4.13.2014

dimland radio 4-12-14 show notes

The Rush City Saga

Well, not much of a saga, but it was the story of why I didn't do a show last week. My in-laws' house needs to be sold as my father-in-law can't live on his own. We have potential buyers, so Amy, Hayden, and I went up to do some cleaning to make it presentable. The people interested in buying are from the nearby church and they want to buy it for the church.

These church people are likely the sort that think the earth is only 6000 years-old. Their website (which I won't link to) tells of their Truth Project in which they give
"lessons concerning science, evolution, and Darwin, and how we are programmed to believe many of the lies that the world tells us." Oh, well, as long as their check clears.
 
We'll be haggling on the price at this point. We get the best price we can for Dad and, hopefully, it will cover the price of the parking ticket we received during our Rush City visit. Thanks, Rush City.

Yes, But Who Created This Doofus?

Eight year-old Olivia McConnell is learning first hand about the truth of the old saying about not wanting to see how sausage and legislation are made. She suggested to the her Governor, her State Rep. and her State Senator that South Carolina (where she lives) adopt the Columbian mammoth as the official state fossil.
 
There was agreement all around and the bill was sailing through the SC state congress, until another State Senator decided it would be a good idea to make sure the legislation acknowledge that God created the mammoth on the sixth day. Sound of screeching brakes!
 
Can you guess which Party this doofus is from?

This Church Is Raking It In
 
Slow motion preacher Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas was robbed of one weekend's donations back in March. The take? Oh, just a mere $600,000! That's just one weekend! This guy is really raking it in for God. I'm in the wrong business, but I would need to believe in God as I believe Joel does.

This next guy, however...

Peter Popoff Is A Sack Of...

In 1986, James Randi exposed to the world that "faith healing" preacher Peter Popoff was using trickery to appear to be getting information about his desperate flock from God. Randi revealed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson that the voice of God was really Popoff's wife using radio signals to give the the good preacher the information. Soon after being exposed Popoff's ministry declared bankruptcy.

Problem solved right? Nope. The money man is back. He's been back for some time, but I just saw one of his God will give you money infomercials the other night.

Popoff never comes out and asks viewers to send money, but he offers a free bit of "miracle spring water" and specially anointed packet with "instructions" on how to get God to send you supernatural money.
 
Turns out the packet has the pitch for sending Peter money, money, money, money, money.

Again, I'm in the wrong business, but I would need to lack things like scruples, morals, ethics. The things that I believe Popoff lacks.

Movie Recommendation: The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
 
Martin Scorsese's 'Goodfellas' of Wall Street made me feel conflicted. Was I supposed to be repulsed or envious of the characters in this film. Lots of sex, money, and lots and lots of drugs fill this movie. Great performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill keep you interested through this three hour epic. It's fascinating look at that world of Wall Street.

It's rated R and it is a hard R for sure.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Myrrh' by The Church & 'Life's What You Make It' by Talk Talk
Second ad break bumpers: 'Raspberry Beret' by Prince & 'Always The Sun' by The Stranglers
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

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 like. Find out more here and here.

3.30.2014

dimland radio 3-29-14 show notes

The New TV

This show was live because we got a new TV. I had to go pick it up Friday evening which threw off my normal Friday night schedule. So, instead of prerecording the show on Friday night, I went on live. I hope I didn't sound too scared. At least, no more than usual.

Dyer: Hoaxing Again

World renown bigfoot hoaxer Rick Dyer admits to another hoax. Ho hum. Hoaxers gotta hoax.

Dimland Radio Science Hero: Jimmy Wales
 
There is a petition going around with the goal of making Wikipedia less critical of alternative medicine. Those darn skeptics on Wikipedia keep letting users know that alt medicine is not supported by science. The petitioners are threatening to not donate to Wikipedia and Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the online encyclopedia, has said the alt medicine supporters need to show that their treatments work. It's as simple as that.

Some Cosmos Talk

My friend John thinks the little he's seen of the new Cosmos is a "disaster." What?! I pointed out why he is wrong. Also, the boys and girl over at the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe podcast have given Cosmos a bit of a review. Their overwhelming overall impression is that the show is awesome. They had a handful of minor nit picks, however, and I went over those.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the show on our new TV.

Two More Dicks

A viral video has been labeled as instant karma (karma is, of course, nonsense, but still) has come to my attention. A road rager got stuck behind a left lane hog. The road rager final got passed the hog but ended up losing control of his vehicle and crashing of the road. Luckily, no one else was involved in the crash.
 
The common reaction I saw was people thinking the guy got what he deserved. Now, I agree, but the woman who planted herself in the PASSING LANE should have gotten out of the way.

They were both dicks. He was dickus majorus. She was dickus minorus. (That's made up Latin. Pretty good, eh?)

