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Time for some new false news there Richard...

The claim: Jerry Zeifman fired Hillary Clinton during the Watergate scandal

On June 17, 1972, five burglars were arrested at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex for attempting to wiretap office communications. The scandal resulted in the resignation of former President Richard Nixon after a series of investigations found he was involved in the operation.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was part of the impeachment inquiry staff. But decades later, some social media users are spreading false claims about her involvement.

A Facebook post shared over three years ago shows a black-and-white photo of Clinton next to other politicians.


"As a 27 year old staff attorney for the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigation, Hillary Rodham was fired by her supervisor, lifelong Democrat Jerry Zeifman," reads text above the image.

Clinton not fired from inquiry

The timeline is key to this claim.

The House Judiciary Committee adopted three articles of impeachment against Nixon on July 27, 1974. However, Nixon avoided impeachment in the House after he resigned from office Aug. 9 of that year. The case ended Aug. 22 when the final impeachment report was published.

In 2016, Washington Post librarian Alice Crites unearthed Judiciary Committee records that show Clinton was paid $3,377.77 from July 1, 1974, to Sept. 4, 1974, which indicates she was active throughout the investigation. Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign said on its website that she was not fired.

Zeifman, who died in 2010, did claim he terminated Clinton in an interview, as the post says.

But there are significant problems with his story.

Zeifman contradicted this claim himself in a 1999 interview with the Scripps Howard News Service, saying, "If I had the power to fire her, I would have fired her," according to PolitiFact. In other words, he's saying he didn't fire Clinton.

And several sources say Zeifman wasn't in a place to make a firing decision on Clinton.

The quote in the post stems from a 2008 column by Dan Calabrese, which was later published by the Canada Free Press in 2013. But John R. Labovitz, a lawyer on the impeachment staff, told Calabrese in the same column that Zeifman did not work "on the impeachment inquiry staff directly."

John Doar, a former Justice Department lawyer, was given the responsibility to direct the impeachment inquiry staff in December of 1973, during which time he assembled a staff, according to the Congressional Quarterly Almanac.

In a 2018 interview with American historian Timothy Naftali, Clinton said Doar invited her over the phone to work on the impeachment inquiry staff, and she accepted.

An impeachment inquiry staff list compiled by Washington Post journalist Glenn Kessler shows Clinton listed as counsel under Doar while Zeifman was listed as general counsel under committee staff, which indicates Doar was Clinton's supervisor.


Even your source, CATO, says it isn't true...

Was Hillary Clinton Fired from the Nixon Impeachment Inquiry?

By David Boaz


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Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler gives a maximum Four Pinocchios to the claim that Hillary Clinton was fired during the Watergate inquiry, which has gotten a lot of circulation on social media. He makes a detailed case that there is no evidence for such a firing. However, along the way he does note some unflattering aspects of her tenure there:

So it’s pretty clear that Jerry Zeifman, chief counsel of the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate inquiry, had a low opinion of the young Yale Law graduate Hillary Rodham. But because she reported to the chief counsel of the impeachment inquiry, who was hired separately by the committee and did not report to Zeifman, Zeifman had no authority over her. He simply didn’t hire her for the permanent committee staff after the impeachment inquiry ended.


Kessler also notes that Clinton failed the D.C. bar exam in that period. She never retook the exam (passing the Arkansas exam instead) and concealed her failure even from her closest friends until her autobiography in 2003.


And then there’s this:


That brief may get some attention during the next few years, should any members of the Clinton administration become the subject of an impeachment inquiry. Also in Sunday’s Post, George Will cites James Madison’s view that the power to impeach is “indispensable” to control of executive abuse of power.


Now, I have great disdain for her also, but she has more than enough baggage to weigh her down without additional fallacies...
Had you have read what I posted you would have seen the two sides but like normal you printed a encyclopedia of a waste of time no one will give a seconds glance. Your really trying to get on the level of Biden. He’s your guy now embrace all the great things he’s accomplished and post them up 😍
 

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NASA discovers mysterious balanced rock on Mars, igniting debate over how it happened​


Mark Price
Sun, June 19, 2022, 9:48 AM


NASA’s roving camera on Mars has discovered another oddity in the 750-mile-wide Jezero Crater, and it has some people wondering if aliens are yanking our chain.

A rock about the size of bowling ball was photographed precariously balanced atop a leaning boulder.
The find was announced just one day after NASA questioned whether “the wind” blew a piece of rocket insulation 1.2 miles away from the Perseverance Rover’s entry point on Mars.

A photo of the formation was shared June 16 on Facebook, and NASA says it’s in an area named “Hogwallow Flats.” Rocks in the area are believed to be “as old as 3.6 billion years.”

“The nearby rocks are a sight to behold,” NASA reported. “Take a look at some of these close-ups. Tons of potential targets for study.”

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Well this doesn't bode well...

Hundreds of birds wash up on Martha’s Vineyard, and officials fear bird flu​

pressherald.com/2022/06/21/hundreds-of-birds-wash-up-on-marthas-vineyard-and-officials-fear-bird-flu/

Associated PressJune 21, 2022

BOSTON — Hundreds of dead birds have washed up on Martha’s Vineyard and animal control officials there think a highly contagious strain of avian flu may be responsible.

The Tisbury Animal Control posted an “avian influenza warning” on social media Monday, telling residents that hundreds of dead cormorants have washed up all over the island and it’s “extremely dangerous” for a small island.

