Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: March, 2016

Five alternatives to Here Maps on Windows Mobile

On Tuesday, Here announced that by EOH (end of the half of 2016), their mapping system would no longer be available on Windows – either phones or desktop.

Considering that the maps had incorrect information (such as SC Route 78, when no such thing exists), it is not as big of a loss the Windows phone community is making it out to be.

Below the fold are five alternatives – both free and paid – to Here Maps: Read the rest of this entry »

USC one of the four top seeds in Big Dance; North Carolina-Greensboro axes Wendy Palmer

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Big Dance is here and one school made a coaching change as Selection Monday was ongoing.

USC gets another 1 seed

The USC Gamecocks, led by the likes of Aja Wilson, Tiffany Mitchell and Bianca Cuevas, got its third number one seed in as many years under head coach (and celebrity Richland County Sheriff’s Officer) Dawn Staley.  Notre Dame, Baylor and Connecticut received the other top seeds, with the Huskies getting the overall top seed as the last undefeated school left in either men’s or women’s basketball.

Tennessee kept its streak of making every NCAA tournament alive, but the Volunteers got a seven seed, its lowest seed ever.  It’s previous low seed was five in 2009, when 12-seed Ball State pulled an upset so huge, it got then-Coach Pat Summitt angry – so angry as a matter of fact, Coach Summitt made those returning to her team for the 2009-10 season practice for almost 24 hours straight the day after the loss.

Georgia received an eight seed in the tournament.

Five big ACC schools – Clemson, Georgia Tech, Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State – all missed the tournament in the same season for the first time ever.  It’s the first time in 28 years that the three schools along the famed Tobacco Road – the Blue Devils, Tar Heels and Wolfpack – were snuffed out of the postseason in the same season.  The Tar Heels had its first losing season in many years, finishing a meager 14-18. Read the rest of this entry »

Practicing consensual sex, BDSM will land you on the sex offender registry under a proposed law under the false guise of combating sex trafficking

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Dominatrices are among a large group of people who would be classified as sex offenders under a new bill sponsored by Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington).

COLUMBIA — Are you a kinkster who practices safe BDSM?

That will land you on the state’s sex offender registry if the politicians in Columbia have their way on a bill sponsored by Senator Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington).

Under the false guise of battling sex trafficking, all consensual sex will be classified as a sex offense under a bill that got initial approval last week.  Sex with someone who is classified as “profoundly mentally disabled” – even if it is consensual – will carry enhanced penalties, regardless of whether money is involved or not.

Someone caught a second time having consensual sex of any kind, regardless of circumstance or situation, would have to pay between $500 and $3,000, or face up to six months in jail.  A judge also would have the authority to place the kinkster(s) on a sex offender registry for up to five years.

A third offense would carry a fine between $1,500 and $5,000, and mandate the offender be placed on the registry.  He or she would have to petition a judge to be removed from the list.  All of this, again, regardless of whether money is involved or not.

 Here’s a list of activities that would be criminalized as sex offenses under the Shealy proposal:

  • BDSM, even consensual
  • Cock-and-ball torture, even consensual
  • Female domination, even consensual
  • Sugar baby/Sugar Daddy (Sugar Mama)
  • Cuckold
  • All other fetishes, even consensual
  • All other kinds of sexual activity, even freebies, even consensual

Paying for dates could also classify as a sexual offense requiring registration in the state.

Sex trafficking is a major scourge on our society.  However, we should not be criminalizing payments for sex between consenting adults – let alone classify sex work as sex offenses.  There’s far more effective ways to combat sex trafficking, such as decriminalization of sex work.

Shealy’s plan, and those like them, have failed miserably.  The legislature needs to scrap this bill and try a new approach.

Scalia is burning in Purgatory over his disastrous contempt for the Constitution

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WASHINGTON, DC — They always say that if you’re a Supreme Court justice, you’ll be defined by how you rule on your cases.

And when given six major cases involving Constitutional rights, history will judge the late Antonin Scalia harshly.

The jurist, who died February 13 at the age of 79, had been an ardent foe of civil rights ever since he was appointed on September 26, 1986 right on up to his demise.

The first of these six cases that demonstrated his hostility to civil rights was the Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc. case in 1991.  At that time, Indiana’s statewide ban on nudity was being challenged.

