Daylight Time (Otherwise Known as Fake Time)

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Daylight Time (Otherwise Known as Fake Time)

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U.S. law established standard times zones with the Act of March 19, 1918 (known as the Standard Time Act. Daylight Time was ended nationally in 1919 but brought back during World War II, from February 1942 to September 1945. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 standardized the dates of beginning and end of Daylight Time but allowed states to decided whether to take part. These days Daylight Time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

Some believe that Daylight Time is not worth the trouble and that it is an antiquated idea. Daylight Time ends in 2014 at 2am on Sunday 2 November.

More information:
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/daylight_time.php
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Sadly, Daylight Time begins on 13 March, making 18 March the first viewing session at Highland Road Park Observatory to be during Daylight Time. This "time shift" (many feel unnecessary) lasts until November.
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Yippee! Daylight Time ends early this coming Sunday morning. We "get the hour back", and get back to the clock matching where the Sun actually is! Now, if only we can stop this completely...
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There is a conversation right now in the State Legislature to eradicate the back-and-forth of Daylight to Standard, which is a very good thing; it was always quite nonsensical.

There are two options: to remain on Standard (real) time year-round, or to remain on Daylight (fake) time year-round. I do not believe in using fake time! Our state should go on real time all year round. If need be businesses, schools and churches should adjust their hours.

Kelly Beatty agrees with me...
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronom ... ah-humbug/
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House Concurrent Resolution No. 72 created the Daylight Saving Time Task Force...
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocum ... ?d=1098809

The Task Force must submit a written report to the House (Committee on Commerce) and the Senate (Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs) no later than sixty days before the beginning of 2019 Regular Session--at noon on 8 April.
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Previously scheduled for January, "The Saga of Daylight Time" is a planned discussion with members of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society. It is now scheduled for 7:30pm on Friday 28 February--just in time for the change (which annoys more and more of us). The talk has no admission fee and is for all ages.
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Current BRAS President Scott Cadwallader found a website called Save Standard Time; the creators describe themselves as a "newly founded, nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-issue, volunteer-run effort, representing concerns of scientists and citizens...". There are links to PDF versions of over sixty articles apparently skeptical of the benefits of year-round Daylight Time.

Save Standard Time:
http://savestandardtime.com/
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Two State House bills regarding making Daylight Time permanent are going to committee Monday, according to the State Legislature website. If anyone has an opinion, it looks like now is a good time to give it.

House Bill No. 132: https://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocu ... ?d=1157278
House Bill No. 134: https://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocu ... ?d=1157284

House Committee on Commerce:
https://www.legis.la.gov/legis/agenda.aspx?m=20084
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Re: Daylight Time (Otherwise Known as Fake Time)

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Fake Time ended today. For a blessed several weeks families, instructors and individuals have a naturally earlier view of the Andromeda Galaxy, the Perseus Double Cluster and the Pleiades. The call to end Fake Time continues to grow.

More information:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog ... is-bad-you
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Re: Daylight Time (Otherwise Known as Fake Time)

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Michigan Medicine Senior P.R. Representative Haley Otman has interviewed sleep neurologist Anita Shelgikar, who is confirming what skygazers and other natural lovers have suspected for some time: Daylight Time is bad for us in the worst ways.

The Michigan Medicine 12 March 2021 article:
https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/welln ... aving-time

The original paper in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine:
https://jcsm.aasm.org/doi/10.5664/jcsm.8780
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