Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld: The names that “are synonymous with American power, conservatism and the projection of military might,” now have a “somewhat less formidable connotation.”

Agathidium bushi, Agathidium cheneyi, and Agathidium rumsfeldi are the names given by scientists to three newly discovered species of slime-mould beetles

It is intended to pay homage to them, said Dr [Quentin] Wheeler, who taught at Cornell University for 24 years and now is the head of entomology at the Natural History Museum in London.

“We admire these leaders as fellow citizens who have the courage of their convictions and are willing to do the very difficult and unpopular work of living up to principles of freedom and democracy rather than accepting the expedient or popular,” he said.

Right. (From The Guardian)

Do whatever you want … Booman is off somewhere with out-of-town guests. Just clean up afterwards.

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