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TransCanada Corp. (TRP), which says Keystone XL will be the safest pipeline ever built, isn’t planning to use infrared sensors or fiber-optic cables to detect spills along the system’s 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) path to Texas refineries from fields in Alberta.[...]

The [U.S. Transportation] department is studying leak detection as it considers new rules to improve safety. Equipment available to spot spills more quickly would have cut 75 percent off the estimated $1.7 billion toll in property damage caused by major incidents on oil lines from 2001 to 2011, consultants said in a December report prepared for the department.

The petition drive comes as the Supreme Court is expected to release its ruling this month on gay marriage. Many observers believe the court will rule that individual states must decide whether gay marriage should be legal, and Equal Marriage Arizona wants to position voters to change the state’s course on marriage equality.

“The attitudes of this state, of the people of this state, have changed a lot,” said Warren Meyer, a Phoenix business owner leading the initiative effort. “We believe that Arizonans are ready for equal marriage.”

The FBI—working on information from an aging reputed mobster—began digging in the waist-high grass of a Detroit-area field Monday in yet another search for the remains of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa, according to a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation. [...]

FBI Special Agent Bob Foley, head of the agency's Detroit office, told CNN at the scene that the information leading to the search "reached the threshold of probable cause, which was sufficient to allow us to obtain a search warrant.

"If it didn't rise to that level then, certainly, we wouldn't be out here."

The first experimental drug to boost brain synapses lost in Alzheimer's disease has been developed by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. The drug, called NitroMemantine, combines two FDA-approved medicines to stop the destructive cascade of changes in the brain that destroys the connections between neurons, leading to memory loss and cognitive decline.

The decade-long study, led by Stuart A. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., professor and director of the Del E. Webb Center for Neuroscience, Aging, and Stem Cell Research, who is also a practicing clinical neurologist, shows that NitroMemantine can restore synapses, representing the connections between nerve cells (neurons) that have been lost during the progression of Alzheimer's in the brain. The research findings are described in a paper published June 17 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Bank of America’s mortgage servicing unit systematically lied to homeowners, fraudulently denied loan modifications, and paid their staff bonuses for deliberately pushing people into foreclosure: Yes, these allegations were suspected by any homeowner who ever had to deal with the bank to try to get a loan modification – but now they come from six former employees and one contractor, whose sworn statements were added last week to a civil lawsuit filed in federal court in Massachusetts.

“Bank of America’s practice is to string homeowners along with no apparent intention of providing the permanent loan modifications it promises,” said Erika Brown, one of the former employees. The damning evidence would spur a series of criminal investigations of BofA executives, if we still had a rule of law in this country for Wall Street banks.

On today's Kagro in the Morning show, a Republican back-bencher (not a euphemism) makes headlines with an eyebrow-raising claim about how fetuses pass their time! Greg Dworkin discusses his latest for Politix, both-sides-ism, Republican rebranding, and traditional media missing the point(s). Armando called in on trust in gov't, in the context of the fading IRS story, the NSA revelations, Syria, and the polling on all three. David Weigel at Slate notes Republican tactics in conflating IRS accusations. Jindal's latest derp. David Dayen's Salon entry, "Bank of America whistle-blower's bombshell: 'We were told to lie.'" And the KS Sec. of State outraged by a protest at his home goes to 2nd Amendment rhetoric.

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  •  LOL (5+ / 0-)

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:06:03 PM PDT

  •  Re: Keystone. (12+ / 0-)

    As the Obama administration’s decision regarding whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline draws nearer, the latest disaster is raising serious concerns about the safety of Canada’s rapidly expanding pipeline network.

    A massive toxic waste spill from an oil and gas operation in northern Alberta is being called one of the largest recent environmental disasters in North America. First reported on June 1, the Texas-based Apache Corp. didn’t reveal the size of the spill until June 12, which is said to cover more than 1,000 acres.


