Polygraph: Green River Killer Passed a 1984 Lie Detector Test

(via APS – What’s New by Bob Park – November 7, 2003)

DOE will subject all 4,500 employees with top-secret clearance to polygraph tests (WN 5 Sep 03). How likely is it that a polygraph test will uncover a spy, assuming there is one? In 1984, with the Green River body count at 46, Gary Ridgway, who has since confessed to 48 murders, was cleared after denying he knew the most recent victim. Actually, he didn’t know any of his victims. He passed a polygraph test. If the sheriff’s office had used a coin toss instead of a polygraph (WN 18 Apr 03), it’s even odds they would have wrapped up the Green River murders 19 years ago.

See also: Polygraph Testing Less than Worthless

23.86588% – Geek

Yet another goody from Musings of a Philosophical Scrivener…

The Geek Test:

Here’s the scale:
  • Geekish Tendencies
  • Geek
  • Total Geek
  • Major Geek
  • Super Geek
  • Extreme Geek
  • Geek God
  • Dysfunctional Geek

I guess not learning Klingon and not being a serious gamer hurt my score. I think I should get extra credit for questioning the need to calculate the score to five decimal places.

Fox News, your voice for evil

(via Eschaton)

Fox’s bias directed by a daily memo from management:

But the roots of FNC’s day-to-day on-air bias are actual and direct. They come in the form of an executive memo distributed electronically each morning, addressing what stories will be covered and, often, suggesting how they should be covered. To the newsroom personnel responsible for the channel’s daytime programming, The Memo is the bible. If, on any given day, you notice that the Fox anchors seem to be trying to drive a particular point home, you can bet The Memo is behind it.

The Memo was born with the Bush administration, early in 2001, and, intentionally or not, has ensured that the administration’s point of view consistently comes across on FNC. This year, of course, the war in Iraq became a constant subject of The Memo. But along with the obvious – information on who is where and what they’ll be covering – there have been subtle hints as to the tone of the anchors’ copy. For instance, from the March 20th memo: “There is something utterly incomprehensible about Kofi Annan’s remarks in which he allows that his thoughts are ‘with the Iraqi people.’ One could ask where those thoughts were during the 23 years Saddam Hussein was brutalizing those same Iraqis. Food for thought.” Can there be any doubt that the memo was offering not only “food for thought,” but a direction for the FNC writers and anchors to go? Especially after describing the U.N. Secretary General’s remarks as “utterly incomprehensible”?

How can anyone think Fox News is Fair and Balanced?