And when the American economic empire finally falls (and we're on the way down, now)
Follow the Chinese lead:
What Tiananmen square thing? - is the equivalent of what money? DROP DATABASE BORROWED_MONEY.
Since no one dare attack the USA (remember MAD), and will never lend again, we will finally have a balanced budget.
"The observation is that if an hour were shorter, by a small amount, we would be more focused, and accomplish the same amount of work, but in less real time, thereby increasing productivity."
According to http://www.physlink.com/Education/askexperts/ae283.cfm:
if your ship goes at 98% of the speed of light and you take a one year journey, when you return to Earth five years have gone by
An 'hour' can only be shortened if you move everyone but IBM employees closer to the speed of light. 1 Earth hour for an IBM employee will be 12 Earth minutes for everyone else travelling at 98% light speed.
At the end of the Earth day, when the Earth clock shows 5pm, everyone else will go home jet lagged, having worked only 1 hour and 36 minutes - *reducing* their productivity by a factor of 5. However, everyone else will also live 5 times longer than an IBM employee, which is why IBM replaces retired workers using the H1B and L1 programs.
"You stay here, Audrey -- this is between me and the vegetable!" -- Seymour, from _Little Shop Of Horrors_