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Hugo Chavez Invents New Half-Hour Time Zone
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-9-2007 | Jeremy McDermott

Posted on 12/09/2007 9:14:19 AM PST by blam

Hugo Chavez invents new half-hour time zone

By Jeremy McDermott, Latin America Correspondent
Last Updated: 3:35pm GMT 09/12/2007

Venezuela has created its own, unique time zone on the orders of President Hugo Chavez, setting clocks back half an hour and putting the oil-rich nation out of step with its neighbours.

"I don't care if they call me crazy, the new time will go ahead," said Mr Chavez.

Hugo Chavez has already changed the national flag and coat of arms

The president said the change would improve health, as the sun will rise before most Venezuelans get up ensuring all go to work or school in daylight.

"These children have to get up at five in the morning... they arrive at school dead tired," said Mr Chavez. "And why? Because of our time."

Government ministers lined up to support the president's theory.

"The human brain is conditioned by the light of the sun," offered Hector Navarro, the Minister of Science and Technology, assuring that the health and productivity of the nation will improve thanks to the change.

Many Venezuelans were not impressed with the change or bamboozled by the technical jargon coming out of the Science and Technology Ministry.

"The only thing this will do is inject yet more chaos into our lives," said John Marulanda, a young executive. "This president believes in change for change's sake." President Chavez has now changed the flag, the national coat of arms, the salute of the armed forces and the constitution.

He sought to change Venezuela's political system on Dec 2, when he proposed a referendum to enshrine socialism in the constitution and grant the president indefinite re-election and even greater powers.

Fifty-one per cent of Venezuelans said no, delivering Mr Chavez his first electoral defeat in nine years.

However the president has vowed to press ahead with his changes and has enough power through his control of the armed forces, the National Assembly, the judicial system, the Central bank and increasingly of the media, to introduce change without recourse to another referendum.


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KEYWORDS: chavez; hugo; time; venezuela; zone
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1 posted on 12/09/2007 9:14:21 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
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2 posted on 12/09/2007 9:17:10 AM PST by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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"I don't care if they call me crazy, the new time will go ahead,"

Partly right sluggo. It's 37:62 CCST here. (That's cripplecreeck standard time)
3 posted on 12/09/2007 9:17:32 AM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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"These children have to get up at five in the morning... they arrive at school dead tired," said Mr Chavez. "And why? Because of our time."

Hmmm...couldn't be because they're getting up at 5AM, could it?

4 posted on 12/09/2007 9:21:22 AM PST by econjack (If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.)
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To: cripplecreek

Next, he will turn the calendars back to 1937!


5 posted on 12/09/2007 9:21:24 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Would that be B.C. or A.D.?


6 posted on 12/09/2007 9:23:19 AM PST by xc1427 (It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees...Midnight Oil (Power and the Passion))
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To: blam

Smells like sulfur.


7 posted on 12/09/2007 9:23:33 AM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: blam

This little midget assclown never ceases to amaze me.


8 posted on 12/09/2007 9:24:20 AM PST by stm (Fred Thompson in 08!)
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To: xc1427

BCE Before the Chavez Era and may it be a short one.


9 posted on 12/09/2007 9:25:04 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: blam
"These children have to get up at five in the morning... they arrive at school dead tired," said Mr Chavez. "And why? Because of our time."

Uhhh....why doesn't he just change the time the kids have to be at school?

"I don't care if they call me crazy,..."

He's crazy.

10 posted on 12/09/2007 9:25:07 AM PST by alicewonders (Duncan Hunter needs to be our next Sec. of Defense, Dir. of Homeland Security - or Vice President)
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To: Cobra64

What are we paying the CIA for? This guy should have been wormfood a long time ago.


11 posted on 12/09/2007 9:25:46 AM PST by stm (Fred Thompson in 08!)
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To: blam

Hello, Newman

12 posted on 12/09/2007 9:28:03 AM PST by paul in cape
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"I don't care if they call me crazy..."

Keep it up, Hugo. We've got plenty of fawning pics and statements from our homegrown moonbats that we're dying to drag out when you really go over the edge. Don't fail us, nutter--we're all counting on you!

13 posted on 12/09/2007 9:31:12 AM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: blam
"This president believes in change for change's sake."

Just like our Dems!

14 posted on 12/09/2007 9:32:34 AM PST by JennysCool (Merry Christmas!)
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To: econjack
Hmmm...couldn't be because they're getting up at 5AM, could it?

