Chavez Standard Time

by Johnny Debacle

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.

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  1. Kyle S
    August 31st, 2007 | 12:11 pm

    Is that any dumber than America changing daylight savings time to reduce energy consumption? Congress must be full of Zimbabwenomists.

    Next week, by congressional mandate, you will probably stumble out of bed an hour early — possibly, depending on your schedule, before dawn.

    It’s all in the name of saving energy. At least, that’s what we were told.

    Congress made daylight-saving time three weeks earlier this year. Proponents argued that the shift would reduce America’s energy consumption during that period about 1 percent.

    Will it work? Not very likely, say two young economists at the University of California at Berkeley.

    Congress’s logic was simple. If there’s an extra hour of sunlight in the evening, people will turn on fewer lights. The Transportation Department once did a study saying daylight savings reduced America’s use of oil by 100,000 barrels a day.

    But Ryan Kellogg and Hendrik Wolff, who are working on their doctorates in economics, say the reduced need for light in the evening will likely be negated by the increased need in the early morning.

  2. JCauto
    August 31st, 2007 | 6:18 pm

    Why is he doing it for just a half hour and not a full hour? Petulance?

  3. uhh
    August 31st, 2007 | 7:05 pm

    He’s doing it for the people to receive “a more fair distribution of the sunrise”. RTFA, or just continue to get important news and analysis from slashdot

  4. gbuch
    August 31st, 2007 | 10:13 pm

    JCauto, a full hour is certainly not the best option.

    What he SHOULD do, is to change the time zone by around 36 minutes, 54 seconds and something else (I haven’t got my calculator here, and I’m not so good at doing head calculations, so I can’t make out the milliseconds).

    THAT’s what would give the people the fairest distribution of sunrise. I hope he notices it before it’s too late…

  5. Mugabe
    September 5th, 2007 | 3:13 pm

    Can I suggest some kind of post comparing the “best in breed” futureconomic policies of Iran, Zimbabwe, and Venezuela?