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On this page you'll find my latest Blog entry (and maybe a favorite or two), and in the links to the right you'll find archives of my blogs as well as some essays I've written, and other (hopefully) interesting things.

I've now been on Planet Earth for over 70 years(!) and I've been fortunate to pursue many of my interests, worked in some rewarding positions, traveled all over the United States, and met many interesting people. I hope you find some things on this site of interest, and possibly of use.

First, before reading my blog or any of my essays, you might want to see where I'm coming from. So, here's a link to my "First Things First" perspective: www.bullock.org/pages/perspectives.

Second, check out my first book (the second is in the works!):

And, now for the articles...


Memorial...

September 10, 2011

This following essay was originally an email I sent out to the customer list of a company I once managed on the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend:

The world was a much different place. You could walk the streets at night, people left their houses unlocked, and life was lived at a much slower pace. That's not necessarily to say things were better - just different. We didn't have the modern conveniences of cell phones, microwave ovens, or television, and the automobile was just coming in to its own. There were "wars and rumors of wars" as the Bible had so eloquently put it, but no one seemed genuinely worried - after all, the rest of the world was an ocean away! Then, someone (or someones) mis-calculated.

It was a clear Sunday morning at the nations largest naval installation, and many were just beginning to stir - most looking for a needed rest day - when the dull explosions on Ford Island and in the harbor named for Pearl City began to be heard. Most thought the Air Group was on a practice run, and some wondered who the idiot was that would schedule such training this early on a Sunday morning. Suddenly the USS Arizona was literally lifted out of the water and literally blown in two as a Japanese bomb ignited her ammunition magazine, instantly killing or trapping hundreds of our Nation's finest. Then the realization sank in - we were being attacked. US!

A nation that had resisted every attempt to get involved in the European conflict suddenly did an about face, and with collective anger and resolve for the "dastardly attack" as their President had called it, vowed to do whatever it took to win a full victory, not just from the Japanese who had attacked us at Pearl Harbor, but from their allies as well in Europe.

Admiral Yamamoto, from the bridge on his carrier just as the attack was ending, lamented that he was afraid the attack had "...awakened a sleeping giant". Little did he know what that sleeping giant would do over the next four years, and how that single event would forever change the face of the world.

We can talk about strategy, tactics, logistics, and all the elements that went into winning that war, but the one thing we can never forget is the sacrifice of those individuals upon whom a fearful but resolved nation called to fight the greatest conflict in history. You've seen the movies, heard some of the stories, and read the history books, but you'll still never understand what these men and women did, the terror they faced, the sacrifices they made so that you and I could live in the place and enjoy the freedoms we do. My own father was wounded at the battle for Luzon in the Philippines. Many would suffer for the rest of their lives. Many would never come home. All would be changed.

Most veterans don't want to talk about what they saw and experienced. For many, the horror is just too much to re-live. Everyone lost someone they knew and/or loved. But, they all paid the price that was asked of them, even if it was the ultimate price. When it was all over, they came back home, and tried to resume a life that would never be the same.

You won't hear these men complain. You'll rarely hear them brag. As a matter of fact, you'd be fortunate if you can get them to talk at all about what they saw and experienced. But they did what was asked of them, and gave the world a gift we can never repay.

This weekend, as you enjoy the holiday, take a few minutes and thank God that he gave us such men and women, and that with their sacrifice and His guidance, we enjoy the freedoms we do. While you're at it, find a veteran and thank him personally. They never did get enough of that.

We wish you a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

And thanks Dad - I owe you.


The Case for Thursday

The real meaning of Good Friday

Most Christians take for granted that Christ was crucified on Friday, buried that afternoon before dusk, and remained in the tomb until early Sunday morning when he was discovered to be missing by His followers. This is only partially correct.

There are two problems with this timeline:

  • First, the week of Jesus' crucifixion, the "passion" week, was the completion of picture of Israel's delivery from Egypt in Exodus. He was the perfect sacrifice. So, when God planned the sacrificial system in Exodus, He had in mind the sacrifice of His son. The passover week was to be the prototype for the Passion week. As such, the events had to line up perfectly - and they did!
  • Second, Jesus Himself in Matthew 12:40 said, "Just as Jonas (Jonah) was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth". Now, you can make a weak case for three days: Friday as He was being buried; all day Saturday; and then Sunday just before His resurrection, and that's how you can just barely eek 3 days out of that. But, there is no way to account for three nights. You have Friday night and Saturday night, and that's it!

