Friday, January 19, 2018

Grandparents shocked by reports of 13 starved grandchildren

January 18, 2018 by  
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The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children say their son’s family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago.

“They were just like any ordinary family,” said Betty Turpin, the 81-year-old mother of David Turpin. “And they had such good relationships. I’m not just saying this stuff. These kids, we were amazed. They were ‘sweetie’ this and ‘sweetie’ that to each other.”

Betty Turpin and her husband James Turpin of Princeton, West Virginia visited her son’s family for five days at their previous home in Murrieta, California.

Betty Turpin told the Southern California News Group on Wednesday that they are still in shock from learning that her son and his wife were arrested this week, their children, ages 2 to 29, found malnourished with some in shackles.

David and Louise Turpin, jailed on $9 million bail, are expected to make their first court appearance on Thursday, and could face charges including torture and child endangerment, authorities said. Prosecutors plan a news conference for earlier in the day.

Betty Turpin said her son told her he had so many kids because God wanted him to. She said her son shared her Pentecostal Christian faith but he wasn’t affiliated with a church in California.

“I feel they were model Christians,” she said. “It’s hard to believe all of this. Over the years, the Lord knows what happened.”

James Turpin said during their visit, “the all looked to me well-adjusted. They weren’t skinny or nothing. They were joyous to see us.”

He said they were dealing with social workers in attempting to connect with their grandkids, who are hospitalized as they recover from their years-long ordeal.

On Wednesday, authorities searched the couple’s current home in Perris, 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles, where one of the daughters, a 17-year-old jumped out the window and called 911 on Sunday. Investigators removed dozens of boxes, what appeared to be two safes and pieces of a bed frame.

Some siblings were shackled to furniture in the foul-smelling four-bedroom home that looked perfectly normal from the outside.

The Turpins have lived in two Riverside County communities since moving to California in 2011, and police said they were never called to either home, nor were any reports fielded by child protective services.

It’s not clear what motivated the Turpins to live a secluded life with their large brood or what went on in the house.

Nor is it clear why the teen girl fled when she did, breaking a silence that had likely lasted years.

Psychiatrists say that even in cases of extreme deprivation, it’s common for feelings of helplessness or confusion to lead to staying in place despite opportunities to flee.

“This happens all the time. The number of individuals who would immediately respond to an opportunity where they could get away is very small compared to the number of people who would have that paralysis and insecurity and confusion about what to do,” said Dr. Bruce Perry, a psychiatrist and senior fellow at The ChildTrauma Academy in Houston.

The vulnerable girl might have been shamed, beaten or threatened with violence and only after many missed opportunities did she probably work up the courage to act, Perry said.

“It’s pretty remarkable that she’d do that,” he said. “The power that must have been exerted to keep an entire family like that for so long must have been pretty sophisticated.”


Associated Press writers Emily Schmall in Rio Vista, Texas, and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

Apple is taking a page out of Amazon’s playbook by teasing its new campus

January 18, 2018 by  
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  • Apple announced plans for a new US campus, but notably
    did not say where it would be located.
  • Apple’s announcement comes a few months after Amazon
    invited cities to submit bids and compete for the privilege of
    hosting the company’s second headquarters.
  • Apple has not openly solicited bids or tax breaks, but
    history suggests it will reap many such financial

Apple CEO Tim Cook is taking a page out of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’

Apple announced on Wednesday, among other initiatives, that it
plans to build a new campus in the United States, as part of an
effort to hire 20,000 new Apple employees over the next five

Where will the new campus go? Apple said only that it will be
announced later this year, and declined to comment if it already
had a location in mind.  

The whole process sounds a lot like Amazon’s process for what it
calls “HQ2,”
in which the e-commerce giant solicited bids from American cities
for where it should spend an estimated $5 billion build a new,
second headquarters for 50,000 employees. 

