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Trump Invites Sarah Palin, Kid Rock, and Ted Nugent to the White House

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President Donald Trump hosted a trio of eyebrow-raising guests at the White House on Wednesday, reportedly dining with Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, and Kid Rock.

It’s not clear why Palin and her musician pals, one of whom has praised the use of the word “nigger” and suggested Barack Obama “suck on” his machine gun, were invited to the Oval Office, but here we are:

The guests even managed to sneak in a photo posing in front of a portrait of Hillary Clinton—seen in this Facebook post by Nugent’s wife, the self-avowed “Healthy Lifestyle Ambassador” Shermane Nugent:

The photos were roundly mocked when they first began appearing on social media:

Perhaps this is just one more reason the Trump White House is opting to keep its visitor logs secret?

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More Annoying Camera Blogging (With Cats)

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Someday I will get bored of regaling you with pictures from my new camera, but that day is not yet. It turns out that burst mode is both a blessing and a curse.

First the curse. With my old camera, I never culled any of the photos I took. I just copied everything onto my desktop PC and left them there. Storage is cheap, and no matter how many pictures I took, I was never going to run out of room.

Then, a few days ago, I ran out of room. Not on the desktop machine, but on my tablet, which is synced to the desktop. For some reason, Microsoft uses MicroSD for expansion memory on the Surface Pro 4, and at the time I got it that meant a maximum size of 128GB. But the new camera takes pictures that are about twice the size of the old Canon, and burst mode means I can crank through a couple of thousand shots in a few days. So the Surface croaked.

In the short term, the answer was a bigger memory chip, which is thankfully available now. In the longer term, it means—what? Going through all the files every time I transfer them and weeding out 90 percent of them? That sounds tedious. Stop syncing some of the folders? I’m tired of that. It’s handy to have everything available everywhere at all times. I’ll have to ponder this.

But burst mode is a blessing too. I’ve tried a few times in the past to get a picture of Hilbert scurrying down a tree after climbing onto the roof, but I could never do it. My old camera had terrible shutter lag, slow autofocus, and no burst mode. Unless I timed it perfectly—and I never did—I couldn’t get the shot.

But burst mode plus fast autofocus makes it easy! Check it out:

Now we can all pretend to be Vogue editors, choosing just the right shot for this month’s cover. I chose No. 3, which shows Hilbert at his graceful best:

So there you have it: better action photography, but lots and lots of gigabytes. Is there a solution that’s neither mind-numbingly tedious nor exorbitantly expensive?

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Wayne Barrett Exposed The Real Trump. Now There’s Only One Way To Honor Him.

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He must have been exhausted. We have all been exhausted, watching America shout down common sense and set ablaze the last few defensible vestiges of circa-1787 political and economic philosophy. But as much as it all weighed on many of us, he carried extra baggage. He had literally written the book on Donald J. Trump’s bent psyche and business. He had forgotten more dirt on Trump than reporters of my generation ever dug up.

But Wayne Barrett, longtime Village Voice investigative political reporter and mentor to hundreds of journalists, wasn’t tired. He wanted to work, man; and work he did, even as he was driven away to the hospital for the last time, dying there at 71 late Thursday. Wayne needed all the time allotted to him, because America needed him.

When it became clear a year ago that Trump actually might ascend to lead the nation’s oldest political party, Wayne’s 1992 investigative biography, Trump: The Deals and the Downfall, got a reprint—and an instant audience among other journalists. Based on digging Wayne had done since the ‘70s, it’s the keel on which a great deal of the best Trump reporting was built.

Trump was only one of the big whales Wayne hunted, though. He wrote two books on Rudy Giuliani, scorching his largely bogus 9/11 heroism, along with his relationship-wrecking and influence-peddling. In 37 years at the Voice, and recently in other fair corners of the internet, Wayne put the screws to Ed Koch, Al D’Amato, Mike Bloomberg, and multiple Cuomos.

Over the past 18 months, Wayne fielded a steady stream of calls and emails. Reporters asked for help with a distant mob name, a defunct company, a disgruntled counterparty. “I got some stuff on it in the basement,” he told me on the phone last year when I ran a very specific bit of ‘80s Trump trivia past him. “Come on up and dig.”

