August 31, 2007
Hugo Chavez, a student of Zimbabwenomics, believes in fairness and the sun is no exception. He has found the sun to be inequitably delivering its sun beams and has decided to do something about it. Chavez plans to Venezuela’s time zone back 30 minutes.
Now the leftist reformer, highly popular for redistributing oil income, is seeking to move the country’s time zone to offer a more equitable distribution of sunlight.
Venezuela in September will turn clocks back by 30 minutes as it switches time zones to boost the amount of natural light to residents, a government official said on Thursday.
Next month Venezuelan clocks will be set at Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) minus 4-1/2 hours, compared to the previous GMT minus four hours, Science and Technology Minister Hector Navarro told reporters at a news conference.
He said the measure sought “a more fair distribution of the sunrise,” which would particularly help poor children who wake up before dawn to go to school.
Navarro said the government is planning to announce additional measures to “make more effective use of time.”
Recommendation: Long the sun, long time. Short Venezuela.