The Daily Populous

Saturday August 19th, 2023 day edition

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The Vietnam agreement coincides with an uptick in tension between Hanoi and Beijing over long-standing territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Vietnam — along with the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei — has long protested Beijing’s claim of authority over parts of the South China Sea that extend 1,200 miles from China’s coastline.

Satellite imagery released this week indicates China is building an airfield on an island that Hanoi says is Vietnamese territory.

But the agreement doesn’t necessarily signal that Vietnam is moving away from its giant neighbor China in favor of better ties with Washington.

Vietnam has had a “comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership” with China since 1998 and a similar deal with Russia for more than a decade.

Biden can expect accusations of hypocrisy for championing a values-based foreign policy while upgrading ties with Vietnam’s repressive authoritarian one-party state.

“Vietnam’s human rights record has actually been getting worse, not better,” said Derek Grossman, senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation. »

Polling roundup: Trump has no realistic path to win a general election

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A Fox News poll has Trump with a lower favorability than Biden among important swing groups, including independents, suburban voters (and especially suburban women), and undecided voters.

On top of that, Trump already had the opportunity to expose Biden’s age and cognitive decline in debates three years ago.

He has offered no plan to win a general election, and he never will because such a plan does not exist in reality. »

Spam donates 5 truckloads of beloved canned meat in response to Maui fire

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“Three truckloads of Spam products are on their way to the impacted areas with two more trucks following,” Hormel Foods, the company that owns Spam, said.

Hormel Foods said it has also developed a “Spam Brand loves Maui” t-shirt, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Aloha United Way’s Maui Fire Relief Fund.

Spam was first introduced to Asia-Pacific during World War II, a welcome substitute to meat that was increasingly becoming unaffordable or simply unavailable in the conflict-wracked region. »

Plant-based filter removes up to 99.9% of microplastics from water

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Researchers may have found an effective, green way to remove microplastics from our water using readily available plant materials.

The health problems posed by nano- or microplastics and developing efficient ways to extract them from water have been the focus of recent research.

Testing its ability to capture microplastics, the researchers pumped microplastic-rich water through a column containing bioCap. »

Buyers of Bored Ape NFTs sue after digital apes turn out to be bad investment

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A Sotheby's auction duped investors by giving the Bored Ape NFTs "an air of legitimacy... to generate investors' interest and hype around the Bored Ape brand," the class-action lawsuit claims.

Sotheby's sold a lot of 101 Bored Ape NFTs for $24.4 million at its "Ape In!"

Yuga describes its collection of 10,000 Bored Ape NFTs as "unique digital collectibles living on the Ethereum blockchain" that double as a "Yacht Club membership card." »