There are a number of bad ideas with which America and its component States regularly flirt: Federal involvement in the BCS, treating sugar like booze and tobacco, Esperanto. We take certain bad ideas, and dive in head-first – “The War on Drugs”, making the NJ State Song a track featuring the lyrics “It’s a death trap / It’s a suicide rap / We gotta get out while we’re young”. We take some good ideas, and completely ignore or ridicule them – the metric system, widespread implementation of 24-hour time.
Aside – Can anyone give me one good reason that we don’t all operate on 24-hour, military-style time? Do you know why the military uses 24-hour time? Because it’s less prone to screw-ups. Nobody has ever woken up at 1900 hrs, panicked that they were going to be late for work.
As generations of Americans get progressively dumber and dumber, why are we burdening our decaying brains with additional questions as to whether the next episode of whatever nonsense Kardashian TV show gets trotted out starts at mid-morning or late-evening? How much ink and paper and computer memory is wasted on those two completely unnecessary letters, “AM” or “PM”? Continue reading