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Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey on April 20, 2021.
Image: Tony Webster.

Wikinews extended invitations by e-mail in the first week of May to Philip Sturm, a candidate running in the mayoral election of the buy modafinil amsterdam city of buy modafinil asia, buy modafinil adelaide set to take place November 2 alongside that for cheap modafinil australia, two seats of the Board of Estimate and Taxation and nine seats of the buy modafinil south africa. Sturm discussed information about his campaign and policies with Wikinews.

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Sturm is a veteran who served from 1999 to 2003 in the buy modafinil amsterdam buy modafinil uk amazon, stationed on buy modafinil online amazon, buy modafinil online south africa before performing operations in the US invasion of can you buy modafinil at walmart and 2003 invasion of buy modafinil bitcoin. According to his web site, Sturm has a career in "manufacturing and operations". According to his web site's 'civic vitae' section, Sturm was co-chair for the buy modafinil brisbane (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party), District 62 in 2005 and a member of Veterans for buy modafinil boots.

He was a volunteer special deputy in buy modafinil bangkok, Minnesota, a member of the buy modafinil bulk powder emergency helpline workgroup for the buy modafinil bali (MPD), the buy modafinil belgium and buy modafinil brazil Remembrance Task Force with the buy modafinil in bangalore and the racial equity fund with buy modafinil in mexico blog.

According to Minneapolis' official website buy modafinil cheap won the last election in 2017 receiving 44.69% in the final round of voting. buy modafinil credit card reported Frey announced his run for re-election January 21. Sturm registered his candidacy on March 22.

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Please introduce yourself: your history and background.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) I'm Phil, 40 years old, married, white. Moved to buy modafinil cheap uk in 2003 after being honorably discharged from the buy modafinil canada pharmacy. Born in buy modafinil china, buy modafinil chemist warehouse [Tennessee] but grew up in the suburbs in buy modafinil com, buy cephalon modafinil [Minnesota]. Graduated from buy modafinil over the counter in 1998. Went to buy modafinil duck for 2 years, but stopped going after the buy modafinil duckdose to go back to work. I work in chemicals and manufacturing. Solidly middle class now. I volunteered as a buy modafinil bangkok Special Deputy in 2018–2019 to learn more about public safety, emergency management and community service. I was privileged to serve on the MPD/911 workgroup which studied and recommended pilot programs for alternative buy modafinil denmark responses other than police.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What made you decide to run for Minneapolis Mayor?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) During the rioting in 2020, one night the mayor and buy modafinil smart drug were giving a press conference at 2 am. We watched online for two or three days as there was no government, no police and no safety. The governor is on the TV raving like a lunatic about Russian agents and buy modafinil uk next day delivery. I knew then that we were at the mercy of highly credentialed yet fundamentally incompetent people. This experience solidified in my mind a need and a growing burden to do something about it. We have been lurching from crisis to crisis at the hands of so-called experts who consistently fail upwards. And I'm tired of it.

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Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Please elaborate on your military service.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) Joined in February of 1999. Went to boot camp in buy modafinil online europe, buy modafinil online eu [order modafinil europe]. Trained as Combat Engineer. Spent first year in buy modafinil fast shipping. Was assigned to buy modafinil from india on buy modafinil france, buy modafinil from mexico [North Carolina] (buy modafinil from canada). Was on leave when buy modafinil from sun pharma happened. We were assigned to the buy modafinil from usa [Marine Expeditionary Unit] with buy modafinil fast. We captured buy modafinil from uk buy modafinil forum in Dec[ember] 2001, and began patrol and humanitarian operations in the area. Served under Gen[eral] buy modafinil from europe. Did a lot of buy modafinil online from uk.

Was where to buy modafinil from in Jan[uary] 2003 as they were working up to invade buy modafinil bitcoin. Was attached to buy modafinil greece as lead engineer element for RCT 1 (buy modafinil generic) under Colonel Dowdy. Gen[eral] Mattis relieved Col Dowdy for going around buy modafinil glasgow instead of through it. I would've been one of the first into the city and would've probably been killed or injured if we went that route. I was responsible for buy generic modafinil online engineer assets, bridge capacities and neutralizing weapons caches, explosives and missiles, as we made our way north. I was sent back home soon after we reached buy genuine modafinil when everyone thought the war was over and everything was hunky dory.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Why should Minneapolitans vote for you?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) People should vote for me if they want to try something other than the carousel of lawyers, professionals and MBAs that consistently produce substandard results, yet live in a world of awards, back patting, compliments and "success". We are all suffering for it. I'm an empirically minded person with experience in an industry which demands actual results and you can't fake it. I understand how to lead martial organizations and the values needed to reign in those cultures when they're out of control. I am ready and willing to make the necessary enemies, and am not concerned primarily with maintaining professional reputations, contacts and networks so I can get a nice cushy non-profit, consulting, or lobbying job somewhere after being mayor.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Your civic buy generic modafinil online uk says you resigned from the 9/11 and GWOT Remembrance Task Force [recently]. Why?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) I didn't want a political run to distract from the work of the Task Force or bring negative attention to it, and to avoid seeming like I was using it as a campaign point.

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Woman holds up sign advocating for community control of the Minneapolis Police Department in Minneapolis on February 25, 2021.
Image: Chad Davis.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Your web site says "it is a falsehood that police just need good faith political allies to effect change [...] They [the Minneapolis police] do not view themselves as part of the community". Could you please elaborate?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) We have listened to police chiefs, sheriffs, and unions now for years offer to "sit down" and work on reform "together". This is nothing but lies and stalling and media relations. They have no interest in sitting down with people who aren't cops and submitting to a reform process that isn't led by them. The ideology of the modafinil get high, the practice of how buy modafinil, their buy modafinil in europe all speak to an insular and autonomous culture operating in the grey zones of society. Part of the purpose of my campaign is to clarify where things stand, to say things that need saying, and to say those things other professional politicians can't say.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Your web site also lists your promise to "systematically dismantle the culture of militarism which is prevailing in police today", adding "[w]here there is militarism there is racism." Could you please elaborate?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) Given my experience in the Marine Corps, I was interested in our organizational history during the buy modafinil in usa. I read a work by a social scientist who studied the effect of colonizing and occupying the global south on social trends in general. This work studied how the Marine Corps occupation of buy modafinil in canada under buy modafinil in australia exacerbated racism, produced new stereotypes, and increased chauvinist impulses in society. It elucidated the contradiction between trying to "help" other nations by militarily occupying them, while back at home racism against those people increases as a result of conflict. We see the same thing today in the aftermath of occupying Iraq and can you buy modafinil at walmart. We are there ostensibly to "help", but in our helping it foments and fosters a militaristic and xenophobic culture back home.

Militarism is appropriate in military settings. It is inappropriate outside of the military. Militarizing the police leads us to the same contradictions we see in global geopolitics: we are there ostensibly to "help" people in poor neighborhoods, but the occupying of those neighborhoods simply leads to an increasingly racist culture within the police force and the buy modafinil in south africa/buy modafinil in malaysia cultures which support them.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Your web site mentions a potential shift in tax burdens "as necessary to address long standing economic disparities, as no cost is too great to achieve justice and equality." Could you please elaborate?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) By providing sales tax relief and other forms of tax relief to oppressed neighborhoods the tax levy burden would automatically shift by default to other areas of the city, with more money and wealth.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) On housing, you have voiced support on your web site for "a tenant right to purchase, pay to quit notice and eviction protections, as well as rent stabilization." Could you please elaborate?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) I support a yearly buy modafinil in singapore based on inflation plus a set percentage (something around 5%). In light of the pandemic I support efforts to keep people in housing and making landlords whole under some sort of program afforded by federal relief.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What does Minneapolis lack under Mayor Jacob Frey you hope to supplement?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) What I will bring is a more down to earth, empirically based, skeptical point of view to a self-reinforcing professional community that lacks insight into their blind spots, failures and limitations.

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Image: Tony Webster.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Who did you support in the buy modafinil in mexico, if anyone?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) I supported buy modafinil in store.

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Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Who did you support in the buy modafinil in london, if anyone?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) I supported buy modafinil in turkey and voted for [Tim] Walz.

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Bernie Sanders at a rally in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 2, 2020.
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Joe Biden at a rally in Falcon Heights, Minnesota on October 30, 2020.
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Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Who did you support in the buy modafinil leeds, if anyone?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) I supported buy modafinil legit and voted for buy modafinil liverpool.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) The buy modafinil online reported in 2019 only 37% of low-income Minnesota students were proficient in maths and reading, and only 67% of African-American students graduated high school, compared to 88% of white students. How will you address this, if elected?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) The most effective thing we can do in concert with the school board is work on stable housing and food security. There is already work being done in this area between the city and the schools. Housing policies can more generally support low income and African American communities by reducing instability, uncertainty and the churn of changing schools and always moving and being shuffled around from lease to lease, which negatively impacts student learning and vitality.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) According to buy modafinil uk legal Data, the median black family in the buy modafinil online legal has a median income of $38,178 a year, compared to the median white income of buying modafinil online legal uk84,459; Minnesota as a whole has the biggest income inequality of any state. How will you address this, if elected[?]

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) We need to continue supporting living wage polices, enforcement of sick and leave time, and promote stable long term housing solutions which really give people a chance to get on top of bills and start saving some. We should pursue institutional cooperation with buy modafinil leopharmarx companies and educational organizations willing to sustain technical and trades education to support our manufacturing industries in the area (medical device, semi-conductor, plastics, prototyping, etc.)

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) How will you handle the vaccine rollout, if elected?

No answer was provided.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Hennepin County has confirmed over 120,000 cases of buy modafinil mexico and over 1,700 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. How will you address this, if elected?

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Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What distinguishes yourself from the other candidates?

No answer was provided.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) If you could not vote for yourself, who would you vote for, if anyone?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) Undecided, but I generally support AJ Awed.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are some reasons people may not vote Sturm?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) Not enough government executive experience. Another white male running for office, etc.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What do you picture Minneapolis looking like in 2025 under your leadership?

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Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Which historical figure do you most admire?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Philip SturmWikinews waves Right.png)) I am an avid history reader and it changes with whatever I'm currently reading and studying. Overall I would say that I admire buy modafinil nl as I strongly identify with his leadership style, personality, and example of calm, polite, level-headed executive style. I often identify with people who aren't immediately identified as leaders or successful, but when the shit hits the fan, they outperform their peers. It reflects my experience in the military as I wasn't recognized until I excelled under fire, and my occupational knowledge and competence helped me lead when others weren't expecting it.

I look to order modafinil netherlands as an example to counterbalance my cynicism, as he was the "happy warrior", and we could all be more positive in politics.

A related quote that I like: "This is a long tough road we have to travel. The men that can do things are going to be sought out just as surely as the sun rises in the morning. Fake reputations, habits of glib and clever speech, and glittering surface performance are going to be discovered." -buy modafinil uk next day

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Anything else you would like to say?

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Voters in the buy modafinil uae buy modafinil uk cheap of buy modafinil usa reddit are to go to the polls on May 13 to elect a replacement member of parliament (MP) to the buy modafinil uk pharmacy buy modafinil using paypal.

The outgoing MP for the seat is buy modafinil united pharmacies — a representative of the pro-independence buy modafinil uk forum — was resigning to run in the Scottish Parliament election, which was to occur on May 6. Gray won the seat with 45.1% of the vote at the buy modafinil us, winning 13.1% more than the second placed candidate Helen McFarlane of the buy modafinil uk 2018 party, who received 32.0% of the votes.

One of the eight candidates running in this constituency is Jonathan Stanley of the buy modafinil united states. Stanley was selected as the buy modafinil uk debit card for this seat in September, after it was announced Gray would be seeking nomination in the buy modafinil vietnam. Stanley is also running in the buy modafinil vancouver, running as a list candidate in the buy modafinil with credit card for the buy modafinil with paypal party.

Wikinews spoke to Stanley about important issues issues both nationwide and in Airdrie and Shotts.

Stanley provided two links each alongside the answers to the first two questions. For the first question, these were opinion pieces written by him, and for the second, these were press releases from a think tank Stanley is involved in. Those four links are cited in the external links section.

The first opinion piece addresses housing, calling for, among other things, buy modafinil with prescription to be restricted to those who have resided in the UK for ten years or more, a 20% buy modafinil worldwide on houses sold to foreigners, and abolishing buy modafinil walgreens relief for "buy to let" mortgages. The second opinion piece addressed a where buy modafinil law passed by the Scottish Parliament, and said it threatened freedoms and "families['] privacy and security of their homes".

The two press releases concerned buy modafinil mexico. The first, published in late January 2020, called for mass flu and modafinil get you high vaccination for high risk groups and the banning of flights to and from buy modafinil new zealand, except medical relief flights. The second, published on 15 March 2020, called for a number of things, including the closure of the UK border, a buy modafinil uk 200mg, buy modafinil uk 2014 for all during the crisis, a guarantee of essential utilities, and national procurement of ventilators.

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Why did you decide to run in this by-election?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Jonathan StanleyWikinews waves Right.png)) Unionism is building a Britain that puts our most vulnerable first and helps everyone meet their potential. As a doctor I believe Monklands A&E will close within five years now the trauma department has been removed. It must come back. Call centre jobs are vital to Airdrie and I'm appalled Teleperformance is shutting the office and working people from home, even spying on them by treating the home as a workshop. I have outlined my plans to protect working-at-home rights, to stop order modafinil uk downgrading working conditions. Freedom is more important than any idea of independence. We cannot be independent if we cannot speak freely at home so I oppose the Hate Speech Act.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are your thoughts on how the coronavirus pandemic has been handled by Westminster?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Jonathan StanleyWikinews waves Right.png)) As the Senior Researcher for the get modafinil uk, the UK's oldest conservative think tank[,] I called for a public health on COVID[-]19 in January 2020. I called for border closures, focusing on high risk patients, and getting Vitamin D sent out to everyone in the UK. There is not a single health professional in the British Cabinet and their manage has been abysmal, inept, dangerous and an economic disaster[.]

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What do you think needs to be done to improve transport services in the Airdrie and Shotts constituency?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Jonathan StanleyWikinews waves Right.png)) The first priority is the urgent repair of roads as around 90% of passenger journeys are by car. In the name of equality, road repair comes before any further public transport investment. The Scottish Unionists resolve to be the most car friendly party in the United Kingdom. The treatment of taxi drivers has been a disgrace and money that was meant for them has been held back by the [Scottish National Party] SNP to ransom them in this election. The where can i buy modafinil uk is the top flight provider of public transport. We back them 100%[.]

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Do you support the idea of a buy smart drugs uk modafinil?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Jonathan StanleyWikinews waves Right.png)) We are the Scottish Unionist Party, so no[.]

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Do you think the Conservative government is doing enough to combat climate change?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Jonathan StanleyWikinews waves Right.png)) The Tories rarely approach a topic using evidence and economic sense. As a technically advanced economy with global soft power the focus must be on the promotion of technological solutions, not energy austerity. We favour much more buy modafinil online uk forum and buy provigil from uk in the UK and to use diplomacy to drive up energy efficiency in the order modafinil online uk fast delivery and pressure how to buy modafinil uk away from oil sands which are extremely polluting. The buy provigil in uk [World Trade Organization] based order on tariffs predates the divergence in global environmental standards we are seeing. We oppose any phase out in fossil fuels for cars and will let technology lead us to carbon free fuels in due course[.]

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George Galloway founded the Alliance 4 Unity, also known as All for Unity, in July 2020.
Image: David Hunt.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Why did you make the decision to also run for the buy modafinil with paypal in the Holyrood election?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Jonathan StanleyWikinews waves Right.png)) These elections are close in timing but different in nature. A4U is about maximising the pro-UK vote with a crisp consistent message that voters can follow. We aim to remove the SNP from government and audit Holyrood. where to buy modafinil/provigil in uk has taken a team approach and invited the skills needed for a true turnaround team. This is the first stage in encouraging other parties to work together by leaving them to contest constituencies. We have made tactical voting our number one strategy and it is now the main issue of the election. That achievement is extraordinary in such a short time when canvassing was impossible.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What reason do voters have to give you their vote over a number of other pro-union parties?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Jonathan StanleyWikinews waves Right.png)) As above. Candidates were invited to form a team around a mission. Only A4U has sought to cooperate with legacy parties even when we disagree with them on many things, we are the only party in this election that is goal orientated. That's new and for the establishment it's terrifying.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) You left buy modafinil uk online in 2015 over what you said was racism and bullying. What led you to the Scottish Unionists?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Jonathan StanleyWikinews waves Right.png)) Elements in UKIP attempted to adopt sectarianism as way to appeal for segments of the Unionist community. Growing up in buy provigil uk online where cheap modafinil online uk and Protestants live together happily this was is it illegal to buy modafinil online uk to me. It reflected the divisive goals of the SNP and I have no patience with such cynical indulgent behaviour. I rejoined the Tories to further Brexit and left when they resorted to tribal blackmail over a second referendum to win a few seats. The Scottish Unionists are a British party that welcomes people of all religious traditions, always conscious of Britain's Christian heritage.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What is a local issue that you think isn't being addressed that should be?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Jonathan StanleyWikinews waves Right.png)) is it legal to buy modafinil online uk is being failed as are so many district general hospitals where politicians want to centralise services and power to serve big cities where the votes are. Distance matters to emergency care. It's a matter of life and death. I've seen it when people take too long to get to A&E because they don't have a car. For a young mum with children or an elderly couple, a round trip in a taxi of one hour is very expensive night out. Distance punishes those least mobile. It's obvious if you think about it.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) If you're elected, what's one thing you'd like to change about the law?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Jonathan StanleyWikinews waves Right.png)) I worked with my boss safe place to buy modafinil uk MEP [where to buy modafinil uk forum] helping a Catholic family in where to buy modafinil uk 2018 trying to save their child best place to buy modafinil uk from having life support turned off. The hospital went as far as banning the child from being treated elsewhere and spent tens of thousands in court fees to this end. I saw a young doctor, can you buy modafinil in the uk, destroyed by a pernicious GMC [where can you buy modafinil uk] who used members' fees to pursue her to destroy her. So I'm going to support both Alfie's Law and [Hadiza]'s Law:

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The outgoing MP for the seat is buy modafinil united pharmacies — a representative of the pro-independence buy modafinil uk forum — was resigning to run in the Scottish Parliament election, which was to occur on May 6. Gray won the seat with 45.1% of the vote at the buy modafinil us, winning 13.1% more than the second placed candidate Helen McFarlane of the buy modafinil uk 2018 party, who received 32.0% of the votes.

One of the eight candidates running in this constituency is Neil Manson, the Scottish regional chair of the where to buy modafinil singapore (SDP). The SDP website claims Manson has "enjoyed a varied career working across international markets in both the manufacturing industry and energy sector", and Manson joined the SDP in 2019 after reading the party's New Declaration, which outlines the party's principles.

Wikinews spoke to Manson about important issues facing Airdrie and Shotts in this by-election.

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Why did you decide to run in this by-election?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Neil MansonWikinews waves Right.png)) The SDP are seeing a genuine resurgence across the UK, as more and more people become disillusioned with current party politics and look for an alternative party with honest policies at its heart based on our families and communities - no more so than in Scotland. As the Regional Chairman for Scotland I'm a strong advocate for the SDP and also a local, having moved here over 20 years ago and brought up my family in Airdrie.

