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DST Kills, Election Day

More proof that DST kills:
At 2 a.m. local time Sunday, standard time returned. That means clocks should have been set back an hour.

It also means that pedestrians walking around dusk are now nearly three times more likely to be struck and killed by cars than before the time change, the researchers calculate.

Ending daylight saving time translates into about 37 more U.S. pedestrian deaths around 6 p.m. in November compared to October, the professors report.
I've been trying to get the word out that DST kills since 2005. Get the word out. Join the revolution.

Today is Election Day in the United States. Go vote for candidates that are anti-DST, anti-histamine, and pro-Fair Tax. If you don't have any candidates that meet those requirements on your ballot, write my name in. I was planning on having an official looking release this weekend about my Presidential candidacy, but it's been really busy over here. Hopefully in the next few days, I'll be able to get something together.

But for now, feel free to write me in for any of the positions you vote for today.

Hat tip to sidelobe for the DST article.

Comments

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prester_scott
Nov. 6th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
0ccam
Nov. 6th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
Nice icon.
0ccam
Nov. 6th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
The article I read about how DST kills was more proposing that we switch to DST and NOT SWITCH BACK.
christtrekker
Nov. 6th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
Link?
0ccam
Nov. 6th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
It's the same article the good Dr. linked. Specifically these "paragraphs":

"Benjamin Franklin conceived of daylight savings time as a way of saving candles," Rader said Friday. "Today we know it saves lives."

The risk at 6 p.m. in November, after daylight saving time ends, is 11 times higher than the risk for the same hour in April, when daylight saving begins, according to the Carnegie Mellon researchers.

We just came OUT of Daylight Saving Time. They're saying that DST Saves lives.
drmellow
Nov. 6th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
First, to be clear -- Franklin's piece was satirical. A lot of people who like to portray Franklin as a DST supporter don't seem to realize his writing is satire.

Also, they're not saying that DST saves lives. They're saying that it's the act of switching that is dangerous:
It's not the darkness itself, but the adjustment to earlier nighttime that's the killer, said professors Paul Fischbeck and David Gerard, both of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
We need to get on one time year-round. I'm pushing for standard time year-round, but will entertain the possibility of being on DST year-round. If we did that, I'd just rename it to standard time. As long as we don't have to change our clocks for part of the year, I'll be much happier.
0ccam
Nov. 6th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
I know it was satire. Didn't I post sources in response to someone's comment elsewhere in your journal? Maybe it wasn't your journal...

Finding out it was satire made me happy. I would so like to have lunch with Ben Franklin and Isaac Asimov...

I had to include that part that mentions Franklin for the snippet to make sense.

While being "on DST" year 'round would be better, it would sort of defeat the standard that's been long set, and so I'd rather just eliminate it entirely. If the government wants to push the idea of doing stuff at a different time, just change when government offices open and close! Instead of opening at 9, they could open at 8 or 10 or whatever made them happy.
drmellow
Nov. 6th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Excellent! We seem to agree on our DST thoughts.

Yes, it was in my journal that you pointed out the satire. I figured I should bring it up again here, more for anyone else who ends up reading the thread....
0ccam
Nov. 6th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the confirmation! I couldn't remember...and I didn't feel like searching.

Whenever I think about Franklin and DST I think of that bumpersticker/tshirt that said, "When God created Man, She was only kidding" and I want to substitute a few words... :)
0ccam
Nov. 6th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I meant to say earlier that it's nice to find someone that thinks pretty much as I do about the wisdom of changing all the clocks in the country twice a year.

Most people don't seem to care. OTOHk, many immigrants can't believe that someone isn't playing a prank on them...
christtrekker
Nov. 6th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yes yes oh yes! Having "noon/midday" mean "sun is at my meridian" makes sense—keep "human time" somewhat based on "natural time". Going DST year round would be dumb. If that's the effect you want, businesses can just operate 7-4 instead of 8-5!!! Being consistent year-round would be great, but "standard DST" would be a resounding "wtf???" in the annals of history.

Why do we, as a society, seem to have this fascination with sleeping in past the beginning of the useful part of the day, and staying up until all hours of the night? That's the whole problem.
drmellow
Nov. 6th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
Right. Change the way we respond to the sun instead of lying about what the sun is doing.
0ccam
Nov. 6th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Actually, if left to my own sleep & wakeup time, I'd probably still sleep well into the daylight and go to be well after nightfall.

But I agree with you otherwise.
drmellow
Nov. 6th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Different people have different ways of responding to the sun. They have different schedules they want to keep. There is no such thing as a "normal" time to wake up and go to bed -- it depends on what your job is, what your preferences are. Lying about what time it is, depending on what time of year it is, is a stupid response to try to make a "normal" time standard, when, in fact, there is no such thing as "normal."
christtrekker
Nov. 6th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
OK, I thought that might have been what you meant but wasn't sure.
pingback_bot
Mar. 7th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
DST Kills
User drmellow referenced to your post from DST Kills saying: [...] for eliminating Daylight Saving Time. Studies show that it wastes energy and costs more and is responsible for increased death and injury rates. Obviously, this is a horrible practice that should be abolished -- we are slaves to DST. ... [...]
(Anonymous)
Apr. 14th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
More data for your cause (and mine)
http://utah-standard.blogspot.com/

I ask everybody I know if they like changing to DST, and back; and I can't find anyone who likes it, yet it goes on year after year, bugging people and accomplishing absolutely nothing. It's only certain effect is to kill an extra 150 pedestrians every year.
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