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This is an absolutely tragic story. The DA used conspiracy statutes to charge a young man named Jelani Henry who was attending a trade school with two counts of attempted murder and other charges because he liked some posts on Facebook. He refused to take a plea deal so the DA let him rot in Rikers for two years figuring that she could break him and force him to take the deal. The case was eventually dismissed, but now he's facing assault charges for defending himself in a jail fight.

How the NYPD is using social media to put Harlem teens behind bars

"The mix of social media and conspiracy statutes creates a dragnet that can bring almost anybody in," says Andrew Laufer, a New York City attorney who has worked on numerous cases involving teenagers wrongly arrested by police. "It’s a complete violation of the Fourth Amendment and the worst kind of big brother law enforcement." To build the case for the Harlem raid, police had begun social media surveillance of children well before they had built up a serious criminal record.

Affiliation with a crew, even a tangential one, can be a deciding factor in getting locked up. "I find it disturbing and scary," says Christian Bolden, a professor of criminology at Loyola University. "In many states, if police see you together with someone three times — and this can be in real life or in a picture they find online — that is enough to prove conspiracy. That puts the onus on young people to be smart and careful about who they are with and what they post. And if we know one thing about teenagers, it’s that they are rabidly social and often quite reckless." It was this exact mix of neighborhood affiliations and social media that entangled the fates of the Henry brothers.

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These are tweets from Todd Kincannon, the former Executive Director of the South Carolina GOP.

Conservatism is a mental illness.

And of course Ebola is Obama's fault.

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On February 8th the New York Times published a review of the Tesla Model S and the Supercharger stations Tesla has installed between D.C. and Boston.

Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway

Reviewer John Broder ran out of power and had to be towed. Many saw it as a deliberate attempt to discredit Tesla and electric cars or just a shameless attempt to generate page clicks with the photo of the Tesla on a flatbed tow truck. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had harsh criticisms for the test drive backed up with data from the test car's computer logs. See my previous diary.

Anti-electric car NYT reviewer LIES about Tesla Model S performance. (Update x2)

Yesterday New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan responded.

Problems With Precision and Judgment, but Not Integrity, in Tesla Test

Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, has charged that the story was faked, that Mr. Broder intentionally caused his car to fail, and that issues of journalistic integrity are at stake....Mr. Broder and The Times have maintained that the article was done in good faith, and that it is an honest account of what happened. ...But Mr. Musk, and many readers, remain dissatisfied. It’s not an exaggeration to say that I’ve heard from hundreds of them, either in e-mails or comments to my blog.
I wonder how many were Kossacks?
Did he use good judgment along the way? Not especially. In particular, decisions he made at a crucial juncture – when he recharged the Model S in Norwich, Conn., a stop forced by the unexpected loss of charge overnight – were certainly instrumental in this saga’s high-drama ending.

In addition, Mr. Broder left himself open to valid criticism by taking what seem to be casual and imprecise notes along the journey, unaware that his every move was being monitored. A little red notebook in the front seat is no match for digitally recorded driving logs, which Mr. Musk has used, in the most damaging (and sometimes quite misleading) ways possible, as he defended his vehicle’s reputation.

Misleading? She doesn't say how. Bad judgement? That's probably as far as the lawyers would let her go in admitting fault. I, for one, still believe Broder purposefully ran the batteries down to get his tow truck photo. We can only speculate as to his motives.
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Motor Trend named the Tesla Model S the Car of the Year, but you'd think that electic cars still aren't ready for prime time if you only read The New York Times. On February 8th the Times published a brutal review of the Tesla Models S by anti-electric reviewer John Broder in which he claimed that it failed to reach the milage estimates the computer gave him and that it eventually ran completely out of charge and had to be towed.
Stalled Out on Tesla'€™s Electric Highway

Unfortunately for this liar, the Tesla computer logged every detail of his trip. Tesla CEO Elon Musk published a detailed debunking on the Tesla blog:
A Most Peculiar Test Drive

Broder:

As I crossed into New Jersey some 15 miles later, I noticed that the estimated range was falling faster than miles were accumulating. At 68 miles since recharging, the range had dropped by 85 miles, and a little mental math told me that reaching Milford would be a stretch.

