Why do we change clocks, are daylight savings for environmental benefits?

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Changing clocks, daylight savings, Franz Ferdinand

We’re so used to changing the clocks for daylight savings every spring and fall. But why do we do it? Enjoying these October evenings? As summer slowly dies (northern hemisphere), those endless evenings have been gradually ebbing away, and our bodies and brains adjusting to the new normal of dark and cold. Then. Bang. The clocks ‘fall back’ an hour, late on Saturday night. The fantasy of ‘an extra hour in bed’ is instead the shock of earlier darkness where once was light. The reason why the clocks change is lost in the bullshit of World War One, when the ‘glorious dead’ piled up pointlessly in filthy trenches, in defence of stupid treaties and something to do with the Austro-Hungarian empire (like, what even was that and who the hell was Franz Ferdinand, besides a Glaswegian band from the 2000s?). Allegedly, changing the clocks for winter gave the peasants an extra hour of hellish toil in the mornings, or it saved on candles, or something. The Germans brought it in, just before the British, in 1916. Take me out, kaiser!

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Vampire kiss for you: shocking, free short film, soundtrack, ebook

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I had the idea for Vampire Story a couple of years back, to tie Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, in with modern vampires living in Stoker’s hometown of Dublin. I didn’t realise how big the project would become. Making a film, even a short one, is a piece of work. Dozens of talented people, location permits, equipment hire, the weather, the script – all these have to come together at the right time for magic to even stand a chance of happening. But the magic did happen and we have a vampire’s kiss available now for all the world to see, for free.

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Why the world needs America to fire Trump

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Fire Trump: The US Presidential Election 2020 poses an existential threat to the planet

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A worsening climate crisis is one of the more visible legacies of Trump’s failures. If the US electorate doesn’t fire Trump, we are literally going to hell in a handbasket, brimming with anxiety and despair. We encourage all Americans to use their vote on or before Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Here are our top 5 reasons to fire President Trump…

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Awesome Covid-19 t-shirt design for women, for men

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2020 is unforgettable, so grab this souvenir Covid-19 t-shirt

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This t-shirt is exclusive to Readathriller.com.

Great for yourself, or for someone you love, this exclusive design Covid-19 t-shirt is available only to Readathriller readers. A unique memento of an unforgettable year, grab yours now so you can help to influence a positive outcome to 2020. Available in black or white.

Text reads:
COVID-19 SUCKS BALLS*
SO WEAR A MASK

VOTE TRUMP OUT

LEGALIZE WEED WORLDWIDE

BE KINDER

SUPPORT SCIENCE

EMBRACE EQUALITY

BUILD UTOPIA

BE THE HERO

WASH REGULARLY

RUB A FURRY ANIMAL
*The coronavirus is teensy balls of genetic material and when we suck in air, we are sucking balls of virus. So wear a mask if you don’t want to suck balls. Designed by primates. Copyright 2020 Readathriller.com – Hemp offsets CO2

This product is print-on-demand

Our Covid-19 t-shirt is printed when you order it. This is called print-on-demand and is much more sustainable than printing loads of something, only to throw most in the bin. Gary J Byrnes thrillers in paperback are available print-on-demand also. All Gary’s digital bestsellers are FREE until we get the vaccine, more here.

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How to do us a BIG favor: Take our 60-second shopping survey now

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Do us a favor by taking our short shopping survey

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We need to work together with you, and our partners all over the world, to build the next-generation, sustainable living ecommerce experience. The first step is understanding what we all want and need, and what will make it easier for us to stop climate change. Taking our 60-second survey about online shopping shows that you care. And you’re helping to shape a better future for us all. So, thank you!

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How to share the love with our swanky, sustainable living gift card

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Give the gift that never stops giving, a gift card for sustainable living products and exclusive branded items from our store

Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a Readathriller gift card, for €10, €25, €50 or €100, so they can buy what they like from our sustainable living store. Every purchase made by the lucky recipient means hemp planted, and we’re a step closer to stopping climate change.

Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Our gift cards have no additional processing fees.

How to build Utopia: Goodbye nostalgia, hello future!

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Nationalism and nostalgia are evolutionary dead ends

One positive from the pandemic struck me today. We’ve changed. We are focused on the future, the promise of a vaccine, the chance to enjoy and appreciate the things we took for granted just months ago. Think back, think about Trump and his MAGA desire to return to the 1950s. Think Brexit and the Conservatives’ fantasy of a return to the 1930s. Think about all the deluded nationalists around the world. They all want to take us backwards, to some imagined older, ‘better’ time. These are all bankrupt ideologies. But there is a better way…

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Use these awesome CBD discount codes fast and save big$! New codes…

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Our trusted CBD supplier, Joy Organics in the US, has some awesome discounts for you

CBD discounts to save you money! We share discounts only from our trusted affiliate partners, so every time you buy CBD after clicking this link, we get a small commission which allows us to plant hemp and stop climate change. It’s easy, a true win-win! Please share these CBD discount codes with your friends. Thank you!

