The Daily Moth 3-12-18

March 13, 2018

Trump Willing To Meet With Kim Jong Un; Five People Killed in NYC Helicopter Crash; NRA Sues Florida Over Raising Age Limit; Day-Care Owner Jailed For Giving Children Sleeping Supplements; Elon Musk Visits SXSW, Says First Spaceship to Mars Will Be Ready by 2019; Teenager Killed in Home After Opening Exploding Package; Recap of Oscar-Winning film, "The Silent Child”; Interview with Awet Moges, Deaf Graphic Novelist of “Pantheon”

Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Monday, March 12. Hope your weekend was good. 

 

After getting feedback on the new 3.0 look we released last week, we’ve adjusted it for a 3.1 update.

 

We’re going back to the 16:9 format, but keeping the brighter and closer appearance, along with the new features -- you’ll see.

 

Now, ready for news? 

 

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President Trump announced on Thursday night he was willing to sit down with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un by May. 

 

Trump agreed to this after a representative from South Korea explained to White House staff that Kim was serious about negotiating about his nuclear arsenal. 

 

The meeting could be in Pyongyang, or at the White House. Could you imagine Trump shaking hands with Kim? There will be a lot of photographers in that room, that’s for sure. 

 

Nobody would have predicted this last year, with the two insulting each other, the missile tests and nuclear threats, and Trump’s appearances with the family of Otto Warmbier. 

 

Clearly, things has changed, and it could be because of the ongoing economic sanctions and the diplomatic efforts of the South Korean administration, which was on display during the Winter Olympics. 

 

Trump tweeted that Chinese President Xi and Japanese PM Abe were supportive of the meeting. 

 

He also tweeted a key condition for the meeting — no missile tests. 

 

Tweet: North Korea has not conducted a Missile Test since November 28, 2017 and has promised not to do so through our meetings. I believe they will honor that commitment!

 

If they do meet, and North Korea does get rid of their arsenal, who deserves the Nobel peace prize? Dennis Rodman? Will he be there for the meeting? 

 

I’m hoping for peace, because that’s what the world needs. What do you think?

 

Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-might-host-kim-jong-un-at-the-white-house-2018-3

 

Rodman’s Visit: https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-06-15/dennis-rodman-gave-kim-jong-un-trump-book-the-art-of-the-deal

 

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Last (Sunday) night, there was a helicopter crash in New York City’s East River, in which five passengers died when the helicopter sunk into the frigid waters around 7 p.m. 

 

The pilot survived after he was able to free himself. The other five apparently couldn’t get out of their harnesses. 

 

There was video taken. See this.

 

[https://twitter.com/JJmagers/status/972979046979178496]

 

Terrible, there was a mayday call by the pilot who said the engine was failing. 

 

The helicopter is from company Liberty Helicopters, which gives sightseeing and charter service. It was used for a private photo shoot. 

 

When first responders arrived, they saw two people deceased and brought three to the hospital in critical condition, but they died. 

 

This is now under investigation by the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board). 

 

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/11/us/new-york-city-helicopter-accident/index.html

 

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On Friday, the NRA (National Rifle Association) sued the state of Florida in federal court to try and stop the state from raising the age of buying rifles from 18 to 21. 

 

Florida lawmakers had just passed the new law, after the Parkland high school shooting. They also banned bump stocks and added a 3-day waiting period for gun purchases. 

 

Florida is now the third state to do this, the other two are Illinois and Hawaii. 

 

The NRA says the age restriction violates the constitutional rights of young adults, pointing out 18-year olds are eligible to fight in the military. 

 

An article in the Washington Post pointed to a previous NRA lawsuit in 2013 that tried to stop the 21 and above requirement for handgun purchases. It went to the Supreme Court, with them ruling against the NRA. 

 

Current federal law says although 18-year olds can purchase shotguns and rifles and ammo, if a State law or local ordinances establishes a higher minimum age, the person must follow it.

