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East Germany sold sick for West pharma testing - The Local

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Category: History

From www.thelocal.de

Communist East Germany not only put its political prisoners to work making Ikea furniture, it also sold the bodies of its sick citizens to Western pharmaceutical firms for testing their new products.

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Rise of the Robots - NYTimes.com

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Category: Economics

From krugman.blogs.nytimes.com

Robots mean that labor costs don’t matter much, so you might as well locate in advanced countries with large markets and good infrastructure (which may soon not include us, but that’s another issue).

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