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Daylight saving time?

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by franca, Nov 9, 2011.

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  1. franca

    franca Thread Starter

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    Why on earth Do we still need daylight saving time?...what a pain !!!!!...:mad:
     
  2. Ent

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    I don't understand. What's changed that we shouldn't need DST now where we did before?
     
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    I like DST because it stays light later in the summer but I wish they wouldn't change it back to standard time in the fall. DST was supposed to help the farmers tend to their crops later in the day but they could just leave it that way all the time.
     
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    Wouldn't farmers be the only people who shouldn't care what the time was officially? It's not like DST moves the Sun back or anything, and they can work when it's light if they so choose without having to deal with 9-5 restrictions or such.

    I guess if they didn't move it back, the in-creeping long nights of winter would mean we're going to school or work while it's still dark (or even darker than it is anyway)
     
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    There's controversy about that reason, others say it was to save electricity. But I guess farmers wouldn't have to get up with the chickens (unless to feed them :D) and could work later into the evening.
    Yup, but you'd be coming home while it's still light instead of dark. It's all relative. :)
     
  6. buffoon

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    Well, from what I've meanwhile gleaned, in "more modern time" the Germans started it in WW I (1916) to save coal (or so they thought) and many followed within a few years. I guess it initially was deemed to have an effect on energy in general (lighting specifically) in that with earlier dawn you darn well get up earlier and thus also return from work earlier, enabling you to go to bed shortly after instead of hours after dusk and keeping the lamps off.

    Reverse effect in winter with dawn being not so far away at rising etc. etc.

    Baloney, of course.

    Interesting thing over here is the creeping abolishment of the traditional Spanish siesta. People go to work early here but take enormously long lunch breaks (traditionally for the after meal snooze although hardly any one does it) and then start again at 4 or 5 pm and work into the night. Now where the summer blazes the furnace, that used to even make sense in that the hours from noon til 5 pm are intolerable for doing anything. But that doesn't apply to all of Spain and with the advent of air conditioning the issue has long since become moot.

    Positive effect is though that with people having only a short lunch break and being kicked out at 5 pm, the energy bill for the offices and shops go down. Since it doesn't matter anymore how hot the offices still get at 5 pm, A/C is simply turned off. Saves a bundle. Same with heating in winter in the cooler parts of Spain.

    Nothing to do with DST but shows one CAN save energy.

    As far as livestock is concerned, with the change from and to DST the dog gets totally confused as to what time he may beg for food. Not that it matters much since I feed him when I feel like it anyway.:D

    But I'm gonna have to buy that cockerel a watch. Crows at an ungodly hour now.:eek:
     
  7. Wino

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    I would prefer the current setting year round.

    I like Mexico's (and Spains as mentioned above) long lunches as we could eat and drink, sober up, then return to work - this worked well even in the USA (white collar rules under these guide lines)(y):D The only drawback is liver damage.:eek:
     
  8. buffoon

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    Yeah, sadly the siesta is going here, at least in the cities. Now one has to get sloshed within half an hour and then spend what's left of the afternoon doing foolish things in the office.:D Not sure of the economical damage of that one, statistics being as yet sparse.
     
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    Yeah the turn on the headlights thing at 3:30-4 really is depressing.
     
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    because kids going to school can get out early in more light
     
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