Our World, Deteriorating

Richard Davis has a problem. He’s pictured, above, with his fancy bell jars and something important underneath their cover. That object is the 118-year-old cylinder that is the international prototype for the metric mass of a kilogram. Physicist Richard Davis of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, southwest of Paris, says the reference kilo appears to have lost 50 micrograms compared with the average of dozens of copies. It figures that this is happening in France, but what does it portend for the rest of the world? If the kilogram is off, what’s next? Could it be that our standards for everything are actually off? A liter not a liter… a gallon not a gallon? A two ton warhead suddenly something less? Even the metric butt load might not be a reliable standard anymore!

I say that the worl has to put everything on hold. No elections, no wars, no immigration debate, no nothing until we get to the bottom of this French plot to undermine the entire stability of the world…


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