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Twitter to pull its Vine app by April 28, 2017


San Francisco — Twitter is pulling the plug on Vine and as a result, its app will also be removed.

The Vine app was launched in 2013 on IOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 8.x. They since pulled the app from Blackberry after the software maker orphaned their Blackberry OS in 2015.

Now, the app will be removed from the Windows Store soon. And you are thinking that switching to IOS and Android will help you keep this app. Wrong. The apps in the App Store and Google Play will also be pulled from their stores simultaneously with the Windows Mobile app.

Twitter writes in the Medium:

Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the mobile app.

Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.

This is the latest in a slew of problems Twitter has had ever since 2012.

  • In April 2012, Melissa Brewer received numerous death threats after she participated in a UniteWomen event around Washington, DC.
  • In the summer of 2013, Laura Bates, the founder of Everyday Sexism, was inundated with rape and death threats due to her work.
  • Starting in 2014, Julie DiCaro and Sarah Spain have been on the receiving end of violent threats from manbabies who hate women talking about sports.
  • On January 22, Renee Bracey Sherman received thousands of death threats after she talked about her abortion and how it saved her.
  • This past summer, Milo Yiannopoulos sent his tens of thousands of abusive Twitter users after actress Leslie Jones, an African-American woman, after she wrote about the all-women reboot of Ghostbusters.
  • Also, during the summer, a Twitter user threatened to rape and kill Jessica Valenti’s four-year-old daughter.
  • About a month ago, Glenn Reynolds threatened peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters who were legally protesting along Interstate 277 in Charlotte.

And to cap it all off, Twitter laid off 9% of its workforce, most of them were from Vine.

So, will you miss Vine on your phone? Leave a comment.


Windows Central

10 times Megyn Kelly was no Shero — Dr. Jen Gunter

Megyn Kelly interviewed Newt Gingrich on the subject of Donald Trump’s alleged groping. Gingrich didn’t seem to understand that the character of the Presidential candidate is an issue or that Bill Clinton isn’t running for President. It ended with Gingrich accusing Kelly of being sex obsessed and Kelly telling Gingrich he had some anger management […]

via 10 times Megyn Kelly was no Shero — Dr. Jen Gunter

Green Bay City Clerk Kris Teske Demeans Political Process


When first hearing about the news from Green Bay concerning the actions of the city clerk and the upcoming election I simply did not believe it since I read about it on Facebook.  I always want to double check most things I read there and it was only after seeking out a news site that I was left simply shaking my head.

Green Bay is the third largest city in our state and following the extremely long lines during the presidential primary a number of groups ranging from the Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian parties and the Black Student Union made what to most was a common-sense request.   They asked the city to simply place an early-voting location on campus to alleviate long lines.  But for some odd reason–which is not so hidden now–city officials ignored the request and allowed only one early-voting site for the entire city!  This would seem even to a middle grade…

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Numerous IPhone 7 and IPhone 7 Plus devices now exploding


Cupertino, Calif. — The now-deceased Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is not the only new phone exploding and catching fire nowadays.

Numerous reports around the world are coming in about Apple’s new devices, the IPhone 7 and IPhone 7 Plus, exploding and catching fire.

A prominent example of these devices, already widely panned due to the omission of the headphone jack, exploding comes from the land down under.

From MSN:

Move over Samsung’s bursting devices, as an Australian surfer has claimed that an exploding iPhone 7 has destroyed his car while he was out in the water, and released a video footage for the same. The surfer, Mat Jones told news outlets that he went to the water after keeping his smartphone wrapped in his clothes inside the car. When he returned he saw his vehicle damaged because of the fire caused by the burning iPhone 7. He told local news station (7 News) that when he came back his car windows were all black and saw ash coming out of his clothes. When unwrapped, he saw the iPhone was melting inside. There has been no other proof yet, apart from the video footage Jones came out with, nor has there been any confirmation.

This adds to the many other claims of exploding iPhone 7s. Last month, another person from Australia had reportedly burnt his legs when his iPhone 7 burst in his back pocket when he fell down from his mountain bike. Overcharging and puncturing the device are the main reasons generally that these devices catch fire. Apple has reportedly said that it is aware of the incident and is investigating the issue.

We think it is time for Apple to stop all shipments of the IPhone 7 and IPhone 7 Plus now before someone gets seriously injured or killed.

And as for the consumers out there: Get the Lumia 950 XL, the Acer Liquid Jade Primo or the HP Elite x3 if you need a high end device that does not explode. If you need an IPhone that does not explode, get the IPhone 6s Plus or the IPhone SE.

Piedmont man who raped girl, 7, will get no jail time

YORK — A Piedmont man who raped a seven-year-old girl will not spend a day in jail, and it was the solicitor who offered the deal.

