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    Re: Dropping leap seconds and the impact on celestial navigation
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2011 Sep 11, 13:32 -0400

    Hi Frank,
    The leap hour fix seems to be good enough; I could live with 29 minutes of 
    discrepancy, and it might keep me politically involved trying to prod 
    government to change it.
    I believe you're exaggerating with statistics comparing the suns' position at 
    noon EDT to noon time in Philadelphia, PA.  The proper comparison is noon 
    EST, which goes to 75W, within a few miles of Philadelphia, PA.  The 
    comparison makes your position appear disingenuous.
    On Sep 11, 2011, at 2:37 AM, Frank Reed wrote:
    > Ahoy Fred! Haven't seen you in a while. You wrote:
    > "but I wonder what will happen 200 years from now. Will noon be 11:30 am? 
    That would be unacceptable to me."
    > Why? Why would it be unacceptable? I want to emphasize that I am sincerely 
    interested in your opinion on this. Can you expand on what you mean? And how 
    do you feel about, let's say, Indianapolis being on Atlantic Time most of the 
    year? Similarly, how do you feel about all of China being on one time zone?
    > Which reminds me; there used to be "Decree Time" in the former USSR which 
    was, if I understand correctly, year-round Daylight Saving Time. It's 
    mentioned briefly in a Solzhenitsyn novel and the main character decries the 
    "decree" as implying that the totalitarian regime thinks it can even control 
    the Sun. Of course, it's no more than DST, but these sorts of associations 
    have legs...
    > -FER
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