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July 20, 2005

Die, Daylight Saving Time, DIE!

What on earth is it with our Congresspeople these days? Renaming "French" to "freedom," interfering with the decisions of a brain-dead woman's family, trying to ban flag burning by requiring flags be flame retardant... now they're wasting taxpayer money [trying to extend Daylight Saving Time][1]. Under the legislation -- which can now only be stopped by President Bush -- Daylight Saving Time will now be comprised of _nine months of the year_, March through November. Further proving they can't rub two brain cells together, Congress members offer this lame explanation of the need to waste their time crafting and voting on such legislation: >"The more daylight we have, the less electricity we use,'' said U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who co-sponsored the measure with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.). Hello? You're adding _March_ and _November_ to Daylight Saving Time. March and November are not June and July. They both have relatively short daylight hours by comparison, and making people rise earlier means you're going to cancel out the "less artificial light used at night" reasoning with its friends "more artificial light used in the morning" and "more HVAC used in the morning." When you're making people get up earlier in darker, colder months, they're going to (a) turn on lights and (b) turn on the heat so they can be comfortable. Honestly, if you're going to make DST last 75% of the year, just get rid of it altogether and call it done. To sound like a true American politician though, let me say: **Think of the children!** Under current law, DST ends the last Sunday of October. Halloween generally falls after that date, allowing the children to enjoy their trick-or-treating in the spooky darkness. If we take away that privilege and make all the ghosts and goblins and Power Rangers go begging for candy during daylight hours, _the Daylight Saving terrorists have already won_. Moreover, I haven't been able to find the section of the (ungodly huge) energy bill where DST is discussed to see if they've tried anything sleazy like foisting it upon the entire nation. Right now states can exempt themselves from DST so long as the entire state is exempt. There will be a lot of pissed off Arizonans if the House, Senate, and President suddenly expect them (and Hawaii, for that matter) to put up with such an idiotic method of keeping time. Regardless of that, this will be a technological disaster as nearly every consumer electronics device, smart clock, and computer is rendered immediately useless when its clock-adjusting algorithms is made outmoded by the changes. [1]:http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-daylight20.html

Posted by Colin at July 20, 2005 4:42 PM

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