But while Amazon openly invited a bidding war, with 50 cities
whose officials are preparing packages of tax breaks and other
perks for the tech company, Apple didn’t comment on whether it
was soliciting bids or planned to have municipalities compete for
the new campus. 

It’s not Apple’s style to do a public contest — but given that
Amazon received
238 different bids from cities
, it’s safe to say that there
are some economic development agencies putting together packages
for Cook and Apple. 

Apple is no stranger to state tax breaks

Apple’s massive data center in Mesa,


 Apple is no stranger to the game of getting tax breaks in
exchange for creating jobs.

So it won’t be surprising if Apple’s new campus has a special tax
status negotiated with state or local governments — even if Apple
isn’t holding a public auction of sorts, the way Amazon is. 

Here’s a short, incomplete list of recent tax breaks Apple has
received in the past decade: 

Although Axios reports that Apple isn’t “putting out a big
request for proposals,” given that some municipalities are
putting together packages worth
as much as $7 billion in tax incentives
for Amazon, Apple
would be irresponsible not to see what city and state governments
are willing to pay for Apple’s shingle. 

These are unlikely to be high-paying software jobs 

When Amazon announced HQ2, it said that it expected its new
offices to be a “full equal” to its current Seattle campus.

Apple’s new campus won’t be its “second campus” and is unlikely
to rival its current headquarters, at 1 Infinite Loop, or its new
$5 billion headquarters, Apple Park, both in Cupertino,

In fact, Apple already has several large campuses around the
country, including satellite offices scattered around Silicon
Valley and a big network of offices in Austin, Texas.

The jobs available at this new campus are unlikely to be
high-skilled programming jobs making the next iPhone that come
with huge salaries often found in California. Apple likes to do
its engineering and design close to home in California, both for
reasons of security as well as work culture. 

As Apple noted in its announcement, the new campus will initially
house “technical support for customers.” Much of that work is
currently done in Austin, Texas, as reported
by the New York Times in late 2016

The Austin campus, perhaps the closest analog to Wednesday’s
planned campus, employs 6,000 workers, according to the Times.
Workers at the Austin campus work on Apple’s online music and app
stores, handle finance and operations, and field tech support

Even in Apple’s hometown of Cupertino, California,
non-engineering teams like those for the App Store or for
cleaning maps are often located in satellite offices, not at
Apple headquarters. 

Here’s an example of the kind of tech support work that could
take place at the new campus: 

During the recent visit, Stephanie Dumareille, a senior
adviser on iOS issues who is fluent in English and Spanish,
patiently answered questions from a customer who was worried
about saving her résumé online and did not know whether she was
using a Windows or a Mac computer.”

Glassdoor estimates a $38,000 annual salary for technical support
agents at Apple in Austin. 

Didn’t they just build a new ‘spaceship’ campus? 

Steve Kovach/Business Insider

Yes, Apple did just finish a new, stunning campus in California.
Called Apple Park, it boasts amazing perks, including a huge gym,
outdoor fruit trees, and huge four-story glass doors.

It is not, however, big enough for all Apple employees. Apple
Park will hold 12,000 employees — but the company has 25,000 in
the San Francisco Bay Area alone. Divisions seen as less
important, like App Store workers and retail operations,

will remain in satellite offices scattered around Silicon

In fact, Apple employs 84,000 people in the United States,
including retail employees, it said on Wednesday. Apple’s
employee base has grown as the number of iPhones it needs to
service and support has also skyrocketed. In 2015, for example,
Apple added 17,400 employees,
according to SEC filings

So in some ways Apple’s pre-announcement of a new campus was as
much about Apple’s prodigious growth as American investment or a
commitment to create 20,000 jobs. 

But by withholding the actual location of the campus, Cook took a
cue from Amazon, and turned what would’ve been just another new
office into a media event — and likely some tax breaks too. 

Now read about how Apple will spend the hundreds of billions of
dollars it’s repatriating by visiting BI Prime.