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Daylight Saving Time [DST] is the
Greatest Continuing Fraud
on the American people !!!
your representatives in both the
U.S. House and Senate it is time to repeal
DST; you want them to end DST.
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Daylight Saving Time Is America's Greatest Shame
Daylight Saving Time [DST] is the greatest continuing fraud
ever perpetrated on the American people. And this past weekend, the effect of
this cruel monster reared its ugly head again.
Tell you representatives in Congress [Senate and House] you
want to stop this insane practice. Let the representative know you want a change
made to this outdated irrational Law.
On Sunday morning, Americans across the country were forced
to set their clocks back one hour, and this week, the sun will begin its ambling
lurch to set at 4:30 in the afternoon.
Technically-speaking, this sleep cycle-wrecking practice of
setting our clocks back occurs so we can return to Standard Time after our
flirty summer with DST. And the unsettling shift back to these hours, and the
hour "we gain," is the back-end of the time-bargain we pay for setting
our clocks forward in March to "maximize daylight"—a phrase probably
better suited to organisms that rely on photosynthesis—during the spring and
Why we try and "maximize daylight" like we're
plants is actually an archaic practice first thought up in the late 1700s and
often attributed to Benjamin Franklin. As some elementary school teacher may
have explained to you, this was a practice to accommodate agricultural workers
and farmers (wrong, and we'll get to this in a minute) or to lower the nation's
A lot of that is prime nonsense, pure b.s.. There is
actually no benefit or rhyme or reason for why we had to endure this weekend's
time shift and no reason we should even be playing with the idea of losing and
gaining hours. Here's why:
The Energy Savings Are Minimal
A large push for DST has always been the idea that this time
warp saved money and helped conserve energy. In the 1970s the energy crisis
helped further this notion along. This is all a myth—the energy-savings are
tiny. First off, did you notice any change in your energy bills between
2006-2008? I know that recalling electricity bills is asking a lot, but the
reason I ask is that we actually extended DST by a month in 2007. The thought
was that a month of DST would bring more savings.
That was wrong. The great energy-sucking state of California
actually studied the impact of that extension and found it wanting.
"Formally, weather- and lighting-corrected savings from DST were estimated
at 0.18%," the California Energy Commission reported.
There was also another study on the state of Indiana, a
state that went full DST in 2006. A team from Yale studied what happened
post-DST, and found that the average Indianan was hit in the wallet by DST.
National Geographic reported:
In their 2008 National Bureau of Economic Research
study, the team found that lighting demand dropped, but the warmer hour of
extra daylight tacked onto each evening led to more air-conditioning use,
which canceled out the gains from reduced lighting and then some: Hoosiers
paid higher electric bills than before DST, the study showed.
DST Is Bad For Your Health
Seasonal affective disorder [SAD], is when people get bummed
out when the seasons shift. Sunlight plays a role into that, and you'd think
that DST would be something everyone would be looking forward to. Wrong. In
order to get more daylight during the day, DST short-changes the early-morning
sun hours. Those hours are important for those affected by SAD. And it's also
very important for your sleep patterns.
"Daylight savings time is anti-physiologic, and it’s
a little deleterious, at least for several days," Dr. Nicholas Rummo,
director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital
told Health.com, adding that "light earlier in the day is more helpful
Research has also shown that DST, and shifts and the
rupturing of sleep patterns is also linked to myocardial infractions (a.k.a.
heart-attacks), car accidents, and medical equipment malfunctions.
Time Shifts Are Bad For Your Productivity
American exceptionalism is a phrase we've heard a lot
recently, and it's usually prefixed by words like "dwindling" or
"losing faith in...". If we want to continue this path, then we might
as well have DST and shifting time patterns every few months. The weird shift in
time messes with our sleep patterns and our bodies, and our work.
"We're encountering data of an increase in extra
auto and workplace accidents on Monday or perhaps even carrying through the
first week of the Spring time shift," Dr. James Wyatt, at Rush
University Medical Center told ABC News in 2012. National Geographic spoke
with Till Roenneberg, a chronobiologist, and he explained why:
Light doesn't do the same things to the body in the
morning and the evening. More light in the morning would advance the body
clock, and that would be good. But more light in the evening would even
further delay the body clock.
DST Is Not Financially Responsible
Think about what you could do with $147 million. That's how
much the Air Transport Association estimated the 2007, one-month shift cost the
airline industry because time schedules with the world (a lot of which does not
believe in DST) were messed up.
DST Is Not Helping Any Farmers
Oh right, we almost forgot about farmers. I remember my
second grade teacher told skinny, frail, 7-year-old me, "We do this [time
shift] for the farmers." I didn't know any farmers, but I remember feeling
noble and helpful. I did not know I was being lied to.
"That's the complete inverse of what's true,"
Tufts University professor Michael Downing, told National Geographic. "The
farmers were the only organized lobby against daylight saving in the history
of the country." The reason, Downing explains, is that DST left
them with less sunlight to get crops to market.
DST affects dairy farmers the most, since cows' bodies and
the milk they're tasked with producing are affected by the time changes.
You Don't Even Like DST
"God, I love getting up an hour earlier," said no
one ever. "Me too. I can't wait to have my schedule messed up in the
fall," no one replied.
A 2011 Rasmussen poll (for what it's worth, Rasmussen can be
a bit skewed when it comes to conservative politicians but seems to have no
known bias against time zones) found that 47 percent (ha, Romney, ha) of
Americans said DST was not worth the hassle.
So how do we fix all of this? The real evil here is change.
No one really minds if 4 a.m. is 4 a.m. They (and their possible heart attacks)
mind if for some reason or another that 4 a.m. is now 5 a.m and will be 4 a.m.
in a few months. It's time to stop this insanity.
To tell you representatives in Congress [Senate and House]
you want to stop this insane practice complete the form attached to this post
and either fax, electronically mail, or send the request form to your
representatives via first class mail that will let the representative know you
want a change made to this outdated irrational Law.
The tome in support of our position on the elimination of
daylight savings time was created by The Wire and found on:
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