The Daily Moth 3-21-17

March 22, 2017



Dept. of Homeland Security Restricts Electronic Devices on Direct Flights from 8 Countries, Chicago Gang-Rape Streamed Live on Facebook, Conservative Host Tomi Lahren Suspended a Week for Pro-Choice Views, Deaf Student Denied Interpreting Services at UC Berkeley Sparks Protest and CAD Activism, and DEAF, Inc. Provides Training to Local Police Officers 




Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Tuesday, March 21. Ready for news? 




The Trump administration ordered passengers on direct flights from eight countries to place any electronic device that is larger than a cell phone — such as laptops, tablets, or cameras — to check it in baggage. They can’t carry it in the plane’s cabin. The countries are: Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, and the UAE. The new rule started this morning and will impact around 50 flights. 


The Dept. of Homeland Security said this was because they got new intelligence that terrorist organizations want to blow up planes. 


The U.K. has also restricted the eight countries and added flights from Lebanon and Tunisia. The U.K. said they got the same intelligence as the U.S.


One interesting thing — none of the 8 countries that are restricted are the same as the 6 countries as Trump’s executive order to ban any visitors or refugees — (which was blocked in a Hawaiian federal court). One thing that is common with all the countries: they are Muslim-majority. 


Such explosive devices could be a bomb in a soda can that brought down a Russian jet that originated in Egypt in October 2015 and a laptop bomb that caused a hole in a flight that originated from Somalia. 


Some were confused on what difference it would make if a bomb was in the cargo area or in the cabin — and it seems to be related to how advanced the bomb is. It is easier to explode a device if you have it “with you” rather than put a timing device in a checked bag and “hope” it doesn’t explode when luggage handlers move it or for it to explode while the plane is delayed. The checks for luggage is also more effective than the TSA passenger checks — (Other countries’ “TSA.”)  


NPR Article:
USA Today Article:




In Chicago — there was a gang rape of a 15-year old teenager that was filmed on Facebook Live, but nobody reported it to police until the survivor’s mother approached the police superintendent and showed him images from the video. The mother said the girl was missing since Sunday.


The superintendent, Eddie Johnson, immediately ordered detectives to investigate — and they were able to find the girl and bring her back to her family. 


The police department contacted Facebook and had the video removed. The superintendent was reported to be upset and disappointed to see that 40 people watched the video without reporting it. 


It is the second high-profile terrible crime with Facebook Live in the Chicago area — I previously reported about four people who tortured a mentally disabled person and streamed it live. 


AP Article:




Tomi Lahren, who is well-known for her talk show on — where she often criticizes liberals from a conservative/Republican viewpoint  — was suspended from her show fora week after she said she was pro-choice (meaning she supports abortion rights). 


Last week she said in an interview on ABC’s The View that she supports a limited government and that she couldn’t be a hypocrite by saying the government should back off her guns, but decide what women can do with their bodies. 


Many people who were pro-life (anti-abortion) — were enraged that Tomi would support abortion. Tomi didn’t back down, saying that she spoke her truth and that if people didn’t like it, tough. She said she would never apologize for being an independent thinker. 


Tomi is suspended this week. She has a contract with TheBlaze that expires in September — but she could be let go earlier — or not see her contract continue after that. 


The issue of abortion continues to be a flash point that causes strong disagreements and divisions among people.




There was a protest yesterday with around 80 students at the University of California, Berkeley — to support a Deaf student and other disabled students who struggled to get accommodation for their education. 


A Deaf PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley — Nancy Barker — was at the protest. 


She had recently made complaints about the university’s refusals to provide her with needed ASL interpreting services.


Nancy is a visiting student researcher from Canada and is studying ecological sciences and conservation. 


You might have seen her making videos on location in Africa with wild animals behind her. She did five years of work in Africa and has extensive data. 


She got an opportunity to be a Visiting Student Researcher to study under one of the top professors/researchers in the U.S. in her field, but she said the university’s DSP (Disabled Students’ Program) made it very difficult for her to get the interpreters she needed. 


In an video interview with the California Association of the Deaf (CAD), Nancy said in January of last year, UC told her that it was not their responsibility to provide an interpreter. She left after a month (she had a limited time there).   


When she returned in August of last year, she was denied interpreters again. She did not have any interpreters for the first 12 weeks out of the semester’s 15 weeks. 


