Every year at this time we rant about Daylight saving time. We refer to it as a tyrannical directive which commands us (in the US) to reset our clocks tonight at midnight by moving them ahead one hour. We complain every year, so what we’ll do here is repeat the best of our earlier rumblings.
Some nations engage in this foolishness, some don’t. This website gives relevant information for most other countries: Daylight Saving Time Around the World 2017.
In the US, this maniacal mandate is the result of the Uniform Time Act of 1966, when Lyndon Johnson was President. It’s an intolerable governmental intrusion into all of our lives which upsets the natural order of things twice a year, and serves no useful purpose. Even the New York Times reports that Daylight Saving Time Wastes Energy.
The date for compliance this year is Sunday, 12 March. Like good, dutiful citizens, we will all obediently and unthinkingly comply. Your Curmudgeon will reset his clocks too, but as we do so we’ll be raising a middle finger to show our discontent. To keep things in perspective, think of this as “National Drop Trou and Bend Over Day,” which invites our governmental masters to have their way with us twice a year.
Aside from the idiotic inconvenience of running around all over the place resetting clocks — including our microwave oven, the timers for outside lights and lawn sprinklers, our automobile, and of course our wrist watch, the greatest inconvenience is that our splendid dogs, Argos (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!
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? Politicians should leave our clocks alone!
Okay, that’s the end of our annual 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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