Photo 22 Jul 2,583 notes

(Source: amyvdh)

#coffee

Photo 22 Jul 2 notes Japanese Beetles mating (by Dendroica cerulea)

Japanese Beetles mating (by Dendroica cerulea)

#Japanese Beetle #Popillia japonica #Popillia #Anomalini #Rutelinae #Scarabaeidae #Scarabaeoidea #Polyphaga #Coleoptera #Insecta #Hexapoda #Arthropoda #beetle #insects #invasive species #invasive #mating #bug sex #summer #Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve #Bedminster #Somerset County #New Jersey #mine

Photo 22 Jul 25 notes mostlythemarsh:

Burr Reed

mostlythemarsh:

Burr Reed

#Burr Reed #Bur Reed #Sparganium #Typhaceae #Poales #plants #wetlands

Photo 22 Jul 21 notes biarnylr:

a White-crowned Sparrow….

biarnylr:


a White-crowned Sparrow….

#White-crowned Sparrow #Zonotrichia leucophrys #Zonotrichia #Emberizidae #Passeroidea #Passerida #Passeri #Passeriformes #Psittacopasserae #Eufalconimorphae #Aves #birds #sparrow

Photo 22 Jul 90 notes libutron:

Waterfall | ©Waleed Aljuraish  (Sri Lanka)

#waterfall #landscape #Sri Lanka

Photo 22 Jul 78 notes blurds:

avianeurope:

Common Pratincole (Glareola pratincola) »by fbarz

look at this angry clown

blurds:

avianeurope:

Common Pratincole (Glareola pratincola) »by fbarz

look at this angry clown

#Common Pratincole #Glareola pratincola #Glareola #Glareolidae #Lari #Charadriiformes #Aves #birds #pratincole #Collared Pratincole

Photo 22 Jul 183 notes ocalexis:

Howe Sound 2.  by Orion Alexis

ocalexis:

Howe Sound 2.  by Orion Alexis

#landscape #mountains #black and white #clouds #sky #Howe Sound #British Columbia #Canada

Photo 22 Jul 280 notes demonagerie:

The British Library, Royal 6 E. VI, f.267v. James le Palmer, Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). London, c. 1360 - c.1375

demonagerie:

The British Library, Royal 6 E. VI, f.267v. James le Palmer, Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). London, c. 1360 - c.1375

#medieval #manuscript #illuminated manuscript #death #cemetery #grave #James le Palmer #Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio) #14th Century #London #England

Photo 22 Jul 56 notes howtoskinatiger:

藍歌鴝 Siberian Bush Robin by aweilee on Flickr.

A.k.a. Siberian Blue Robin, Luscinia cyane.

howtoskinatiger:

藍歌鴝 Siberian Bush Robin by aweilee on Flickr.

A.k.a. Siberian Blue Robin, Luscinia cyane.

#Siberian Bush Robin #Siberian Blue Robin #Luscinia cyane #Luscinia #Muscicapidae #Muscicapoidea #Passerida #Passeri #Passeriformes #Psittacopasserae #Eufalconimorphae #Aves #birds #robin

Photo 22 Jul 124 notes wanderthewood:

Old mill along the Thurso River outside of Halkirk, Scotland by TJMORTON1

wanderthewood:

Old mill along the Thurso River outside of Halkirk, Scotland by TJMORTON1

via Datura.

#mill #river #landscape #Thurso River #Halkirk #Scotland #United Kingdom

Quote 22 Jul 5 notes
Obama went on, “In the midst of that debate, Joe and I would have lengthy one-on-one conversations, trying to tease out what, precisely, are our interests in Afghanistan, what exactly can we achieve there. I think, in some of the public narratives, it’s ended up being framed as Joe being the dove and others being more hawkish. And that, I think, is too simplistic. Really, what Joe helped me to do was to consistently ask the question why, exactly, are we there? And what resources, exactly, can we bring to bear to achieve specific goals?—rather than get caught up in broader ideological debates that all too often end up leading to overreach or a lack of precision in our mission.” Obama said that he and Biden discussed questions to pose to the military and intelligence community. “There were times where Joe would ask questions, essentially on my behalf, to give me decision-making space, to help stir up a vigorous debate. And that was invaluable both in shaping our strategy of an initial surge, to blunt Taliban momentum, but also to lay out a time frame for how long we would be there. And, you know, to this day there may be, I think, controversy about us imposing a timetable for winding down our combat participation in Afghanistan. I believe it was the absolutely right thing to do.”

