The Daily Populous

Monday September 14th, 2020 evening edition

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But Trump has set off a profound crisis of democratic legitimacy that even a resounding Joe Biden victory may not completely resolve.

Black America, to take one obvious example, has never experienced equal treatment from institutions like the police and the courts.

The civil-rights movement has consisted in large part of fighting to extend the protection of the rule of law to Black people.

The experience of Black racial oppression shows that the absence of the rule of law is a pervasive, terrifying insecurity.

A society without the rule of law is one in which the strong prey upon the weak.

The criminalization of politics is a kind of toxin that breaks down the cooperation required to sustain a democracy.

There is less precedent for what to do when a reasonably healthy democracy elevates a career criminal to the presidency. »

Man stomped on during police arrest in Melbourne's north in induced coma, lawyer says

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A man is in an induced coma in a Melbourne hospital after his head was stomped on by a police officer as he was arrested on Sunday afternoon, his lawyer says.

Victoria Police has referred the arrest to its internal complaints body Lawyer Jeremy King says his client was suffering from mental health issues before the arrest.

Mr King said information on the injuries his client had suffered, and how, was "limited", but he was in an induced coma at the Northern Hospital. »

Vinyl record sales surpass CDs for the first time since the 1980s

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This year, vinyl sales have outpaced CD sales in the United States for the first time since the 1980s.

Vinyl records accounted for $232.1 million of music sales in the first half of the year, compared to CDs, which brought in only $129.9 million, according to a report from the Recording Industry Association of America.

Vinyl records, also known as "records pressed on wax," were commonplace before other formats, such as cassette tapes and CDs, become the preferred mode of listening to music. »

The Criminal Case Against Donald Trump Is in the Works

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It may seem unlikely that Trump will ever wind up in a criminal court.

Once he leaves office, they agree, there is good reason to think Trump will face criminal charges.

And while his lawyers would file every appeal they can think of, none of it would spare Trump the indignity of imprisonment. »

Astronomers find no signs of alien tech after scanning over 10 million stars

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If you have "discover an alien civilization" on your 2020 bingo card, you're going to have to wait a little longer to cross it off.

A new large-scale survey of the sky looked into the dark forest of the cosmos, examining over 10 million stars, but failed to turn up any evidence of alien technologies.

The search for extraterrestrial life "piggy-backs" on other work studying this region to understand the life cycle of stars. »