AllTrials – The story of AllTrials

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Almost half of all the clinical trials ever conducted have never been reported.
This is the story of the campaign to find them—and to fix medicine.

“I felt like I was a mouthpiece for this giant army of disenfranchised nerds,” said Ben Goldacre. It is a bright spring day in Oxford—a city of concentrated architectural stimulation—and we, along with Síle Lane, campaigns director for Sense About Science, are ensconced in a bland office at the very studious Center for Evidence Based Medicine, where Goldacre is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow.

The story of AllTrials really begins with blogging, which Goldacre started to do as a young doctor in 2003. “Bad Science” was an attempt to explain how science and statistics really work and how “quacks, drug companies, politicians, and dodgy journalists” repeatedly get science and statistics wrong, he said. And it hit a nerve: “On the one hand, mainstream media produced stuff that was clearly wrong, and on the other hand, mainstream media dumbed down and didn’t produce stuff that was stimulating and interesting and correct,” he says. His blog gained a following, and caught the interest of the Guardian newspaper, which gave him a column.

via AllTrials – The story of AllTrials.

 

Live: Scuffles break out as homeless evicted from The Ark camp in city centre – Manchester Evening News

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Scuffles broke out as rough sleepers were evicted from their camp under the Mancunian Way.

The homeless clashed with university security guards as they were being removed from a ‘self-serving community’ – known as The Ark – on Friday morning.

The Ark was created for people sleeping rough in the city but Manchester Metropolitan University own the site and their staff began removing the vagrants at around 7am.

Officers from Greater Manchester Police were also at the scene.

via Live: Scuffles break out as homeless evicted from The Ark camp in city centre – Manchester Evening News.

Again they try to brush the problem under the carpet rather than coming up with a solution. There are many alternative solutions to dealing with homelessness, its about time Manchester City Council started trying some of them.

This is the fourth eviction this year for homeless camps in Manchester. Albert Einstein is often attributed to saying this quote “the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.” It is time to end this insanity and come up with a solution to the increasing levels of homelessness within Manchester  and the UK.

The right to work: undermined by technological advancements? | 38 Degrees Manchester

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“I read the news today oh boy, about a lucky man who made the grade…” which recently tends to be a dot.com entrepreneur who has made billions from a tech start-up employing a handful of people. These success stories are usually accompanied by reports of a company downsizing, rationalizing, restructuring, consolidating, streamlining or one of many ingenious euphemisms used to soften the news of job losses. The workers are always the first to feel the slice of the austerity cleaver. The business is butchered to provide maximum profit for its shareholders with its employees consigned to the offal pile; leaving a lean, mean, money making machine.

Often automation is a cause of the job losses or the positions get outsourced abroad, where unions and workers rights are scarce and they can be exploited with criminally poor pay and working conditions. The human right to work is stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Article 23.1 ‘Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment’. It is a human right under threat and governments across the world need to pay more attention to it.

via The right to work: undermined by technological advancements? | 38 Degrees Manchester.

This is the intro to an article I had published on Contributoria which is getting a fresh airing on the 38 Degrees Manchester website.

I added a new link that takes you to an online tool that tells you how at risk your job is to automation, based on a study from Oxford University.

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MANCHESTER HOMELESS CAMP POSSESSION ORDER GRANTED WITH SIX DAY STAY OF EXECUTION – Salford Star – with attitude & love xxx

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HOMELESS SEE LEGAL AID APPEAL ADJOURNMENT REJECTED

Homeless people living in The Ark camp on Oxford Road were refused an adjournment to appeal for legal aid today, as a judge at Manchester Civil Justice Centre granted Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester City Council a possession order over the occupied land.

The judge also refused an appeal against his decision but granted a six day stay of execution while an appeal application is made to a higher circuit judge. Later, top poet Lemn Sissay, Chancellor of Manchester University, visited the camp to show support.

via MANCHESTER HOMELESS CAMP POSSESSION ORDER GRANTED WITH SIX DAY STAY OF EXECUTION – Salford Star – with attitude & love xxx.

The Ark, Oxford Rd, under Mancunian Way

The Ark, Oxford Rd, under Mancunian Way