[LEAPSECS] "China move could call time on GMT"

Michael Sokolov msokolov at ivan.Harhan.ORG
Wed Jan 4 15:15:10 EST 2012

Tony Finch <dot at dotat.at> wrote:

> Incorrect, because the civil calendar is tied to local solar time using

> the time zone system. Local civil time is not going to move out of sync

> with the sun, and therefore the calendar will also remain in sync.

The problem with your argument is that the time zone system doesn't
work for everyone. What is the "local civil time" for someone who
doesn't hold citizenship in any country and lives on a boat that
continuously circumnavigates the world?

I choose to define the legal/civil time for my one-man micronation to
be tied to some NATURAL phenomenon, something that is NOT subject to
man's whim. Hence man-made UTC is not acceptable. Mean solar time is
a natural phenomenon, so it's acceptable. I just have to pick some
completely arbitrary longitude at which to measure this MST, and my
own physical longitude at any given moment would be a poor choice
because it changes all the time. Hence I've chosen the standard 0 deg
longitude for obvious convenience.


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