12.07.2019

dimand radio 12-7-19 show notes


OK, Boom... Er... Um... Hm...
 
    
The above video clip is from the classic TV cop drama Dragnet. It's from the show's second run (1967-1970) on television and it shows the two lead characters Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Officer Bill Gannon (Harry Morgan) lecturing a group of teenage boys. They lay into the boys pretty well about true hardship, outrage, and changing society.
 
The video was shared on Facebook as a way of showing how kids today don't have a clue. And it struck me as ironic when connected with the whole "OK, Boomer" phenomenon. Think about it. Who is being lectured here? The teenagers are Boomers.
 
Every generation thinks the following generations just don't get it, I guess. And yet we muddle through somehow.

I took a few minutes mentioning how some things have improved since Joe's sermon. Traffic fatalities are way down. Especially when you compare the number of death as a percentage of the population and the number of miles driven per fatality. Way down!

They even touch on how vaccines have worked. Oh, they don't say it explicitly. They point out how the kids aren't familiar with have neighbors having to put their houses under quarantine due to infectious diseases that were far more common when Joe and Bill were kids. Polio is mentioned as a rarity. Mastoid scars are mentioned as being less common. (I had to look that up. Here's what I found.)

People Do The Dumbest Things

I don't know if Goop has endorsed this yet, but it's just stupid enough to be right up their alley. It's perineum sunning. There are people who will lay up in the sun and position their naked selves in such a way that the sun's ray will get to where it doesn't normally shine.
 
Don't ever underestimate the foolishness of humans. And don't risk sunburning your naughty bits. It's dumb.

Joey Skaggs

The whole sunning your butthole story got me hoping it was some hoax being played on the gullible news media. (It still might be, but I'm not certain.) I thought of Joey Skaggs, an artist who made it his mission to fool the news media and expose their shortcomings in vetting some outlandish claims.
 
Skaggs had news outlets believing he ran a brothel for dogs, developed a vitamin using cockroaches, and that he was a priest riding a bicycle with a confession booth on it so he could take people's confessions on the street. Each hoax would hook the media, they would report it, and then he would let them know they had been hoodwinked.
 
Skaggs is a hero!

Seven Books I Love (Or I'm Fond of)
 
Facebook had a book challenge in which participants were to share the cover of a book they love, without any further comment, and invited others to share their favorites. Here are my seven:
 

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment Bonus: Reading Or Listening

It's a matter of splitting hairs, I know, but does listening to an audiobook mean that you are reading it with your ears? I don't think so.
 
Three Cool Things
 
1) The Who's new album dropped Friday and it's good. Really good!

2) The documentary that revisits the tragic event in Cincinnati on December 3, 1979, in which 11 kids died trying to get into Riverfront Coliseum to see The Who aired and is available on YouTube. Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and their longtime manager Bill Curbishly are all interviewed in depth for the first time since the accident.
 
3) The Who announced they will be returning to Cincinnati to perform in concert for the first time since that tragic night. The concert, a portion of the proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund that had been set up in honor of three Finneytown High School students who lost their lives in the crush that night, is set to take place April 23, 2020. Cool!
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Heaven's Falling' by Cheap Trick & 'Achin' To Be' by The Replacements
Second ad break bumpers: 'No Self Control' by Peter Gabriel & 'Date With A Vampyre' by The Screaming Tribesmen
Closing song: 'Angler's Treble Hook' by $5 Fiddle

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11.23.2019

dimland radio 11-23-19 show notes


A Thought Experiment
 
Suppose it is eight years ago. Everything is the same as it was then, except the Ukraine/quid pro quo impeachment situation is happening to Pres. Obama. Same allegations, same evidence, same whistle blower, same everything but it involves Obama and not Trump. Pres. Obama is exactly the same as he was, but for the alleged offenses of enlisting a foreign nation to dig up dirt on his most likely opponent in his bid for re-election in return for financial aid for the military needs of Ukraine.
 
OK? Have you got it?
 
I ask you Pro-Trumpers: Are you going to claim this is all a waste of time and some kind of a witch hunt after Obama?
 
I ask you Anti-Trumpers: Are you going to been calling for the ouster of Pres. Obama?
 
It's just a thought experiment.

A Dimland Radio ARGH! The Dead Bodies Podcast And Constant Interruptions

I recently stopped listening to the Dead Bodies Podcast, a true crime podcast originating in Australian, hosted by journalists Dee Dee Dunleavy and Sharnelle Vella. I just got fed up. Now, I don't want to discourage people from listening to this otherwise interesting and entertaining podcast, but the near constant interruptions the two hosts engaged in had me exasperatingly yelling expletives at my iPhone. I kept shouting, "Shut the...
 
Well, I go into more detail on the show.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: America's Finest?


A Facebook friend and old schoolmate of mine shared this image of a quite fetching female soldier. He included a comment suggesting she is a excellent example of America's finest. Except, is she American? If you can look past the big gun and the nice buns, you will find a clue as to which army this young woman belongs, assuming she isn't just a model and is actually a soldier, that is.

In The News
 
I went over several news items (all linked below). An obvious theme emerges.
 
UK's Music Walk of Fame attraction honors its first musical act.
 
A world famous musician goes under the knife.
 
A new documentary examining an infamous concert tragedy and it's aftermath 40 years on will air in December.
 
Another world famous musician promotes his new novel by being interviewed and answering most Googled questions.
 
