dimland radio 12-5-20 show notes

Dimland Radio’s War On Christmas!

Pine trees are used to make Christmas trees. Silence of the Lambs is a Christmas movie!

Bill O’Reilly started it. There really isn’t a War on Christmas, but Bill sure tried to get one started. You know. For kids. I mean. For ratings.

But, in my little way, I thought I would do what I can to wage war on the pagan holiday stolen by Christians. This year I attack Christmas movies by making it so that virtually every movie is a Christmas movie.

Admittedly, it’s a stretch, but I gotta do what I can. You can blame the “Die Hard is a Christmas Movie” people.

Speaking Of Holiday

Police detective Popeye Doyle dressed as Santa Claus. The French Connection is a Christmas movie!

The boys of the G.O.O.C.H. Squad reconvened to record a holiday special version of the Assault of the 2-Headed Space Mules podcast. We joined host Douglas Arthur to discuss our favorite holiday specials and/or favorite holiday episodes of various television series. It was during our conversation that I hit upon this year’s tactic in Dimland Radio’s War on Christmas.

It’s an entertaining two hours. Check it out here.

Covid Of My Dreams

As the pandemic rages on, it is making its way into my subconscious. I have had about half a dozen dreams in which I find myself in a very crowded area and no one is wearing a mask, including me! In the dreams, I got very panicky. I begin to freak out looking for a way for me to escape.

Even my generally enjoyable flying dreams have been affected by my worry of the Covid.

Look! There’s snow and it’s really cold! Snow and cold are common during the holidays in much of the world. John Carpenter’s The Thing is a Christmas movie!

Is This Why I Fly This Way In My Dreams?

Well, this is a Christmas special.

While doing research for my holiday special conversation with the G.O.O.C.H Squad, I rewatched one of my choices the Rankin/Bass special Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. There was something I noticed during the Put One Foot in Front of the Other musical number. Kris Kringle does a run in the air flying/floating move.

Seeing that was a revelation! That’s how I fly in my dreams!

This special first aired in 1970. I was six years old. Could that scene have had such a lasting affect on me?

Sports Ballers Lose Some Of Their Ironic Detachment

Can’t we make the name permanent?

Washington DC’s professional football team has dropped its racial slur name Redskins, after decades of protests and pleading to change the name. The second wave and mainstreaming of the BLM Movement led to greater social and financial pressure on the team’s owner and he finally saw the light. The realization of losing money can move mountains.

The temporary name is now the Washington Football Team.

You know, I would like that to be the permanent name, if only to take away one of the ironic weapons used by the people who dismissively call sports “sportsball”.

Sportsballer (dripping with ironic disdain for sports): “Yay. Football team.”

Me: “Hey! That’s the name of that team. You’re coming around.”

Speaking Of Baller

Those posts are red. Santa wears red! The Detective is a Christmas movie.

I went on a tangent to talk about the 1968 cop movie The Detective starring Frank Sinatra. There are adult themes aplenty. Mainly homosexuality which was considered a mental illness then. The movie was probably shocking in the day, especially for Sinatra’s fans.

Sinatra’s character tells his estranged wife he came over to her place because he wants to have sex with her. He says he wants to “ball.”

You don’t hear the word ball being used that way very much anymore.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: How Is It A Contradiction In Terms?

Sean Connery has a white beard. So does Santa! The Hunt for Red October is a Christmas movie!

I just watched one of my favorite films again the other day. It’s The Hunt for Red October. I must have seen it at least a dozen times, but it never hit me that when Scott Glenn’s character says, “Central Intelligence Agency. There’s a contradiction in terms,” it doesn’t make any sense.

How is it a contradiction? Intelligence can’t be central? It can’t be something an agency deals with?

How is it a contradiction?

Dimland Radio Science Heroes: Barrack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton

They may not have always gotten the science right (don’t ask W about evolution and stem cell research), but these three former presidents have stepped up for science when it comes to the pandemic and vaccines. All three have stated they are willing to publicly get vaccinated against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. They want Americans to trust medical science and get vaccinated.

10 points to each of them!

Star Wars Fans Again. Sigh.

Even the fellows of the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe podcast. They like the new television series, The Mandolin Player or something (Psst! I’m doing that sportsballer dismissing thing. Get it?), but they don’t like the sequels.

Oh, well, it’s art. Art is subjective. What are ya gonna do?

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: Living Through Another Cuba by XTC and Your Silent Face by New Order

Second ad break bumpers: Take It Away by Paul McCartney and Eliminator Jr. by Sonic Youth

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


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dimland radio 11-28-20 show notes

How I Dealt With An Anti-Masker On Facebook

Admittedly, it may not have been the most informative way to deal with someone not accepting the information I gave in my recent blog on mask-wearing. However, the blog post had everything my Facebook detractor requested.