He was one of the five hyper-religious justices who voted to uphold the unjust law.  In an opinion on June 21, 1991, he wrote:

Perhaps the dissenters believe that ‘offense to others’ ought to be the only  reason for restricting nudity in public places generally, but there is no basis for thinking that our society has ever shared that Thoreauvian “you-may-do-what-you-like-so-long-as-it-does-not-injure-someone-else” beau ideal, much less for thinking that it was written into the Constitution. The purpose of Indiana’s nudity law would be violated, I think, if 60,000 fully consenting adults crowded into the Hoosier Dome to display their genitals to one another, even if there were not an offended innocent in the crowd. Our society prohibits, and all human societies have prohibited, certain activities not because they harm others but because they are considered, in the traditional phrase, “contra bonos mores,” i.e., immoral. In American society, such prohibitions have included, for example, sadomasochism, cockfighting, bestiality, suicide, drug use, prostitution, and sodomy.”

This is a case that the Supreme Court needs to really review when we get a liberal jurist as Scalia’s replacement, because Indiana’s public indecency law is an unjust law and not just because it violates the US Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment and not just because the Court wrongly interpreted the First Amendment in this case.  When Barnes was decided, that case also ended up banning public breastfeeding entirely in the state.  Since that case nearly 25 years ago, public opinion has completely turned against the Supreme Court’s decision in this case, and an outright majority of Americans believe that nudity is a right in the US Constitution under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.  Breastfeeding is now legal in all 50 states, further proving that this Supreme Court decision needs to be urgently revisited.

The second and third strikes against him was when he dissented in Planned Parenthood vs. Casey in 1992 and voted to uphold a similar law 15 years later in Carhart vs. Ashcroft.

He wrongly claimed that there’s no right to abortion in the Constitution, when in fact, the right to abortion is, much like the right to be naked in public, enshrined in the Fourteenth Amendment under the Equal Protection Clause.  The Equal Protection Clause is a clause that is the broadest in scope in the entire US Constitution and for good reason.  Our rights should not be dictated by what one person considers to be moral or immoral.

The fourth strike against Scalia was when he voted to destroy voting rights in 2013 in the Shelby County vs. Holder case.  In that case striking down Section IV of the Voting Rights Act, much like in the aforementioned Barnes case, he wrongly interpreted that states had the right to restrict voting rights of certain groups of people, a statement eerily reminiscent to his equally wrongheaded statement claiming states had the right to ban public nudity 22 years earlier.

The fifth and final strike against Scalia was on his final opinion, Obergefell vs. Hodges, on June 26, 2015.  In that decision which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, he once again wrote, much like in Shelby County and in Barnes, that states have an authority to pass laws infringing on civil rights – a made-up right that our Constitution clearly says States do not have.

While many people may have paid their respects to Scalia, I am not among them.  He has repeatedly favored infringement of civil rights – from public nudity to abortion to voting rights to marriage equality – rights so basic, that his opposition to those rights puts him among the staunchest enemies of the US Constitution to have ever sat on the US Supreme Court.

I hope he’s resting comfortably in Purgatory, because his vile, wicked, evil agenda didn’t send him to Heaven.

This noob gets schooled on the Constitution and Austin ordinance

An ignorant commenter named Cajun58 on the Houston Chronicle’s comments section said that our nudity rights should be infringed.

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Little did he know that nudity is not the same as public indecency.  Not under US law, not under Texas law, and certainly not under Austin ordinance.

Two commenters, Deanna Szuter and an unidentified Dallas person, absolutely obliterated Cajun58’s nonsense.

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And that last commenter is spot on.  Nudity rights advocates are actually more sensible than the gun lobbyists.

Just because you have the right to open carry, it doesn’t mean you should parade around and call attention to it and cause alarm or affront!

There’s just so much more people can learn from nudity rights advocates these days.

Get over yourselves, SXSW attendees! Nudity should be legalized, no matter how it makes you feel!

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AUSTIN — On Friday, the first day of the South by Southwest (SXSW) event, President Obama attended and there were a few topless women around, with one counter-protesting people openly carrying firearms indecently around children.

However, while children were far more uncomfortable with the people openly carrying firearms, the adults were more uncomfortable with a harmless 56-year-old woman exercising her nudity rights.

That says a lot. The children are more mature than the adults these days and it is pathetic.