Lots of reporters took him up on similar offers, a steady queue of them making the pilgrimage to the Brooklyn house he shared with his wife, Fran, to chitchat and sift boxes on boxes of notes and clippings downstairs. He was there for all of us, even if it the scheduling occasionally had to be done by one of his research interns.

Ah, the interns. Wayne maintained an army of them to dig through databases, cajole sources, connect dots, and frequently co-author pieces with him. Like the paper’s size, the Voice’s office space shrank over the years, and six of us at a time might pile into Wayne’s cube for a quick confab. I once tried to spread out into the mostly empty next-door cubicle, which worked fine for a week until Nat Hentoff ambled in and cussed me out for a good three minutes, yelling to have his goddamn desk back.

The interns of Barrett Nation. You know them, even if you don’t realize it. They shape Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Politico, ABC News, every major New York paper, and certainly this magazine, as my former colleague Gavin Aronsen and I have written. We are not all journalists now, and those of us in the profession aren’t all investigative reporters—one of my cohort is a book reviewer of some note and another is a fast-paced entertainment reporter, but goddamn, if you are hiding dirt, they will find it.

I loved Wayne, even when he was screaming at me, a rite of passage any of his interns can describe. He pursued truth and exposed sin with the zeal of a young Jesuit, which was fitting, since he’d considered taking up the cloth before a debate scholarship sent him to St. Joe’s College in Philly. I’d had a similar upbringing, joining the military instead of the church, debating in school, and seeking an outlet for my inflamed sense of justice.

Wayne had that fire, and lighting up other people was how it manifested sometimes. We were in a serious business. We had to be thorough, accurate, fairâ&#128;&#145;even when we were breaking shit.

But it was all to an end. If Wayne burned for justice, he practiced it, too, singing his protégés’ praises to recruiters, offering a crash weekend at his beach place down the shore in Jersey, taking a sincere interest in his charges’ spouses, children, money and family issues. “He was a family man” is often a hollow note in these kinds of tributes. But family—his and everybody else’s—truly was Wayne’s greatest pleasure, and the reason he couldn’t not needle the greedy who screwed the rest of us.

For more than a year, we watched Republicans slouching toward Trump Tower, saying that yes, seriously, they believed this debauched tycoon with a rambling sales script and an unadulterated id could handle the nukes. We saw Russia tossing gasoline on the fire, beheld our media colleagues collapsing under the weight of takes and think pieces on how maybe facts don’t matter. Now we watch the Queens-bred Caligula begin to rip up the things that make America an idea worth defending. And Wayne’s illness, exacerbated by his all-consuming work, has chosen this moment to take him from us.

We are allowed to be exhausted and dispirited and fearful. This has all really happened, and the ineptitude and malice of the incoming administration will cost lives and livelihoods. But we are not allowed to stop. Wayne wouldn’t let us.

I worked for Wayne when Rudy Giuliani was making his last serious stab at a presidential bid, and we spent a lot of time running down new stories on the candidate. His campaign had looked formidable early on, but hizzoner flamed out spectacularly and retreated into private consulting.

Was it bittersweet, I asked Wayne? His white whale, the subject of years of his life’s work, was finished and never coming back.

Wayne laughed. It was the laugh of a man who wasn’t about to retire from the truth-digging, shit-kicking business, no matter how good or bad it might get. “He’ll come back, man,” he said. “These guys always come back.”

The fun part, Wayne said, was that the good guys came back, too.

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Can Future Global Warming Matter Today?

Scientists studying past and current climate conditions mull the challenges in making future warming matter today. Originally posted here:   Can Future Global Warming Matter Today? ; ; ;

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5 Good Ways to Back Up Your Computer

When my computer was stolen recently, I breathed a sigh of relief. That’s because all my files were backed up.

Then I got really upset, because my external hard drive with my backed up files turned out to have been stolen, too. Fortunately, everything was also backed up to a cloud account. But that turned out not to be ideal, because it meant that while I could still get access to my files, I wouldn’t have them downloaded in a “mirror image” of what was on my computer the way the hard drive would have. Plus, it tookthree days and a lot of customer support to recover them my files in a way that I could use them. My cloud back-up didn’t include any of the software I’d installed on my computer, like Microsoft Office, so that was another complication.

