dimland radio 5-28-11 show notes

Weather And Yard Work

I started out griping about the limited time I've had to do any yard work, because it has been raining nearly every weekend thus far this late spring. I also went on about how I hate summer and about needing to get the AC window units in soon.

The Rapture That Didn't Happen Follow-Up

Harold Camping, officially nutty as a fruitcake.

Well, the Rapture did not come off the way nutjob Harold Camping predicted. It doesn't appear that anyone has been taken up the heaven and dead bo
dies aren't strewn all over the place. Not to worry, wacko Harold Camping is telling us the 10/21/11 is still the day the great and powerful Oz will destroy the world.

"The great and powerful Oz will destroy the world on Oct. 21st! I mean it this time! Honestly. Really, I mean it."

There's a website dedicated to cataloging the numerous predictions of world destruction that have been made over the centuries. Click here to see how many times people have got it wrong.

Click here to read about the harm of such predictions that ca
n be done by crazy people like Harold Camping. Not only have there been people who have quit their jobs and spent their savings, in this one case a teenaged girl killed herself rather than face the supposed Rapture.

For more on what harm can be done by these nonsense beliefs check out this website.

4 Minutes And 33 Seconds Of Pretentious BS

This is art?

A FaceBook friend posted this link to a YouTube video of a full orchestra "playing" a piece by composer John Cage. It is the kind of pretentious nonsense that only upper middle class and higher could think was worthy art. That led me to talk about how the more abstract the art the deeper the BS needs to be to explain why it's art.

I talked about Simon Schama's series Power Of Art. The eight episode show featured Schama focusing on a single piece of art by eight different artists. The final show was all about an artist named Mark Rothko and a painting he did called Black On Maroon. I like the stuff Rothko does, but I have a very difficult time understanding the art of his work.

It's a Rothko, but is it art? Well, yes, but you'll need a critic to tell you why.

Perhaps I'm just too thick.

Ding Dong The Oprah's Gone

Pseudoscience is good ratings!

No, she's not dead. (I wouldn't celebrate that.) But her daily program is finally going off the air. I think the show will still be in repeats until September, but no more new shows are being produced. Former recipient of the JREF Pigasus award, Oprah has done more than her share of promoting pseudoscience, medical quakery and the paranormal. It will be good to have that aspect of her show gone. Now we just need to get Montel, Maury, Dr. Oz, etc. to
clear out.

I'm not the only one who thinks this way, this blog writer agrees with me. And she's really a doctor!

Logical Fallacies: Anecdotal Evidence

Inspired by the skeptical podcasts, Skeptoid and Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, I'm doing a series defining logical fallacies. This week's logical fallacy is "anecdotal evidence." I'm continuing to use those two sites so that we might learn how to recognize those mistakes made by all of us.

You can learn more from Skeptoid and the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe.

Meet The New Duck, Same As The Old Duck

"Ben Affleck!"

As you may recall, comedian Gilbert Gottfried, the voice the Aflac duck for many years, had been fired when he tweeted insensitive
(and funny) remarks about the Japanese tsunami. So Aflac put out the call for a new voice for their duck. After an extensive search they found a fellow in Minnesota who sounds exactly like Gilbert Gottfried. What was the point?

Click here for more.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Remote Control' by Red Guitars & 'Know Your Rights' by The Clash
Second ad break bumpers: 'New Dreams' by Naked Raygun & 'Waiting' by The Suburbs
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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