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  1. 29 Aug '09 21:32
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VVa_YrpMpk&feature=related

    This video series has many implications on many of our topics, from health care to economic growth rates (I chose the second of three videos because it shows so many country comparison, you can browse the other links from there).
  2. 30 Aug '09 08:24
    Originally posted by eljefejesus
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VVa_YrpMpk&feature=related

    This video series has many implications on many of our topics, from health care to economic growth rates (I chose the second of three videos because it shows so many country comparison, you can browse the other links from there).
    LOL! That's precisely what I sound like when I speak English.

    He makes a lot of sense though and I'm a big fan of his work with Gapminder:

    http://www.gapminder.org/
  3. 30 Aug '09 08:33
    Originally posted by Jigtie
    LOL! That's precisely what I sound like when I speak English.

    He makes a lot of sense though and I'm a big fan of his work with Gapminder:

    http://www.gapminder.org/
    Really? It's too bad we can't hear voices on this forum... hey that's a site idea, would we all be like getting into heated arguments by voice or would we get all quite...

    on massive multiplayer games I saw some youngsters using headphones talking to each other (I was thinking back in my day... we didn't have such stuff!)

    Cool site, thanks.
  4. Standard member MacSwain
    Who is John Galt?
    30 Aug '09 10:53
    Originally posted by eljefejesus
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VVa_YrpMpk&feature=related

    This video series has many implications on many of our topics, from health care to economic growth rates (I chose the second of three videos because it shows so many country comparison, you can browse the other links from there).
    Brilliant video. Nice to see clear presentation of factual material. There exists great difference between: "getting wealth" and "creating wealth."
  5. 30 Aug '09 16:19
    Nice video series, I'm going to check out that site.
  6. 30 Aug '09 16:32
    Very nice site, amusing video about the swine flu media hype there.
  7. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    30 Aug '09 16:48
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    Very nice site, amusing video about the swine flu media hype there.
    I love the site, but the swine flu business was ridiculous.

    Swine flu was a story for the threat it poses, not for the deaths it had already causes on May 8.

    I don't see reports coming out saying that within 2 years, 1/3 of the people in the World will contract tuberculosis.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hjdCHrP82YTFser5vD6CzTK1az6wD9AD8GIO0
  8. 30 Aug '09 17:14
    Originally posted by sh76
    I love the site, but the swine flu business was ridiculous.

    Swine flu was a story for the threat it poses, not for the deaths it had already causes on May 8.

    I don't see reports coming out saying that within 2 years, 1/3 of the people in the World will contract tuberculosis.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hjdCHrP82YTFser5vD6CzTK1az6wD9AD8GIO0
    Well, that's what he said. He's saying swine flu may become a threat, but still diseases like TBC, malaria etc. are pretty much ignored in the media because they kill mostly people in poor countries.
  9. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    30 Aug '09 19:23
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    Well, that's what he said. He's saying swine flu may become a threat, but still diseases like TBC, malaria etc. are pretty much ignored in the media because they kill mostly people in poor countries.
    Okay. But:

    1) Swine flu is a new threat. News stories rarely recycle content that hasn't changed. Nothing much changed regarding TBC and malaria in April and May of this year, when he did his "study."

    2) Poor or not, no disease has the potential to affect 1/100 the number of people in the coming couple of years than does swine flu

    3) The media, by and large, is controlled by outlets in rich countries. Is it a surprise that outlets will focus on stories that can affect the local population than those that affect foreign populations?
  10. 31 Aug '09 07:50
    I'm glad everyone liked this video.

    On the whole I believe that this statistician is generally more correct that wrong, including about swine flue. Let's face it, it's not as deadly as SARS. A million things could potentially go wrong, and we should calmly prepare. That is a response to all global warming fanatics, swine flue fear-mongers, etc...