I think that’s an excellent idea! (Disclosure: I grew up in Australia, where it became illegal to use non-decimal measurements for commercial purposes in 1972—6 years after they got rid of non-decimal currency). One day I will ventilate over my difficulty of having to revert to ounces, furlongs and leagues!
> On Apr 7, 2018, at 10:43 AM, usma-requ...@lists.colostate.edu > <mailto:usma-requ...@lists.colostate.edu> wrote: > > Send USMA mailing list submissions to > email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> > > To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit > https://lists.colostate.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/usma > or, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to > usma-requ...@lists.colostate.edu > > You can reach the person managing the list at > usma-ow...@lists.colostate.edu > > When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific > than "Re: Contents of USMA digest..." > Today's Topics: > > 1. [USMA 764] Let's call it the Decimal System (Parker Willey Jr.) > 2. [USMA 765] 1 implication of 1848 treaty: all public entities > cannot shove foot/pound and must use international date standard > (year/month/day or day/month/year) especially when customer wants > it (gct) > 3. [USMA 766] Still Valerie (John Dunlop) > > From: "Parker Willey Jr." <pawil...@pacbell.net> > Subject: [USMA 764] Let's call it the Decimal System > Date: April 6, 2018 at 5:15:25 PM EDT > To: "U.S. Metric Association" <email@example.com> > Reply-To: "Parker Willey Jr." <pawil...@pacbell.net> > > > > Hi: > > I was thinking the other day that some people think the word "metric" is > foreign. That could be one of the monkey wrenches that keeps our country > mostly using legacy measures. > > So, since we use a decimal system of coinage, I propose that we call the > metric system of weights and measures simpl;y the "Decimal" system of weights > and measures. That is what it is! > In the United States, We can retain all the labels like liter, kilometer, > meter, millimeter, hectare. etc. > > Now, think: The "Decimal" system of weights and measures. > Does that sound OK? > > ...Parker Willey Jr. > > > > > From: gct <nodextr...@gmail.com> > Subject: [USMA 765] 1 implication of 1848 treaty: all public entities cannot > shove foot/pound and must use international date standard (year/month/day or > day/month/year) especially when customer wants it > Date: April 7, 2018 at 2:38:35 AM EDT > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > > > In the case of California and the other states acquired from Mexico after > 1848, the US promised to respect the culture of the people who were already > living there. The people did not use foot/pound, they used other units than > foot/pound and the international date standard (year/month/day or > day/month/year). > I don't know what units of temperature they used, I think they used celsius, > they did not use fahrenheit. > I think requiring public entities to use metric international date standard > (year/month/day or day/month/year), especially when customer wants it, is an > acceptable compromise. > For ex, it should be illegal for dmv to only issue ids in non-metric. > > I wonder what tribal lands, which are native american sovereign think about > this. > we need a simple law: > in any transaction, if 1 party asks it to be conducted in metric, the > transaction should be conducted in metric. The offended party should get the > right to sue the offender, who refuses to conduct the transaction in metric > for > $10000/transaction indexed to inflation. > All high schools should teach the metric system at least 2 years before > exposing children to the lunatic foot/pound system. > All laws should be expressed in the metric system. > All communications that receive public funding should be expressed in the > metric system. > > we need a system of measurement that recognizes that units of mass, length > and energy are related: > the unit of energy would be defined as the kinetic energy of 2 units of mass > moving at a speed of 1 unit of length/sec (at non-relativistic speeds) > A short introduction to the metric system is available on > (http://www.balancedcities.org search for metric system) > Einstein's famous equation, E = m x c^2 works only in metric: m is in Kg, c = > 3 x 10^8 m/s , E = energy in joules, 1 wh = 3600 (watt-sec or joules). > Thus in the metric system, 1 Kg of matter that gets completely converted into > energy, would generate 9 x 10^16 Joules or (9 x 10^16/3600000) = 25 x 10^9 KWH > To apply Einstein's famous equation in non-metric units, the unit of energy > would be defined as the kinetic energy of 2 units of mass moving at a speed > of 1 unit of length/sec and the speed of light in vacuum expressed in units > of length/sec. > Since we already have 1 Volt x 1 Amp x 1 sec = 1 Joule of electrical energy, > for non-metric units, you would have to define another obscure unit of energy. > > If metric customers and those who prefer the international date standard > (year/month/day or day/month/year) are not accommodated in these states, the > US would be violating the treaty. > Also metric citizens are also taxpayers that support public employees. When > they request