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A British government press conference on the coronavirus pandemic.
Image: 10 Downing Street.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are your thoughts on how the buy provigil amazon has been handled by Westminster?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Neil MansonWikinews waves Right.png)) To be honest it's been a difficult task to lead the country through the pandemic, and I don't think there's any doubt mistakes have been made by both the Westminster and Holyrood Governments but being overly critical doesn't help. We as a party supported the buy modafinil on amazon, but since then have been sceptical of the ongoing Stop-Go approach which didn't suppress the virus and has only served to undermine peoples liberties, and risked causing a prolonged economic depression and negative impact on society.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What do you think needs to be done to improve transport services in the Airdrie and Shotts constituency?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Neil MansonWikinews waves Right.png)) Our primary policy pledge for transport is to nationalise the cheapest modafinil australia, and in the first instance to assert greater control over bus services, particularly an increase in funding support for regional and rural bus travel.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Do you support the idea of a buy smart drugs uk modafinil?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Neil MansonWikinews waves Right.png)) No. The constitution is a reserved matter and the UK Parliament agreed to a referendum which resulted in the decision of the Scottish people to remain in the the United Kingdom. Any change would need to first be discussed and agreed at Westminster.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Do you think the Conservative government is doing enough to combat modafinil online south africa?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Neil MansonWikinews waves Right.png)) Environmental issues suffer from too much talk and not enough action under the current (and previous) governments. Whilst the SDP will honour and comply with our global environmental obligations, we would look to implement sustainable changes by encouraging behavioral changes within industry and society as a whole.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) The SNP describes themselves as social democratic. Where are some primary areas of difference between your party and theirs?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Neil MansonWikinews waves Right.png)) Firstly, we'd disagree that the SNP are social democrats, they're populists. The SDP are actually social democrats in our every day thinking, beliefs and policies - and not just at election time. We're also patriotic, and believe in a strong Scotland within a strong United Kingdom for the benefit of all its citizens.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Do you agree with your party's policy that an English Parliament should be established?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Neil MansonWikinews waves Right.png)) Yes, I believe this policy can assist in healing many of the divisions we see across the UK, ending the perception of the UK Parliament as an English parliament with buy modafinil sun pharma uk, Wales and Northern Ireland under its rule. This multi-tiered approach dissolves accountability, fosters a culture of apathy and creates a vacuum where parties like the SNP thrive.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What does social democracy mean to you?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Neil MansonWikinews waves Right.png)) The SDP seeks the common good in Britain's national interest. We represent neither capital nor labour, not private industry nor the public sector, but only the welfare of the British people and residents of these islands. We seek a path where all the constituent elements of our society can grow and prosper. We believe in a Social Market Economy where pro-public sector and pro-market policy can beneficially coexist within a balanced programme – provided each inhabits its correct domain, and neither is allowed to distort our country's economy in the service of ideology.

Airdrie Leisure Centre.
Image: Elliott Simpson.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What is a local issue that you think isn't being addressed that should be?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Neil MansonWikinews waves Right.png)) I have concerns over the long term plans for our sports and leisure facilities in our local towns and communities throughout the constituency. Many are potentially at risk due to continuing Scottish Government funding cuts to council budgets and access for people of all ages to these facilities to improve our physical and mental health is vital, even more so now to ensure our recovery from Covid[-19].

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) If you're elected, what's one thing you'd like to change about the law?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Neil MansonWikinews waves Right.png)) I'd support the repeal of the much-maligned SNP Hate Crime and Public Order Act, which threatens to criminalise speech on a range of issues if it is thought to be 'hateful'. We feel the bill is ambiguous and lacks sufficient safeguards, even after a recent campaign found that 87 per cent of Scots hold free speech to be an 'important right'. The Hate Crime Bill also raises issues over the erosion of sex-based rights. Within the SDP Transgender and Biological Sex-based Rights policy, we state that it is our belief that biological sex is real, and pledge to support the use of plain English for discussions of biological sex in health and reproductive care.


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Wikinews interviews Donald Mackay, UKIP candidate for 2021 Airdrie and Shotts by-election in Scotland

Monday, May 10, 2021 

Portrait of Donald Mackay.
Image: buy modafinil uk online.

Voters in the buy modafinil uae buy modafinil uk cheap of buy modafinil usa reddit are to go to the polls on May 13 to elect a replacement member of parliament (MP) to the buy modafinil uk pharmacy buy modafinil using paypal.

The outgoing MP for the seat is buy modafinil united pharmacies — a representative of the pro-independence buy modafinil uk forum — was resigning to run in the Scottish Parliament election, which was to occur on May 6. Gray won the seat with 45.1% of the vote at the buy modafinil us, winning 13.1% more than the second placed candidate Helen McFarlane of the buy modafinil uk 2018 party, who received 32.0% of the votes.

One of the eight candidates running in this constituency is the leader, secretary, and immigration spokesman of United Kingdom Independence Party buy modafinil sun pharma uk (UKIP), Donald Mackay. On their party website, UKIP says since their beginning in 1993, they have campaigned to take Britain out of the European Union, and claim "it was the efforts of UKIP that forced former Prime Minister David Cameron's hand into holding an In/Out Referendum on 23rd June 2016". After party leader Richard Braine's resignation in 2019, Peter Walker, writing for The Guardian, wrote that UKIP was "now polling at less than 1%, having been largely supplanted by [Nigel] Farage's new Brexit Party", now Reform UK. Two polls conducted shortly after the resignation by Panelbase and Deltapoll showed UKIP at 0.499% and 1%, respectively, compared to the Brexit Party at 8% and 11%.

Wikinews spoke to Mackay about key political issues in the electorate.

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Wikinews

Why did you decide to run in this by-election?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Donald MackayWikinews waves Right.png)) UKIP are a mainstream party and should have a candidate in all Westminster elections[.]

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are your thoughts on how the buy provigil amazon has been handled by Westminster?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Donald MackayWikinews waves Right.png)) Been handled very badly. Destroying small businesses through a lockdown is not the answer.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What do you think needs to be done to improve transport services in the Airdrie and Shotts constituency?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Donald MackayWikinews waves Right.png)) No real comment on this[.]

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Do you support the idea of a buy smart drugs uk modafinil?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Donald MackayWikinews waves Right.png)) I am a Unionist. If the people of Scotland wish to be politically independent[,] that is their prerogative[,] but my belief is that Scotland is already to some extent independent (it has[,] after all[,] a so-called government) and I would prefer to see Scotland as an integral part of the United Kingdom.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Do you think the Conservative government is doing enough to combat modafinil online south africa?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Donald MackayWikinews waves Right.png)) I am not interested in climate change, being a sceptic on the matter.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) As the leader of UKIP Scotland, what does your party stand for?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Donald MackayWikinews waves Right.png)) The party stands for:

  • Scrap[ping] Holyrood parliament
  • Total commitment to freedom of speech.
  • No more lockdowns or invasion of individual freedom of movement.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Your party's 2020 manifesto references "Cultural Marxist social engineering of society". Do you stand by that, given that term has been described as an antisemitic conspiracy theory?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Donald MackayWikinews waves Right.png)) Not sure I would use the phrase cultural Marxism but the politicisation of our schools/public sector/police/football teams is something I firmly oppose.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) How does your party distinguish itself from the similarly anti[-]EU Reform Party?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Donald MackayWikinews waves Right.png)) As far as I am aware Reform UK do not propose the abolition of the Scottish parliament.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What is a local issue that you think isn't being addressed that should be?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Donald MackayWikinews waves Right.png)) Local sensible investment to make Airdrie a more attractive town to live/work in.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) If you're elected, what's one thing you'd like to change about the law?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Donald MackayWikinews waves Right.png)) Primarily to remove any restraint on the freedom of speech/thought.


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Arizona bans abortion for genetic abnormalities

Friday, April 30, 2021 

On Tuesday, the Governor of the buy modafinil amsterdam state of Arizona Doug Ducey signed into law a bill banning abortion if sought solely because of a foetus' genetic abnormality.

Senate Bill 1457, which stalled twice for criticism by opponents of abortion, passed both chambers of the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature last week in a party-line vote, amended twice along the way to alleviate concerns by two hesitant Republicans.

The bill makes it a Class 6 felony, the least severe, to seek or perform an abortion "because of a genetic abnormality of the child", defined as "the presence or presumed presence of an abnormal gene expression in an unborn child", but not a "severe fetal abnormality" considered "incompatible with life." Intimidating someone to get an abortion and soliciting or accepting monies to finance an abortion for this purpose has been made a Class 3 felony.

Pro-abortion rights Rally for Reproductive Rights in Chicago, Illinois on May 23, 2019.
Image: Charles Edward Miller.

The bill also allows the unborn child's father or, in case the mother is under 18, a maternal grandparent to sue, as well as including the applicability of state law to "an unborn child at every stage of development", which Senator Kirsten Engel and Representative Melody Hernandez wrote in a submitted minority report "would open up the potential for prosecutors to charge persons including the pregnant individual whose conduct results in a woman having a miscarriage with murder, manslaughter or child endangerment."

Other provisions of the bill includes a prohibition on the distribution "via courier, delivery or mail service" of abortion-inducing drugs, a ban on any public educational institution from performing or aiding non-life saving abortion, a ban on the use of public or tax monies paid by the state or students for university research involving foetal remains or somatic cell nuclear transfer, or any state money towards organisations providing abortion care, and requiring all foetal remains to be buried or cremated.

KYMA-DT reported Ducey is an anti-abortion rights governor who ran on the Republican ballot and has never vetoed anti-abortion legislation. In a statement, Duckey said, "[t]here's immeasurable value in every single life — regardless of genetic makeup [...] We will continue to prioritize protecting life in our preborn children, and this legislation goes a long way in protecting real human lives." The news release, originally published on his website also read, "[w]ith this legislation, Arizona remains among the top pro-life states in the nation."

Senator Nancy Barto said, according to the release "[w]e need to protect our most vulnerable, especially those with treatable genetic conditions [...] They are loved, integral members of our community that make Arizona whole". Cathi Herrod, president of Center for Arizona Policy said in her own news release, according to the Associated Press "[t]oday, Arizonans win."

Representative Diego Espinoza wrote in a tweet, "I'm disappointed to see Arizona moving in this direction, ignoring the needs and desires of doctors, women, and families for an extreme political agenda." Representative and House Democratic Leader Reginald Bolding wrote in a statement "it's disturbing and wrong that the legislature is not focusing on policies to help [women], and instead is stripping away the fundamental freedom to choose if, when, and how to start or grow a family."

In a letter shared to a Facebook post, the union United Campus Workers at Arizona State University urged last Saturday to the Arizona Board of Regents, university president Michael M. Crow and University of Arizona president Robert D. Robbins to "immediately speak out against SB 1457", calling it "a blatant attack on reproductive freedom".


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US President Biden recognises Armenian killing as 'genocide'

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 

On Saturday, the buy modafinil amsterdam president Joe Biden recognised the killing and deportation of ethnic Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, the predecessor to modern day Turkey during World War One as a 'genocide', becoming the first US president to do so.

In a statement on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, Biden said "[t]he American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today [...] We remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring." He also said, "we remember so that we remain ever-vigilant against the corrosive influence of hate in all its forms."

When running for last year's US presidential election, Biden promised in a tweet to "support a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide". He also previously supported a 2019 resolution in the United States House of Representatives that recognised the 'genocide' as such. Another resolution passed by the United States Senate April 9, 2019 promised "to commemorate the Armenian Genocide through official recognition and remembrance" and "reject efforts" to "associate the United States Government with denial of the Armenian Genocide".

While Ronald Reagan referred in passing to the "Armenian genocide" in 1981, no US president has done so since. Biden's predecessor Donald Trump called it "one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century". Turkey does not recognise the killings as a 'genocide'.

Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said in a tweet "[t]he US has once again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to protecting human rights and universal values", and in a letter his thanks for Biden's "principled position" as "a powerful step on the way to acknowledging the truth". Director of the Armenian National Committee of America Aram Hamparian called Biden's recognition "profoundly meaningful for our families".

The Turkish Foreign Ministry rejected Biden's terminology, saying in a statement they "reject and denounce in the strongest terms the statement of the President of the US regarding the events of 1915 made under the pressure of radical Armenian circles and anti-Turkey groups". Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu tweeted "[w]ords cannot change or rewrite history. We have nothing to learn from anybody on our own past."

An anonymous source informed the AP, in a phone call on Friday, Biden told Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan he was planning on releasing the statement; the US President's Executive Office confirmed plans of US and Turkey to find "effective management of disagreements" and, according to NBC News, a "constructive bilateral relationship".


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Irish Finance Minister Donohoe criticises OECD's global minimum corporate tax rate

Friday, April 23, 2021 

On Tuesday, Finance Minister of Ireland Paschal Donohoe criticised talks co-ordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for a global minimum corporate tax rate, arguing smaller countries like Ireland "need to be able to use tax policy as a legitimate lever to compensate for the real, material and persistent advantage enjoyed by larger countries".

Speaking to virtual attendees at a virtual seminar about international tax, Donohoe said any deal must "accommodate Ireland's 12.5% rate". This 12.5% rate benefits large corporations including Apple, Google and Facebook which account for one in eight jobs in the country. According to CNBC, corporate tax receipts in Ireland totalled 11.8 billion in 2020, and the Department of Finance has projected, according to The Irish Times that figure increase from €11.6 billion in 2021 to €12.5 billion by 2025.

Donohoe also said Ireland's low taxes serve as an incentive to attract jobs and investment, saying while he supported an agreement with "appropriate and acceptable tax competition", it must be lower than the 21% proposed by the United States.

Donohoe said nations should recognise the low tax rates present in Ireland and other small countries, citing "advantages of scale, location, resources, industrial heritage" present in larger ones. Defending his own long-established rate, Donohoe said a 12.5% rate is "within the ambit of healthy tax competition" as a rate which "stimulate[s] investment, growth and innovation, which are core to Ireland's industrial policy". According to The Guardian, current proposals would shrink Ireland's corporate tax base by 20%; and tax receipts to be €2 billon lower than it would otherwise be in 2025, per Irish Department of Finance.

Brian Keegan, the director of public policy at Chartered Accountants Ireland said it was "not tax change, it's political change". Head of tax for the OECD Pascal Saint-Amans said "there is a new dynamic that is likely to bring us to a resolution", and the US' willingness to address expressed concerns simplifies an admittedly-complex blueprint.

A spokesperson for the Irish Department of Finance told CNBC on Monday "political level discussions on these issues have not yet taken place".

The Guardian reported many companies in Ireland pay less on revenues as compared to other countries; with Apple paying as little as 0.005% in 2014. A European Commission ruling in 2016 ordered Apple to pay €13 billion it owed back taxes to the Government of Ireland ; it was struck down in July on the grounds "[t]he commission did not succeed in showing to the requisite legal standard that there was an advantage."


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European Union to reduce carbon emissions by 55% of 1990 levels by 2030

Friday, April 23, 2021 

The September 25, 2020 Global Climate Strike in Aachen, Germany.
Image: Bluecloud9.

On Wednesday, the European Union (EU) set a new goal to cut carbon emissions by at least 55% from 1990 levels by 2030 and reach zero net emissions by 2050, increasing the reduction target set in 2014, which was 40% by 2030 and 80-95% by 2050.

The EU Climate Law, agreed after 14 hours of negotiations includes the establishment of a 15-member independent body to advise on proposed climate policies and increased investment in "carbon sinks". According to members of the European Parliament (MEP) those will ensure 57% net reduction target is in place. This claim has been disputed by senior policy officer for climate and energy at the European Environmental Bureau Barbara Mariani, who says the measures equal a 52.8% cut in actual emissions.

A September 2020 press release by the European Commission (EC) promised "[f]ollowing broad public consultation and thorough impact assessments, the Commission will come forward with the corresponding legislative proposals by June 2021", including, according to the BBC News a limit on CO2 removal that counts toward the target, encouraging member states to actually reduce carbon emissions instead of merely removing them. "Adopting the new target in time would allow the EU to communicate its higher ambition to international partners well ahead of the 2021 UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow and set the bar for others to follow", the press release read.

This decision means the EU is to spend at least 30% of its 1.8 trillion long-term budget on the concerns related to the climate. Poland has adopted its own climate strategy. According to Reuters, Poland is the only EU member state to refuse a pledge to climate neutrality, instead aiming to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030. The country relies on coal for 80% of its electricity, but will move towards renewable energy and its first nuclear power plant, Reuters reported.

The EC president Ursula von der Leyen said the decision leads "the EU on a green path for a generation". Criticising this decision, MEP Michael Bloss said, "[w]e fought hard but achieved little", as well as saying the law was a "big disappointment." Director of Climate Action Network Europe Wendel Trio said "[t]he 'at least 55% emission reduction target for 2030' is not in line with the Paris Agreement's ambition to limit temperature rise to 1.5C by the end of the century", adding the law was "rushed" and "not the kind of climate law that will help the EU to lead the global efforts to tackle climate change".

MEP and chair of the European Parliament's environmental committee Pascal Canfin said "it was not possible" to convince the member states "to change the wording 'at least 55 net'", and while "parliament was obviously ready to go even further", he said "the compromise found is ambitious: we are going to do two and a half times more in nine years than what we have done in the last 10 years in Europe."

According to The Guardian under current measures the EU is expected to reduce emissions by 46% by 2030. The EC's press release said between 1990 and 2019, green house gas emissions fell by a quarter.

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Wikinews discusses DRM and DMCA with Richard Stallman after GitHub re-enables public access to youtube-dl

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 

Screenshot showing how youtube-dl is used to download a YouTube video in the public domain.
Image: user:acagastya.

On November 16, code-sharing and hosting service GitHub re-enabled the public access to youtube-dl repository, a software which can download videos from the internet via the command-line. This move comes after Mitchell Stoltz, a Senior Staff Attorney of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), sent a letter to GitHub on the behalf of youtube-dl's maintainers. The repository was previously blocked on October 23, after GitHub received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take-down notice from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Started in July 2008, youtube-dl is a free/libré open source software written in Python which can download videos from various websites. Citing alleged violation of 17 U.S. Code § 1201 Circumvention of copyright protection systems, RIAA's takedown notice had alleged youtube-dl was intended to circumvent the technological protection measures of streaming services and to redistribute music videos without authorisation. youtube-dl's source code had a number of unit tests to check if the software works in different circumstances or not. Some of the test cases included URLs of some copyrighted songs.

Portrait of Mitch Stoltz, EFF's atorney who countered the DMCA Claim.
Image: Electronic Frontier Foundation.

In the letter to GitHub, EFF's attorney Stoltz said "This file contains series of automated tests that verify the functionality of youtube-dl for streaming various types of video. The youtube-dl source code does not, of course, contain copies of these songs or any others [...] the unit tests do not cause a permanent download or distribution of the songs they reference; they merely stream a few seconds of each song to verify the operation of youtube-dl. Streaming a small portion of a song in a non-permanent fashion to test the operation of an independently created software program is a fair use." The letter stressed "youtube-dl does not decrypt video streams that are encrypted with commercial DRM technologies".

The URLs to copyrighted songs were removed from the source code on November 16, and replaced with a test video that uploaded on YouTube by Philipp Hagemeister, former maintainer of youtube-dl. Philipp Hagemeister had previously spoken about the takedown with Wikinews.

youtube-dl comes with a small JavaScript interpreter where it acts as a web-browser would behave while receiving video data from the server. The script has "extractors" for various websites to handle videos from different sources. "Any software capable of running JavaScript code can derive the URL of the video stream and access the stream, regardless of whether the software has been approved by YouTube", the letter read. It borrowed an analogy of Doors of Durin from J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings for explanation: travelers come upon a door that has writing in a foreign language. When translated, the writing says "say 'friend' and enter." The travelers say "friend" and the door opens. As with the writing on that door, YouTube presents instructions on accessing video streams to everyone who comes asking for it.

Hours after the public access was restored, Sergey M, one of the maintainers of youtube-dl wrote on GitHub, "We would like to thank @github for standing up for youtube-dl and making it possible to continue development without dropping any features. We appreciate [GitHub] for taking potential legal risks in this regard. We would also like to thank [EFF] and personally [Mitch Stoltz] for invaluable legal help. We would also like to heartily thank our main website hoster Uberspace who is currently being sued in Germany for hosting our essentially business card website and who have already spent thousands of Euros in their legal defense."

