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Stock Exchange to Delist Chinese Firms to Comply With Executive Order


The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) announced on Thursday that it will delist three Chinese firms to comply with an executive order issued by President Trump in November. The order banned US investment in Chinese companies that the US government claims are connected to China’s military.

According to a statement released by the NYSE, China Mobile Ltd., China Telecom Corp Ltd., China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd., will be suspended from trading between January 7th and 11th, and proceedings to fully delist the firms have begun. President Trump’s order becomes effective on the 11th.
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In 2021 the IRS Will Finish Off Small Businesses Suffering from Coronavirus Crackdowns


Across America, small businesses have been hit hard by coronavirus crackdowns that state and local governments have imposed over the last ten months. During much of this time many small businesses have been ordered completely shut or have been subjected to strict limitations on how they can conduct business. Such limitations include restaurants having reduced occupancy mandates for dine-in or being limited to providing take-out or delivery. Retail shops have been subjected to reduced occupancy mandates or been allowed only curbside pickup to sell products.
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Tax and Regulate Marijuana? Nah, Just Legalize It.


Years back, people working for marijuana legalization tended to say their goal was simple — “legalize marijuana.” Then, after the momentum for legalization had built across America and it appeared that achieving legalization countrywide was just a matter of time, some people pulling the strings behind marijuana legalization efforts decided to tweak the message. Increasingly, the stated goal shifted from “legalize marijuana” to “tax and regulate marijuana.”
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Twelve Principles of Public Health


1. Public health is about all health outcomes, not just a single disease like Covid-19. It is important to also consider harms from public health measures. More.

2. Public health is about the long term rather than the short term. Spring Covid lockdowns simply delayed and postponed the pandemic to the fall. More.

3. Public health is about everyone. It should not be used to shift the burden of disease from the affluent to the less affluent, as the lockdowns have done. More.

4. Public health is global. Public health scientists need to consider the global impact of their recommendations. More

5. Risks and harms cannot be completely eliminated, but they can be reduced. Elimination and zero-Covid strategies backfire, making things worse. More.
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US Closing Last Two Consulates in Russia


The Trump administration informed Congress of its plans to close the last two US consulates in Russia, leaving the US embassy in Moscow as the only US diplomatic mission in the country.

The State Department sent a letter to congressional leaders on December 10th that said the US is permanently closing its consulate in Vladivostok, and temporarily halting operations at the consulate in Yekaterinburg.

According to the letter, the US is shuttering the consulates due to caps set by Moscow on the number of diplomats allowed in the country. In 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin set new limits on the number of US diplomatic employees in response to US sanctions.
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Time for a New ‘Green Book’ Listing Businesses Welcoming Maskless Customers


The Green Book was published from the 1930s through the 1960s. It proved to be a valuable aid for many people. The Green Book provided in its pages information about businesses — restaurants, hotels, gas stations, night clubs, and more — that welcomed black individuals. This was during a time when many businesses turned away black people or treated them much less favorably than they treated white people.
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Announcing a Vaccinations-based Caste System

This week, Health Minister Christine Elliott of Ontario, Canada announced that the province is planning to implement what can be best described as a caste system that categorizes people, and determines their legally allowed activities, based on whether or not they have been vaccinated for coronavirus.
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Potential Students Say ‘No Thanks’ to Universities; Professors Lose Jobs.


In June, as universities across America started announcing their planned coronavirus policies for the fall semester, I wrote that “oppressive rules put in place in the name of countering coronavirus at university campuses may tip the scale against spending tens of thousands of dollars or even over a hundred thousand dollars, or going into debt for that amount, for four years or more at college.”
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