How did I get here?
This opens some serious theological questions for me.
This would mean that atomic midnight and solar midnight would drift apart from each other by seconds per decade. That's madness.
I've been hearing about this for years, but I mostly disregarded it because it was so ludicrous on its face that I was sure it was just some reporter not knowing what he was talking about. But it sounds like it's actually for real.
A proposal to fundamentally redefine UTC will come to a conclusive vote in January 2012 at the Radiocommunications Assembly of the ITU-R in Geneva. It would halt the intercalary adjustments known as leap seconds that maintain UTC as a form of Universal Time, and eliminate the requirement that time services transmit the varying residuals (DUT1) between Coordinated Universal Time and Universal Time of day. If the proposal is approved, UTC would not keep pace with Earth rotation and the value of DUT1 would become unconstrained.
Adverse impacts from redefining UTC have not been extensively researched and documented. The implications extend from technical infrastructure to legal, historical, logistical, sociological and economic domains. Affected technologies may include (but are not limited to) applications in astronomy, astrodynamics and celestial mechanics, geodesy, ground-to-space satellite communications, navigation, remote sensing and space surveillance.
Ohio State University - Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 59, March 2006
Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies Working Paper Series No. 39
This Article is as simple and provocative as its title suggests: it explores the legal implications of the word fuck. The intersection of the word fuck and the law is examined in four major areas: First Amendment, broadcast regulation, sexual harassment, and education. The legal implications from the use of fuck vary greatly with the context. Drawing upon the research of etymologists, linguists, lexicographers, psychoanalysts, and other social scientists, the visceral reaction to fuck can be explained by cultural taboo. Fuck is a taboo word. The taboo is so strong that it compels many to engage in self-censorship. This process of silence then enables small segments of the population to manipulate our rights under the guise of reflecting a greater community. Taboo is then institutionalized through law, yet at the same time is in tension with other identifiable legal rights. Understanding this relationship between law and taboo ultimately yields fuck jurisprudence.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 78
Keywords: Cohen, Pacifica, First Amendment, psycholinguistics