Midday open thread: Fire update, hate crimes, and the poor, poor kilogram

Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is America then and now:

Horrifying update from California:

The Camp Fire roared west Thursday morning through the Feather River Canyon on the edge of this town, blown by cool ­50 mph winds that pushed flames so quickly that many residents were simply overwhelmed while trying to escape. The death toll rose to 42 Monday evening — making it the deadliest wildfire in state history — with the discovery of 13 more bodies, including 10 in Paradise, as the grim work of identifying remains — employing rescue workers and cadaver dogs — continued in the ruins.

The FBI has released statistics on hate crimes in 2017:

The number of hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased about 17 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year, according to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s annual Hate Crime Statistics report, released today. […]

According to the report, the most common bias categories in single-bias incidents were race/ethnicity/ancestry (59.6) percent, religion (20.6 percent), and sexual orientation (15.8 percent). In addition to the 7,106 single-bias incidents reported last year, there were also 69 multiple-bias hate crimes reported.

Amazon announces …

Amazon laid out its plans for two of the biggest economic development projects in the country on Tuesday, announcing that it will put major corporate outposts in New York City and Arlington, Va.

It’s about time:

Kristine E. Guillaume ’20 will lead the newly elected 146th Guard of The Harvard Crimson, the organization’s President announced on Monday. Guillaume is the first black woman to serve as President of The Crimson in the paper’s 145-year history.

It’s almost like getting Pluto’ed:

Nearly every measurement of weight you’ve ever made, from peeking at your bathroom scale to measuring out flour for a recipe, can be traced back to just a single object: a metal kilogram made of platinum and iridium that resides under lock and key in an underground vault in Paris. It’s called the International Prototype Kilogram, or IPK, and since its creation in 1889 it has been the standard by which the world’s weights are defined. But not for much longer. […]

But later this week, on Friday, November 16th, a coup is planned in this international ministry of weights. After having served for 129 years as the world’s standard, the International Prototype Kilogram (or Le Grand K, as it’s known locally) will be stood down. Grandees of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, which regulates the metric system, will gather in Versailles and vote to replace this physical artifact with a definition of the kilogram based on a fundamental constant of nature.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Yes, there are shenanigans happening in Florida. But, surprise! It’s projection, again! Purported Acting Attorney General to be tested in court. Update on your favorite Russian oligarchs, in case more indictments come down. Nielsen on the outs.

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