that a transaction should in metric units and in the > international date standard (year/month/day or day/month/year), they must be > accommodated. > Otherwise, the statement on NIST web site affirming the national policy to > establish the SI (International System of Units, commonly known as the metric > system) as the preferred system of weights and measures for U.S. trade and > commerce(http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/metric/metric-program.cfm) is a joke!! > Sec. 204. Metric system authorized: > It shall be lawful throughout the United States of America to employ the > weights and measures of the metric system; and no contract or dealing, or > pleading in any court, shall be deemed invalid or liable to objection because > the weights or measures expressed or referred to therein are weights or > measures of the metric system > The use of the metric system made legal in the United States by the Metric > Act of 1866 (Public Law 39-183). This law made it unlawful to refuse to trade > or deal in metric quantities. > (http://www.us-metric.org/metric-act-of-1866 , > http://www.us-metric.org/metric-conversion-act-of-1975) > > 1 more reason to dump the stupid moronic idiotic foot/pound system and switch > to metric: > NASA lost a 125 million Mars orbiter because 1 engineering team used metric > units while another used English units for a key spacecraft operation > http://www.cnn.com/TECH/space/9909/30/mars.metric.02 > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Climate_Orbiter > http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Climate_Orbiter > http://www.us-metric.org/unit-mixups > http://www.us-metric.org/metrication-in-other-countries > > i don't like the date format with day in middle. In mathematics, i write > numbers most significant -> least significant > i like option of international date standard (year/month/day or > day/month/year) > date format all numbers with day in middle is never used in canada, australia > or uk !! > check iso date standard > ISO 8601 was prepared by, and is under the direct responsibility of, ISO > Technical Committee TC 154. ISO 2014, though superseded, is the standard that > originally introduced the all-numeric date notation in > most-to-least-significant order [YYYY]-[MM]-[DD]. > http://www.iso.org/iso-8601-date-and-time-format.html > http://www.w3.org/QA/Tips/iso-date > > international date standard (year/month/day or day/month/year) is used in > email headers, text messages headers, by some companies such as kraft/heinz > > in the bash shell: > date '+DATE:%Y %b %d %a TIME:%H:%M:%S' or date "+%Y %m %d %H:%M:%S" gives > date/time in international date standard > > if you put in .emacs: > (setq display-time-day-and-date t > display-time-24hr-format t > display-time-format "%Y %B %d (%A) %R") > (display-time) > emacs will display date/time in international date standard format > > > > > From: John Dunlop <jrdun...@igc.org> > Subject: [USMA 766] Still Valerie > Date: April 7, 2018 at 10:43:28 AM EDT > To: "Hillger,Donald" <don.hill...@colostate.edu>, Martin Morrison > <c...@traditio.com>, USMA List Server <email@example.com> > > > Happy Birthday, Valerie Antoine! > > My wife, Susan, and I were recently able to have dinner with Valerie and her > husband, Al, near their home in Northridge, CA, to celebrate her birthday. > She turns 103 today. Valerie and Lorelle Young did a double-team to lead the > U.S. Metric Association as Louis Sokol gradually stepped away from his roles > as President and administrator of USMA and editor of the USMA Newsletter, > beginning in 1986. Lorelle became President and Valerie became the Executive > Director of the association and Lou continued as editor. Valerie became full > editor of the newsletter in 1992. Lou contributed editorial content until he > passed away in October of 1996. I have been familiar with all three of the > leaders mentioned, as I have been a member of USMA since 1972 and served on > the Board of Directors. Don Hillger became President editor of the > newsletter -- and holder of the archived USMA records -- in 2010, so Valerie > was executive director for over 18 years. > > Valerie and Al shared some fascinating details about their early lives and > their 66 years of marriage. Little known is that Valerie joined her father > as the pianist at age 12 as they played for large ballroom dances held during > the depression back in Illinois -- they were the primary wage-earners for > their family during that time. Al survived harrowing experiences as a very > young paratrooper landing on Normandy Beach and other targets during World > War II. > > The U.S. Metric Association has been a champion of the use the metric system > (or the "Decimal System" of weights and measures, as Parker Willey suggests) > for over a century. Valerie was already one year old when our association > began. > > John > > > > > John Dunlop > jrdun...@igc.org personal email > 612-377-3270 daytime office > 612-374-2181 home > > > > _______________________________________________ > USMA mailing list > USMA@lists.colostate.edu > https://lists.colostate.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/usma
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