Open Carry Texas Chairman C.J. Grisham, who is all about the “rights for me, but not for thee” motto, showed his contempt for the Constitution when he told the woman, “You are assaulting my senses right now.”

She clapped back, “Bite me, baby.”

Mr. Grisham said back to her: “You are an embarrassment to boobs everywhere.”

She responded with a sign she was wearing: “Sorry about your small penis issues.”

This conversation showed that the unidentified woman was the more mature party here and that Mr. Grisham fails to realize that the Constitution is like a two way street.  The US Constitution protects the woman’s (and my) right to be naked in public, just like it protects his gun rights.

This episode also shows that SXSW people are oversensitive ninnies who need to get over themselves.  Public nudity is a right, in Austin, Texas and the US under several different amendments.  People who are offended over a topless woman can always go to Indonesia or the crayon capital of the world, Malaysia, where nudity is banned countrywide.

Our nudity rights are no longer up for debate and we’re gonna start taking our rights, just like any other reasonable person would.  The people of Springfield, Mo. showed the nation that nudity rights are worth fighting for on March 7, and we’re gonna continue the fight until nudity is legal everywhere in the US, including in places like Indiana and Utah.

Houston Chronicle

Time for Microsoft to disable Band 17 from all Lumias made in 2015 or later

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REDMOND, Wash. — When Samsung officially released its Galaxy S7 edge on Friday, it marked a watershed moment.

It marked the end of Band 17 LTE.

We all knew that the day that Band 17 would end, and this is especially true since the FCC forced American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T Mobility) to use the superset (and somewhat speedier) Band 12 and the IPhone 6s Plus came to its original carrier with Band 12 onboard.

If only we can get Microsoft to come to its senses and release a firmware update to the Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL, Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, Lumia 550 and Lumia 650 to disable Band 17 LTE on these devices.

NOTE: All Lumias released before January 1, 2015 would be allowed to keep Band 17 LTE, as Band 12 wasn’t used widely prior to that point.

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LTE specs of the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Notice that the South Korean company dumped Band 17 in favor of Band 12 on the AT&T variant.

Let’s be honest here: there was absolutely no need for Band 17 in the first place.  Not when Band 12 comprised of the same Lower B and C blocks that Band 17 has.  The only difference between Band 17 and Band 12 is the A block – it’s there on the latter and absent on the former.  AT&T uses Band 12’s B and C blocks for their network, while T-Mobile and US Cellular use all three.

That’s why the FCC was correct in forcing the Big Orange carrier to use the 700 MHz superset on September 10, 2013.  It allows for all devices, especially Windows phones, to interoperate on the Band.

And it is for this reason as to why Microsoft needs to leave Band 17 out of the Lumia 650 when it’s released on April 1, as well as any Surface Phone that they may help OEMs with.  It does not make any logical sense to include a redundant subset 700 MHz band on any phone nowadays, even if it is being used for legacy purposes.  Hewlett-Packard, Alcatel and Acer would likewise also be wise to leave Band 17 out of their Windows 10 phones – the Elite X3, the Idol Pro 4 and the Liquid Jade Primo, respectively.

Unless you have the Lumia x20 and x30 series, and I can imagine only 3 million of the nearly 10 million Windows phone users do, then Band 17 is redundant, and is not necessary for the x40 or x50 series.  Now that the newer Android phones have done away with Band 17, it’s time for Microsoft and their Windows Phone OEMs to release firmware replacing Band 17 with Band 12 on all phones in the US, especially those on AT&T.

WAR ON WOMEN: S.C. Senate passes unconstitutional ban on abortion

COLUMBIA — It’s no longer a secret that conservatives just plain abhor the US Constitution.

And it’s no different in S.C.

On Tuesday, Lee Bright and his femicidial cronies in the Senate delivered the ultimate insult to pregnant people by passing a bill banning abortion after 133 days in one of the many backroom deals made in exchange for support on a highway bill.

Senator Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) was among those to vote against the unconstitutional bill.

“This conflict is still hanging around and hasn’t been resolved,” said Elizabeth Nash, of the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights group.

Now, the bill goes to the South Carolina House, who has never supported the Constitution.

Nikki Haley, an avowed enemy of the Constitution, is expected to sign the measure in to law if it lands on her desk.

