The Daily Populous

Tuesday October 19th, 2021 night edition

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Critics of the theocracy in Tehran tend to cast that outcome as a nightmare scenario.

But neither diplomacy nor covert action nor the threat of military force has done much to slow Iran’s march toward the bomb, much less stop it.

There is little doubt that Tehran, building on decades of illicit research and production, could quickly enrich enough uranium to test a nuclear device.

Soon after the Iranians test a nuclear weapon, there will be much handwringing and finger-pointing.

Washington would have to put Tehran on notice that it would be held responsible for any use or transfer of its new weapons.

And just as an Iranian bomb would solidify an anti-regime consensus in Washington, so, too, would it fortify opposition to the mullahs at home.

As such, it would probably focus on internal economic development, mending fences with the international community, and acceding to global norms. »

Diver pulls 900-year-old Crusader sword from seafloor

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A diver found a 900-year-old sword dating back to the Crusader period off the Carmel beach in the north of the country, along with various other artifacts, the Israel Antiques Authority said Monday.

Spying stone and metal anchors, Katzin also noticed the sword, which was encrusted with marine life.

However, finds are elusive as they are revealed or covered over with the shifting sands on the seafloor. »

Final Fantasy 14 (FFXIV) for Xbox discussions with Microsoft are 'positive,' says game director Naoki Yoshida

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In the interview (you can view his comments at around 3:40), Yoshida says, "we are still in discussions with Microsoft and I feel like our discussions are going in a positive-like tone.

Final Fantasy XIV has been enjoying a huge boom in popularity and financial success in the past few months.

Final Fantasy XIV's fourth expansion, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker will be released on Nov. 23, 2021 for PC and PlayStation systems. »

GOP senator Bill Cassidy calls for senility test for aging leaders

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), a physician, told me during an "Axios on HBO" interview that he favors cognition tests for aging leaders of all three branches of government.

Cassidy, a gastroenterologist, told me during our wide-ranging interview in Chalmette, La., that in your 80s, you begin a "rapid decline.".

Asked if he'd favor such a test for those leaders, Cassidy said: "Of course.". »

Confused governor says looking at webpage's HTML is criminal hacking

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During a Thursday press conference, the confused elected official lashed out at a journalist who reported a vulnerability in an official Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.

The website apparently included teachers' Social Security numbers in the HTML.

We reached out to the office of the governor in an attempt to understand how it could have bungled this so badly. »