The Daily Moth 9-18-2019

September 18, 2018

Trump “Presidential Alert” Test; Tariffs Against China; Space X Announces First Private Passenger for Trip To Moon; Gold Miners Discover 50,000 year old Wolf Pup and Caribou Calf in Canada; Navy Chief Petty Officer Found Dead, Filed For Protective Order 2 Weeks Ago; College Golf Athlete Killed While Playing Alone on Course; “The Silence” Movie To Cast Hearing Actor in Deaf Role​

Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Tuesday, September 18. Ready for news?




Trump “Presidential Alert” Test; Tariffs Against China


Here are two news briefs related to President Trump.


The first: Americans will get a message/alert on our phones from President Trump on Wednesday, October 3. This is a test message from the FEMA, with the goal for this to be used in national emergencies.


It will say “Presidential Alert” with “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”


The test was supposed to be on Thursday, but it is postponed. You cannot opt out of this alert, it will be sent to all phones. Some people said they will turn off their phone to protest.


The second news brief: President Trump announced yesterday the U.S. will impose 10% tariffs on about $200 billion of imports from China. This will start September 24, then in 2019, it’ll go up to 25%.


China responded by announcing they would impose new tariffs to 5 to 10% on $60 billion of U.S. goods.


Both are the world’s two largest economies and they have already imposed tariffs on $50 billion of each other’s goods.




Space X Announces First Private Passenger for Trip To Moon


Yesterday, Space X — Elon Musk’s space transportation company — named Yusaku Maezawa as the first private passenger for a voyage around the moon on their Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).


Maezawa (42) is a Japanese billionaire, the founder and CEO of online shopping website Zozo. Last year Forbes magazine listed him as Japan’s 14th richest person.


It is unknown how much Maezawa paid, but Musk said it was “much higher” than a Basquiat painting. Last year, Maezawa bought a Basquiat painting for more than 110 million dollars.


Maezawa will invite up to 8 artists from around the world to join him on the trip around the moon. He will pay for their trips, and the artists will be asked to create something after they return to Earth.


The flight will take about a week, and is tentatively set for 2023.


The first space tourist was Dennis Tito, an American businessman who paid $20 million in 2001 to fly on a Russian spaceship to the International Space Station.


Other rocket companies are also working on expanding space tourism.


Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos’s rocket company, Blue Origin, is offering a short trip to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere, where passengers will experience about 10 minutes of weightlessness. If you want to ride, the trips cost about $200,000.


Maezawa said those trips felt limited. “If I’m going to space, I’d rather go as far as I can.”




Gold Miners Discover 50,000 year old Wolf Pup and Caribou Calf in Canada


In northern Canada— Dawson City, Yukon — gold miners at two different mines happened to discover two creatures from 50,000 years ago.


A caribou calf and a wolf pup were unearthed from permafrost (layer of permanently frozen ground). Both were mummified, their skin, hair and muscles were preserved very well.


The discoveries happened in the summer of 2016, but are finally being made public now.


Both creatures have been radiocarbon dated to more than 50,000 years ago, meaning they are one of the oldest examples of mammal soft tissue ever found.


First, in June 2016, the caribou calf was discovered near a layer of volcanic ash that was over 80,000 years old. Only the front half was found: head, torso and front limbs.


One month later, the wolf pup was found at another mine nearby. It was so well preserved—fur, tail, even the curled upper lip— the miners first thought it was a dog, not realizing how old it was.


The wolf pup is the only one of its kind ever found. It is estimated to have died around 8 weeks old.


Researchers’ next step will be genetic testing and analysis of the pair’s bone composition. This will help provide insights on their ancient diets, which will also provide information on their Ice Age environment.




Navy Chief Petty Officer Found Dead, Filed For Protective Order 2 Weeks Ago


In Jacksonville, FL, US Navy Chief Petty Officer Andrea Washington was found dead in her home yesterday.


Police were called to her house just after midnight Sunday and found her body inside.


There is no official cause of death yet but foul play (crime) is suspected.


Two weeks ago, Andrea filed a domestic violence injunction against a man, who might have been her boyfriend. A judge granted her a protective order. She was supposed to appear again in court yesterday morning about the protective order.


A court document from September 4 said Andrea had been living with a man in a house she owned. When she asked the man if he was going to help with paying the household bills, he became violent.


She said he pushed her to the floor, kicked her in the stomach, chased her and threatened her with a gun. The man also kicked a hole in her bedroom and closet doors, destroyed her iPad and took the keys to her car and mailbox. Those are what happened according to the documents.


Andrea was 37 years old and had served the military for 19 years. She had three sons.


Her Facebook says she was a gas turbine mechanic for the US Navy.


A friend said she just got pinned/promoted on Friday for Navy Chief Petty Officer.




College Golf Athlete Killed While Playing Alone on Course


In Iowa, a 22-year old homeless man is accused of killing a female college golf player, Celia B. Arozamena, who was playing alone on a golf course near Iowa State University.


Police arrested Collin D. Richards and charged him with first degree murder. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.


Police said yesterday morning they got a call about a golf bag and a cell phone with no one around it. After investigating, they found Celia’s body in a pond with several stab wounds.


A police dog tracked a scent to a homeless camping area on a creek near the golf course and found Collin with scratches on his face and a deep cut on his left hand. Police also got a knife and clothes with blood stains that they think are related to the killing.


Celia was a successful golfer, winning the 2018 Big 12 champion and was the Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. She was from Spain and was studying civil engineering.




“The Silence” Movie To Cast Hearing Actor in Deaf Role


It seems like there will be another movie with a hearing actor acting like a deaf person, and several people in the deaf community are criticizing it.


The movie is “The Silence.” It is about a deaf girl that fights against monsters that don’t have eyes but can hear very well, and attack anything that makes sound.


The plot sounds almost exactly the same as “A Quiet Place” with deaf actress Millicent Simmonds.


But a big, key difference is that “The Silence” has a hearing actor, Kiernan Shipka (18) cast in the deaf girl’s role. She used to be in “Mad Men” and will be the star in Netflix’s new show, “Sabrina.”


The director is John Leonetti. In a November article for “The Hollywood Reporter,” he said Shipka learned how to sign for the film and now can sign like she signed for her entire life, that she seems to have an almost innate sense of what it’s like being a deaf person.


The director said he learned from two deaf-related films, “Children of a Lesser God” with Marlee Matlin and “The Tribe” from Ukraine.


This article is from November but it started trending in the deaf community on Twitter after the #DeafTalent Twitter account and deaf film director Jules Dameron brought it up.


Marlee Matlin had a strong response to the director on Twitter. See this.


@MarleeMatlin: “Mr. Leonetti. I'm an actor who is Deaf, cast in a Deaf role and received an Oscar for it. Yet, you quote my film as an inspiration for your film when you cast a hearing actor to play Deaf? Don't you know how far authentic casting has come in 30 years? @THR"


Nyle DiMarco was also critical on Twitter. See this.


@NyleDiMarco: “And mastering sign language, which takes years and years, does not mean you're flawlessly Deaf????? Extremely insulting. To be Deaf is SO much more than sign language. It's an experience that no one can EVER understand. Not even hearing actors.


Nyle discussed two other movies with Deaf actors for Deaf roles — “A Quiet Place,” and “Baby Driver.”


The California Association of the Deaf Media committee released a statement saying the casting is disrespectful to the Deaf Community.


The movie was filmed in Toronto last fall-winter and is expected to be in theaters in December.




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


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