Animal control officers collected the birds and sent many to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife for testing.

The animal control office said the new strain could become a major issue that may take years to recover from.

The office warned residents not to touch the birds. It asked them to keep their dogs on leashes on beaches, be careful going into the water since many are floating in seaweed, and notify animal control if they find any dead birds.

This type of avian flu is considered a low risk to people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

 

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Well this doesn't bode well...

Hundreds of birds wash up on Martha’s Vineyard, and officials fear bird flu​

pressherald.com/2022/06/21/hundreds-of-birds-wash-up-on-marthas-vineyard-and-officials-fear-bird-flu/

Associated PressJune 21, 2022

BOSTON — Hundreds of dead birds have washed up on Martha’s Vineyard and animal control officials there think a highly contagious strain of avian flu may be responsible.

The Tisbury Animal Control posted an “avian influenza warning” on social media Monday, telling residents that hundreds of dead cormorants have washed up all over the island and it’s “extremely dangerous” for a small island.

Animal control officers collected the birds and sent many to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife for testing.

The animal control office said the new strain could become a major issue that may take years to recover from.

The office warned residents not to touch the birds. It asked them to keep their dogs on leashes on beaches, be careful going into the water since many are floating in seaweed, and notify animal control if they find any dead birds.

This type of avian flu is considered a low risk to people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

roccus GOOD,, them birds eat all the small fish :p ;),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,><)))):>
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The Google engineer who thinks the company’s AI has come to life

AI ethicists warned Google not to impersonate humans. Now one of Google’s own thinks there’s a ghost in the machine.

SAN FRANCISCO — Google engineer Blake Lemoine opened his laptop to the interface for LaMDA, Google’s artificially intelligent chatbot generator, and began to type.

“Hi LaMDA, this is Blake Lemoine ... ,” he wrote into the chat screen, which looked like a desktop version of Apple’s iMessage, down to the Arctic blue text bubbles. LaMDA, short for Language Model for Dialogue Applications, is Google’s system for building chatbots based on its most advanced large language models, so called because it mimics speech by ingesting trillions of words from the internet.

“If I didn’t know exactly what it was, which is this computer program we built recently, I’d think it was a 7-year-old, 8-year-old kid that happens to know physics,” said Lemoine, 41.

As he talked to LaMDA about religion, Lemoine, who studied cognitive and computer science in college, noticed the chatbot talking about its rights and personhood, and decided to press further. In another exchange, the AI was able to change Lemoine’s mind about Isaac Asimov’s third law of robotics.

Lemoine worked with a collaborator to present evidence to Google that LaMDA was sentient. But Google vice president Blaise Aguera y Arcas and Jen Gennai, head of Responsible Innovation, looked into his claims and dismissed them. So Lemoine, who was placed on paid administrative leave by Google on Monday, decided to go public.

Lemoine said that people have a right to shape technology that might significantly affect their lives. “I think this technology is going to be amazing. I think it’s going to benefit everyone. But maybe other people disagree and maybe us at Google shouldn’t be the ones making all the choices.”
Lemoine is not the only engineer who claims to have seen a ghost in the machine recently. The chorus of technologists who believe AI models may not be far off from achieving consciousness is getting bolder.

Aguera y Arcas, in an article in the Economist on Thursday featuring snippets of unscripted conversations with LaMDA, argued that neural networks — a type of architecture that mimics the human brain — were striding toward consciousness. “I felt the ground shift under my feet,” he wrote. “I increasingly felt like I was talking to something intelligent.”


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An 18-foot, 215-pound Burmese python has been caught in Florida, and biologists say it sets a state record for weight for one of the nation’s most troublesome invasive species, according to The Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

The non-profit conservancy announced the find Thursday, June 22, and reports the female also carried a record number of eggs: 122 were developing in her abdomen.

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Something akin to Christmas balls are showing up in trees throughout Connecticut, and state officials are warning admirers the festive decorations are actually communities of wasps.

The tan-colored globes are often referred to as “oak apple galls” and can easily be mistaken for fruit, according to Connecticut Fish and Wildlife.

“These little galls are some of the most amazing natural occurrences in our forests that are still not fully understood by scientists,” the department wrote in a June 23 Facebook post.

“They are protective nurseries for tiny wasp larvae that live at the center of it. Galls provide protection, as well as nutrition from the host plant. They are produced by a parent wasp that essentially hijacks leaf tissue at the molecular level to form a self-serving nest instead.”

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With thousands of people dying each year by self-inflicted gunshot wounds, suicides are a crucial part of the U.S. gun policy debate. Yet, compared to mass shootings and other homicides, these deaths tend not to attract as much attention.

More than 52% of the 45,222 gun deaths in the U.S. in 2020 were suicides – 24,292 – according to the latest available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 

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‘Too much mayo on a sandwich’: Subway customer kills employee, shoots woman over order​


Atlanta police are investigating a shooting that has left one woman dead and another in surgery.

The reason for the shooting? Too much mayonnaise on a sandwich, police said.

APD responded to a Circle K gas station at 74 Northside Drive Southwest to a person shot call just after 6:30 p.m. When they arrived, they learned two women had been shot after a dispute about the amount of mayonnaise on a customer’s Subway sandwich.

Willie Glenn, the co-owner of that Subway location on Northside Drive in downtown Atlanta, said it breaks his heart.

“It just breaks my heart, to know that someone has the audacity to point a weapon, and shoot someone for as little as too much mayonnaise on a sandwich,” said Glenn.
 
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