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The police claim that they thought Tamir was an adult. If that is the case then they would have no reasonable cause to shoot him merely for possessing a firearm which is legal in Illinois. This whole thing stinks and serves as a shocking reminder of police unaccountability.
 
City of Cleveland: 12-year-old Tamir Rice caused his own death by failing to 'avoid injury' http://ow.ly/JN2Jg
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A good day trip of hiking is within the capabilities of this city car if one makes use of public charging infrastructure.
 
Driving out to Mt. Si and back requires a bit of planning but is quite manageable even with a shorter-range #EV  like the #iMiEV  

I departed Seattle after running a few errands with about 80% charge. There was construction along I-90 westbound so I took a detour down through Renton and intended to quick-charge back to 80% while checking my tire pressure (the warning light was on). At Younker's Nissan dealership the person opening up didn't have access to the #RFID  fob which would activate their  #DCFC  station, so I plugged into #L2  charging while pressurizing my tires. Proper inflation is important for extending EV range, so I pressed the tires up to their maximum rated pressure of 345 kPa. This allowed me to reach the parking lot at Mt. Si with 12% charge remaining (not counting the reserve) which was enough to reach Snoqualmie City Hall's L2 station after my hike. If there had been an outlet in the parking lot I'd have happily used that, but I think the Washington Department of Natural Resources has other budgetary priorities. I did see a (gasoline powered) +zipcar in the lot which was presumably from Seattle.

After an hour's charge in Snoqualmie City, I drove to Bellevue College by way of the Issaquah-Fall City road. Avoiding the freeway until Issaquah was an important consideration here: Lower highway speeds are more efficient due to lowered wind resistance.

I considered bringing an electrical generator along and using it to charge the car while I hiked. Had the location been more remote I may have gone ahead with that plan, but given the availability of charging along the route I opted for lower emission #EVSE  
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Here's a metapost that links to several open letters I've written on the subject of #WashingtonStateFerries , emissions, efficiency and electric vehicles:
#Seattle Mayor Ed Murray - https://plus.google.com/108161928669055573248/posts/cpUWQKmp6m8

#KingCounty Executive Dow Constantine - https://plus.google.com/108161928669055573248/posts/dm7qT3LvdpR

#Washington Governor Jay Inslee https://plus.google.com/108161928669055573248/posts/1PPLYVCce7K
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WSF 2015-2017 budget has $1.5M and 0.5 FTE for expansion of the #WCEH  along I-5 but nothing for hybridization of ferries in any regard nor for installation of EVSE at ferry docks: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/5A5D6DC6-93A7-499E-8B90-72B59B1E238F/0/20152017BiennialBudgetRequest.pdf
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On the weekends a non- #MetroPool #EV may appear in this lot but it's still mostly gassers blocking up the charging stations.
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Glitch eagle clips a tree on #crossyroad
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Security #ThreatModeling  because #OpSec  
 
A little fun reading for your Friday afternoon: introduction to security threat modeling. 
How to keep you and your communications safe wherever your campaigning takes you. The revolution may not be tweeted, but modern activism is nonetheless often reliant on online organizing. This playlist will teach you how to understand the risks activists face and how to protect against them.
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Checking out charging stations on +PlugShare is an essential part of my #EV  trip planning given the unreliability of the Blink #EVSE  network. I still get ads for gas stations from +Waze which is both cute and depressing. It would be nice if I didn't have to flip back and forth between apps!
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Driving out to Mt. Si and back requires a bit of planning but is quite manageable even with a shorter-range #EV  like the #iMiEV  

I departed Seattle after running a few errands with about 80% charge. There was construction along I-90 westbound so I took a detour down through Renton and intended to quick-charge back to 80% while checking my tire pressure (the warning light was on). At Younker's Nissan dealership the person opening up didn't have access to the #RFID  fob which would activate their  #DCFC  station, so I plugged into #L2  charging while pressurizing my tires. Proper inflation is important for extending EV range, so I pressed the tires up to their maximum rated pressure of 345 kPa. This allowed me to reach the parking lot at Mt. Si with 12% charge remaining (not counting the reserve) which was enough to reach Snoqualmie City Hall's L2 station after my hike. If there had been an outlet in the parking lot I'd have happily used that, but I think the Washington Department of Natural Resources has other budgetary priorities. I did see a (gasoline powered) +zipcar in the lot which was presumably from Seattle.

After an hour's charge in Snoqualmie City, I drove to Bellevue College by way of the Issaquah-Fall City road. Avoiding the freeway until Issaquah was an important consideration here: Lower highway speeds are more efficient due to lowered wind resistance.

I considered bringing an electrical generator along and using it to charge the car while I hiked. Had the location been more remote I may have gone ahead with that plan, but given the availability of charging along the route I opted for lower emission #EVSE  
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Saw an interesting vaccine refrigerator developed by the Gates Foundation. It's too bad all their hard work will be eclipsed from the effects of #ClimateChange  which they choose to ignore.
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Agreed.
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There are two ways of getting a neighborhood electric vehicle like the ZENN onto Vashon Island: the easy way and the "fun" way.

After driving the vehicle from the vicinity of Western State Hospital on Steilacoom Blvd to the Point Defiance ferry terminal, it was in need of a charge. I asked the person at the ticket booth if there was anywhere I could plug in while waiting for the ferry and they said "no". I said that I also wished to charge while aboard the ferry during the crossing and they said that may not be possible but agreed to check while I went ahead and parked in the usual lane. I asked the ferry worker at the top of the ramp for a space by an outlet and they said it may not be possible but agreed to radio ahead as I drove down the ramp. When I came aboard the ferry worker coordinating vehicle loading waved me to the outlet near the stern of the vessel (as it departed) and I was able to charge during the crossing: Persistence pays off!

Upon arriving at the Talequah landing, I requested further charging and was permitted to stay on the dock to the side of the loading lane. There was an outlet on the side of a shed near a NO TRESPASSING sign by the port-a-potty which gave a further charge while I waited for my mother to come across with the support vehicle (some confusion with timing: I'd suggested we charge the vehicle at Pt. Defiance before crossing at first). Without both of these charging sessions I'd surely have run out of energy before reaching Barton Auto; As it was I had to drive slowly and carefully as the vehicle had only 1/3 of a charge as we departed Talequah. Following two hours of charging under the solar panels of the auto shop, a drive straight to Cemetery Rd. then along the Westside Hwy. brought it home to 148th Ave.

This ZENN joins another (I think) that was brought across from Fauntleroy by trailer without any drama. I prefer the more adventurous route: carrying a generator in a support vehicle removes the risk of stranding that limited-range #NEV as it's pushed to it's limits. Hooray for another island #EV!
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Sometimes the ferry workers can be quite cross if they encounter an EV driver persistent about charging: https://twitter.com/sleepylemur/status/569583314983464960
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+Julian Bond I would be rather surprised if they didn't.
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