A salute to your wicked sense of humor, Frank. I enjoyed that little joke very much.
OT: It seems we use different translators - the translator I used translated back and forth the string I wanted, and it gave me a nice translation for "फ्लोरिडा", too - only with an additional, surprising "i" inserted.
Makes me wonder, what I really wrote - I sincerely hope, it is not something offensive, what I posted, not really being able to read that script
Just a final wrap-up on this I'll save you the gory details.
Basically I rolled back Aperture to 3.0.2 and started forward one upgrade at a time. The Time Zone brick worked as it should on import up until 3.1.3. I was surprised by this as 3.1.3 came out in the summer and I was sure my normal import routine was working after that.
BTW this occured on both Lion and Snow Leopard machines.
I never rolled back the Camera Raw updates so there might be some weird interaction going on but I wasn't able to spend the time trying all the different combinations of Aperture and Camera Raw now so I'll have to let it go at that.
Here is a screen shot of the images after import into Aperture. The camera was set to UTC the actual time is EST. The image was shot at 10:38 EST (15:38 UTC EST is UTC – 5). You can see that the first four images (in projects named for the versions they were imported in, 3.0.1 to 3.1.2) all have their time set to 10:38 the final image's time is 15:38, the camera time.
Anyway at this time I have multiple workarounds so its not a show stopper. I sent a bug report off, hopefully in some future version this will work again as it should.