As our April e-links continue, we explain why the new Ken Burns documentary on Ben Franklin is about so much more than the past.
Ranging from Amtrak train schedules to our health, changing to Standard Time and then back to Daylight Saving create a slew of consequences.
Looking at the mail truck (and wagon and train), we see a metaphor for the system’s innovative history and its current problems.
With postal service innovation a basic problem, the U.S. Postal System is ranked lower than France, Japan, Poland, and nine other countries.
We should cancel daylight saving time because studies show that the opportunity cost of energy use has changed since Ben Franklin suggested “early to rise.”
Beyond less sleep, when we moved our clocks ahead last night, we created many unintended consequences. It all began during the 1880s when the railroads said that they should coordinate time. With railroad companies observing 52 different times and even…