The website billed itself as a place where older men with money could meet young women interested in dating someone who could support them financially.
"Find your sugar baby," the site exhorted its users.
This year, Paul Aronson, an 84-year-old from Manhattan, contacted a 17-year-old girl, Shaina Foster, through the site and took her out to dinner. On a second date, Ms. Foster brought along her twin sister, Shalaine.
For a few hours on Oct. 1, the evening looked as if it might turn into an old man's fantasy. The three dined at an expensive restaurant in Midtown. Then Mr. Aronson invited the teenagers to have a drink with him at the four-story brick townhouse he owns on East 38th Street.
He bought a bottle of raspberry-flavored rum from a liquor store on the way, a defense lawyer said. But instead of receiving caresses or whispered flirtations, Mr. Aronson ended up tied to a coffee table for 20 hours.
Prosecutors say the two girls bound him with zip ties, took $470 in cash from his wallet and went on a spending spree with his credit cards, buying makeup and clothes, while he lay helpless on his living room floor.
On Wednesday, the Foster sisters, looking more like high school students than hardened criminals, pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court in Manhattan to charges of kidnapping, burglary, larceny and related crimes. Justice Michael J. Obus ordered them returned to jail without bail. Both face a minimum of 15 years in prison if convicted of the top charge. [...]
According to court documents, Shaina Foster told a detective she did not understand why Mr. Aronson had reported the crime. "He asked to do things I wasn't going to do. He is ugly, old and disgusting. I tied him up. I took his money and left. He was starting to creep me out."
I have always read, that the world comprising the land and the water was spherical, and the recorded experiences of Ptolemy and all others, have proved this by the eclipses of the moon, and other observations made from east to west, as well as by the elevation of the pole from north to south. But as I have already described, I have now seen so much irregularity, that I have come to another conclusion respecting the earth, namely, that it is not round as they describe, but of the form of a pear, which is very round except where the stalk grows, at which part it is most prominent; or like a round ball, upon one part of which is a prominence like a woman's nipple, this protrusion being the highest and nearest the sky, situated under the equinoctial line, and at the eastern extremity of this sea -- I call that the eastern extremity, where the land and the islands end.
Ptolemy and the other philosophers, who have written upon the globe, thought that it was spherical, believing that this hemisphere was round as well as that in which they themselves dwelt, the centre of which was in the island of Arin, which is under the equinoctial line between the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Persia; and the circle passes over Cape St. Vincent, in Portugal, westward, and eastward, by Cangara and the Seras, in which hemisphere I make no difficulty as to its being a perfect sphere as they describe; but this western half of the world, I maintain, is like the half of a very round pear, having a raised projection for the stalk, as I have already described, or like a woman's nipple on a round ball.
Ptolemy and the others who have written upon the globe, had no information respecting this part of the world, which was then unexplored; they only established their arguments with respect to their own hemisphere, which, as I have already said, is half of a perfect sphere. [...]
On these grounds, therefore, I affirm, that the globe is not spherical, but that there is the difference in its form which I have described; the which is to be found in this hemisphere, at the point where the Indies meet the ocean, the extremity of the hemisphere being below the equinoctial line. And a great confirmation of this is, that when our Lord made the sun, the first light appeared in the first point of the east, where the most elevated point of the globe is; and although it was the opinion of Aristotle, that the antarctic pole, or the land under it, was the highest part of the world, and the nearest to the heavens, other philosophers oppose him, and say, that the highest part was below the arctic pole, by which reasoning it appears, that they understood, that one part of the world must be loftier, and nearer the sky, than the other; but it never struck them that it might be under the equinoctial, in the way that I have said, which is not to be wondered at, because they had no certain knowledge respecting this hemisphere, but merely vague suppositions, for no one has ever gone or been sent to investigate the matter, until now that your Highnesses have sent me to explore both the sea and the land.
The company informed users of the change today via a notice that appeared in its iOS and Google Android apps. By default, the tracking is switched on, but users can choose to opt out of having the information collected. [...]
Twitter said it only collects and updates the list of apps users have installed, but that it does not collect data from within apps themselves.
"...but only because we haven't figured out how to do that," they did not add.
What year is it that this kind of dialog is considered even remotely acceptable? Are they actually joking?
And has there ever been a time when quitting iTunes didn't immediately re-launch it?
Also, I see that it's time for everybody to log into Twitter again and un-check some checkboxes, since every four months they opt you in to some newly-invented category of email spam that they're sure you want to see. There are like five new checkboxes since the last time I unchecked everything. My schadenfreude is getting impatient, isn't it time for their stock to crater already?
We live-streamed our second annual Canadian conference of Citizens' Climate Lobby, a day of speeches, with a very interesting panel discussion. Unfortunately, YouTube has muted the entire seven-hour recording because our DJ played music during our lunch break, and YouTube alleges this to be a copyright violation.
- Tagged Mystery Meat as candy.
- The Apothecary's jaw is no longer detached from his face.
- You can now skin humans
- colonists no longer walk really, really far to butcher things
- Stopped zombies from interrupting your sleep to ask if they can help you with something
- Enchiladas have been completely retooled to be more user friendly and faster to prepare
- stopped vampires from pinning their crimes on babies and children
- Turkeys no longer bounce when they contact water
- All byzantine emperors will now have clothes regardless of what DLCs are enabled.
- eldritch transformation cannot be interrupted
- Lowered McFly's float rate and fixed references to missing Heather.
- Players can no longer suicide when in a Bumper Car
- Farmer's mouths no longer stretch.
- issue with Ghosts possessing Grills, that would cause them to open the grill, examine the contents, close the grill, and then jump in
- Wearing Speedos with certain coats no longer causes legs to disappear.
- Spitter's "Acid Spray" now originates from the mouth.
- You can no longer eat your own belt by right-clicking it.
- Corpses and graves can no longer be used as storage
- Provost should no longer hate you in California if he hated you in Arizona.
- Fixed an issue which could cause filth stacks to be applied to players who are no longer standing in filth.
- Killbots bleed.
- Extra Feet now makes you walk normal on all surfaces.
- Critically failing Animal Whisperer on Satan works now.
- Jimmy the Chisel once again has a jaw.
- Turtles can now be killed by repeatedly hitting shell (although hitting them in head is much quicker)
- Danzig now exists as a core from the start
- Pickup invisible kidney in bathroom bug
- Tantruming dwarves perform dozens of fistfights/throws in a second