The Daily Moth 3-6-18

March 7, 2018

North Korea Willing to Give Up Nukes if Security is Guaranteed; Two Young Children Killed in Terrible NYC Crash; Former Trump Campaign Aide Gives Bizarre Interviews After Subpoena; West Virginia Teachers End Strike After Lawmakers Reach 5% Pay Raise; Which Generation Were you Born In?; Gallaudet University Kicks Off #DPN30 Events; Georgia VR Proposes Removing NTID/RIT & Gallaudet From List of Approved Schools

Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Tuesday, March 6. New look, but same news. Ready? 




North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has told South Korean leaders in a meeting yesterday that they are willing to give up their nuclear weapons if the United States could guarantee their security — if they eliminated their military threat. 


President Trump reacted on Twitter that the world is watching. See this:


Trump’s Tweet: Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea. For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned. The World is watching and waiting! May be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to go hard in either direction!


So Trump is sending both signals of hoping for peace, but also a warning if this falls apart. He said later today that he is open to meeting with Kim Jong-un. 


Both Koreas has agreed to a summit in April at the border with both Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. 


This is another step towards peace, after the two countries agreed to be unified for the Winter Olympics. But some warn that previous attempts at peace has broken down.




There was a terrible car crash in New York City — a car struck two mothers who were walking with their young kids in the Park Slope area. 


One of them is Ruth Ann Blumenstein, who is a Broadway actor — she is pregnant and is critically injured. Her 4-year old daughter died. 


The other is Ruth Ann’s friend, Lauren Lew. She was injured, but is in stable condition. But sadly, her 1-year old son, who was in a stroller, died. 


The driver is a 44-year old woman. She said she had a medical episode. Her car was stopped at a red light when it suddenly sped up. She has not been charged; there is a police investigation.


Witnesses who saw the scene said it was terrible, with one mother calling for her baby. 


Mayor Bill de Blasio went to the scene — and there were people who protested for safer streets, as that intersection has a history of serious accidents. 


There are GoFundMe pages for both mothers — raising over $275,000.


Ruth Ann:


Lauren Lew:




Yesterday a former aide for President Trump’s campaign, who was fired in 2015 — Sam Nunberg — gave interviews with several media channels saying he got a subpoena from Special Counsel Mueller, but that he wouldn’t cooperate, saying he thought it’d be funny if he was arrested. 


He said prosecutors may be building a case against Trump and that he thinks Trump did something during the election. 


In a CNN interview, he was asked if he was drinking — because the host, Erin Burnett, said she could smell alcohol. He said he didn’t. Many thought he showed signs of mental instability, possibly from pressure of the investigation.


Now Nunberg has reversed course — he said he will cooperate with Mueller. He is expected to appear before a grand jury this Friday. 


Nunberg was fired from the Trump team because of racist posts on his personal social media accounts.




In West Virginia, there has been public school teacher strikes since February 22 over insufficient pay and concerns of health insurance costs. 


It shut down all public schools for nine days. 


Today the strikes has ended after state lawmakers passed a bill giving teachers a 5% pay increase that will apply to all state workers — it was signed by Gov. Jim Justice. 


The strikes did not affect the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, because it is a state entity.




Are you from the Baby Boomer generation or are you from Generation X? Are you a Millennial or a Post-Millennial? 


It depends on which year you were born. There has been some confusion on which years match with which labels.


The Pew Research Center released new guidelines yesterday. See this image of different generations. 




The Silent Generation: Born 1928-1945 (73-90 years old)

Baby Boomers: Born 1946-1964 (54-72 years old)

Generation X: Born 1965-1980 (38-53 years old)

Millennials: Born 1981-1996 (22-37 years old)

Post-Millennials: Born 1997-Present (0-21 years old)


I was born in 1986, which makes me a Millennial. 


Each generation has different experiences and were affected by different technological and historical events, so they experience the world differently. 


For example, video relay services became nationally available in 2002, so many Millennials had VRS when they were kids or teenagers, while Gen X and Baby Boomers never had it. 


This is food for plenty of discussion.




Gallaudet University is now celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the DPN — Deaf President Now! protests, when students locked down the campus to protest the Board of Trustees’ selection of a hearing, non-signing president. It received international news attention and the students were successful in bringing in Dr. I. King Jordan, who was the first Deaf president.


If you look at Gallaudet’s social media pages, you will see a schedule of events. Today they had a panel with three of the four student leaders, Bridgetta Bourne-Firl, Greg Hlibok, Tim Rarus, with Dr. Jordan and Dr. Phil Bravin. Not present was the fourth student leader, Jerry Covell. 


The panel also recognized several “unsung heroes.” 


You can watch the full video on Gallaudet’s Facebook page — it is an hour and a half. 






The Georgia State Rehabilitation Council (VR) has proposed to remove NTID/RIT and Gallaudet from their list of approved schools for deaf Georgia students. 


This means that if this proposal is approved, deaf students won’t get VR support if they want to go to NTID/RIT or Gallaudet.  


There is a local news article that has comments from people from the Georgia School for the Deaf who are opposed to this, saying it will hurt young Deaf adults. 


The GA VR council will have several public hearings in the next few weeks and are accepting online comments on their website. Hopefully Georgia residents in the Deaf/ASL community can show up or submit a flood of comments to oppose this change. 


Links to the news article and the list of public hearings/online comments form are below in the transcript. 


News Link:


Public Hearings or Online Comments:




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

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