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IRAN: DAYLIGHT SAVING ABOLISHED FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS
adnkronos international ^ | 20 March, 2006

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: ahmadinejad; daylightsavingtime; indiana; iran; islam

1 posted on 03/20/2006 1:16:00 PM PST by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

I loathe daylight saving time. Why not just change it half an hour once and be done with it?


2 posted on 03/20/2006 1:18:44 PM PST by kerryusama04 (The Bill of Rights is not occupation specific.)
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To: nuconvert
Changing the clocks with the seasons was introduced in Iran in 1990 to try to reduce energy consumption.

The way the country is heading it will soon have a soft green glow 24/7.

3 posted on 03/20/2006 1:18:44 PM PST by Mike Darancette (In the Land of the Blind the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: nuconvert
Does anybody remember an episode of Seinfeld where Kramer decided not to change his watch and hilarity ensued?
4 posted on 03/20/2006 1:19:06 PM PST by Dan Middleton (Radio...Free...Mars)
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To: nuconvert

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.


5 posted on 03/20/2006 1:19:36 PM PST by tomnbeverly (Liberal Lips Sink Ships....)
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To: nuconvert

We don't need DLS either...


6 posted on 03/20/2006 1:20:52 PM PST by Zavien Doombringer (Mr. Franklin, what form of customes did you create in Tiajunna? A beeber, Madam, if you can stune it)
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To: nuconvert

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. :)


7 posted on 03/20/2006 1:21:41 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: kerryusama04
Amen, right on, you said it brother, yeah ba-by, yessiree,ditto, exactly, bump, and BTTT. (Everybody please tell your Congress critters!
8 posted on 03/20/2006 1:22:16 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Dan Middleton

I've stopped recognizing leap years in 1980. As far as I'm concerned, today is March 27.


9 posted on 03/20/2006 1:22:23 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: nuconvert

There goes the late tee off times on the links


10 posted on 03/20/2006 1:23:22 PM PST by Horatio Gates (Islam is an exercise in fatality.)
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To: tomnbeverly
Daylight savings time is a screwy idea. I've never seen any evidence that it saves any amount of energy for anybody.
11 posted on 03/20/2006 1:23:31 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: nuconvert
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.

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..."

12 posted on 03/20/2006 1:23:34 PM PST by KarlInOhio (The tree of liberty is getting awfully parched.)
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To: nuconvert
Daylight Savings Time is an eeeeville Zionist plot.
13 posted on 03/20/2006 1:23:38 PM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 97-103)
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To: nuconvert

So do the airstrikes happen an hour earlier or an hour later?

14 posted on 03/20/2006 1:24:50 PM PST by Fintan (Hey, you can't make this stuff up.)
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To: BenLurkin

I hate daylight savings time. Down here in Texas that extra hour of daylight burns up my grass.


15 posted on 03/20/2006 1:25:18 PM PST by ladtx ("It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it." -- -- General Douglas MacArthur)
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To: Dan Middleton
Does anybody remember an episode of Seinfeld where Kramer decided not to change his watch and hilarity ensued?

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!

16 posted on 03/20/2006 1:26:21 PM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: ladtx

You're supposed to save that hour for January.


17 posted on 03/20/2006 1:26:28 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: ladtx
I hate daylight savings time. Down here in Texas that extra hour of daylight burns up my grass.

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.

18 posted on 03/20/2006 1:28:13 PM PST by KarlInOhio (The tree of liberty is getting awfully parched.)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


19 posted on 03/20/2006 1:29:50 PM PST by ladtx ("It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it." -- -- General Douglas MacArthur)
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To: nuconvert
--snickering and giggling as I recall what the history books have to say about the fundamentalist objections to time zones in this country when the railroads convinced Congress to put the entire country on standardized time--and the reaction in small towns in Wisconsin to DST rather than "God's time"--when the urbanites in Milwaukee and Madison forced it on us farm folk back in the early 'fifties---
20 posted on 03/20/2006 1:35:04 PM PST by rellimpank (Don't believe anything about firearms or explosives stated by the mass media---NRABenefactor)
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To: nuconvert
Let me make a suggestion to help you crazy Iranians out:

Set your clocks to a few minutes before midnight and leave them there. That's what time it is for you losers.

21 posted on 03/20/2006 1:36:06 PM PST by LK44-40
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To: nuconvert

Next the Iranian government will abolish all clocks for "religious reasons".


22 posted on 03/20/2006 1:38:05 PM PST by LA-Lawyer (Its a joke, folks!)
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To: LA-Lawyer

Nope, they will simply turn them back by 6,132,000 hours


23 posted on 03/20/2006 1:50:37 PM PST by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: nuconvert

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.


24 posted on 03/20/2006 2:01:42 PM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: nuconvert

"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!


25 posted on 03/20/2006 2:07:00 PM PST by Hurricane
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To: kerryusama04
I loathe daylight saving time. Why not just change it half an hour once and be done with it?

I second the motion, and also nominate you for a Nobel Prize in the "Sound Reasoning" category.

26 posted on 03/20/2006 2:10:31 PM PST by 3_if_by_Treason (Life is a series of lessons: Sometimes you're the student, and sometimes you're the teacher.)
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To: kerryusama04

I think Turkey, among others possibly, used to be 1/2 hour out of sync with everyone else time-zone wise. Hm.


27 posted on 03/20/2006 2:12:55 PM PST by Freedom4US
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To: nuconvert

"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?


28 posted on 03/20/2006 2:15:24 PM PST by LSUfan
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To: ladtx

"Down here in Texas that extra hour of daylight burns up my grass."

LOL!


29 posted on 03/20/2006 2:17:44 PM PST by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: Fintan

Pssst! Why would you want to subtract from enemy's confusion?


30 posted on 03/20/2006 2:21:49 PM PST by GSlob
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To: nuconvert

Seriously, who cares.


31 posted on 03/20/2006 2:22:34 PM PST by WhiteGuy ("Every Generation needs a new revolution" - Jefferson)
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To: nuconvert

Not a problem. Out ICBMs operate off of an internal clock, and in real time...


32 posted on 03/20/2006 2:25:07 PM PST by Bean Counter ("Stout Hearts!")
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To: nuconvert

I, ruler of the West, have decided to outlaw the question mark, forthwith.

Any Questions.

No.

Was that a question.

I don't know.

What do you mean.

Was that a question.

What.

Do you mean to declare what, or to . . . IT DOESN'T MATTER.

MY WORD IS LAW!

Violate this, and I will ban the comma.


33 posted on 03/20/2006 2:27:38 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: nuconvert

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.


34 posted on 03/20/2006 2:28:05 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: nuconvert

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.


35 posted on 03/20/2006 2:28:45 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: nuconvert

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.


36 posted on 03/20/2006 2:32:16 PM PST by Sarvana (I'm not prejudiced, I hate everyone equally.)
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To: kerryusama04
I loathe daylight saving time.

Why? Don't you enjoy having daylight till 9pm in the summer? Would you rather it be dark at 8pm?

37 posted on 03/20/2006 2:35:17 PM PST by Ditto
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To: nuconvert; indiana

Hoosier Ping!

One thing I agree with this guy on! Let's re-abolish DST!!!


38 posted on 03/20/2006 3:30:19 PM PST by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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