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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
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In August of 1967, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article with the headline of: “Dietary fats, carbohydrates and atherosclerotic vascular disease.” Original Article on sugar from the NEJM While the headline, and indeed much of the writing, is obtuse and clouded in the dry vernacular of medical... Continue reading
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I was raised by a Democrat, my mom, and she was raised by Democrats, including her dad who was a proud union member. But I somehow rebelled, and became a Republican. I was proud and honored to work for Republican... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2020 at sco.tt
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Because this effort to fix Daylight Saving Time is basically just me writing blog posts, emailing legislators and talking to people, I never really step back and do any kind of planning or organizing. I certainly never have marketing meetings to talk about the message. But yesterday that happened for... Continue reading
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I testified Monday in Wyoming on a very sensible Daylight Saving Time bill, and it sailed out of committee on an 8-1 vote. (That one no vote was sort of smiling as he voted no. I think he was fine with it passing. He was distinguished -- my way of... Continue reading
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There were two basic approaches through last year to fix DST: A bill that says the state will go into permanent Daylight Saving Time, either when neighboring states do it, or when it is allowed by the federal government to do so. A resolution calling on the federal government to... Continue reading
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I knew when I started this journey that fixing Daylight Saving Time would be hard, but I didn't know about the lawyers. Or the time travel. In spite of the fact (or maybe because of the fact) that I was on Comedy Central, this issue is no joke. When I... Continue reading
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As the leader of an admittedly oddball movement like #LockTheClock, I get a lot of weird email. Most of it is fine. For instance, every month or so I get a note from someone who just had the best idea ever: Move the clocks a half hour and call it... Continue reading
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Editor's Note: I was happy to run a guest post from my own son, and now I'm happy to run one from a young person I've never met! (Don't worry, I checked him out, and he's a real person.) I will have another post about the amazing experience of being... Continue reading
Short post, short on time. I'll have more later, but wanted to be sure you all saw this excellent report from the Daily Show: Continue reading
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Editor's Note: I always love running guest posts, and especially love them when written by my son! Truth be told, this started out as a class assignment, but when he told me he linked to my site from his paper, I had to read it, and I love it. (Proud... Continue reading
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This decade has started out with news that’s really difficult for people all around the world. And yet, the world keeps turning. The sun keeps rising and setting, and clocks keep ticking, or doing whatever the equivalent of ticking is in the digital world. I've been watching this DST issue... Continue reading
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My full photography site will be coming soon. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me using one of the methods on this Scott Yates contact page. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Scott Yates photography
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As part of what I do trying to #LockTheClock, I sometimes talk to legislators or the staff of legislators. It doesn't take much time, and it always seems to be appreciated, so I’m happy to do it. A couple of recent conversations have had me run into an interesting problem.... Continue reading
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Typically in the week after the “Fall Back” change interest in DST drops off a cliff. People are just too depressed coming home from work in the dark, so they plop on the couch and start watching TV. (eds. note: Is this a story?) With all that, Halloween behind us,... Continue reading
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The issue of fixing Daylight Saving Time is a deadly serious public health issue. But I get that it's also funny, and perfect for some online mockery. Also, some of my most popular posts have been my collections of funny “Fall Back” memes, funny “Spring Forward” memes, and then an... Continue reading
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The Massachusetts legislature, what they call the “General Court,” is considering a fix to Daylight Saving Time. I couldn't be there on the day they first heard testimony, but I'm planning a trip to the Bay State at some point to talk to legislators about this bill. In the meantime,... Continue reading
First, welcome to our visitors from Europe, who had their “fall back” change this weekend. Did you enjoy that extra hour of sleep? Sorry you’ll have to go home from work in the dark on Monday, but, you know... The FARMERS! (Of course, the farmers in Europe, like the farmers... Continue reading