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Ben CatchYourCough 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 CatchYourCough Goldacre 17h
An overview of potential drug targets in Covid, although it might have been a shorter paper if they'd summarised the classes of medication that might NOT affect covid...
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre 17h
Replying to @bengoldacre
Tiny number of retweets / likes for this. A fart about Brexit gets applause. This stupid crap is holding back progress. These stupid regressive administrative details and processes are killing science. But they're protected from scrutiny by a force field of their own boringness
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre 17h
i would love to see pics of your 21 cm car
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre 17h
Replying to @bengoldacre
Journals give you the run around because they have something academics want. This manifests itself in the imposition of INSANE bureaucracy, let alone the charges. Funders are the same. I just cant understand how academics have managed to allow themselves to be this downtrodden.
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre 17h
Replying to @bengoldacre
Don't even get me started on the people who PRETEND to do this. My god. The BMJ has a box you can tick to have a paper sent on to BMJ Open if it's rejected from grownup BMJ. But all it does is trigger you filling out all the new set of BMJ Open forms. And so on. Journals. Jesus.
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre 17h
if ONE group of journals, maybe one published, created a HARMONISED submission process, single standards for references, abstracts, word count, metadata, stupid image DPI crap... that group would get nearly ALL the best papers and RULE academic publishing forever.
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre 20h
This report quote is gloriously bad stats. A big sample, really huge, can still be unrepresentative of the target population. A huge sample cut into tiny slices can still lack statistical power for the assertions about the tiny slices.
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Mike Aug 2
Are you a CCIO or CIO? Listen up. DO NOT EVER DO THIS. The maintenance of clinical systems and associated downtime (because you failed to specify in your procurement that upgrades should be done without downtime) presents a significant clinical risk. 1/4
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre 20h
145 risk prediction models for individuals to use on covid so far. Great to see a living systematic review of them all in the BMJ.
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre 21h
Enjoying these sweary mayors
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre Aug 2
Hi how about some living streets instead of you both trying to kill cyclists with your ridiculous painted cycle lanes in the car door zone.
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre Aug 2
The dangerous entitled attitude of car drivers is one of the biggest threats to road safety for all. 20mph is the speed limit not an entitlement. The road is narrow because it's full of car drivers' parked cars on both sides. We need a reversal that's policed.
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre Aug 1
Replying to @DrTechnophile
Banks support production.
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre Aug 1
Replying to @bengoldacre
I mean, landlords are fine and all. But they don't make anything. They don't build an economy. They parasitise the growth that is happening around them. If they take a big temporary hit, the economy doesn't suffer as bad as if the producers and innovators are shut down.
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre Aug 1
Sad to see a vibrant, productive part of the tech economy destroyed. Administrator (end of blog) is clear this was an inflexible landlord. Commercial + residential landlords made zillions during the booms. Frankly, imho, it's economically wise if both take a big hit during covid.
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre Jul 31
Replying to @bigdamo @willywigan
They had to make the pavement double width to kill cyclists in the car door zone.
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre Jul 31
Just re-watched Being There (1979). Beautiful, perfect, sad, gentle pathos. And then, under the credits, they play... goofy comedy out-takes. Honk! Peter Sellers thought they deprived him of the Oscar. Frightening to think how many people involved didn't spot how bad these were.
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Carl Hendrick Jul 31
'I Think You’ll Find It’s a Bit More Complicated Than That' by is on sale for 99p today. It's one of the best books on how to establish truth through evidence. The section on bad academia is particularly good/depressing. Just buy it.
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Ben CatchYourCough Goldacre Jul 31
Boring reminder. When it's really, really hot, your MacBook might fall over with an external monitor plugged in. I've unplugged mine today because everything got very laggy and weird. All fine now. Meanwhile my human legs are in a bowl of cold water under the desk.
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Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel Jul 29
Day 4 & what a beautiful day to visit a popup exhibition on Healthy Streets & Active Travel! From 10am on Ship St. Did you see our feature in & yesterday? The time is now - let's transform our streets for a ! 👇
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