Hours after GitHub restored the public access to the repository, Stoltz tweeted "I think of youtube-dl as a successor to the videocassette recorder. The VCR empowered people to take control of their personal use of free-to-air video, but it had to be saved from the copyright cartel. The same goes for youtube-dl. GitHub did the right thing here."

Why Can't You Download Videos on YouTube? How a 20-Year-Old Law Stops youtube-dl Users AND Farmers
Image: Electronic Frontier Foundation.

youtube-dl is used by thousands of people around the world. Multiple Creative Commons-licensed and public domain videos on Wikimedia Commons are uploaded via a tool called video2commons, which relies on youtube-dl to download media. youtube-dl also lets users download videos from LiveLeak — a video-sharing platform for citizen journalism. Videos downloaded using youtube-dl are also used for the purpose of fair use, or for evidence.

When a copyright holder chooses to release their work, be it a photograph, a video, or audio, under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license, they allow everyone to freely own, share or modify the work as long as the reusers properly attribute the author of the work. YouTube also hosts many audio and video recordings in the public domain which can be used for any purpose without any restrictions.

In the blog post announcing "youtube-dl is back", GitHub said, "Although we did initially take the project down, we understand that just because code can be used to access copyrighted works doesn't mean it can't also be used to access works in non-infringing ways. We also understood that this project's code has many legitimate purposes, including changing playback speeds for accessibility, preserving evidence in the fight for human rights, aiding journalists in fact-checking, and downloading Creative Commons-licensed or public domain videos."

GitHub also announced any new 1201 takedown notices will be "carefully scrutinised by legal experts" to reject "unwarranted claims", and said it will side with software developers if the claims are ambiguous. The announcement also mentioned GitHub Trust and Safety team would treat developer's tickets as a "top priority". GitHub also pledged donation of USD 1 million for developer defense fund "to help protect open source developers on GitHub from unwarranted DMCA Section 1201 takedown claims".

GitHub had blocked public access to many forks of youtube-dl upon receiving the DMCA notice in October. At that time, Wikinews noted public access was not yet restored for the forked repositories listed in RIAA's copyright notice and was still displays "Repository unavailable due to DMCA takedown".

During the period when GitHub had disabled public access for the repository, Sergey M had been developing youtube-dl and hosting it on GitLab, another code-sharing and hosting site. However, since GitHub has restored public access of youtube-dl, Sergey M has made the GitLab repository private.

After this, Wikinews reached out to Richard Stallman, the founder of Free Software Foundation, who has been highly critical of DRM (digital rights management, the subject of the DMCA) for many years now, to discuss the harms of DRM and DMCA 1201.

Interview with Richard Stallman about the harms of DRM and DMCA 1201[edit]

Portrait of Richard Stallman.
Image: Bill Ebbesen.
Wikinews

What is DRM and whose rights [is] the DRM trying to protect?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, DRM as I consider it, stands for digital restrictions management. It stands for system functionalities designed to restrict users in their use of copies of works. It's an injustice. It is a system of giving, generally, the more powerful additional power over everyone else. They [who implement DRM] like to say that this is a matter of protecting rights, but it's really a matter of protecting power. That power is an injustice and it should not exist.

Interview with Stallman about the harms of DRM and DMCA 1201.
Image: acagastya.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What do you think of the Recording Industries Association of America's DMCA take down notice against youtube-dl?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Oh. Well it was, as I understand it, it was entirely a distortion of the law. And the Electronic Frontier Foundation explained why that was so. And I believe that's why GitHub put it back up again. But I'm more concerned with the morality of it than the legality of it. And basically it was a system of oppression. But that's what the DMCA was mainly there to achieve: Make it easier to repress.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Why was the DMCA introduced?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Well of course I don't know the motives. I can only try to guess. But in general, the bad things in the DMCA give more power to publishing companies and secondarily occasionally to authors and artists to stop people from sharing. Now that was visible here it was to stop people from sharing youtube-dl. But the DRM portions of the DMCA were designed to stop people from breaking the digital handcuffs that companies place on them.

So before 1998, companies tried implementing DRM and people who didn't like being handcuffed by DRM implemented ways to break the handcuffs. The DRM[...] the DMCA made that much more difficult and it's been followed by hardware designed to restrict the people who use it — the people who supposedly buy it — are forbidden to change the parts of it that are designed to restrict them.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Is the existence of DRM necessary for the DMCA to serve its purpose?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, if the purpose is to repress, then yes, the DMCA; a part of the DMCA: because the DMCA says many different things. So there are two parts of the DMCA that are pertinent here. There's the part that sets up the takedown system and then there's a part about DRM and forbidding the distribution of any equipment to break DRM. So you you better say which one you mean because there's so much else in the DMCA.

The large goal of the DMCA is basically to stop people from sharing. And both of those parts of the DMCA serve the purpose of stopping people from sharing. I believe sharing copies of published works should be lawful and any law designed to stop that — any law against that — is an attack on society.

So if the goal is to to divide people and stop them from sharing, well DRM certainly contributes to that goal.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Is the DRM really harmful for an independent society — a society which is not controlled by a select few companies.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Oh, well DRM tends to increase the control of certain areas of society by companies, and especially large companies. You see, a truly effective DRM scheme typically involves getting everyone to follow the same standard to restrict people so there are no exceptions. They need something like a monopoly. If there were effective competition — competition between systems and practices that are diverse — then people would find ways to get copies without DRM. But what happens instead is a DRM conspiracy is set up whereby all the publishers start using — although they're supposedly competing and may in fact be competing in some other sense — in regard to their use of DRM, they're all the same. So just about everyone publishing recorded videos at one point switched to DVDs. The DVDs were designed to have DRM. It's all the same DRM system. And they were all basically the same player system.

And it means that basically competition does people no good. You can't find a publisher that's publishing the same things but without DRM: they're all restricting you the same. So if you are completely firm in your hatred of DRM like me you say well I just won't buy any such thing. But if you're not so firm you'll probably surrender and go along with the restrictions of the system that they've switched to, which at that time meant DVDs. And then, because people had found ways to break the DRM of DVDs, another sort of monopolistic system for DRM was designed and that was Blu-ray discs. And you'll notice that all sorts of video publishing companies started publishing on Blu-ray discs. Well that was one single technical standard with the same DRM. And they all used the same DRM implementing disc players for Blu-ray discs. So they have a chance of success when they avoid competition. If there were enough competition, some publishers might start saying, "Hey we'll publish without the DRM." My understanding is, you can't write a Blu-ray disc that doesn't have DRM. I've been told you can't make and sell Blu-ray discs that anyone can copy. That was one example of a change for the worst compared with DVDs. You can write DVDs that don't implement the DRM.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are some of the ways DRM mistreats the users without them actually knowing about it?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, when DRM mistreats you, you'll notice. You know, if you can't copy the contents into a file on your disk you'll notice. So there are many malicious things that programs can do to users without users knowing for instance spying on users. It could have a back-door. And unless you notice the use of the back door, you can't tell. But DRM is one thing that you can tell.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) How according to you should the laws concerning intellectual property should be applied?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) I'm afraid that question is fundamentally confused by use of the vague over-generalisation "intellectual property". Are you talking about patent laws?

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) No, I'm talking law specifically for Intellectual Property Protection.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Sorry, you don't understand. The term "intellectual property" is applied to many different kinds of laws. For instance, patent laws. When you ask that question whether you know it or not, you're asking about patent laws. That term is also commonly applied to trade secrecy. So whether you know it or not, your question is asking about trade secret law. And it's also applied to trademarks, which really just you know those are just names. And the trademark law just says what that you can register a trademark and then other people can't call their products by that name. So whether you knew it or not your question was asking about those laws too. There are also plant variety monopolies, which are not the same as patents, and you were asking about those laws too. And there is also copyright law. So whether you knew it or not, you were asking about copyright law. And there are others I don't even know what all of them are. Because there's so many and they're all different. And you were asking about all of those laws at once because you said "intellectual property".

I recognised about 20 years ago that that term "intellectual property" reliably causes confusion because it asks about so many different laws at once and these laws are totally different; they apply to different areas; they have different purposes. They're designed to achieve different things but that term "intellectual property" treats them as if they were all minor variations of the same thing and they're not.

So every time you use that term, you're causing yourself to be confused and other people who think your question or statement is meaningful will get confused too. So I decided to reject that term completely because I want people to understand the differences between these various laws and they can't understand that until they realize that these laws are different.

Can you try to make your question specific enough that I could answer it?

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) There are a lot of complaints which try to hide behind these IP laws in order to protect the software.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) They hide behind the term "intellectual property" to prevent it from becoming clear which law they're talking about and what the issue is in the case. But actually to speak of "protecting software" there's another sneaky point there. What does it mean to "protect software"? Prevent it from being destroyed? Prevent it from being erased? Protect normally means — to something means — to stop it from being destroyed or damaged or ruined. So for instance, if somebody threatens to break a DVD, well a DVD of software, and you "stopped" the person from destroying the disk, that would be protecting software, right? That's protecting software by the usual meaning of the word "protect".

When in that kind of question when they say protect, it's bogus. So I would say to them "What do you mean by that? What exactly is the thing you're trying to stop?" I would refuse to take up the intentionally confusing terminology like protect software. I would insist on getting a concrete description of what you're trying to do. And then I could give a concrete response do you want to give a concrete description? Of course you're quoting the others, you're not saying that this is your goal. You're talking about others who say that this is their goal. And if they're speaking gobbledygook, well you can't tell what they really mean. I'm saying that when they use that terminology they are basically confusing people.

It's gobbledygook. It's not a real question. And I would refuse to try to engage with their gobbledygook. I talk about concrete questions that I can describe like should anyone be able to stop you from making a copy of something. And if you want we can make it more concrete than that but you'll have to say which concrete case you mean. The point is I don't believe that anyone should have the power to stop you from making a copy to give to your friend or to somebody you just met. And if somebody wants to try to argue for that we should give that power, well the onus is on per to demonstrate why person should have that power.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) A person who paid for a tool owns it and is used to modify as they wish, for example you do not like the color of your chair, paint it if your car's tire is flat, change it or ask a mechanic to help you with that, except for cases where there is a computer and usually a software involved.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Yeah. Well I think you should have the same freedom to change the software. And that relates to the issue of free mukt or swatantra software. I have fought for free software because I believe all users who are running programs should have the freedom to change those programs or get someone else to help change them. And that's why I've developed free programs and released them to give other people that freedom. And that's why I refuse to run non-free programs because they subjugate their users by stopping the users from changing those programs. It means that the users don't have control of their own computing. I consider that unacceptable so I don't accept it. I simply say I won't use that non-free software, take it away.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) But why is computer software treated differently than other tools? For example, if we take case of John Deere tractors.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Oh well, morally, it shouldn't be. Morally, all software should be free. Users should always get the source code and they should be able to change it and publish modified versions so that others can get the benefit of their changes.

Now, I can tell you practically speaking why it is not treated the same way. It's because software was treated as a kind of written work. Written works were covered by copyright law. They generally were not tools of any sort, you looked at them. You didn't pick up a written work and turn something with it. Right it's not a tool in the same sense as a screwdriver is. And physical structures were treated legally different from collections of text which is what a program is. And so carrying forward those two existing practices, they ended up saying that programs were copyrighted and at this point the lobbying of the companies, some of which were already large in the 1980s, was enough to cause copyright law in the US to be interpreted in rather strange ways for software. For instance, companies started saying: this program is copyrighted and it's a trade secret. Now it used to be that copyright applied to published works and anything that's a secret is not published. If it were published it wouldn't be a secret anymore. But the companies lobbied and they were allowed to have it both ways. They could say the source code is a secret and the compiled executable is published. And so they could have the benefit of copyright law and trade secret law for the same work at the same time.

Now, if the people writing the laws had been thinking based on what is in the public interest, they might have said that's absurd but they were thinking about "how can I please these companies that will give me a job later. You know, once I'm not in office anymore, I want to get paid by companies". So they did things to please the companies which probably told them, "We'll have work for you later". That system is known as the revolving door between business and government and it's fundamentally a form of corruption, even though it's not necessarily illegal. But morally speaking it's corruption.

So what we ended up with, well, so we ended up with software that was copyrighted and the source code was secret and thus the company had two ways to restrict the users of that program. One was they couldn't get the source code so they couldn't change it really except by patching the binary and that's hard to do: it's hard to make a very big change by patching the binary. And at the same time it was copyrighted so they were forbidden to redistribute it. And if they so if they managed to patch the binary they were not allowed to share that with anybody else. And so the users were helplessly under the power of that company. That was the situation in the early 80s which led me to develop free software and start the free software movement. And meanwhile non-free software led to DRM. You see, in order for a program that's intended to restrict users to succeed in restricting users, it has to be secret. Or else there has to be something that stops the users from changing it, and stops them in some other way. Because, you know, if someone puts some shackles on you and you can then change the shape of the shackles so you can take them off your feet, they're not really effective shackles, are they?

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) You see this is rather odd that a car manufacturer never stops the users from opening the bonnet and expect what is underneath or even change it.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Well yes, actually with software they do exactly that. And that's basically what John Deere is doing with the tractors. Because now there are computers in the car or the tractor and the computers are running software. The software is an important part of the car or the tractor and that's what the supposed owner can't change. So when you see that, you get to see the evil of non-free software and I don't think they should be allowed to sell cars with non-free software in them. I think that they should be required to make the software free so users can change the programs.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What changes to the current system do you propose?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, that's rather complicated. [T]he changes I propose in laws and the system of distributing for the legal system for publication. Basically I think all software should be free. Free as is in freedom of course. I don't mind if you charge money for a copy but the software that you distribute should always respect users freedom. However, I am against making it a crime to distribute a non-free program, simply because criminalising such things tends to fail to achieve its goal. I mean, look at for instance dangerous drugs, that it's a crime to sell but people just break those laws massively and meanwhile in the US hundreds of thousands of people, maybe more than a million are in prison for breaking those laws and yet people are still doing it in tremendous quantities. So that's the only reason I wouldn't want to make it a crime to distribute non-free software. But it shouldn't happen. For other kinds of works, however, we have to look at copyright and I would say that works that are meant to serve a practical purpose, such as textbooks, for instance, or reference works, they should all be free as in freedom also. However, for other kinds of works, such as artistic works and works of testimony, it's okay for those works to be copyrighted. But people should at least be allowed to non-commercially redistribute exact copies. So you should be allowed to be a good member of your community, which includes among other things making copies and sharing them.

Now, if you have a copy of something and your friend says, "hey could I have a copy of that?", of course you will want to share a copy that's the friendly thing to do.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What do you think of DRM actively trying to stop the right to repair?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, the right to repair is basically a small part of the freedom that free software gives. So of course I support the right to repair and anything that works against it is wrong. But I would go much further in the right to repair. I would say the software in your car, your tractor or your radio or whatever it might be should be free software. And that basically, that provides the right to repair because it means that the users of the product can study how it works and they can extract the knowledge needed to do the repairs and share that knowledge, you know write it down, publish it and that way all the users of the product will be able to repair it.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What do you think of the companies today leasing their products or services as per the EULA and abusing DMCA and DRM to prevent the consumers from having control of the things they own?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) [L]easing a product; if a company leases a product to you then you don't own it, however I would say that if you have the possession of the product for the long term, that's enough reason why the software in it should be free. So you should be free to change that software. Of course, maybe someday you terminate the lease and you return the product and they probably will restore the standard software inside it before they lease it to someone else.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) When I say product/services I meant the so-called software-as-a-service.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Oh, software-as-a-service — it's too vague a term to mean anything. It's of interest perhaps to businesses for thinking about their strategies, but in terms of how they're treating customers it's too vague, it doesn't mean anything.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) I could call it service-as-a-software-substitute.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Oh that's different, you see, though. That is a much more specific term. It doesn't cover as many different cases and that's why I use it because it's more specific, it's narrow enough that I can say something coherent about it. I can't really say anything about "software-as-a-service" because it's too broad, it's too varied. Service-as-a-software-substitute I can say something about because it is less varied. It means that the service consists of running a certain program for you. And my response is don't let someone else run it for you, run it yourself. If it's a free program and you run it yourself, you have control over it and that's the way it should be. If it's a free program, but you pay someone else to run it for you, then you don't really get control over what that program is doing, because it's running in a someone else's computer.

Of course, if it's a non-free program then even if you run it yourself you don't really have control. You don't have control over what it does, but you have more control if you were running it than if someone else is running it.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) So what do you mean when you say you own a copy of a software?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, with free software, when you get a copy, you own it the same way you could own a chair. You buy a chair you own it. With a free software you buy a copy you own it. But with, say consider, for instance, some software package you might think that you're buying a copy, but the company will say you don't own it, you just have a license to run it under limited terms. Well I think that is mistreatment of the public. That's part of the reason why I won't ever use that software.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) [T]alking about software, what are the set of rights an owner of a software must have?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) What do you mean by owner of a program? Do you mean the developer, do you mean a user?

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Anybody who bought the software.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Okay, so first of all, well, I would say since we're talking about the user of a program, that software should be free. And that means that the user, any user, gets the four essential freedoms: Freedom zero is the freedom to run the program however you wish for whatever purpose you have in mind. Freedom one is the freedom to study the source code of that program so they've got to give you the source and then change it so it functions the way you wish. Freedom two is the freedom to make exact copies and then give or sell them to others and freedom 3 is the freedom to make copies of your modified versions and give or sell them to others.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) You talk about reselling. Now it is completely okay if I had to resell a vehicle. But in case, if it came with a software, let's take example of Tesla.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Oh well please be careful. You're using the term resell which is not a term I used. What I said is the freedom to make copies and then give the or sell those copies to others. Now that's not reselling in the usual sense of that word. Because what I'm talking about involves making more copies. With a free program, you have the right to copy it and give or sell the copies. You also have with a free program you have the right to change the code and then copy that and give or sell copies.

So this is a rather firm stand. It's not the same thing as you bought a car and you sell the same car to somebody else.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Should that right also be protected for the free software. If I get a copy of the software, should I be allowed to give that copy to someone else permanently? Let's say I bought it on a DVD and I would give that DVD to someone else, me not having the copy at all.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, that I expect is lawful nowadays although there are some that will try to make you sign a contract and won't let users get copies without that. And that is an additional level of oppression. But I'm going far beyond that. I'm not just saying you should be allowed to resell the same copy. I'm saying you should have the freedom to copy it to, make more copies.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) So while we are speaking about selling the exact the copy itself now consider this the Amazon Kindle. It comes with the account tied to the Amazon account. If I were to give it to someone else the books would not transfer.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, that's one of the injustices of DRM. This is one of the reasons I would never use an Amazon eBook, and I never have. No company should know what books you have. No company should be able to stop you from giving those books or selling those books to someone else. And if the book is digital, that means it is possible to copy it so no company should be able to stop you from non-commercially copying and redistributing those books. If you have a book and I would like a copy of it and you wish to copy it, you should be allowed to copy it for me. You shouldn't have to, but if you feel like to, you know it might be a lot of trouble and you'd say "I'm sorry, I'm too busy", but if you want to do it and suppose it's easy, then you should be allowed to do it. So I'm not just against the specific method, which is DRM, I'm against the goal that [it] is ostensibly meant to achieve — that goal shouldn't be achieved by anything. People should be free to share.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Why do you think the EULA exists?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard SanskritWikinews waves Right.png)) Oh, well you mean why do companies impose EULAs on programs. Well they want to restrict people. They're trying to subjugate users. They have many ways of doing that. I have never agreed to any EULA.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) You know the analogy that I prefer for DRM is think of a car that you just purchased. The seller tells you that 'if it breaks down, come bring it to me and I'll fix it for you'. One day you realise that it's not working. Turns out the exhaust pipe has some blockage in it and if you try to fix that now the seller tells you, "just because you did that now not only I'm not going to fix if the car breaks down I won't even let others fix it for you".

