Sunday, April 02, 2006

Daylight Savings Time - A Capitalist Plot

In the Arctic, daylight savings time is nothing short of an absurdity. It's only a few weeks after the first day of spring, but already we have about 16 hours of daylight and twi-light. And by the time we reach mid-May, night-time darkness will only be a memory.

I don't know of how many of you are kept awake at 3:00 AM by kids, and I mean really young kids, playing out in the streets in hordes. But I can tell you that by the time of summer solstice, I would kill for a couple of hours of night. Deep, dark, ebony-flavoured night.

So I ask you, just who benefits from all this springing ahead and falling behind?

Yes, I understand the arguments (saving electricity, giving the farmers more daylight working hours, encouraging people who are afraid of the dark to shop after work), but it seems to me there are workarounds for each argument far simpler than screwing around with the clocks.

First of all, any savings in electricity and fuel costs gained by having one more hour of sunlight in the evening are immediately eaten up by having to turn on the lights and stoves 60 minutes later into each morning. Come on now, it's not like we're actually gaining daylight, we're just shifting it around like 3-card monte.

And more daylight hours for farmers - give me a fucking break! First off, do farmers actually have to work longer hours than they already do? And it seems to me that all the "ancient" professions - fishing, hunting, farming and hooking - work according to the normal diurnal timetable of the sun, moon and tides anyways. So this argument is entirely bogus.

Longer daylight shopping hours? It's not like we need more opportunities to spend our cash, with the Shopping Network, the Internet and corner stores going full bore 24/7.

So I ask you once again, who gains by removing one hour from the clock in April only to sneak it back into the deck in October?

Here's some hints - what activity (at least in North America) starts in April and ends in October? And what activity occurs usually in the evening during the working week? And what activity's greedy tentacles extend far into Washington's backside to push its evil agenda?

7 Comments:

Blogger Tea and Books, etc said...

I agree wholeheartedly, Nanuk. Please see my tears on this subject (mercifully brief).

12:39 PM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Yeah, farmers have headlights on their tractors now, what do they need more sunlight for?

Is the time after daylight savings time considered daylight spending time?

2:33 PM  
Blogger nanuk said...

TPK: I'm afraid not. After taxes I'm afraid all you'll have left is a glimmer.

T&B,etc: Nice quatrains!

3:43 PM  
Blogger Fuff said...

I love it when the days suddenly get longer and dread the clocks going back in October..

4:45 PM  
Blogger nanuk said...

I don't mind the days getting longer, but here they eventually take over the night completely - making it very difficult to sleep.

The long winter nights I can handle quite well, but not to see a single star for over 2 months is hard on the soul.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Fuff said...

I cannot quite imagine no stars..

5:53 PM  
Blogger The Wrath of Dawn said...

I'd explain but the time change has made me to tired. *flop*

ddddddddddddddddddd....

*picks self up off keyboard, goes to bed*

10:26 PM  

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