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Comment: Bias (Score 1) 579 579

Wikipedia actively tries to avoid bias, including systemic bias. If the majority of the contributors are from certain countries, professions, social classes, genders, ideologies, religions, then it is probably that even unconsciously some subjects are covered with a bias or undercovered.
As an example, it could be very possible that a certain bar in Oxford has a very good article because several editors are patrons, but whole regions of Africa could be scarcely covered because no Wikipedia editor lives there.

Comment: Re:Space stations for peace (Score 1) 272 272

Not really, big countries can feed and house "the poor" or at least their preferred section of "the poor" on their own, or even use it to criticize the other powers. A space station has to be a joint project. Nobody is ready to do it on their own.

Comment: Space stations for peace (Score 1) 272 272

I remember an article (by Carl Sagan?) that argued that, even if a US-Soviet space station or mission to Mars were not justifiable from a scientific point of view, they worked as an example that peaceful collaboration among the superpowers was possible.
If both countries can't coordinate on keeping human presence in orbit, that's sad.

Comment: Double Standards (Score 1) 359 359

The summary reminds me of JFK and of this indirectly related article The Double Standard That Lets Elites Survive Even Catastrophic Failures:

To be taken seriously, those who critique the powerful must be flawless, whereas society forgives the most egregious errors in judgment of the elites themselves.

Comment: The Spanish model (Score 1) 518 518

Meanwhile, you could study the Spanish National Transplant Organization that achieves the highest rate of transplants/inhabitants in the world. Its model requires:

  • Universal health insurance coverage
  • Money (not a lot, actually)
  • A high rate of doctors/inhabitants
  • Nurses/ICU bed
  • Mechanical ventilation for ICU beds
  • The right demographic pyramid

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.

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