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Posted on 03/20/2006 1:15:56 PM PST by nuconvert
IRAN: DAYLIGHT SAVING ABOLISHED FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS
Tehran, 20 March (AKI) - Daylight saving, which was due to come into force in Iran on Tuesday - the first day of the Iranian new year - has been abolished by president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Changing the clocks with the seasons was introduced in Iran in 1990 to try to reduce energy consumption. Government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham justified the decision to eliminate daylight saving on the grounds that when the legal hour changes many faithful have difficulty in calculating with precision the hour of prayer.
In the same presidential decree, Ahmadinejad said that students returning from New Years holidays must turn up for school at 7 am instead of 8am, and public officers will open an hour earlier, at 7.30 am local time.
The decision by Ahmadinejad to suspend daylight saving on religious grounds, ignoring the economic motivations of the government in 1990, has been criticised by reformists and economists.
"The country is is no condition to increase public spending " warned economist Fereidoun Khavanad. "With the Iranian nuclear dossier before the Security Council it does not seem very intelligent to increase enegy consumption rather than diminish it" added Khavand.
Under Daylight Saving Time, official time is adjusted forward, usually by one hour, remaining that way for the spring and summer months. The measure is intended to provide a better match between the hours of daylight and the active hours of work and school and allow more efficient use of natural sunlight resource in summer time.
I loathe daylight saving time. Why not just change it half an hour once and be done with it?
The way the country is heading it will soon have a soft green glow 24/7.
Yeah so much for the Nuclear power plant rationale. If Iran is hurting for energy so badly it needs a nuclear power plant then why would the government cause more energy usage by ignoring daylight savings time.
More proof they want the bomb.
We don't need DLS either...
This is great news! Remember the suicide bombers who blew up in their car because Palestine didn't set their clocks to DST? More funny terrorist hijinks to follow. :)
I've stopped recognizing leap years in 1980. As far as I'm concerned, today is March 27.
There goes the late tee off times on the links
So they're doing exactly the same thing without adjusting the clocks. DST is just a way of enforcing "Early to bed, early to rise..."
||So do the airstrikes happen an hour earlier or an hour later?|
I hate daylight savings time. Down here in Texas that extra hour of daylight burns up my grass.
This is essentially the same thing. Ahmadinejad, in fact, is very similar to the Cosmo Kramer of TV's Seinfeld both in terms of his mannerisms and genius comical timing. When Ahmadinejad trips coming through Jerry's apartment door ... ROFLOL!
You're supposed to save that hour for January.
Here in Ohio we need the extra hour of daylight. Our grass stops growing and turns brown within a few weeks of turning back to standard time.
I tried saving those extra hours but Mrs ladtx figured out a way to use it so she can get more work out of me.
Set your clocks to a few minutes before midnight and leave them there. That's what time it is for you losers.
Next the Iranian government will abolish all clocks for "religious reasons".
Nope, they will simply turn them back by 6,132,000 hours
Why not just abolish watches and clocks afterall the sun was all they needed in the 6th century. Besides these technologies were the inventions of infidels ... all the more reason to abolish them.
"Government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham justified the decision to eliminate daylight saving on the grounds that when the legal hour changes many faithful have difficulty in calculating with precision the hour of prayer"
Better not give them butterfly ballots!
I second the motion, and also nominate you for a Nobel Prize in the "Sound Reasoning" category.
I think Turkey, among others possibly, used to be 1/2 hour out of sync with everyone else time-zone wise. Hm.
"Government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham justified the decision to eliminate daylight saving on the grounds that when the legal hour changes many faithful have difficulty in calculating with precision the hour of prayer."
I guess adding and subtracting 1 is too tough for the Ayatollah cult followers?
"Down here in Texas that extra hour of daylight burns up my grass."
Pssst! Why would you want to subtract from enemy's confusion?
Seriously, who cares.
Not a problem. Out ICBMs operate off of an internal clock, and in real time...
I, ruler of the West, have decided to outlaw the question mark, forthwith.
Was that a question.
I don't know.
What do you mean.
Was that a question.
Do you mean to declare what, or to . . . IT DOESN'T MATTER.
MY WORD IS LAW!
Violate this, and I will ban the comma.
Finally, something I can agree with the crazy Iranian dictator on. I hate to think of '07 when OUR dictators have decided that DST will start the first weekend in March and end the last weekend in November. Did we get to vote on this gross inconvenience to anyone with children, or anyone who has to travel in the dark to their jobs for nine months of the year? Of course not. Some lobbyists whose industries think this is a swell idea have paid off the legislators and we, like Pavlov's dogs, just have to fall into line. Disgusting.
Good move, dumb justification. The reason they torture cats through the loudspeakers is to call the faithful to prayer. There weren't a lot of wristwatches in the 7th century AD.
How much energy does Daylight Saving (It is technically called Saving and not Savings) Time save anyway? It is only a drop in the oil bucket, not worth the hassle of changing our clocks. If you want the extra hour of daylight so much go to bed an hour early.
Why? Don't you enjoy having daylight till 9pm in the summer? Would you rather it be dark at 8pm?
One thing I agree with this guy on! Let's re-abolish DST!!!