Sunday, March 8, 2015

Daylight Savings Time Begins - Don't Forget About The Clocks In Your Cameras

Time Record - Stallion Springs, California
It's that time of the year again where we "spring forward" our clocks here in the U.S. Many clocks nowadays do this automatically, but most clocks found in digital cameras do not. So don't forget to change these. Otherwise you'll be looking at the EXIF files later and you'll realize that the time is an hour off, but you can't go back and change that.

This whole Daylight Savings stuff is insanity. Think about this: time does not change. The universe does not "spring forward" and "fall back." The sun rises and sets on schedule. However, for some reason, we all pretend that time changes. We all make-believe that it is one hour later than it actually is.

Why do we all blindly use a fictional time in the summer? What's the point in setting our clocks to a phony hour?

There are two reasons, and they're both dumb.

First, environmentalists think that we use less electricity in the summer when the time is adjusted. This isn't logical and it isn't reality. You don't actually use less electricity by getting up and going to bed an hour early. Several studies show that Daylight Savings actually increases energy consumption by a tiny amount, which is the opposite of what is supposed to happen.

Second, the travel industry likes Daylight Savings because it gives vacationers an extra hour of daylight in the evenings when these people are out and about. And studies have shown that vacationers will spend more money because of this.

An interesting study out of the University of Alabama shows that heart attacks increase about 10% the two days after we "spring" our clocks forward. Yikes! Another study shows that, due to the interruption in our circadian clock, after the Daylight Savings time changes people are less productive and are more likely to become ill.

Besides that, farmers don't like Daylight Savings. They have to adjust what they do, which causes problems for them. Cows don't care much for the time changes, and dairy farmers are particularly impacted by this.

In reality, Daylight Savings is a ploy to get us to spend more of our hard-earned money on our summer travels. That's the only so-called benefit. The environmentalists are pretending that less electricity is being used, much like we are pretended in July that it is five o'clock in the afternoon instead of four o'clock. And in return for the great benefit we are having more heart attacks. Great! Spending and dying more--sounds like a winning government policy to me.

Arizona apparently is the only state left in America that hasn't gone insane. They refuse to observe Daylight Savings, and Arizonans will tell you that the rest of the country is crazy for pretending that the time is different than it actually is.

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