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How to start saving the world with one bamboo toothbrush

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Time to switch to bamboo toothbrushes

Bamboo toothbrushes are awesome. They feel much more pleasant and natural in your mouth, they help sustain jobs in many interesting places, you can easily write your name on them, and they biodegrade completely after use! From the UN Global Goals: Did you know that 1 billion toothbrushes are thrown away each year in the US alone? That’s enough to stretch around the Earth 4 times! 🤯

Plastic toothbrushes end up in landfills and in our oceans, and are consumed by wildlife and fish who mistake them for food. It’s time to say no thanks to plastic toothbrushes and yes please to more sustainable and eco-friendly ones, like our bestselling bamboo toothbrush. 🐟 🐬 🐠

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Free ebooks for you! Digital bestsellers all free until we get the vaccine

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Free ebooks to help you get through the pandemic

Times are tough, shit even. One of the best things we can do to get through this is to read great stories, ideally as free ebooks that are great for the planet and great for your mind. We can also be kinder to each other, do some good, imagine what the world could be like if we didn’t mindlessly participate in an economic system that chews up the planet, spits out crap we don’t actually need, and imprisons us all in debt slavery. So here’s a small step towards something better.

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism – Book review, how to survive it

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What is ‘surveillance capitalism’? Your future behaviour is the product

Shoshana Zuboff’s book is essential reading for anyone who has a smartphone or uses the internet. So, pretty much everyone should read this. When the product is free, then you are the product. This truism is taken to a new level by surveillance capitalism. Now, your predictable future behaviour is the product.

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Urgent manifesto for human resistance to AI, algorithms and tech domination, #ResistAI

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Manifesto and call-to-arms to prevent a dystopia in which humans become unnecessary, or serve machines

This Manifesto is about defining a simple, clear and direct set of rules for the people and companies that construct artificial intelligence, algorithms and technology.

This Manifesto aims to prevent a dystopia where: humans are governed by AI and algorithms; where tech’s appetites for resources and power have destroyed the environment; and where surveillance capitalism knows no boundaries.

All humans are invited to contribute to this manifesto and to share its ideas, for the benefit of all humankind and nature.

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A dystopian story, PET. Free download, any digital book format

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Want a chilling vision of a possible future? Get this free dystopian story by bestselling writer Gary J Byrnes right now

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Down the rabbit hole…

Read this dystopian short story now and see if ten minutes of fiction can make you rethink everything. Find it here on Smashwords, free in any ebook format, or you can just read online!

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How to get your book published. Write like George Orwell, scifi, fantasy

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So you want to get your book published?

You’ve always wanted to get your book published, but you just never had the time, right? So, now that we’re in a pandemic and can’t do shit, you feel that this is your moment? Good for you! So let’s get your writing out into the world! First question: Have you actually written a decent story? If yes, skip down the page to the Smashwords bit. If no, then what’s keeping you? Let’s do this!

We’re hardwired to listen to and to tell stories. Our love of stories is both humanity’s blessing and our curse. It’s our blessing because stories have helped us to communicate at scale and to share wisdom more effectively. It’s our curse because stories make us easier to control. Think religion, dictatorships, political manifestos, ads for things we don’t need.

The self-publishing revolution has opened up publishing to everyone. In just the past decade, we have been given free tools that allow us to share our stories with billions of people. This is the most radical change in publishing since Gutenberg (printing press, 1440) and has enabled success stories such as 50 Shades of Grey, which started out as a self-published title. Getting your book out into the world might just connect you with literary agents and publishers, but the real joy is the guarantee that you will connect with readers. Here’s how…

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How to find the meaning of life, the sheer awesomeness of you

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13.8 billion years

The meaning of life can’t be found without an understanding of where you came from. The Universe that we know came into existence around 13.8 billion years ago. Nobody knows for sure. It was a Big Bang alright. Out of nothing came nature’s simplest element, Hydrogen, filling the Universe. With just one proton, one neutron and one electron, Hydrogen is an explosive gas. You are one-tenth hydrogen. You are literally the Big Bang. Boom!

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Earth Day is every day. Try our quiz and you can help save the world

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Earth Day is every day

Earth Day is every day! Take our Earth Day Quiz and see how much you know about the challenges facing our fabulous planet, and what we can do to help make the world a better place.

There are 10 questions and you can add a comment with your answer, if you like. When you submit your answers, you’ll get to see all the correct answers, plus your score. If you enjoy our Earth Day Quiz, please share it out, then take action! Good luck!

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420 is a demand for change. Legalize hemp and cannabis worldwide now

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What 420 means, origin story

In 1971, five high school students in San Rafael, California, used the term in connection with a plan to search for an abandoned cannabis crop, based on a treasure map made by the grower (sounds like a movie waiting to happen). The group called themselves The Waldos, met after school at 4:20 PM, and were later popularised by High Times magazine. Now 420, 4/20 or 4:20 (pronounced four-twenty) is used as a general slang or codeword for smoking cannabis, and also represents April 20, an annual occasion for cannabis activities, including pro-legalization marches where it is still illegal.

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Is Europe a country? How the EU can thrive after coronavirus

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Is Europe a country?

No, Europe is not a country, and that’s the problem. Europe is landmass and some islands to the left of Asia, plus some far-flung colonial leftovers. The European Union is made up of 27 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. To complicate matters, not all EU member states are part of the Euro, which is a distinct currency. 19 EU countries use the Euro, in what is known as the Eurozone: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

The European Union loves existential crises

The EU seems to stumble from existential crisis to existential crisis, while failing to create and communicate Big Ideas. COVID-19 is just the latest, but this time real lives are at stake, not just banks’ balance sheets or trade with Britain.

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