The Daily Populous

Tuesday April 2nd, 2019 night edition

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René Descartes, for example, believed that God could do absolutely anything, even the logically impossible, such as draw a round square.

But even if we accept, for the sake of argument, Aquinas’ explanation, there are other problems to contend with.

It evidently would be a world very different from the one we currently inhabit, but a possible world all the same.

Indeed, if God is morally perfect, it is difficult to see why he wouldn’t have created such a world.

But if God knows everything, then God must know at least as much as human beings do.

And if human beings know what it is like to want to inflict pain on others for pleasure’s sake, without any other benefit, then so does God.

But to say that God knows what it is like to want to inflict pain on others is to say that God is capable of malicious enjoyment. »

Q&A: Author Ralph Keyes on 'Euphemania' and Euphemisms

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The euphemisms we choose to use tell us something about our values, and they tell us about what makes us uncomfortable.

I define euphemisms as what I call comfort words — they're words we use in place of words that make us uncomfortable.

So the next day he sent her a corsage with a card saying, "Pin this on your white meat.". »

Pregnant whale washed up in Italian tourist spot had 22 kilograms of plastic in its stomach

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(CNN) The carcass of a pregnant sperm whale that washed up in Sardinia, Italy, last week had 22 kilograms (49 pounds) of plastic in its stomach, and was carrying a dead fetus, the country's environment minister and a marine life non-profit organization said.

The whale had 22 kilograms (49 pounds) of plastic in its stomach.

The dead animal, which was eight meters (26 feet) long, washed up on a beach in the Sardinian tourist hotspot of Porto Cervo. »

D.E.A. Secretly Collected Bulk Records of Money-Counter Purchases

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Seeking leads about who might be a drug trafficker, the D.E.A. started in 2008 to issue blanket administrative subpoenas to vendors to learn who was buying money counters.

The agency collected tens of thousands of records showing the names and addresses of people who bought the devices.

The public version of the report, which portrayed the program as legally questionable, blacked out the device whose purchase the D.E.A. had tracked. »

Don’t Wait For a Redacted Mueller Report

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Andrew Harnik, File/AP Photo Law And Order Don’t Wait For a Redacted Mueller Report The law is clear: Congress is entitled to the full 400 pages.

Congressional Democrats are right to demand the full report – but they are wrong to ask the attorney general to violate the law.

Instead, they should learn from the lessons of Watergate and the example of Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski and House Judiciary Chair Peter Rodino. »