The Daily Moth 7-10-17

July 11, 2017



Trump Meets with Putin and Talks Cybersecurity, Trump Jr.’s Meeting with Russian Lawyer Draws Scrutiny, Iraqi Prime Minister Declares Mosul Liberated from ISIS, Indiana Boy Dies from Falling Bullet, Wild Animal Attacks in Colorado and Florida, Chinese Conductor Hailed as Hero for Saving Deaf Woman, and 50+ Deaf Organizations Sign Open Letter to RID Re: Certification Moratoriums  




Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Monday, July 10. Hope your weekend was good. Ready for news? 




Last weekend President Trump met with the Russian president Putin for the first time and had a private meeting that lasted over two hours. It is reported that they discussed the accusations of Russian hacking during last year’s elections with Putin denying any involvement. 


The Sec. of State Rex Tillerson said there is still work to do with Russian interference, but that the two leaders are trying to move forward. Russia’s foregin minister Lavrov said Trump accepted Putin’s denials. 


Both sides reached a cease-fire agreement in southwest Syria, but there are still major differences in their strategy, as Russia supports al-Assad, who the U.S. opposes. 


Both discussed North Korea, with the U.S. wanting Russia to do more against them, but Sec. Tillerson said Russia was motivated because they have some economic activity with the country. Tillerson said the two countries will continue to have discussions. 


Yesterday morning Trump tweeted about his meeting with Putin. He said he pressed Putin about the Russian interference, but that he denied it — and that Trump has already shared his opinion — (that he thinks it could be Russia or other countries/people). 


Trump said he negotiated a ceasefire with Putin and that it will save many lives and wanted to move forward with Russia. 


Then Trump tweeted that he wanted to form a cyber security unit with Putin to guard against future election hacking. This was quickly criticized by both Democratic and Republican Senators. Sen. Marco Rubio (R, FL) said working with Russia on cyber security would be like working with al-Assad on chemical weapons. Rubio said Putin can’t be trusted. 


Later, Trump tweeted that he doesn’t think he can do a cyber-security partnership with Russia, a quick reversal. The FBI, CIA, and NSA will be relieved that Trump isn’t looking to work with Russia on cybersecurity, since they pointed to Russia as doing the cyberattacks last year and said they are still doing it now. 


Now another Russia-related story — Donald Trump Jr, the President’s oldest son, is now in the news because he said he arranged a meeting with a Russian lawyer (who represents various clients who work in high levels within the Russian government) in June 2016 at Trump Tower. Trump Jr. invited Jared Kushner (President Trump’s son-in-law and current advisor) and former campaign manager Paul Manafort to the meeting. 


The reason for the meeting — the lawyer told Trump Jr. that she had negative information about Hillary Clinton that would help the Trump campaign — that there were other Russians who gave the Democratic National Committee money and supported Hillary Clinton. But the meeting was short (apparently around 20 minutes) because Trump Jr. thought the lawyer made vague statements that didn’t make sense, and that the lawyer talked about other issues — U.S. sanctions against Russia and the Russian law prohibiting U.S. adoptions of Russian children. 


Why this is a big deal — firstly, because there is an investigation on if the Trump team colluded with Russian. Secondly, getting damaging information from foreigners can get Trump Jr. in legal trouble. Both the Senate and House Intelligence committees say they want to interview Trump Jr. about the meeting. Trump Jr. has defended himself saying it is normal for political candidates to do research on how to oppose other candidates.

We’ll see what happens on that front. 




The Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, declared that ISIS was defeated in Mosul, Iraq. For the past 9 months, Iraqi military forces, with the support of the U.S. military and coalition airstraikes, has been fighting against ISIS in the city. 


ISIS occupied the city around three years ago on June 2014 and Mosul was ISIS’ largest city. There is still fighting, but in a very small area. There were celebrations by the Iraqi army and Iraqi flags raised up around the city, which is now in ruins. The challenge is now rebuilding and finding strong leadership for the area, as well as maintaining security.


