Category Archives: Commentary

Binge Watching Great Movies about Real Conspiracies that Affect Us All

I was on a short business trip recently and had a chance to view three new movies about real conspiracies that affect us all. This prompted me to go back and re-watch some documentaries from the recent past. Talk about dark night of the soul! Here are my brief reviews in no particular order… Spotlight I was […]

Deception, Obfuscation & Misdirection

Most are familiar with the concept of FUD—short for Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt. It summarizes a strategy often used in marketing and political propaganda. Its effects are pernicious, divisive and lead to exploitation. Examples abound. Fear is a strong motivator! To resist FUD one must understand how it is practiced using the principle tools Deception, Obfuscation and Misdirection. It is nearly […]

Dark Mornings Return – Stop DST!

Daylight Saving Time is one of many anachronisms of modern life. Very similar to the nine-tenths of a penny added to gasoline prices in the US… It turns out that the two have much in common. Both date back to the early 1900’s. Both were supposed to be temporary. Both have strong commercial constituancies that have helped […]

Daylight Saving Time – How Is This Still A Thing?

Great video from John Oliver on the topic of Daylight Saving Time… Bottom line for me: Pick a bloody time and stick with it!

More Evidence Against Daylight Saving Time

Nice summary in the WSJ of recent research on the purported  energy savings from DST. The government sponsored study suggested savings, but there was no control, no way to eliminate other possible causes. One of the participating experts concludes… We don’t know how the U.S. would have behaved without the daylight saving time extension. — Hendrik Wolff (Commenting […]

My Two Cents on Net Neutrality

Comment Sent to the FCC I strongly object to splitting the Internet into fast and slow lanes. The current near monopoly power of a handful of companies (Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, etc.) has led to our current situation (supply of bandwidth lagging well behind demand). We the people are already paying too much for too […]

Daylight Saving Time Nonsense Again!

It’s that time of the year! Spring is always worse than the fall because we all lose an hour of sleep… Poof!… It’s just gone. When will the insanity end?! Here are a view nuggets I discovered today… Proposed Florida “Sunshine Protection Act” (HB 701, SB 74) If this bill became law, the Florida would remain on […]

[Expletive Deleted] Daylight Savings Time Again

Time for my biannual rant about DST. This time I’ll highlight the excellent essay Daylight Saving Time Is Terrible by Allison Schrager from The Atlantic. Her scheme basically collapses the four US time zones into two, with NO adjustment for Daylight Saving. (Yea!) For me the the spring change is worse. It takes me more than a […]

They Stole My Morning… Again! (DST Rant)

Daylight Saving Time has to be one of the dumbest social conventions of all time! It’s just a bad idea that should be abolished!! DST doesn’t save energy, negatively impacts the health of millions, and robs me of an extra hour of daylight every morning! I thought I’d review some recent evidence here. I’ve added emphasis to […]

Why Daylight Saving Time Should Be Abolished

I ranted about this last March. Since then Scientific American has made Daylight Savings Time number one on their list of Human Creations the World Would Be Better Off Without. This week-end SA editor David Biello added his voice to the growing consensus that DST should be abolished. DST is an ill-conceived anachronism and a bumbling attempt at […]