These are the times that try men’s souls — The American Crisis, by Thomas Paine.
We expressed our outrage at the concept of daylight savings time last year in Obey Your Masters and Spring Forward. We referred to it as a tyrannical directive which commands us all to reset our clocks this weekend by moving them ahead one hour. It was a good rant, so we’ll repeat something we said then:
Hey — do you like getting up early? That’s your affair! If you run a business and you want the work day to start at 6:00 in the morning and end at 2:00 in the afternoon, and your employees are willing to comply, then do it. But why should everyone be forced to change his clocks? Leave our clocks alone!
And this is from a still earlier rant on the same subject:
In the US, this tyrannical mandate is the result of the Uniform Time Act — an intolerable governmental intrusion into all of our lives which upsets the natural order of things twice a year.
Hey, one of our local channels has a weather girl — with no talent but a great bod. We think we know how she got the job. She always babbles in monotone and stands in front of the graphics that, except for her blocking them, would tell us what the weather will be. Yeah, we watch her anyway. All this week she’s been saying that we’ll get an extra hour of sleep this weekend. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
Okay, that’s the end of our rant. Now it’s time for an Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. Use it for discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
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