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Submission + - Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch killed by brother after friends' taunts (muslimtext.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The mother of a Pakistani big name killed in a supposed "honor" murdering said her child choked his sister in the wake of being insulted by his companions over her conduct.

The passing prior this month of the model and artist Qandeel Baloch, who shot to popularity for her provocative selfies and recordings in the moderate Muslim nation, shone a focus on such killings and re-touched off calls for administrative activity to check the wrongdoing.

Addressing AFP from her home in the town of Shah Sadar Din, Baloch's mom Anwar Wai sobbed as she reviewed the stunning passing on account of sibling Muhammad Wasim.

"He executed my girl subsequent to being provoked by his companions. They would incense him and let him know she is bringing you shame," she said, encompassed by her better half and in addition a grown-up child and little girl.

The despicable murdering of Qandeel Baloch

Submission + - Homo Deus – How data will destroy human freedom (theguardian.com)

Strudelkugel writes: At the heart of this spellbinding book is a simple but chilling idea: human nature will be transformed in the 21st century because intelligence is uncoupling from consciousness. We are not going to build machines any time soon that have feelings like we have feelings: that’s consciousness. Robots won’t be falling in love with each other (which doesn’t mean we are incapable of falling in love with robots). But we have already built machines – vast data-processing networks – that can know our feelings better than we know them ourselves: that’s intelligence. Google – the search engine, not the company – doesn’t have beliefs and desires of its own. It doesn’t care what we search for and it won’t feel hurt by our behaviour. But it can process our behaviour to know what we want before we know it ourselves. That fact has the potential to change what it means to be human.

Comment Re:Wait for the conspiracy - Feel the Bern (Score 1) 285

Soon the Trump campaign will instead claim that the democrats hacked their own system and set it up to look like someone else, to take attention away from some other conspiracy.

What's more likely to happen is that the Dems did hack themselves - i.e. a Bernie supporter did it. Look for Seth Rich to be outed as a (deceased) Sanders supporter. Assange has all but said he is a source.

Submission + - FBI: No charges recommended in Clinton probe (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday that he would not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state but that Clinton and her aides were "extremely careless" handling classified information.

Submission + - Hillary Skates in Email Server Scandal (nypost.com)

BECoole writes: FBI Director James Comey painted a devastating picture of Hillary Clinton’s reckless lawbreaking with her emails and the damage it likely caused — but then recommended no charges against her.

Submission + - Federal court rules a farmer plowing his land violates Clean Water Act

An anonymous reader writes: A federal court has ruled that a farmer in California is violating the Clean Water Act by plowing his own property.

The court ruled that the company violated the Clean Water Act by plowing its property, even though the Act exempts normal farming practices. And, the implementing regulations state that plowing is never even subject to the Act, so long as it does not convert wetlands to dry land. Since no wetlands were lost or reduced in acreage by the plowing in this case, the court’s decision amounts to a rule that you may not plow in federally regulated wetlands without an Army Corps permit, the clear exemptions to the contrary notwithstanding.

The court also reversed an earlier ruling in the case and held that although the Corps ordered Duarte Nursery to halt all activity in any area of its property that could be considered waters of the U.S. on its property, the company did not sufferanydeprivation of its property. On this basis, the court then ruled that Duarte Nursery’s due process rights have not been violated by being ordered not to farm its property for the last three years.

More here. Even though the Supreme Court has twice told the EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers that their interpretation of the Clean Water Act is wrong and overreaching, the agencies continue to use their interpretation to fine and restrict the actions of farmers and private property owners. In this case, they are forbidding a farming company from farming their property under Clean Water Act regulations, even though the law specifically exempts farming from Clean Water Act regulations and the Supreme Court has also ruled that interpretation of the law by these agencies is wrong.

What makes this worse is that a California federal court has agreed with the agencies, even though the Supreme Court has previously ruled otherwise. It is as if the lower federal court in California have decided they don’t need to follow the rulings of the higher court.

Submission + - SPAM: Court rules Obama administration can't use private email accounts to bypass law

schwit1 writes: A federal court today ruled that government officials in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) cannot use private email accounts to evade public record laws.

Throughout the case, the government argued that “[d]ocuments on a nongovernmental email server are outside the possession or control of federal agencies, and thus beyond the scope of FOIA.”

Judge David Sentelle, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, disagreed with that reasoning and ordered the lower court to reconsider the case. “If a department head can deprive the citizens of their right to know what his department is up to by the simple expedient of maintaining his departmental emails on an account in another domain, that purpose is hardly served,” Sentelle wrote. “It would make as much sense to say that the department head could deprive requestors of hard-copy documents by leaving them in a file at his daughter’s house and then claiming that they are under her control,” he said.

This absurd rulling, which says that government officials have to follow the law, will surely be overturned. We can’t have these saints oppressed by things as evil as the law.

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