[tz] The case against time zones

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Wed Aug 6 23:39:25 UTC 2014

In Vox yesterday Matthew Yglesias argued that time zones ought to be 
abolished, writing "They were a good idea at the time, but in the modern 
world they cause more trouble than they are worth."  It's tempting to 
agree.  See:

Yglesias M. The case against time zones: They're impractical & outdated. 
Vox 2014-08-05. http://www.vox.com/2014/8/5/5970767/case-against-time-zones

Yglesias's underlying justification is essentially the same one that 
McCarthy and Klepczynski used in their proposal to discontinue leap 
seconds; see Steve Allen's summary of the resulting controversy in 

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