It’s that time of year again

For longer than probably most of you have been alive I have been advocating against the perpetuation of that chronological absurdity known as Daylight Saving(s) Time. Over half a century I’ve repeatedly tried to explain to anyone who will listen why it doesn’t work and isn’t a good idea. It’s an affront to Sandford Fleming, for one thing. It only has any positive effect in a limited longitudinal range, and then for a short time. It does harm to people’s health, upsets farming schedules, wastes daylight, causes accidents, and negatively effects the economy.

Look: it’s just wrong in every way and that’s all there is to it. No, there are no supporting arguments that make any sense. “I want to play golf in the evening” is not a supporting argument; it’s just selfish and stupid.

So those of us with functioning brains who realize the Earth is round in both directions finally managed to make some headway last year, about a century late. At last a few of the dimwits in charge got the message that the clock shift was a wrong thing to do. Unfortunately they didn’t completely understand. Of course politicians are those who know (almost) nothing about anything, which is why they’re put in charge of everything. (And you thought Wonderland was topsy-turvy.)

What they came up with is perhaps even a worse abomination: the notion of permanent Daylight Saving(s) Time. That’s right; they want to shift the clocks to indicate the wrong hour all year ’round. Honest-to-Khan. Despite the fact that people who actually study human health and welfare as well as economics and … well damn near everything else, have said this is a really bad idea.

It’s like trying to explain nuclear physics to an ant, except the subject matter is no where near as complicated. But evidently the ‘students’ make up for this by having even lower intelligence than the average bug. Yeah, that’s why they’re in charge. Their argument ‘for’ PDST seems to be that we can’t do business with other areas on the same longitude if they are on a different time standard. Never mind that we manage to do business with areas on different longitudes and time zones, up to and including a full day off.

Honestly, I’m thinking of launching a multi-billion dollar class-action lawsuit – based on the economic value lost to the stupid process – because money is the only thing politicians pay attention to.

Does anybody really know what time it is?

So this morning at 2:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time reverted to Pacific Standard Time.

Now let’s just stay there.

I have spent 50 years explaining to people that this time shift is idiotic and accomplishes nothing good, and it seems the populace is finally beginning to understand. There is a large segment of it even here in BC who want it ended. So much so that our incompetent legislature just passed some unnecessary law that will make the end of changing easier. They don’t know what they’re doing of course, and this is proven by the fact they think the switch should be to permanent DST! They aren’t doing it now, of course, because we don’t have a leader; he wants to wait until the neighboring (north/south) areas do it first. Never take the initiative when you can go along with the sheep, right? Some pathetic excuse about it being too confusing to be out of sync with other time zones. Like the rest of Canada or the rest of the world. I guess it’s irrelevant on the longitude and only matters on the latitude. No, he’s just stupid. So we’ve switched again and probably will do so in the Spring and then maybe again and again and again.

Despite the fact Sandford Fleming was Canadian.

Despite the fact noon is when the sun is directly overhead (ask any sundial).

Despite the fact there is a large body of scientific data demonstrating that DST, and not just the biannual time shift, is harmful.

Yeah, let’s do it wrong shall we? What else can you expect from government?

Anyway here’s a picture of a Piper PA-31 plane I took the other day. I’m including it for no particular reason. That seems to be the rationale behind everything these days.

PiperPA31