Jay Pea of Save Standard Time Responds to Scott Yates of Lock the Clock

Jay Pea, founder of Save Standard Time, debunks the many bizarre, baseless, conspiratorial, libelous, and harassing claims from Scott Yates of Lock the Clock.

Over 15 months, Scott Yates has written at least 28 false or defamatory tweets against my personal character (linked, quoted, and disproved below). He has written two blog posts of 4,000 words that make dozens of false and defamatory claims against my personal character (screenshot, linked, quoted, and disproved below). He has admitted his purpose is to affect my reputation (documented below). He has continually asked me repeated questions, and he has continually refused the answers.

I have written nothing of Scott’s character on Twitter. I have written no blog posts or any other public statements about Scott. I write this statement now only to debunk the misinformation he leaves published against me.

My name is Jay Pea. I’m a software engineer, amateur astronomer, circadian-health enthusiast, and visual artist. I live in San Francisco; I’m originally from Iowa. I founded Save Standard Time in June of 2019 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, volunteer-run, donor-funded campaign to preserve and extend the observation of geographically appropriate Standard Time. The worldwide consensus of chronobiologists, children’s advocates, and other relevant experts is that permanent Standard Time is best for health, safety, education, and economy. It is strongly evidenced to save energy/pollution costs. It respects religious freedom. It is most sustainable for public approval. It is defined objectively from nature. And it’s pre-approved by federal law, making it the quickest way to end clock changes in North America.

I am not a professional lobbyist. I don’t run a major fundraising effort. I have no angel investor or major sponsor. The time and money contributed to Save Standard Time so far have come primarily from me. I consult with many other concerned citizens, including scientists and parents, across North America, Europe, and Australia. I gather and present information to lawmakers, journalists, and the general public, online, by mail, and over the phone. I have a goal of incorporating Save Standard Time as a registered nonprofit organization, as a step toward achieving the campaign’s stated mission.

All this information has been public for many months, if not since soon after I began 19 months ago. It’s summarized in the footer of every page on Save Standard Time’s website; it’s stated in greater detail on both Save Standard Time’s About and Action pages. It’s on my personal LinkedIn profile, which is linked from Save Standard Time’s About page. It’s on Save Standard Time’s social media (when space permits), including its LinkedIn, Facebook, and Change profiles. It’s been reported in a handful of news stories, including most notably one by Roxie Hammill of Kaiser Health News, which was republished by NBC News, Salon, Yahoo! News, and many other publications. I’ve spoken about it in a live video appearance alongside Member of the European Parliament Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Neurophysiologist Javier Albares, and Natural Time Advocate Ticia Luengo Hendriks on Barcelona Time Use Initiative’s YouTube channel. I’ve tweeted mention of this information more than two dozen times: Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example.

My focus has always been to put issues and actions first. I am otherwise personally a quiet, modest individual, who has never sought self-promotion or personal fame.

What has Scott Yates of Lock the Clock said about Jay Pea and Save Standard Time?

My first words to Scott were on Twitter: “Please listen to science and history,” followed by linked quotations from expert statements. He did not reply to this.

Scott’s first words to me came nine days later on Twitter: “are you going to spam every person who tweets on my twitter feed”. To this I replied with explanation that all my tweets are unique, and I added apology for his offense.

As early as two weeks after first meeting each other on Twitter, Scott Yates began to insult me. I replied with an offer to talk by voice or face-to-face — which he mocked.

Screenshot of two tweets.

A few weeks after that, I emailed Scott Yates a personal offer to provide more detail, discuss issues, and perhaps collaborate. He replied with insults. I replied with another polite request for professionalism. He didn’t email again. The first message is at the bottom of the following screenshot.

At a minimum on Twitter, he has mocked my personal name twelve times. At a minimum on Twitter, he has accused me of hiding a secret funder four times, of not being transparent three times, of “cherry-pick[ing]” once, of writing “BS” once, of “mudd[ying] the water” once, and of using “very expensive service…to generate emails” once (all emails I write myself and send individually). At a minimum on Twitter, he has called me a troll six times, a sock puppet four times, anonymous three times, a liar twice, a corporation twice, “James” twice (the name of one of my supporters, whom he asserts I must be), “not a person at all” once, opaque once, and a Russian, a PR department, and a bot once each: Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example, Example.

Below are screenshots from a couple of our threads (linked here and here).

Though no one is under obligation to answer Scott’s demands, as further courtesy I’ve asked on Twitter what detail or documentation (such as a spreadsheet or screenshot of financial activities) he would accept as demonstration of my honesty (here, here, here, and here). He answered with mockery (here and here) and silence (here and here).

Regarding specifically my statement of identity, my status as a volunteer, my request he retract his blog posts that libel me and circadian scientists, and my request he stop tweeting more insults (here), Scott has assured on Twitter (here):

If you want to undo the feud that you created, you could do so very easily by using your real name, or at least being transparent about your funding. Why won’t you say who funds your campaign? Just answer that one question. If you won’t, why not?

My reply was the same answer I’ve repeatedly given, which he again mocked. I even tweeted a personal photograph from my home to show my name in real-world usage—to this he did not reply, nor did he unpublish his blogs posts.

