The Daily Populous

Saturday November 7th, 2020 morning edition

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It just looked like some old rags, so instead of carefully uncovering it, I pulled on it and tore it to pieces.

I’d actually been digging for antique whisky bottles, and what I didn’t know then was that those “rags” were likely worth thousands.

I did a bit of research into the history of Levi’s, and realised collectors would pay a lot for them, even for scraps.

I started going to the mines regularly with my father-in-law, a geologist, to look especially for denim.

But the mines have been covered in rocks and trash, so it can take weeks and months to dig down, lifting big rocks one by one.

The first time, we knew we’d dug down far enough when we found bits of newspaper dating back to the 1800s.

My father-in-law doesn’t want to sell them and neither do I, but I have two daughters to put through college, so they might have to go. »

Sorry, Elon: Mars is not a legal vacuum – and it’s not yours, either

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Outer space is already subject to a system of international law, and even Elon Musk cannot colombus a new one.

According to article VI OST, States “bear international responsibility for national activities in outer space”, including Mars, including those by “non-governmental entities”.

That line between res communis and terra nullius is the principal legal obstacle to acquiring extra-terrestrial land by the legal process of occupation. »

Black People Repudiated Trump Like He Was a Piece of Used Gum

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Biden is likely to win, even if he ends up losing a state or two where he is currently leading.

Biden did not meet the predictions of preelection polls, whether because the polling industry is trash or because he “underperformed.”

Black people won this election for the Democrats, and nonwhite voters across this country also rejected President Trump. »

Coronavirus: Reopening schools causes R transmission rate to surge, study suggests

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Reopening schools following coronavirus lockdowns is linked to a surge in transmissions within a month, according to the first study to look at the impact of lifting restrictions on the R rate.

The study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, also created models of the impact combinations of measures had on the R rate when introduced.

They said some of the greatest effects on R were seen for measures that were more easily enforceable by law, like schools reopening and public events bans. »

Texas hits 1 million Covid-19 cases, the most in the nation

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Texas eclipsed California, which currently has 960,361 cases, for the lead in this sad category last month.

New coronavirus cases were up in Texas 40 percent, and in California 31 percent, the NBC News analysis showed.

With nearly 9.7 million cases and almost 237,000 deaths, the U.S. leads the world in both coronavirus categories, according to the Johns Hopkins University Covid-19 dashboard. »