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) I would say I don't think they are similar. They're not really analogous. I would say that restriction on a car is comparable to the restrictions on proprietary software regardless of DRM. You know any non-free program because typically it's impossible for you to fix it because they don't give you the source code. Even if you are an authorised user, you can't have the source code for most non-free programs. The source code's not released at all. So you can't fix it yourself. Now these various situations they're related but they're not closely analogous. They're not the same thing going on in these different fields. They're often somewhat different and both evil but not in exactly the same way.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) How has the software distribution changed over the decade specifically in the rights that the users had?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, non-free software started to exist in the 1960s at least maybe in the 1950s. But in the 1970s free software almost ceased to exist — all the software with small exceptions was proprietary, non-free. And it was in the 1980s that I launched the attempt to re-establish free software and to liberate users.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are the problems with the DMCA 1201 which is circumvention of copyright protection [measures]?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Well that basically the worst part of that is the complete prohibition on distributing things that — tools that can break DRM. So for instance, anything that could access the video on a DVD or a BluRay disc is forbidden unless some company gives permission for it. I'm not sure which company is allowed to give permission for it. But basically you can't get permission for that so it has to be an underground device, one that is circulated without permission — a forbidden tool.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are the modifications that you would propose for the DMCA laws regarding anti-circumvention?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) I would eliminate them entirely. I might make — I might go further, yeah, I would go further and say that making or selling or leasing or importing what is it making, importing, selling, or leasing any product with DRM is a crime.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Is the Free Software Foundation, SF Conservancy and the Electronic Frontier Foundation aware of and working with any senator to sponsor a bill [for these changes]?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) I don't know what those other organisations are doing. I don't think the Free Software Foundation has contacts so high in government. You know, opposition to anti-circumvention existed around 20 years ago but it mostly got crushed what happens is most people will not continue to oppose the law once it has existed for some number of years. It's too easy for people to say "well we lost that one, now what battle are we gonna fight?" But people like me, we never give up.

DRM is evil and since I will never accept a copy of anything with the DRM, I have to fight against DRM.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are some of the ways a digital publisher can sell copyrighted works...?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) The words you are using, I will not accept. I'm not going to answer that question because to do it I would have to accept the concept of piracy and the concept of protected and I will not. I refuse to use them. When people, when they say piracy what they mean is sharing. It's a smear term to insult people who share. I will not smear sharing. I think sharing is good and stopping people from sharing is evil. Now I when they say protected, what they really mean is restricting. And I think that's bad. However I am in favor of supporting artists better. The existing system changes so as to support artists less and less. Now this has become a scandal in the field of music as the streaming disservices pay musicians so little when streaming their music that the musicians are basically going broke. What this shows by the way is the hypocrisy of the copyright system which ostensibly exists to support the artists. But in fact it supports businesses that screw the artists.

Well, instead of trying to fix that system I say let's replace it and in the article in the page I told you about — copyright versus community, I propose two different two alternative systems to support artists. So take a look at it.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) How should artists and publishers who sell their art (music, artwork, literature) in a digital form sell it without imposing DRM, without worrying about one individual paying for it, an redistributing it to a larger audience, non-commercially?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) You must accept that people will do this, because it would be wrong to try to stop them.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) How do you think the browsers are affected by implemented by w3c allowing EMEs [Encrypted Media Extensions] to exist?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) You mean allowing DRM in browser? Well, basically what that means is free browsers cannot support the entire web standards. The DRM is something that only non-free browsers can do. So you have to decide do you want freedom or do you want to surrender to DRM and access the DRM covered works. For me the choice is clear. I won't accept a copy of a DRM infected work. But the danger is that is will we be able to keep free browsers going at all.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) I believe in the announcements Mozilla mentioned how they had to choose between either supporting DRM or otherwise giving up on their[...]

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Yeah, well that's basically that's how these schemes are set up. Most users don't understand freedom. They have superficial short-term desires. They want to get copies. So if a conspiracy of publishers — and that's effectively what it was all, people don't like to think of it that way — if a conspiracy of publishers says "we're all going to publish using this scheme to restrict you, so if you want to get anything from of the kind of work that we publish DRM will be your only way", people will say all right we'll accept the DRM. And then they push browser developers like Firefox and stores and so on into handling the DRM subjugated tools and products except for people like me who say, "No thanks, I don't want any of those at all ever".

Logo of GNU General Public License v3. GPLv3 was released in 2007 and has stance against patents and forbids "circumvention of technological measures".
Image: Free Software Foundation.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Was the [GNU] GPLv3 rather too late to prevent [damages of DRM]?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) I'm afraid so. I'm afraid so. Although of course, we don't know what would have happened if history had been different. You can only speculate about that.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Is there any scenario where DRM is morally justifiable?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) Not that I can imagine. The users should be, first of all DRM means non-free software designed to stop people from doing things with copies of published works. I don't think users should be stopped from copying and changing and sharing published works. For art, they don't have to. I don't think users have to be permitted to distribute modified versions. But they must be permitted to non-commercially share copies and DRM always prohibits that.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Are you aware of snaps and flatpaks that are used to install applications [on GNU/Linux]?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) I've heard of it and I know that they can be used to install non-free software which of course it's foolish to do. You shouldn't trust a non-free program. But yes you can install non-free software. That has always been true and the reason is with free software ultimately you can do whatever you want. There's no way to stop you. So a free operating system always permits you to install non-free programs.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) The applications, which would otherwise be available in the distribution repository. Now, the software developers are just moving towards...

Wikinews waves Left.png((Richard StallmanWikinews waves Right.png)) That's a bad thing. That's a bad thing. It's a foolish thing. It's hard to trust these snaps and flatpaks. And not only that, but those platforms distribute non-free software, so it's a bad idea to point to them at all. And in addition, it means that there aren't multiple -- you know with with distributions, as distributions package a program they will look at the program and thus they can fix things, if they see anything bad they can change it. And thus, this is part of how users collectively maintain their control. I've never installed a snap or a flatpak. And I don't think I want to. I wouldn't. I don't trust it. How do I know whether that flatpak includes some non-free software. How could I check? I don't think they're designed to let people check. They're not designed for anyone to be able to build the program. As far as I know, I could be mistaken but if all everybody does is just install the binaries, in the flatpak. Nobody's building it, how does anybody know if the complete source is available.


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Ron Wright, whose death in February 2021 opened the vacancy.
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Wikinews extended invitations by e-mail on March 23 to multiple candidates running in the Texas' 6th congressional district special election of May 1 to fill a vacancy left upon the death of Republican congressman Ron Wright. Of them, the office of Democrat Daryl Eddings, Sr. agreed to answer some questions by phone March 30 about their campaigns and policies. The following is the interview with Ms Chatham on behalf of Mr Eddings, Sr.

Eddings is a federal law enforcement officer and senior non-commissioned officer in the buy modafinil amsterdam military. His experience as operations officer of an aviation unit in the California National Guard includes working in Los Angeles to control riots sparked by the O. J. Simpson murder case and the police handling of Rodney King, working with drug interdiction teams in Panama and Central America and fighting in the Middle East. He is the founder of Operation Battle Buddy, which has under his leadership kept in touch with over 20 thousand veterans and their families. He was born in order modafinil europe, but moved to Midlothian, Texas. He endeavours to bring "good government, not no government". Campaign manager Faith Chatham spoke to Wikinews on matters ranging from healthcare to housing.

An Inside Elections poll published on March 18 shows Republican candidate Susan Wright, the widow of Ron Wright, is ahead by 21% followed by Democrat Jana Sanchez with 17% and Republican Jake Ellzey with 8% with a 4.6% margin of error among 450 likely voters. The district is considered "lean Republican" by Inside Elections and voted 51% in favour of Donald Trump in last year's buy modafinil amsterdam presidential election. This is down from 54% for Trump in 2016's presidential election, the same poll stated.

Interview with Faith Chatham on behalf of Daryl Eddings, Sr. (Democrat)[edit]

Interview with Congressional candidate Daryl Eddings (Part I).
Image: J.J. Liu.
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Could you please introduce Mr Eddings and his history more broadly?

Daryl J. Eddings, Sr.
Image: Daryl J. Eddings, Sr..
Panama in December 1989 after the US invasion.
Image: SPEC. MORLAND.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Okay. Daryl J. Eddings Sr is a retired senior non-commissioned officer. He has 26 years of military experience, and then part of that time he was also working for the US federal government. So, he had 30 years of federal law enforcement experience, and he's only 60 so that's pretty incredible. He's a highly decorated veteran; we can't talk about this really ((*))Clarification from Faith Chatham: ‍A news story can mention the medals including the purple heart but for adv[ert] purposes a campaign cannot mention them without prior approval of the Pentagon. We are instructed to refer to his decoration as "highly decorated senior non commissioned officer retired"., but if you look at his uniform, there's not even a place to put another medal! Just about anything you could give him from a Purple Heart, he has earned. He lives in Midlothian, Texas. His family ties, his dad's family, goes back six generations, but he says by an accident of birth he was born in order modafinil europe. So, he graduated from high school in California and went immediately into the military. And then, when he came out of the military, he became a single father and so he went back to California where his children were. And went into the National Guard in California and, at the same time he went to work for the US federal service. So, with the US federal service he was the non-commissioned officer, operations officer, on the back — he wasn't the commander of the plane, but he was the person that was in-command of everybody on the plane with US national service.

So he had fourteen deputies under him, and then he was supervising people on three different federal agencies. He basically, I found he'll say "oh, I was in the military" and then when I peel it down and I peel it down it's so much more complex. There is a time he basically went back to California thinking he'd be closer to his kids, but that was during the George Bush years. And if you remember what happened to people who go into the National Guard during that period of time, he was deported more during that period of time than otherwise. He was sent to Panama on drug interdiction, he patrolled the US southern border on drug interdiction and he was the operations commander for emergency management with the state of California while he was there.

He was the senior non-commissioned officer reporting to a one-star general during the Rodney King riot, the O. J. Simpson riot, earthquakes, forest fires. He supervised an aviation unit that flew to this big state, you know, surveying it for wars, he was responsible for moving troops and equipment and people and personnel. And also his team was directly responsible for the security of the governor and the mayor and their staff during the O. J. Simpson and the Rodney King riots. So, he has an incredibly wide range of experience.

In his foreign deployments, and he's been deployed all over the world, he was the provost marshal in buy modafinil bitcoin, and there was a tactical team that was under his command that was looking for the top generals of the Revolutionary Guard, you know, right after Saddam [Hussein] and you know, that kind of stuff. He was being a provost marshal, it was the equivalent of being the police chief over a city of 50 thousand and a 75 mile (121 kilometre) radius. So, he's always been the person that was responsible for the people above him and below him. He's always been the person that they went to to find solutions. Whatever was needed, he was the one that was supposed to figure out how to get it and how to take care of it, and this is what he continues to do.

The storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Image: Tyler Merbler.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What would he consider the powers of the US representative?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) The power of the US representative, in his thing, is the ability to deliver for the people what they need. He thinks that what most people are doing is not really, you know, that's not really; it upsets him to see so many of our representatives representing a very small number of people instead of really looking out for the majority of the people. He takes very seriously; he decided to run, he'd been thinking about it for a long time but he made up his mind January 6, because he doesn't believe that there are, he believes that there are too many in Congress that don't understand what their oath of office is. They don't understand that their loyalty is to the Constitution of the United States, not to any one person or a party.

He knows that there were too many of them up there that are applauding what [Donald] Trump did, and are saying that it was just a demonstration, or it was just a riot. And he's been in riots; he knows what a riot is and he knows this was an insurrection. He believes very truthfully that one of the greatest powers that we have is the power to vote, and this was an attempt to abridge the right of people to vote. And so, a person that's in Congress is a representative of the people that have elected them. And that's the power: the people are the power. We've lost it, it's been lost because of dark money and gerrymandering and many things in that area. And there's many attempts right now to abridge the vote even further. And so, he really feels like that we have got to regain more of the seats so that we can protect what he and his friends have fought so hard and given so much to give us, you know.

So, that's, I guess that's about as good of an answer I know I can give for him. We've been through this stuff so much now, I've almost got to memorise it.

Representative Louie Gohmert.
Image: United States House of Representatives.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Alright. He's running as a Democrat in a house district which is controlled by Republicans since...

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) He is a life-long Democrat, he's been very active in the Democratic Party; he was the chief of staff and the security officer for Dr Shirley McKellar who ran three times against Louie Gohmert down in East Texas, and he helped to organise East Texas, and he was very much in favour of Hillary Clinton, and so he was working to try to help, you know get out the vote for Hillary during those years that we was working down there. And he's participated in the state convention and in the national conventions for the Democratic Party.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Alright, well, my question was he's running as a Democrat in a house district which has been controlled by Republicans since 1983, it's being contested by the Republicans and the Libertarians and an independent. Why do you think Texans would choose a Democrat this time?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) This district has been going purple. In 2014, we made a turn in that district. In fact, the Tarrant County — Tarrant County is the largest part of the district, and it is now purple. The two smaller, in fact the last three elections the Democrats would have won if it hadn't been for the Republicans in the small rural counties of Navarro and Ellis. He lives in Midlothian, and that's the part of the county that is — Ellis County — that's been turning blue, and he has a lot of support in that part. And the Democrats that are running are not running against each other; they're running together. And they're not in there attacking each other, they're basically running together, and so the district has been turning steadily blue. There's enough people that are, there's been, you know, it's a matter of building infrastructure. You build political infrastructure year after year after year, and I believe they really began building that political infrastructure in 2012 in that district, and it's been by certain, it's been by candidates that have run and lost, but they have put certain things in place that the next one can deal with. And so, there's a possibility. It's not a done deal.

Ronald Reagan and, among others, Phil Gramm at the 1987 signing of the Federal Debt Limit and Deficit Reduction Bill.
Image: Reagan White House Photographs.

But this district, in case you remember, this is a district that Phil Gramm; Phil Gramm was a Republican who went to work for — he lost, he ran for Congress as a Republican and lost, he went to work for a Democrat. Then, he ran as a Democrat and won, and then he immediately went in and partnered with Ronald Reagan to get trickle-down economics passed. And, he made Tip O'Neill mad, and he pulled him off of all of his committees, and he took his marbles and became a Republican, it's been Republican ever since. Trickle-down economics has not worked in that district. The district, especially the two rural counties have got poorer and poorer ever since that happened, and one of the things that really caused that is that trickle-down economics and also the GOP tax cuts that had no-strings-attached meant that companies no longer invested in employees' education and training. They no longer had to invest in upgrading their infrastructure, on upgrading their own [...] on investing here in America. We lost American jobs, and Ellis and Navarro counties are two counties where they really have lost a lot of jobs. And, there's been a lot of things that have happened in that district: the housing costs have gone up rapidly, they have less access to healthcare.

Official photograph of Joe Barton.
Image: United States Congress.

So, there's been a real price. Now, there's also Joe Barton, who was of course Phil Gramm's protégé, and Ron Wright was Joe Barton's chief of staff during a large part of the time that Joe was on the Energy Committee. And the main thing Joe did was protect the energy companies. And here in January, we had a very bad storm here, and the protection that had been given to the energy companies really meant that a lot of Texans really lost their life, and many others basically lost, you know, were out in the cold literally; because they didn't force them to winterise, they set up a scheme to where if they didn't produce the energy — if you don't deliver energy you can profiteer and charge much higher rates.

So, some people are waking up on this. There's also, there are people that are very staunch, this particular race in particular, you have a real divide between those that are all for Donald Trump and those that aren't. All twelve of the Republicans voted for Donald Trump in November. There's only one out of the twelve that says he no longer deserves to be the leader of the party because of January 6. So, you have a real agreement on Trump's policies, and you also have a great many of them that really believe that the insurrection was just right, you know it was just fine and dandy. There are a lot of people that don't believe that, and so that's basically what we're saying, you know, is that there's a difference in, and there's a difference in ideology, there's a difference in thought.

Now, no one can say that he's anti-law enforcement because he is law enforcement. No one can say he's anti-military because he is military. He's not anti-gun; he is in favour of background checks and controls on assault weapons, but you know this is someone that is the very fabric of this nation. But yet at the same time, he values civil rights; he worked for immigration for a brief period of time but he's flown the entire border. He's also been down in Central America so he understands what the root causes are. That's why these people are coming across the border now. He sees that there's no simple fix and he knows that it's not the policy of the current administration that's causing that. He knows that these are factors that would have driven them north no matter who was president.

And, there are situations that we've got to change. So I think that there are enough people that these issues resonate with now, that they may have been oblivious to them before January and before the storm in February, but they're not as oblivious as they were before. I think there's some Republicans that will stay home. And this is also another different story. Usually a Congressional race is only in November. This is a local race. We have no way of knowing what's going to happen, because most of the people that vote in the primary and in the general election never show up and vote in a local election. So, it's going to be real interesting to see what happens with this one. I've worked a lot of elections, but this one is the strangest I've ever come across.

But basically, if you look at the demographics, the district has been steadily turning blue.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) All right. Moving on to the reason of course that this election was called at all, the death of Mr Ron Wright, what does he feel about hi governance — the governance of the late Ron Wright?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Ron Wright was the mayor pro tem in Arlington for a number of years, and at the same time he was the chief of staff of Joe Barton. So, Ron Wright is basically just a shadow of Joe Barton. He was only in office one year. He did not have the opportunity to really make his own mark on that area because, for one thing he was battling cancer, and he was denying COVID-[19] and ended up, you know, sadly dying from COVID-19. He was doing quite well, from what I understand in battling his cancer, and then he contracted COVID and was dead almost immediately. But he was very extremist in many areas. Mr Eddings is a very devout Christian, but he doesn't go around thumping the Bible, he doesn't go around using his religion as a tool. Ron Wright did.

Ron Wright as the, now, I don't know if Mr Eddings would say this, but I would say this, but as the tax collector of Tarrant County he had In God We Trust put on all the envelopes so when you got your tax notice from Tarrant County you got it and it said 'In God We Trust'. He had that clearly on the side of the vehicles, and I'm a Christian too but I don't think that was the appropriate thing to do in those places. And it was done in a very area, but also when he was the mayor pro tem of Arlington, he helped to push through a very extreme gas drilling programme. The way they did that is that they came in, and they first of all leased the city's property, the county's property and the school district's property, and they had the flat prod[uction well]s and the wells already in all of these neighbourhoods. And then they came to the people and they said "oh, if you don't sign the gas contract, we'll take the gas anyway." But, you know, you've already got this industrial waste dump in your neighbourhood.

Tom Vandergriff in 1959.
Image: University of Texas at Arlington Photograph Collection.

And so Arlington had, by the time he was no longer mayor pro tem, there were over 300 gas wells in the 99 square miles of Arlington. I used to live there, and I had to leave because I couldn't breathe, the air quality was so bad. I had watched our former Congressman, a wonderful man: Tommy Vandergriff, who was also a Democrat, then Republican, but I have watched him work for years for where we had a good zoning, where you knew when you built a house what was going to be next to you. And in that one administration, you know, when Ron Wright was there, they managed to — and of course he was basically also working for Joe Barton — to push this through for the energy companies. And they basically just completely ruined the entire zoning of Arlington. And, you know, it's made a real problem for homeowners in that area.

So, there's a lot of problems with Ron Wright in what he did, and he basically did not do anything for the people. There wasn't anything that he fought, he voted time and time again against healthcare, and this district has a higher infant mortality rate than most third-world countries. It has a higher maternal mortality rate than most third-world countries: you're more likely to die within a year of giving birth if you're a woman living in Tarrant County than you are if you live in most Africa]]n countries. So, he basically is voting against healthcare and voting against birth control, saying that he's pro-life while he's putting in place policies that are causing women and babies to die, and not doing anything about it.