In the course of filing police reports, buying a new computer, recovering my data and reinstalling my software, I learned a lot about how to protect the contents of my computer in the event it is stolen again (or gets destroyed in a fire or tornado, accidentally dropped on cement, flooded with coffee, theinternal hard drive fails…). Chief among them is this list of the best ways to back up my computer.

1) Back up in two different ways and in two different places.

My computer was backed up to bothanexternal hard drive as well as over the Internet. Though recovering my files from the Internet servicewas inconvenient, at least they were there. If I’d only relied on the external hard drive, I’d have been sunk. On the other hand, if I lose Internet connectivity, it’s reassuring to have an external hard drive back up. The fees to back up over the Internetare pretty minimal (mine is only about $60 a year), and an external hard drive is pretty cheap. Pay the money and get those systems in place. You won’t regret it.

2) Use an external hard drive. But hide it.

There are lots of benefits to an external hard drive. It can create a mirror image of your computer, so that, if you need to reinstall your entire computer on a new machine, it’s easy to do so. It’s portable and is available in the event your connection to the Internet goes down. But the big lesson I learned is, don’t keep it in plain sight next to your computer if there’s a chance you think your computer could be stolen. And even if theft is not involved, your computer could be subject to other factors that could also destroy your external hard drive if it’s right nearby. By the way, rather than a larger external hard drive, you can use USB drives. However, you might find yourself using several drives that don’t have the storage capacity of one large one. I’ve found that using a smaller USB drive works fine for individual files, but not for my entire computer.

3) Online backup over the Internet.

With online backup using something like Carbonite, BackBlaze or CrashPlan, you’ll install software on your computer that will regularly scan your files, encrypt them and send them to a high-storage server that you can access electronically. The advantage of such a systemis that your data in all likelihood will remain protected regardless of theft, natural disaster or breakage. The disadvantage is that it can take a few days to upload all of your data to your accountand then to download it again if you need it. That said, in many cases you can download specific files to get access to them immediately while all of your data is being downloaded.

LifeHacker reviewed many online back-up plans and rates these five as the best. Whatever plan you choose, make sure that their customer service is adequate. When I had to download my files to my new computer recently, I probably required about 10 hours of customer service to deal with various problems that cropped up.

4) Use a Cloud Storage Device.

Some cloud storage devices you may have heard of include Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. Some advantages are that these systems are cheap and protect against most data loss. The downside may be that they offer limited storage space for free, so you’ll have to pay to upgrade for more storage.Here’s more info on how to use Google Drive as a backup tool. BackBlaze offers a good overview of how to integrate online backup and online storage here.

5) Use Flickr or Google for Photos.

Though all my pictures from my computer were saved and then re-downloaded, having my computer stolen made me realize that I could use an external back-up just for my photos. Flickr could be pretty good for this. It’s free, you can get a mobile app to make it easy to upload your photos to your account, and there’s lots of storageabout 500,000 full-resolution pictures’ worth! The pictures I take on my phone automatically get saved to my Google account, which is very convenient. However, that’s not true of the pictures I save to my computer. Putting those pics on Flickr could make them more accessible in the event all my other systems fail.

As you contemplate what kind of back-up systems to put in place, take stock of how much storage you actually need, and for what. Do you mostly have word-based files to protect or do you have a huge data base of pictures, videoand music? Don’t automatically buy a 4 terrabyte drive when a 750 gigabyte model would do just as well. If you’re not sure what you need, contact customer support for your computer and ask their advice. Also, if you are running several computers on a home network, consider a network drive you can share.

Mac/Apple users have different considerations than do PC users. Here is an excellent overview of back-up options specific to a Mac.Keep in mind that Time Machine is a backup utility. It doesn’t archive your information like an offline storage system does. So while it’s good for capturing the most recent data on your disk, it won’t have everything you’ve ever worked on.

PC Magazine reviews the “10 Best External Hard Drives of 2016″ here.

What systems do you use to protect your computer? Please share!

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.


5 Good Ways to Back Up Your Computer

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