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Saturday, July 30, 2005

The War Against Spacetime

Old news, but...

After years of wrangling, Congress finally cobbled together an energy bill certain to make absolutely no one happy. It won't lessen our dependence on foreign oil, nor will it significantly fund alternative energy. But it does alter time itself, extending daylight savings time over a month.

If we ever needed proof that the United States is the elephant dancing in the grass, here it is. Canada and Bermuda may match the U.S. change.

The United States proposed to the United Nations that we fundamentally change the way we measure time. As it stands now, days aren't exactly 24 hours long, and to make up for it, we have a leap second every so many years. The U.S. says no more. Our War against Spacetime is alienating our closest ally, Britain. And upsetting scientists.

If you're not with us, you're against us.

I'm James Sulak, a software developer in Houston, Texas.

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