The state announced that Silicon Valley employed 6,900 more people in June than in May. But in spite of this, companies in Santa Clara and San Benito county employed 1,800 fewer in June 2005 than in June 2004.
The U.S. House and Senate just agreed to extend daylight-saving time by one month, in an effort to save energy. As an afterthought, they also called for a study to see whether daylight-saving time actually affects oil consumption.
Good plan. I still find it ironic that the federal government is unable to legislate better vehicle fuel efficiency, and yet they can glibly pass laws that require every resident to change their schedules.
And here’s another thing that confuses me – originally law-makers had proposed extending daylight-saving time by 2 months. But farmers objected that it would “adversely affect livestock”. So why do cows and pigs care whether the clock reads 5am or 6am?
Never mind. Congressman Markey tells us that there are other benefits to daylight-saving time:
“The beauty of daylight-saving time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier,” said Markey.