So, if that's not possible, just what was the timeline?

Working backwards, we read in the Gospels that the day after the Sabbath, on the morning of first day of the week - Sunday - just after dawn, the two Marys went to the tomb to complete the burial rituals, since there was not enough time on the day of His crucifixion. So, from these facts we know two things:

  • The first is that immediately after the Crucifixion, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimethia had to rush to get Jesus' body wrapped because they were forbidden by the Law to do so on the Sabbath.
  • The second is that Christ was discovered on that Sunday morning (the first day of the week - the day after the Saturday Sabbath) to be missing from His tomb. He was risen!!!

The day after His death was a Sabbath, and the day of His resurrection was Sunday.

So, He was crucified on Friday, right? Nope.

Going back to Exodus Chapter 12 we discover the institution of two things: The Hebrew calendar, and the Passover. The first thing God told Moses was that He was establishing a new calendar for the Hebrews, and the first month of the year would be called Abib, Aviv, or Nisan (depending on the language and spelling - Aviv/Abib would have been the Hebrew name, and Nisan the Assyrian name). In either event, this was the first month of the Hebrew year.

On the 10th day of Abib/Nisan, the Hebrews were to choose an unblemished lamb or goat to be used as a sacrifice. That sacrifice would live with the family until the 14th day of Abib/Nisan when it would be killed, roasted, and eaten before sundown that day. On Palm Sunday, the city was crowded because people were there to begin the Passover celebration. They were there choosing their lambs and goats. Turns out, they were also selecting Christ! Palm Sunday was the 10th day of Abib/Nisan.

The day following this passover meal would be the beginning of the seven days of unleavened bread, and the first of these days, the 15th of Abib/Nisan, would be "an holy convocation", or a holy day (Exodus 12:16, Numbers 28:18, Leviticus 23:5). In other words, that day would be a Sabbath!

Now, most people, when they think of the term Sabbath, they think Saturday, because God had instructed Moses to command the Hebrews to rest on the 7th day of every week and set it aside as a holy day - a Sabbath. But, the term Sabbath is not specific to Saturday! There are other days that can be a Sabbath, or holy day, and the 15th of Abib/Nisan would be one of those days, regardless of what day of the week it fell on.

For example, if the 10th of Abib/Nisan fell on a Sunday, then the 15th of that week would fall on Friday, in which case that day would be a Sabbath, and the following day, Saturday, would also be a Sabbath. This is exactly how the Holy week occurred.

So the first problem we have to face is was the day following Christ's crucifixion also the Saturday Sabbath, or was it an additional Sabbath because it fell on another day of the week? The answer lies in the definition of the word 'Day'!

When Jesus told the Disciples to prepare for the Passover, he instructed them to find a man in the city who would prepare them a room. Matthew 26:18-19a says, "Now when the even was come, He sat down with the twelve and they did eat...". Here's the most important part of this verse: "When the even (evening) came". Remember, the Hebrew day started at dusk on what would be our previous day. So, Thursday actually began at around 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. would have been the start of Friday the 15th of Abib/Nisan. The passover meal would have been mostly prepared Wednesday before 6:00 (the 13th), then at 6:00 p.m. that evening, Thursday the 14th began, and the lamb was killed and prepared, and since the rest of food had just been prepared, they would sit down to eat the passover meal.

Afterwards, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, and that's where he would have been arrested.

So Wednesday they prepare the meal. Wednesday evening (our Wednesday - Their Thursday!) they eat the passover meal and go to the Garden to pray. Later that evening and early into Thursday morning Jesus is arrested, tried, condemned, and on Thursday afternoon around 3:00, He yields His spirit and dies. Nicodemus and Joseph of Aramathia have but 3 hours to prepare His body and place it in the tomb before 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, because that would have been the beginning of the first Sabbath for that week, the 15th, and they could not do this on a Sabbath.

Jesus ate with His disciples on our Wednesday evening, which would actually have been the beginning of the Hebrews' Thursday.

He was crucified on Thursday, and buried before sundown that evening.

Friday was a Sabbath, the 15th of Abib/Nisan, and the beginning of 7 days of unleavened bread.

Saturday was the regular Sabbath, so there were two Sabbaths that week - Friday and Saturday.

Sunday morning, the first day of the week, the Marys and the the Disciples discover the empty tomb, and the rest, as they say, is history!