Scott Yates’ blog posts (screenshot above, linked here and here) provide no evidence to support his repeated claims. They falsely claim that I’m not a person, that I’m a “he or she”, that I’m anonymous, that I have no LinkedIn or GitHub profiles (which are here and here), that I lack transparency and openness, that I’m “hiding something”, that I’m a “sock puppet”, that I’m the “plan” of a “PR agency” operating “in the shadows”, that I’m “spending real money”, that I use an unnamed software application that “costs several thousand dollars a year minimum” (my most expensive software is Microsoft Office, $150 for lifetime use, purchased in 2018), that I’m hiding a large funder, that I’m backed by Big TV or Big Pharma, that I employ “sketchy online tactics”, that I seek to “muddy [his] mission”, that I seek “to halt progress on getting something done that could save lives”, that I’m “killing progress”, that I’m “having exactly zero success”, that my work is “like an invasive weed”, that my work is “ham-handed”, that I’m disrespectful, that I “relentlessly troll” him, that I imitate him, that I’ve been unwilling to work with him, that I’ve not replied to his emails, that the International Alliance for Natural Time (of which Save Standard Time is a member) is “astroturf[ing]”, that I’m inventing endorsements of permanent Standard Time, that I’ve not had personal contact with scientists who endorse permanent Standard Time, that the consensus of biologists against permanent DST and for permanent Standard Time doesn’t exist, and that the scientists whose consensus is against his position are motivated by personal financial greed. All of his blog’s claims are defamatory and are refuted by the information I’ve provided here above.

Scott’s blog mentions James Perrault’s name disappeared from Save Standard Time’s list of policy endorsers. Scott claims the disappearance to be proof that I should be James instead of myself. But it wasn’t the only name removed. Many names slowly disappeared, because as the list grew from dozens to hundreds to thousands, it was trimmed to those of greater note (scientists, doctors, professors), to keep it wieldy for readers. The disclaimer “non-comprehensive” was added as explanation. Scott could have gotten the answer more quickly (and without publicly inculpating yet another person) by simply asking politely.

Scott’s blog describes (with no proof) a conspiracy of Big Business funding permanent Standard Time. There is a decades-long history of billion-dollar corporate lobbyists for special interests who fund efforts to extend DST into winter, as reported in The New York Times, the History channel, Quartz, and many other sources. Scott has presented no evidence of big or dirty money funding permanent Standard Time.

I do not call names or make baseless accusations. My focus is the issues. My last reply to a general appearance of Scott’s tweets in my Twitter feed (another earnest request he read the science he was tweeting) was nearly a year ago. I have since only replied to answer those tweets that he addresses to me with false claims (which unfortunately have come a few dozen times since then). I write this statement now only to debunk the misinformation he leaves published against me.

Why would Scott Yates of Lock the Clock write such claims?

Scott claims neutrality between permanent DST and permanent Standard Time. His stated mission to end clock change should support Save Standard Time’s mission for permanent Standard Time. Yet several individuals (including an environmental science professor, a physics professor, a college department chair, and a respected technology entrepreneur, among others) have tweeted notice that Scott’s materials mostly promote permanent DST and devalue permanent Standard Time. When asked why, Scott has replied with denial of consensus, insult, or silence.

Scott wrote in his blog (screenshot and linked above) that he enjoys “exposé-style” composition. His LinkedIn résumé includes (among other things) many years of writing for tabloids (New York Newsday, Rocky Mountain News) and satire (Spy). Scott also openly admitted in his blog that his purpose in writing about me is to affect my reputation in the eyes of the lawmakers whom we each contact in our overlapping campaigns:

If you’ve recently received a note from someone using the name “Jay Pea” about Daylight Saving Time, and are searching to find out what the deal is, I’ve got answers for you here. … I’ve been working this issue for a long time, so some of those notes have made their way back to me from legislators hoping I can shed some light on who is behind those notes.

What now?

Publication of false statements that are damaging to a person’s reputation is the dictionary definition of libel. Use of insults and accusations, especially unjust ones, with the aim of damaging the reputation of an opponent, is the definition of mudslinging. Scott Yates’ actions and motives, documented above, aren’t not how clean, merit-based campaigns are run. They degrade the integrity of the author, his campaign, and his associates.

But we are each human, prone to error. It’s possible that Scott has honestly missed the above evidence, or that our interactions have sincerely been miscommunications due to different personality types. I’ve offered apology to Scott for unintentional irritation before (here, here, here, here), and I assure in this statement again: my intention was dialogue in good faith.

Scott states in his LinkedIn profile that he “work[s] to fight disinformation” and that he considers himself “a journalist at heart”. The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics demands journalists: “Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it… Take special care not to misrepresent… Never deliberately distort facts…” When a professional journalist gets his story wrong, he retracts it.

And again, when I asked Scott what would convince him to remove me from his blog and to stop slurring me on Twitter, he assured:

If you want to undo the feud that you created, you could do so very easily by using your real name, or at least being transparent about your funding. Why won’t you say who funds your campaign? Just answer that one question. If you won’t, why not?

My statement here, with its supporting images and links above, shows all of Scott’s claims are false and unfounded. It states the facts again—thoroughly, clearly, and in one place: I am who I say I am, my interest is the public’s well-being, I receive no compensation or perks from this, a few individuals have made small donations, I am the primary contributor of time and money, and I operate Save Standard Time for no profit. This statement again “answer[s] that one question”.

I shall trust Scott Yates of Lock the Clock will now cease publication of his two above blog posts and desist from blogging or tweeting more such statements—as he tweeted he would, as a person “work[ing] to fight disinformation” would, as a writer with ethics would, as a professional journalist would, and as is in the best interest of our overlapping causes and all our associates.

Thank you,
Jay Pea
Save Standard Time

Permanent Standard Time is best for health, safety, kids, workers, and environment. It’s also the quickest end to Daylight Saving Time clock change. Nonprofit.