Edwin O’Neil was offered a deal by the solicitor for sexually assaulting the girl.

Her family, already devastated at Mr. O’Neil for the crime, was seething afterwards.

Her father said that Mr. O’Neil molested her within the last 20 months.

Mr. O’Neil was an old family friend and would watch the girl and her sister.

The victim’s family found out he took advantage of their trust when one of their daughters said O’Neil molested the seven-year-old sexually.

“It’s just, that absolutely breaks a father, a parent, whoever,” said the father. “It breaks them down.”

The solicitor claimed he negotiated the deal, in part, because he did not want to retraumatize the victim. The crime was not reported to the York County Sheriff’s Department for months because the victim was fearful.

“Do you still want to enter your no contest plea?” asked the judge to Mr. O’Neil.

“Yes sir, I do,” replied Mr. O’Neil.

With that, Mr. O’Neil pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of first-degree assault and battery. He got three years of probation.

“I’m sorry, a child molester doesn’t even need to come close to being able to walk free out of here,” said the father to WSOC-HD.

They unsuccessfully convinced the judge to send him to jail.

The state statute calls for a minimum sentence for criminal sexual conduct in which a victim is under the age of 11 of 25 years in jail for a first offense.

This is not the first case in the past almost five months in which sentencing for sexual assault and rape has been an issue.

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Be the change: 7 reasons why spectators should sit or kneel during the anthem


Tonight is Rivalry Night at Williston-Elko High School, and almost the entirety of the Towns of Blackville, Elko, Hilda, Williston and Windsor will be at the Devils’ Den for the game.

This presents the opportunity for residents of the five towns, three of which are majority African-American (Blackville, Elko and Windsor), to be the change that forces this nation to be a more perfect union, as promised in our Constitution.

Injustice continues to roll on, and we have been complicit for far too long. Time for us to stop being complicit in promoting injustice, and time to start confronting it.

If you arrive before 19:27, here are seven reasons (unordered) why you should sit or kneel during the national anthem. Read the rest of this entry »

Instead of trying to fix issues with his app (and his TOS), Mark Zuckerberg is now requiring Windows 10 Phone users to have 2 GB of RAM to use his corporation’s apps


Menlo Park, Calif. — Facebook has decided to create even more problems by punishing innocent Windows 10 Mobile users.

On Monday, MSPoweruser and WinBeta both posted something about Facebook beefing up its RAM requirements and only for Windows 10 Mobile users. Not desktop users. Not MacOS users. Not IOS users. Not Android users.

Windows 10 Mobile.

From WinBeta:

The new requirement doesn’t mean that phones with 1GB or 512MB of RAM won’t be able to install it. It just means that these phones aren’t officially supported, and there might be problems that may occur only on those devices. MSMobile was able to get the apps to install on a Microsoft Lumia 650, even though it has only 1GB of RAM, and WinBeta confirmed this by testing the same apps on the same device, as well as a Microsoft Lumia 640.

This may not seem like a big deal, but keep in mind that the Facebook and Messenger apps now are only officially supported on flagship devices like the HP Elite x3, Lumia 950, Acer Jade Primo and a few others. This might mean that low-end Lumia model user may never see a well working Facebook app on their phone moving forward.

There are only seven US phones running Windows 10 that Facebook support, if these changes are indeed true. They are as follows:

Acer Liquid Jade Primo
Alcatel Fierce XL
HP Elite x3
Microsoft Lumia 950
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
Nokia Lumia 929 (Icon)
Nokia Lumia 1520

Out of those seven, the Fierce XL (with its cumbersome rear camera) is the cheapest of the phones (at $109.99 at T-Mobile), meaning that many Facebook users who do not have a lot of disposable income just got priced out by Mark Zuckerberg’s fuck up. Almost all Android phones, including the “low-end” devices, now cost $299.99-399.99. And the IPhone is even more expensive, costing between $449.99 and $999.99.

Windows 10, before they went to the enterprise-only route, was the OS of choice for people who wanted a smartphone but did not have a lot of income to burn.

Now, sadly, Facebook has declared Windows 10 Mobile as the problem, not themselves. And it is typical of a good ol’ boy Silicon Valley corporation.

This is not the first time Facebook has pointed the finger elsewhere instead of taking responsibility for the problems they create. In recent years, Facebook has suspended people (both men and women) for posting photos depicting non-sexual nudity (including breastfeeding), despite the fact that such photos are not against their terms of use. Facebook has also suspended African-Americans for confronting racism and hate speech on their social networking site. Additionally, Facebook has suspended drag queens, transgender people, sex workers and other marginalized groups of people for providing their actual preferred names.


What will Closing Actually Do?