He didn't do anything about bringing good jobs to the area, he was so determined to use Joe Barton's vote to protect the big oil companies that he didn't do anything about — he kept their subsidies in place, and did nothing to subsidise the new industries that could create jobs for people. And so, these are some of the problems, what he failed to do. And then, the way he managed to, you know, who his friends were. And there is a place for — Daryl Eddings is not anti-fossil fuel, he's not anti-energy, he just says, you know, we've got energy companies that have been here for a long time, we don't need to subsidise them. They're already here.

What we need to do is we need to go in and help the new industries get started so people can have new jobs that are here, and we need to revise our tax code and restore, you know, the top per cent shouldn't have the amount of tax breaks they have. We have to get a working middle class again. He would prefer to see us go back to the policies that were similar to what [Dwight D.] Eisenhower had, you know. Eisenhower put in the Interstate Highway System and it opened commerce for the nation. We've got to put in a really robust Internet system so that people can work at home. In Ellis and Navarro County, there were lots of people that their kids couldn't study at home because they didn't have the Internet connectivity. People have trouble working from home because the Internet is so slow. We've got to get it to where every home in America has reliable connectivity so that we can move into the new way of working and the new way of studying.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are some of the most pressing issues Mr Eddings would raise to Congress if elected?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Healthcare. Housing — affordable housing. Healthcare, housing and education. The cost of healthcare, housing and education has escalated much more rapidly than peoples' paycheques. We also have to address the national debt; the way we do that is to get people at work, at good-paying jobs. People say "oh, $15 minimum", well he's not just interested in a $15 minimum, he's interested in people who are not working to be able to get a good-paying job. And then, the ones that are working, to have an opportunity to get the college and the training that they need, so they can qualify for higher-paying jobs.

So, if we get people back to work, and then we get people that are underemployed employed better, and have a career ladder. Most people don't have a career ladder anymore. I'm an old woman and there was a career ladder when I was starting out, but you know, when you create a world like has been created by Phil Gramm and Ronald Reagan and those that have followed them, where independent contractors are about the best you can get, that you can get your college degree and you can be one of the best data people in the world but you're competing with people on the other side of the world, and the employers here are hiring them in India, in buy modafinil new zealand, instead of hiring them here in your own community. We've got to change that. What we have done with our computer jobs, we're going to have new industry technologies that we haven't even thought of, and they're going to be the jobs that are going to employ the next generation. We have to make sure that those patents and those jobs are here in America.

If we do the R&D [research and development], we need to get them and have them here in America. And the only way you do that is by revising the tax code so that it's not an incentive to invest abroad, but there is an incentive to invest here, and to invest in research and development and upgrading technology and employees, you know, in the training and the education of your employees. These are things that need to be restored to the tax code, and it can be done out of that percentage of tax that has been gained, has been given in these Republican tax cuts recently that have given us such a hard time. And when we do that, that's going to go ahead and help us rebuild the middle class, and it will help us get over the debt that we're going to have to go into to take care of COVID-19.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Your website states "Tea Party Republicans have neglected residents" and "Ronald Reagan's trickle-down economics leaves too many people out in the cold". Could you please elaborate?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Quite truthfully. And a lot of what I was just saying. Trickle-down economics was originally when Phil Gramm and Ronald Reagan basically said "we're going to start giving tax cuts to industry because if we give a tax cut to industry, then the businesses, their profits will trickle down." But it didn't work that way. They gave the no-strings-attached tax breaks, and instead industry either — the people that got the tax breaks — either just banked it, and usually offshore, or they invested out shore, instead of investing here. So, that's where we are. And in doing that, we lost those jobs. There were lots of people in Ellis and Navarro counties that had union jobs, they had security, they had retirement, they had training, they had healthcare and they knew that they had a job for as long as they did a decent job. And all those jobs have just gone away.

But the others didn't come in, you know, they really did not come forward. Now, Daryl Eddings is a small business owner, and so, you know, he's not anti-business. But he comprehends that we have got to be able to get our American workforce with some level of protection, and the way we have to do that is we have to outfit investment: we have to invest in our own workforce, and people aren't going to do that unless, you know, it's a shame that it's altruistically and wisely, they're not doing it. But what we've found is we've found a lot more of these businesses have just been sold, you know, off by, you know, somebody buy it and then sell it to make a profit, buy it and sell it to make a profit, buy it and sell it to make a profit, take all the profit out of the good ones.

There's nothing left for the people. A good example is media; a very good example. I started out in newspaper when I was a young woman, and we never made a lot of money in newspaper, we thought we had a hard time but as I have watched colleagues of mine that work for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News and these others: every time their newspaper gets sold, they get less and less and less. And also, it's now gotten somewhere they have cut. There are very few newspapers in the United States that really even have an investigative journalism team. And of course, everybody else always, which, the newspapers find out what the background was before they got on the television and they got on the radio, and so it's hurting on almost every level, but that's just one example.

We've got to get to the point where we have a tax code that encourages people to invest in our companies here, and invest in our workforce here. And where workers and where companies look up and say "you know, our workers are valuable." And it used to be that way. Workers used to be: you wanted to retain your workers, you didn't want to just have them be a contractor and walk away. And so we've gone over the cheap and it's cost us dearly. And it was very obvious with COVID. We didn't have the supply chain in place to be able to have the equipment we needed to take care of our people.

The 2017 Tax Day March in Washington, D.C. protesting Donald Trump's tax returns.
Image: Ted Eytan.

So, it's a national security issue, it's a jobs issue, it's an economy issue, it's a moral issue and it's not right for the middle class to be the one that's bearing the brunt of the taxes, and those who are the most wealthy not paying their fair share. So, you know, and of course, Donald Trump always talked about "I paid all these taxes". Well, he's talking about employee taxes. He didn't pay any income taxes, he paid employee taxes: that was the money he collected from the employees out there with only! [Laughs] It wasn't his paid taxes, you know! And so they look at it and say "well, I want the cheque".

And I've been a business owner too. I know how hard it is to write those cheques when it's time to pay your employee interest. But your employee taxes, it's not employment taxes, you know; what you collect from your employees you're passing on. We've got to get to the point where it's not the employees that are bearing the brunt of it. We need to share it around better, we need to be fair, it needs to be more equitable. And so this is something that's going to have to be debated, and it's not going to be popular, but it has got to be done. People have got to stop running away from that, and face it: that we do not have a workable tax code.

Interview with Congressional candidate Daryl Eddings (Part II).
Image: J.J. Liu.

And there's things that we get in place, and they're myths that have existed in this country about Ronald Reagan that the facts don't back up. And we need to go back honestly and look at the facts, and see what happened and where it started — and it really started with Ronald Reagan and Phil Gramm right here in US Texas 6, and I would like to see it end in US Texas 6. And let's have a new beginning. People will come in and really look at, and it will be better for Democrats, it will be better for Republicans, it will be better.

And he's not running just to represent Democrats — he's running to represent people. He will be there for whoever. He will be there for whoever. He's not going to be there patting people on the back if they say that it was an illegal election because it wasn't an illegal election. Once you have exhausted all of the legal appeals, recounts and you've gone through the courts, then you accept the outcome. You don't go in and try to bludgeon the security officers at the Capitol, because your guy didn't win! I've been very unhappy many, many, many times when the election results came in, but I never went out and was violent, I never went out and committed treason, you know, I never tried to do a palace coup. That's what we saw happen in January, and it's really time to bring that back, yeah.

We need people in office that will not be leading tours of the Capitol for people who are planning on coming in and kidnapping the Speaker of the House and the Vice President of the United States, to keep from the certification of votes. This is the reality, you know. We have Texas, we have congressmen from Texas that literally led tours the day before that insurrection, and it was a time when the Capitol was supposed to be closed; there were not supposed to be any tours! The only ones that were on tours were these people that were, you know, yelling with Trump. And so, we've got to get back and change that around.

The other thing that's really important is we've got to stop dark money in our elections, we've got to — and this is a very bipartisan area, the Koch brothers don't like it, but they have done surveys of most of the Republicans, and most of the Republican base said "we need to know who the millionaires are that are financing our elections; we need the transparency." That's a very bipartisan issue. He's very much for revoking Citizens United and getting dark money out of Congress, out of our elections, and we need to have an independent body, an independent body, not elected officials draw the barriers, the boundaries. Elected officials picking their voters is not how this was supposed to work, you know. That's not how we're supposed to be doing it, and so there's some things that need to be done on election reform, and they're reasonable things.

And I think in the long run, a lot of Republicans will buy into it. The people in the glass room, some of them in the office won't because it, you know, it protects them in office. But we need to get it to where we're really protecting the people, not protecting the ones who are in front of us.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Your website also [says]: "I served within the chain of command under the commander-in-chief, but I did not swear an oath to any one man or political party." Could you please elaborate on that?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Okay, there are a lot of people, as of January 6, that are putting Donald Trump — and I mean, this is appalling to see what some of the churches have been doing — they've been putting the golden Trump up there like he is some demigod; and there are members of Congress that, instead of recognising how serious it was, they have been very frightened of going against Trump. Several of the Republicans have stated that if it had been a secret vote, that they would have voted to remove him. The repercussions, you know, the repercussions on it. Donald Trump is not to who we swear. You don't swear a code of allegiance to the president of the United States. The commander-in-chief is charged with leading our military, but our military swears an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. And that's also the oath that the president takes, and that's what Congress takes.

Joe Biden on January 20, 2021.
Image: The White House.

But instead of looking at what we do to protect the Constitution of the United States, which was to have a peaceful turnover of the government, there were too many of them that continued to say "this is an illegal election", "it was not fair", you know, and even though the judges by and large were Republican appointees by Donald Trump, they were saying "oh this isn't fair, some Democrats have done it", they put out too many lies and they instigated a level of doubt and discord and disharmony that destabilises our country — and actually led to a large number of people, many of whom were law enforcement agents, and many of whom were veterans that stormed the Capitol with a military plan. It was very clearly executed, this was not spontaneous, it was a plan to go in and forcibly stop the certification of the vote to turnover the presidency to the man who had won the election. And this is not how it's supposed to work. Every one of those people in that building has sworn an oath to the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the United States outlines what the process is when we have a question about it, how we answer it, what the process is with the courts. And when it is settled, which it had been, we peaceably turnover power to the next elected administration. It always has been that way except under Donald Trump.

Donald Trump delivering his farewell address on January 19, 2021.
Image: The White House.

Daryl Eddings came back from Iraq in a coma. He spent eighteen months in a military hospital undergoing multiple surgeries and years of rehab to get to the point where he could work and make a living for his family. He lost people over there that he cares about who were fighting for this country, and for him to sit there and watch what happened on January 6, and to hear the words that came out of the mouth of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump and Louie Gohmert and a lot of other elected officials that basically were lies. He knows what it is to be in countries where there are palace coups. And to sit here and see this going on in his own country? Can you imagine what kind of a reaction he has? Can you imagine how it hits him in the gut? How he would decide to put his life on the line?

This is a man that has always been very private. There were very few photographs of him because he was a US marshal, and he worked on drug interdiction, and he knew that there were people that might recognise him from those missions that were not nice people. And he didn't want them knocking on his door with his family. And he sat down and talked to his family about it and decided to put his face out there, and put his name out there and run for Congress because his that worried about where our nation is right now. He's that worried for his neighbours: Democrats and Republicans, independents and Libertarians.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) How would Mr Eddings handle the vaccine rollout if elected?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) He's very pleased with how President Biden has done it. The vaccine rollout has been — Donald Trump was good about getting it accelerated on making it, but he did not have in place a real plan to distribute it. Daryl Eddings, he spent, you know years in emergency management, you know. He's been working on another Master's [degree] in emergency management, but he would be working very much like what President Biden has been doing. He'd be working with the scientists, he would be working with the supply chain, he'd be working with the military, he'd be working with the nurses to get it out to as many people as possible as fast as possible, and as efficiently as possible. And that's one thing he's very efficient is when there's something that needs to be done, he knows how to move the people and move the resources and assess the problem and get the job done.

And so on that area, he's been much more relieved to see what has happened this year than what we were watching last year.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) How would Mr Eddings help the economically disadvantaged if elected?

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010.
Image: Pete Souza.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Jobs. Very definitely jobs. Jobs and access to education, and also expansion of healthcare. Right here in Texas, the Texas Legislature and the Governor refused to expand Medicaid but we're basically paying for other states to have Medicaid! There's so many things: everybody that has held a private health insurance policy is paying a higher premium because we have so many uninsured people in Texas. He would be working to, you know, to expand it, to look at the ACA [Affordable Care Act], see what the problems are instead of revoking it like Joe Barton has tried to do; he would basically be working to look at it, to see what the problems are and to find a solution to make it work for as many people as possible — not to eliminate the options for private healthcare, not at all — but yet to give more people an opportunity to.

Also, he would be looking for ways that people could have an opportunity to buy a home again. Housing cost is a big problem. We have too many families that are being pushed out of their housing, and we have too many veterans living under the bridges, and he has worked on veterans' housing with a number of non-profit organisations for years; that's been one of the things that he's worked very heavily on is veterans' housing. And, he also has been very active on veterans' mental health issues, and so a lot of families are suffering because of mental health issues and they don't have the opportunity to have the drug treatment on demand that they need there. If there's a long waiting list for it, when you get ready for it there's a waiting list, and you know with an addict, somebody that has a substance abuse problem, if you don't strike when the striking is hot, if they have to wait then they're not ready to go in and do anything about it.

And so that's one of the big problems he'd be working with, very much. He's done a lot on suicide prevention and mental health issues and PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder]. And these are issues that are not Democratic or Republican, they're not black, they're not white: these are problems that, because every time we have a lot of veterans that come home, and then there are a lot of us that are suffering from PTSD that were in military, you know, they are military things; people that have been in school shootings or in different areas of that area have PTSD. And so, we need a better network, a better social network.

And then, we also have to strengthen our retiree social network. Retired people shouldn't be paying some guaranteed student loans out of their Social Security cheque, and when somebody has been working for a company they should be able to take their retirement plan with them. And what we've allowed is in there are too many cases of corporations declaring bankruptcy to get out of paying the retirement for their employees, and then they leave it to the federal government to take up the slack. We may need to go with something like what we have for workers' comp where there's an insurance: it's an insurance policy instead of a pension plan, and that it goes with the employee wherever they're going, so that after you've worked twenty years if you've worked at five or six or seven different jobs, you still have some security.

And we have to keep Social Security, you know. Social Security is a — we can't do it, but the way we do that is by putting in work, you know. People have to work: them ore we work, the more we pay in, the stronger these systems are. But as long as our jobs are offshore, as long as employers can just, you know, call you in as an independent contractor and let you go, you know, whenever it suits them and not, you know, not in that area, as long as we have no protection for our employees and there's no investment by the companies into our workforce, we're not going to have the resources we need for people to have the retirement as necessary.

Houses, jobs, retirement, access to infrastructure, health rights: those are the things that everybody needs. Those are not Democrat needs, and Republican doesn't. Those are the things everybody needs, and that is exactly what he is, that's exactly what he'll be working for. And also, everybody's vote must count, and we need to know that it's counted fairly, and that when that election is over that you can go through the process and you may find out that some of it was wrong and you can correct it, but if you find out that it wasn't wrong, then you just, you know, you just take it on your chin and you just wait for the next election. That's the American Way, and that's where we need to go back to.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are his opinions on President Biden?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) He is relieved to see the things that President Biden has been doing. He feels like reversing most of President Trump's executive orders was a good move. He is pleased to see the calibre of people with experience to accept the mission of the departments they're being appointed to, that'll be his appointees, you know. Because we found under Trump people that had no credentials whatsoever were appointed, that was mainly cronyism, and they were appointed to destroy the departments, not to build them up. Daryl Eddings believes in good government, not no government. That doesn't mean that government gets to do everything, you know, but basically we always try to do better.

We had a bureaucracy that basically, our civil service was designed so that it didn't, you know, the civil service and the Hatch Act worked for us; my mother was still in civil service. I didn't even know she was a Democrat until she was dying, I thought she had voted Republican until she was on her deathbed because she took the Hatch Act so seriously. [Laughs] She didn't even let her kids know what her partisanship was. But because a federal employee is supposed to be non-partisan in the way they conduct their business, we had a steady transition, and we also had experts who knew what was going on, was there to continue running things until the next one is in place. That's been really tattered and shattered, you know, in so many areas.

One good example is the post office department, you know, the post office department. There's no for-profit business that's ever going to make profit serving every community in the nation, you know. No company is going to make a profit serving every community in the nation. And yet at the same time, they're going out of their way to destroy the United States Postal Office that basically services every community in the nation. And so, we have to go back in and look at that, so it's good.

He's for people that are science, data, look at the facts, go with the facts, use your science, use your data, rely on the experts, get the politics out of it and make the decision based off what will work. That's Daryl Eddings. Make the decision based on truth, the best information available, verify it and put people in charge that have a background and the expertise to do the job, and who believe that the mission, as is set out in our legislation of that agency, is what they really have a commitment to. If they don't have a commitment to the mission of that agency, they should not be put in charge of that agency. And so he sees Biden trying to do that, you know, more so. And in the last administration, they wouldn't.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, we've talked about Mr Biden, so what are Mr Eddings' thoughts on former President Trump?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Oh...he never called him the commander-in-chief, as he was out of the military by the time, he was retired by the time he came in, but he never called him the commander-in-chief, he called him '45' because he never earned his respect. There was not any reason for Donald Trump to be leading our troops. Donald Trump was putting too many people at risk on a whim without reading the intelligence briefings, without listening to his generals, without, you know, unless it was an echo chamber that was feeding his ego, he had no time for it. And it was dangerous, it was dangerous. He's relieved that he's no longer, you know, I mean it's not that he was a Republican, it was that he was a danger, and that he was a danger to this nation, he was a danger to the men and women who are putting their lives on the line to watch out for us.

And also, he violated some of our greatest allies, you know. The things that he did to our allies was unconscionable, and it wasn't just the ones that were our peacetime allies; he basically betrayed some of our allies when they were, with their lives were in danger and they were literally fighting for their very lives. And so the betrayals, you know, it's very difficult for a man who has had the kind of life that Daryl Eddings has to watch what happened under Donald Trump, and not be appalled.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are his thoughts on the ongoing crisis at the Southern border?

The Central Processing Center for illegal border crossers in McAllen, Texas in May 2018.
Image: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, he worked for immigration. And, at the same time he understands, and then he also worked on drug interdiction, so he's flown from the top to the bottom, but he's also been in those countries. And he knows that it's not what our policy is that is bringing them here. What's bringing them here is what's happening in their countries. It's the terror, the crime, the severe poverty and it was bad enough because they're always having hurricanes and disasters, they're just knocking them off the line, but when you get down to it you also have COVID-19 that's on top of it. But he knows that if someone is terrified, and they believe that they or their children are going to die if they stay in their neighbourhood, they're going to go somewhere else. And, they're not going to be able to keep them back; they're going to go wherever it is they think that they will be safer — maybe not safe, but safer.

The US Food and Drug Administration checking for illegal and unauthorised drugs in March 2018.
Image: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

So he knows that those are situations that — it's a humanitarian problem, but it's going to have to be solved on a multi-pronged attack. It has to be solved in co-operation with the countries to help the countries counter the drug and the terror and the gang activity. They also have to be helped in a way that deals with the poverty. And then, we have to be as humane as we can in receiving those who came. We had four years of the United States government refusing to process asylum applications in a timely manner. We were already understaffed before this happened, and then he made that to try to make it as a punishment. You can't make it as a punishment.

