2 poisoning. The presenter wears six surgical masks at once and his oxygen levels are unaffected.

Also, we have plenty of evidence that your claim of lung damage from germs and CO2 due to extended mask wearing is false. That evidence is called surgeons.

Surgeons wear masks for hours at a time. Day after day. They have done so since the 1930s. There is no evidence that surgeons suffer from any kind of lung damage from wearing masks.

And there is the hunter all masked up in the original post. We have come full circle.

Be a good neighbor. Wear a mask.

That’s it. These are the facts.

You and your family got sick, but you were able to recover. Good. I hope there are no long term effects. I don’t want to get sick. And I do not want to get others sick. I’m going to follow the science. I’m going to wear a mask.

Once this pandemic is dealt with, when a vaccine is available, we will be able to take off the masks.

Of course, when the vaccine is available, we’ll have to convince the anti-vaxxers to get it.

That’s another battle for another day.

dimland radio 11-21-20 show notes

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Jeopardy’s 3 Way Tie For Last

It was sad news learning of Alex Trebek’s death, but it was also weirdly ironic that his death came just days after actor Sean Connery died. The two men are inextricably linked by a popular series of Saturday Night Live skits that parodied the long-running game show. Darrell Hammond’s Connery would bully with strong sexual overtones the ever-flustered Trebek, played by Will Ferrell. The skits are damn funny. Here’s a good one.

My friend Tim sent me a video clip of the time that three Jeopardy contestants ended the game tied at zero. It was pretty interesting, especially when you consider what they all got wrong in responding to the Final Jeopardy answer: “Calendar date with which the 20th century began.”

Here’s the clip.

The pedantry I would hope is obvious. And Jeopardy got it right!

And it has happened when all three contestants tied for first. Watch here.

The Clown Coup Attempt Or Trump’s War On Democracy

The election was stolen by Democrats’ cheating? Really? Cheating that didn’t lead to a majority in the Senate? (There are two run-off contests in Georgia that could give the Democrats a tie with Vice President-Elect Harris being the tie-breaker. We shall see.) Cheating that allowed the Republicans to gain seats in the House?

Democrats are lousy cheaters.

“By throwing out all the Biden votes in these states the greatest president in the history of the universe, nobody is better than him, will easily win! We have to stop the cheating Democrats! By the way, is it hot in here or am I crazy?”

Joe Biden received nearly six million more votes than Fearless Loser. The states are going to certify their election results and Biden will have 306 Electoral votes. Biden won. Fair and square.

Fearless Loser is still insisting if we only count the votes for him he wins in a landslide. Right.

He is losing in the courts, because his clownish dream team led by the apparently melting Rudy Giuliani cannot produce any evidence of wrong-doing. Publicly Rudy shouts, “Fraud! Fraud! Fraud!” but in court where he is bound by the rule of law he claims this is not a fraud case.

These clowns just traffic in conspiracy theories they claim are backed up by mountains of evidence. Evidence they never show anyone, especially in court. Well, they try to present affidavits in court as the evidence and the judges see right through them.

Ms. Tinfoil Hat 2020

And there was that press conference with the melting Rudy, at which Sidney Powell stepped up to claim the Dominion voting system rigged the election by electronically switching Trump votes to Biden votes. She provides no proof. And the Georgia recount by hand shows she is talking out her ass.

As coups go, this one is clownishly inept.

Fearless Loser tried to get Republican legislators from Michigan to select electors that would defy the will of the people and vote for him. Those legislators refused to be intimidated.

A Cool Thing: A Distant, Very Distant, Relative Found

Cheddar Man

This is a story from 1997, but I just learned of it and it’s still cool. The oldest complete skeleton ever found in Great Britain, the 9,000 year old “Cheddar Man” has a living relative. His name is Adrian Targett, a history teacher now in his mid-50s. DNA collected from one of Cheddar Man’s teeth was used to find his very distant, but still direct, descendant.

Science is so cool!

A Rant: Using Speaker Phone In Public

Have they no shame? No descency?

Well, this meme and Progressive Insurance both commenting on the bizarre practice of using speaker phone in public makes me feel certain I am not alone in my reaction. What is going on with these people?! Have they no sense of place? Why do they insist the people around them know their business?

In the last month, I have encountered five people using their speak phone option. One was walking his dog, three were in the grocery store, and one, an employee of Walgreens, was having a heated argument right there in the store, behind the counter in the photo center. What. The. Hell?

Just Wear A Mask!

Yours may not be as cool, but wear it anyway. OK?

Covid cases and deaths are on the rise again. In a big way. It’s truly alarming. Toilet paper is disappearing from the stores again. And Fearless Loser is more interested in stealing the election, then protecting Americans. The Loser’s top health advisor Dr. Scott Atlas is telling people to gather for Thanksgiving, because it might be the last time we’ll get to see grandma. During this pandemic, if people do visit grandma, they could spread the virus and kill her. So, Dr. Atlas would be right about it being the last time seeing grandma. What happened to “do no harm”? America first, my ass.

I read a lengthy response I wrote to a Facebook friend about masks. I may turn that response into a blog. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, here are some links about masks.

