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Monday, September 30, 2013

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1042-1044

Student loan debt in the U.S. recently surpassed $1 trillion -- more than all credit card debt combined. Americans are spending money they don't have to finance educations they're not sure are worth it.
Is College Worth It?

Gallup Business Journal
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None of my dominant desires are for things that can be
bought. All I need are simple pleasures, and money
poisons them all. …if they are not to be had for nothing,
they have no attraction for me… one must bargain and
purchase and often be cheated, paying dear for poor
services. I want an article of quality, but my money is sure
to obtain a poor one. …the pleasure of possession is not
worth the trouble involved in acquisition.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Last month, Eli Lilly, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in North America, filed a lawsuit against Canadian taxpayers for $500 million dollars. On what basis is an American corporation suing us for such an outrageous sum you ask? The $4.3 billion dollars Eli Lilly earned in profit in 2011 was not enough for the pharmaceutical giant.
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a company can sue another NAFTA country if that nation’s laws affect its expected future profit. In this case, Eli Lilly is “losing profit” because Canadian regulators dared to act within Canadian laws and rightly denied patents on two of Eli Lilly’s expensive drugs.

Sum of Us

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