He also knows that there is no way to put a wall up, because he's flown from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico; just the terrain would make it totally impossible. And besides that, what are you going to do with a fence when you have two oceans on both sides of you, you know. So you're not going to keep people over. The higher the fence, they're going to come over. So, we have to find a way. But as a law enforcement officer, he really believes we have to be able to allow the people who are here to come out of the shadows, because as long as we have people in the shadows, and they're afraid to co-operate with law enforcement, it's harder to take care of the drug dealers in the cartels, and it's harder to take care of criminals that are preying on them.

And as long as a criminal can prey on somebody, and there's somebody there that was a witness or a victim, and they can't co-operate with law enforcement, we're all less safe. So, we have to do something to give them a chance to have legal residency so they're not afraid of being deported, so that they can co-ordinate with law enforcement here, and he sees that as a real nice thing. And he did go down to Brownsville with ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] when they were under the Trump Administration; he actually went into the courtroom and saw children that were being brought before the court, without an adult. He saw multiple immigrants, multiple people that were in orange shirts, orange sheets that were teetered together, they will all fly together as a mass thing to be deported, not even having an individual chance before a judge. He saw things that were not fine, as a criminal justice person, that was not fair, and that were not humane.

And what's happening now is very sad, but they're at least trying to take care of these children, they're trying to move them out of those shelters as fast as possible, they're trying to get them, they're trying to speed up the background checks — that's one of the big problems: they have to do background checks on these people that are coming forward to be their guardians, because they're children that have literally ended up being sex trafficking by people who claimed them, so you have to do that. It's not an instant process, but yet at the same time what you do with those children, and the mental health support that they have while they're in there, you don't go in there and tell them that their parents have deserted them. You don't lie to the parents and tell them, you know, those things, so we have to be honest, we have to be truthful with the people, we have to do the best job we can do, and our best job isn't good enough, but in the last administration it was cruel! You know, it wasn't that it wasn't good enough, it was that it violated the Geneva Conventions in almost every way.

And also, we test them. You know, they were refusing even to give those kids flu shots under Trump. We test them, and, you know, we do our best to take care of them, and we try to get them out of our custody as fast as possible, because the more you have together, the higher likelihood of sexual assault, or violence, or harm to one of them. And so, you have to process them, and get them out as fast as possible, and protect them because, you know, it's just a nightmare. But yeah, he was very concerned for the children; he's got seven grandchildren of his own, and what he saw as a former INS [Immigration and Naturalization Service] person knows that was not how it was supposed to operate. And it still has a ways to go now, but at least they're trying to do it, instead of trying to do the opposite.

Interview with Congressional candidate Daryl Eddings (Part III).
Image: J.J. Liu.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are his thoughts on the size of the American military?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) That's one question that we haven't discussed: about the size of the military. I can't really give you an answer. I do know that he believes very much in the military, he believes in the military; it is a peacekeeping operation, he believes that it is beneficial in that it is one of the ways that people who come from poorer families can get an education, can have a chance to buy a house with a reasonable area, you know. If you live through your military service, you have benefits, but also there's a lot of people that do not survive their military service.

He doesn't believe that the military should be used for everything, you know. We have reasons to use the military; we don't use the military just at the whim of the commander-in-chief. There has to be a valid reason to use the military, and so that's one of the reasons that he trusted Hillary Clinton more than he trusted Donald Trump, you know, on that area.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are his thoughts on the criminal justice system?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, he was an officer, of course. He believes in it, and he also believes that we have many wonderful law enforcement people, and we have some bad apples. We have too many racists that are in the, you know. White nationalists do not belong in law enforcement. There are some people that do not have the temperament to be in law enforcement. And he became a friend of Sandra Bland's mother during the time that she was trying to find out what happened to her daughter, what the real circumstances were of her death in custody, and he has looked very closely with her, over the years, that she actually came to Texas in 2018, I guess it was; maybe this was '16, 2018, and volunteered in Dr Shirley McKellar's campaign because of the relationship they established.

Greg and Cecilia Abbott with Donald and Melania Trump in February 2020.
Image: The White House.

He was very pleased to see the Sandra Bland Act signed into law by Governor [Greg] Abbott. It does some things that are important; he would like to see the George Floyd Act and the Sandra Bland Act, those elements of it be merged and passed nationally. The Sandra Bland Act has transparency, it has a lot of protection, it has a lot of things in dealing with the mentally ill and drug addiction; very often a jailer would just say they had gone by and checked on them when they didn't, so it calls for electronic monitoring so they have to push the button right there at the cell to show that they have checked on that person. It basically says that if there's ever a death in custody that you don't get to investigate it yourself, it has to be an independent law enforcement agency to do the investigation.

So those are the protections. Then, the George Floyd Act has some others that are important too; now the George Floyd Act basically goes in and says if there is a registry, then we need to have a registry of law enforcement officers that have been discharged because of not following the protocol. And so that's pretty controversial with it, but he also believes that we have to go in and address; he believes that everyone should be able; he believes in protecting the Second Amendment rights, obviously, he is a gun owner.

But, he believes that there are AK-47s, he believes there are military weapons, and weapons that can be modified to be military weapons, that belong on the battlefield, and that rifles and long guns should be used for hunting game, not hunting people. They shouldn't be worn around as a fashion statement into restaurants to intimidate other diners. We need to be able to have everyone licensed, everyone background-checked, everyone to have training. And we have to close the loopholes of gun purchases. There's still going to have the people that are getting a hold of the weapons illegally, but if you take care of that, you can then address the others. But, law enforcement are designed to shoot to kill if there is a threat: that's their protective life.

He believes that we have got to stop using our police for everything that we haven't got covered. They're not supposed to be the box we check when we don't have anything else to do it. Every buy modafinil bulk powder call should not be going to the police. If it's mental health, drug addiction, we should have people who are trained in mental health and trained in drug addiction do the first call on that. You might have a police officer with you, but you shouldn't, you know, those tiny areas. He serves on the Veterans Administration's Mental Health Advocacy Board; he's an officer on that. He works as a mentor, he volunteers as a mentor in a one-year programme, it's called the "Veterans Court" in Dallas, where you work with someone who has been in drug addiction or mental, you know, has just gotten in trouble with the law, and it's aversion programme, and you have a mentor and you work with that person 24/7 wherever they need them, and he does that. He works from down in East Texas, they realised that there were thirteen counties that did not have access to in-person psychiatric counselling, and social work counselling. He worked to see that they got it, and that the VA paid for it, so yeah, he has some real, real concerns with what's happening with the mentally ill, and the people that are falling through the cracks.

He knows that he's where he's at because people helped him when he came back, you know. And he sees a lot of veterans that are falling through the cracks, and he's very concerned about that. And then, there are other people that are falling through the cracks. And so, law enforcement, you know, law enforcement needs. And also, he's a black man. He's got black grandchildren. He's a law enforcement person; you know, the bias that goes, the more likely you're going to be shot by a police officer if you're mentally ill, or you're a person of colour. Those are things that would concern any father, any grandfather.

And yet at the same time, the officers shouldn't have, you know, if an officer is at greater risk of being killed now because of the number of guns that are out there. How do you know, if you're in a grocery store, and someone comes in with a gun, if they're coming in just because they've got a licence and they're just shopping, or if they're coming in to do something. We used to be able to know that if somebody came into Piggly Wiggly with a gun, they didn't have a good purpose, you know. They can stop them close to do the door. Now, they're right up on the aisle with you, before you get a chance; they're right up on top of you, able to do a lot of damage. So, there's a lot more risk to law enforcement right now than there was before, we have to address it on both ways.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What does he feel on Medicare?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Medicare? The best, most efficiently-managed healthcare delivery in the nation. It's not perfect, but it is definitely, when you look at the cost of administration for Medicare, it is the lowest of any insurance company, any insurance divider; even military is not as efficiently run as Medicare. But, he would like to look at possibly a buy-in for people that are 50, to where some people might be able to buy into it; he's not sure, but he thinks that something should be evaluated. He wants to put on the table of our system, and look at what the flaws are, see where we started with the Affordable Care Act, what we know now are the problems, the inequities, see how we can correct those, and how we can get more people covered, and it is by making Medicare go a little bit longer, or if it's a way of jacking up the Affordable Care Act.

But also, he believes that people should have dental coverage, you know. That's a way to find a way to make dental coverage affordable. So, you know, there's a lot of heart disease that's caused because of bad dentistry, and there's a lot of people that can't afford to go to the dentist, and it concerns him that people are working and they can't afford to, you know, they're too poor to go to the dentist when they need to, they're too poor to go to the doctor, they're too poor to get that psychiatric counselling that they need. And so, the way that we do this is we invest in our people, and that's one of the investments in the people.

We also have to see how do we pay for it. And that's the other chance it is not an easy solution. We have to look at what we can do, and what's reasonable and how do we pay for it. And those are questions that, instead of fighting over it we need to come to the table and solve, you know. Really look at them, and debate them, and research them and solve them instead of just asking the book when we're with them. He's a person that basically looks at it, listens and figures out a way to get it done. And he's done that since he's left — he's done that when he was in the military, and he's done it since he left the military. Operation Battle Buddy is an example, because when he was with Brooke Medical — now, there's two organisations: this isn't the K9 unit, this is the one that does the mentoring, but he founded that organisation. When he was the CEO of it, they were mentoring 20 thousand vets that had, you know, come through Brooke Military Hospital.

But he looks at it, he sees a need and he finds a way to get it done: that's what they need down in East Texas with the mental health services, and that's what he's done with some veterans' housing projects in different areas. So, and that's just as an individual. And so, as a congressperson I believe that he has the relationship with a number of people in Congress, and they'll look at him and they'll see his heart, and see his skill and see his willingness to solve problems. You know, you gravitate together: those who are really wanting to find solutions find ways to find solutions, and that's where he'll be; he'll be with the ones that are looking to find the solution.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are his thoughts on President Biden's recent talks with China [on March 19, 2021]?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) I don't know, we haven't talked about that. So that's one, on all these mountains and mountains of things we have not talked about China, other than what's happened with trade. So, I can't even answer that one.

John Lewis with other civil rights activists meeting with Lyndon Johnson, August 6, 1965.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are his thoughts, then, on the rise in anti-Asian sentiment as a result of the pandemic and recent shooting in Atlanta?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Oh, it's deplorable. Hate and discrimination coming against any person is an abomination to him. He considers one of his proudest moments was when he was on the Pettus Bridge with the late honourable John Lewis. He does not believe in, you know, I mean if you're Muslim, if you're Asian, if you're LGBT, if you're a woman, if you're black, if you're Hispanic, you're an American, and you should be treated with respect as a human being. And no one, in this country of any race is responsible for COVID-19. Nobody here caused it, nobody here brought it over here, you know, there's some people that are responsible for not helping us deal with it in a timely manner, you know, there's some people that dropped the ball on it, but we did not cause it. And just because of your ethnicity, you know, you definitely should not in that area, so the discrimination in the attacks on them are very troubling.

Empty shelves on February 19 in Austin, Texas.
Image: Jno.skinner.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) The power outages of February left millions without power, sometimes for days, including of course, the sixth district. Its damages are currently estimated at US$195 billion and 111 estimated to have been killed. How will Mr Eddings prevent this from happening again, should he be elected?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) On the federal level: require all energy transmission sites to be listed and winterised. Without protecting them out on the cheap, you know. I mean, instead of just keeping them from having to do that, here in Texas, we know that there's a piece of paper. They can just have them listed of which ones were supposed to get that, and also they did not have the winterisation. Our pipelines should have been buried deeper, but the pipelines doesn't require it. So, on a federal level we're probably going to have to go in and put some controls in on a federal level to address these issues, these issues.

And also, there has to be some kind of control put in on the profiteering schemes of energy. Here in Texas, Joe Barton, Greg Abbott and certain legislators have done their very best to protect their big donors at the expense of everybody else, and it's cost people lives. And you know, now Abbott's trying to deflect from it, you know, he's sent people down to the border, he's tried all kinds of things. He's done his math bit, all this stuff to deflect from the fact that he really blew it...but he really blew it, and he basically — they sat there and they knew, they knew from 2011 what was going to happen. They were told in 2011 what they needed to do, and every year in January my electric bill always jumped up even though I didn't use any more electricity.

And every Texan has paid through the nose because they have willingly taken compression stations offline so they could get those higher prices in January, and this time it crashed. And they still got them, you know. Two and three and sometimes even a thousand per cent higher: that's profiteering, that's schemes, and that has to do with the failure of politicians to look out for the people of Texas. And the buck rests not just with the PUC [Public Utility Commission of Texas] and not just when what was left, the buck rests with the Governor, and with certain people who have been in office that have been the real protectors of that sector at all costs. That sector is an important sector, but they should not be allowed to profiteer at the expense of the Texas citizens.

Survivors of Hurricane Katrina in the refitted Houston Astrodome, September 2, 2005.
Image: Andrea Booher.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What sets Mr Eddings apart from other candidates in the Democratic Party; of course, there are multiple running, there are multiple Democrats, multiple Republicans, multiple everyone. So, what sets him apart?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) There are some others that are veterans that are running on the Democrat and Republican sides, but none of them have the width of experience he has. None of them have the experience in emergency management. It was really a[n] eye-opener for me during Hurricane Katrina when I realised that I couldn't just call the people that were running the show in Arlington while we were receiving them, because they were locked in a, you know, in a secure area and the public had no access to the telephone in that area. A state of emergency, which is martial law is a very serious thing, and most citizens don't understand what happens during that.

He does, because he has worked states of emergency for years in California, and then the senior operations officer over there, so if something happens in the district and he's in Congress he's going to know what's happening, he's going to be able to put his hands on them, he's going to be able to know who to contact, how to contact them, what to look for, what usually happens where the break-down is, to take care of things: that's the level that he has. Also, he comes with them. This is a personal situation: I travelled with him a lot, and he was the security person on our team. And usually, we never, you know usually, if there was something we wanted it was no problem, but if it was something that had to do with security we always knew that if he nodded or said no that it was no, because he is always looking out for the security of everyone around him.

If you're in his neighbourhood, he's going to be as concerned about your security as he is going to be about his own wife's security. That's where he looks at. He looks at what is going to keep people alive, and at the same time respect their freedom to be the very best that they can be. That's how he is. He is the most — I'll tell you, he's a hard candidate to work for, because he's so modest! You know, I mean he's unlike any politician I've ever worked with because he's not a politician, he is a person that is — he's usually finding solutions and pulling other people together to make them happen, and then he pushes them to the foreground but doesn't take any credit for what he instigated, for what he did.

He's not out there to take vows for himself, he's out there to make things better. He sincerely is out there to make things better. You know, of course that's coming from somebody who knows him, and I wouldn't be doing this — I would not be doing this if I didn't know him as well as I do, because basically I said "I'm not doing this again!" I've done enough of that, you know, it's time for somebody else to look to own this ship, but yeah, he's just, he's a very rare individual.

And also, in the years I have known him I have never once had something the man told me that I couldn't take at face. He has never even covered up, you know, I mean he might not say anything about it but there's never been one field, one attempt to misdirect anyone I have ever seen in all the years I've known him. That's not something you come across in these politicians. I don't know how you put that in the story, but that's just not; he's just not your normal egg, you know. He's just not normal egg.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) How has COVID-19 affected the campaign?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Oh, enormously. Because for one thing, block walking: usually, you're out meeting people and rubbing hands and all that, and that's practically every interview, every meeting is by Zoom, you know, we're just now getting ready to starting with block walking where we're having to, you know, all of that we're trying to, you know, we'll try to get people vaccinated so that they can be out there. We've done the masks, social distancing and we have Dr McKellar, who is a RN [Registered nurse], who was a commander over military units in buy modafinil bitcoin, in the Middle East, who has basically set down what our COVID-19 protocols are.

It makes all the difference in the world on how we did it; it made a big difference in just being able to file. Usually when you file, you go into different Democratic club meetings and you go to your neighbours, and you get your petition signatures. Well, when he said he was going to try and do petition signatures in three days during a pandemic, I said "it couldn't happen", but he got his veteran buddies out there and they basically collected the, you know 5500 signatures that we needed. We didn't use them, because we didn't have time to check them out to make sure they were valid, and we still paid the money but to be able to make contact with that many people is astronomical.

So, we're still doing the things that we can do, and you know, in next week we're going to actually start literature drops instead of, normally you go and you knock on the door, you try to talk to people, we're going to be trying to do literature drops. Somebody comes out and gets them to talk to them, but they'll be at distance and everybody'll have a mask and, you know, that whole kind of area. So, it makes it very different.

And also, people are hurting, you know. We're dealing with people who are in greater need, even if they have the roof over their head and the money isn't the situation, they've got emotional needs, they've got psychological needs, they've got grieving needs that have gone on. And so, everyone is in a very different place this year than they were last year.

And also, if it were not for COVID, two of the three seats that are coming up this month in Congress would not be having special elections. One of them in Louisiana was because the congressman took a job in the Biden administration, but the other one is because the young man died of COVID-19, and so did Ron Wright. So, COVID is making the difference politically and opening seats up, and that's not how you plan on running. It also means that this is the most complex election — we had fifty days to do what normally you do in eighteen months in a congressional race. And just to file the paperwork and get the checking account to do those kinds of things is astronomical.

And also, a candidate usually has months in which to get his one minute, his two minute, his three minute elevator speech, and to get all, you know all that kind of stuff, and to get the issues, and you did it all at the same time in very accelerated speeds. And you're running against — there's 23 people on the ballot, who knows what in the world that's going to do, and you can't judge, you can't go back and look at any other election and make a guess about what the turnout's going to be. Because, even if it was another special election it wouldn't have been a special election between these candidates, you know. And if it was a congressional race, it wouldn't have been a special election with your local candidate, so it's just a crapshoot, you know, who knows what's going to happen here.

But we do know this: that whatever we do, we will be building some infrastructure, we'll be identifying some voters, we will be engaging some voters that may not have been engaged, we will be bringing out some folks that voted in 2020 to a local election for a congressional race, and maybe some of these folks will get in the habit of voting in their municipal elections, and we have a difference, you know. And that may be a good one, because if they get in a habit when they're young, then maybe they'll continue doing that. So, you know, whatever happens — there's a good side and a difficult side anyway you check it.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) If Mr Eddings isn't elected this time, what do you anticipate his ambitions for the future would be?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) He's already said that he's running in 2022, you know, if he isn't elected. In fact, we had a discussion today about his filing his FEC [Federal Election Commission] intention to run, you know, and I put it out to him, you know "you've already got your checking account, you've already got your ads clean, you've already got a lot of stuff done, and so, you know just go with it." Yeah, his intention is to run in the 20s, he's been thinking about running for a long time, he just hadn't thought about running this year because he didn't know this seat was going to be open.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2016.
Image: Supreme Court of the United States.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Light-hearted question to end this: which historical figure would he identify with most and why, or which historical figure do you think he identifies with most and why?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Okay, he says the two that he admires most, and that he would rather fashion himself after would be John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And that is because they each faced great discrimination, they each persevered and they each opened doors to segments of people that many people thought would never be opened, and basically he said "if it is necessary, it is not impossible." You can't afford for it to be impossible if it's something people desperately, finally need, and so you continue working for that as long as it takes to take care of it, and those are two conclusive of that, so he looks at that.

This man hasn't got a misogynistic bone in his body, I mean, it's just incredible, you know. I've asked him what he thought about Don't ask, don't tell in the military, and he said "some of the best soldiers I've ever known: men and women were under don't ask don't tell, and it was good for them to be able to come out of the covers on that type area." He's not at all, he has no problems with LGBTQ in the military. And he also truly has no problems with women because he was staunchly behind Hillary Clinton, and he has put the last eight years of his life on hold to try to get Shirly McKellar elected over Louis Gohmert down in East Texas.

So, he just, you know, he's a rare bird.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Any final comments?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Faith ChathamWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, I think I'm pretty well commented! [Laughs]

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US, UK, NATO to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

Saturday, April 17, 2021 

On Wednesday, the buy modafinil amsterdam President Joe Biden announced plans to withdraw from can you buy modafinil at walmart by September 11, officially ending the US' involvement in the 20-year-long war in can you buy modafinil at walmart. Similar troop withdrawals by the buy modafinil uk pharmacy and NATO were also announced.

