Halloween, Clocks, and Elections

This is a bad time of year. The evil begins tonight, when ghosts, witches, zombies, and other horrors are creeping around.

There was no better expert on the meaning of Halloween than the world’s greatest theologian, philosopher, illustrator, communicator, and creationist — Jack Chick. Although he is no longer with us, we are once again reminding you of Chick’s comics about Halloween. The illustration above this post is from one of them. Here’s the whole list so you can enjoy them online.

Happy Halloween
The Little Ghost
The Devil’s Night.

Afterwards, just when you think you’ve recovered from the other-worldly madness of Halloween night, you can look forward to setting your clocks back an hour. That’s because the end of Daylight Savings Time for 2016 will be Sunday, November 6. This is due to the annual end of Daylight saving time. We’re previously written about this tyrannical mandate, which (in the US) is the result of the Uniform Time Act — an intolerable governmental intrusion into our lives which upsets the natural order of things twice a year.

Aside from the absurdity of running around resetting all our clocks, including the microwave oven, the timer for outside lights and lawn sprinklers, and of course the clock in our automobile, the greatest inconvenience for your Curmudgeon is that our splendid dogs, Argos (a/k/a Aaaargh!!) and Miss Scarlett, have built-in timers to tell them when they should be fed, and they don’t like their routines to be disrupted. Truly, this is an outrage!

And that’s not all. While we’re still disoriented from the time change, Tuesday, 08 November, is election day — at least in the US. This year it’s like a replay of Halloween.

So brace yourself, dear reader. It’s going to be a wretched week. To mark the occasion, we declare this post to be another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. We’re open for the 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.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.

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11 responses to “Halloween, Clocks, and Elections

  1. michaelfugate

    I would sign on if someone wanted to start a campaign to get rid of switching back and forth. I would vote for using DT all year rather shifting to ST.

  2. Blimey, putting your clocks back is sooo last weekend for us Europeans

  3. And here I used to think that the only people who hated daylight savings time were cranky flat-earth farmers in Saskatchewan.
    I’m with mfugate – stay on it all year. I love it. I’m having DST, DST, DST, DST, eggs, sausage, DST, DST, and DST.

  4. When oil hits $60 a barrel it will be stack and frack the heck out of the Bakken, Barnett, Woodford, Marcellus, Wolfcamp, Spraberry and Haynesville. The Eagle Ford oil play is also simmering along with operators running a few rigs to hold their leases. I have never, in 35 years of oil and gas exploration and production , ever seen a creationist geologist. Ever. And that would be because a creationist geologist would have absolutely nothing logical to add to the science of finding and producing oil. Superstition doesn’t work in exploration.
    SO why does Westie get to drive a Chevy Malibu? Wouldn’t a donkey cart be more in line with his “theory”.

  5. Back when I was a well-site geologist in Ohio, I recall being shown a handbook written up by the landowner that detailed how to find oil and natural gas using maps of lightning-struck trees in forests/woodlands. He surmised that seeps of natural gas would attract lightning. If one mapped up lightning-hit trees, lineaments would show up. He said that you should drill at intersecting lineaments. It was all I could do to prevent myself from chuckling, rolling my eyes, coughing, etc. I so wish I had a photocopy of that thing – it was priceless. There are wonderful tales of superstition-based prospecting methods in Ohio’s oil patch in the late 1800s. They relied on everything except geology (almost). The thing is – the petroleum was untapped and relatively abundant and widespread back then, so there were many successful wells and the superstitions lived on.

  6. Dave Luckett

    I think DST is fine for those living in latitudes where they can enjoy long mild summer afternoons and evenings – an extra hour to walk in the gentle slanting light, and watch the shadows grow. I’ve seen it, and enjoyed it. It bends the mind to contemplation, to philosophy.

    However, I live on the western margin of one of the world’s great deserts. Our sun sets over the sea, and the light remains as hard as a fanatic’s heart until the last gleam. If the sea breeze fails, which it often does, it just keeps on getting hotter until actual sundown. When it’s 40 degrees C, and the easterly is like a devil’s breath, it picks up the fine white sand the city is built on and flings it in your face, which feels like it’s being rasped with red-hot sandpaper. Only the insane want to go out in it, and they pay for it. We already have the world’s worst incidence of solar-caused skin cancers. Many people still don’t have aircon, and DST simply means going to bed with the house still an oven, while having to get up and go to work in the only cool hour of the twenty-four.

    Three times the government has introduced Summer DST, and three times has been forced to a referendum, and three times it has been decisively rejected. But it was not the bureaucrats or the politicians who were really behind it. It was the corporations. They want to bring West Australian time closer to that of their head offices in Victoria and NSW, which have DST because they don’t have our climate, and because they’re all mad over there anyway. (You have to be crazy to live in Sydney, if you can call that living, but to live in Melbourne you have to be certified raving doolally. Merely being off your chump does not suffice. You have to be barking.)

    No, thank you, no DST here.

  7. The Standard Time Act of 1918 was the first to establish LST/DST. The UTA only modified it.

  8. och will, I can’t find the source of it, but I do remember reading about a guy who said, more or less, that he was creationist on Sundays and an old earther at the office because he worked in geology for an oil company. Compartmentalization of thought, ahoy!

  9. There is no reason for Western Australia to observe daylight saving time. Most people live in the southwestern part of the state, which is quite close to the western boundary of the time zone and semi-tropical. The northern part is tropical (unnecessary for that) though not really an issue since it is mostly unpopulated.
    The Curmudgeon secretly likes the clock changing, yet another thing to complain about! (Not throwing stones–I’m the same way.) There is no reason to change clocks that time outside lights and lawn sprinklers, keep them on standard time year round. The other clocks and the pets, a true annoyance but life is like licking honey off a thorn. The biggest mark against it is that it are increased accidents as the population experiences jet lag for a week or so.

  10. In Indiana, we are on the western edge of the Eastern Time Zone, and over the years Indiana has gone back and forth with DST. We are on DST presently, and there’s still light enough to see your way around after 10 PM during June and early July. Nice for golfers and evening lawn mowers; not so great for amateur astronomers, not to mention vampires.

    Back a few years ago we stayed on Eastern Stand Time year ’round, but then people in other parts of the country never knew what time it was in Indiana, and missed business meetings, flight connections, and all sorts of appointments, sporting events, and rave parties, so Gov. Mitch Daniels pushed the legislature hard to change back to DST like (most of) the rest of the country.

    If we stayed on DST year ’round and also stayed on Eastern time, it would still be pretty dark at 8 in the morning, when kiddies are going to school and everyone’s driving to work. No good answers when you’re on the edge of a time zone.