So, here's the Timeline:

Sundown Saturday through Sundown Sunday:

  • Palm Sunday
  • 10th of Abib/Nisan
  • Christ presents Himself as the Lamb of God

Sundown Sunday through Sundown Monday:

  • 11th of Abib/Nisan
  • Jesus clears the Temple
  • Jesus spends the night in Bethany

Sundown Monday through Sundown Tuesday:

  • 12th of Abib/Nisan
  • Jesus and the Disciples travel to the Mount of Olives
  • The Olivet discourse is recorded in all 4 Gospels

Sundown Tuesday through Sundown Wednesday:

  • 13th of Abib/Nisan
  • The Disciples are instructed to reserve the Upper Room where the passover meal will be.
  • The room and the passover meal is prepared

Sundown Wednesday through Sundown Thursday:

  • 14th of Abib/Nisan
  • After Sundown Wednesday, Christ and the Disciples meet in the upper room
  • They eat the passover meal (By now, it is the 14th of Abib/Nisan)
  • Later that night, after the meal, they go to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is arrested
  • During the night, Christ is tried, found guilty, and beaten
  • In the early hours of the morning, Barabbas is chosen over Christ
  • Jesus is condemned and carries His cross most of the way to Golgotha.
  • Between 9:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. Jesus hangs on the Cross
  • 3:00 p.m., Jesus dies
  • Nicodemus and Joseph of Arithamea bury Jesus just before sundown

Sundown Thursday through Sundown Friday:

  • 15th of Abib/Nisan
  • The first day of the feast of unleavened bread
  • The Sabbath after the passover meal
  • Christ's first night in the grave

Sundown Friday through Sundown Saturday

  • The regular weekly Sabbath
  • Christ's second night in the grave

Sundown Saturday through Sunday around dawn:

  • Christ's third night in the grave
  • Early in the morning, as the sun is coming up, the two Marys find Jesus' grave empty
  • Christ is risen!

Good Friday is Good Friday not because Christ was crucified, but because that is the first day of our complete atonement for sin!!!


Good Friday Didn't Seem So Good

Good Friday, April 3, 2015

Today, our Savior lay in the grave, dead. To His disciples, Good Friday wasn't so good. They had deserted Him in His greatest hour of need and, instead of being His messengers to the world, were cowering, scared, and not very Christ-like. That's not a criticism - just the way things were. Would any of us have been any different? Nope - we would probably have been worse! Regardless, it was not a "good" day.

Hindisght has the unique ability to change perceptions, erase fears, and add explanation to events that, at the time, seem unexplainable. Now, some 2015 or so years later (depending on whose calendar you believe) we truly can call this "Good" Friday, because we now know a truly mircaculous work was being done. Just as "Jonah was in the whale", Christ, the embodiment of the Creator of the universe, was about to unfold the greatest event in history. He was to reveal how He'd conquered death; and not only that, He'd sacrificed for us all.

Two mornings hence, on a Sunday morning, the stone was rolled away, the body-cast that He'd been wrapped in was hollow, and the disciples and other followers were astonished to discover that He was not just missing - He was risen! The angels announced it to them, and a few days later Jesus Himself appeared to the disciples - holes in His hands and all! When it was all said and done, Friday really did turn out to be "Good". Sunday was even better!!!

I came to my realization that I needed Christ at an early age, and accepted His gift literally as a child. While I've not been entirely faithful to him over the last 50 some-odd years, He has always been faithful to me. I can look back and see His guiding hand, keeping me from disaster, and guiding me through the turbulence I created, always with a plan in mind that I couldn't always see. Had He not been in that grave that Friday, and arisen from it on that Sunday, there would be no need to remember a "Good" Friday, and no need for an "Easter". Millions of our neighbors have yet to grasp the enormity of what He has done for us, simply out of love. Will you join with me this weekend and pray for those masses - our neighbors - that the God who came down in human flesh and paid our penalty will become so real to them they'll have to do something about it?

Happy Good Friday, and Happy Easter!!!


Bible Inferences

September 29, 2023

(A series of articles on the Bible and details it provides, but doesn't necessarily spell out.)

Reading the Bible is an adventure every time you open it. History, Tragedy, Hope, Love, and of course, Salvation. Every identifiable literary category can be found, and the amazing thing is that it's all true (except where it specifically indicates an allegorical example is being used - e.g. "Parables"). While there are a lifetime of issues to focus on, one issue that has fascinated me are the inferences.