ISIS still have control in some areas in Iraq and still has control over one big city — but in Raqqa, Syria. There is currently a battle over there. It appears ISIS is rapidly losing land.




In Indiana, a boy died after being hit in the head by a falling bullet that was shot by someone who shot it into the air on July 1, two Saturdays ago. The boy, Noah (13), was playing basketball outside when he suddenly fell down. Others thought he had a seizure and called 911, and when he was at the hospital, doctors realized he was hit by a bullet. He had been in the hospital since but died on Saturday from his injures. Very sad, and the local police department said there are no suspects and nobody has been arrested. They said it is never legal to shoot a gun in city limits and to call 911 immediately if one sees someone firing a gun into the air.




Two news of wild animal attacks: 


In Colorado, a 19-year old camp counselor was sleeping outside in a sleeping bag when he woke up to see a black bear biting on his head, dragging him around 10 feet. He punched the bear and others at the campsite shouted at the bear, making it run away. The man is okay, he only has scratches on his head. Wildlife workers in the area later trapped the bear and euthanized it, saying they have to do this because it is not normal for a bear to attack a person. The bear might be sick or have some other issue. 


In Southern Florida, at a beach, lifeguards warned people to get out of the water because there was a shark. As people were getting out of the water, a 5-foot bull shark bit a man in both legs. He was still able to walk out of the water, bleeding, and got medical aid from lifeguards. He will be okay. It is the first shark attack in Miami-Dade county in 20 years. 




In China, a train conductor on a moving train saw an elderly woman walking across a railroad while the train was moving towards her. The train driver, named Xu (29), pressed the emergency stop button and shouted for the woman to get out of the way. But the woman was deaf and did not respond, so Xu jumped off the train, ran to the woman, and pushed her away, saving her — but the train rolled on Xu’s right leg, severely damaging it — it was later amputated.


Xu said he did not regret doing it — saying he was willing to lose a leg to save a life. Wow. The woman later visited the hospital and bowed at him to thank him and show him respect. 






More than 50 organizations in the Deaf/ASL/interpreting community signed an open letter directed towards the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) to ask for the RID for information about their moratorium on giving out interpreting certifications and what their next steps were to reinstate the certifications. 


The letter was written and signed in ASL by David Bahar, the Director of Public Policy at Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD). 


To jog your memory, the RID announced a moratorium on their certification exams on August 2015, saying they needed to do a risk management assessment. Later in early 2016, the RID announced they would create a new LLC structure, separate from the RID organization, to administer the certifications. They invited the NAD to join in the new LLC structure, but the NAD declined — and their “working” relationship was dissolved. 


The RID proceeded with establishing the new LLC testing structure — the CASLI — Center for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation, LLC. It started administrating exams for the National Interpreting Certification (NIC) examination at the end of 2016, partially ending the moratorium, but the moratorium still stands for several other certifications. 


There were two lawsuits against RID, one that ended in a summary judgment in favor of RID and one that was settled outside of court.


Okay, now back to the letter: the letter said the moratorium had an adverse impact on the Deaf community, interpreters, and businesses/organizations. It said although the NIC testing is back in operation, there is still confusion on the program and that confusion has impacted states and agencies that depend on a stable certification program. 


It makes three requests — 1) public and transparent information on the current status of the NIC testing program, 2) what the plans are for the new NIC test because the current one’s “life cycle” will expire soon, and 3) information on the certifications’ operation and sustainability. 


The letter said there are concerns about moratoriums on the SC:L (legal interpreting certification), EdK-12 (school interpreting), and CDI certifications, and that there needs to be more information on those. The letter requests a response by August 11, next month.

Open Letter:

RID and CASLI Information: —


RID Announces Moratorium (2015):

Previous TDM Video About NAD/RID Ceasing Relationship:




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

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