How masks work.

Myths about masks.

Less virus exposure, less severe illness.

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: Atom Tan by The Clash and It All DepeNds by Figures

Second ad break bumpers: Dodo/Lurker by Genesis and I Can’t Take It by Cheap Trick

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


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dimland radio 11-14-20 show notes

Captain Phillips Spoiled

I led off the showing spoiling the film Captain Phillips (2013) starring Tom Hanks as the captain of a container ship that get attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia. I mainly described the scene after the captain had been rescued and was getting medical attention.

My mother many years ago had said something about acting that has stayed with me to this day. She was remarking on Carrie Fisher’s acting in the original Star Wars. Mom said she could tell Carrie was acting. That struck me and I grew to understand what Mom meant. Great actors are so good you can’t tell they are acting.

Although I didn’t quite get everything in the scene I described quite right, my overall reason for talking about it was to remark on how natural Tom Hanks was. You believe he is the character and that he is breaking down after having being so brave during the crisis. It’s quite a powerful scene.

Yes, But Why Spoil The Movie?

Getty Images

I spoiled Captain Phillips because, although the stress level I experienced over the past four years was nothing like what he experienced over several hours, my reaction to the announcement of the Biden/Harris victory was not all that different from his reaction to being rescued.

Van Jones news commentator on CNN was also overwhelmed with the feeling of relief when the American voters clearly rejected Pres. Trump. His stress of the last four years was certainly different than mine.

Fearless Loser lost by more than five million votes and yet he refuses to concede. His legal teams have been trying to sue Trump into a second term. But the cases have no merit. They are being dismissed. The YouTuber LegalEagle gives a more knowledgeable take on the lawsuits here.

But more than 72 million Americans voted for four more years of character not mattering; four more years rejecting the notion of a kinder, gentler nation; four more years of rejecting compassionate conservatism. Those Americans were OK with Fearless Loser. I don’t get it.

Hey! Why Not Spoil Another Movie?

Then I spoiled 1973’s The Wicker Man starring Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward. I had watched again recently and was amused by the resolute devoutness both characters had for their religions. Woodward portraying a Christian and Lee as a pagan. This scene had me, an atheist, snickering at both of them.

A Dimland Radio ARGH!

I’ve been hearing a lot of nouns being used as verbs in advertising lately…

“Brain Better”

“Help You Health”

“First! We Taco!”

ARGH!

A Cool Thing: Amy’s New Job

For seventeen years, my wife Amy has been a stay-at-home mom. This past week she started a new job. There will be challenges in scheduling, but we will work it out.

If all goes well and the job is permanent, I may finally be able to quit my night job. That would be a very cool thing.

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: Shaken Not Stirred by Red Guitars and Talking Doll by The Screaming Blue Messiahs

Second ad break bumpers: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by The Police and Lullaby by The Cure

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


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dimland radio 11-7-20 show notes

A Very Tense Week

This show was recorded before the news of the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris victory. (I’ll tell that story next week.)

Tuesday’s election results were looking good for Pres. Trump on Election Day and that had your host worried, but the pundits were saying before the election that that would be how it would appear on the day. We would have to wait as the mail-in votes were counted. Counting those ballots would likely turn some red states blue.

And the country watched as those ballots were counted and swing states started turning blue.

Of course, Fearless Leader, true to form, did not take that well. He had been telling us he wouldn’t accept the results of the mail-in ballots for weeks before the election. He knew those votes would favor Biden. Do you think he would have been calling them illegal votes in his late night tantrum on Election Night if those ballots would have favored him?

Stephen Colbert’s reaction to Fearless Leader’s day after the election tantrum about legal (Trump) votes and illegal (Biden) votes and the impending litigation, which could go to the US Supreme Court, was better than anything I could have mustered. Watch it here.

Seth Meyers’ A Closer Look at the election counting brilliantly skewered the Trumpers’ mixed message of whether we should “count the vote” (Arizona) or “stop the count” (Michigan). There’s also this excellent A Closer Look segment.

Correction: On the show I stated there was a lawsuit in Pennsylvania that delayed the counting of the mail-in ballots until after the polls were closed. I was wrong. That delayed count was put in place by the Pennsylvania legislature.

This Map Is Misleading

A Facebook friend who is a Trumper shared this image with me.

I explained to my friend that, though the image showing almost all the counties (Alaska’s, Hawaii’s, and Puerto Rico’s are not included) of the 2016 election as very red, the map is misleading.

Simply put: Land does not vote.

Yes, the map is very red with a few tiny blue specks. And we all know that red represents the Republicans and blue is the Democrats. So, the red areas are where Trump prevailed in 2016, blue is where Hillary Clinton did best. The thing is, those tiny blue specks are high population areas. Millions and millions of people live in those tiny blue specks and they tend to vote Democrat.

This year’s election results by counties map will look very similar to 2016’s. And I’m sure Trumpers will be misled again.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton received 65,853,514 votes. Trump received 62,984,828. I think a mistake was made.

Oh! And, by the way, what’s a “mistake snowflake”?

Someone needs to learn how to use a comma.

