The Daily Populous

Tuesday March 14th, 2023 morning edition

image for DeSantis and other prominent Republicans blame 'woke' politics for Silicon Valley Bank's collapse instead of bankers miscalibrating risk

Economists say the bank was squeezed by high interests rate and a balance sheet laden with Treasury bills.

The GOP has increasingly portrayed itself as against "wokeism" in all aspects even when the definition is unclear.

Conservatives are blasting their new boogeyman of wokeism after the second-largest bank collapse in US history, eschewing the more straightforward story of problematic balance sheets in favor of raw politics.

DeSantis made that fight central to his book that he's touting in politically important states like Iowa before an expected presidential run.

He has led the charge to divest state-owned funds from money managers that use the environmental, social, and governance framework.

Economists and banking experts so far have chalked up Silicon Valley Bank's failure to much more apolitical circumstances.

While companies may be investing in "woke" priorities like clean energy, it's because they're making money from doing so. »

Texas Researchers Use Okra to Remove Microplastics from Wastewater

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But thanks to a new study from researchers at Tarleton State University in Fort Worth, Texas, the small-but-mighty pods are now being seen in an entirely new light.

Researchers discovered that food-grade plant extracts from okra have the power to remove microplastics from wastewater.

The study found that polysaccharides from okra and fenugreek were best for removing microplastics from ocean water, while a combo of okra and tamarind worked best for freshwater. »

Polls show Erdogan lags opposition by more than 10 points ahead of May vote

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The polls also show the opposition bloc, called the Nation Alliance, leading the parliamentary race, at least six points ahead of Erdogan's AK Party (AKP) and its allies.

Erdogan faces the biggest challenge to his 20-year rule after the erosion of his popularity during a cost-of-living crisis.

The main opposition bloc got 46.4%, while the AKP and MHP earned 37.8%, the poll, published on March 10, showed. »

China's Xi Jinping vows to make military 'great wall of steel' in first speech of new presidential term

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China’s leader Xi Jinping on Monday vowed to bolster national security and build the military into a “great wall of steel,” in the first speech of his precedent-breaking third term as president.

Speaking at the closing of the annual meeting of China’s rubber-stamp parliament, Xi underscored the need to comprehensively modernize national defense and the military.

At the start of his speech Monday, Xi thanked the delegates for his reappointment. »