The Daily Moth 4-11-19

April 12, 2019


Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Wednesday, April 11. Ready for news?




First photo of a black hole 


 This is an image of a black hole at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy, which is over 50 million light-years away from Earth.


It was photographed by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), which is made up of several radio telescopes around the world that works together. Data from their observations were merged together in a supercomputer to create the image. 


The data had to be mailed using hundreds of hard drives rather than sent thorough the internet because the data was too large.


The EHT director said we have now seen what we thought was unseeable, we have seen and taken a picture of a black hole.


A black hole is formed when a massive star dies. It first explodes, then its core collapses into itself and becomes very, very dense with gravity so powerful it “sucks in” light. 


The EHT said the photograph does not show the black hole itself, but what we are seeing is the shadow of it by looking at the bright area around its edge, called the “event horizon.” 


The black hole has a mass of 6.5 billion times that of the sun.


EHT said the photograph confirmed Albert Einstein’s predictions about the size and shape of black holes.


There is a black hole in the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and the EHT team is now imaging it.


Nobody knows what happens when something falls into a black hole. 


Stephen Hawking said if an astronaut was sucked in feet first, its legs would be stretched like spaghetti due to the gravity.




Julian Assange arrested at Ecuadorian Embassy in London


Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, was arrested today in London at the Ecuadorian Embassy. He was handcuffed, dragged out by police, and put in a police vehicle.


Ecuador had allowed Assange to have asylum there for almost seven years, but withdrew their asylum offer.


The arrest was based on a U.S. extradition warrant. A U.S. federal court unsealed an indictment charging him with conspiracy to hack a classified Defense Department computer.


He is accused of working with Chelsea Manning in 2010 to hack into secret U.S. documents. The two worked together in 2010 to publish almost a million secret U.S. military and government documents.


Assange was also found guilty in a British court of jumping his bail in 2012 from a rape case in Sweden. The charges have since been dropped, but he did jump bail by skipping his court date and seeking refuge in the embassy. He faces one year behind bars in Britain.


Assange’s lawyer said she would fight against extradition to the U.S. and that this was a dangerous precedent for all news media.


The Ecuadorian President Moreno said in a video that Assange violated the terms of his asylum because he was discourteous and aggressive, and that he interfered in the internal affairs of other countries through Wikileaks.


The former president of Ecuador who first offered asylum to Assange, Rafael Correa, tweeted that Moreno is the greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history.


Wikileaks tweeted an image of him saying he has won dozens of journalism awards and that CIA and other powerful organizations are trying to imprison him.


The ACLU said if the U.S. prosecutes Assange for Wikileaks’ publishing operations, this would be unconstitutional and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations.


The ACLU pointed out that U.S. journalists do violate other countries’ secrecy laws to deliver information and that it would set a dangerous precedent for them.


An analysis by Axios said the charges and arrest were more about Assange the hacker than Assange the journalist.




News Briefs; NC Gas Explosion; Netanyahu wins 5th term; A.G. Barr thinks FBI spied on Trump; Former Obama White House Counsel indicted by Mueller


Here are four top news briefs.


The first — yesterday there was a gas explosion in Durham, North Carolina that killed one person and caused a building to collapse. 17 people were injured.


Police said a contractor was boring under the sidewalk and hit a gas line, causing a leak that led to the explosion.


The second news — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a fifth term after their elections, despite him facing three corruption indictments.


Netanyahu will be Israel’s longest-ever leader this summer. He has a strong relationship with U.S. President Trump, who called him to congratulate on his victory.


Trump tweeted an image of Trump flags being waved at a Netanyahu victory celebration.  


The third news — Attorney General Barr told the Senate yesterday that he thinks the FBI, during the Obama administration, spied on the Trump campaign in 2016. He said the question was if there were appropriate reasons for the spying.


Barr said that he would review the origins of the Department of Justice’s Russia investigation to check on if there was abuse of government power.


The fourth news — a former White House counsel to Barack Obama, Gregory Craig, was indicted on federal criminal charges of lying and hiding information about his lobbying work for the Ukrainian government in 2012. This case was referred by the Mueller investigation and is related with Paul Manafort’s case.


