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Ditch all time zones, says… Johns Hopkins?

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Before long we’ll be moving the clocks back an hour yet again (or at least most of us will), but that’s not what this story is about. There’s a new proposal that doesn’t seek to eliminate Daylight Savings Time but instead would eliminate time zones all across the United States and the rest of the world as well. And it comes to us from no less of an august source than Johns Hopkins. Now that I’ve picked my jaw up off the floor, let’s see what this is all about. Here are two of their professors discussing the idea on CNN this weekend.

Assuming you made it through at least part of that discussion, you’ll see that these two professors are talking about having the entire world reset to Greenwich Mean Time. They argue that everyone would adjust to the new times “within the year.” Since 8 am GMT works out to three in the morning in New York, that doesn’t mean that you’d be starting work in the middle of the night. You’d just have to get used to the clock saying 3 am when you started work, but the sun would be up as normal.

I suppose that in theory, people could get used to that, but what they don’t say is why we should. They invoke the example of the 1800s when the United States actually had hundreds of time zones (literally) and it was causing problems for the trains. That much may be true, but we’ve gotten used to it by now and I don’t see many trains getting into head-on collisions because the engineers couldn’t figure out what time it was.

Believe it or not, this isn’t a new idea for these guys, nor is it their only proposal to mess with timekeeping. Their names are Richard Conn Henry and Steve Hanke, and back in 2012, they were pushing not only the universal time zone concept but also a new calendar they had devised. The revised calendar would ensure that the same calendar date would fall on the same day of the week every year. Talk about a solution in search of a problem.

Maybe there’s just something in the water over at Johns Hopkins. They’ve run into plenty of other “issues” with their staff, including injuring dogs during botched medical experiments. (They don’t do so well with barn owls, either.)

If that’s not enough, check out their plan for stopping asteroids that might threaten to strike the Earth. Unfortunately, virtually everyone else in the scientific community thinks it’s a bad idea.

But don’t worry. Once you’ve adjusted to the sun coming up at two in the morning every day, you’ll be comforted with your new calendar because your birthday will fall on the same day of the week every year. Won’t that be nice? Thanks, Johns Hopkins!

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Is daylight savings time killing you?

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So far this year, 36 states have voted to either stop switching the clocks forward and back each year or at least undertake a study of the question. Arizona and Hawaii dumped daylight savings time ages ago. But the arguments against changing the clocks are now focusing on more than just the annoyance factor. According to NBC News, the medical community is weighing in and saying that all of this springing forward and falling behind has health consequences, and it might wind up killing you.

In the days after our chronically sleep-deprived country “springs forward,” costing us an hour of rest, disoriented Americans face a slightly greater risk of heart attack and stroke. There are more car crashes. Workplace accidents increase, too.

For decades, most of the United States has observed daylight saving time, dutifully changing the clocks twice a year. But recently, many have begun to question the semi-annual switch — not only because of the potential dangers associated with it, but because staying on one time year-round could bring benefits ranging from the economic to the emotional, according to those leading the charge to “lock the clock.”

“We don’t have a good reason to do it. Let’s stop,” said Scott Yates, 54, of Denver, an activist who for more than five years has advocated for the elimination of the time change and has testified before state legislatures about it. “Even if it doesn’t kill you, it’s annoying.”

Looking at the details in the study they’re referencing, it’s hard to deny that there does appear to be some correlation between losing an hour of sleep every spring and certain types of accidents or health problems. Bur the difference isn’t really all that great and I’m not sure it couldn’t be explained by other factors. Still, the annoyance factor is pretty hard to deny.

So what’s the argument in favor of keeping the current system? People seem to like the extra hour of sunlight in the evening and they don’t like going to work or sending kids off to school in the dark in the winter. Fair enough, I suppose, but we should at least keep the system standardized. Plenty of people have to regularly connect with professional or family contacts around the country on a regular basis and they know what I’m talking about. (I regularly have to do radio hits with stations around the country.) It’s tough enough figuring out the difference between the basic time zones before you finish your first cup of coffee. Keeping a list of which states do or don’t use daylight savings is just adding misery to annoyance.

That brings up the issue of how the change can be made if we’re to do it at all. The most popular choice seems to be a switch to permanent daylight savings time, and seven states have voted to do that so far with more currently debating it. But even the ones who voted it in can’t actually make the change. Federal law allows any state to skip out on daylight savings if they wish (as Hawaii and Arizona do). But the same law says that if you’re going to go on daylight savings it can only be for the dates specified by the federal government.

Is it time to change that law and let everyone do as they wish? I say no. As I mentioned above, four time zones plus a crap-shoot of which state is or isn’t shifting twice a year is way too annoying. Let’s either put the entire country on daylight savings permanently or do away with the idea entirely.

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