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    Daily Digest 1/23 – Experimental vaccine stocks jump on concerns about new virus in China, Calling Things By Their Real Names

    by Daily Digest

    Thursday, January 23, 2020, 4:56 PM

Economy

Experimental vaccine stocks jump on concerns about new virus in China (Sparky1)

Shares of small vaccine makers gained sharply in Tuesday trading over growing concerns about the spread of a new coronavirus in China that has infected at least 200 people.

There have been about 275 confirmed infections and at least six deaths, stemming from an outbreak in Wuhan City in China, according to Chinese authorities. Infections have also been reported in Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday that a U.S. resident who had traveled to Wuhan has been diagnosed with the virus. He lives and is being treated in Washington state.

Civil War II: Gun control could push Virginia counties to join West Virginia (Thomas R.)

West Virginia lawmakers are scrambling to let rural Virginia counties join the Mountain State amid conservative voter anger with the new Democratic majority in Richmond and its push for gun control and other liberal initiatives.

In a building fight that echoes the Civil War-era split of the Old Dominion that created West Virginia in 1863, 40 of 100 West Virginia House delegates have signed on to legislation that would accept revolting Virginia counties and towns.

Amazon just filed a bunch of international trademarks for ‘Amazon Pharmacy’ (Sparky1)

Amazon has filed to trademark “Amazon Pharmacy” in Canada, the U.K. and Australia, signaling a potential move into selling prescription drugs outside of the U.S.

According to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office website, Amazon filed for the patent on Jan. 9, 2020. The status is listed as pre-formalized.

Wuhan Coronavirus: C.D.C. Identifies First U.S. Case in Washington State (Sparky1)

A man in Washington State is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the first confirmed case in the United States of a mysterious respiratory infection that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more in Asia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday.

Calling Things By Their Real Names (Don R.)

One does not need money to convey one’s thoughts, but what money does allow is the drowning out of speech of those without money by those with a lot of money.

In last week’s explanation of why the Federal Reserve is evil, I invoked the principle of calling things by their real names, a concept that drew an insightful commentary from longtime correspondent Chad D.

Despite $5 billion dues and Jio’s wrath, Airtel is not hanging up just yet  (Thomas R.)

India’s telecom industry maybe going through a rough phase, but industry czar Sunil Mittal is not ready to admit defeat just yet. Yesterday (Jan. 21), Airtel received the government’s nod to raise 100% foreign direct investment (FDI), it said in a filing to the stock exchanges. “Bharti Airtel has received approval from the department of telecommunications (DoT)…for increasing the limit of foreign investment up to 100% of the paid-up capital of the company,” the filing read.

Energy

Trump promised his mileage standards would make cars cheaper and safer. New documents raise doubts about that. (jasonw)

President Trump has said his plan to weaken federal mileage standards would make cars cheaper and “substantially safer.” But the administration’s own analysis suggests that it would cost consumers more than it would save them in the long run, and would do little to make the nation’s roads safer.

Arizona’s biggest utility says it will get all of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050 (jasonw)

After spending millions of dollars to quash a renewable energy ballot initiative just two years ago, Arizona’s biggest electricity provider announced Wednesday that it will seek to produce all of its power from carbon-free sources by the middle of the century.

Arizona Public Service laid out an ambitious plan to wean itself entirely off fossil fuels over the next three decades, with the intermediate goal of getting nearly two-thirds of its electricity from nuclear and renewable sources by 2030.

This Emerging Oil Hotspot Threatens The OPEC Deal (Michael S.)

A day before Christmas 2019 ExxonMobil and its partners have lifted the first commercial crude from the Liza field. In and of itself this might seem innocuous enough for us not to pay attention, yet one should remember the name as Liza will bring about a transformational path for one of the most impoverished nations of South America, Guyana.

Environment

The audacious effort to reforest the planet (jasonw)

Driven by the recognition that trees suck Earth-warming carbon out of the atmosphere far more efficiently than any machine, the effort has attracted millions of dollars in support — and inspired hope that trees could become an even more potent weapon in the battle against climate change.

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