And they'll still be getting up at 5 AM, but it's the new time, see? It's much, much better. The Supreme Leader says so.

15 posted on 12/09/2007 9:34:13 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: blam

16 posted on 12/09/2007 9:34:54 AM PST by paul in cape
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To: blam
I mentioned this story to my boss when it first broke and he adamantly refused to believe it wasn't a joke. The look on his face when he found out it's real was priceless.

The little caudillo is genuinely, barking-at-the-moon nuts. Most of the people this project impacts are not "his" people anyway, but "his" people are getting tired of bread and milk lines and stayed away from the last election in droves. Huey's going to need to bribe them and amuse them pronto - yep, I'm talking "bread and circuses" - or he's going to be joining a long line of ex-dictators at the crap tables in Monaco wondering where it all went wrong.

17 posted on 12/09/2007 9:34:59 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: blam

The Kommies, the Huffies, and DUmmies will find this to be a brilliant move.


18 posted on 12/09/2007 9:35:07 AM PST by Cyclops08
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To: blam

CAN SOMEONE Post a “Cookoo Clock”??


19 posted on 12/09/2007 9:35:42 AM PST by JSDude1 (When a liberal represents the Presidential Nominee for the Republicans; THEY'RE TOAST)
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To: randog
Esposito: From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now... 16 years old!

Fielding Mellish: What’s the Spanish word for straitjacket?

20 posted on 12/09/2007 9:36:40 AM PST by don'tbedenied
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To: randog

We should ask our favorite leftist from Hollywood what they think of Chavez latest move..?


21 posted on 12/09/2007 9:37:00 AM PST by JSDude1 (When a liberal represents the Presidential Nominee for the Republicans; THEY'RE TOAST)
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To: cripplecreek

“I don’t care if they call me crazy, the new time will go ahead,” said Mr Chavez.

You asked for it, little dictator who smells like smoke: You are crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, ad infinitium...


22 posted on 12/09/2007 9:39:43 AM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: JSDude1

23 posted on 12/09/2007 9:40:38 AM PST by paul in cape
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To: JSDude1

Since he is their hero, they will probaby ask that we change the entire U.S. to match the “Puko Chavez time zone.”


24 posted on 12/09/2007 9:40:55 AM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: blam

Newfoundland time is three and one half hours behind Greenwich Mean Time(UTC) during summer and two and a half when daylight savings time is selected. So Venezulea will simply be in the same time zone as Newfoundland.

All they have do adjust a Windows based computer is select Newfoundland time and unselect “Automatically adjust clock for daylight savings changes.” Done.

Darwin and Adelaide, Australia are nine and a half hour offset from UTC.

Until the late nineteenth century, every city and town in the U.S. was on a different time zone. Every degree of longitude west of Greenwich results in a four minute lag in in local mean solar time. The railroads used standard time zones before they were adopted for general use.

That being said, the impact of this “reform” will be minimal at best. It’s bad politics, it reinforcers Chavez’ image as a meddler.


25 posted on 12/09/2007 9:42:19 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: blam

Hugo is bat$hit crazy, but turning the clocks forward and then backwards 1 hour every year isn’t too smart either.


26 posted on 12/09/2007 9:44:41 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Not only that, bar time in Nicaragua has been totally screwed up.


27 posted on 12/09/2007 9:45:13 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: blam

28 posted on 12/09/2007 9:45:20 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Kill the terrorists, secure the borders, and give me back my freedom.)
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To: blam

However the president has vowed to press ahead with his changes and has enough power through his control of the armed forces, the National Assembly, the judicial system, the Central bank and increasingly of the media, to introduce change without recourse to another referendum.

LOL! I expected this. The people be damned.


29 posted on 12/09/2007 9:45:32 AM PST by saganite
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To: blam

It’s true. This nut does not have a brain.


30 posted on 12/09/2007 9:48:11 AM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: blam

Next step is to make the time change retroactive. Think of all that time you’ll have on your hands then!


31 posted on 12/09/2007 9:49:10 AM PST by saganite
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To: paul in cape

Thank You!


32 posted on 12/09/2007 9:49:34 AM PST by JSDude1 (When a liberal represents the Presidential Nominee for the Republicans; THEY'RE TOAST)
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To: blam

You couldn’t make this stuff up!

It reminds me of the dim bulb who wrote to the LA paper complaining about daylight savings time. He said the extra hour of sunlight was killing his grass. No doubt the gentleman was/is a registered Democrat.