A 1975 film by Ken Russell based on a certain groundbreaking rock opera to be re-released in the UK and a recent review of the film.
 
Another new song from a new album by a certain legendary rock group to be released in December dropped Friday.
 
What did your favorite rock band do this week?!

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment Bonus: First Darth Vader Cosplay

I did refrain from pointing out he typo.
This moment takes place after the show close, so keep listening or go back and listen if you missed it.
 
I realized I ended the show a couple minutes early so I crammed in another Pedantic Moment. In this moment, I refute the claim in the above image that the cosplayer only had his memories of the original Star Wars film in 1977 to go by when making his costume.
 
Well, I list a few other sources he could have gone to in those dark days before the internet.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Know Your Rights' by The Clash & 'Everyone A Puzzle Lover' by 10,000 Maniacs
Second ad break bumpers: 'Mea Culpa' by Brian Eno & David Byrne & 'Yacht Dance' 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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11.17.2019

dimland radio 11-16-19 show notes


A Cave Tour And A Tale Of BS
 
It's weird how memories pop into your head sometimes. I was cleaning the other night when the memory of a family road trip to California in 1976. (Correction of error on show: I was 13 during the trip, not 11.) Part of that trip included a visit to the Cave of the Winds (yes, that's what it is called) in Colorado. It was during the tour of the cave when the tour guide stopped the group in a large section and had the lights turned off.
 
It got very, very dark. We were told it was the darkest dark possible. We were also told of a science experiment done in just such an area of complete darkness. The results of which were told as a little joke for the tour group. And, all these years later, it dawned on me...
 
That story was bullshit.

OK, Boomer And The Facebook Troll
 

The Millennials are pushing back at the Baby Boomers' incessant insults about how they are ruining everything by using the pithy dis, "OK, Boomer." It's picked up steam and has begun to show up all over the social media and the phrase has even made it's way into the New Zealand parliament. 
 
While talking about the dire importance of taking action to stem climate change, New Zealand MP Chloe Swarbrick was heckled by one of the very few attendees to Parliament. Her response was a brief hand wave and a quick utterance of "OK, Boomer" and she continued with her speech.
 
Stephen Cobert also weighed in on the OK, Boomer thing. (Correction of error on show: I said Cobert hosts the Late, Late Show. That is wrong. He hosts the Late Show.)

I posted on Facebook about noticing the phenomenon and a discussion was generated. It quickly led to the predictable response "OK, Boomer" when a FB friend stated the phrase is a form of bigotry. That led to the rise of a troll.
 
I unfriended them and their last salvo was to insult my artistic abilities. The classic move of a troll. I then blocked them. A move that I'm sure made their day. You're welcome, troll.
 
 
The above statement was shared on Facebook. I refrained from commenting on Facebook, but I did mention on the show that if someone wishes to decry the bigotry of using a stereotypical epithet to describe a group of people, that person also shouldn't use a stereotypical epithet when doing so.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Russians Storming The Beaches Of Normandy?
 
A great example of why Millennials have adopted the OK, Boomer attitude.

The above meme, other than be an example of a straw man and selection bias, is factually incorrect in its choice of an example of the heroic 18 year-olds of D-Day. That image shows a Russian soldier.
 
"Class, what is wrong about showing a Russian soldier when referencing the invasion of Normandy? Yes, Dim. Can you tell us?"

"Of course, the Russians were fighting the Germans in Eastern Europe. Normandy is in Western Europe, so the Russians weren't even involved."

"Very good, Dim. 10 points, Slytherin."

A Dimland Radio Science Zero: The House Republicans Of Ohio
 
Apparently, "God did it" will be considered an acceptable answer in science class in the state of Ohio. The Republicans in the House of Ohio passed a bill that will allow students to not be penalized for getting incorrect answers on science exams if their answers are religion based. Gee, I wonder which religion that would be...
 
The Ohio Senate is Republican controlled, so this bill has a good chance of becoming law. Might this become  the next separation of church and state case to go to the courts? Will it be the next Dover Panda Trail?

Sir Anthony Hopkins And The No True Scotsman Fallacy

An a la carte Christian (aren't all of them a la carte?) friend of mine triumphantly shared an article posted in January of this year about how actor Sir Anthony Hopkins turned away from alcohol and atheism and became a Christian.
 
I read the article and followed the links (here to here). I'm not so sure he was ever an atheist.
 
This raises the No True Scotsman fallacy. It's sort of moving the goalpost by responding when some person does something contrary to the stereotypes of a certain group, in turn putting a lie to the stereotype, that that person never really was part of that group. I know I was coming awfully close to commenting that fallacy.
 
Hopkins may have been an atheist who turned to the Christian god, but I'm not sure. It was the quote below attributed to him, that made me wonder if he had been an atheist.
 
"Being an atheist must be like living in a closed cell with no windows."
 
Hm. Must be like? Not is like?
 
I would have thought if he had been an atheist he would know what it is like.
 
He was at an Alcoholics Anonymous (a Christian religion-based group) meeting and he was asked, "Why don't you just trust in God?"
 
I wonder how triumphant my Christian friend would have fell had the actor been asked, "Why don't you just trust in Osiris? ...Zeus? ...Odin? ...Allah?"
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Love On A Farmboy's Wages' by XTC & 'You've Got Everything Now' by The Smiths
Second ad break bumpers: 'That's Entertainment' by The Jam & 'Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)' by The The
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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