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Lichen on moss

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When I visited the Stillhouse Hollow Nature Preserve on July 7th I hadn’t been there for several years. Rain in the weeks before my visit left parts of the place looking a little Pacific-Northwest-ish, as evidenced by the lichens on moss on a dead tree branch that you see busily filling the frame in today’s close-up.


In the last post I provided governmental evidence to prove that the “Hands up, don’t shoot!” meme that some people still push developed from a false story about Michael Brown. One organization that has continued to push the false narrative is Black Lives Matter. When I checked the national organization’s website in July of 2020, it included Brown as a “victim” of an unjust system. When I re-checked the website a couple of days ago, it still memorialized the petty criminal who stole from a store, shoved the employee who confronted him, then a little later attacked a policeman and tried to grab his gun.

One thing that has disappeared from the Black Lives Matter website between July of last year and now is this statement: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.” It’s not that those in charge don’t still want to disrupt the nuclear family. They do, but saying so on their website was bringing them too much adverse publicity, so they took their “What We Believe” page down.

Three times the “What We Believe” statement used the word collective or collectively, and twice the word comrades. Those words made it clear that this is an organization that advocates Marxism, the ideology that in the Soviet Union and China in the 20th century caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. One of the founders of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, was proud to identify herself as a Marxist in 2015: “We actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia [Garza] in particular, we’re trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories.” (You can watch her saying that at about one minute into a YouTube video.)

You shouldn’t be surprised that this recent American incarnation of Marxism is as unethical and hypocritical as every other one has been. For example, even as millions were driven to starvation in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, those in control got wealthy and lived the good life. Similarly, North Koreans today lead miserable lives while Kim Jong-un gets fat. This spring brought the revelation that Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter who revels in being a Marxist and is therefore presumably a champion of the masses and an enemy of capitalism, nevertheless managed to buy not one, not two, not three, but four houses worth some 3.2 million dollars in all. I guess that’s supposed to set an example of fair housing practices, though it seems to be a new form of Redlining.

Many people who support Black Lives Matter do so because they want fair treatment for everyone, regardless of race. That’s a noble goal, one that I support, too, but just be aware that the national Black Lives Matter organization stands for things other than those you may think it does.

© 2021 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 23, 2021 at 4:38 AM

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  1. I like the way you filled the frame here! I like lichen though. 😀


    July 23, 2021 at 1:23 PM

  2. It really surprises me how much depth this photo seems to have. I see three (sort of distinct) layers, with the lightest lichen appearing to be capping the moss like snow on a mountain top.

    I’d never heard of the Stillhouse Hollow Nature Preserve. You certainly are rich in urban natural areas. Several of the articles I glanced at mentioned the trees and the presence of mosses and lichens; a few mentioned the rocks as an attraction, too.


    July 24, 2021 at 3:32 AM

    • Stillhouse Hollow is just a 4.3-mile drive from home, and the straight-line distance is probably not even 3 miles. At the end of the trail there stands a wooden observation deck near the top of a slope. In the time since my previous visit, the trees surrounding the deck have grown tall enough to block the view. Aside from residents of the preserve’s neighborhood, I suspect few Austinites know about Stillhouse Hollow.

      Speaking of depth, because I used flash I was able to stop down to f/14 for good depth of field, which I needed because I was so close to the lichen and moss.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 24, 2021 at 7:56 AM

  3. Nice.


    July 28, 2021 at 2:55 AM

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  5. […] and despite countervailing evidence—to a prime place in our country’s moral firmament, I felt obliged to point out disquieting facts about the organization. Its founders were self-avowed Marxists. The group aimed to “disrupt the Western-prescribed […]

  6. […] to the corrupt group Black Lives Matter, whose unsavory beliefs and practices I detailed here on July 23 of last year and on February 2 and March 18 of this year. The sordid saga continues. Last week New York magazine […]

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