Links O’ the Day

There isn’t much to say about the polling or the candidates at this point– you know how I feel, and if you aren’t worried that Mitt Romney completely refuses to explain himself, his history, or his plans for office, is making claims about his tax plan that can’t be verified with any real math, and that in areas where Obama was genuinely disappointing or wrong, he will be even more gung-ho, then I don’t know what else to say to you at this point.

But here are a few good reads from the day:

From Salon, an excerpt from Aaron James’ Assholes: A Theory: How Fox News created a new culture of idiots, with this trenchant analysis on the narcissism and :

In a culture of narcissism, you don’t need any special reason to lay claim to the attention of others; you simply get attention as you can, as anyone else of course would (“if you don’t flaunt it, you don’t got it,” to reverse a familiar saying). On the other hand, if we find our current zeitgeist mistaken, on the grounds that laying claim to the attention of others does require good enough reasons — whether for the sake of modesty or just for the sake of not adding to the deafening contemporary media noise machine — then we can view narcissistic attention seeking as a way of acting like an asshole. Our narcissistic age thus might help explain why assholes seem to be everywhere of late.

I’d never heard of Dylan Byers before today, but apparently he’s a conservative hack, as he uses his ignorance of statistics and math to attempt a hatchet job on Nate Silver that doesn’t even stand up to the thinnest intellectual scrutiny.

And I couldn’t help but commemorate the rare occasion where Thomas Friedman makes sense, as he finally gives voice to an idea we’ve held dear for a while now: You can’t call yourself “pro-life” if you only care about bringing fertilized eggs to birth and then stop caring after that.

Last but not least, Joss Whedon endorses Mitt Romney… as the candidate most likely to bring about the zombie apocalypse.

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