New book makes clear how close we came on Jan. 6: Mike Pence was "nearly lost" and plans were made to secure continuity of government

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2024/05/13/new-book-makes-clear-how-close-we-came-on-jan-6-mike-pence-was-nearly-lost-and-plans-were-made-to-secure-continuity-of-government.html

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Have we forgotten the conspiracy theories so soon?

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Yeah, I was gonna say…there was a whole ass documentary that implied that very thing.

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Man, I am so tired of “living in ‘interesting’ times.”

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And a number of half-ass ones too. I realize now I may have fallen for Yoy’s engagement bait.

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But never before had they dealt with an insurrection against our own government, inspired by the president of the United States.

I hope that they took some “lessons learned” from the incident, because the fascists are far from done in their attempts at insurrection.

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You call Bush the lesser a nincompoop, I say war criminal… Though, really:

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That was actually funny; begrudging kudos.

Kinda sucks to say, engagement shouldn’t have to be “baited.”

I remember a time on Boing Boing when most mutants genuinely enjoyed conversing with one another about nerdy & cool topics… when almost everything wasn’t just a perpetual ‘intellectual pissing contest’ set amid a cacophony of ragebait & clickbait…

Enshitification Continues

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I wholeheartedly and unironically agree.

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Guess “we’re not so different, you and I;

Whodathunk?

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Fiona Hill, former top trump Russain adviser

I didn’t realize that Top Trumps have a Russian Desk.

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I feel like I’m having an aneurysm when I hear the strident pundits over at Faux News downplay January 6th and mock Democrats for investigating it. Their minions built a gallows to hang Mike Pence for fuck’s sake and they still pretend it was harmless tourists walking through the stanchions.

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Apt:

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While I won’t accuse the Bush administration of engineering the events of 9/11, former FBI insider and translator Sibel Edmonds makes an astonishingly good case that there was sufficient forewarning intentionally swept under the carpet. Then she was compelled under an executive gag order to not be a whistleblower, so there’s that

Nevertheless, I see Tr*mp as a far more sinister and destructive character.

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Not that I think you’re responsible for inventing the phrase or anything, but “interesting times” is a weird way to describe them IMO. Dangerous, stressful, pivotal, sure, but is humanity yet again refusing to learn from history, yet again failing to make progress, yet again giving power and privilege to the worst among us, really “interesting”? Personally, I can’t imagine anything more banal and exasperating. If humanity got its shit together and started actually solving problems, making new discoveries, alleviating suffering and expanding its creative horizons, that’d be a hell of a lot more interesting than “fascism… again” and “inequality… still goin’ strong after all these years!” As a species, it feels like we’re trapped in a mire where the view never changes and the best we can manage is not sinking under.

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Come now- Just because the president received a briefing titled bin Laden Determined to Strike in US a month before 9/11, is no reason to assume that anyone in the White House could have foreseen Bin Laden striking in the US…

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Uh…

You do know it’s allegedly supposed to be a old Chinese curse, right?


While accursed is a good descriptor for 45’s (hopefully only) term in the White House, and all the fuckery which has been wrought since, I was stating my own weariness… despite my steadfast refusal to give up hope.

“Interesting” is used as a rather sadistic euphemism and that was my point.

I’d give almost anything for sane, boring times with a fair and uneventful system of governance.

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I do think if that circus clown somehow manages to win that it will mark the end of the current United States experiment. All good things come to an end, and often suddenly.

As a citizen of your neighbour I’ve already started trying to set up a plan to move further away, because when the magical thinking approach to government doesn’t work the next step is to start a war.

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