Trump’s Woman In White

The Daily Show recently did a countdown of the top 100 scandals of Pres. Trump. At number two is Trump’s pandemic response or lack thereof. At the 23:20 mark of the video, look for the attractive woman in white standing behind Fearless Leader. He turns to receive the adoration of his Trumpers and she has quite a reaction.

“Psst! Mr. President. I think that woman will let you grab her by the…”

A Dimland Radio Promise

Pres. Trump has a special talent of ALWAYS being in the news. He is constantly digging his way into our daily lives. His constant presence has just been grinding us down. Yes, it was an election year and there’s a pandemic, so he’s been more of an irritant, but still.

The promise?

If Fearless Leader should be successful in his bid to steal the election (not very likely) and retains his office, I promise to do my best to minimize the amount of time I spend talking about him. You don’t need me adding to the grind.

However, I don’t think it will be a problem after January 20, 2021.

A Disappointing Halloween

In 2018, we had 121 trick-or-treaters come to the house. In 2019, it dropped to 61. This year was even lower. Sigh. Damn pandemic!

Thanks, Fearless Leader.

A Cool Thing #1: Minnesota State University, Mankato

There was no show last week because my wife and I took our son down to Mankato to visit the university he would like to attend. They had an open house and a tour. They did their best to keep visitors safe during the pandemic as they told us about the school and campus life. I must say I’m more than a little envious of the boy.

My sister and her husband both teach there and they took us out to dinner on Friday night. It was the first time my wife and I have been to a sit down restaurant since the pandemic took hold. I have to admit that I am feeling a little nervous about possible exposure to my family and me. My sister did say, and she was correct, the restaurant was being very careful to keep customers safe.

And the coolest thing is on Wednesday we received word that Hayden had been accepted! He’s a Maverick now!

A Cool Thing #2: Amazing Randi Amazes

Two weeks ago, I talked about James Randi, who had just died. Check out that week’s show to hear my tribute to him.

This past week, I watched a YouTube video of Randi giving a talk about how a “psychic” had fooled scientists with a trick using a simple matchbox. Randi’s reveal of the trick is humorously done, which is cool. However, right at the end of the video, Randi does a little sleight of hand trick that surprised and delighted 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: God Damn Job by The Replacements and Erica’s Word by Game Theory

Second ad break bumpers: Woman by John Lennon and All You Pretty Girls by XTC

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


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dimland radio 10-24-20 show notes

James ‘The Amazing’ Randi (1928-2020)

A treasure procured for me by my friend and fellow skeptic Chris Brown.

2020 just can’t seem to stop being a horrible year.

Both the world of magic and the world of skepticism have lost a giant. James Randi died this past week. He was 92 years old.

I talked about a few of the highlights of his mission to expose frauds and fakers and to demonstrate that no matter how smart we may think we are, we can be fooled.

I also wrote about James Randi on the Warehouse Find blog, the official blog of Nostalgia Zone.

Three Horror Movies Worth Watching

Two are very recent, while the other is a favorite from my youth. I’ll start with that one.

The Legend Of Hell House (1973) is a creepy, eerie haunted house movie. The horror relies upon suspense and suggestion. The special effects are simple, but effective. There are plenty of ghostly whispers and an electronic score that all go to create a terrific haunted house movie.

There is a strong sexual content to the film. However, it’s quite tame when compared to the book it is based on and it is PG, so it doesn’t get very racy.

Director/writer Jordan Peele followed up his excellent Get Out (2017) with last year’s Us. We watched Us this week and I thought it was pretty good. We meet an average family as they start their summer vacation. The mom seems trouble as she remembers a disturbing event from her childhood in that very same vacation area. Things seem to be going fine until one evening when four strangers show up in the driveway of their vacation home.

The film gets quite violent and some of it is surprising when considering who is meting it out, but things never get too heavy on the gore.

My third recommendation is good, but there is one particular moment that gave me some difficulty getting past, but I did. I discuss it carefully on the show. I don’t want to spoil the film.

The film is Midsommar and it also was released last year. The film is of the same sort of horror genre as The Wicker Man (1973), the strange rituals of an isolated community that eventually becomes horrific to the outsiders who have been brought in. This one is a slow build to its conclusion.

Midsommar is rated R and has very strong sexual content. There are some moments of some shocking violence and gore.

A Dimland Pedantic Moment: Who Wears A Mask On Big Brother?

“Julie, why aren’t you wearing a mask? Don’t you care about my health?”

Big Brother is one of those reality shows on television. About a dozen people are put into a house/studio to live together and compete in games to determine head of household for the week. The head of household picks two house members to put on the chopping block and one will get voted out. The last person left is the winner. Something like that. I don’t watch it, but my wife does.

The pedantry?

The people in the house are quarantined. That’s how the show works. But when someone is voted off the show, they don a mask before sitting for an interview with the show’s host, Julie Chen. Julie doesn’t wear a mask. She’s been in the outside world with the Covid pandemic raging and she doesn’t wear a mask. Curious.

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: Escape From The Planet Earth by The Alley Cats and Electric Lash by The Church

Second ad break bumpers: No Self Control by Peter Gabriel and Antonin Artaud by Bauhuas

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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