The Daily Moth 11-02-2018

November 3, 2018


Back to Moth Base; Alec Baldwin Arrested in NYC; Booming U.S. Employment Statistics; Google Workers Walk Out in Protest; University of Maryland Coach Controversy; Trump Announces Sanctions Against Iran; #DeafBing: Travel Edition




Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Friday, November 2. I am back in Austin from my trip to Washington, D.C. I had a great time there, but I am very happy to be here, at home, in my office and studio. It’s my home base, or the “Moth base.” 


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Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested in NYC and charged with assault for allegedly punching a 49-year old man in the jaw, sending him to the hospital. Police said Baldwin was backing into an empty parking spot, but the man pulled into it and claimed the spot. Baldwin then followed him and punched him. Baldwin was arrested and taken to a police station. News videos showed him leaving, he did not say any words to the media. Baldwin later said it was not true that he punched someone. 




Over 156.5 million Americans are employed, which is an all-time record for the U.S. Naturally, there are more people in the country than ever before, but it shows a very healthy workforce. 250,000 jobs were created in October. 


The unemployment rate is at 3.7%, which is a very low and a great statistic. 


This continues the great jobs numbers during Trump’s administration. Trump took credit for it and said to keep this going, people should vote Republican. 




Hundreds of Google workers walked out of their offices in the US, Europe, and Asia to protest on how Google handled sexual harassment reports against some of their former top executives. 


Last week the New York Times published an investigative report saying Google paid multi-million exit packages to several male employees who were accused and did not reveal this to the public. The protesters are demanding Google do better. 


Google’s CEO apologized for the hurt caused. He said 48 employees were fired for sexual harassment in the past 2 years, but that none of them received exit packages.




There is a lot of controversy with the University of Maryland, specifically with their football coach, DJ Durkin. This all started when a 19-year old football player died from a heat stroke. The coach was placed on leave when an investigation started. 


That investigation ended this week with the board of trustees recommending that the coach be reinstated, although the investigation revealed there was a toxic culture. The university president did not agree to the coach being reinstated. But when Durkin got his job back, many people objected to it. Several players walked out. The parents of the 19-year old disagreed strongly. Even the state governor, Larry Hogan (R) demanded more answers on this. 


All of this backlash led to the university deciding to part ways with Durkin. 




President Trump announced that the U.S., would reimpose sanctions that were suspended under the Obama-era nuclear deal. The sanctions target Iran’s economy, with the aim to prevent them from making money from their oil. The U.S. said they will be okay with 8 countries buying their oil. So far we know South Korea, India, and Japan are on the list, with the rest to be officially named on Monday. 


Trump made this announcement with a bizarre “movie poster” style image on his Twitter, saying, “Sanctions Are Coming. November 5.” 




Deaf Bing: Travel Edition. Delayed Awareness of My Deafness. On the plane, people who are seated next to me don’t realize I’m deaf until I order food through my iPhone. People in the Uber focus on putting my suitcase in the trunk and realize I’m deaf when they try to talk to me as they drive towards my destination. That deaf bing. 




Have a wonderful weekend. I will be back next week, doing the normal “serious” Moth shows. Stay with the light! 

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