Thursday 16 May 2024

Neopalpa donaldtrumpi and others

Steven Tucker has an entertaining Mercator piece on the current fashion for renaming anything with an existing name which doesn't accord with woke dogma. Entertaining because it highlights yet again how silly educated people can be.

Perhaps we were better off when imbeciles were not usually shoved as far as possible through the education mill to see what comes out the other end.

Transgender trilobites: woke taxonomy at work

It emerged in late April that residents of Trump Plaza, a 40-storey skyscraper in the New York suburb of New Rochelle, had a real problem with their address: it was named after Donald Trump. As Trump is considered by all right-thinking American voters to be The Most Evil Man Who Has Ever Lived, some tower-dwellers think association with his name is pushing the potential value of their property down. They are organising a vote to see whether the building should be renamed after someone less controversial – Genghis Khan, Sauron, Darth Vader, Humbert Humbert or Heinrich Himmler, perhaps.

For certain people in New Rochelle, simply having to walk past a building sharing the name of such a notorious racist as Mr Trump, described by one local as being “the Devil himself”, was an act of violence against their very being. Still, the process of renaming a building is a fairly simple legal procedure.

How on earth would such easily offended, over-sensitive souls go about renaming an animal which had been named after The Donald?

There is just such a creature, Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, an endangered species of Californian moth. It was named after Trump because of its unusual orange “hairstyle” (actually head-scales) and “unique genitalia”. The entomologist who named the moth in 2017 hoped it would encourage the then-new President to enact various national conservation measures. In fact his act was more likely to encourage Trump’s foes to head out into the Californian scrub in search of the poor creatures armed with insect-spray and rolled-up newspapers.

The whole piece is well worth reading, partly because it is entertaining and partly because it supplies another strand of evidence that human evolution could be going backwards.

Whilst personally I find it amusing rather than offensive that there is an insect named after Adolf Hitler, there can be no doubt that many flora and fauna have been christened after historical figures of less than stellar moral repute. There is a Lenin’s ichthyosaur (a prehistoric marine reptile), a Mussolini moth (found in Libya, which Il Duce once invaded), and even an O.J. Simpson’s Gazelle, so named for its effortless ability to outrun the police.


DiscoveredJoys said...

I've observed that there are some people (usually Democrats) that are convinced, really convinced, that if Trump wins the next Presidency he will introduce a tyranny and persecute minorities and end Free Speech. The fact that Trump has already been President and none of those things happened does not register with them.

There's also some people (over lapping with the Trumpaphobes) that still believe that Biden is honest and not at all senile and not courting the Pro-Palestine vote by anti-Jewish statements.

People, eh?

Sam Vega said...

They also need names for normal unexceptional things, in an attempt to relativise them and make the rest of us think that there are no objective standards. "Cisgender", for example, and "neurotypical". As someone has pointed out, that's like coining a new term specifically for people who don't have webbed toes.

A K Haart said...

DJ - yes, it's weird, as if people can't observe whatever doesn't fit their narratives even if it is too obvious to miss. For most voters, including Democrats, Trump is clearly a safer bet than Biden, but Democrats dare not see it. Propaganda works I suppose, and that's something else easily observed.

Sam - I saw a recent comment where the commenter said he had given up on explanations of woke nonsense and now he simply dismisses woke people as morons. "Neuromoronic" perhaps - must slip that into a blog post.