The Daily Moth 1-3-2019

January 4, 2019

Democrats Take Control of House; Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker; China Lands On Far Side of Moon; Stocks Drop After Apple Says Revenues Under Expectations; Bernie Sanders Apologizes For Treatment of Female Campaign Staffers; Netflix News: “Bird Box” Meme Warning; Critical Episode Taken Down in Saudi Arabia; Brazilian First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro Uses Sign Language in Inaugural Speech; #DeafBing: Cold Weather Hinders ASL​

Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Thursday, January 3. Ready for news?




Democrats Take Control of House; Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker


Today, the Democrats have taken control of the House after the 116th Congress officially convened. The Republicans still have control of the Senate and of course, the White House.


Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was elected as the Speaker of the House and it is her second time in that position. She is 78 years old. She will lead the House in legislation and is now the main Democrat who will clash with President Trump.


She said that our nation is at a historic moment and that the House would be transparent, bipartisan, and unifying.


Pelosi did gave a warning to President Trump in an interview on NBC this morning. She said it was open to discussion and open to interpretation on if a sitting president can be indicted. She said we shouldn’t impeach for a political reason and that we’d have wait and see what happens with the Mueller report. She said an impeachment has to have bipartisan support and be based on facts.


The House is expected to start several investigations and use their subpoena power against President Trump, his administration, and his businesses. Look for that.


We now have a divided Congress and a government shutdown that has lasted for 13 days.


The House plans to pass a short-term spending bill without wall funding, but Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said they won’t support the bill because Trump won’t sign it. He warned that it could take weeks to reach an agreement.




China Lands On Far Side of Moon; Stocks Drop After Apple Says Revenues Under Expectations; Bernie Sanders Apologizes For Treatment of Female Campaign Staffers


Here are three top stories briefs.


First, China said a space probe that they launched last month has successfully landed on the far side of the Moon. This is the part of the Moon that the Earth never sees, because the the moon is “locked in” with the Earth’s spin. We can’t see it and the probe landed there. The probe’s name is Chang’e-4. It is the first time anything has ever landed there. It is a big achievement for China’s space program.


The second news — Apple announced that their projected revenue would be billions of dollars under expectations, because of weak business in China. They aren’t selling enough. This announcement caused stocks to drop in the United States and worldwide. Some are anxious about a slowdown in the global markets.


The third news — there was a report from the New York Times that detailed various women’s negative experiences of working on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2016 — that some were sexually harassed and that some received lower pay. Sen. Sanders apologized last night on CNN and said if he runs for president again, they will do better.










Netflix News: “Bird Box” Meme Warning; Critical Episode Taken Down in Saudi Arabia


Here are two news related to Netflix.


They released an original horror/thriller film, “Bird Box,” in the middle of December and it was viewed by over 45 million people in its first week. You’ve probably already watched it.


It is about an invisible monster or force that will make you commit suicide if you see it. So, if people want to survive, they will have to wear blindfolds.


Many people have posted various funny “Bird Box” memes in pictures and videos where they wear blindfolds and do different things. Some people, including young children, were hurt when they ran into walls.


Netflix posted a tweet asking people to please don’t hurt themselves with the “Bird Box challenge”. They said their wish is that people don’t end up in the hospital due to memes.


The next Netflix news... the company took down an episode of a comedy show in Saudi Arabia. The host for the show is comedian Hasan Minhaj. That episode criticized the Saudi kingdom for killing Jamal Khashoggi.


Saudi Arabia told Netflix that the episode violated its government’s laws. Netflix took it down.


Many viewed this as a show of weakness by Netflix and that Saudi Arabia is serious about silencing critics. The episode is available on YouTube and has auto-captions.


The host Minhaj tweeted that the ban only made more people watch it on YouTube. He then encouraged people to donate to support the victims of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.


Netflix Tweet:


Bird Box Memes Article:


Article About Hasan:


YouTube Episode:


Minhaj Tweet:




Brazilian First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro Uses Sign Language in Inaugural Speech


Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, was sworn in two days ago. His wife, Michelle, was present and used sign language for her entire speech, which was just under 4 minutes long. It was voiced by an interpreter. See this clip.


[Video Clip of Michelle’s speech]


Prior to her speech, a Deaf Brazilian signed the national anthem.


[Video clip of signed national anthem]


During President Bolsonaro’s speech, there was a sign language interpreter by him.


I was in touch with a Deaf Brazilian, João Ferreira, who told me that the incoming Bolsonaro administration has appointed a deaf person, Priscila Gaspar, to be the secretariat for people with disabilities. There is a video interview with her on Facebook by a Deaf Brazilian. The link to that is in the transcript. They used Brazilian sign language.


I will show you another Deaf Brazilian who I was in touch with, Dennis Repullo. He shared his thoughts on this. See this.


Repullo: The First Lady Michelle signed — it was the first time ever. I had goosebumps because it was so important that the world saw this, that sign language is valued. It is the first time in world history. I’ve never seen any other country that has done this. Brazil is the first.


Alex: Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It is indeed a historical moment. I’ve never seen a major country do this. Brazil has the world’s 8th largest economy.


A Brazilian online newspaper said Michelle used to be a Brazilian sign language teacher and does work with the deaf community with her church.  


Various world leaders attended the inauguration, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the leaders of Hungary and Portugal.


U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a congratulatory message to Bolsonaro, saying the USA is with him.


Although Bolsonaro is popular, there are many who have concerns about his very conservative, “far-right” political views and previous statements that are considered racist or homophobic.


The Associated Press reported that Bolsonaro has already signed several executive orders that targets Brazil’s indigenous groups and lands, descendants of slaves, and the LGBT community.


So we see that there is a mix of optimism, excitement, and concern with Bolsonaro. We will see how Brazil does in the next few years for the Brazilian people and for the deaf and disabled community.


OVER Video:


Brazilian Article:


Interview with Priscila Gaspar:


Bolsonaro Executive Orders:


Full Inauguration Video from RT:




#DeafBing: Cold Weather Hinders ASL


Alex: You know, the cold weather…it can be hard to communicate with Deaf people. Look at this.  


Woman: What did you say? I can’t see. (Moves hoodie back) Ah, that’s better! Deaf Bing!


Alex: True! Thank you Savannah B. and Leah N. for sending the video. Brr!




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


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