Robert Winner


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Daylight Savings Time

On 10 March 2013 at 2 AM we again employ daylight time in some places and maintain regular time in others.

It has been argued that it should save electrical use but there are no studies that suggest this occurs.

In the US a chief of a Indian reservation once stated: Only the white man could think that if you cut off one foot at one end of a blanket and sewed it on the other end that the blanket would be longer.

Does daylight savings time still serve a purpose .... should it be stopped?

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    Mar 12 2013: Research when daylight savings time was invented, then you'll realize that it has nothing to do with electronics. Spend 5 minutes on the internet and you will have the answer to your question. In fact, I'll do your work for you:

    The modern idea of daylight saving was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson. Adding daylight to evenings benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours

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    Mar 12 2013: Over here we do it for much more pragmatic reasons. An hour of daylight after work is more use to me than an hour of daylight before work. If you work 9to5 there is little use in the sun rising at 4am.
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    Mar 11 2013: At 33-degrees North Latitude we get 16-hours of daylight in the Summer; 13-hours in the Fall and the Spring; and 10-hours in the Winter. That is cast in concrete. Clocks and politics can have no effect on those numbers. If we are awake in the hours of darkness we need electric lights. If we sleep during the hours of darkness we do not need electric lights. If the best time to do what you do is from 2-hours after sunrise to 4-hours before sunset, then that is when you do it! Who cares what the clock says? Imagine if we said 2+2=4 in the Winter and 5 in the Summer? Either DST is stupid, or I am stupid (I hope it's DST).
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    Gail .

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    Mar 11 2013: It's just stupid. I don't know anyone who likes it.
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        Mar 11 2013: Will you explain that purpose in a nutshell?
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        Mar 11 2013: RE: "If we didn't change. . . " BUZZZZZ. Wrong! The lights came-on at 4AM before and burned until the sun came up. Changing the clock from 4AM to 5AM has no effect of the length of time the lights are on. Also, there was no such thing as DST in medieval times. It is light until sunset no matter how you choose to set your clock. Strike 3!
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    Mar 11 2013: I thought for a long time that its purpose was to try to reduce crime in the later hours of the day, but I know that even this statement is contested. DST I believe tries to normalize sunrise times but I'm not sure if that was the problem to begin with. I like george's comment; at this point in time, it doesn't seem to serve much of a beneficial purpose.
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      Mar 11 2013: And I thought it had something to do with agriculture.
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        Mar 14 2013: I'm not sure if these were the only purposes, as this wiki image seems to bring up a good reason to keep it: attempting to normalize sleep schedules:
        Actually I'm pretty sure this was not the main intention but it still seems reasonable for those of us who live far from the equator to attempt to normalize sleep cycles.
  • Mar 11 2013: I am inclined to feel it is a solution in need of a problem.
  • Mar 11 2013: I personally think that it is one of the stupidest rituals that we go through.
    It was proposed by some entomologist in 1885 so that he could collect more bugs in his off hours.
    It is supposed to save energy but that has never been shown to be the case.
    It is also supposed to allow more activities at night that rely on sunlight, but in our modern world that is hard to justify.
    It screws up everybody's day twice each year by introducing a one hour jet lag artificially into your sleep cycle and no one seems to worry about the cost.
    If you wanted to introduce two new holidays that everyone got, you could imagine the complaining about the impact on the economy.
    I really hate the extra dark in the morning. I would love to see this bizarre behaviour canned.