So much information is given, but yet there is much that is not the real focus. Many times this is because the Bible wishes to impart specific information, while at the same time leaving out details not necessary to impart the primary lesson. Many of these specifics were, at the time, more clear to those who first heard it because they understood the context - much of which has been lost in history. This sometimes serves to deny the casual reader deeper contextual understanding, while at the same time imparting the primary information the text was meant to convey. This may seem like a contradiction, but it is really not. As I said, it's an adventure.

What follows are some of the particulars the Bible has not specifically focused on, yet enough information is given that we may infer some things which may also be true. This is not an attempt to add or subtract anything from what the Bible is meant to convey (See the warning in Revelation 22:19!), but to search for a deeper understanding, particularly by inferring what was actually going on "on the ground" at the time the words were written, or at the time being described by the text. In fact, many sermons are preached on this very assumption!

In other words, "given what the Bible is telling us, what would I see if my own eyes if I were there"? These are the things I think about...

Let's Start With This First:

Let's Write A Book!
It's been done once, but never again....

Article 1:

Heaven, Hell, and Paradise
There is a difference between Heaven and Paradise!

Article 2:

In The Beginning Of What?
The "what" in Genesis 1:1

Article 3:

What Happened Before All That Water?
The world's biggest rainstorm

Article 4:

What Did The Apostle John See At The Tomb?
There's more to it than you realized

Article 5:

How Many Antichrists?
There's always one in the wings...

Article 6:

Hey, I Know That Guy!
Was it like looking in a mirror?

Article 7:

The Shortest Verse Has Huge Lessons
It's amazing how much just two words can say

Article 8:

His Love For Us Is Deeper Than You Realize
He knew what we would do from the start

Article 9:

How Can People Be Saved During The Tribulation?
God has a plan...

Article 10:

Jesus In The Old Testament
'Christophony' is the term

Article 11:

She May Have Been More Influential Than We Know
Just ask Nehemiah!

Article 12:

The Bible Tells Us How Big The Earth Really Is
The information is there - you just have to look...

Article 13:

Are We The Apostate Church?
Is the age of Laodicea upon us?

Article 14:

What Week Are We In?
There are 70 of 'em. Where are we now?

Article 15:

The Case For Thursday
The real meaning of Good Friday

Answered Questions:

Will We Keep Our Memories In Heaven?
The mind is a terrible thing to waste!

Will There Be Non-Believers In Heaven?
God has His standards!

Do Animals Go To Heaven?
Wanna see your pal again?

Why Would God Create Humans?
He went to an awful lot of trouble


Conspiracy? No - just natural.

July 5, 2023

So, let's review the facts:

    1. For the last 100 years, slowly but surely, Congresses, the Presidents, and the Courts, have bit by bit began dismantling the Constitution.

    2. While the 20th Century was young, it was decided that the educational system needed to be taken over by the Federal government. Once that process was started, a companion process began to change the curriculum in such a way that the role of the Founders was de-emphasized, the basic principles on which the country was established were marginalized, and the emphasis changed from preparing young students for life to preparing them for further education.

    3. The Congress, with the consent of the States mind you, made two major changes in the Constitution. First, they made it legal to tax individuals directly on their incomes. Once that was done they put in place a system that made these confiscations before the funds ever reached their rightful owners by deducting it from their paychecks prior to payment. This simple and ingenious process made such confiscations more palatable. Second, they took away the choice of Senators from the State governments and made it a general political process. Once having done this, the government began instituting rules on how elections could be held. When these two major changes were made, the next ingenious step took place: They married these two processes. They created tax-exempt status for entities that promised to stay away from the political process. This powerful incentive was a trap that Churches readily fell into and consequently lost all influence on the national political process. This entire process led to the "Separation of Church and State" Supreme Court ruling that is now bought into almost universally.

    4. With all these changes in place the Federal Government began to creep step by step into everyday life. States were kowtowed by the threat of withholding tax dollars the Feds had confiscated from their own citizens. In the name of safety a well-funded government instituted one-size-fits-all rules on every facet of life from what was in the water to how food could be served. The benefits of such controls became more and more to be offset by the intrusion by the government and the penalties they were more and more imposing on those who refused to live by what the government mandated. This intrusion migrated to almost every facet of life - slowly to be sure so the outrage could be managed - but intrusion nevertheless. Then, in the 6th decade, a powerful politician/President pushed through the master stroke. Under the guise of "eliminating poverty", he set up the most socialistic system ever devised by man - the "Great Society". Trillions of dollars later and poverty is not only still here - it's institutionalized. And pity the poor politician who meddles with all this money and the votes it has bought.