My friend Facebook friend kept posting disputed claims, thinking he was taking me to school. He demanded I respond. I did. For each of his claims I posted a pic of me making a silly or skeptical face.

My tactic worked. Oh, it didn’t get him to see the light, but he did unfriend and block me. Just as good.

And he challenged me to “name ONE item that isn’t 100% factual.” He didn’t think I could do it. Well…

He very first claim of Dr. Fauci conducting a study on the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 that discovered most people died from bacterial pneumonia, not the flu, and those people were exposed to the bacteria by wearing masks was not 100% factual. Right out of the gate he shares misinformation.

Dr. Fauci did do a study on the Spanish Flu. He did find that many people died from bacterial pneumonia, but those victims were made susceptible to the bacteria because they had had the flu. And the study makes no mention of masks. Surprise! Surprise! My Facebook friend (well, former friend) was sharing false information.

“What?! False claims from a anti-masker?! I’m shocked!”

That’s great! But Why Is There Video?

And why is it so good?

Florida man, Richard Wilbanks, saved his puppy from the jaws of an alligator. While enjoying a fall evening, Mr. Wilbanks puppy, Gunner, was snatched by an alligator and pulled in the pond in the backyard. Florida man jumped into the pond, grabbed both the dog and the gator, and, with his bare hands, he pried the predator’s jaws open and freed his dog. The entire feat was all captured on video.

The story made national news, even Seth Meyers covered it on Late Night on NBC. And why not? It was some really good news that is very welcome in 2020. But…

My skeptical eyebrow went up. How was there video of this rescue? Mr. Wilbanks had said everything happened so fast, so who took the video? And why is it so good? It’s in landscape, when 99 out of a 100 of these “catch the moment” videos are in portrait. The video is completely steady. I mean, it never moves. The camera was obviously mounted to something.

I was beginning to think the event was planned. “Please,” I thought to myself, “don’t let this be some sort of scam. That fellow seems too sincere. There has to be an explanation for the high quality of the video.”

This Florida news report finally gave me the answers that the national news, Twin Cities news, and Seth Meyers didn’t. There is a perfectly reasonable answer to my skeptical doubt. Find it at the 1:53 mark.

An Atheist Rant: Crediting God

It’s a familiar rant. I get so aggravated when the faithful credit their deity for saving the day, but only after some tragic event has already happened. The faithful believe God intervened to save them from disaster, but they never blame him for allowing the disaster to happen in the first place.

A recent episode of the podcast My Favorite Murder has the latest example to set me off: A mentally disturbed college professor loses it and begins shooting her colleagues during a faculty meeting. She kills three and critically wounds at least three more before another professor accosts her. The shooter attempts to kill the brave woman, but the gun misfires and the rest of the faculty rush in and get the shooter out of the room. Police are called and the disturbed person is arrested.

One survivor calls his colleague a hero but she demurs, “[The] gun jamming was the ultimate saving grace. That’s not being a hero. That’s just God looking out for you.”

ARGH! Is it? Tell that to the three who died and the three who were shot and to all the others in the room who suffered the trauma of a mass shooter attempting to kill them. Boy, that God was sure looking out for you.

Cool Thing #1: Film Crit Hulk’s on Why Star Wars: A New Hope Works

But that finger is too short!

Film Crit Hulk is a YouTuber who gives his thoughtful opinions of popular movies. In this video he explains why Star Wars: A New Hope is a really good movie. He goes through the film sequence by sequence. I think this critique is a pretty cool thing.

Cool Thing #2: The Story Of Harry Potter

YouTuber FilmJoy’s Movies with Mikey has a three part (the first part here) series examining how the eight Harry Potter films all work so well. The series is thoughtful and, at a total of just under 90 minutes, is worth any Potter movie fan’s time. Totally cool!

Not A Cool Thing: A Critique Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Now, if you don’t 90 minutes is enough time to examine eight movies, perhaps YouTuber MauLer’s three-part video series (part one here) which focuses on one film. MauLer dedicates nearly NINE HOURS to his critique of The Force Awakens.

I didn’t watch more than the first few minutes. Who has the time?

You can try.

Bob Murderer

Nice shirt, Bob.

My wife and I both significant time working at Cold Side Silkscreening. In fact, we met there. Other than each other, we got to meet some interesting characters. One of the most intriguing was Bob Murderer.

Bob Murderer, not his real name, was an old school punk rocker from New Hampshire. Blaze orange hair, rail thin, leather jacket and boots, with a face that looked like he was about to smash it through a wall and that he might have already done so. He was the lead singer of the the punk rock band The Murderers. I’ve blogged about the band here and there is concert footage of them here.

Sadly, Bob died this past week. He had cancer. He was punk to the end.

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: Terror Couple Kill Colonel by Bauhaus and Still Ill by The Smiths

Second ad break bumpers: Only You by Yaz and No More Lonely Nights by Paul McCartney

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


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“…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


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 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


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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