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Texas thistle like fireworks

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This Texas thistle flower head (Cirsium texanum) seemed to me like fireworks.
The picture dates from June 14th in northwest Austin.


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In my May 16th post about prairie resurgence I reported on a resurgence of racism in America. What made it particularly egregious was that the racism came from our government. A group of Midwestern farmers went to court and sued the federal government because, based solely on their race, they weren’t allowed to participate in a loan forgiveness program for farmers. Last week U.S. District Judge S. Thomas Anderson ruled that the United States Department of Agriculture should halt its distribution of funds through the program until the case is fully resolved. In his ruling, the judge wrote: “However important the goal of eliminating the vestiges of prior race discrimination, and it is important, the government’s efforts cannot withstand strict scrutiny. Therefore, Plaintiff has shown a likeliness of success on the merits at trial.” In other words, you can’t discriminate against people of a certain race now now just because people of another race got discriminated against in the past. Or, as an adage tells us, two wrongs don’t make a right.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 13, 2021 at 4:32 AM

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