Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: October, 2016

Alcatel Idol 4s is coming to T-Mobile on November 10

Bellevue, Wash. — We now know the final details of the Alcatel Idol 4s.

The device will come to T-Mobile on November 10, and it will cost $502.89 (when Aiken County sales taxes are included).

This is being confirmed by Windows Central.

Click here to see the specs.

We Recommend: Mia McLeod for SC Senate 22d District


Columbia — In this race, there are two candidates running for an open seat.

One candidate is running on a campaign of issues, and the other is running a  campaign of vulgarity.

Aiken Area Progressive is endorsing the candidate talking about the issues that matter to South Carolina people, Mia McLeod. Read the rest of this entry »

We Recommend: Hillary Clinton for President


Let me be the first to say that we have to endorse someone, even if the choices are not up to snuff, because one of four people will be in the White House on Friday, January 20, 2017.

After careful thought and consideration, we at Aiken Area Progressive have endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as president.

However, this was not easy as each of the four candidates had factors that would have disqualified them had another progressive independent ran. Read the rest of this entry »

We Recommend: Roy Cooper for Governor of North Carolina


North Carolina doesn’t just have a presidential election this year.

The Tar Heel State, like eleven others, also have gubernatorial elections on the same day.

The theme of this campaign has been broken promises by the incumbent, Pat McCrory. Read the rest of this entry »

We Recommend: Arik Bjorn for US House, 2d District of South Carolina


Seven years ago, the most disrespectful outburst towards a sitting president in US history occurred.

And the person who did it was Joe Wilson.

Sadly, the voters here have a history of rewarding traitorous behavior.

Let’s hope that changes here. Read the rest of this entry »

We Recommend: Jim Barksdale for US Senate in Georgia

Georgia has been down the wrong track for over a decade now.

And the same people in charge now are responsible.

Including Johnny Isakson. Read the rest of this entry »

We Recommend: No on Proposition 60


Sacramento — Some people think sex workers need saving.

We do not.

What sex workers need is a safe place to do their job. Read the rest of this entry »

We Recommend: No vote on Amendment One in Ga.


Atlanta — One amendment on the ballot will determine whether big Atlanta government or the people will have control of public schools in the Peach State.

Amendment One is on the ballot.

That means our children’s futures are on the line. Read the rest of this entry »

We Recommend: Willie Walker For Sheriff


Being the top cop in a town is hard. Being the top cop in a county is even harder.

While Ed Carroll has been a good sheriff, I can’t help but think that he could one day be influenced by national leaders of his party on issues that matter to a browning population in Barnwell County.

We need to avoid that possibility at all costs.

Aiken Area Progressive, which recently relocated to Barnwell County on October 16, is making its first-ever endorsement for the county’s top cop position.

We at Aiken Area Progressive is endorsing Willie Walker for the job. Read the rest of this entry »

We Recommend: Loretta Sanchez for US Senate in Calif.


Almost three weeks ago, we were ready to endorse a candidate in this race.

Then, one of the candidates, in a desperate attempt to get elected, illegally and unconstitutionally seized the property of Backpage in a scurrilous red herring of “human trafficking”.

We know for sure at that time, Kamala Harris would only look out for herself, not her constituents, in the nation’s largest state by population. Read the rest of this entry »

This Week in Tech: T-Mobile outs the Alcatel Idol 4s & Apple unveils new MacBooks


Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile jumped the gun on Wednesday.

Big Pink outed the Alcatel Idol 4s with Windows 10, the superphone that many talked about Alcatel working on since January.

The phone showed up briefly on T-Mobile’s web page during the early afternoon, before the company took the page down. Read the rest of this entry »

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.


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