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Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff alerted the Secret Service to the threat from Trump on January 6

(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To Last Post Of The Week From The Blog’s Favorite Living Canadian)

Here are some more interesting things that would have been nice to know at the time. From New York Times:

The day before a crowd of President Donald J. Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff called Mr. Pence’s senior Secret Service agent in his West Wing office. The chief of staff, Marc Short, had a message for the agent, Tim Giebels: The president was going to publicly turn against the vice president, and there could be a security risk for Mr. Pence because of it.

The stern warning – the only time Mr Short has reported a security issue during his tenure as Mr Pence’s top aide – was uncovered recently during research by this reporter for a forthcoming book, ‘Confidence’. Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” due out in October.

Mr Short did not know what form such a security risk could take, according to people familiar with the events. But after days of mounting pressure from Mr Trump on Mr Pence to take the extraordinary step of intervening in the certification of the Electoral College count to forestall Mr Trump’s defeat, Mr Short seemed have good reason to worry.

It’s wrong to elect authoritarian lunatics to be president. We have proof now.

Mr. Trump tweeted on the morning of January 5 that Mr. Pence could reject voters. He had tried to persuade some of his informal advisers outside the White House to come to the Naval Observatory, the vice president’s official residence, to seek an audience to lobby Mr Pence. That day, Mr. Trump again spoke with Mr. Pence, urging him to do what the vice president said he could not.

It was on that day that Mr. Short called Mr. Giebels at his office.

Compared to those guys, Andrew Jackson and John C. Calhoun were two of the Osmonds. And Jackson once said of his vice president, “John Calhoun, if you separate yourself from my nation, I will separate your head from the rest of your body. Nor would it have been a peaceful transfer of power.

Amid growing tension, Mr Short contacted Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, between Christmas and New Year’s Day, asking how he could defuse what was becoming an untenable clash between the Pence camps. and Trump. Mr. Kushner hijacked the communication, saying he was involved in negotiations in the Middle East.

Then again, Jackson and Calhoun could have been genocidal slave drivers, but no one could tell they were inept weasels.


Hey, we got some great news from NASA via the brand new Webb Space Telescope. Although we may need to work with NASA to find a common vocabulary. Of SciTechDaily:

Imagine if the Earth was much, much closer to the Sun. So close that an entire year would only last a few hours. So close that gravity has locked one hemisphere in permanent burning daylight and the other in eternal darkness. So close that the oceans are boiling, the rocks are starting to melt, and the clouds are raining down lava. Although nothing like it exists in our own solar system, planets like this – rocky, about the size of Earth, extremely hot and close to their stars – are not uncommon in the galaxy of the Milky Way…

… Among the investigations planned for the first year are the studies of two hot exoplanets classified as “super-Earths” for their size and their rocky composition: the 55 Cancri e and airless LHS 3844b. Scientists will train Webb’s high precision spectrographs on these planets with a view to understanding the geological diversity of planets across the galaxy, as well as the evolution of rocky planets like Earth.

I’m sorry but I don’t think there’s anything “great” about a “Super Earth” that is raining hot lava and melting rocks. Mega Mercury, perhaps. Mustafar system, maybe.

The Webb works hard.

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WWOZ Weekly Pick To Click: “Change My Ways” (Honey Island Swamp Band): Yeah, I still pretty much love New Orleans.

Weekly visit to the Pathe archives: Here, from 1963, are some stuntmen at the Florida State Fair. (Florida. Boy, I don’t know.) I’d like to point out how the clown over there really made his money. The story is so cool.

There’s good TV right now. The offer, the making of series The Godfather, is just halfway between a guilty pleasure and a prestige project. by David Simon We own the city, the true story of the baroque corruption of elements of the Baltimore Police Department, a scandal that we have followed at shebeen thanks to the formidable reporting of the Baltimore Sun, was another demonstration of the Simon team’s great gift for casting. Every actor was perfect. The gloomy mood of Obi Wan Kenobi is extremely convincing, and Star Trek: Brave New Worlds may be the best production of this franchise since Wrath of Khan. And bringing back the Gorn Lizard as the main villain is an interesting choice.

Is it a good day for dinosaur news, phys.org? It’s always a good day for dinosaur news!

The claws of the new therizinosaurus species, Paralitherizinosaurus japonicus (reaper reptile from the Sea of ​​Japan), have been compared to the claws of many other therizinosaur species. Data analysis placed P. japonicus among derived therizinosaurs based on four shared derived characters. An analysis of claw morphology, including their length and the shape of the claw base indicate that the claws of basal therizinosaurs are generalized and not intended for a specific use, while the claws of derivative therizinosaurs were specialized for hooking and pulling. vegetation towards the mouth for grazing.

How awesome is that? Even vegetarian dinos were creepy beasts with weedkiller claws. They were grazing with their personal scythes. It’s the way to live then to make us happy now, and also to clear the bush too.

I’m heading to DC next week to attend the January 6 hearings. It should be quite a show. Be well and play well, you bastards. Stay above the snake line, wear the fucking masks, do the fucking vaccines, especially the fucking boosters, and give the Ukrainian people a moment.

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