Movie Recommendation: ParaNorman (2012)
 
This was the first film we watched on our new TV while streaming on Netflix. Yep, our new TV has Wi-Fi. Anywho, ParaNorman is an animated feature that is pretty clever. My son, Hayden, really enjoyed it and made sure I watched it with him the following day. It's pretty good and you can stream it on Netflix.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Shaken Not Stirred' by Red Guitars & 'Scorpio Rising' by 10,000 Maniacs
Second ad break bumpers: 'Above It Now' by Figures & 'New World Man' by Rush
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

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 like. Find out more here and here.

3.23.2014

dimland radio 3-22-14 show notes

We Are Missing A Plane

I talked some about the missing and presumed crashed Malaysia Airlines flight 370. There's been lots of speculation by the 24 hour news people. The fact is we don't know what happened on the plane, so we need to wait until the wreckage is found.
 
Some "theories" include the plane was shot down by a missile, abducted by aliens, fell victim to the Bermuda Triangle, and maybe it was sucked into a black hole. More realistic ideas include equipment failure, pilot error, pilot freak out, or terrorists. One thing I am fairly certain about is the wreckage (including the black box) will need to be recovered for a more definitive answer to be found. But, whatever the answer, conspiracy theorists will not accept it if it dispels their theory of events.

I mentioned that we should have an answer soon, because 70s spoon-bending sensation Uri Geller is on the job. He took to his Twitter account to announce that he had been "asked" to lend his powers of remote viewing to help in the search. Yeah, that'll work. Seems like more of a "don't forget about me" move on Uri's part.

Also, our friends over at Snopes.com have been working hard to counter all the nonsense stories making the internet rounds. Good on them.
 
Speaking Of Conspiracy Theorists...

Former Z Talker, Kale Kelly has issued me a challenge. He has proposed I watch Jesse Ventura's Conspiracy Theory on 9/11. Kale cautions me to watch "with an open mind." Sigh. I'll try. To watch it, I mean. I always have an open mind, but Jesse's track record as a conspiracy theorist is well known and I don't have high hopes that his show will get the science right. I guess I'll have to watch to be sure.

Kale actually stopped by the chat room while my show was on and we had a chance to chat. We are planning on getting Kale back on the show. Oh, brother, didn't I learn anything from the other time he was on the show?

What A Dick
 
The good news is that con artist Kevin Trudeau has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison for fraud. His series of books and infomercials on cures and weight loss secrets "they" don't want you to know about are loads of crap designed to make Kevin rich. He did get rich, but the law has caught up with his con and he's going to prison.

The bad news is his followers are unphased by his guilt. They believe his crap, even though in his statement to the court Kevin promised that should he ever write another book or produce another infomercial there will be "no embellishment, no puffery, and absolutely no lies." I think he just admitted he had been doing just that, don't you? And, yet, his followers will be there with their pockets ripe for picking when he gets out.

Twitter Can Be Awesome

Medical expert by way of her "mommy instinct," anti-vaxxer and one of the most deadly people in the world, Jenny McCarthy recently asked her million plus Twitter followers what was the most important personality trait they look for in a mate. Well, folks who don't accept Jenny's scare-mongering of vaccines told her that basically they look for the trait that isn't anti-vaccine.

My favorite answer: "
My ideal mate likes the idea of kids not getting polio." Excellent! Now if I could figure out why those people were following Jenny in the first place. Might be her boobies.

What Another Dick

One dick was not enough for this show. In fact, if we include Uri and Jenny (and why wouldn't we?) this guy will make it four dicks on this one show.
 
So, apparently, Colorado resident Roy Ortiz isn't as happy with his rescuers as he was the day they rescued from his overturned car, which had been washed of the road by flood waters. At first, Mr. Ortiz was very grateful for his rescuers from the North Metro Fire Rescue and he credited his ability to remain calm to God. However, time and a lawyer has made Mr. Ortiz give the situation a bit of a rethink.

Now this dick is preparing to sue his rescuers for not saving him quickly enough and that it was the grace of God that saved him. Hmm, who does he think was responsible the flood waters?

Movie Recommendation: Billy Jack (1971)
 
Yeah, it's filled with hippies. And, yes, it trades in the myth of the noble savage. And, sure, it's supposed message of peaceful coexistence is mixed with loads of violence. And it's naive and a bit silly. But Billy Jack kicks ass!
 
Fred Phelps

The man who gave the world the immortal phrase "God hates fags" has died.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Rescue' by Echo & the Bunnymen & 'Atom Tan' by The Clash
Second ad break bumpers: 'Run It' by The Replacements & 'Kerosene' by Big Black
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

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 like. Find out more here and here.