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Clocks / Santi Villamarín, via FlickrSomething I’ve blogged about over the years is the insane con-job which is daylight saving time. As I’ve said many times, it’s a fraudulent scheme. Nothing you’ve ever been told about it is true — not one single fucking thing. It’s a ridiculous twice-annual exercise that accomplishes nothing useful.

About a year ago I mentioned that the nearby (to me!) commonwealth of Massachusetts was considering changing time zones, in a way that would eliminate daylight saving time altogether and improve timekeeping there. Well, as The Republican of Springfield, MA reports, that suggestion just advanced a tiny bit (Archive.Is cached article):

A commission looking at changing Massachusetts’ time zone voted Wednesday to approve a report that recommends moving to year-round daylight savings time — but only if a majority of other northeastern states do as well.

“I don’t think we can do it Massachusetts alone,” said Tom Emswiler, a health advocate living in Quincy who convinced lawmakers to study the issue and sat on the commission. “We need to find a majority of New England states, we have to go to the federal government to ask. There’s still a number of steps left in the process.”…

The shift would keep Massachusetts year-round on the same time it uses in the spring, summer and fall. This would, for example, both boost shopping and lower street crime by giving people an extra hour of daylight after work, the report found. It could reduce workplace injuries around the time of the spring clock change.

Being on DST year-round would have the effect of putting Massachusetts on Atlantic Standard Time year-round. It would also have the same clock it currently does, eight months of the year. Only the winter months would be different — and since daylight is more precious then, it’d have a profoundly beneficial effect.

I hope Massachusetts — and my home state of Connecticut, and the rest of New England — makes this move. It’s for the best … and would relieve us of the ridiculous game of changing clocks twice a year. So what if the rest of the country doesn’t follow suit? They shouldn’t have to. Let us match our clocks match the sun’s position, and let them do the same for themselves.

Photo credit: Santi Villamarín, via Flickr.

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The state of Iowa now has something in common with my home state of Connecticut, along with Massachusetts and California* — its Supreme Court just handed down a decision which will allow gay marriage in that state (as the New York Times reports):

Iowa became the first state in the Midwest to approve same-sex marriage on Friday, after the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously decided that a 1998 law limiting marriage to a man and a woman was unconstitutional.

The decision was the culmination of a four-year legal battle that began with a suit filed on behalf of six same-sex couples in the lower courts.

The Supreme Court said same-sex marriages could begin in Iowa in as soon as 21 days, making Iowa only the third state in the nation, along with Massachusetts and Connecticut, to legalize gay marriage.

The Times article goes on to explain that this decision won’t be remedied soon, if at all:

Same-sex marriages will be permitted in Iowa for at least two years, because the legislative process required to overturn the ruling would take that long. A constitutional amendment would require the state legislature to approve a ban on same-sex marriage in two consecutive sessions after which voters would have a chance to weigh in. Despite opposition to the ruling by Republican lawmakers, Democrats, who control the legislature, have given no indication that they intend to introduce such an amendment.

Congratulations, people of Iowa. You’ve joined the 21st century!

* The California Supreme Court had also made a decision permitting gay marriage, but this was undone by a constitutional-amendment referendum approved by California voters this past November. The campaign to roll back this decision was led, in part, by the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, apparently unable — in their immaturity — to handle this decision. So they spent millions of dollars on a propaganda campaign and had it undone. Isn’t it nice of them to impose their immaturity and hyperreligiosity on an entire state? It’s also a pretty costly conniption fit!

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