    Following initial speculation that the leak stemmed from aging infrastructure, officials from Apache Corp. revealed that the pipeline was only five years old and had been designed to last for 30.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:12:34 PM PDT

  •  distracting us from spying with a recycling meme (6+ / 0-)

    - perhaps Hoffa is still on a list of potential emergency managers

    The FBI—working on information from an aging reputed mobster—began digging in the waist-high grass of a Detroit-area field Monday in yet another search for the remains of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:13:37 PM PDT

  •  Safe Journey to NN13 (2+ / 0-)
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    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:16:21 PM PDT

  •  How will Rick Perry respond to this? (7+ / 0-)
    The state would nearly triple the number of oil refinery safety inspectors under a proposal on the governor's desk that backers say would help close regulatory gaps that federal investigators found played a role in the fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery last year.

    One of more than two dozen budget-related bills - all expected to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown by the end of the month - would require Cal/OSHA, the state's main agency overseeing refinery safety, to make refineries in California pay for at least 15 new plant safety inspectors. Four more would be hired with existing funds.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:16:45 PM PDT

  •  FISA Court Leaking? (2+ / 0-)
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    FBI Looks for Leaks at Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

    The FBI is investigating whether the highly protected and segregated computer systems that store the secret court warrants authorizing electronic surveillance inside the United States have been breached, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials. Thirteen days after the Guardian published a top-secret court order from the top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court disclosing the National Security Agency's collection of all phone records from Verizon's business customers over a three-month period, the U.S. intelligence community has yet to determine how the warrant, one of the most highly classified documents inside the U.S. government, was leaked.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:20:58 PM PDT

    •  Could be another leaker.. (3+ / 0-)
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      The officials say phone companies like Verizon are not allowed to store a digital copy of the warrant, and that the documents are not accessible on most NSA internal classified computer networks or on the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System, the top-secret internet used by the U.S. intelligence community.

      Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

      by DRo on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:29:47 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Miss Utah claims ? on equal pay was "confusing"? (7+ / 0-)


    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:21:03 PM PDT

  •  Juan Williams is an idiot--literally (8+ / 0-)

    He recently interviewed Dr. Carl Hart, an expert on drug use and policy, on CSPAN's After Words, and after Hart carefully and methodically explained why our current drug policy is failing, giving ample examples, Williams asked "Well, can you give me some examples?". Hart's expression was priceless. He tried his best to remain calm and courteous, but his expression said "What a fucking MORON!". I pity the poor saps who have to spend time with these shmucks.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:22:26 PM PDT

    •  can you tell us (1+ / 0-)
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      at which time point this happened?  I note the video is an hour long and I don't have the patience to listen to Juan.  Thanks.

      •  Around 15-20 minutes in, on this specifically (2+ / 0-)
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        But he displays his idiocy on a regular basis throughout the interview. His basic stance is "I don't care how much evidence you give me, I believe what I believe and you can't make me drugs are EVIL!".

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 01:04:14 PM PDT

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      •  I just tried skimming through it quickly (1+ / 0-)
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        to find the timestamp, but couldn't find it, and didn't have the stomach to listen to it again. It's quite painful, like listening to Obama argue with Palin.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 01:08:30 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Pa. Bill 538 (electoral rigging): an article by (3+ / 0-)
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    Thomas Fitzpatrick in today's Phila. Inquirer is interesting,if ambiguous, reading. Seems to hint some state GOPers don't want it, with Corbett silent on the bill---perhaps because he wants it without his fingerprints on it/or perhaps he doesn't want it because it would hurt his remaining popularity. The impression is it's dead for now, but then Fitzpatrick gives himself an out by saying it might be pushed through at the last minute. The overall impresion is cautiously positive that the bill will fail.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:25:18 PM PDT

  •  Tea Partiers, Liberals and 20-somethings agree (3+ / 0-)
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    that Edward Snowden performed a public service, according to a new Pew Research Center and USA Today survey.

