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Last year at this time I had just finished testifying in Atlanta, and I had high hopes that we’d get to 20 states that had passed some kind of bill to #LockTheClock in 2020. Well, as we know, 2020 through us all for a loop. A few states that move... Continue reading
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Bottom Line at the Top: All research and scientists agree that changing the clock twice a year is deadly, especially in the spring when we rob an hour of sleep from the entire population, other than those lucky ducks in Arizona, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. If we decide to #LockTheClock... Continue reading
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Testifying in Kansas, I think my seventh state already this year, but this Sunflower State wanted written testimony first, so I thought I’d just share it here, too... Dear Chairman Barker, Vice Chair Arnberger, Ranking Member Ruiz, Rep. Francis, and members of the Federal and State Affairs Committee, My name... Continue reading
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I live in Denver, and recently had my first overnight trip in more than a year, going to Nebraska and Kansas to testify and talk to legislators (and to... you know... get out of the house and have a bit of father-son road-trip bonding time.) And now I'm feeling really... Continue reading
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Just a quick post from a hotel room in Topeka, the Kansas state capitol, to let you know that Daylight Saving Time is dead. Now, we will still have to move our clocks this spring, and there’s a 50-50 chance that we will have to do it again next year,... Continue reading
As close readers of this blog know, I spend just about all my time on two hard things: My day job is fixing the disinformation crisis and my hobby is fixing Daylight Saving Time. Every once in a while they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at sco.tt
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Here’s another guest post by Jonathan Helton. His first post for this blog about childhood obesity was great, and now he’s back with a post that is very timely for me as my son returns to in-person learning for the first time since last March in the coming days. -Scott... Continue reading
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I didn’t write about the election in Georgia before it happened, I just didn’t want to allow myself to think about it, and really it was a matter for the people of the Peach State. But now that it is clear that both of the elections went to Democrats, and... Continue reading
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If you’ve recently received a note from someone using the name “Jay Pea” about Daylight Saving Time, and are searching to find out what the deal is, I’ve got answers for you here. tl;dr: “Jay Pea” is probably the pen name of James Perrault, what appears to be a guy... Continue reading
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Here is the transcript of my testimony to the House State and Local Government Committee, which is considering a Joint Resolution. Dear Chairman Wiggam, Ranking member Kelly, And members of the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee, I am the leader of the international movement to #LockTheClock, also known... Continue reading
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After the year we’ve all had in 2020, I gotta say I’m excited to be writing about 2021. This post is available to all, of course, but is specifically written for state legislators, and staff. For the first time ever, you now have the wind at your back as you... Continue reading
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Jon Lovett has been tweeting, podcasting, and probably yelling out of his window about fixing Daylight Saving Time. But he doesn’t have a blog, so when people search for “Jon Lovett daylight saving time” they see my post from last year near the top of the results. (I have been... Continue reading
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In this year, especially, we could use some lightness on the topic of darkness. This is the latest in a series of posts. For other fun stuff you can just click this topic, or see the posts from 2019, 2018, 2017, Spring 2016, and Fall 2016. With all those, you... Continue reading
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When I first started fighting to #LockTheClock six years ago, I knew that clock changing was annoying. I have come to learn that it's also deadly, and we have lots of stats about that on the research page. Then came the day I went to testify in Nebraska, and the... Continue reading
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Good morning, Europe! Did you enjoy your extra hour of sleep last night? Photo by Marcus Lenk on Unsplash It’s been six years now that I’ve been following Daylight Saving Time news, and at least a couple that I’ve been paying attention to what’s going on in Europe with a... Continue reading
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Two years ago I wrote a 2018 guide to voting in Colorado for friends and family. This time I decided to do it again. It’s not so much that I think I'll persuade anyone, it just might be handy, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at sco.tt
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I’ve been thinking some about history of late, in part because of the historical connection between DST and a global pandemic. But also in part because I think the clock changing really will be going away soon. (“Soon” in historical terms, that is; soon when you think how it has... Continue reading
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My last plea for a smart woman to help all Americans in this time of crisis has gone—thus far—unanswered. But I march on, undeterred, with another plea. Where is Rachel Maddow? I don't know exactly where she is, but I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2020 at sco.tt
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Just a quick post to say that this topic is on the back burner, just for a bit. Like the rest of the world, I hope that soon we have adequate testing and that we can get back to life that will be a new normal. For years I’ve gotten... Continue reading
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I write this in the midst of the COVID-19 social distancing era. If you are reading this generations from now, or even in a couple of weeks, put yourself in the intensity of the mood at the moment. A virus... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2020 at sco.tt
I decided to take down the petition that I started over the weekend. It's not that it wasn't going well. It was great. It grew really quickly, and even inspired a copycat effort from a troll, so we'll call that flattery. But after it got going, a couple of things... Continue reading
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This is the sixth year I have been blogging about this, and in all that time I have never really asked you, the reader, for anything. I have never, not one time, asked anyone for money for this cause. I’ve never sold any “merch” as the kids like to call... Continue reading
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With apologies to Gabriel García Márquez, here in the busiest weekend of the #LockTheClock movement, I want to address something I am seeing a lot right now. In short, I call it: Whataboutism. The argument is always something like: Really, with (insert issue here) going on, you think this is... Continue reading
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I've been working with state and federal lawmakers and staffs for years now, and often testify when it works out with my schedule and frequent flier miles. There’s a hearing tomorrow in Maryland that I would love to be at, but I have a small cold with a cough, and... Continue reading
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State legislatures in the U.S. are an amazing part of our democracy. They vary a lot, and in many ways take on the personality of the states they are in. As a whole, I find them to be far less dysfunctional than the U.S. Congress. In part because most of... Continue reading