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Wikinews interviews Augustus Sol Invictus, Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate

Wikinews interviews Augustus Sol Invictus, Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate

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Augustus Sol Invictus
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Augustus Sol Invictus, an Orlando, Florida attorney currently seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, took part in a short interview with Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn to discuss his background, political views, and unorthodox campaign for the Senate.

Invictus, whose name was changed from his birth name to the Latin for “majestic unconquered sun”, has received media coverage for previously expressing fascistic views and participating in pagan rituals. While in law school, he penned an article advocating a eugenics program, and in 2013, he wrote a “departure memo” renouncing his U.S. citizenship and law license while announcing plans to go into the wilderness until a civil war. He returned after making a pilgrimage from Orlando to the Mojave Desert, where he fasted for a week. Upon his return to Florida, he sacrificed a goat and drank its blood. Former Libertarian Party of Florida chairman Adrian Wyllie resigned his chairmanship in protest of Invictus’s candidacy.

Though initially uncontested for the nomination, Invictus has recently received a challenge from information technology specialist Paul Stanton. Political operative Roger Stone opened an exploratory committee to consider running for the nomination but has not shown further interest. The primary election is to be held August 30. To qualify for the ballot, a candidate must either pay a US$10,000 fee or collect 100,000 signatures.

Interview[]

Background[]

Wikinews waves Left.pngWilliam S. SaturnWikinews waves Right.png Why did you change your name to Augustus Sol Invictus?

  • Augustus Sol Invictus: I was given my name in a religious initiation when I was twenty-one. I usually analogize it to Roman Catholics taking a new name at Confirmation. No one ever changes their name legally after such an initiation, as it is usually reserved for religious pursuits. But I changed my name legally to my religious name so that my mundane and religious lives would be one.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png What is your history with electoral politics? Which political candidates have you previously supported or endorsed?

  • Invictus: I have no such history, and I have never made an endorsement. I consider myself an outsider. Truth be told, I consider myself a revolutionary more than a politician.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png How do you feel about Republican front-runner Donald Trump and his campaign for president?

  • Invictus: Donald Trump is a cultural icon, and for that I love him. As for his presidential campaign, I am forced to remain neutral, as I cannot endorse anyone for President without it being thought that I have adopted their platform as my own.

Invictus says outgoing Senator Marco Rubio (shown above), “is a horse-trader, a slimy smiler, the quintessential politician. He believes in nothing, save what his advisers tell him to believe in.”
Image: Gage Skidmore.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png What are your thoughts on the job Marco Rubio has done as Senator and what would you have done differently than him?

  • Invictus: I think Rubio has done just as good a job as any Senator — and that is exactly the problem. Rubio is a horse-trader, a slimy smiler, the quintessential politician. He believes in nothing, save what his advisers tell him to believe in. I would have stuck to my positions and acted as a Senator, rather than simply setting myself up for a run for the presidency.

Political views[]

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Do you see political correctness as a problem in today’s society? If so, what can you do as a Senator to address it?

  • Invictus: I see political correctness as a huge problem in today’s society. But whether fortunately or unfortunately, there is nothing a Senator can do to address it. I am a firm believer in the separation of powers, and the Senate has a very limited set of responsibilities. Moreover, this PC phenomenon we are witnessing is a cultural problem that must be addressed at a cultural level, not a legal one. That is up to the American people themselves, not the legislature.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Whereas the House of Representatives is the house of the people, the Senate was originally meant to be the house of the States. What are your views on the 10th Amendment and how will you reflect the interests of Florida through your votes?

  • Invictus: I am a big believer in States rights, and my modus operandi as Senator will be to repeal as many laws as possible that hinder the ability of the States to govern their own affairs.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png What specifically will you do as a Senate candidate and Senator to promote libertarianism?

  • Invictus: Simply leading by example is enough to promote libertarianism. I do not believe in shoving political ideology down people’s throat anymore than I believe in doing so with religion. Being a Pagan, I do not feel the need to evangelize and convert Christians; neither do I, as a Libertarian, feel the need to evangelize and convert Republicans and Democrats. The proof of a thing is in its fruits. Repealing laws, correcting the balance between the Federal Government and the States, reinforcing the separation of powers, destroying the Federal Reserve: these acts will in themselves promote our political philosophy.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png For you, what would constitute a successful term as Senator?

