March 13, 2018

The Real Collusion Story

It’s a pretty long article, but it sets out all the evidence supporting what I had concluded: that the Trump/Russia collusion narrative was manufactured by the Hillary campaign to distract from her mishandling of classified data and rigging of the Democratic primary.

I’ve said it before. I’m not a big Trump fan, but the more I learn about Clinton the happier I am he’s president.

The madness continues

March 10, 2018

One Hundred Years Later, the Madness of Daylight Saving Time Endures

Why do we still do it?

Today we know that changing the clocks does influence our behavior. For example, later sunset times have dramatically increased participation in afterschool sports programs and attendance at professional sports events. In 1920, The Washington Post reported that golf ball sales in 1918 – the first year of daylight saving – increased by 20 percent.

And when Congress extended daylight saving from six to seven months in 1986, the golf industry estimated that extra month was worth as much as $400 million in additional equipment sales and green fees. To this day, the Nielsen ratings for even the most popular television shows decline precipitously when we spring forward, because we go outside to enjoy the sunlight.

But the promised energy savings – the presenting rationale for the policy – have never materialized.

In fact, the best studies we have prove that Americans use more domestic electricity when they practice daylight saving. Moreover, when we turn off the TV and go to the park or the mall in the evening sunlight, Americans don’t walk. We get in our cars and drive. Daylight saving actually increases gasoline consumption, and it’s a cynical substitute for genuine energy conservation policy.

So the main effect of DST is we play golf more and actually use more energy.