    But digging into the numbers, it’s interesting to note that tea party loyalists, liberals, and young people suggest the National Security Administration leak outlining extensive phone and e-mail monitoring programs is in the public interest.
    People who identify themselves as tea partyers believe the release of this information is in the public interest by a 56 to 39 percent margin. An almost identical segment of liberals – 57 to 38 percent – say the same.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:28:09 PM PDT

  •  Before there were masturbating fetuses... (2+ / 0-)
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    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Listen to The After Show and The Justice Department on Netroots Radio

    by justiceputnam on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:28:38 PM PDT

  •  Enjoy some... (3+ / 0-)
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    No one knows what it's like, To be the bad man, To be the sad man, behind blue eyes....

    by blueyedace2 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:30:49 PM PDT

  •  Always like to read about progress with (5+ / 0-)
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    Alzheimer's research. New medicines can't come soon enough. Such an insidious disease that has ravaged by once brilliant father's mind.

  •  I hope that BoA story (3+ / 0-)
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    lives.  It should lead to prosecution. Guess that is not news, though.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:35:16 PM PDT

  •  NSA Hearing By the Numbers (3+ / 0-)
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    NSA Hearing By the Numbers

    A federal hearing today on NSA surveillance programs leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden produced some interesting numbers about the scope of the data collections and other issues. We’ve produced a roundup below of some of the interesting stats and intelligence gleaned from the discussion.
    7) NSA Has About 1,000 SysAdmins Worldwide. Alexander said the NSA has about 1,000 system administrators that have, in certain sections, the level of authority comparable to what Snowden had to access data. This number seems small, and Alexander said they were working on trying to get a more exact figure, but he noted that the majority of these system administrators were contract workers.

    Finally, something else of note that Alexander said in the hearing today. The NSA apparently doesn’t yet know how Snowden obtained access to the court order that authorized Verizon to hand over the phone records of millions of American customers. He noted that to access the kind of data collected under the program required special “certificates” or keys to gain physical access to areas where the data was stored.

    “To get to any data like business records under 215, that’s in controlled area,” Alexander said. “You need specific certificates to get in to that. I’m not aware that Snowden had any certificates to get into that.” He later noted that by “certificates” he meant keys, meaning presumably electronic door access keys.

    “In this case, what the system administrator had access to is what we’ll call the public web forums that NSA operates, and these are the things that talk about how we do our business, not necessarily what’s being collected as a results of that,” Alexander said. “Nor does it necessarily give them the insights that the training and the other issues that training and certification process and accreditation that our folks go through to actually do this. So those are in separate programs and require other certificates to get into.”

    When asked if this meant Snowden did not have the certificates necessary to leave that public forum, Alexander replied, “So each set of data that we would have, and in this case let’s say the business records, FISA, you have to have specific certificates … because this is a cordoned off, so that would be extremely difficult for him to. . . he’d have to get up to NSA and get into that room to do. Others require certificates for you to be working in this area to have that. He would have to get one of those certificates to actually enter that area…. In other words, it’s a key.”

    Following the hearing, reporters in the room cornered Alexander for further explanation about this, during which Alexander reportedly said that the NSA believes Snowden obtained access to the court order while he was undergoing orientation and training at the NSA’s headquarters at Ft. Meade.

    “The FISA warrant was on a web server that he had access to as an analyst coming into the Threat Operations Center,” Alexander told Politico. “It was in a special classified section that as he was getting his training he went to.”

    Good Job on all sides, right? Oh well, I don't understand anything anymore.


  •  Breaking: Elijah Cummings releases (2+ / 0-)
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    full transcripts of IRS investigation. Darrell Issa makes loud noise which sounds like a car alarm to most on Capitol Hill.

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:41:48 PM PDT

  •  You'll find Romney's tax returns just below Hoffa. (1+ / 0-)
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    Living the austerity dream.

    by jwinIL14 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:59:17 PM PDT

  •  Stitching Multiple Images Together (0+ / 0-)

    Bob's iPhone Photography - Lesson 4

    Stitching Multiple Images Together

    You can view all four lessons here.

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