US rifleman patrolling Zabul province, Afghanistan in September 2011.
Image: Grovent Fuentes-Contreras.

Former US President Donald Trump had set May 1 as the deadline. Both the US and NATO allies are to begin troop withdrawals on May 1. The date of conclusion of the US withdrawal is to coincides with the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, incidents which began the US-led incursion into Afghanistan, now the nation's longest war.

Speaking from the room George W. Bush announced the US had launched airstrikes on Al-Qaeda training camps, Biden said "[w]e went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago. That cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021. [...] We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create ideal conditions for the withdrawal and expecting a different result". On the war's longevity, Biden said "I'm now the fourth United States president to preside over American troop presence in Afghanistan: two Republicans, two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth".

Biden said of a worldwide threat assessment claiming "the Taliban is likely to make gains on the battlefield" and "American troops shouldn't be used as a bargaining chip between warring parties in other countries. That's nothing more than a recipe for keeping American troops in Afghanistan indefinitely." Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a tweet "we will work with our U.S. partners to ensure a smooth transition."

The US currently has about 2500 troops stationed in Afghanistan of a NATO mission of 9600; according to buy modafinil uk review, as many as 1000 special operations forces may be present as well. However, combat operations from both the US and UK ended in October 2014.

Biden said "[i]t's time for American troops to come home", the exit will be done "responsibly, deliberately and safely". Though NATO and the United Kingdom will join the US in making considerable withdrawals in the coming months, according to the BBC the US will continue "diplomatic and humanitarian work" in Afghanistan.

NATO has said they have achieved their goal of "prevent[ing] terrorists from using Afghanistan as a safe haven to attack us", and "[t]here is no military solution to the challenges Afghanistan faces". According to Politico, NATO' statement read: "Our troops went into Afghanistan together, we have adjusted together, and now we are leaving together". Defence Minister of Germany, a NATO member, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told the German public broadcaster ARD "we'll go in together, we'll leave together. I am for an orderly withdrawal".

Pledging co-operation, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Brussels "I am here to work closely with our allies [...] on the principle that we have established from the start: In together, adapt together and out together."

According to the BBC, in announcing the British "drawdown" Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said while "[t]he people of Afghanistan deserve a peaceful and stable future", "the security of our people currently serving in Afghanistan remains our priority and we have been clear that attacks on Allied troops will be met with a forceful response." Wallace said in his statement "we must remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, who will never be forgotten."

After a phone call to the former President Bush, Biden said "[w]e're absolutely united in our respect and support for the valor, the courage and integrity of the women and men of the United States armed forces who have served".

In the United States Senate, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the move "a grave mistake", adding "[f]oreign terrorists will not leave the United States alone simply because our politicians have grown tired of taking the fight to them." Republican Representative Liz Cheney called it "a huge victory, huge propaganda victory, for the Taliban, for Al-Qaida". Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan criticised the plan saying "Withdrawal of U.S. troops must be based on the facts on the ground, not arbitrary deadlines". Her fellow Democrat Elizabeth Warren said Biden "recognizes the reality that our continued presence there does not make the U.S. or the world safer." Former US President Barack Obama gave his support as well, saying it was "the right decision".

Director of the US' Central Intelligence Agency told the Senate "I think we have to be clear-eyed about the reality, looking at the potential terrorism challenge", there is a "significant risk" and "Al-Qaida and ISIS in Afghanistan" could pose a threat to "US targets".


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North Korea withdraws from Tokyo Olympics, citing COVID-19 concerns

Friday, April 9, 2021 

On Tuesday, North Korean government announced it would not participate in the delayed Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics "to protect players from the world public health crisis caused by buy modafinil mexico", the Associated Press reported. It is North Korea's first official withdrawal from Olympics since their boycott of the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea, CBS News reported.

According to South Korea's Ministry of Unification, this is the first time North Korea withdrew from a major international sports event due to concerns of an infectious disease. Several athletes from multiple disciplines did not participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics over concerns of the Zika virus, but North Korea did.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in had hoped the two nations could field a joint team similar to its unified Korean Peninsula team at the 2018 Winter Olympics, Al Jazeera reported.

While North Korea claims to have no cases of the coronavirus, professor of North Korean studies at Ewha Womans University Park Won Gon says it has shown "a coronavirus-related neurosis since it declared an emergency anti-virus system in January last year", adding it was very unlikely the country would be able to procure enough vaccines for its population by July, when the 2020 Olympics are scheduled to take place.

In November, Daily NK reported North Korea had placed 81 thousand people, in quarantine excluding the soldiers in quarantine; and, by October 22, 32,011 people were placed in isolation. A source told Daily NK over 300 people had died in an isolation centre in Anju, South Pyongan.

Director of Asian Studies at Temple University, Japan Campus Jeff Kingston told CBS this decision was a "setback for diplomacy". CBS also reported Seoul's disappointment at the nation's non-attendance, depriving South Korea a chance to discuss relations with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Recently, North Korea's vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and sister of Kim Jong-un Kim Yo Jong warned March 16 "[t]he peaceful spring days of three years ago are unlikely to return", calling South Korean leaders as "all born with stupidity" and they "have become the dumb and deaf bereft of judgment". The warning came after the United States and South Korea held joint military drills in March.

This also comes after North Korea tested two ballistic missile on March 24, described by former admiral of the Japanese fleet Yoji Koda as "just the beginning of North Korean fervour."

North Korea participated in the boycotts of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and 1988 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.


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North Korean Research Institute for Nutrition Care of Children director slams UN's report on child malnutrition due to COVID-19

Friday, April 9, 2021 

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On Tuesday, a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of North Korea heavily criticised a report made by the United Nations on child malnutrition in North Korea, which found around 100 thousand children in North Korea are suffering from malnutrition. This malnutrition crisis is in part caused by buy modafinil mexico border closures, according to The Korea Times.

In the statement, the director of the Research Institute for Nutrition Care of Children, which is a part of the Academy of Medical Science of the DPRK, described the report as "a sheer lie", "seriously distorted" and being "a black-hearted act of hostility to tarnish the image of our country". The statement further added: In our country, nutrition care of children is deemed a top priority despite difficult conditions and insufficiency. [...] But those self-styled experts wearing the berets of UN are distorting the situation of our country in order to create an impression that serious "malnutrition of children" exists in our country.

UN's report published on March 10 used the observations of Tomás Ojea Quintana, special rapporteur on the matter of human rights in North Korea. In the report, Quintana said COVID-19 led to deaths by starvation following the decline in business. UN's report mentioned "several individuals who were caught breaking anti-epidemic prevention measures were reportedly executed in public". These alleged executions are said to have taken place in cities including the country's capital city, Pyongyang, where a man was allegedly executed for having partaken in 'illicit trade' with buy modafinil new zealand, the report elaborated.

In a The Korea Times article, an unnamed non-governmental organisation said "approximately 440 thousand children and pregnant and lactating women will not receive micronutrients, approximately 95 thousand acutely malnourished children will not receive necessary treatment and approximately 101 thousand kindergarten-aged children will not receive fortified foods".

Border restrictions in North Korea have been implemented as a way to stop the spread of COVID-19, but the restrictions have caused shortages of necessary goods such as medicine, Reuters reported quoting Russia's diplomatic mission to North Korea. These shortages have caused an "exodus" of foreign diplomats leaving North Korea, the same report added.


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Wikinews interviews Adrian Mizher, independent candidate for Texas' 6th congressional district special election

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 

Portrait of Ron Wright, whose death left a vacancy.
Image: United States Congress.

Wikinews extended invitations by e-mail on March 23 to multiple candidates running in the Texas' 6th congressional district special election of May 1 to fill a vacancy left upon the death of Republican congressman Ron Wright. Of them, independent candidate Adrian Mizher agreed to answer some questions by phone on March 30 about their campaigns and policies. The following is the interview with Mr Mizher.

Mizher describes himself as a senior loan closer on his LinkedIn profile at BBVA USA, a Birmingham-based subsidiary of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria. He has lived in Kennedale, Texas for five years and the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area for 16 of the last 24 years. A cum laude graduate of Southwestern Adventist University, he grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has lived for eight years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He endeavours to bring "a never ending fight for fidelity to the Constitution and promotion of our Conservative values", speaking to Wikinews on matters ranging from the economy to immigration.

An Inside Elections poll published on March 18 shows Republican candidate Susan Wright, the widow of Ron Wright, is ahead by 21% followed by Democrat Jana Sanchez with 17% and Republican Jake Ellzey with 8% with a 4.6% margin of error among 450 likely voters. The district is considered "lean Republican" by Inside Elections and voted 51% in favour of Donald Trump in last year's buy modafinil amsterdam presidential election. This is down from 54% for Trump in 2016's presidential election, the same poll stated.

Interview with Adrian Mizher (Independent candidate)[edit]

Interview with Congressional candidate Adrian Mizher.
Image: J. J. Liu.
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: Could you please introduce yourself, your history and your background in politics and otherwise?

Adrian Mizher.
Image: Adrian Mizher.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, my name is Adrian Mizher. I don't have much history in official politics — I've never run for office before — but I have been paying attention to politics my whole life, I have been playing close attention to it, so I feel myself just as knowledgeable as anyone else is on the issues of the day, and the history of the news and politics during my lifetime, like I said I have been paying close attention to. So, that's pretty much it in terms of the history of politics. This is my first foray into a[n] official race for either national or local politics.

I graduated college in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in accounting from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. I have a wife, three children. I was a history and math teacher for five years after college and then got into banking; have been in banking for the last 16 years. That's it, that's my résumé!

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are, in your opinion, the powers and duties of the representative?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, as it lists in the Constitution: to carry out the duties that the Constitution lists for Congress to do in Article One, Section 8 and to uphold that Constitution against any invasion both foreign and domestic as the Oath says. Primarily, what a representative is supposed to do is carry the power of the purse and make sure that the federal budget is such that fits with its Constitutional limitations, which of course they are certainly not doing and haven't done for quite a long time.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) You're running as an independent in a House district controlled by the Republicans since 1983, and currently contested by both major parties as well as the Libertarian Party. Why do you think Texas will elect an independent this time?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, I think if people get to know my viewpoints, they will see that they are very grounded in the Constitution and in our Founding Principles, and they are very conservative at heart: things that the Republican Party should be, but often is not. We, not necessarily just from this district, but we have elected many Republicans to Congress who, when they get there, don't act so Republican. So, in this case, because it was a unique situation, I chose to take a label that would be more clear about the message I want to bring: even clearer than the label of 'Republican'. So, I put down on my application 'Constitution Party', so I would run under the banner of the Constitution Party. The Secretary of State's office then informed me, after they have said "yes, I can put that" that the Constitution Party, while it is a political party, is not officially registered with the Secretary of State, so they couldn't list me under that name on the ballot, and so my choice at that point was to be listed as an independent, which I took. So, it's not so much a calculation of "I think Texas will elect an independent" in a Republican-controlled district as it was the ability to, like I said, make a clearer messaging on my label rather than just the label "Republican", without it being political suicide like it would be in a normal election and without it splitting or fracturing the vote away from another Republican any more than it will be completely splintered with all 23 candidates.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What do you think about the governance of the late Ron Wright [...] the election itself was of course called because of his death?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) Yes, his untimely passing is very sad. I thought Ron was an excellent Congressman. I met Ron several times, had some private conversations with him, and I have to give him great credit for doing everything, as far as I know, that he said in his campaign he was going to do. And everything he told me, like I said, in private, that he would be interested in getting done. He went out and voted the right way, and did the best he could to get that done. So, I have nothing but good things to say about Congressman Wright — I thought he did a great job for our district and I'm sorry to see that he's gone.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are some of the most pressing issues you will raise to Congress if elected?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) The one I already mentioned, almost to the exclusion of all else, which is to shrink the size of the federal government and the federal budget. The federal government is far too large, it is far too involved in our everyday lives. It's far too outside the bounds of its constitutional limitations. And I fear we are headed towards even worse things to come, and we need to turn that around and bring it back down to the size that it was always intended, and make our local and state governments more important in our lives and the federal government less important. That's by far the number one issue in for Congressman Mizher. And that's by far the number one issue that I want to speak about on the campaign trail.

Stop the Steal protests during last year's presidential election.
Image: Elvert Barnes.

Other issues that are also of importance: election integrity. Unfortunately, it's always been of course important, but it is all that much more important nowadays after the 2020 election that we just went through. Whether or not that election was "stolen", as people say, I really don't know. I certainly don't have evidence to show that it was, nor have I seen foolproof evidence to show that it wasn't, but the problem is that so many people believe it was. Whether it was or was not, the fact that many people think it was — that's an issue, and we have to do something to make sure that people have confidence in the elections. If we don't have that, we don't have anything and, unfortunately, more violence will ensue because of that feeling if we don't get a handle on it. So, that is another hugely important issue that Congressman Mizher wants to speak about and work on.

Immigration is another big issue. Illegal immigration is a problem, and we need to make it easier and simpler and less costly to legally immigrate; we should be welcoming all the immigrants that we can that want to come here, and we should be glad to have them. And, often the Republican Party does not speak in those words, and they ought to, because we're so anxious to kerb illegal immigration, as well we should. But, the best way to stop the flow of illegal immigration is to make our legal immigration system much simpler and more easy to access, as well as, like I said, less costly and less time-consuming. And, I think most people would choose to legally immigrate if we could make the system better than it currently is.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Your website says both "we must remain a sovereign nation who is in control of all our borders" and "our immigration process should be simple enough that a child can follow it." Could you please elaborate?

Plaque inside the base of the Statue of Liberty with the sonnet The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus.
Image: National Park Service/Emma Lazarus.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) Yeah! I think it also says on the website, if I can quote myself, that if somebody wants to come here—I certainly believe in the poem that's on the Statue of Liberty: that we do want the world's tempest-tost, and those that were not wanted somewhere else, and they may not have amounted to something somewhere else in the world, but they can in America. And they can with the freedom and opportunity that our country provides; we want them and we want them to achieve their best and make us better by them coming here, as have waves of immigrants in the past, of which all of us, (virtually all of us), have descended from. And, we need to continue that pattern where we are welcoming immigrants to come here.

To elaborate on how to make the process simpler: if they don't have a communicable disease, if they do not have a history of criminal activity, if they're willing to learn English — of course they may or may not know English when they show up at our doorstep — and if they're willing to learn American history — they may or may not know that when they show up at our doorstep — and, down the road are willing to pledge allegiance to our flag and our values and say "yeah, I'd like to be an American", then we want them! If they're not bringing us harm, either through physical disease or criminal behaviour, we want them. And then, all we ask is that those simple things — learn our language, assimilate into our culture while bringing your own culture and its influences to us to improve what we have here in our melting pot — and we want you. And then, you can be allowed in on a temporary basis to do whatever it is you've stated you've come here to do, and then work your way towards citizenship — and again, I wouldn't make it be that long; I know now people have thrown around 'seven years', '14 years', to me that seems too long!

If somebody wants to be here and wants to be an immigrant, we want them to be here. Again, within certain limitations: we can't take everybody, but we certainly should have an annual cap of some kind — I don't have a particular number in mind on what that would be — but I want people to be here who want to be here.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Your website states "as the Founders, did we must appeal to the Supreme Judge for our safety and well being"; "we must regain the firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence as our Declaration urges us to seek." Could you please elaborate on that?

The US Declaration of Independance.
Image: Second Continental Congress.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, I think it sort of speaks for itself. America and its founding is inextricably tied to Judeo-Christian values and a belief in God and a Creator, if they don't use the word 'God' in the Declaration of Independence, but in the divine — if you read the writings that they wrote to each other at the time, clearly all of these men had some belief to some extent or another in the supernatural, in the divine, in something greater than ourselves, in something — a guiding hand — that we have over us that provides us values and a moral code to which we should aspire.

And, I think that America has been throwing that away for at least half a century now, and running as quickly as we can in the opposite direction throughout my lifetime. Most of the time, I see God and Godly values, especially those of Christianity, if not other religions, trashed and ridiculed and made fun of in popular culture, and I think that has a corrosive effect on our society that I think is very detrimental. And, I think it is one of, if not the main cause of many of the social ills we see today; is the fact that many people do not have this belief that there is something greater than themselves: something to which they must aspire to. And therefore we're all a little kingdom unto ourselves to decide what we believe to be right and wrong, and where we differ it's just going to be the guy with the biggest stick who gets to beat his way onto the other guy. And, I think that's a very dangerous place to be, and I hope we turn around from that direction and go back to where our roots were in our founding.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) How will you handle the vaccine rollout if elected?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) How would I handle the vaccine rollout if elected? Well, I'm not sure that that's Congress' responsibility to decide how to handle the vaccine rollout. Get as many vaccines out as quickly as we can, and let the states governments and local governments decide how best to distribute them to their population, and pretty much just be out of the way and do what they need to have done.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) How will you help the economically-disadvantaged if elected?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) I think the best way to help the economically disadvantaged is to put that help as close to them as possible, and to get it out of Washington, D.C. I think every time Washington D.C. tries to help people, they almost always create more trouble than they solve. So, those who are economically disadvantaged are going to best be helped by their friends and family and communities and local organisations and charities that are near them and on the ground. The argument will come back the other way: "well, what about those who fall through the cracks?" Well, that is what local and state government is for. I don't believe Americans are so callous that they'll let people be starving or destitute on the street who don't want to be. They will find a way to help their fellow man.

Right now, a lot of people just pass by those on the street we see that are destitute because "you know what? I've paid taxes, and the federal government is taking care of that, therefore I've already done my duty". But I would like to devolve that back to the localities and to personal responsibility to say, "You know what? The homeless in your area, those who are sick in your area and don't have healthcare, those who are poor and need food in your area: they're your responsibility. And I want you people, the locals to pick those up for, again, friends, family, churches, local communities, charities" and, if all else fails and a government needs to step in so we don't have those sick and starving, then that should be as local a government as possible because it will provide the best help for that person rather than the big meat cleaver from Washington, D.C. that just has to throw out money in a one-size-fits all sort of solution. Plus, it will be allowed to require back from the person receiving help certain responses that you would want from this person so that hopefully, they are not continually needing of this help but only on a temporary basis. And, I'm happy to help you out, and here is how we can get on a path where you won't need my help anymore. That's much more likely to come from local help than it is from a cold and distant help from Washington, D.C.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are your thoughts on President buy modafinil liverpool?

Portrait of Joe Biden.
Image: The White House.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) [laughs] I think you could probably guess based by what I'm saying! He's far too much into the left-wing agenda. You know, I think, like a lot of politicians Joe Biden is doing what he needs to do in order to satisfy the constituency he continues to satisfy to stay in power. I'm not even sure all the things he's proposing are things Joe Biden really believes are going to work. I mean, I think that's true of a lot of politicians: I think they propose and promote theories and ideas that they themselves don't even truly believe in oftentimes, but they know that they need to do these things for political expediency. And, I think his agenda is far too left-wing and unconstitutional, and I don't support it from — almost all of it.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) All right, moving onto the complete other side of it, what are your thoughts on the former President [Donald] Trump?

Photograph of Donald Trump.
Image: Michael Vadon.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) Ah, President Trump! I think President Trump did a lot of great things for the United States of America. I give him a lot of credit for much of his foreign policy, although not all of it. Especially in the Middle East, where he was successful in bringing about peace agreements; I am a strong supporter of his moving the embassy to Jerusalem, I thought that was a great and courageous move. For the most part, I think he did a pretty good job of appointing constitutionalists to the judiciary, although I'm slightly disappointed in all three of his nominees to the Supreme Court, but certainly better than some that we've had in the past.

