July 22

And you thought your senator was smart

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I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this.
A while back the House proposed that we (the USA) extend daylight-saving time for two months—starting a month earlier and ending a month later. I was all for it because I hate it when it gets dark at 5 PM. So is most everyone else—at least all the people I know were for it. You would think it would be a pretty simple deal, but this is the government we’re dealing with.
After the usual wrangling, the House and the Senate reached a compromise that extended daylight-saving time by only three weeks—not the full two months.
What could I not believe?
As reported on CNN:

According to some senators, farmers complained that a two-month extension could adversely affect livestock”�

Say what?
Do these folks think that changing daylight-saving time actually changes the amount of daylight? It only changes the setting of the clock; and since animals (at least all the ones I’ve ever been around) can’t tell time, how can a clock setting affect livestock? It gets light for them the same as ever, and dark, too.
Are these people really this dumb? Or am I missing something? If I am, please educate me.


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  1. Too funny! I know this is an old posting (I’m treating myself to going back and reading all your blog articles), but since the longer DST went into effect this year, it seemed timely (no pun intended).
    I remember back in the ’60s when they were first talking about DST. One guy wrote a scathing letter to the paper saying that humans have no business changing the orbit of the earth.
    Sheesh!
    Hi Kathy–
    The depth of the dumbth out there is truly astonishing.
    Cheers–
    MRE 

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