  • Invictus: The System is so corrupted that the destruction of even one Department, Bureau, or Administration could be considered a great success.

Campaign[]

Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers a “Fireside Chat” in 1934. Invictus describes the chats as a “brilliant idea” he has replicated in his campaign.
Image: Public domain.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Why do you call your campaign recordings “Fireside Chats,” invoking the name of the recordings [U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt] used to convince Americans to support the New Deal and [Second World] War effort?

  • Invictus: Roosevelt used the Fireside Chats to keep the public informed of his actions, and that is what I am doing, as well. It is a proactive way to address criticisms of the campaign and to update everyone about upcoming events, platform issues, and resource problems. I don’t have to agree with FDR’s ideology to admit that his Fireside Chats were [a] brilliant idea.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Are you going to be able to qualify for the ballot?

  • Invictus: I will qualify for the ballot by paying the filing fee, which is roughly $10,000.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png What are your thoughts on potential Libertarian Senate candidate Roger Stone?

  • Invictus: I don’t think Roger Stone is actually a potential candidate. He was being recruited by a certain faction of the Libertarian Party of Florida, and he flirted with the idea in order to publicize his new book; but I don’t think he ever actually intended to run. That being said, I like Roger Stone. I respect him as a political operative, and I regret that he will not run, because he would have been a worthy opponent.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png What are your thoughts on your new primary opponent Paul Stanton?

  • Invictus: Well, there isn’t much I can say to that question, as it is difficult to have thoughts on the matter when he refuses to debate me or even to speak to me. I have called him out publicly, made an issue of the fact he refuses to respond, given him my personal cell phone number — and he refuses to reply in any manner or medium whatsoever. Maybe he has a strategy behind his inaction, but from an outsider’s perspective it looks like cowardice.



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Australian scientists reveal photographs from world\’s first scanning helium microscope

Australian scientists reveal photographs from world’s first scanning helium microscope

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Scientists from the University of Newcastle Australia, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Cambridge (UK) have released the first microscopic photographs from the Scanning Helium Microscope prototype (SHeM) that was revealed on Sunday. The photographs, which depict intricate details of chitin (a structural molecule in invertebrates) on a butterfly’s wing and a close up look at a spider’s fang, are the first of their kind from the SHeM prototype, that is more than 20 years in the making. The SHeM prototype is able to take detailed images of organic and polymer electronics, where a traditional electron microscope would likely damage the samples. The prototype shines helium in a similar way to that of a pinhole camera, and has the potential to reveal the chemical content of surfaces that are being photographed.

According to ABC News, Associate Professor Paul Dastoor from the University of Newcastle said “The Scanning Helium Microscope means the samples will be analysed in their true state for the first time ever,”

The Helium atoms used in the SHeM prototype are the second most abundant element in the universe, and the most stable, which ensures that no chemical reactions will take place with other surfaces. The beam from a helium atom is less than 0.1 electron volts, which makes it low energy compared to the 100,000 volt beam used in an electron microscope. The SHeM at its present form can only image with a resolution of up to a micron, but future plans have been developed for the prototype to be redesign to make it a smaller size better suited to a laboratory bench top, and advance the resolution so it reaches the nanometer range.

The microscope is said to have the potential to be used in a variety of research applications such as modern surface science, which can aid in the development of stealth defence technology and new explosives, the ability to view human samples in an un-altered state for medicinal purposes, and could potentially benefit sustainability research and new technology.



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Takata Airbag Recall Expanded, Consumer Rights Affected

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Takata Airbag Recall Expanded, Consumer Rights Affected

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Multiple sources are reporting that the Takata Airbag Recall has been expanded by U.S. government officials, increasing the total number of recalled vehicles to a number as high as 69 million. This is 40 million more airbags than previously, leading media outlets such as USA Today to refer to the Takata Airbag Recall as the largest in U.S. history.

To date, dozens of individuals have suffered injuries that can be attributed to the defect, with at least 10 deaths having been reported so far. Experts are saying that it may be years before all vehicles are repaired, with 8 million vehicles having been serviced since the recall was first announced.

In an interview with KDKA (CBS Local, Pittsburgh), attorney Bob Silverman, partner at the Lemon Law firm of Kimmel & Silverman, discussed consumer rights in regard to the Takata Airbag Recall.

Silverman is quoted as saying, “If you don’t feel safe, you should bring your car in immediately – whether it’s a Honda or a Toyota or a Chrysler… and you should say, ‘I don’t feel safe.'”

