The Daily Moth 10-3-2018

October 4, 2018

“Presidential Alert” Test Buzzes Phones; Pizza Delivery Man Saves Woman From Abusive Ex-Boyfriend; French Criminal Who Escaped From Prison By Helicopter Finally Caught by Police; The New York Times Accuses Trump Family of Tax Evasion and Fraud; President Trump Mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony; Update on FBI Investigation; Deaf Home Depot Employee Told He Can’t Operate Forklift Or Be A Spotter​

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“Presidential Alert” Test Buzzes Phones


Did you get a “Presidential Alert” today on your phone? I got one, this is what it looked like.


“Presidential Alert: THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”


This alert is managed by the FEMA, for this to be used to warn people about national emergencies, such as a nuclear attack or a terrorist attack.


This is the first time it’s been tested. This system concept was from the Obama administration.


The FEMA said they wanted to see how well it operated and if they needed improvements. That was the test today.


You can’t opt out of this alert. Someone recently filed a federal lawsuit to stop this, but a judge denied the request. Everybody must get the alert.


So now we have this alert available. Hopefully there won’t be many reasons to use it.




Pizza Delivery Man Saves Woman From Abusive Ex-Boyfriend


Last Thursday, in Wisconsin, a pizza delivery man helped save a woman from her abusive ex-boyfriend.


The woman, whose name is not released, is 57 years old. The abusive ex-boyfriend, Dean Hoffmann (55) is now in jail, facing several counts of domestic abuse after allegedly entering her home without permission and beating her.


The Domino’s delivery man, Joey Grundl, said he delivered a pizza Thursday evening to Dean and the woman. As Dean was paying for the pizza, Joey noticed the woman behind the man. She pointed to a black eye, and mouthed, “call police.”


Joey called 911 and explained what happened. Police arrested Dean that evening.


What happened? On Thursday afternoon, Dean entered the woman’s home without knocking. She told him to leave and picked up the phone to call the police. He ripped the phone out of her hands, and a struggle happened.


The woman hit him in the groin, and Dean punched her in the face, giving her a black eye and bloody nose. Dean then forced her upstairs and onto her bed, then bound her hands and feet with a power cord from her vacuum. He stuffed her mouth with a towel.


He used her phone to text her children, posing as the woman, and told them that she was sick and to not to come over for a few days. After 30 minutes, he untied her, but would not let her leave her own house. He also had a gun in his car and threatened to use it.


It’s not clear who made the decision to order the pizza, but that decision was what saved the woman.




French Criminal Who Escaped From Prison By Helicopter Finally Caught by Police


French police have finally caught Redoine Faid, who escaped from prison three months ago in a helicopter.


Faid (46) was in prison serving a 25-year sentence for an armed robbery.


On July 1st, three men in black clothing and masks hijacked a helicopter. They forced the pilot, at gunpoint, to land in the prison courtyard.


Two of the men went into the prison. They set off smoke alarms to hide from video cameras and used angle grinders to break through doors. Faid and the men escaped in the helicopter.


Police started a manhunt for Faid and his partners. The helicopter was later found abandoned near an airport in Paris, the pilot was unharmed.


Three weeks after his escape, Faid was spotted in a car near Paris. Police chased him but Faid escaped again, and the car was later found abandoned, with plastic explosives inside.


He was recently caught in an early-morning raid in an apartment near Paris with four other people. At least 120 police officers were involved. There was no gunfire and nobody was injured during the arrests.


That was not Faid’s first prison escape. In 2013, he escaped from prison by using explosives to bust through five doors, took four guards hostage, and escaped in a car. He was caught six weeks later.


Now he’s just escaped again and was caught again.


The French justice minister said that Faid will go to a highly secure prison and will be under strict surveillance.


Faid is known as a career criminal. He previously said he was inspired by movies such as Scarface.




The New York Times Accuses Trump Family of Tax Evasion and Fraud


Yesterday, the New York Times published an investigative article that described in detail how Fred Trump, the father of Donald Trump, avoided paying millions of dollars in taxes over the span of 70 years.


The article claims that Donald Trump received at least the equivalent of $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, a lot of it through avoiding taxes in the 1990s.


The findings are based on interviews with Fred Trump’s former employees, former advisers and more than 100,000 pages of documents. Those documents were collected from public sources and also confidential records, including Fred Trump’s tax returns and bank statements.


That evidence shows how Fred was creative in finding ways to transfer his wealth to his children without having to pay too much in taxes. His gifts were structured to avoid gift and inheritance taxes using methods that tax experts say are improper and possibly illegal.


One of Frank’s methods was to list Donald Trump as a salaried employee, such as property manager or landlord or banker, then pay him as if he were doing the job. In actuality, Donald did not do those jobs, other people did.


Another method was to undervalue Frank’s real estate properties when transferring or selling the estates to his children. His children would later sell off those properties for more than twice or even quadruple the value.