I began following Tesla's range-maximization guidelines, which meant dispensing with such battery-draining amenities as warming the cabin and keeping up with traffic. I turned the climate control to low - the temperature was still in the 30s -€” and planted myself in the far right lane with the cruise control set at 54 miles per hour (the speed limit is 65). Buicks and 18-wheelers flew past, their drivers staring at the nail-polish-red wondercar with California dealer plates.
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Looking back, I should have bought a membership to Butch'€™s and spent a few hours there while the car charged. The displayed range never reached the number of miles remaining to Milford, and as I limped along at about 45 miles per hour I saw increasingly dire dashboard warnings to recharge immediately. Mr. Merendino, the product planner, found an E.V. charging station about five miles away.

But the Model S had other ideas. "Car is shutting down," the computer informed me. I was able to coast down an exit ramp in Branford, Conn., before the car made good on its threat.

Elon Musk:
Here is a summary of the key facts:

As the State of Charge log shows, the Model S battery never ran out of energy at any time, including when Broder called the flatbed truck.

The final leg of his trip was 61 miles and yet he disconnected the charge cable when the range display stated 32 miles. He did so expressly against the advice of Tesla personnel and in obvious violation of common sense.

In his article, Broder claims that "the car fell short of its projected range on the final leg." Then he bizarrely states that the screen showed "€œEst. remaining range: 32 miles"€ and the car traveled "€œ51 miles," contradicting his own statement (see images below). The car actually did an admirable job exceeding its projected range. Had he not insisted on doing a nonstop 61-mile trip while staring at a screen that estimated half that range, all would have been well. He constructed a no-win scenario for any vehicle, electric or gasoline.

On that leg, he drove right past a public charge station while the car repeatedly warned him that it was very low on range.

Cruise control was never set to 54 mph as claimed in the article, nor did he limp along at 45 mph. Broder in fact drove at speeds from 65 mph to 81 mph for a majority of the trip and at an average cabin temperature setting of 72 F.

At the point in time that he claims to have turned the temperature down, he in fact turned the temperature up to 74 F.

The charge time on his second stop was 47 mins, going from -5 miles (reserve power) to 209 miles of Ideal or 185 miles of EPA Rated Range, not 58 mins as stated in the graphic attached to his article. Had Broder not deliberately turned off the Supercharger at 47 mins and actually spent 58 mins Supercharging, it would have been virtually impossible to run out of energy for the remainder of his stated journey.

For his first recharge, he charged the car to 90%. During the second Supercharge, despite almost running out of energy on the prior leg, he deliberately stopped charging at 72%. On the third leg, where he claimed the car ran out of energy, he stopped charging at 28%. Despite narrowly making each leg, he charged less and less each time. Why would anyone do that?

The above helps explain a unique peculiarity at the end of the second leg of Broder’s trip. When he first reached our Milford, Connecticut Supercharger, having driven the car hard and after taking an unplanned detour through downtown Manhattan to give his brother a ride, the display said "0 miles remaining." Instead of plugging in the car, he drove in circles for over half a mile in a tiny, 100-space parking lot. When the Model S valiantly refused to die, he eventually plugged it in. On the later legs, it is clear Broder was determined not to be foiled again.

There is more. The computer logs debunk pretty much everything Mr. Broder had to say. Let the NYT know that they need to post a full retraction and fire Mr. Broder.
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Detail showing car driving around in circles in front of the Milford Supercharger trying to get Model S to stop with zero range indicated:
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Top these in the comments and I'll be happy to create the jpegs and add them here!

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As a group, these guys have to be the biggest bunch of assclowns ever to run for statewide offices. A quick recap:

- In the Senate race you have Ken Buck getting caught on tape calling his Teabagger/Birther/Troglodyte base "a bunch of dumbasses".

- Buck also said that people should vote for him because "I do not wear high heels". (His primary opponent is Jane Norton.)

- Norton responded to a question about NASA with ""We need a NASA budget that doesn't cater to making Muslims feel good."

- In the Governor's race, Scott McInnis has been revealed to be a serial plagiarizer.

- His primary opponent, Dan Maes, had to pay $17,500 in fines for campaign finance violations.

- After touting his business acumen, Maes released tax returns showing a net income of just $11,000 in 2008 for his four year old business.

- Racist nutjob Tom Tancredo (my former Rep - ugh!) has jumped in as a third party candidate. This will split the conservative vote and hand an easy victory to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Follow me below the fold for the U.N BICYCLE PLOT!!! OH NOES!!!

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