NYATN member Sex Workers Project works with the Sex Workers Outreach Project-New York City: “Despite how much debate we see about Backpage and other advertising sites, we still rarely hear the voices of sex workers. …

Source: What will Closing Actually Do?

If we want to end human trafficking epidemic, we must get the truth: out of the millions of trafficking victims worldwide, absolutely zero of them are on Backpage.

Four male Claflin College students killed in crash on Interstate 77


Columbia — Claflin College is mourning into the weekend after four of their male students were killed in a crash on Interstate 77 southbound near the Killian Road exit.

The Richland County Coroner’s Office said that Melvin Lonell Jackson Jr., of Chester; Darrell Renard Pendergrass of Society Hill; Jamarius Kel’Shawn Bruce of Darlington; and Keeron Q. McElveen of Kingstree were the occupants of a Ford SUV that was destroyed upon contact with vehicles in the northbound lanes of the Interstate after the driver, Mr. Jackson, lost control of the SUV and crossed the median into said lanes around 17:43 Thursday.

That’s when a Toyota sport utility vehicle hit the blue ovaled SUV. Mr. Jackson, Mr. Pendergrass and Mr. McElveen perished immediately upon impact.

Mr. Bruce died of his injuries just before 8:00 EDT.

Claflin University issued this statement today:

“We are hurting and are saddened to hear about the untimely death of three of our students. I call upon the Claflin family to draw closer together and remain strong as we try to comprehend the loss of these members of our Claflin family,” said President Henry N. Tisdale. “Our prayers are also with the families and friends who are connected with the accident victims and with the student who is still in the hospital.”

Claflin held a campus prayer service at noon EDT today at W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center.

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Former WJBF VIPIR 6 meteorologist arrested for exploitation of minors


Augusta, Ga. — A former WJBF NewsChannel 6 VIPIR meteorologist was arrested today for sexual assault of children.

According to the jail log from the Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect reportedly used Facebook to pose as a younger male to entice a thirteen-year-old girl to send him pictures of a sexual nature in a private message. The suspect reportedly also sent the girl a picture of an adult man’s penis. The incident report does not specify if the penis was his. This incident allegedly took place on February 20.

Kevin Niewood, 27, was arrested by the Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and was charged with sexual exploitation of children and electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor.

He is currently being processed to the Augusta-Richmond County Jail.

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Clemson alumna responds to #TrumpTapes: “The conversation has got to change because everyone deserves respect”

Los Angeles — While everyone back at her college was watching updates on Hurricane Matthew, Clemson alumna Nancy O’Dell spent the day of October 7 disgusted after a 2005 tape of her, former co-host Billy Bush, and GOP nominee Donald Trump was leaked by the Washington (DC) Post.

Shortly after Matthew made landfall in South Carolina, the (Columbia) State, the second-largest newspaper statewide, contacted Mrs. O’Dell, who graduated Summa Cum Laude at Clemson.

Mrs. O’Dell said in a statement she was “saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all,” adding “it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women.”

“The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling,” she said.

“Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender,” added Mrs. O’Dell. “As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better.”

On Monday on-air of Entertainment Tonight, the show she hosts, Mrs. O’Dell released a longer statement:

“Welcome, everybody. Well, before we get going tonight, I feel it’s very important that I address you all directly. As a journalist for 26 years now, it is my job to bring you news about others, rather than turning the focus on myself. But by now, I’m sure that most of you have heard the audio tape which became national news and part of the presidential race. My name was mentioned and, unfortunately, the release of it has thrown me into the middle of the political arena of which I didn’t ask to be a part.”

“I released a statement on Saturday and I truly mean what I said. There is no room for objectification of women, or anyone for that matter, not even in the ’locker room.’ The conversation has got to change because everybody deserves respect, no matter the gender or setting. And as a mom, I have to add that our kids, especially our young girls, need to know that their hard work, their achievements, their intelligence, their heart are most important, and those things will not go unnoticed.”

“I also want to take this time now to thank you, the viewers, who so graciously open your homes to Entertainment Tonight every night. I’ve been flooded with your messages from around the world, and I so appreciate all of your kind words. I have been reading as many as I can and they are completely renewing my faith that we all want a better and more inclusive society. So, once again, I thank you all for your support.”


Also, Planned Parenthood executive director of public affairs Vicki Ringer, of Lexington, reminded Trump supporters around the state of who Mrs. O’Dell is.


The State

Action alert! Oppose the deceptively named First Amendment Defense Act

A new threat to religious freedom, civil rights, women’s rights, sex worker rights, LGBTQIA rights and nudity rights has emerged this past weekend.

An ad sponsored on Daily Kos had a link from the People For the American Way, a group dedicated to fighting the right wing assaults on our freedoms, about signing a petition. That petition will be below the fold. Read the rest of this entry »

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