Lies, Damned Lies, And Lying About Statistics

As many as 1,000 drunk driving convictions could be thrown out in San Francisco after it was discovered that police logs claimed every breathalyzer calibration test since 2010 came out perfect. According to Public Defender Jeff Adachi at least some of the readings should have been off, meaning the machines would need to be re-calibrated. “It would be mathematically impossible for that to occur,” he said. Maybe Adachi needs to go back and retake Statistics 101, at least at United Nations University. Yesterday¬†a UN-appointed Commission of Inquiry on Libya found that all 18,000 NATO bombing strikes in Libya were aimed at “legitimate military sites,” and if that’s statistically possible, anything is.

 

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