N.H. Senate Bill 347 is just as unconstitutional as House Bill 1525!


CONCORD, N.H. — One unconstitutional bill was defeated on Wednesday. However, another unconstitutional bill takes its place.

House Bill 1525 was defeated without fanfare on Wednesday just as Senate Bill 347 was introduced.

Senate Bill 347 is just as unconstitutional because it infringes on the First and Fourteenth amendment rights of the people. Nudity rights are defined in those two amendments – under the Free Exercise Clause of the First and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth.

Senate Bill 347 is a sneak attack on civil rights because it defers our rights to local municipalities, which, like the state governments, have absolutely no business deciding our rights.

The people of New Hampshire won one round before.  Hopefully, they can kill SB 347 as well!

Thanks to Representative Amanda Bouldin (D-Manchester, N.H.) for the tip.

 

Verizon Wireless gets slap on wrist for supercookies

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Verizon Wireless has been lightly fined for the use of supercookies, which are unique, undeletable identifiers (UIDH), for illegal use.

The Federal Communications Commission charged VZ with using supercookies to spy on customers.  The commission raised concerns that some of Verizon’s practices were in violation of the the Communications Act and the Open Internet Transparency Rule — rules that protect consumer proprietary information and guarantee transparency in corporations’ practices, respectively.

A UIDH is an ad-tracking tool that is used by companies to identify consumers’ actions online and subsequently deliver targeted advertising. According to a press release from the FCC, Verizon employed UIDH in December 2012 but did not disclose this information to customers until nearly 24 months later.  By then, customers fled Verizon in droves for archrival AT&T.

Twelve months ago, the Red carrier finally updated their policies on supercookies, and offered customers who remained with them an opt-out option.  That was insufficient to escape an FCC complaint.

“Consumers care about privacy and should have a say in how their personal information is used, especially when it comes to who knows what they’re doing online. Privacy and innovation are not incompatible,” said the FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief, Travis LeBlanc, in the press release.

Under the terms of the settlement, now Verizon must obtain consumers’ opt-in consent before sharing UIDH internally and with third parties. Additionally, the company was fined $1.35 million and is required adopt a three-year compliance plan.

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Mo. city decides to follow the Constitution, give residents their nudity rights back

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Rights are rights.

On Monday, residents in the City of Springfield got their Constitutional rights to be naked in public back over the loud objections of one Kristi Fulnecky, who outed herself as an avowed Enemy of the Constitution with this quote:

“There’s no First Amendment protection in nudity.”

First off, Fulnecky, READ the Constitution again.  The First Amendment protection does, in fact, protect public nudity – under the Free Exercise and Religious Freedom clauses.  As does the Ninth Amendment.  As does the Tenth Amendment.  As does the Thirteenth Amendment.  As does the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

So not only are you wrong, Fulnecky, you have also proven yourself unfit for public office.

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Springfield, Mo. council member Kristi Funlecky, an avowed enemy of the US Constitution.

Anyways, the people of Springfield were overwhelmingly opposed to the unconstitutional infringement of their nudity rights, and on Monday night, their voices were heard loud and clear: the vote was 6-1 to repeal the city’s unconstitutional public nudity ban.

The newer law defines indecent exposure as the exposure of the male or female genitals, pubic area, or the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any part of the areola and nipple, or the showing of the covered male genitals – in a discernibly turgid state.

Additionally, the section correctly added this provision: this section shall not regulate nudity when the conduct of being nude cannot constitutionally be prohibited…because it is otherwise protected by the United States Constitution or Missouri Constitution.

In other words, this ordinance clearly distinguishes between a constitutionally protected act (being in a state of nudity in public) and a criminal act (a manually erect penis or masturbation attempts).

This is a textbook example of how to correctly write an indecent exposure law.

Now, the Town of Williston and the Central Savannah River Area of South Carolina and Central Georgia need to follow Springfield, Mo.’s lead, follow the Constitution, and repeal their unconstitutional public nudity bans.

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Full video of HB 1525 comments/testimony

CONCORD, N.H. — On Leap Day, a hearing on a bill that would outlaw public nudity and breastfeeding (in some jurisdictions) commenced and citizens outraged over the unconstitutional GOP’s proposal hammered the bill.

You can watch here. Feel free to add transcripts in the comments, and I will try to add them in edits.

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