Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


“Zero Emission Vehicle” credits

Honda is not selling the Fit EV with gas under 4$/gal. Lowered their lease price by one third.

Under a complicated formula that varies by state, automakers earn “zero emission vehicle” credits for each electric vehicle they sell or lease, and they’re expected to rack up a certain number of credits each year. Not all green cars are equal: All-electric models such as the Fit EV are worth more credits than plug-in hybrid models with gasoline engines like the Volt. The number of credits the carmakers must earn rises each year, and the companies face fines for falling short. (They can buy credits from other companies, such as electric-only Tesla Motors (TSLA), that sell too few cars to be subject to regulation yet still earn credits which they are allowed to sell. Tesla made $85 million selling California and federal credits in the first quarter of 2013.)

via Why Honda's Unloading Electric Cars for Cheap – Businessweek.



Battery-Swapping is Back
June 22, 2013, 21:13
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For Tesla owners.

Tesla plans to install the battery-swap machinery at its network of charging stations. Each one costs about $500,000 and requires the company to dig a pit in the ground, which gets filled with the battery-swapping systems. Arms grab the battery pack, remove the liquid cooling systems, then place a new battery pack and screw it in with machines that measure every turn. Tesla customers will be charged $60 to $80 per battery-pack replacement and get automatically billed as their vehicle hits the station. “You don’t even have to step out of the car,” said Musk. Those who want to wait 30 minutes can still recharge for free at the charging stations and, of course, plug in at home or at stores.

via Gone in 90 Seconds: Tesla's Battery-Swapping Magic – Businessweek.



Metered Parking
June 21, 2013, 14:06
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Just a photo.

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Lime Gulch Fire map
June 20, 2013, 13:06
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Lime Gulch is the name of the latest Buff Creek fire. Funny thing, there is no Lime Gulch around there apparently.

Map via USGS via Bill Gabbert:

http://wildfiretoday.com/2013/06/19/lime-rock-fire-causing-evacuations-southwest-of-denver/

LimeGulchwednesday night



New Buffalo Creek Fire

via http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/06/19/lime-gulch-fire-breaks-out-in-jefferson-county/

lime creek fire

Buffalo Creek evacuated.



Team Themis

Freakin sockpuppets are everywhere these days.

Team Themis (a group that included HBGary and the private intelligence and security firms Palantir Technologies, Berico Technologies and Endgame Systems) was effectively brought in to find a way to undermine the credibility of WikiLeaks and the journalist Glenn Greenwald (who recently broke the story of Edward Snowden’s leak of the N.S.A.’s Prism program),  because of Greenwald’s support for WikiLeaks. Specifically, the plan called for actions to “sabotage or discredit the opposing organization” including a plan to submit fake documents and then call out the error. As for Greenwald, it was argued that he would cave “if pushed” because he would “choose professional preservation over cause.” That evidently wasn’t the case.

Team Themis also developed a proposal for the Chamber of Commerce to undermine the credibility of one of its critics, a group called Chamber Watch. The proposal called for first creating a “false document, perhaps highlighting periodical financial information,” giving it to a progressive group opposing the Chamber, and then subsequently exposing the document as a fake to “prove that U.S. Chamber Watch cannot be trusted with information and/or tell the truth.”

(A photocopy of the proposal can be found here.)

In addition, the group proposed creating a “fake insider persona” to infiltrate Chamber Watch.  They would “create two fake insider personas, using one as leverage to discredit the other while confirming the legitimacy of the second.”

Psyops need not be conducted by nation states; they can be undertaken by anyone with the capabilities and the incentive to conduct them.

The hack also revealed evidence that Team Themis was developing a “persona management” system — a program, developed at the specific request of the United States Air Force, that allowed one user to control multiple online identities (“sock puppets”) for commenting in social media spaces, thus giving the appearance of grass roots support.  The contract was eventually awarded to another private intelligence firm.

via The Real War on Reality – NYTimes.com.



Black Forest Fire Map

June 14. Not able to see streets very well. Via Bill Gabbert’s Wildfiretoday.com.

http://wildfiretoday.com/2013/06/12/black-forest-fire-colorado-springs/

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Japan’s Underground Bicycle Parking Systems

Via Danny Choo:

choobikepark

…construction company Giken have come up with a solution which stores hundreds of bicycles underground using a system called Eco Cycle – a robot system which stores bicycles underground in a 11 meter deep well.

via Japan Underground Bicycle Parking Systems.



Turley on American Authoritarianism
June 7, 2013, 09:51
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An authoritarian nation is defined not just by the use of authoritarian powers, but by the ability to use them. If a president can take away your freedom or your life on his own authority, all rights become little more than a discretionary grant subject to executive will.

The framers lived under autocratic rule and understood this danger better than we do. James Madison famously warned that we needed a system that did not depend on the good intentions or motivations of our rulers: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

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Since 9/11, we have created the very government the framers feared: a government with sweeping and largely unchecked powers resting on the hope that they will be used wisely.

via 10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free – The Washington Post.



Texas Oilfield Town Runs Out of Water
June 7, 2013, 09:23
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Yeah, that’s what happens.

Barnhart, a small community in West Texas, has run out of water.

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About 30 communities statewide could run out of water by the end of the year, according to a list compiled by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

via West Texas Oilfield Town Runs Out of Water | The Texas Tribune.




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