The neo-con beetles

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Ah, the age-old conundrum of what to call newly-discovered species. Two U.S. scientists, self-identified political conservatives, faced no such pained deliberations over their newly-discovered beetles. The BBC reports that the three new mold-eating beetles discovered will be called Agathidium bushi, Agathidium cheneyi and Agathidium rumsfeldi. “One of the entomologists said he admired all three men for ‘having the courage of their convictions’ and standing up for freedom and democracy.” There is no finer tribute.

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