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Wed Oct 29 07:53:54 EDT 2008
On Tue, 28 Oct 2008, Steve Allen wrote:
> On slashdot last month the discussion about the USNO poll on leap
> seconds in broadcast time signals degenerated into one largely about
> daylight time. On contributor pointed out something notable: Civil
> Time has always been the purview of princes.
Before the invention of reliable clocks, time was a matter for the sun -
though princes still fiddled around with the calendar. As well as the
egregious example of the pre-Julian Roman calendar, I'm amused and
disgusted by the anti-Jewish fiddles in the rules for determining Easter
to minimise when it coincides with Passover.
> That poster did not mention Machiavelli, but I think that's very much
> the point.
Perhaps because he predates clocks :-) Also in his time Christendom had
had a stable calendar for over 1000 years, which is pretty good.
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LUNDY FASTNET: NORTH OR NORTHWEST, BACKING SOUTHWEST FOR A TIME, 4 OR 5
INCREASING 6 TO GALE 8, PERHAPS SEVERE GALE 9 LATER IN FASTNET. ROUGH OR VERY
ROUGH. RAIN OR SHOWERS. MODERATE OR GOOD.
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