#Joe Biden #Barack Obama #foreign policy #Afghanistan War #politics

Quote 22 Jul 9 notes

To illustrate his emphasis on personality as a factor in foreign affairs, Biden recalled visiting Putin at the Kremlin in 2011: “I had an interpreter, and when he was showing me his office I said, ‘It’s amazing what capitalism will do, won’t it? A magnificent office!’ And he laughed. As I turned, I was this close to him.” Biden held his hand a few inches from his nose. “I said, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul.’ ”

“You said that?” I asked. It sounded like a movie line.

“Absolutely, positively,” Biden said, and continued, “And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, ‘We understand one another.’ ” Biden sat back, and said, “This is who this guy is!”

#Joe Biden #Vladimir Putin #foreign policy #politics

Quote 22 Jul 3 notes
A former British official who attended White House meetings with Biden said, “He’s a bit like a spigot that you can turn on and can’t turn off.” He added, “For all of the genuine charm, it is frustrating that you do feel as if he doesn’t leave enough oxygen in the room to get your points across, particularly for those who are polite and don’t interrupt.” He learned to leave extra room on the schedule to account for what colleagues called “the Biden hour.”

#Joe Biden #foreign policy #politics

Quote 22 Jul 6 notes

Since entering the Administration, Biden has been a strident voice of skepticism about the use of American force. At times, that put him on the opposite side of debates from others in the Administration, including Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta, Obama’s first C.I.A. director. Biden opposed intervention in Libya (as did Defense Secretary Robert Gates), arguing that the fall of Muammar Qaddafi would result in chaos; Biden warned the President against the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. If it failed, Biden said later, Obama “would’ve been a one-term President.” Though Obama heeded Biden’s advice only sometimes, the two men adhered to a restrained foreign policy that “avoids errors,” as Obama put it to reporters in April. Asked to articulate an “Obama doctrine,” the President said, “You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run.”

In contrast to Dick Cheney, Biden has made his mark by reinforcing the President’s supremacy, rather than maneuvering around it. “Cheney’s influence, while significant, was always overstated, and Cheney got dialled back as the Administration went further along,” David Rothkopf, the editor of Foreign Policy, said. “While Biden has been a strong voice on foreign policy, it has never been asserted, as it was about Cheney, that he was trying to advance his own agenda. Even when there were differences of opinion, Biden was seen as being loyal and supportive of the President.”

In his approach to foreign affairs, Biden knows that he irritates career diplomats. “They’ll give me a line and I’ll say, ‘I’m not gonna say that! That’s simply not believable!’ ” he said, in one of a series of conversations we had this spring. “You’ve got to start off with the assumption: the other guy’s not an idiot. And most people aren’t stupid about their own naked self-interest.” Biden prides himself on being able to read people. He told me, “It’s really very important, if you are able, to communicate to the other guy that you understand his problem. And some of this diplomatic bullshit communicates ‘We have no idea of your problem.’ ’’

#Joe Biden #foreign policy #politics

Video 22 Jul 81 notes

astronomy-to-zoology:

Small Eggar (Eriogaster lanestris)

…a species of Lappet Moth (Lasiocampidae) which occurs in most of Eurasia, ranging as far as the Amur River. Small eggar caterpillars will feed on Birch, Prunus spp, and Crateagus spp. Like other members of the family Lasiocampidae small eggar caterpillars will construct elaborate communal “tents” made out of silk. Adult small eggars will fly from March to April.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Lasiocampidae-Eriogaster-E. lanestris

Images: Didier Descouens and Markus Hagenlocher

#Small Eggar #Eriogaster lanestris #Eriogaster #Eriogastrini #Lasiocampinae #Lasiocampidae #Lasiocampoidea #Lepidoptera #Insecta #Hexapoda #Arthropoda #moth #insects #National Moth Week


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