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Fight DST!

I have, in the past, mentioned my vehement opposition to the archaic and primitive practice known as Daylight Savings Time. Allow me to once again reiterate my position for those who are unaware of the dreadful effects of this pointless legislation.

Daylight Savings Time was instituted during World War I as a way to save fuel during the later hours of the summer. This argument hardly applies these days, since the Great War has been over for several years. In addition to its pointlessness, Daylight Savings Time actually contributes to accidental deaths: the monday after we "Spring Forward", traffic accidents nationwide increase by 8 percent! That is just unacceptable.

I propose a permanent shift forward. This way, we get more evening sunlight year-round, especially during the depressing winter months when getting out of work when it's already dark is enough to make one want to kill oneself. I am fighting for the working people! For the SAD people! For everyone who likes to SEE sunsets, not sit through them in a cubicle!

Vote for me!

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maga_dogg
Oct. 31st, 2004 07:21 am (UTC)
I think in Britain the justification had something to do with farmers in Scotland getting out of bed before it got light and this affecting the national haggis deficit, or something.
dont_help_me
Oct. 31st, 2004 07:26 am (UTC)
hmm... sounds good to me.
pididdle
Oct. 31st, 2004 08:25 am (UTC)
I'm with you!
I can't stand seeing it get dark before dinner time. I'm all for this permanent shift forward

Also, I'm curious to know how DST helps increase the amount of traffic accidents.
rfreebern
Oct. 31st, 2004 11:11 am (UTC)
Re: I'm with you!
When we set our clocks forward, everyone loses an hour of sleep. Sleepier drivers in the morning commute leads to more traffic accidents. DST kills!
pididdle
Oct. 31st, 2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm with you!
Ah, that makes sense for april, but not october ;)
rfreebern
Oct. 31st, 2004 03:28 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm with you!
Yeah, but you can't get rid of one without getting rid of the other.
ydna
Oct. 31st, 2004 09:39 am (UTC)
You've got my vote. And my dad's. I was just thinking as my wife went around resetting about 80 clocks that I should start a state initiative to have Washington state opt out of the DST program (as Arizona and Indiana did).
kathryn0442
Oct. 31st, 2004 10:15 am (UTC)
heeheee i only have three clocks--alarm clock, cell phone, and watch. the computer re-sets itself. I guess it pays to be a poor college student living in a 1 bedroom a apartment :-p
kathryn0442
Oct. 31st, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
Hmmm...I didn't know that it was about saving fuel. I thought it was about farmers and crops and went back farther than that.

Arizona doesn't do it so I always have to think twice about what time it is before I call my family there. I do hate this early darkness--it adds to the seasonal affective disorder or whatever that is I bet. I wonder if the occurrence of depression in winter is less in Arizona. But then that could also have to do w/the fact that they are all warm and sunny all the time. But I know that Alaska has the highest suicide rate and it is suspected that it is because of the months where there is no sunlight at all. So this permanent switch could be good.

What does it have to do w/traffic accidents?
rfreebern
Oct. 31st, 2004 11:15 am (UTC)
When we set our clocks forward, everyone loses an hour of sleep. Sleepier drivers in the morning commute leads to more traffic accidents. DST kills!
kathryn0442
Oct. 31st, 2004 11:19 am (UTC)
oooooohh but this time we set them BACK. I love that little "gift" of an extra hour's sleep heehee. Even though I was up till 4 anyway and slept till 11. ha. but if it was a work day it would've been a gift of sleep
kathryn0442
Oct. 31st, 2004 11:20 am (UTC)
you know what else causes accidents? Rhode Island drivers...



hahahhahah ;-)
rfreebern
Oct. 31st, 2004 03:30 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha ha. So true. I am so sick and tired of driving around here. I'm glad I work from home now because I don't have to drive nearly as much.

When I had to spend two hours a day commuting, I would get home each day feeling homicidal and have to spend a while just lying down letting my rage cool off. It was awful!
davidglasser
Oct. 31st, 2004 11:58 am (UTC)
I dunno, I kind of liked getting a 25-hour 21st birthday!
rfreebern
Oct. 31st, 2004 03:31 pm (UTC)
Oh! Happy birthday!

I hope you are wearing your birthday suit to any costume parties tonight.
rringram
Oct. 31st, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC)
I too suffer the effects of seasonal depression.

The sight of pepper is enough to make me burst into tears.
sexybabyeater
Oct. 31st, 2004 01:33 pm (UTC)
I think I agree with the Permanent Shift Foreward as well...:D makes more sense, and I'll be driving soon, so the more accidents thing is kinda creepy...yesness!
bohemelibrarian
Oct. 31st, 2004 07:46 pm (UTC)
You got my vote! Happy Halloween!
allypopsicle
Nov. 1st, 2004 07:48 am (UTC)
yeahhhhhH!
i miss sunlight in the evenings.
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