Meanwhile, in species-naming news

Rudyard Kipling has a crocodile. (Via Jacquelyn Gill)


  1. It’s the mugger of the ghat of Mugger-Ghat!

    The blunt nosed mugger of Mugger-Ghat, older than any man in the village, who had given his name to the village, the demon of the ford before the railway bridge came – murderer, man-eater, and local fetish all in one.

  2. Sigh.  Nobody reads the classics anymore…

    Whether the State can loose and bind
    In Heaven as well as on Earth:
    If it be wiser to kill mankind
    Before or after the birth-
    These are matters of high concern
    Where State-kept school men are;
    But Holy State (we have lived to learn)
    Endeth in Holy War.

    Whether The People be led by the Lord,
    Or lured by the loudest throat:
    If it be quicker to die by the sword
    Or cheaper to die by vote –
    These are the things we have dealt with once,
    (And they will not rise from their grave)
    For Holy People, however it runs,
    Endeth in wholly Slave.

    Whatsoever, for any cause,
    Seeketh to take or give,
    Power above or beyond the Laws,
    Suffer it not to live!
    Holy State or Holy King –
    Or Holy People’s Will –
    Have no truck with the senseless thing.
    Order the guns and kill!

         Saying — after — me:–

    Once there was The People – Terror gave it birth;
    Once there was The People and it made a Hell of Earth.
    Earth arose and crushed it. Listen, O ye slain!
    Once There was The People – it shall never be again!

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