The Electric Commentary

Friday, July 22, 2005

Congress looks to extend daylight savings time.

Excellent. I would be ok with keeping it all year. I'm sick of it getting dark at 4:30 in the winter.

Check out the opposition:

According to some senators, farmers complained that a two-month extension could adversely affect livestock...


Wait a minute. American cows can tell time? That's unbelievable! We must never allow mad cow disease into our country, as it would lay waste to our apparently super-intelligent cow population.

(Hat tip, Christine Hurt.)

19 Comments:

  • That's great. They should just get rid of it. It's stupid to have the sun come up an hour or two before anyone wakes up and have it dark by dinner time. Why do they call it daylight savings time since it actually wastes daylight?

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 9:28 AM  

  • I have never understood why anyone cares about daylight savings time one way or the other. I couldn't care less if it gets dark at noon, midnight, or anywhere in between. But I'm going to strangle the next person who says something about getting "more daylight".

    By Blogger MDS, at 10:10 AM  

  • How about being awake for more daylight? Some things are simply better to do when it's light out. (And others, better in darkness.)

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 10:14 AM  

  • I never said anything about getting "more daylight." I said it wastes daylight. When you don't have a lot of light and everyone is asleep for any of it, it is wasted. It makes running after work/school dangerous. It makes driving more dangerous and it's depressing. I'm going to strangle the next person the intentionally misinterprets something I say.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 11:04 AM  

  • I'm just going to strangle random people for no good reason, I think.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 11:17 AM  

  • School children who get up early and wait for the bus shouldn't have to do it in the dark. I doubt they would bus schedules and school start times.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:27 AM  

  • They should adjust the school schedule accordingly if it's a problem. It would be a minor problem at most.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 11:37 AM  

  • "They should adjust the school schedule accordingly if it's a problem. It would be a minor problem at most."

    Minor? You have any idea how many parents' lives would be entirely affected by that?

    By Anonymous mitch, at 12:25 PM  

  • I think even if you changed it, it would still be light out right before school starts. It might be dark while they're brushing their teeth and eating their cocoa puffs but Kids start school around 8 or 8:30 right? It would still be light by then. Now, if they are in any after-school activity, it's dark when they come home. I remember walking home from school in the dark. What's the differance?

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 1:04 PM  

  • i have an idea-- if you want more sunlight... GET UP AN HOUR EARLIER!!!

    cuz that's just what you're doing anyhow. people who think daylight savings time and to a greater extent-- timezones-- are a good idea, should be immediately killed.

    By Blogger ahren, at 1:12 PM  

  • Ahren,
    My job tells me when to get up and when I can go home. I'm guessing yours does too. You can pretend you just do what you want but I doubt you do. Do you wear a watch? Why have time at all? If you wear a watch and go to meetings on time you shoulld be immediately killed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:53 PM  

  • actually my job doesn't tell me when to get up and when to go home. they don't care.

    and i don't wear a watch, nor do i go to meetings. lucky me.

    i'm not against time. in fact i'm all for it. my point is that there's only 1 time, so doing anything to confuse the matter by calling the same time by 24 different names (in the case of time zones) is a lame remnant of the fact that people have forgotten that time is our invention not our master.

    i understand you probably have to go to work when your job tells you to, and that sucks, but your job could just as easily change the requirement by 1 hour at the appropriate time, rather than perverting the entire system.

    By Blogger ahren, at 2:07 PM  

  • "I'm going to strangle the next person the intentionally misinterprets something I say."

    I'm going to strangle the next person who assumes I'm referring to him when I'm not. The fact that I put two words you didn't write into quotes should have indicated that I wasn't referring to you. I was talking about people like the legislator in this article who said:

    "The more daylight we have, the less electricity we use. It is that simple. Not only will Americans have more light at their disposal during March and November days, we will also be keeping our energy consumption as a nation down."

    Daylight savings doesn't give us "more daylight," it shifts the daylight to a different part of the day.

    By Blogger MDS, at 2:23 PM  

  • So would it be different if my company set its work day around that of our clients and they set their work day around when their employee's kid's are in school and the school set their schedule around when their employee's souses worked etc. and we all ended up working on the same schedule? What would be the difference between this and the government saying "the time at which the sun rises will be 8:00 instead of 7:00? Now synchronize swatches."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:38 PM  

  • "The fact that I put two words you didn't write into quotes should have indicated that I wasn't referring to you."

    My mistake. I don't think his point is bad though. He just said it wrong. I think that we might use less electricity if they made the change. If people are asleep witht he lights out for part of the light, they will be awake with the lights on for more of the dark. Mr. Burns was on to something when he blocked out the sun. This all rests on the assumption that people will continue to work from about 8 to 5 no matter how light it is at those times.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 2:44 PM  

  • Daylight savings is a windfall for business, and the more daylight that's left after normal work hours for the consumer, the more they buy. Business interests are what's driving the idea to extend dalight savings. Farmers don't like daylight savings because it disrupts a milking cows' routine. My .02 worth.

    Peter

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:51 PM  

  • "Mr. Burns was on to something when he blocked out the sun."

    That's one of the Simpsons episodes that I've never seen but that I know the basics of because I've heard so many people talk about it. I'm really ashamed of the period of my life when I stopped watching The Simpsons. You can't have an intelligent conversation with someone younger than 35 if you're not well-versed in The Simpsons.

    By Blogger MDS, at 4:14 PM  

  • "It might be dark while they're brushing their teeth and eating their cocoa puffs but Kids start school around 8 or 8:30 right? It would still be light by then. Now, if they are in any after-school activity, it's dark when they come home. I remember walking home from school in the dark. What's the differance?"

    Schoolkids in rural areas often have to wait outside for the bus in the morning at the roadside, which may be far removed from the house. They can have 20 minutes on the bus -- or more -- depending on how far out they live.

    One difference: Usually the coldest temp of the day is an hour or two before the sun comes up. So morning darkness and evening darkness are different.

    I would rather see adults running in the dark by choice with reflective tape, etc., than children being forced outside into morning darkness every fall and winter schoolday.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:56 PM  

  • I say quit switching! We are creatures of habit. Twice a year some of us jump through hoops of fire by law.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:00 PM  

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