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March 15th  2011    Tim Candler

    Following the Second World War, Japanese people were persuaded to adopt the recent and very peculiar energy saving tradition of  "Spring Forward, Fall Back".   A few years later, in 1952, irritated  Japanese farmers were able to persuade fellow countrymen to abandon the idea.

    Here in Kentucky "Spring Forward Day" is the second Sunday in March.  Which means by the second Sunday in April many of us have managed the adjustment.

    Me, I find the entire enterprise a huge burden upon the psyche and that tenuous hold I have upon wellbeing.  I will be spending the next three weeks wondering what the time should be, and wondering why the political class was ever allowed to mess with it. 

     But I reckon it was "Fall Back Day" that tipped the balance for Japanese farmers.  It is easy to welcome the longer evening in Spring, but when it starts getting dark at five o'clock  there is a terminal ratty-ness that lingers until the earth reaches its own tilting point.

     Oddly, in 2005, the National Golf Foundation calculated that Daylight Savings Time increases the revenue of golfing interests by up to  $300 million. 

    And stranger still in the great state of Indiana, which has had a long and difficult relationship with "Spring Forward, Fall Back," a recent study concluded  that daylight saving  increased residential energy consumption by up to 4%.  

    "Lies, damn lies and statistics." 

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