    5. With Churches at bay, seemingly unlimited funding, a political "fix" in place, and educational institutions doubling as indoctrination centers, the slide from Freedom to Tyranny reached its pinnacle when the Supreme Court decreed it was Constitutional to murder human beings before they were physically able to defend themselves - all in the name of "safety" and "privacy" for the would-be mother whom God had designed for just the opposite. Once that abomination was in place, others would become acceptable, and life itself could be snuffed out for any number of reasons, including "death with dignity". Soon, such principles (or lack thereof, actually) assaulted the very basic building block of any society - the family.

    6. The last piece to be put in place, and the basics are already in place, is to protect the government itself from the very citizens who were supposed to be its masters. Tools that could be utilized to keep the government in its place were restricted to government use only, and what tools that are left are more and more restricted for use by the "unwashed masses" - that's us!

Now, all this is demonstrably and historically true, but when presented as I have just presented it, it looks like someone's conspiracy theory. Indeed, there are many out there who vocally present this as just such a conspiracy - and it's possibly true, particularly if you research such things as the "Cloward-Piven Strategy", depending on how much actual planning for all this one thinks might have gone on before now.

But here's where I'm going: What has happened here is a natural process. Governments tend to covet power and are predisposed to gather such power to themselves without any overt planning being required. Our Founders knew this, and agonized on how to design a government that would resist that tendency, and decided to vest as much power as possible in the individual. However, if you read their writings, they knew it was probably not possible to design a system that would forever resist such tyrannical tendencies, they hoped that, with the processes they'd put in place, the People would stand up and stop it.

Based on where we are now - I'm afraid they were wrong.


There's A War Coming!!

March 31, 2022

On March 27, 2022, the South Carolina Legislature voted to be the 19th State to call for an Article V Convention of States (if you are unfamiliar with the provisions of Article V, here's a link to review). When we reached 17 the year before, we were halfway to the required 34 State Petitions required to force a CoS. Although some are paying attention now, my guess is that once we hit 20+ states, two things will happen: First, Congress will begin to pass legislation to thwart other States from calling for a CoS. Now, while that may have some positive benefits, it is NOT a positive thing. Second, the forces opposed to what these Legislatures are trying to do will ramp up their opposition. Further, the closer we get to 34, the harder they will fight - and it's going to get nasty.

One of the most popular, and necessary elements of a possible Convention of States is to pass an preposed amendment and send to the States mandating Term Limits on Congress, the Courts, and possibly other governmental institutions and agencies. Over 80% of Americans surveyed favor some form of term limits on Congress. It's the one item that could change the way things work in Washington (personally, I'd like to move Washington to the middle of the country where there is more sanity, but I digress...). Other things to be considered would be to force a balanced budget, reduce the scope and power of the government, and address fiscal responsibility.

BUT, none of this will happen until after the War. Those who have power, or vested interests in keeping things the way they are, will spare no expense, leave no stone unturned, and will not forsake any action to prevent this Convention from happening. When (not "if") such a Convention is called, the attack will shift from prevention of a Convention, to either destroying anything the Delegates try to do, or to disrupt the proceedings to make it as difficult as possible to complete any proposed Amendments.

As this time approaches, you need to decide how much you want things to change, because this battle will not be fought just in Washington or in the highly-compromised "Press", but will involve every one of us, from your employer, to your friends and any groups or organizations you are affiliated with.

So, when the battle lines begin to be drawn, you need to already be familiar with the issue to address the attacks, from answering concerns that people you know might have, as well as vetting public figures (particularly politicians) for their position as well.

Make no mistake, though - this will be a war. I just pray it doesn't escalate beyond the exchange of ideas and political action. The Founders knew the Convention of States would be a "Hail Mary" (though they had not heard of that term) which would be used when normal tools (elections, court challenges, and common sense) had all failed.

Pretty astute of them to see this coming, don't you think?

If you haven't already joined the fight - what's wrong with you? Start Here:

https://ConventionOfStates.com!


73, K5YPV

November 27, 2021

Everyone has friends, some that might be referred to as 'close' friends. If you're fortunate, though, you'll have at least one friend you might think of as indispensable. Wayne Ridge was that indispensable friend in my life.