Craig’s work with Ukraine happened two years after he left the Obama administration.




Suspect in Louisiana church fires arrested


Three historically black churches in Opelousas, Louisiana burned down in the past two weeks and police suspected it was arson, that someone started the fires.


Today police arrested Holden Matthews (21) and charged him with three counts of arson. He could get federal hate crime charges.


Matthews is the son of a sheriff’s deputy, who helped other deputies arrest him.


Investigators connected a red gas can that was found at one of the churches to a purchase at a Wal-Mart by Matthews’ debit card. Cellphone tower data also showed him in the area of all three fires.


Officials said Matthews liked “black metal music” that had a history of being associated with church burnings in other parts of the world, and that it could be a motive.


The NAACP said the fires was domestic terrorism and explained that there is a history of racist attacks against African-American churches.




Family with Deaf son in Australia facing deportation because of burden on taxpayers


There were several news articles about a deaf son from Bhutan, Kinley Wangchuk (18), and his family, who were rejected a permanent residency visa in Australia because Kinley did not pass the health requirement.

They moved from Bhutan to Australia in 2012 on a work visa. Kinley’s parents are trained nurses. He has a younger brother, who is 17 and hearing.


They wanted to live in Australia permanently, but in the country, applicants must be free of diseases or conditions that would cost taxpayer money by requiring health care, community services or, in his case, disability services.


The Australia Administrative Appeals Tribunal rejected their permanent visa application a few weeks ago.


The family is facing deportation this month and will be given a “temporary” visa during the appeal process, but won’t be allowed to work in Australia.


The country’s immigration minister, David Coleman, will make the final decision.


When Kinley moved to Australia, he did not have a language but learned Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN) and has been doing well in high school.


Kinley’s mother said her son never visits doctors, only goes to one hearing test every year, is independent and doesn’t need anyone to take care of him.


They held a rally in front of the Parliament House in Canberra last Friday.


Australian Senator Jordon Steele-John, who uses a wheelchair, tweeted that the decision to deport Wangchuck is a disgrace and called on the immigration minister to intervene.


A retired teacher for the deaf at Kinley’s school, David Randall, started a petition on titled, “Let Kinley and his family stay in Australia.” It has about 48,000 supporters so far.  


The teacher said, “What kind of country would deport a family simply for having a deaf son? This is not who we are.”




Mother of deaf girl strongly urges parents to learn sign language as soon as possible


In New Brunswick, Canada, a hearing mother of a deaf child, Heather Chandler, told CBC news that she is encouraging all parents of deaf children to learn sign language as soon as possible.


She said her daughter, Allison (6) was language deprived and couldn’t communicate for three years because nobody ever encouraged her to learn ASL.


Chandler said Allison was born deaf and she felt like she was pushed by doctors and society to “fix” Allison and make her “normal” by getting cochlear implants.


However, CI specialists said Allison was not a candidate because of her auditory nerve damage.


Chandler said she was upset and that it took a long time for her to accept this.


Chandler said she did start trying to learn ASL on her own, using the internet, but felt she wasn’t doing it right and had no support to help her stay motivated.


In 2014, Chandler contacted a local agency, New Brunswick Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, who sent a deaf interpreter to her home to teach them ASL.


Chandler said that was when she noticed a change in the family because when Allison got more communication, she became happier and it made the family more happy.


For example, Allison was able to ask her mother about the thermostat and what it was for. Chandler realized that Allison never knew because she never heard her family talking about it.


One of the Deaf interpreters’ name is Joann Bourque. She did an interview with CBC where she said she had similar experience of learning sign language later in her childhood.


CBC showed a video of her working and signing with Chandler and Allison.

Chandler now works for the agency and advocates for early access to ASL instruction.


The agency is providing Allison 2 interpreters for her education, one hearing and one a Deaf interpreter.


Chandler said she is happy and relieved that Allison is able to express herself and communicate clearly, and hopes she will reach her full potential and catch up from lost time.




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



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


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