The Daily Moth 3-7 and 3-8 2018

March 9, 2018


 Transcripts (In order starting with 3-7, then 3-8) 


Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Wednesday, March 7. Ready for news? 




President Trump’s chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, has resigned in the latest White House resignation or firing. 


Many said it was because Cohn disagreed with Trump over his decision to impose tariffs (trade taxes) on steel and aluminum. 


Cohn used to be an executive for Goldman Sachs on Wall Street. When news broke of his resignation, the DOW Jones dropped around 300 points. 


President Trump tweeted that he would find a replacement. 


Tweet: Will be making a decision soon on the appointment of new Chief Economic Advisor. Many people wanting the job - will choose wisely!


Both Fox News and MSNBC discussed the high turnover at the White House. A recent analysis said it exceeded the previous five presidents’ first year in office. 


Yesterday Trump said he likes conflict, to see two people with differing viewpoints, and for him to make a decision. He said everybody wants to work in the White House.




In London, England, a Russian former spy, Sergei S., and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned by a nerve agent. They are in the hospital in critical condition. 


Police said this was an attempted murder — that they think someone targeted the pair as they sat on a bench at a shopping center. 


There has been speculation that this could have been a hit ordered by the Russian government.


Sergei used to work in Russian intelligence, but was outed as a double agent for the UK. 


He was jailed in Russia, but was released in 2010 in a part of a U.S.-Russia swap and lived since in Britain. 


The UK government said they are looking at it, and if there is evidence of state responsibility, the government would respond appropriately. 


The Russian embassy in London said this looked like another anti-Russian campaign — they showed disappointment at being threatened. 


Many have compared this with the death of another former Russian spy, Alexander L — he drank a tea with radioactive substances in it at a hotel in London in 2006. 


An UK investigation said Russian President Putin probably approved an order to kill him.




The Trump Administration will be suing the state of California over their sanctuary laws that they say makes it difficult for federal immigration agents to do their work. 


Attorney General Sessions said immigration law is in the books, but for California, there was a problem because they have “ignored” federal law. 


California Governor Jerry Brown (D) said this meant they were going to war against the state. He said the Trump administration was full of liars. 


The lawsuit focuses on three recent state laws that limits information sharing with the ICE and gave California officials more power in immigration detention centers. 


Sessions criticized Oakland’s Democratic Mayor, Libby S., for issuing an alert last week to Oakland residents that there was a possible ICE raid. Sessions said she supported illegality and embarrassed California. 


But the mayor said she did it because Oakland is a city of law-abiding immigrations and families who deserve to live free from the threat of arrest and deportation. 


This raid arrested 232 undocumented immigrants, 180 of them who were convicted of a crime and ordered to leave the country, or was previously deported but came back in illegally.




Here’s a couple news of drama on planes. 


1 — On Monday, on a SkyWest flight from San Francisco to Idaho, a woman in the first-class section stood up, raved about God and data, then tried to open the cabin door. She was restrained by others and tied down on the floor. 


When the plane landed in Boise, she was questioned by police then was turned over to state health officials. Others said she seemed to be mentally unstable. 


2 — Last Friday on a Southwest plane in Dallas, a male was filmed punching two other passengers and arguing with them. Apparently they were angry about missing their connection to L.A. 


The plane was delayed with the people involved removed and taken by law enforcement.




Updates on the Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida (it has been three weeks since the shooting): 


— The shooter Nikolas Cruz was indicted on 17 counts of premeditated and 17 counts of attempted murder today by the Broward County Grand Jury. 


He has been segregated from other inmates, in solitary confinement, meeting with lawyers, investigators, and a psychologist. 


— NBA star Dwayne Wade surprised the students with a visit during their lunch hour and gave a speech. 


— Another big visitor was Education Sec. Betsy DeVos. Some students were happy she came, but some were not. 


DeVos later told media that she supports Trump’s idea to arm teachers and school staff, but only if communities want it. 


— Florida lawmakers have been debating a proposal to require a 3-day waiting period to buy a gun, the age to be raised to 21, creation of a program to train and arm school staff and new mental health programs. It passed the Senate and is in the House. 


— Several survivors and victim families plan to sue the school district, the sheriff’s office, and the FBI for not doing enough to stop Cruz.




