Daylight savings time is bunk, and other musings


When you have perfect freedom to get up when you want and retire when you want, you realize what a crock Daylight Savings Time is. We are getting up about an hour “later” than usual and going to bed about an hour “later.”

We just wonder what this is doing to the poor wage slaves to have to work from 9 to 5, or 8 to 5. That means they lose an hour, at least of sleep, during the entire DST period.

That’s just not right.

It’s dark when they get up and it stays light until almost 10 pm up here north of the 45th parallel. We get 15.79 hours of daylight as it is. Sunrise today: 5:25 am, sunset today: 21.04 (9:04 pm). It stays light until about 9:45 pm. That should be 8 pm, and the sunrise should be 4:25 am. Much more manageable lighting times for humans.

As we said, it doesn’t bother us one bit, since we obey our own internal clock.

Student loan rate hike, or not: It’s all a crock and both parties are participating in the charade. First, any change in the interest rate would not have affected current loans.

The targeted loans – Stafford loans – are just a tiny portion of a huge market,  and the effect on individual students of “doubling” the interest rate, from 3.4% to 6.8% is about $40 per month in added interest. Wow. See details and a link to a more detailed analysis here.

Didn’t IFO tell you not to believe what the news folks are telling you? Surely you never believed what the politicians were telling you! Were you? No, of course not.

European financial crisis: With the speed of earth’s tectonic plates, European countries appear to be moving closer together. We have a mental picture of the countries in the form of human bankers, all with their backs to each other in a kind of circle, and they are stepping backward. Soon they will bump into each other and bang! They’ll be stuck together, no one will know how they did it or how to undo it.

Almost time for (real) sunset. Shabbat shalom!


About InvestingforOne

I've been investing in various assets by myself using a discount broker for many years. Over that time, I've developed some theories that others might find useful. Plus, there is more to investing than money. Time, talent, work, friends, family all go into developing a good and satisfactory strategy.
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