A lemon law attorney may advise you on consumer actions that can be taken. State Lemon Laws and Federal Warranty Laws may come into effect, if a consumer rights are violated.



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Western Australia Attorney General response to calls for parole amendments angers advocates

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Western Australia Attorney General response to calls for parole amendments angers advocates

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Supporters of a change.org petition calling for parole to never be granted for killers who refuse to divulge the location of their victims, have been angered by the Western Australia Attorney General’s response to the issue.

In an open letter to the supporters of the ‘No Body, No Parole’ petition, Western Australia Attorney General and Minister for Commerce, Michael Mischin, said that while the principle of the petition is supported by the government, amendments to the bill have had to be made as they were “unworkable.”

“In order to rectify the deficiencies in the State Opposition’s Private Member’s Bill and to provide clarity, the Liberal-National Government proposed an amendment to the Bill which would add a new release consideration to the Sentence Administration Act 2003.”, he said.

“The new provision will require the Board to consider the extent to which the prisoner in custody for an offence relating to the death of a person has assisted in the location of the victim’s remains.”

Margaret Dodd, who’s daughter disappeared 16 years ago and has never been found, labelled the ministers response to the calls for change “nothing more than political correct babble [that] has done nothing for the families of missing murdered.”

“What the Libs have done is basically said is that when Parole is available (maybe 18 – 20 years down the track) that the parole board may take into consideration the offenders refusal to reveal the whereabouts of their Victims [sic] and the final decision to whether parole is granted or refused is in the hands of One Person [sic], the Attorney General..” she said.

“This gives little reassurance to the victims families that they will be able to have some resolve in the near future,”

Commenters on the site expressed their own dismay at the Liberal MP’s response to the families of victims.

“There is no justice, families need closure, why should the perpetrators have it so they are protected.” one commenter wrote.

“Why should they have the chance of freedom when they hold such power over their victim’s loved ones. Where is the commonsense?” said another.

The petition currently has over 37,000 signatures of support, with 85 new signatures being gathered last week.



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Nsw right to protest

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Nsw right to protest

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The Baird government’s harsh anti-protest laws represent the most recent in a series of restrictions and laws imposed on the people of New South Wales. When the Lockout laws were introduced in early 2014, a trend was created, one which has slowly taken away some of our most basic democratic rights. The new anti-protest laws give the police the right to shutdown any protest or demonstration that they find to be un-lawful. They have the right to detain and search you and confiscate anything you are carrying. If persons are caught interfering with the operations of a mine during a protest, they now face a lengthy, seven-year jail sentence.

Mr. Baird explained how these laws were aimed specifically to protect coal seam gas (CSG) companies and mining companies. The penalties for protestors entering a coal seam gas or mining site has been increased to $5’500. While fines for protestors were increased, the penalty for mining companies mining illegally, was dramatically reduced from a 1 million dollar fine to a $5’500 penalty notice.

Although on a different scale, when these laws are compared to the lockout laws and the idea that Mike Baird is being paid off by the Casino’s. It is easy to see how people may think the same in relation to the big mining companies.

Similar to these anti-protest laws are a series of penalties, which are fundamentally undermining our human and democratic rights. There were laws passed last year, which meant that people who reported on human rights violations could face lengthy jail sentences. If journalists are forced to reveal their sources in fear of going to prison, then that is how democracy begins to collapse.

We rely on rights like free media and the right to protest to keep our government and our leaders in check. When it comes down to it, our premiers and prime ministers work for the people, so if we believe that what they are doing is wrong, we need to have the right to talk about it and argue against it.



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Tinotenda Webster Mafuratidze

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Tinotenda Webster Mafuratidze

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Tinotenda Webster Mafuratiddze (born December 21, 1996), better known by his stage name TinoMaf , is a South African rapper and a songwriter from Boksburg, Johannesburg.He gained recognition for his single “demonSTRATE”, which reached number one on the SA Hip-Hop Hot 100. Previously, it was sampled for the Davido track, titled “All Of You”. On February 11, 2016, Davido announced TinoMaf’s signing to the O.B.O Music imprint.

Early Life[]

Tinotenda Webster Mafuratiddze (TinoMaf) was born on December 21, 1996, in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood of Boksburg, Johannesburg. He began doing vocals in the school choir and at the church. At age 14, he started his rap career.



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