She had to contact many people within the university for support — then in November, the university agreed to provide interpreters, but would only give her “good enough” services (not what Nancy requested — interpreters for classroom, lab time, meetings with researchers, and various activities related to her study. 


In December, she had a meeting with the Assistant Vice-Chair, who agreed that it was “not right” and said the university would provide full accommodations. 


Nancy was happy about this and returned to the campus January of this year. 


The first two weeks was great for her, she had 21 hours a week of interpreting — but after two weeks, the university changed and cut down the services by 80%, only giving her 8 hours a week — interpreting for classroom teaching but nothing for the outside-of-classroom meetings or activities. 


DSP also told her she had to make requests at least a week in advance and could turn it down if there was “insufficient information” — even turning down because there was not a zip code provided (even though it was an on-campus event). 


DSP also would call the professors or labs to confirm if an interpreter was needed — and it caused Nancy to feel like a “child in need of supervision” or like a second-class citizen. 


This struggle has caused Nancy to “lose hope” that she will be able to publish her research/dissertation and get her doctorate degree and continue to advance in her profession. 


Nancy had financial backing from the UC department who invited her — but the money is running out without her getting adequate education to complete her research analysis. 


The CAD posted a petition on to bring more attention to this. CAD said the university has violated the ADA act. They’ve demanded the university to extend financial backing for her position to Fall Semester 2017, provide Nancy with 30 hours of interpreting services a week for this semester and the Fall semester, and for her to be able to schedule it without going through the DSP, and no reprisals. 


This is not the first time UC Berkeley had a conflict with Deaf people. Last year, several Deaf people (who were not a part of UC) objected that UC’s free online courses did not have any closed-captioning and filed a compliant with the U.S. Dept. of Justice. The DOJ concluded that the university was in violation of the ADA. The university responded by taking down all of its free online courses, saying they did not have the money to pay for captioning. A lot of people were angry the videos were taken down, but that’s what happened. 


We’ll see what happens with Nancy’s education at UC Berkeley. Hopefully they will change and provide her with the interpreters she needs. 


UC Student Protest:

Article about Nancy Barker:
CAD Interview/Petition:

DOJ Decision (Online Courses):




DEAF, Inc — a nonprofit organization in Missouri that provides interpreters and services to Deaf people — just provided training to local police officers to educate them about how to properly interact with Deaf people. 


DEAF, Inc’s Executive Director, Dr. Thomas Horejes and other staff gave a presentation to a room of deputies and commanders. 


[Video clip from local news coverage]


Thomas shared his personal experience with being pulled over by police — with two of them drawing guns at him. He had to gesture that he had a hearing aid — and fortunately the police understood that he was Deaf.


They told the police that lipreading isn’t always effective, that handcuffing Deaf people is a very frightening experience for them, and that some Deaf people have balance issues when it’s dark (and they might appear drunk).


Thomas explained the police on how to call for an interpreter — adding that it is required by the ADA — and that interpreters should be used for serious situations such as domestic violence or arrests, while interpreters were’t usually not needed for normal traffic stops. 


They shared some tips such as not shining a flashlight in a Deaf person’s eyes, looking at the Deaf person while communicating through an interpreter, and that ASL can be very expressive and shouldn’t be taken as threatening. 


Nice! I got in touch with DEAF, Inc to ask them on if they had tips on how other Deaf organizations could do this. Here is their comments: 


[Video clip of Dr. Thomas Horejes talking


THOMAS: I’m so impressed with the meeting — when myself and Devon Whitmore — the Community Advocate — gave a presentation to 150 police officers, we gave typical ADA awareness, cultural sensitivity, that ASL was our primary language — we were impressed with how the local police officers really wanted to work with the Deaf community. They asked a lot of questions and really cared. 


It made me realize that we must continue to provide good training to police departments. This means I encourage you to contact your local police department and ask how you can provide training. Or you could work with a local deaf organization/affiliate in your state and work with them to provide this. This strengthens communication access and police officers really do care about Deaf people. They don’t know how to provide communication access and they want to know how. 


So I encourage you to do this. This experience has really inspired us. We encourage you to do the same.]


ALEX: Thank you, DEAF, Inc for sharing. 


Local News Article:
Local News Video:




That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light! 

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