We met when I was 15 years old. I was looking for someone who would help me get in to Amateur Radio, and Wayne was who was recommended to me. The story of my first meeting with him is humorous, but he instantly took me under his wing (he was 8 years older than me) and taught me what I was looking for, as well as a number of other things down through the years. He helped me get my Ham Radio license, and forever K5YPV and WA5TMC were linked. I spent countless hours at his business; we traveled together; we enjoyed our hobby together; and I worked for him for a number of years. For over 53 years, I counted Wayne as one of the closest of my friends.

Over his last three years, we both had health problems, then the Covid pandemic kept us apart, but I always saw a smile from him when I'd show up, and we'd still talk every so often. As his health declined, and the pandemic dangers loomed, it became harder to meet in person, particularly when he was essentially homebound.

Wayne passed away Thanksgiving Day, 2021, and one of my oldest friends has joined all the others we both had said "so long" to over the years. Am I sad? Yes, of course! But from what I know of Wayne, we will see each other again. I'm sad because I can no longer just pick up the phone and call him, and his signal is permanently "off the air", but I wouldn't call him back into this mess from the paradise I'm sure he's now in.

So, 73, K5YPV. I will certainly miss you from this place. But, we'll meet again in a better place where the signals are always strong, the DX is coming in from all over, and it's permanent Field Day. Keep the antennas tuned - we'll all be along shortly.

Karl, WA5TMC


Daylight Savings Time - It really saves

November 12, 2017

You may have heard some of these, but here's a couple

"Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket."

or my favorite:

"Daylight saving time occurs because Chuck Norris hits snooze on his alarm clock."

There are those who think daylight savings time is just a trick and we're the victims. Well, they're only partially correct. The truth is, DST is there to correct the trick. What is the trick that it corrects? The clock. Let me explain...

Before clocks became available to the average man, people kept time by the sun. The day started when the sun came up, and ended when the sun went down. Indeed, those of us familiar with the Bible read how the Hebrews reckoned time by the number of hours since sunrise. The 9th hour, for instance, was sometime around 3:00 p.m. - or 9 hours after sunrise. So, the workday began, depending on your particular activity, when the sun came up, and by the time the sun went down you were through with your daily work and it was time to get ready for bed.

Then came clocks. Now we have a mechanical means of keeping up with time. That was the first major change, and things would never be the same.

At the time, Great Britian was the world power, and since they'd basically invaded every country on earth, they took it on themselves to decide what the time standards were. Even today, the world's times are all keyed to the time in London. Listen to the U.S. Government's time station, WWV, and you'll hear it called "Universal Time". It's also known as Greenwich Mean Time, all based on the time standard in Greenwich England.

However, even back then people didn't necessary become slaves to the mechanical timekeeper, and things still were pretty much sunrise to sunset. Then came Edison, and all of a sudden the lack of light was no longer a limiting factor. But the real gamechanger came shortly after that. It was called Henry Ford. Now, at the time, the change to a 40 hour workweek advanced by Ford Motor Company was a great idea, because the workweek had been somewhere around 48 hours per week, and Ford believed that a somewhat shorter workweek was better for worker productivity. So 8 to 5 - punching the clock, and now we're slaves.

The problem is that the sun still comes up and the sun still sets on different schedules depending on the time of year. To correct this difference between "sun" time and "clock" time, a New Zealander named George Hudson proposed moving the timezone to give people like him more daylight to pursue interests outside of their work schedule. It took a world war and the wish to increase productivity by lengthening the workday by an extra hour to make it what it is now.

Now, remember, by this time we are slaves to a mechanical clock rather than using the "natural" timepiece - the sun. The use of daylight savings time was an attempt to correct that situation. So, it turns out that, in reality, it's that thing you wear on your wrist (or, if you're like me, those digits on your smartphone) that is fake, not the attempt to correct things.

OK, so what? Well, here's the thing. In the days when we were an agrarian society, the clock was not as limiting because most work was done outside and the sun still dictated when the work had to finish. But once we became an industrial society, the work moved inside and the clock took over. But, the sun still goes down on its own schedule. Now, I hate seeing it dark at 5:00 p.m. I'm sitting here right now at 7:00 p.m. and it looks like midnight outside. My eyes tell me it's time to go to bed, but if I do that, I'll toss and turn all night long. The clock doesn't track with the sun, and that really messes with your body.

So here's my proposal: Just rip the bandage off and move the timezone permanently. Stop calling it daylight savings time and just stick with it.

Why this long diatribe? I had nothing else to do and it's dark outside...



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