Trump Visits Paradise; CIA Report on Khashoggi; Republicans Win Florida and Georgia Races; Michael Bloomberg Donates $1.8 Billion to Johns Hopkins University; North Korean Soldier Defector Says His Generation Has No Loyalty to Kim Jong-un; Tijuana Residents Protest Migrant Caravan Arrivals; Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Commits to Captioning IG Stories for Deaf Community; Two Deaf Characters on The Walking Dead: Lauren Ridloff and Angel Theory
Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Monday, November 19. Ready for news?
Trump Visits Paradise; CIA Report on Khashoggi; Republicans Win Florida and Georgia Races
Here are four news briefs from the weekend.
The first — President Trump visited Paradise, California, which was the most impacted by the Camp Fire. Governor Jerry Brown was there. Trump promised federal support, saying it was very sad. Trump also said the floors of the forests should be raked to prevent wildfires. But people in California say the fires are because of dry weather, high winds, poor community design, and climate change. At least 80 died and over 1,000 people are missing.
The second news brief: media reported that the CIA believes journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing was ordered by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The CIA saw that bin Salman's brother called Khashoggi and encouraged him to go to the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Saudi Arabian officials said it was false. President Trump showed support for bin Salman, saying he told him he was not involved and that Saudi Arabia has been a spectacular ally.
The third news brief: in Florida, Republican Rick Scott narrowly won his election for Senate by 10,000 votes after a manual recount. Florida will have two Republican senators, with the other Marco Rubio. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson will lose his seat, one that he held since 2001.
The fourth news brief: Republicans won the governor's races in Florida and Georgia. Ron DeSantis defeated Andrew Gillum by about 32,000 votes. In Georgia, Brian Kemp defeated Stacey Abrams by about 55,000 votes. Both elections were controversial with issues of racism in Florida and voter suppression in Georgia.
Michael Bloomberg Donates $1.8 Billion to Johns Hopkins University
Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he graduated from, so they can provide financial aid to students from low and middle income families.
Media is saying this is the largest private gift to a single academic institution.
Bloomberg said this was to make sure the university would never consider students’ ability to pay tuition in their admission decision-making, to end this. He said America is at its best when we reward people based on the quality of their work, not the size of their pocketbook.
North Korean Soldier Defector Says His Generation Has No Loyalty to Kim Jong-un
Do you remember the North Korean soldier who drove a military vehicle and ran across the DMZ to South Korea last year while being shot by North Korean soldiers?
He just did an interview with a Japanese newspaper. His name is Oh Chong Song, is 25 years old, and is a general’s son. He said before the incident, he had some trouble with his friends, started drinking, and when he drove back to his post, he broke through a checkpoint and decided to keep going across the border because he did not want to be executed.
He said most North Korean people his age, in his generation, do not have loyalty to Kim Jong-un and are indifferent about the leadership. He said he understands why the soldiers shot at him — because if they didn’t, they would be severely punished.
Song was seriously injured in the shooting and during an operation, doctors found a 27 cm parasitic worm in his stomach.
Tijuana Residents Protest Migrant Caravan Arrivals
In Tijuana, Mexico — there are hundreds of Mexicans who are protesting against the 3,000 people who are part of caravan of Central American migrants. The protesters waved the Mexican flag, sang their national anthem, and chanted, “Out! Out!” The mayor of Tijuana called them bums.
The Mexican government said the caravan could swell to 10,000 people. They are in a bottleneck as the U.S. border inspectors in San Diego only processes about 100 asylum claims a day. It is possible the group will stay in Tijuana for six months. Many are staying in a gym that has been converted into a shelter.
The U.S. border temporarily closed the northbound lanes, the ones that go into the U.S., at the San Ysidro border to add port hardening materials.
The migrants say they are trying to find a better life because there is violence, poverty, and corruption in their Central American home countries.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Commits to Captioning IG Stories for Deaf Community
On Friday, newly-elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted she would caption all of her IG stories so our deaf brothers and sisters can follow. She said advocates for the deaf community reached out to her with tools, such as Clipomatic, to caption her videos.
Ocasio-Cortez has a large social media following and last week posted a series of IG stories of her experiences of “freshman orientation,” of what it is like to become a new member of Congress.
When she officially becomes a Congresswoman on January, she at 29 years old will be the youngest woman in Congress in U.S. history. She was born in New York. She described herself as a Puerto Rican, her mother was born there and her father’s descent is also from there.
It’s very nice of her to make this kind of commitment and set an example for others.
Two Deaf Characters on The Walking Dead: Lauren Ridloff and Angel Theory
Two deaf characters have major supporting roles on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and have appeared in the past three episodes, with the most screen time in the past two on Sunday and last Sunday.
The first is Lauren Ridloff, known for her role on Broadway’s “Children of a Lesser God.” Her character on the show is “Connie,” who is a deaf ASL signer who doesn’t speak. In her “previous life,” before the zombies took over Earth, she was an investigative journalist.
The second is Angel Theory, who is a deaf actress, choreographer, and dancer from New York City. Her character on the show is “Kelly.”
Connie and Kelly are sisters. Kelly is hard of hearing and acts as an unofficial interpreter for Connie.
The two roles are part of a group of outsiders whose paths crossed with the main group. They have a hard time convincing the main group that they are not a threat.
Several of the hearing characters in Connie and Kelly’s group can sign and they treat them as equals.
Connie and Kelly have killed several zombies in several different ways. One of my favorite parts is when Connie used a slingshot to take out a zombie to help a hearing character who signed, “thank you.” That was humorous.
Connie’s ASL signs are either subtitled or translated in voice by Kelly. One of the cool things I saw is that Connie and Kelly has sign names for several of the characters.
Angel, who played Kelly, did an interview with Entertainment Weekly in which she said she lost hearing in her left ear later in life. She auditioned for Connie’s role and did not get it. But the team gave her the role of Kelly. That role was created by The Walking Dead team.
In the comic book that the show is based on, there is a “Kelly” character, but it is a man and a partner of Connie. So the show team changed the couple and the male character to make it a female and for the two to be sisters.
In the interview, Angel said Lauren Ridloff, in real life, was one of the first people to support her when she lost her hearing. Lauren told her that she can achieve anything with or without her ears.
It’s very nice to see two black and deaf talent this TV show. I hope the two survives for many more episodes!
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!