the beltway is sacred, brush, genes are selfish and at war

So I’m reading Glenn Greenwald’s post on Politico – Politico announces again: GOP is resurgent! – Glenn, as usual rips apart Politico’s substance free conclusion with one hand tied behind his back. Another typical day for the Glennzilla. Toward the end of the post he notes this piece by Michael Massing about net journalism, otherwise known as bloggers. Glenn gives Massing credit for much of the piece that praises such bloggers as Josh Marshall  and Marcy Wheeler, among others. Massing also gets in a few jabs and probably over praises in places, but then suddenly loses focus and ends up contradicting himself. First the Greenwald post that Massing tears into,

In June [2009 Glenn Greenwald] wrote:

The steadfast, ongoing refusal of our leading media institutions to refer to what the Bush administration did as “torture”—even in the face of more than 100 detainee deaths; the use of that term by a leading Bush official to describe what was done at Guantánamo; and the fact that media outlets frequently use the word “torture” to describe the exact same methods when used by other countries—reveals much about how the modern journalist thinks.

Massing writes,

For the press, Greenwald added, “there are two sides and only two sides to every ‘debate’—the Beltway Democratic establishment and the Beltway Republican establishment.” In so vigilantly watching over the press, Greenwald has performed an invaluable service. But his posts have a downside. After reading his harsh denunciations of Obama’s decision not to release the latest batch of torture photos, I began to lose sight of the persuasive arguments that other commentators have made in support of the President’s position. As well-argued and provocative as I found many of Greenwald’s postings, they often seem oblivious to the practical considerations policymakers must contend with. This points to some of the more troubling features of the journalism taking shape on the Web. The polemical excesses for which the blogosphere is known remain real…(bold mine)

In other words there is the flat earthers, the round earthers and people for whom the round earth theory creates political difficulties so real journalists are correct in not embracing the truth. Massing does quite a walk back from saying in the same piece “the Web has helped open up entire subjects that were once off-limits to the press”. Glenn’s work seems to have hit a nerve. While Glenn has praised some journalists he regularly takes on  the Beltway establishment. Massing might want to set aside his false pride and do a little soul searching about what constitutes the circumstances under which the truth becomes negotiable and does so often. He might find that Greenwald is more often right then wrong. Washington D.C. is not sacred territory as far as I’m aware, coverage of which is only allowed by select insiders. Those photos and the issue of torture are part of some very high stakes Constitutional issues involving executive power, responsibility and the rule of law. Massing would rather not be bothered. It seems like I’ve heard that before and from the same crowd.

brush. i used to know a avid amateur photographer that specialized in everyday objects.

Maternal, paternal genes’ tug-of-war may last well into childhood Analysis suggests human development is set by ongoing interplay of parent and offspring genes

Previous research has offered evidence of a genetic struggle for supremacy only during fetal development: In the womb, some genes of paternal origin have been shown to promote increased demands on mothers, leading to fetal overgrowth, while genes of maternal origin tend to have the opposite effect. This new work suggests maternal and paternal genes continue to engage in internal genetic conflict past childbirth.

“This analysis suggests that human life history, and especially humans’ unusual extended childhood, may reflect a compromise between what’s best for mothers, fathers, and the offspring themselves,” Haig says.

The way these gene battles work out are in tendencies toward behavior changes and are sometimes the cause of medical disorders.

another black and white flower