Nearer my links to thee

To add to the growing insanity of fact-checking at major media outlets, which I’ve discussed in previous posts, CNN suggests that accepting the candidate’s word is good enough. If Mitt Romney says he’ll pay for tax cuts on the rich by closing loopholes, well, economists who say the plan doesn’t work are just one more opinion. So Romney’s facts hold up … or something.
Meanwhile, a right-winger argues that if fact-checking consistently finds errors in Romney and Ryan’s claims, well, that proves how biased the media are—obviously if everyone says Romney’s wrong, that proves everyone’s part of the conspiracy.
•The Obama Justice Department isn’t prosecuting any cases of torture under Bush—not even two that resulted in death.
•Goblin Books makes a point I’ve touched on in the past, that military contracting has a lot in common with welfare.
•Yes, the Social Security Administration does buy bullets for people who investigate welfare fraud cases. No, it is not plotting a mass takeover of America.
Problems with ebooks and libraries, and Harper Collins’ insistence libraries should pay a license fee for using ebooks. More links to the topic here.
•In Louisiana, a shortage of public defenders leaves prisoners waiting without counsel for months. One guy interviewed says he’d plead guilty, but he can’t get a court trial. Another guy kept missing his trial dates because the jail forgot to take him to court, then his defender got fired. He’s been in jail 16 months without trial.
•A blogger points out how statistically rare acts of religious hostility (by which the group he’s critiquing means protests and government rulings and against Christianity) are in America.
Why Wikipedia is not reliable if you have to get it right. An entry on Philip Roth claims his novel The Human Stain was inspired by the life of Anatole Broyard; Roth says it wasn’t. Wikipedia demands Roth prove it. Not that authors are always honest about their work, but it’s not as if the arguments for the Broyard theory were iron-clad, as shown at the link.
•A Maryland Repub claims that allowing the government to have a student-loan policy leads to the Holocaust. He also seems to think that having lots of Americans of German ancestry makes it easier for us to become Nazis, or something.
•You may have heard Republicans freaking out about how the Democrats initially weren’t going to mention God in the party platform. Well, here’s a look at how often past Republican platforms have brought up the subject–another example of how far we’ve swung to the right.
•If you’ve heard that men want hot mates and women want rich ones, it’s more complicated than that. Gender preferences narrow as the sexes become more equal, and intelligence and a sense of humor rank high with both sexes.
•A creepy reminder what some women have to deal with just by being in a public place.
•For science nerds, an interesting evolutionary case.
•A reminder of what some women went through to win the right to vote. Which an astonishing number of conservative pundits, including Ann Coulter, John Lott and John Derbyshire have said is a bad idea (and Bryan Fischer of the religious right has suggested it). Okay, not so astonishing.
•A religious conservative argues that gays who abstain from sex still aren’t real Christians if they don’t admit it’s a sin. Oh, and here’s a religious conservative who thinks God punishes women who get abortions by crippling their later kids. And Paul Broun of the House Science Committee believes evolution and the Big Bang are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”

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