‘You have zero class’: Anonymous issues blistering attack on N.S. justice minister over lack of charges in Rehtaeh Parsons case
One day after threatening to release the identities of four boys allegedly involved in the gang rape of teenager Rehtaeh Parsons, the hacktivist group Anonymous has issued a blistering attack on Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry and other authority figures over their decision not to prosecute in the case.
“What we have learned is certainly appalling, but it wasn’t the act of rape that shocked us. It was the behavior of the adults in Rehtaeh’s life that we found most disturbing,” the Anonymous group “Operation Justice for Rehtaeh” said in a Thursday morning press release that took aim at “school teachers, administrators, the police and prosecutors.”
“All of you have created a mess and instead of taking responsibility and cleaning it up, the first thing you did yesterday morning was get on television and defend your jobs. You have taught the young men in your community a terrible lesson: rape is easy.” (Facebook)
The Lords of Salem, a new horror film directed by Rob Zombie, harkens back to the Salem witch trials. In it, the radio DJ Heidi Hawthorne is bestowed with a mysterious record marked as a “gift from the Lords.” When she takes a listen, the sounds on the vinyl trigger flashbacks of the dark, violent past of her Massachusetts hometown. See an exclusive clip from the film where Heidi meets one of the Lords in an eerie scene in advance of the movie’s April 19th release.
This is what our grounds looked like a year ago (minus one day). Let’s just say things are moving a wee bit more slowly this year. But never fear! Blossom time is near!
Mar 27, 1912: The First Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees Are Planted in the U.S.
On this day in 1912, the first two Japanese cherry blossom trees were successfully planted by First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Japanese Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave the U.S. over 3000 trees to demonstrate the growing relationship between the U.S. and Japan.
Every spring, Washington D.C. commemorates the initial planting through the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
As we wait for this year’s blooming period, treat yourself to this delicious spring recipe!
Image: Cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. 2013 (Diana Alvarenga)