Today Senator Bob Casey (D, Pa) tweeted a tribute to Gallaudet’s DPN protesters. He said it is a good reminder of the power of students to change the world. See the tweet: 


Tweet: 30 years ago this week @GallaudetU students successfully protested for the appointment of the first deaf president of their university. This is a good reminder of the power of students to change the world. #DPN30#DeafPresidentNow30


Nice to see a Senator recognize the Deaf community and the importance of having deaf leaders.




In Virginia, starting this fall, high school students can count ASL as a foregin language credit and will have the option to enroll in an ASL class at a local college or online course if one is not available at their school. 


This is possible by a new bill, HB 84, that passed the Virginia House and Senate, pending signature by Governor Northam. 


Who inspired this? According to a news article, a hard-of-hearing high school student, Emma Chupp, who worked as a Senate page, suggested this idea because she wanted to take ASL instead of Spanish. 


She said she never learned ASL and apparently her private Christian school didn’t offer the course. Now she can take a course and get credit for it. 


The bill was introduced by Delegate Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), who also sponsored a bill in 2011 that required colleges and universities to accept high school ASL classes as a part of their entrance requirements.







Yesterday I released a news story about Georgia’s VR services proposing to remove Gallaudet and NTID from their list of approved schools for deaf Georgia students. 


This was widely shared with many expressing disappointment. 


I was contacted by two different people who are familiar with the GA VR processes — and explained me a couple of things that I want to share with you for clarification.


First — GA VR is not going to “ban” deaf students from going to Gallaudet or NTID/RIT. What they are proposing is to send students to the closest institution within 35 miles of their residence. 


If it is beyond 35 miles, then VR will only give financial assistance at the same rate as the closer/less expensive institution. 


Obviously, Gallaudet and NTID/RIT is beyond 35 miles. This means deaf students can still go to Gallaudet/NTID/RIT, but only get funding at a local rate. 


Previously the two colleges were exempt from this limitation, but that’s what GA VR wants to change. As with all VR decisions, the client can appeal on decisions made in their cases. 


The second clarification is that the previous VR exemptions for Gallaudet/NTID/RIT might not be equal with other students with different disabilities, such as learning disability or autism. There are colleges that specialize in those, but those students might have a harder time to get funding.


This change would put deaf students under the same category as other disabilities. This would also help cut down costs for VR. 


So that’s the two clarifications — GA VR is not “banning” the two colleges, but this can be viewed as a negative change, as not all GA deaf students have the financial means to make up the difference in funding. 


GA residents in the Deaf/ASL community can still go to the scheduled public hearings and submit online comments.




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








March 8 News



Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Thursday, March 8. Ready for news? 




President Trump went forward with his plan to impose tariffs of 25% tariff on steel and 10% on aluminum imports, with Canada and Mexico exempt, and possibly for Australia. 


He announced it from the White House with steel workers and his economic team. He said past unfair trade practices has hurt the metal industry in the U.S. with factories left behind and ghost towns. 


This tariff will go into effect in 15 days and can be adjusted depending on current NAFTA and trade negotiations with other countries. 


Canada is the #1 foregin steel and aluminum importer, with Mexico #4 for steel and #11 for aluminum. 


This decision matches with his campaign promise to protect American workers by changing trade policy. 


Some have warned this will have a negative impact on trade and relationships with other countries and hurt the U.S. economy. We’ll see what happens.




Yesterday afternoon at a high school in Birmingham, Alabama — a 17-year old female student was killed in a “gun accident” — her name is Courtlin A. Another student, a boy, was injured. 


One person was arrested, a gun was recovered, but it is not clear who fired it. 


There is very little information in the media about this.




Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who said years ago she had an affair with Donald Trump, is now in a legal battle with Trump’s lawyers. 


Stormy sued Trump last week saying a nondisclosure agreement she signed before the election to keep quiet about the affair (and allegedly received $130,000 for) is invalid because Trump didn’t sign it. 


Stormy is suing because she wants to tell her story. 


The NDA document was revealed in the lawsuit, and it has an alias (fake name), apparently for Trump — David Dennison. There is no signature on it. 


Trump’s lawyer, Michel Cohen, has last week won a temporary restraining order in a private arbitration to silence her. 


The lawsuit said Cohen has been trying to pressure and intimidate Stormy to not talk. 


The White House said Trump has already made it clear he denies this affair and pointed to the win in the arbitration case.




Two updates with the Mueller investigation:


1) Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, has pled not guilty to bank fraud and tax crimes in a federal court in Virginia. His trial will start July 10. He has another trail scheduled in September in a Washington federal court on lying about his foregin lobbying work, he has also pled not guilty to that. If guilty of all charges, he faces a maximum of around 320 years in prison  


2) The Washington Post reported that Mueller is looking at a secret meeting last January at the Seychelles (an island off the African continent) in the possibility it was to set up a back-channel communication between the incoming Trump administration and the Russian government, after a witness testified about it. 


