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6 Teenage Schoolboys Running for Governor Of Kansas—& Inspiring Millions

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In the great state of Kansas, the law is very clear: you must be 18 years old on election day to cast a vote. You just might recognize this rule - the 26th Amendment ensures its consistency across the entire United States. Kansas, however, forgot to add any caveat regarding how old a citizen must be to run for state office. As a result, six teenagers are running for Governor (the highest position one can hold in the state) in a completely legal, very inspiring way.


Before Valentine's Day, the minors running for Governor seems like a joke, but the #NeverAgain movement has lent their candidacy a poignant air of relevance.

Democrat Jack Bergeson, 16, was the first to enter the gubernatorial race. He was followed shortly thereafter by Republican Tyler Ruzich, 17, who reached out to Bergeson with an interest in collaboration: he wanted the pair to make a statement about the modern political climate. They were soon followed by Libertarian Ethan Randleas, Republican Dominic Scavuzzo, Republican Joseph Tutera, and Green Party candidate Aaron Coleman (all 16-17).

In response to the young candidates, Republican lawmaker Keith Esau is attempting to pass legislation that would set the minimum governing age at 18. Esau told the Kansas City Star:

We have age requirements on voters. Anybody who's running should be able to vote for themselves.

He may have a point, but it's also hard to argue with a statement Ruzich gave to The Washington Post:

You know, lots of people ask me, what can you, Tyler Ruzich, do for people my age? I say, we keep continuing these old man principles that aren't working. In [Alexander] Hamilton's time, someone my age could be commander of a frigate. Did the Founding Fathers consider that a 17-year-old might be governor? I don't know.

Though its fairly unlikely the youngsters will beat out their competitors (who count the current governor and Kansas Secretary of State among them), they're managing to inspire many with their dedication.

It's also hard to disregard these young men when the President of the United States won his office with a comparable amount of governing experience.

Some, however, are skeptical about the idea of a teenage Governor.

Though many reporters covering these young men in the news seem most interested in their age, the teenagers insist they have legitimate stances that deserve to be heard - now more than ever!

When asked about his stance on gun control by Soledad O'Brien, Ruzich replied:

If I'm making an enemy of the NRA, that's something I'm kind of proud of, to be honest. I've seen what gun violence does. It's time that we change the rhetoric and the discussion. Because clearly we are too far gone to say it's a mental illness problem.

Some of Tyler's other areas of concern include governmental transparency, reaching out to the youth, net neutrality, and subsidization of the agricultural class. Though he admits his chances of winning are slim, he intends to usher a new generation into the government. After all, many have had enough of the old one!

There's only one thing many would chance about the teenagers running for office:

​It's time for change!

H/T - Indy 100, The Washington Post

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The wizarding world is now a reality.

Sort of.

A Canadian company has created a real life invisibility cloak, and it's mind-blowing to see in action.

The company, HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp., calls its creation "Quantum Stealth."

See it in action here:

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Describing themselves on their website as "Leaders in Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception", HyperStealth has patents pending on their magical invention.

The "invisibility shield" is made of an inexpensive, paper thin material that bends light to make objects appear to be invisible. The company boasts that it would be able to hide people, vehicles, and even buildings.

Humans hidden by Quantum Stealth would also be undetectable to heat-sensing cameras.

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Guy Cramer, the CEO of HyperStealth and the shield's inventor explained to CTV News:

"This is the same material that you see in 3D books and DVD covers and movie posters where by moving side to side you get a 3D image. We're using the same material and we've removed the picture from behind it to get that effect."

The material was never meant to for public use, but Cramer hopes that his invention will be helpful to Canada's military allies, including the United States.

Since releasing video demonstrations of the "invisibility cloak", military personnel have become interested in learning more about it.

Reception to the prototype, initially demonstrated to militaries in 2011, was lukewarm. But HyperStealth's recent promotional materials have since caught the attention of higher ups.

Cramer has expressed surprise about the public's interest in "Quantum Stealth" on Twitter.

Cramer admitted to CTV that he has reservations about how the material can be used:

"The intention was to keep it out of the public and to allow the military to use it sparingly or bury it. My concern is the criminal element using this at some point in the future and non-allied countries using it against our soldiers out there."

Fans of the Harry Potter series are comparing "Quantum Stealth" to Harry's Invisibility Cloak.





Featured in both the book and movies, Harry's Invisibility Cloak is a made from a magical fabric that he and his friends wear to appear invisible, usually to hide from Hogwarts' staff.

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Twitter is in awe of the invention's unbelievable capabilities.





Though some people share Cramer's worries about it falling into the wrong hands and its use in warfare.





Despite the public's excitement and concerns, Cramer doubts that it will ever be available for civilian use.

When addressing "Quantum Stealth's availability to the general public, he wrote on the HyperStealth website:

"Not in the near future unless the Military decided to release the technology and I don't anticipate that will happen anytime soon."

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