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Iraq in Crisis: Militant Advance Sparks Mass Displacement as "Failed" U.S. Experiment Disintegrates. This is a rush transcript.

Iraq in Crisis: Militant Advance Sparks Mass Displacement as "Failed" U.S. Experiment Disintegrates

Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Iraq is on the brink of disintegration. Sunni Islamist rebels have seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, as well as Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, and Dhuluiya which is just 55 miles northwest of the capital of Baghdad. The rebels are now advancing toward Baghdad. Meanwhile, Iraqi Kurds have seized control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk. AMY GOODMAN: The rebel advance has also caused a humanitarian catastrophe. MOSUL REFUGEE: [translated] We were sitting in the house, but we heard clashes and sounds of explosions. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Mosul fell in part because U.S. Wednesday was a deadly day in Baghdad, as well. To talk more about Iraq, we’re joined by two guests. Let’s go first to South Carolina to Mohammed al Dulaimy. MOHAMMED AL DULAIMY: What I see is the failing of the whole system that the United States and its allies, they tried to build in Iraq. AMY GOODMAN: Mohammed— [break]

Why Big Data Can’t Buy You Happiness. Does a by-the-numbers advice column really give advice?

Why Big Data Can’t Buy You Happiness

Americans, on average, like to think of themselves as average. As the wise C.J. Cregg put it on The West Wing: “This may come as a shock to you, but 80 percent of the people in this country would use the word ‘average’ to describe themselves. They do not find the term deprecating. Indeed, being considered an ‘average American’ is something they find to be positive and comforting.”

Now Nate Silver’s new endeavor, FiveThirtyEight.com, has taken the American appetite for normalcy and spun an advice column out of it: in response to bintel brief–type letters presenting quandaries, readers receive responses based, as is everything at FiveThirtyEight, on data. So, Micah, it turns out that living alone at your age is a rarity in America. What does knowing that he’s statistically “a little less abnormal” tell Cohen? Averages can be contradictory and misleading. Exhausted yet? It is forever tempting to measure ourselves against the mean. Bill Cosby's Sweats Stand Out in Sea of Suits at Lewis Katz's Memorial. Bill Cosby stuck out amid the sea of dark suits Wednesday at his friend and Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz's funeral, donning a pair of red Temple University sweatpants and a school T-shirt.

Bill Cosby's Sweats Stand Out in Sea of Suits at Lewis Katz's Memorial

The 72-year-old Katz died Saturday in a plane crash. He was Cosby's classmate at Temple. The Philadelphia school hosted ex-President Bill Clinton and other dignitaries for Wednesday's remembrance, The Associated Press reported. Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll At one point during the memorial, Cosby, 76, nearly fell off the edge of the stage, later explaining he couldn't find the stairs.

News. Tech titans tell Senate to go big on NSA overhaul. Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other top technology companies are warning the Senate not to follow the House’s lead with a compromised plan to reform the National Security Agency.

Tech titans tell Senate to go big on NSA overhaul

A coalition of nine major companies is planning to publish an open letter calling for the Senate to limit the NSA’s powers on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of Edward Snowden’s first revelations about the spy agency. The same day, a top trade group head will warn the Senate Intelligence Committee that the spy agency’s activities could lead to “seriously damaging long-term implications” for the global economy. Together, the efforts amount to a concerted push to pressure the Senate to rein in surveillance, after the House passed a bill that many reformers thought was too weak. Mmon Ground News Service « LiveNews.co.nz. Latest Remembering Mandela Analysis By: Common Ground News Service: Headline: Remembering Mandela Washington, DC As we collectively mourn Nelson Mandelas passing, it is fitting to reflect on his life, and celebrate his greatness as a leader, and a man.

mmon Ground News Service « LiveNews.co.nz

His passing is a loss for our planet, but his spirit will live on in the fabric of the […] D'étranges créatures marines bousculent la vision de l'évolution › Biologie. Le système nerveux serait apparu à deux reprises au cours de l'évolution de façon totalement indépendante, suggère une étude menée sur le génome des cténophores, une créature marine d'aspect translucide.

D'étranges créatures marines bousculent la vision de l'évolution › Biologie

Crédits : Université de Berkeley L'analyse du génome des cténophores, des créatures marines d'aspect translucide, suggère que leur système nerveux est apparu totalement indépendamment de celui des autres êtres vivants, et ce sous une forme très différente. Les cténophores font probablement partie des animaux les plus étranges découverts à ce jour : ces animaux marins translucides connus pour diffracter la lumière en de magnifiques irisations colorées, dotés d'incroyables capacités de régénération (même si la moitié de l'organisme est détruit, la partie restante peut reformer un individu complet), comptent aujourd'hui quelques 150 espèces différentes, présentes dans tous les océans du monde.

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