Tax experts have said that Donald Trump is unlikely to be prosecuted for helping his parents evade taxes, because it happened too long ago, past the statute of limitations. But, there is no time limit on civil fines for tax fraud, and the state of NY is now reviewing the New York Times’ allegations of tax fraud.


The White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the report a misleading attack against the Trump family.


A lawyer representing President Trump said the report’s claims are 100% false and defamatory, that they were false accusations and there would be potential legal action.


The lawyer said that the president had very little involvement with the tax schemes, that the Trump family had relied on professional and licensed people who followed all laws and rules, and that everything was filed with the IRS and approved by them.




President Trump Mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony; Update on FBI Investigation


Last night President Trump, at a rally in Mississippi, made fun of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony about her allegedly being sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh.


Trump mimicked the questions and answers. He said, “How did you get home? ‘I don’t remember.’ How’d you get there? ‘I don’t remember.’ Where is this place? ‘I don’t remember.’ How many years ago was it? ‘I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.”


People in the rally cheered Trump on with applause.


Trump tweeted this morning that every time he goes out to rallies, he can see that voters are really angry at how Democrats have treated Kavanaugh.


Many people, including at least four Republican senators, criticized Trump for his comments, saying it was appalling, wrong, inappropriate, and not helpful.


We see that Trump has changed his viewpoint on Ford. Last week he said her testimony was credible. Now he’s mocking her.


Now here is an update on the FBI investigation on Kavanaugh — there are news articles that say it could be finished today with a FBI report given to Senators.


Ford’s lawyers said the FBI has not contacted her. The second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, said the FBI has contacted her. The FBI has also interviewed Mark Judge, the high-school friend of Kavanaugh. The third accuser, Julie Swetnick, said through her lawyer Michael Avenatti that the FBI has not contacted her.


It is not yet clear what parts of the FBI report will go public. It is said there will be only one copy that will go into a safe in Capitol Hill that only senators and some aides can look at it.


Top Republican Senator McConnell (Ky) said senators will vote this week if they want to confirm Kavanaugh or not.



Deaf Home Depot Employee Told He Can’t Operate Forklift Or Be A Spotter


A Deaf man, Malik Evans, said he was discriminated against at his workplace, Home Depot in Austin, Texas when his supervisors said he couldn’t be a spotter for a forklift driver because he is deaf. He posted a vlog about it on Sunday night.


Malik: I was spotting the forklift when an assistant manager came up with a very serious face on and took their phone out. On the phone they typed out, “For your information, you are not allowed to be a spotter and/or a forklift operator. Because you can’t hear.”


I started to laugh because I thought that person was playing with me, but apparently they weren’t.


I ignored them and continued to spot the forklift. Then the other assistant manager approached me with a serious face and showed me their phone, which said: “Did you know you are not allowed to be a spotter because you are deaf? That’s what I was told, so I’m telling you: if you do not follow the policy, then you will be fired, period.”


It was unbelievable because you really no idea how much I love Home Depot. I love helping customers and driving the forklift in Pennsylvania. Until today…


Alex: I reached out to him for a brief interview, and I will summarize what he said.


Malik said he previously worked at a Home Depot in Pennsylvania and passed a certification to operate a forklift less than two years ago. He had no problems with using the forklift there.


He moved to Austin this year and in March started working at a Home Depot there. He asked for his forklift certificate to be transferred to the Austin location.


During his orientation in Austin, he had to take a “re-training” and he passed it. But since then, he has not operated a forklift at the store. He said he felt “ignored.”


Now -- recently a hearing forklift driver asked him if he was willing to be a spotter, he was willing to help out. That’s when he was told he couldn’t because he is deaf, that he can’t be a spotter or operate a forklift.  


He immediately started discussions the human resources supervisor. He said they first told him that he couldn’t because it was Home Depot policy.


Malik said he challenged them, asking them to pull up the policy. They saw that he was right that deaf people can use a forklift if they are trained.


After more talks with the HR supervisor, they said they are now working on making sure Malik gets his certification transferred and “updated” to show that he is able to use the forklift and be a spotter, even if he is deaf, because he’s passed the certifications.  


Now I’ll show you some final thoughts from Malik on how he feels about this situation.


Malik: Here’s how I feel about this situation. You have no idea how hurt I am – because discrimination is unacceptable, period. I made a statement to the HR supervisor and the store manager: “You will never know what it’s like.”


They asked, “What do you mean?”


I said, “Imagine if you were deaf and co-workers and managers came up to you and said ‘You can’t. You can’t. Because you can’t hear.’ How would you feel?”


They understood, saying, “I get it, I get it…”


I said, “That’s how I feel everyday. I’ve been through a lot of discrimination by various people.”


They nodded.


I hope they are ready to roll up their sleeves and fix this situation and make sure it doesn’t happen again in the future. Thank you.




Malik’s Post on Sept 30:




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