year the Earth undergoes the first of two annual
step functions in its orbit around the sun. Earth is the only celestial body
known to be subject to such a phenomenon. The Bible says God stopped the Earth it
in its tracks one time (Joshua 10:13), but that is nothing compared to what truly
omnipotent kings, politicians, and bureaucrats have decreed to occur since the early
part of the last century. Those megalomaniacs instituted Daylight Saving Time (DST)
here in the U.S. and most other parts of the world with a scheme which each year
causes clocks to be advanced by one hour near the vernal equinox and to be retarded
one hour around the autumnal equinox - in effect shifting the Earth forward and
backward in its orbit.
disagree on who was the first person to propose our inconvenient timekeeping
shift; some credit (or blame) a New Zealander named George Vernon Hudson while others
give the honors to Englishman William Willett. One of the two can be thanked for
the system that has caused societal earthquakes (a simile for what would happen
if the Earth was suddenly physically shifted in its orbit) for a hundred years.
Germany was supposedly the first country to implement DST.
An actual physical orbital shift would cause earthquakes of monumental magnitude.
The Earth travels a distance of 938,900,000 km while orbiting the sun once every
365.2564 days, with an average speed of 107,200 km/hr. An
orbital eccentricy of 0.0167 indicates a nearly circular path,
hence an excuse to use the average speed and distance values to estimate an orbital
positional shift of approximately 29.78 km/sec. The Heaviside step function is technically
an instantaneous shift in values that is not possible in the real world since an
event needs to occur in 0 seconds. An infinite amount of energy would be required
to advance or retard the Earth's mass (or any mass) by any distance, not just 29.78 km,
in zero time, so it is not possible to calculate an equivalent energy requirement.
One way to determine the equivalent energy required to move the Earth an hour's
worth of orbital distance under normal circumstances is to calculate the total energy
in one Earth orbit and then take one hour's worth of it. Using textbook 2-body orbital
The result is for a full year of orbiting. There are roughly 8765.8 hours in
a year, so that works out to 3.0216E23 J/hr, or 3.0216E11 TJ/hr. I invite
confirmation or refuting of my equations.
To put that in a gruesome perspective, the Little Boy thermonuclear bomb
that was dropped on Hiroshima during World War II was rated at about 15 kilotons,
which is about 62.8E12 joules (62.8 TJ). Therefore, the equivalent of 4.81 billion
Little Boy bombs would be needed to shift the Earth's orbital position by one
We conclude, therefore, that from a timekeeping standpoint the world's controllers
of society exercise the equivalent power of 4.81 billion Little Boy bombs on
two occasions each year - and that is without even allowing for the instantaneous
nature of the bi-annual decree. Awesome.
Personally, I'd like to do away with
FYI: For the year 2015, Daylight Saving Time in the United States begins at 2:00
AM on Sunday, March 8 and ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 1. Don't forget to
set your clocks ahead Saturday night before going to bed.
Posted on March 6, 2015