She obliged. How could she not? They knew where she lived. “If you don’t come back, we will rape your mother and make you watch,” they would say.
At night, she would come home and hide her soiled clothes at the back of her closet. When she finally found the courage to tell her mother, just shy of her 14th birthday, two police officers came to collect the clothes as evidence, half a dozen bags of them.
But a few days later, they called to say the bags had been lost.
“All of them?” she remembers asking. A check was mailed, 140 pounds, or $232, for loss of property, and the family was discouraged from pressing charges. It was the girl’s word against that of the men. The case was closed.
Lucy’s account of her experience is emblematic of what investigators say happened during a 16-year reign of terror and impunity in this poor northern English town of 257,000, where at least 1,400 children, some as young as 11, were groomed for sexual exploitation while the authorities looked the other way. One girl told investigators that gang rape was part of growing up in her neighborhood.
Would the FBI be involved if this where a non celebrity?
The FBI is leading the hunt for the hacker who stole naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities, a bureau spokesman said Monday.
Images of the 24-year-old Oscar-winner began appearing on the website 4chan on Sunday night after the actress’s Apple iCloud account was apparently broken into.
Anonymous 4chan users claimed to have photographs of 100 women including the actresses Scarlett Johansson and Winona Ryder and the models Kate Upton and Cara Delevingne.
US military forces attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabaab network in an operation in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group’s fugitive leader.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the US was assessing the results and would provide more information when appropriate.
A senior Somali intelligence official said a US drone targeted al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane as he left a meeting of the group’s top leaders. Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, is the group’s spiritual leader under whose direction the Somali militants forged an alliance with al-Qaeda.
The Somali official said intelligence indicated Godane “might have been killed along with other militants.” The official said the attack took place in a forest near Sablale district, 105 miles south of Mogadishu, where al-Shabaab trains its fighters.
A Ukrainian official said Tuesday that Russian forces have been spotted in both of the major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting on development of the Russian Far East issues in Yakutsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
The claim by Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s national security council, came as the country’s defense minister said Ukraine’s armed forces are expanding their strategy from just fighting separatist rebels to facing the Russian army in a war that could cost “tens of thousands” of lives.
Lysenko told reporters that Russian troops had been seen in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as other locations throughout the east, but he did not give details and the claim could not be confirmed independently. Lysenko also said 15 servicemen had been killed over the previous day.
A good article however there are capabilities that industrial HVAC installations have that homes don’t use yet. Industrial buildings use zones with smart Variable Air Volume (VAV) units and air mixing and those types of smart systems have yet to make it to homes. Consumers will eventually wish to to control inside /outside air mix, heat /cold, humidity, and individual rooms, including the ability to “close off” rooms without manually taping and un-taping vents.
Concirrus looked at how consumers can control the heating in their own homes and how the Internet of Things is transforming the business models within the HVAC industry.
Thanks to The Internet of Things, consumers are now consciously taking control of their heating and air conditioning.
What was once something that was switched on and off when it was too hot or too cold is now something of the past.
Consumers can now control their heating from their smartphones and can even install devices that know when they are on their way home and will switch it on for them.
There’s a whole list of consumer and industrial cases at the link but it does require registration: How the Internet of Things Is Affecting the HVAC Industry
Earlier I posted regarding cruelty and callousness driving Robin Williams daughter, Zelda, to unplug from social media after his death, see here:
Now it appears that Zelda is back with an inspiring quote re posted on twitter from her instagram account:
Thank you. http://t.co/e2hve7fD50
This man shut down American commerce because he wanted to insulate himself from the effects of a depression by cutting his workers wages in the middle of said depression. Plus he liked being a feudal lord.
Note how the Federal Government and the Supreme Court were entirely on his side. When Federal troops were called in to break the strike it was at the behest of railway owners, not the City of Chicago or the State of Illinois.
Yet some people still believe this is the way things should be.
Samuel Johnson isn’t exactly a lawyer’s dream client. He’s a white supremacist with a lengthy rap sheet who a couple years ago was accused of plotting an attack on a Mexican consulate. He ended up drawing a 15-year prison term on a gun charge, and his case is now on his way to the US Supreme Court, which has agreed to hear a challenge to his sentence. Johnson has won the vocal backing of a top gun rights group, but as his case moves forward, it may eventually draw support from some liberals and civil libertarians who oppose harsh mandatory minimum sentences.
Johnson’s story started back in 2010, when he caught the attention of the FBI, not long after he’d started organizing anti-immigration rallies in Minnesota. Initially a member of the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group, Johnson quit to start his own outfit, the Aryan Liberation Movement. He allegedly planned to support the group by counterfeiting money.
During a domestic terrorism investigation, Johnson, who has a long criminal record, told an undercover informant he’d manufactured napalm, silencers, and other explosives for the new group, and was amassing a stockpile of semi-automatic weapons and ammo. According to court documents, Johnson and another man, Joseph Thomas, were planning an attack on the Mexican consulate in Minneapolis for May 1, 2012. Law enforcement swooped in before the attack could be launched. Thomas was arrested on drug charges and ultimately pleaded guilty to a meth possession charge and sentenced to ten years in prison.
If New Hampshire Republican Dan Innis wins his congressional race, he knows where to send the fruit basket: to the home of mortgage giant Peter T. Paul.
Before running for Congress, Innis served as dean of the University of New Hampshire’s business school, which was renamed for Paul after he donated $25 million. His campaign website touts major building projects he oversaw as dean—projects financed by Paul’s contribution. And Innis’ congressional run is getting a big-time boost from a brand-new super PAC founded and financed by Paul.
“Dan’s a friend,” says Paul, who lives in California. Paul is an alumnus of the University of New Hampshire, and he met Innis through his UNH philanthropy. “He’s the better candidate. He needs to get known.”
Innis, who is one of four candidates running in the Republican primary on September 9 to challenge Rep. Carol Shea Porter (D), is socially liberal and favors shrinking the government—exactly the type of politician Paul says he would like to see in Congress. In order to make that happen, Paul created a super-PAC, New Hampshire Priorities PAC, and financed it with $562,000. So far, $376,000 of that has gone into radio and TV ads supporting his friend. Innis himself has raised a little more than $338,000—about $150,000 less than his closest Republican opponent. With Paul in the mix, Innis is head and shoulders over his GOP competitors.