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ben goldacre
Doctor, nerd cheerleader, Bad Science person, stats geek, procrastinator. I run at making tools+papers from data ben@badscience.net
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ben goldacre 5h
Someone good please apply.
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ben goldacre 13h
Looks like Brexit voters are destroying the UK clinical trials industry. Not just car factory jobs.
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ben goldacre Apr 22
Replying to @adamrobertjones
Sounds like you've really wound yourself up into that position. Electrically assisted bikes, bike taxis, in a bike first and bike accessible system, likely to give access for all that is better than or equal to current exclusionary models of aggressively car-centric planning.
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ben goldacre Apr 21
Today's weather has persuaded me we should all migrate to smaller warmer islands and listen to Hawaiian space rock drum solos forever.
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David Lammy Apr 17
The new hard right is rapidly gaining momentum. To take them on, Labour needs as clear a message in favour of our EU membership as they have against it. That means calling for a and arguing for Reform and Remain.
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ben goldacre Apr 21
Brexit voters / politicians are commonly exasperated when presented with facts to contradict their false claims. They're saying "come on, it's not about the facts". Unfashionably I'm more worried about this in voters than politicians. We always knew some politicians were sharks.
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ben goldacre Apr 21
Replying to @gormo997
This is a good example of something private sector can provide as long as govt gets out of way / supports. I used commercial car club for years, no good for journeys with multiple kids car seats tho.
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ben goldacre Apr 21
Replying to @semaphorist
I see NIMBYs (and their NIMBY representatives) making individual new developments inhospitable by depriving new arrivals of the car parking that the incumbents have. Is this what you mean? I don't see whole-town approach where urban planning is anything other than car-centric?
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ben goldacre Apr 21
It would be surprising if electrically assisted bicycle or bicycle taxi, in a locale built around cycle travel, wasn't as good, or better, than using a car in a congested city. Direct source-to-destination travel, apart from anything else (unlike public transport to / from nodes)
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ben goldacre Apr 21
Replying to @bengoldacre
People often imagine Amsterdam was born a cycling city. But it was infested with cars, and the kindermord (murdered children) that followed those cars triggered protests, driving the transition to bikes in only 1978.
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ben goldacre Apr 21
Replying to @CCriadoPerez
Bike-centric means: a 12 year old on a bike, or a parent with a baby in a box bike, can travel safely, conveniently, quickly (not to mention cheaply / healthily). As says, our aggressively car-centric planning is built around the needs of (usually) male commuters.
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ben goldacre Apr 21
Replying to @bengoldacre
More on Vauban. I guarantee this: any UK council of a failing city with adequate rail links that embraces high density urban housing with *truly* bike-first transport... will become a global nexus for talent and tech innovation.
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ben goldacre Apr 21
During Extinction Rebellion, some reminders that the aggressively car-centric urban planning of British councils is a choice, not an inevitability. Here is Vauban: cars allowed in, but nowhere to park, and every road is a cul de sac, unless you're a bike.
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ben goldacre Apr 20
Slightly moved to see Lady of Legend at Didcot today. A whole class of train that was extinct, none preserved. Until this one was built, new, by people who wanted to see it live again. *So* much effort. So niche. Their yearning must have been *intense*.
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ben goldacre Apr 20
Replying to @james_barton
Lol do they do that? Funny.
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ben goldacre Apr 20
Replying to @james_barton
Dude, GDPR, surely.
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ben goldacre Apr 20
Yesterday for the first time in twenty years went up Dragon's Hill, guided by the Modern Antiquarian. You can see the 1990s from here.
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ben goldacre Apr 20
Great to see this in the Mail. The tax on sugary drinks (like slowing the tax breaks on BTL) was one of Osborne and Cameron's best and bravest acts, an early move to set up the board for huge generational policy shifts to come.
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ben goldacre Apr 18
Today after a month of mayhem I've replied to 174 emails, tidied up my trello board (but not my office), and done 4,234,945 things to facilitate actual productive work next week. I've done no work. I have been shaving my yak.
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ben goldacre Apr 18
Replying to @gavmassingham
i think you could probably get there via daevid allen's 1970s punk albums but it's still a stretch.
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