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Re: Weather now DST

Thanks for reminding me, Auralie. I've heard those arguments before. But I'm not sure they are either true or relevant. For example, why would running over fewer pedestrians in the morning be better than running over more of them in the evening, or vise versa? [Do we still have pedestrians in this country to run over anyway?] And, I suspect if you factor increasing day length into the electricity-saved equation, DST may even have a negative effect--burning power in the arising hours of the AM but not saving much in the retiring hours of the PM.

As far as I'm concerned, the only good thing about it is it keeps the rising sun out of my eyes when I drive to work every morning and, therefore, I hit fewer pedestrians than I normally would.

I still think the whole thing was a WWII morale builder--something to unite public sentiment behind the war effort with an easy "feel good" payoff--that had no other real purpose. Kinda like putting an American flag decal in the rear window of your pickup.

Since then, it seems to have become a symbol of atonement for squandering more than our share of the world's petroleum reserves.

On Sunday, February 27, 2005, at 07:14 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

In a message dated 02/27/2005 6:22:26 PM Eastern Standard Time,
jsinger@igc.org writes:
Please do. It's one of life's most inane rituals.

On Sunday, February 27, 2005, at 06:34 PM, Kitty wrote:

So just IN and AZ are sane?
I really don't know about the rest of the world.  I don't even know if
Canada bothers.  I'll ask.
This may not answer you questions, but is an exerpt from a
piece in my club's newsletter.
The idea of Daylight Saving Time was first mentioned in a whimsical essay
by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, titled bTurkey vs. Eagle, McCauley is my
It was first advocated seriously by a London builder, William Willett
(1865-1915), who proposed advancing clocks 20 minutes on each of four Sundays
April, and retarding them by the same amount on four Sundays in September. A
bill was introduced in the British Parliament in 1909, and was met with
and opposition. However a bSummer Timeb bill was adopted in 1917,
a similar enactment in Germany, with the object of saving coal. During World
War II, clocks remained ahead throughout the year, and were set ahead for two
hours during the summer.
Studies done by the U.S. Department of Transportation show that Daylight
Saving Time trims the entire countrybs electricity usage by a significant,
small amount, of less than one percent each day. There is also a small public
health benefit to Daylight Saving Time. Studies in the U.S. and Britain have
found that daylight, almost certainly because of improved visibility,
substantially decreases (by four times) the likelihood of pedestrians being
killed on
the roads.

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Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
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