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(Chmura Economics & Analytics)   Switching to Daylight Saving Time costs the American economy $434 million due to lost sleep, according to the rocket surgeons at the Institute For Pulling Statistics Out Of Our Asses   ( sleepbetter.org) divider line
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2013-03-11 09:14:25 AM  
14 votes:
What I've just realized upon reading this is that, if "springing forward" costs the economy half a billion dollars, then the opposite must be true when we "fall back" (which makes sense because instead of losing an hour, we're gaining one). So, let's do this: we'll mandate that, for the next year or so, we'll "fall back" one more hour until the budget deficit is fixed. No need to get unreasonable about it...we can do one a week, for an economic gain of about $2 billion per month. $24 billion in a year, not too shabby. Yes, this will cause some havoc with people's schedules, but as Mr. Obama is so fond of saying, we've all got to sacrifice. We could even switch it up a bit and make the fallback 2 hours at a time, which would double our savings. We could be in a surplus situation in a couple of years.

And before you start poo-pooing the idea, I know what the major critique is. Yes, when all is said and done, we'd be a day or two, maybe 3 or 4, behind ourselves. That's fine..."days" are just a human concept, anyway. And once the economy was fixed and there was no more need to fall back for money, we could start springing forward again, a little at a time, until we were back to "normal." It's similar to time travel, really.

Hey, that's an idea...what if we could fall back enough to change past events? Like, maybe stop the recession before it happened? We could make a ton of money for the economy AND prevent economic collapse, so we'd be ahead on two fronts. I'm excited about this.
2013-03-11 01:12:54 PM  
3 votes:
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Hi Everybody!  Whats all the fuss about?
2013-03-11 11:58:46 AM  
3 votes:

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2013-03-11 12:54:47 PM  
2 votes:
Time should be based on your exact longitude at any given moment. That way we could put office workers on conveyor belts that started moving west at the end of the day to buy a few more second of productivity. It would also stimulate urban planning through the necessary re-zoning for the 10 mile long cube runways.
2013-03-11 10:52:52 AM  
2 votes:

lousyskater: Arizona has handled it pretty well.


There's a sentence you don't see every day.
2013-03-11 10:16:48 AM  
2 votes:
Just imagine the loss if it happened during March Madness basketball.
2013-03-11 12:25:05 PM  
1 vote:

Heamer: If I were an employer, and an employee came into work late "because of daylight saving time", they would probably be fired on the spot. I simply do not understand how a one-hour time change affects people so radically.


I don't understand anal seepage. But if an employee came in late because of it, I would show him a little compassion.
2013-03-11 11:39:24 AM  
1 vote:

Pocket Ninja: What I've just realized upon reading this is that, if "springing forward" costs the economy half a billion dollars, then the opposite must be true when we "fall back" (which makes sense because instead of losing an hour, we're gaining one). So, let's do this: we'll mandate that, for the next year or so, we'll "fall back" one more hour until the budget deficit is fixed. No need to get unreasonable about it...we can do one a week, for an economic gain of about $2 billion per month. $24 billion in a year, not too shabby. Yes, this will cause some havoc with people's schedules, but as Mr. Obama is so fond of saying, we've all got to sacrifice. We could even switch it up a bit and make the fallback 2 hours at a time, which would double our savings. We could be in a surplus situation in a couple of years.

And before you start poo-pooing the idea, I know what the major critique is. Yes, when all is said and done, we'd be a day or two, maybe 3 or 4, behind ourselves. That's fine..."days" are just a human concept, anyway. And once the economy was fixed and there was no more need to fall back for money, we could start springing forward again, a little at a time, until we were back to "normal." It's similar to time travel, really.

Hey, that's an idea...what if we could fall back enough to change past events? Like, maybe stop the recession before it happened? We could make a ton of money for the economy AND prevent economic collapse, so we'd be ahead on two fronts. I'm excited about this.



Sorry, but the whole reason for the Bush recession was time travelers.
2013-03-11 11:20:43 AM  
1 vote:
I like to switch some clocks and leave the others, so that I can pretend I'm a time traveler on trips between different rooms.
2013-03-11 11:12:12 AM  
1 vote:

choo: 3rdtimearound: Can't we just cut to the chase and blame Obama Hitler for this mess?

FTFY!


Sorry - but what did you change to my post?
2013-03-11 11:03:23 AM  
1 vote:

dittybopper: I do have analog wall clocks. Know why? Because they always work, don't depend on infrastructure beyond a single AA battery, and an analog clock face is a much better intuitive visual representation of time than a digital display


At least you will know the exact time the government came to take your guns.
2013-03-11 10:57:43 AM  
1 vote:
Can't we just cut to the chase and blame Obama for this mess?
2013-03-11 10:55:00 AM  
1 vote:

jfivealive: I usually spend about 5 minutes a day picking my nose, so I had to give that up yesterday in order to change the clocks that didn't adjust automatically.  It was tough, but it did lead to extra good pickins today.


Fifty bucks more says he eats it...Man that kid'll eat anything.
2013-03-11 10:44:01 AM  
1 vote:

odinsposse: JackieRabbit: Begoggle: DST is stupid.
Get rid of it.

Every year, we read in the media that Benjamin Franklin first proposed DST. He did, of course, but the ill-educated media morons never say anything more about this, which tells me they know nothing of Franklin. Franklin was a master of the absurd argument and had keen and somewhat evil sense of humor. He would propose ridiculous things and support them with what first appear to be sound logic, but when taken on whole, become farcical. His proposal for DST was one of these. He never meant for it to be taken seriously. He was just farking with the stupid people of his day.

So I shouldn't have slept with all of those old ladies?


He proposed it to save on expensive candles. And, once I succeed in my ascention to mad scientist/supervillain, I will ensure that the switch to daylight savings time costs at least $434 million if the people can't make it to that number naturally.
2013-03-11 10:37:22 AM  
1 vote:

dittybopper: Do your wall clocks update automatically?  Alarm clocks?  What about your stove?  Hell, even my relatively new (2 years old) TV needs to be told when to change.


Here are the list of clocks I have. DVR, alarm, cell phone, car stereo, computer. Other things that have clocks such as microwaves, stoves, or stereos I don't bother ever setting to begin with. I have no analog wall clocks.

dittybopper: Don't you think it's wasteful to get rid of things that still work simply because they aren't "new"?


No. I sell them to the less fortunate than me, then I go out and stimulate the economy by buying new. Its a win-win.
2013-03-11 10:35:25 AM  
1 vote:
I usually spend about 5 minutes a day picking my nose, so I had to give that up yesterday in order to change the clocks that didn't adjust automatically.  It was tough, but it did lead to extra good pickins today.
2013-03-11 10:33:24 AM  
1 vote:

Begoggle: DST is stupid.
Get rid of it.


Every year, we read in the media that Benjamin Franklin first proposed DST. He did, of course, but the ill-educated media morons never say anything more about this, which tells me they know nothing of Franklin. Franklin was a master of the absurd argument and had keen and somewhat evil sense of humor. He would propose ridiculous things and support them with what first appear to be sound logic, but when taken on whole, become farcical. His proposal for DST was one of these. He never meant for it to be taken seriously. He was just farking with the stupid people of his day.
2013-03-11 09:14:18 AM  
1 vote:
I'd imagine we lose at least twice that to people biatching about the time change on social media.
 
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