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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 5 hours ago. 19 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

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Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

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Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2014 at 8:41pm

My memory of daylight saving time comes from being a child during WW II. It was claimed to save energy for production of goods and services, that day light was needed to reduce the use of alternative light sources. 

"The energy saving benefits of Summer Time were recognized during World War II,"

Rationale and original idea

Of course, I am not meeting any schedule these days ... one of th benefits of retirement. However, since my retirement, I wake up with the sun and go to bed with the sun. It works for me just fine. No involvement with the clock at all. 

Let us remember that time is also a construct of man's mind. It is all relative to the seasons. Having GMT sets a standard for all to follow.  

When I lived in Alaska for two years, we had two hours of daylight in the winter and two hours of night in the summer. Living in southern Texas was quite different, but I can't remember if it caused me any distress or not. I think not. Some people had to put window covers to prevent daylight in summer. I didn't have a problem, but then, I didn't have to be any where on time.

Comment by Plinius on October 30, 2014 at 4:24pm

It always takes a week or so to get adjusted - I wonder who profits from DST?

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 30, 2014 at 3:59pm

I'm a very early morning person, and I hate Daylight "Savings" Time.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 30, 2014 at 3:57pm

@Grinning Cat: there's also a spike in evening traffic accidents in the fall for about a week after we obediently turn our clocks back.  People not used to driving home in the dark.

What I've hated for most of my adult life, is that nearly every job had me facing east while driving to work in the morning, and facing the setting sun at "night" on my way home.

The very least they could do is shorten DST to 6 months...on the summer & winter solstices.....  Would make more sense. 

Maybe.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 30, 2014 at 3:49pm

In the 1950s and earlier, ALL railroads ran on Standard Time year-round. It made more sense, especially for long-distance trains that crossed 3 or 4 time zones during a trip.

In the summer of 1957, I was in Minot ND, and they were trying DST for the very first time.  It was chaos!  Twilight at midnight, and noisy kids driving around and around the (then) tiny business district....and we had to be up at 6:30 to get ready for all-day rehearsals that began at 8AM. I was only 17, but it was the first time I really wanted to slap somebody....I just didn't know who.

I don't know when it changed, but Arizona is now the only state that doesn't "do" DST.  Almost worth moving there just for that.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 30, 2014 at 1:46pm

GC - I read that a few months back and can't recall what the article was. I tried to find it in Goog News, but no luck. Sorry.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 30, 2014 at 1:39pm

I also read that there's a spike in traffic accidents in the days after "springing forward" and losing an hour.

Supposed energy savings in the summer are probably offset by increased air conditioning use. I'd love to learn about the evidence that the Chamber of Commerce was DST's main backer.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 30, 2014 at 1:13pm

There's a book titled Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time by Michael Downing. Here's the Amazon summary:

Michael Downing is obsessed with Daylight Saving, the loopy idea that became the most persistent political controversy in American history. Almost one hundred years after Congressmen and lawmakers in every state first debated, ridiculed, and then passionately embraced the possibility of saving an hour of daylight, no one can say for sure why we are required by law to change our clocks twice a year. Who first proposed the scheme? The most authoritative sources agree it was a Pittsburgh industrialist, Woodrow Wilson, a man on a horse in London, a Manhattan socialite, Benjamin Franklin, one of the Caesars, or the anonymous makers of ancient Chinese and Japanese water clocks.

Spring Forward is a portrait of public policy in the 20th century, a perennially boiling cauldron of unsubstantiated science, profiteering masked as piety, and mysteriously shifting time-zone boundaries. It is a true-to-life social comedy with Congress in the leading role, surrounded by a supporting cast of opportunistic ministers, movie moguls, stockbrokers, labor leaders, sports fanatics, and railroad execs.

I also read somewhere a while back that the typical, more rational reasons given for DST (safety for school kids, more light for farmers to work) are BS, and that the Chamber of Commerce was the main lobbyist for it because market research showed that people are more likely to stop and shop when it's still light out.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 30, 2014 at 12:50pm

Randall, can't you take a cop-type flashlight with you when you walk at night?  OR no light; enjoy the "light show" in the sky if it's clear.

People around here who have to walk their dogs after dinner, usually carry baseball bats, or golf clubs, because developers have ruined the hills half a mile from here, and we have a serious coyote problem at dawn and dusk.  (We're also experiencing a severe drought, and there is very little natural prey for the coyotes in the hills anymore, so they go after people's pets, and sometimes even toddlers.  They also will drink chlorinated water out of backyard pools....)

For my own self, I despise "daylight savings."  WTF are we "saving" it for?  It doesn't pay any interest....  It may have made sense during WW2 when factories were operating 24 hours a day, but that was a long time ago.

I hate waking up at 7AM and seeing only darkness outside.  Now that I'm retired, I just go back to sleep.  Or try to.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 30, 2014 at 7:44am

Daylight savings time is about to end. Being a morning person, I'm glad. But there goes my after supper walks. County back roads get pretty dark at night.

 

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