Halloween and Clock Changing — 2019

Once again, dear reader, the 31st of October is upon us — and you know what that means. As night falls, graves will open and the undead will rise. Ghosts, zombies, vampires, and other supernatural horrors will be creeping around. And among those horrors, creationists will be especially active

As if that weren’t bad enough, daylight saving time ends this Sunday, 03 November, at 2:00 AM. When you retire for the evening on Saturday, 02 November, you should have already re-set your clocks. Otherwise, you’ll wake up on Sunday morning and think it’s 7:00, but you’ll be out of sync with everyone else in your time zone, for whom it’s only 6:00.

This insanity is due to the annual end of daylight saving time. Back in March we were required to set our clocks ahead an hour. This weekend’s adjustment will undo that chronological perversion, until the madness starts all over again next year. As they say: spring forward, fall back.

What bothers us most is the disruption of our dog’s feeding schedule. Politicians may be crazy, but dogs aren’t. On Sunday, she’ll be expecting her evening meal at 6:00 when it’s still daylight, but our reset clocks will say it’s only 5:00, so she’ll have to wait an hour. This is animal cruelty! We usually get her adjusted by feeding her when the clock says 5:30 — only a half hour late by her reckoning. After a few days of that, we’ll gradually do it later, until she’s accustomed to being fed an hour later. And then, next year, the craziness will start again!

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.

Last year, Florida passed a bill that would keep the state on daylight saving time all year round, thus ending the twice-a-year clock changing adventure — but it requires federal approval which has been withheld. For some reason, Hawaii doesn’t have daylight saving time, nor does Arizona (except for the territory of the Navajo Nation). Otherwise, the whole US is subject to the tyranny. We don’t know the situation in the rest of the world.

Have you ever wondered why no major politician ever speaks out to protest this twice-a-year craziness? It’s because they’re all in on the conspiracy. They like the power. If we comply with something as goofy as this, then we’ll meekly fall in line and do anything else they demand. It’s time (so to speak) to take a stand. We call on the people currently running for office to speak out against this tyranny. If you love liberty, repeal Daylight Saving Time!

Halloween is usually a slow day for creationism news, so 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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14 responses to “Halloween and Clock Changing — 2019

  1. In Copenhagen (GMT+1), at June 21 with DST in effect, the sun rises at the already absurd time of 4:30 and sets at 22:00. Without DST, it’d rise at the even more useless time of 3:30 and set at 21:00, effectively making for a shorter ‘waking day’.

    I’m also sure cafe terrace owners agree that they’d rather retain DST.

  2. Wait… why not just feed the dogs at 5:00 during standard time and at 6:00 during saving time?

  3. Because the dogs have always eaten when I do.

  4. What happens if you feed them too late? On second thought, don’t tell us.

  5. When I had my own lab years ago I kept my notebook entries with 24h format UTC. I doubt anyone after I left, but if they did, they’d probably be confused.

  6. I would agree to switching to DST permanently because I prefer more light later in the day. I’m at 40 degrees. People in lower latitudes e.g. Florida don’t see the point because their daylight is more consistent throughout the year.

    I sure hope SC is kidding about the conspiracy thing.

  7. So called standard time is in effect only about 1/3 of the year. Daylight saving time is the standard. As far as feeding the dog at the save time as you, why do you feel compelled to observe the clock?

  8. If you love liberty, repeal Daylight Saving Time!

    No. Keep daylight savings time, but repeal standard time.

  9. If your dog’s feeding time is the issue, adjust your own dinner time and keep the dog’s the same. Or move to Arizona.

  10. “We don’t know the situation in the rest of the world.”
    The EU is talking about getting rid of DST. The problem now is which time to choose. Wintertime has the disadvantage that summer evenings will be short; summertime has the problem that sunrise will be at 9:30 in December and January.

  11. Our dear SC. A quick internet search h reveals this information about DST.
    “The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called “Summer Time” in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Countries have different change dates. … According to some sources, DST saves energy.”
    That said I stand 100% behind your desire to banish this foolishness such that the beloved Doberman Pinscher does not have her feeding schedule disrupted by humanity and its efforts at regulating everything.
    Worse daybreak and nightfall are IDEAL times to launch a. an ambush, b. a raid c. an assault d. apparently, an attack on Pearl Harbor. I would love to see a full blown banzai charge by the creacrappers at ICR on say, the Smithsonian Institute. Whats wrong with those guys?? Scaredycats?

  12. I live in a country without daylight savings time, and I don’t miss it.

  13. It’s tyranny to tell us that we have to switch our clocks but it’s not tyranny to tell us that we have to get up an hour early every day so that people can have more daylight at the end of the day? That word you are using doesn’t mean what you think it means.

    I lived through the 2 years of year around daylight saving time in the 1970s. It was horrible. At my latitude, the earliest winter sunrise is at 0721 under standard time. Under DST, it’s at 0821 or, roughly, half an hour after the day starts for most people.

    The way to work the time system is to let those who want to get more time in the evening to go to work an hour earlier than others so that they can leave an hour earlier. Do force everyone…you know, that “tyranny” thing…to live under an artificial time system.

  14. @Draken: What you say makes perfect sense in Copenhagen, and if I lived there I would be all for summer DST. I had the very great pleasure of visiting that beautiful city a couple of years ago, in summer, and I savoured the long evenings. Such a glorious time for a gentle stroll, if it weren’t for the tourists.

    But I live in a city at 32 degrees south latitude, on the western margin of a continent that is mostly desert. Our summer months are hot and dry, and the temperature often goes above 38 degrees Celsius during baking afternoons. Going outdoors in those conditions without the clearest necessity is folly. If you must go out, you cover all skin, wear a hat, and carry water. Those conditions obtain until the sun at last slips below the Indian Ocean. When we had summer DST, that was at about 9 pm.

    The argument was seriously made that summer DST facilitated recreation. In Copenhagen, that would be true. But the locals here, in the time-honoured Australian fashion, invited the government to “pull the other one, sport, it plays Jingle Bells”, and voted it down, three times at three times of asking, and now we don’t have it.

    Of course, recreation was not the reason the government wanted it. The last thing needed by our health service, such as it is, is increased incidence of solar-caused melanoma. No, it was corporate sector pressure. The big companies are mostly headquartered in the eastern States – NSW or Victoria – and those places, for reasons known only to themselves, have summer DST. If Western Australia doesn’t, it adds an hour to the time difference in summer, which is inconvenient for them, poor little petals.

    Summer DST would make some sense in Tasmania, which goes down to 45 degrees south, but the only reason for having it even in Victoria is that the population of Melbourne is required by statute to be barking mad – no sane person would live there. Sydney has its compensations, and you only have to be mildly eccentric to want to live there, but for Melbourne you not only have to enjoy dim, frigid, gloomy damp – and the weather is like that, too – but you have to have the hippopotamus’s attitude to mud. Summer DST might be said to make living there no worse, I suppose. But not here, and not for this little black duck.