3) Reports also say Mueller is looking at the possibility the United Arab Emirates government directed money to the Trump campaign to buy political influence. 


We’ll see if there are new indictments related to the above.




Today was the Deaf Grassroots Movement national rally/march in Washington, D.C. A large group of people, easily over a thousand people, marched from Gallaudet University to the U.S. Capitol, escorted by D.C. police.


Many in the Deaf community posted videos on the internet. I watched videos by Arlene Ngalle, who filmed parts of it as a part of a sponsorship by Convo.


People gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol building and listened to speeches by people standing on a raised platform with a message of “C-E-J” — which stands for Communication, Education, and Jobs. 


The NAD President and CEO was there. They encouraged people to register to vote and approach lawmakers with the same message. 


Also presenting was the superintendent of the Maryland School for the Deaf, the head of the CEASD, the Gallaudet SBG president, the President/VP of the NBDA, the Executive Director of the TDI, ASL performer Manny Hernandez, a leader for the DeafBlind community, Kansas political candidate Chris Haulmark, the visible leaders of the DGM Wesley Arey and Sean Markel, and many other leaders and representatives for state-level or local organizations. 


Two U.S. lawmakers were there: 


U.S. Senator from Maryland, Chris Van Hollen (D) took the stage and spoke through an interpreter about the need for IDEA funding, workplace equality, and spoke out against the ADA revision bill that passed the House, saying it would destroy our progress. 


Representative Mark Takano from California (D) also took the stage. He said he supported Deaf people’s dreams, saying it was possible that there could be a Deaf congressional representative. He mentioned he has started a bipartisan “Deaf Caucus” in Congress so people could talk about deaf issues. He said he supports Deaf people being in the military, honoring Deaf activist Keith Nolan. He also spoke out against the new ADA bill HR 620. 


It seems like a very successful rally with plenty of of energy and hunger for activism.


Other Posts:




The Georgia VR’s Executive Director, Sean Casey, announced today in a memo that they are dropping their proposal to revise their policy on Gallaudet and NTID after reading public comments with many concerns and questions. 


Sean said he believes that deaf and hard of hearing students benefit from access to specialized training, so he will keep the previous policy in place, which exempted students from a financial means tests and did not limit VR support only at a local rate. 


Sean said he would do everything in his power to make sure all eligible students have access to Gallaudet and NTID. 


Sean thanked those who have shared their personal stories of education and achievement. They will still do the planned public hearings and accept online comments. 


So, this is great news for deaf students in Georgia, and this can be a case to show other states’ VR agencies if they ever consider a similar path. 




Sean Casey Bio:




Recently there was controversy with Michael Hubbs, the Deaf man who had goals of being an Olympics speed skater, because he did not try out for the 2018 Olympics team, even though he had in recent years raised funds to support his dream. 


He was called out by a Deaf man from Rochester, David Michalowski (a former figure skater), who said he was deceiving people. 


I reached out to Hubbs. He said he had a qualifying time for the 500m Olympics trials, but he did not compete because knew he would not make the top 3, had a knee injury, and wanted to focus on his career.


He said his monthly funding was not enough to train at a high level with a coach — so he decided not to spend money to fly to the trials which was during the first week of January in Wisconsin. 


He did announce this on his Facebook page at the end of December. But his posts earlier in 2017 showed goals of going to the Olympics and asked for donations. 


Hubbs has not competed in a major race since March 2017, according to


Michalowski shared with me an email correspondence from a person who worked within the US Speedskating organization (under USOC) — Marlon Wohlrab.


Marlon confirmed Hubbs was qualified for the 500m and the Mass Start for the Olympic trials, but that he did not register to try out. 


She explained that although he had a qualifying time, he was ranked 40th in the 500m and had no chance of making a World Cup, World Championship, or an Olympics Team this year.  


She said it was her opinion that Hubbs’ requests for donations seems very questionable and misleading. 


Hubbs said he has explained everything to his donors and that he still believes he can make the 2022 Olympics, but only if he has enough funding.


For reference — Hubbs’ personal record in the 500m is 38.64. The qualifying time requires a sub-39.0 time. The 2018 Olympics gold medalist was Norway’s Havard L. with 34.41, an Olympics record. 




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


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