Saving Daylight

So it’s that time of the year again, when we change the stupid clock and have to spend a week getting used to it. And what a big pain in the ass it is – until July we will wander around town, looking at public clocks and wondering if they are on “old time” or “new time”. What, basically, is the fucking point? What do we have to suffer for something as bizarre and surreal as “getting more light in the evening”. Who cares how much light we get in the evenings? When was the last time you heard anybody complain “oh I just wish I had more light in the evenings”?

It’s annoying, it’s pointless, and seems to be one of these things we do because it would just be harder to stop doing it that to continue. And the funny thing is that every country in the whole world has different rules. Some do it in April, some in March, countries in the southern hemisphere do it in reverse to us, and some places do not do it at all, like Queensland in Australia.

The reason usually given is that it is “good for the farmers”. Well that’s crap – farmers hate it, as you can change an alarm clock but you cannot change a cow or a chicken. And others say it “saves electricity” as people have less need to turn on lights in the evening. Well what about the lights in the morning then, when it’s darker?

In fact, when you look at it, it is good for nobody. There are more accidents on the Monday after the clocks go forward, people are more tired and don’t work as well. Add this cost to the cost of manually changing every single stupid clock in the world, along with the thousands of bureaucrats who decide when these things take place, and we begin to see the enormous waste of effort and money.

Here you can see another good rant, and some of the inane argues given in favour of this brainless concept: http://www.nationalreview.com/miller/miller200504010806.asp

And here you can see how a complicated mess it is when countries cannot agree on when to move the stupid clocks: http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/g.html

So read these and then tell me if it still sounds like a good idea. The world is complicated enough already-why do we have to make it even worse?

And I just had to include this: a concern from Lord Balfour in 1916 or so when the UK implemented their time saving: “Supposing some unfortunate lady was confined with twins and one child was born 10 minutes before 1 o’clock. … the time of birth of the two children would be reversed. … Such an alteration might conceivably affect the property and titles in that House.”

You just gotta love the upper class…

/ paddy

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