33 posted on 12/09/2007 9:49:35 AM PST by Pining_4_TX
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Looking at www.timeanddate.com, it appears that Venezuela's new timezone will have the same time of day as Newfoundland during Newfoundland's daylight savings period, which is most of the year. In 2008, the clocking readings in Venezuela and Newfoundland should be the same from March 9th until November 1st (unless, of course, Chavez suddenly decides that Venezuela also needs to use DST.)
34 posted on 12/09/2007 9:50:45 AM PST by snowsislander
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Caracas is between New York and Buenos Ayres. Sure simplifies things.

35 posted on 12/09/2007 9:55:41 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: cripplecreek
YOUR GOING TO NEED ONE OF THESE>

36 posted on 12/09/2007 9:57:05 AM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: blam
Next week he'll change the calendar year to the first derivative of log(x2).
37 posted on 12/09/2007 9:57:29 AM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Cobra64
Considering how most of the world plays with clocks twice a year,he's no nuttier than most on this question.

The U.S. time zones do not run smoothly with longitude but veer wildy for political reasons.

Pretending it is the same solar time over the width of 30plus degrees like the Chinese is not nutty?

The rule by dictatorial fiat is the more disturbing factor.

38 posted on 12/09/2007 9:57:41 AM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: Pining_4_TX

Hugo Chavez invents the Half Hour time zone....
Why does this surprise anyone. It is like the Dictator who renamed the months of the year in honor of his Mom in Law.
Absolute power corrupts...and makes one as mad as a rat in a coffe can.


39 posted on 12/09/2007 9:58:00 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Please dont drag your filth into my swamp...........)
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To: Pining_4_TX

During the recent San Diego fires, a TV reporter said that the firefighters would benefit from the ‘extra hour of daylight.’ because of daylight savings time.


40 posted on 12/09/2007 9:58:18 AM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: loungitude

(The Simpsons) Principal Skinner: Not only are the trains now running on time, they’re running on metric time. Remember this moment, people: 80 past 2 on April 47th!


41 posted on 12/09/2007 9:59:05 AM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: loungitude

You know, at the time I thought I heard a reporter say that, but I thought, “Nah, they couldn’t be that dumb.”

Well, I guess stupidity is just rampant.


42 posted on 12/09/2007 10:00:24 AM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: blam
AntiChrists always like to change the times and laws... a characteristic perhaps?

In a Bible passage in Daniel, speaking of the ultimate antichrist, speaks of him as one who changes the times... just a thought... Hugo just has the spirit of antichrist...

Dan 7:25 And he shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

43 posted on 12/09/2007 10:00:40 AM PST by BigFinn
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To: Pining_4_TX

Once again life imitates art.

In Woody Allen’s movie Bananas Woody’s character becomes president of a banana republic when the communist rebel leader loses his mind, decreeing that the official language is now Swedish and that everyone must wear their underpants on the outside of their clothes.

Chavez has become that commy revolutionary nitwit.

44 posted on 12/09/2007 10:01:21 AM PST by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Yorlik803

“makes one as mad as a rat in a coffe can.”

Or as a cop friend of my son’s said about a guy during a domestic disturbance call, “He’s crazier than a s***house rat.”


45 posted on 12/09/2007 10:01:52 AM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: blam
Etiquette when meeting Chavez:

"Don't say anything about his scar . . . You'll see it but don't say it, you follow my drift? The other thing, be sure to compliment his art collection."


46 posted on 12/09/2007 10:02:35 AM PST by Tribune7 (Dems want to rob from the poor to give to the rich)
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To: blam

47 posted on 12/09/2007 10:04:17 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (RINO cleaner - the backbone restorer)
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To: blam

Last night I was watching a spanish talk show which had a guest on who met Chavez back in ‘97. He said that Chavez came on another talk show and told a story about how would sit every morning at the breakfast table with am empty chair beside him because he felt that Bolivar’s spirit was with him eating breakfast. The audience was laughing along but this guy knew that he was just plain crazy.


48 posted on 12/09/2007 10:05:11 AM PST by FreeManWhoCan (An American in Miami)
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To: blam

49 posted on 12/09/2007 10:05:13 AM PST by alicewonders (Duncan Hunter needs to be our next Sec. of Defense, Dir. of Homeland Security - or Vice President)
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To: hoosierham

Common time zones for large regions was necessary. Chaos reigned before the change.


50 posted on 12/09/2007 10:07:20 AM PST by saganite
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