 

We’ll see how the federal courts response to the lawsuit. 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/03/10/nra-sues-florida-over-plan-to-put-age-limits-on-rifle-purchases/?utm_term=.50534cf3a56c

 

Federal Gun Policy on Age Limits: https://www.atf.gov/firearms/qa/does-customer-have-be-certain-age-buy-firearms-or-ammunition-licensee

 

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In Oregon, a 32-year old woman, January Neatherlin (JN), who owned a day-care business at her home, was ordered to 21 years in prison for giving children in her care drugs (melatonin) so they would sleep from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

During this time, she would leave the home to do CrossFit, get tanned, drop off her own kids at school, various errands. 

 

She was responsible for seven infants and toddlers. 

 

When police received a tip in March 2017, they staked out her home. They saw parents drop off the children, then several hours later, JN would drive away. 

 

When police went in the home, they saw all the children upstairs in a bedroom, drowsy. One of the babies was lying in his own vomit. 

 

Parents said the children had disrupted sleep cycles. 

 

In a courtroom, JN said she had failed you all, I let you all down. 

 

The judge said there was “something broken and missing in you,” and that it was lucky no children died. 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2018/03/11/day-care-worker-gets-21-years-for-drugging-children-to-go-tanning/?utm_term=.2ceee88793ad

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5487877/Daycare-owner-gets-21-years-jail-drugging-kids-melatonin.html

 

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Yesterday, Elon Musk, the founder of both SpaceX and Tesla, appeared at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, TX. Musk gave an impromptu Q&A session, during which he made another one of his famous predictions.

 

[Quote:] "...we are building the first Mars, or interplanetary ship, and I think we'll be able to do short trips, flights by first half of next year."

 

Musk is well known for setting high expectations, sometimes failing to meet them, but he appears to remains optimistic. 

 

He said he hopes proving that sending a spaceship to Mars is possible will inspire other companies and countries to travel to Mars. 

 

SpaceX announced last year that they are aiming to send a cargo mission with supplies and equipment to Mars by 2022. This will be the first step in building the infrastructure needed for humans to live on Mars.

 

All of this depends on SpaceX’s rocket system, the Big Falcon Rocket. 

 

What do you think? Can we send a spaceship to Mars by 2019? 

 

https://www.cnbc.com/.../elon-musk-says-mars-spaceship...

 

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This morning, the Austin Police Department investigated an explosion at a home in Central-East Austin. A 17-year-old boy was killed in the kitchen after opening a package that was left on the front door. A woman in her 40’s was injured by the explosion and was brought to hospital. She is expected to be okay.

 

There was a second explosion this morning that injured two people. 

 

Police say that there is a possible connection with a similar explosion that killed a man in North East Austin on March 2nd. The man’s name was Anthony Stephan House. He was 39. 

 

APD has confirmed that the packages were not delivered by USPS, but they are reviewing other mail delivery carriers.

 

Austin Interim Police Chief Brian Manley said in both cases, the suspect delivered the packages during the nighttime, and the victims found them in the morning on their doorstep. 

 

He warned Austin residents not to open any suspicious packages and asked them to call 9-1-1 and let the them analyze it first. He said that ‘we will not tolerate this in Austin.’ 

 

Austin Fire, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the FBI are all supporting this investigation.

 

*Additional note: Police said it was possible it is a hate crime, because all the victims were black. 

 

http://www.kvue.com/.../two-deadly-march.../269-527760325

 

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Last night I finally watched “The Silent Child,” the short film (21 minutes) that won an Oscar award.

 

You can watch it for $1.99 on YouTube, Google Play, or Amazon. I saw some videos shared online — those are actually illegal. I recommend you to support the film with $2, it’s worth it. 

 

The film has a very British feeling, with the fog, the roads, the architecture of the buildings.

 

It introduces a well-to-do family with a nice home. You will see parents who look like they are in their late 50’s with older children. 

 

What sticks out is the deaf girl’s character, Libby (played by Deaf girl Maisie Sly). She looks sad and left behind. 

 

This is where Rachel Shenton’s character, Joanne, comes in the picture. She is a social worker who deals with Libby’s mother’s desire to have her lip-read and speak over sign language. 

