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When Will We Get This Time Thing Right?

Clock 2 Well, we’re doing it again! Why do we do this every year when we know how harmful it is to us? Probably for the same reason people smoke. We are once again faced with this idiotic Daylight Saving Time debacle, and just like I used to do every year on my radio show, I am speaking out against it.

Some people claim this is “anchored in history”. Let me set you straight on that. Near the time of the French Revolution, France faced a shortage of wax, and candles were the primary source of light for most of the population. Candle makers and the aristocrasy got together and decided that one way to save on wax would be to adjust clocks so there would be daylight at a later time, and the idea became popular.

When our resident crackpot, Benjamin Franklin, was ambassador to France, he saw the idea in practice and got an idea. Much of America’s economy centered on the cotton industry, so he tendered the idea that America also adopt the French policy. Since we were at the time so Friendly with the French, and the idea was popular with cotton producers, who could get extra, literally, slave-driving for their workers, the project went through.

Clock 7 Many tears later, DST once again gained favour from the military standpoint when there was fear our factories would be targeted by foreign bombing raids if the lights were turned on earlier, so DST was used to allow factory workers to have longer amounts of daylight. History buffs will recall how many factories of the time had, in fact, glass ceilings.

The last big push came during the Nixon administration, when the President was forever trying to please the “little people” and required the country to go to “year-round” DST. Fortunately, sanity regained its ground and that idea was negated. Chief Jack has lobbied to have DST voided for over 50 years, but so far only Hawai’i, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S.Virgin Islands have followed his advice. There are rumours that at least seven states are considering opting out of this useless waste of time. All I can say is—you want to enjoy an extra hour of sunlight at night? Get up an hour earlier in the morning.

It has also been proven scientifically that altering the natural timing of daylight as we do is medically offensive. It affects our biological clocks, leading to accidents, higher blood pressure, loss of sleep and attention span, and increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Take it from me—strokes are NOT fun…….

 

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The Great Time Scam Strikes Again

clockHere we go again! Daylight Savings Time rears its ugly head once more. Why? What is it that makes people go mad around this time every year and take away one hour of our time and put it in limbo until the fall? The history goes back a long way, but it should be noted that Arizona, parts of Minnesota, and several other places don’t use DST and get along fine without it.

Any of my friends will tell you I never used it and never will. How do I cope with it? I have a logical, analytical mind and realize that for several months the world will be in “mindless mode” and I’m one of the few who really knows what’s going on. It’s a well-known scientific fact that DST is a dangerous time as people every year have to reset their biological clocks, leading to rushing into things, coping with missed appointments, and even getting into potentially deadly accidents because of what is basically an idiotic idea.

So, how did we get to this point? Blame that demented crazy fool Benjamin Franklin. While acting as our ambassador to France, he discovered that French people were being hit hard by a candle shortage. To make up for it, the monarchy there declared all clocks should be moved ahead one hour to increase the time there was natural light, thereby cutting back on the time candlelight was necessary. Because he was mentally deficient himself, an idea formed in his head. This plan would work in the United States too. It would especially be beneficial to the southern plantation owners who depended on slave labor for cotton and could get an extra hour of work a day out of their captive labor force. This law was kept even after slavery was abolished because it worked equally well in factories. The seed was planted.

So, who benefits from DST? About the only people who do are surfers and hunters, who want more daylight to do their thing. For the rest of you, it’s frustrating as you go to bed and have to get up an hour earlier the next morning. You might say “but I’ll get it back in the Fall”, but why should you have to wait months to do it? By that time you’ve forced your body to work under false pretenses and you’ll wake up earlier that first day of the next time change because you’re now used to getting up “later”..

Research shows how harmful this behavior really is. People who lose sleep are irritable and cranky, and can even become violent when confronted. They cause untold work injuries from their reactions to the cycle change in their lives.or erratic behavior in their cars or operating heavy machinery.How many hours of productive work time are lost each year because people can’t properly adjust to the time changes? How much longer are we going to put up with this stupidity?

Every year for over the past 50 years, as fans of my old radio show know, I have been pushing for a repeal of DST. It is no longer needed and does more harm than good. Think about it and get back with me in an hour. You’ll get it back in the fall.

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