I think President Trump gets a lot of credit for de-regulation and cutting of government red tape, which helped the economy quite a bit, and certainly is in line with my philosophy of governance and how things should go. I'm a bit frustrated with President Trump on two subjects: one, his caustic and divisive nature did not win as many converts as could have, if he had learned how to speak a little better and more politely. I do like, in fact, the thing I probably like most about him is we finally had a Republican — a big national Republican who was willing to fight the left — most Republicans that I see are spineless cowards and not willing to fight the left and they run cowering into the corner afraid to be called a racist and a bigot and a homophobe and a sexist and a xenophobe and all the other names that leftists like to put on us. Trump did not run from that and I appreciate that — that he was willing to fight the left, and he stood strong against all of their attacks, especially from the leftist media — I know I'm talking to the media now so pardon me for disparaging you — so I really appreciate that about Donald Trump that he was a fighter and that he was willing to fight for the values that I believe in.

But, I think he often did it in a[n] overly brash, overly caustic, overly harsh way that wasn't necessary. And was not able to explain why. The conservative values that he says he held — in which he governed from for the most part — why those were a better way, and he needs to — any national leader needs to be able to do that. It's fine to speak to the choir — I could go to a room of Republicans and they'd all applaud [for] everything I've told you so far. But that doesn't do us very much good unless we can convince independents and Democrats to say "hey, you know what? This smaller government thing, this constitutionally-limited government thing, this really is a good idea! This is actually the best way to help the poor, this is actually the best way to get people healthcare, this is actually the best way to take care of the environment and all the other issues" that we are often told we don't care about.

And last point on President Trump: frustrated quite a bit with his attitude. He made it difficult to defend him, oftentimes, and that's a frustrating thing because you want to defend the agenda, but then when he does or says some things that are indefensible, it becomes difficult because those two things are so tied together. And lastly, my biggest criticism of Donald Trump is he did not cut the size of the federal government. Donald Trump talked a lot about 'better' government: "I'm going to do this better than Obama", "I'm going to do that better than Obama", "I'm going to be more efficient", "I'm going to cut red tape": that's great. But I want smaller government, Mr President. I want you to cut spending, but he didn't do — he spent more money than Obama did! And, I have a real problem with that. That is not conservative. And, that's often true of a lot of Republicans. They talk a lot like I do, about fiscal responsibility but when they get their hands in the pie, they like to spend as much as anybody else. And I have a real problem with that. I think that was the biggest failing of President Trump.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Do you have any remaining thoughts on the ongoing Southern border crisis?

Overcrowding of families observed by OIG on June 11, 2019, at Border Patrol’s Weslaco, TX, Station.
Image: Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) Well yes, I have a lot of thoughts, I mean, as you can tell, I have a lot of thoughts and opinions about everything! The current border crisis I find interesting — again, both sides like to use this to bludgeon the other side with. When President Trump was in office, kids in cages were awful. Now that President Biden's in office, these aren't kids in cages, they're merely minors in detention centres until we can find some better place for them to be. But Republicans will say "hey, when Trump was in office [...] those aren't kids in cages, we have to stop the bleeding" but now all of a sudden Biden's in office "look at him he's so cruel" and I'm very frustrated with the illegal immigration debate because frankly, it's not that difficult to solve.

It's gonna be a lot like how we decide to let people in or out of our house as a guest. We check them out: if we think they're safe, we're going to let them in and welcome them in. If not, then we won't and we need more immigration judges, we need more case workers, we need more personnel there to deal with these millions coming over. And then we can enforce the few laws we should have, the very simple process that we should have, we should be able to enforce it very strictly. And, we're not. But it's not just Joe Biden's fault, which is what a lot of Republicans would tell you. Suddenly now this is this huge crisis and before it was not. That's not true. Now, it's more of a crisis now because Biden said "yeah, welcome in, we have open borders" so of course more are coming, but is the practice really all that different than what President Trump was doing? And, frankly I don't see the evidence that it is.

And, that's bothersome to me: that both sides use the issue, but both sides don't seem to really to want to solve the issue unless the other side capitulates and solves it their way. Now, that's very bothersome to me.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Regarding the economy, your website states your goal in office will be to "begin to move us towards a more balanced approach" because "our society's foundation and framework are far outside of the needed balance." Could you please elaborate?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, I'm a big fan of capitalism over socialism, which is under heavy attack nowadays: that "capitalism is bad". But I think that there, again, this goes to Republicans not being able to explain our messaging very well. There are problems with capitalism too, and a much better term for the system that we should have, but don't have, is the free-enterprise system. Because capitalism, the left is, in many ways correct. It rewards greed, and it rewards meanness in some ways. I'm not a big fan of big business either, I do agree they try to keep all the money for themselves and mistreat their workers — I am one of those workers and I've worked for a living my whole life, and they're right. The employer is absolutely trying to pay you as little as possible and get as much work out of you as possible. Of course!

And the worker is of course trying to get as much money as possible for as little effort as possible. Naturally. Now there's nothing wrong with either of those doing that, we just got to understand that's what human nature is. And so capitalism does reward those with the capital, and therefore the rich are advantaged. And I have a problem with that. The government should not give an advantage to the rich. The government should have a free enterprise — I think that's a much better word for it — point of view where it gives no preference to either. Here's an example: if somebody comes to my little town in Kennedale, and it's Amazon[.com], and Amazon says "you know what? We want to set up a huge plant and we're going to employ 25 thousand people." Well I can promise you that plant will be under construction very, very quickly. They will get tax breaks, the red carpet will be rolled out for them, all the regulations will be waived as much as possible and Amazon will be in business as quickly as possible. But if you or I wanted to start a little coffee shop, it's not that they would tell us "no", but we would certainly have to pay for all of the necessary fees. We would have to go through all of the hoops that are naturally there, and we would be disadvantaged as opposed to Amazon. I have a problem with that, when the rich guy gets the red carpet rolled out for him and the small guy doesn't, and that's what capitalism does. And, I think our government needs to take a much more even-handed balanced approach to not providing those preferences, and I think we would have more small- and medium-sized businesses which then would increase competition, and I'm just not a fan of too big to fail and there's a lot of businesses in this country that are too big to fail and are able to easily crowd out the smaller guys. And I don't like that.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are your thoughts on the size of the US military?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) It's too big. As far as I know, I would need some justification for why we have to be that big. Now this is not going to be popular for me amongst Republicans, I'm going to get attacked by the right on that. But unless I can have some justification for why we are spending more than — again here's a leftist talking point — more than the other nine countries behind us combined — yeah! I'd like to know why we're doing that too If we conservatives — if we constitutionalists think that Social Security is a waste of money and Medicaid's a waste of money and Medicare's a waste of money and the Department of Education's unconstitutional and a waste of money and the Department of Energy's unconstitutional and a waste of money but The Pentagon doesn't? I don't understand that logic.

The Pentagon wastes a lot of money, just as much as anybody else. Because the federal government can't do anything well without wasting money — any large enterprise like that naturally; gather that many human beings together trying to do something and there's going to be a waste of energy and money. The Pentagon needs to have its belt tightened quite a bit, and it needs to justify more for why it has the money it has, rather than just having it. Now as a Congressman, I wouldn't be in charge like the President is, but I would think the President would want an answer to say "hey, why are we doing this? Why do we have soldiers over there?" 'Cause I can't stand news reports where I hear "three Americans died in a helicopter crash today in Namibia" and why are we even having soldiers in Namibia? And that's a real problem to me, and what a Congressman is able to do about that is to hold the purse-strings until he gets justification from The Pentagon as to why it needs as much money as they want.

So, your question was the size of the military, right? Wasn't that your original question. And the bottom line is it's too big. It's too big. It does not need to be that big. It needs to be smaller than it is, unless we have some justification that can be given to say "hey, we need this and we need to do that with it", okay.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are your thoughts on the criminal justice system?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) Um, I think it is a big problem, but not for the reasons that, again, you're gonna — I guess this makes me sound more independent every time I say "both sides", but it is not for the reasons that leftists are trying to teach us, which is that America's a horrible racist indelibly-marked place that can never recover from its racist past. I don't believe that to be true. Certainly there are elements of racism still around, and in government, and people are not being treated right from time-to-time over the issue of race. And where that is occurring, it must be shouted loudly and mercilessly stomped out. I will be the first in line to end any form of racism from anybody anywhere, but I think that that is overused in today's society; the left finds it everywhere! Racism, racism, racism to the point where it means nothing anymore.

Portrait of John Edwards.
Image: US Senate.

And, unfortunately, I think it does crowd out the fact that there are two systems of justice. There's a system of justice for the haves: if you can hire the better lawyer who can play the game better, you're probably going to have a better chance, and the have-nots, who are not going to get as good a shake in the justice system. It is unfortunately not as blinded as our little statues tell us that it is. Now, this won't make me popular on the left but I look at somebody like Hillary Clinton or Hunter Biden, I feel like they're getting away with stuff. Again, do I have proof of that? Of course not, I'm reading biased news like everybody else. My judgement is they're getting away with stuff. But I am for sure that prominent Republicans get away with stuff too. Prominent non-political figures get away with stuff. There are definitely, as John Edwards famously said — somebody whose policies I can't stand but he was correct in this, although not for the reasons he said, — "there are Two Americas"; there are two systems of justice, that's true.

America does have a problem with classism, much more so than it has a problem with racism. But because we are so hyper-focused — oftentimes where it doesn't exist — on racism, the classism gets covered up. So our justice system needs to be more responsive and — like I said with everything else — more localised. I would love to see a justice system — the example I always use, it's going to get scoffed at by many people, is Mayberry, The Andy Griffith Show. And that's a fake TV show and of course reality can't mirror that, but if we could try, that would be the right way to go where justice, is that we call it a 'justice system' but it so often doesn't dispense justice and it operates much more like a legal system rather than a justice system and it dispenses legal opinions.

And again, if you're better at playing the game, you're more likely to have a good outcome and it should not be that way. It needs to be more localised, under more local control where you know your police officer's name who's getting you in trouble, where you know the judge's name who you're going before and he knows your name and he says "Hey Adrian, what're you in here for? Oh, okay." and he can dispense then actual justice, which is going to be a blend of punishment and mercy and rehabilitation tailored to what I need, or what that criminal needs. So again, that devolving of the power back towards the people, I think that's the better way to do better justice system than we have now.

Then-president Lyndon B Johnson signing the Medicare bill.
Image: White House Press Office.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are your thoughts on Medicare?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) I think it's completely unconstitutional and eventually — I need to stress that word: eventually — it needs to be done away with. It is not the federal government's responsibility to be providing healthcare or access to healthcare — not actually providing healthcare, providing access to healthcare or healthcare insurance to the poor and those who don't have it. It is a bad idea to think that the federal government is going to distribute that and do it well. There are much better ways to provide healthcare. If a government needs to be providing healthcare to somebody it should be the state government, or even better their local city government who can dispense a form of what we now call Medicare. But, it's definitely unconstitutional. There's no way to justify that.

Just because it's unconstitutional doesn't make it a bad idea — there are some things that are unconstitutional that "yes, yeah you're right Adrian it's not in the Constitution but it's still a good idea". This is both unconstitutional and a bad idea. It is not a good idea for us to pay money to Washington, D.C. so they can turn around and pay it back to us in the form of helping the poor have access to healthcare that they otherwise wouldn't. So, eventually it needs to be done away with. We can't go in there guns blazing like a bull in a china closet and just start yanking the rug out from everybody and cutting these programmes off, because you're going to cause more human suffering than you're going to solve. But it needs to be rolled back, and people need to understand that we are headed the other direction, guys. You're gonna have to solve your own problems more locally, and think of solutions for yourselves more locally rather than relying on us to do it up in Washington [D.C].

People in New York protesting against the discrimination faced by people of Chinese and other East Asian ethnicities.
Image: Andrew Ratto.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are your thoughts on the rise in anti-Asian sentiment as a result of the pandemic and recent shooting[s] in Atlanta?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) I'm not sure there is a rise in anti-Asian sentiment, I know the media tells us there is. Again, like I said before about racism — I don't want to say there's notnot, I certainly can't prove there isn't a rise in anti-Asian sentiment, I'm just not sure that there is. And, from what I understand — I'm no expert on what happened in Atlanta a couple weeks ago, — but my understanding is that it didn't have anything to do with race. It happened to be that most of the victims were Asian, but that that was not the intended target, necessarily, of the perpetrator, the criminal. So, again, I am leaving room for myself to be wrong there, or in many other famous incidents that get reported on the news about racism. From what I can tell, it does not appear to be a racially-motivated issue.

So, I will take issue with the question at first. I am not sure — although I am not-not sure — that there is a rise in anti-Asian sentiment. This pandemic has been around with us for a year, so you would think we would be hearing more about this anti-Asian sentiment since then, so it seems a little opportunistic now as an issue for certain politicians — mostly on the left — to use to their advantage. But, if there is anti-Asian sentiment, like any other racist nonsense, it must be stamped out mercilessly. First we must show that it's true, and then once demonstrated, it has to be ostracised completely from our society. To judge somebody on the basis of their skin colour or ethnicity to me is the most intellectually-vapid, stupid, moronic, nonsensical thing I've ever heard of. And where that exists, we have to destroy it.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What are your thoughts on President Biden's recent talks with buy modafinil new zealand [on March 19, 2021]?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, again, I need to know more to really determine. Reading the media that I enjoy reading because they agree with my point of view, well, he got taken to school and they took him out of the woodshed and embarrassed us, you know. I don't know, I don't know that that's true, so I need to know more to really have an opinion on his recent talks with China. I'm nervous — I don't trust that Joe Biden is ready to stand up to China in a way that needs to be done, but these most recent talks, again I don't have enough evidence to have an opinion on it and say "yeah, he really screwed up" in this way or that way. It's more of a feeling of general distrust that he is not going to stand up to China in the way that the United States needs to, because China definitely is our most pressing foreign threat at the moment.

Snow storm in Tyler, Texas in February.
Image: Bddpaux.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) The power outage of February left millions without power, including of course the 6th district, sometimes for days. Its damages are estimated at USD 195 billion and 111 [people] are estimated to have been killed. How will you endeavour to prevent this from happening again if elected?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) Well, my house was one of those that was without power and mine is one of the ones with a few thousand dollars worth of damage, so I certainly feel the issue personally. Although, I was out of town — don't print that because then I'll get the Ted Cruz treatment ((*))Note: ‍Adrian Mizher has clarified this was meant as a joke. — I was out of town when this happened on a long-ago scheduled trip, so my adult children were here in the house and had to deal with that. But, my house was definitely affected.

It is not primarily the federal government's responsibility to solve that problem or to prevent it from happening again. So, I'm not trying to duck your question, but along with my philosophy of smaller federal government — this is one of the areas where I don't want us looking to our federal officials and say "what would you do to solve it." Now, what a federal official could do is certainly put pressure on the state officials to solve it and, again, from what I've read — no fully informed expert here — but from what I've read in the media about what happened, we've got quite a few problems: that our power plants are not winterised — naturally, we're in Texas, this doesn't happen very often, — is it really worth wasting the money winterising them or should we just suffer like we did every hundred years when this freak storm comes through. But what was more bothersome to me is hearing that all of the members, or most, of the members from ERCOT [Electric Reliability Council of Texas] were not even citizens of this state!

So, I have criticisms of the way the state government seems to have things set up. But I would say primarily it's a state government issue to find out the reasons for and resolve rather than a federal issue. Because frankly, energy production and distribution, again, is not in the Constitution and there should not be a Department of Energy or a federal role in taking on such things.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What else would set you apart from the Republican Party and other candidates who would also claim to promote "conservative values"?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) I'm sure we're all going to get asked that: "eleven of you Republicans, Adrian — who's an independent but, you know promotes himself as a conservative and constitutionalist — so how are you guys all different, you all sound the same and say the same things." I agree, and I'm glad for that. I don't to distinguish — I don't want to look for ways to say "hey, let me say it a little bit differently this way so I distinguish myself from them"; I hope that all twelve of us — as well as the Libertarian, as well as Phil — and, for that matter any of the Democrats, all want to promote constitutionalism and constitutional ways of governance at the federal level. So, I'm happy that we all sound the same, if indeed we do.

So, where I may or may not have separated myself in these answers already, I'll leave that to you, but one thing I do believe separates me — and I know all these people personally — but I definitely think I am going to be the loudest and most aggressive voice for our conservative values of anybody in the field, and we need that. We need somebody not just with the right ideas in their head, but somebody who has the spine and the aggressiveness to tirelessly and doggedly go after it, the way the left does for their values. We must have that same intensity, we must have that same drive that they do, and I believe I'm able to explain these values to others in a way — like I criticised President Trump for that he could not — I am able to explain this in a way that I believe won't convince everybody, certainly, you never will do that, but will be able to convince many people that the conservative values doesn't equal racism, the conservative values doesn't equal hates the poor, hates minorities, hates women, things the left portrays us as. We have to fight against that and I think I, and my personality, would both couple the aggressiveness, but also the ability to explain these values to people who may not currently understand them and have a misconception of what conservatism is.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) How has COVID-19 affected your campaign?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) buy modafinil mexico has not affected my campaign that I can tell. Now, I have never campaigned without COVID-19 around so I guess I don't have a reference point, but I can't tell an effect that COVID-19 has had on my campaign.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) If you aren't elected this time, what are your ambitions for the future?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) I think that remains to be seen. I don't know.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Lighthearted comment before we finish this: which historical figure do you identify with the most, and why? It is an open-ended question.

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
Image: Alexander Gardner.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) I would say my favourite historical — I would say Jesus Christ, who is certainly historical, but to me is well beyond historical as my favourite, but that also takes us out of "light-hearted" and into a much more serious spiritual place. So I'll say Abraham Lincoln is my favourite historical figure, somebody who I have tremendous admiration for. Working under the difficult circumstances that he did and the growth that he showed in his political life from where he was in the 1850s to right up to his death; how he showed growth in his opinions and came to understand — again I believe in divine guidance — things that he previously had not understood. So, I think Abraham Lincoln would be my favourite although I don't know that I'm a whole lot like Lincoln other than sharing the same values.

Portrait of Ronald Reagan.
Image: US Government.

So, I certainly have great admiration for Ronald Reagan as well: that's definitely someone I want to be like. Speaking of lighthearted, but his lighthearted humour and his ability to connect with people on that level is something I feel I am like and certainly aspire to be. So I picked two obvious ones. Yeah, kind of bland, right? Ask a Republican: "who do you want to be like?" "Oh, Lincoln and Reagan...", so yeah. Sorry that it's so generic.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Any final comments?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Adrian MizherWikinews waves Right.png)) Nope! I'm pretty sure I laid it out, said it all. If I have a closing statement it's going to be to repeat what I said in the opening.


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North Korea tests two missiles

Friday, March 26, 2021 

On Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide announced North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles in the sea near Japan. Japanese authorities said the first missile was launched at 22:04 UTC and another followed at 22:23 UTC. According to reports, the two missiles flew for 420 and 430 kilometers respectively, before falling into the sea.

In an article published by Reuters, Harry Kazianis, senior director of Korean studies at the Center for the National Interest in Washington DC, said "This latest North Korean missile launch is most likely a reaction to U.S. President Joe Biden's downplaying and seeming to laugh off their weekend missile tests. [...] While Biden's comments and chuckle were clearly not meant to trigger a reaction, the North Koreans will use any pretext that is offered to raise the ante -- moving us closer and closer to the dark days of 2017". US president Biden said, "According to the Defense Department, it's business as usual. There's no new, there's no new wrinkle in what they did".

Earlier this week, North Korea fired two short range cruise missiles into their West sea, which neither South Korea nor the US considered a violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Arirang News reported. Quoting local experts, Arirang News also reported, this past missile test "the act is aimed at sending Washington [DC] a warning without being too provocative."

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