 

She teaches Libby sign language (British Sign Language). You can see the immediate impact as Libby starts to blossom and develops a relationship with Joanne. 

 

But there is a battle on how Libby should be raised, and you will see one side being chosen at the end of the story. 

 

At the end of the movie, you will see text explaining a high percentage of deaf children are born to hearing parents and that 78% of them go to mainstream schools with no specialized support. 

 

The film is powerful and concise, and it can be a real weapon to open up parents and lawmakers’ minds. 

 

Silent Child Film Info: https://www.thesilentchildmovie.com/story

 

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Last night I finally watched “The Silent Child,” the short film (21 minutes) that won an Oscar award.

 

You can watch it for $1.99 on YouTube, Google Play, or Amazon. I saw some videos shared online — those are actually illegal. I recommend you to support the film with $2, it’s worth it. 

 

The film has a very British feeling, with the fog, the roads, the architecture of the buildings.

 

It introduces a well-to-do family with a nice home. You will see parents who look like they are in their late 50’s with older children. 

 

What sticks out is the deaf girl’s character, Libby (played by Deaf girl Maisie Sly). She looks sad and left behind. 

 

This is where Rachel Shenton’s character, Joanne, comes in the picture. She is a social worker who deals with Libby’s mother’s desire to have her lip-read and speak over sign langauge. 

 

She teaches Libby sign langauge (British Sign Language). You can see the immediate impact as Libby starts to blossom and develops a relationship with Joanne. 

 

But there is a battle on how Libby should be raised, and you will see one side being chosen at the end of the story. 

 

At the end of the movie, you will see text explaining a high percentage of deaf children are born to hearing parents and that 78% of them go to mainstream schools with no specialized support. 

 

The film is powerful and concise, and it can be a real weapon to open up parents and lawmakers’ minds. 

 

Silent Film Info: https://www.thesilentchildmovie.com/story

 

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A Deaf graphic novelist, Awet Moges, has recently completed a new book, “Pantheon,” Let’s meet him. 

 

—[begin interview]

 

Awet: Hi, my name is Awet Moges. I was born in Ethiopia, in Eastern Africa. I moved here to the U.S. at one year old and lived most of my life in California. I’m here in Seattle at the ECC comic conference to sell my graphic novel, Pantheon. 

 

Alex: What is Pantheon about? 

 

Awet: What is Pantheon? It means “All Gods” — Pan is all, theon is God. It is an halluctionalry vision and an literary epic. Did the Gods invent mortals, or did mortals invent the Gods? Or did both invent each other?

 

Alex: How long did it take to complete the novel? 

 

Awet: How long did it take me? It is not an easy question to answer. The vision for this tory was in 2001. I wrote down the first chapter. Then after that I was frustrated on how to write — I had to learn how to write. I wrote from time to time until 2008 or 2009, 

 

I had a vision for the fist volume. I wrote down the second volume, then I ran into a writer’s block. In 2010, I started drawing. That solved my writer’s block, by drawing. Then I finished Vol. 2, and finished Vol. 3 in drawings in 2015. I then looked for colorists and found them two years ago. Last year everything came together to complete the first volume. 

 

The second should be finished shortly, and the third volume in two years. That’s how it works, you have to be stubborn and persistent, be faithful and trust in it, and stay self-disciplined to keep on all the way without any breaks. Other people will criticize me and say I can’t. This means I have to tell myself that I can. That’s the only way to succeed. 

 

Alex: Where can people buy it? 

 

Awet: Where can you find “Pantheon?” You can buy it online on Amazon. Just type down my name and “Pantheon,” and you’ll find it. 

 

— [end interview] 

 

Thank you, Awet for your time. Very cool, and it is inspiring to see him keep on with his goals even though he faced obstacles.

 

The book costs $19.99 on Amazon. 

 

You can follow him on his Facebook page: @AwetMogesArt

 

Link: http://amzn.to/2tNa7AD

 

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

 

 

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