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The Daily Moth 8-1-19

Hello, welcome to The Daily Moth!
It is Thursday, August 1. Ready for news? Last night was
the second night of the Democratic
debates in Detroit. Here are some highlights. A major topic was immigration,
just like the first night. Senator Cory Booker criticized
former Vice President Joe Biden for not condemning the Obama
administration’s high number of deportations. There was an interruption from
a protest from an immigration advocacy group that interrupted
Biden with chants that said, “3 million deportations.” This again referred to
deportations under the Obama administration. Biden said he would not resume
the Obama administration’s deportation rate, but said
he was opposed to the idea of decriminalizing illegal border
crossings because people should have to get in line unless
they are seeking asylum. Biden was criticized by
Democratic candidates for not doing enough as
vice president to speak up against deportations. Biden fired back at former Obama
HUD Secretary Julian Castro by saying that he never heard
Castro talking about immigration issues when he was secretary. Castro responded by saying
he has learned from the past, while Biden hasn’t. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard criticized
Senator Kamala Harris on her record as
California Attorney General. Gabbard said Harris put
over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations
and then laughed about it when she was asked if
she ever smoked marijuana. Gabbard framed Harris as
an oppressor against people charged with crimes. Other Democratic candidates also
attacked Harris’ previous role as prosecutor, putting
her on the defensive. Washington Governor Jay Inslee
focused on climate change, saying our time is up,
our house is on fire, we have to stop
using coal in 10 years, and we need a president
to do it or it won’t get done. Businessman Andrew Yang talked
about his idea of universal basic income, which would
guarantee $1,000 a month in payments to all U.S.
citizens over 18 years of age. He said this would prevent
a crisis from workers losing their jobs to automation. The next Democratic debate will
be on September 12 and 13 in Houston, hosted by
ABC and Univision. A 7-year-old boy in India
went to a hospital because he had
swelling in his jaw. It was because he had
526 teeth in his mouth. Doctors said they found
a “bag-like mass” that weighted almost half
a pound with the teeth in it in various shapes and sizes,
from 1 to 15 millimeters. A doctor said the boy had
a condition called “compound odontome.” The growth is a tumor
and it could have been caused by genetic or
environmental factors. It took doctors an hour and
a half to remove the mass from the boy during surgery,
then it took about five hours to search and
remove all the teeth. This surgery is expected
to relieve the boy’s swelling and pain. Here are three
political news briefs. The first – President Trump
announced new tariffs against China – 10% on another
$300 billion of Chinese products that will start next month. There were talks between the two
countries over the past several weeks, but Trump said
China has not kept their word on certain agreements. Trump said trade
talks are continuing. There is already a 25% tariff
on $250 billion of Chinese products, so this
means more tariffs. The second news – the U.S.
Senate voted 67-28 to pass a $2.7 trillion budget deal
that extends into 2021. The House passed it last week,
so the bill will go to Trump’s desk. It suspends the debt
limit through July 2021. It includes $738 billion
in military spending, $632 billion for
non-defense spending, and $2.5 billion to make sure
all is counted for the 2020 Census. This is to set top line budget
numbers but the exact amounts that will be appropriated
to specific programs have not been determined. The third news – yesterday
the Federal Reserve said it would cut interest rates
by a quarter point. Chairman Jerome Powell said
this was to support the economy and boost inflation. It is the first cut since
the Great Recession in 2008. This will make it cheaper to
borrow money for credit cards and mortgages, but it means
those saving money will see lower returns. The cuts show that the Fed
thinks there could be economic trouble ahead
and wants to make sure the economy continues
to perform well. Burger King said
they will sell the plant-based, vegan Impossible Whopper to
7,000 restaurants nationwide after a successful
test in seven cities. From next Thursday
until September, Burger King will offer delivery
and mobile customers an opportunity to get
a regular, original Whopper and an Impossible Whopper for $7
so they can compare the taste. The plant-based burger is
made by a California company, Impossible Foods, who said
they are overwhelmed with demand and has doubled its number of
workers at a plant in Oakland and entered in partnership
with a giant food producer in Illinois. Impossible Burgers are
made of soy protein, coconut oil, and other
ingredients and packaged in a way that will simulate
the taste and texture of a normal hamburger. Another popular vegan
burger is “Beyond Meat.” A group of Deaf people went to the Democratic
debates in Detroit. Sean Forbes and his team from
DPAN was able to film some of it and will give an analysis of
what it feels like to be a deaf person in the audience. Let’s put aside politics. I want to discuss
access to politics. I was lucky to be
invited to attend the Detroit Democratic
national debates. Several members of our
Michigan Deaf community were invited as well. And some from out
of state, like D.T. Bruno, he flew in from New York. And from California,
Nyle DiMarco. First of all, creating
access is not easy. The real reason I went
was not for politics. But how can I make
politics accessible for the Deaf, DeafBlind, and
Hard of Hearing community through my role
here at DPAN? Back in 2016,
DPAN.TV produced three presidential debates
and made them accessible with over 500,000 viewers
for each debate. My experience here in
Detroit was really amazing. The reason it was is
because of the interpreters. The first night, we had
two separate sections. The front section
was for ASL users, with four interpreters
alternating. Behind me, we
had a CART TV. So some people who wanted
to watch it with captions were able to
sit back there. ASL users sat in the front. But some people
weren’t satisfied with that. So the second night
they moved things around, and they had the CART and
the interpreters side by side. It was a better experience,
but still, it was hard. The lights, the audience, how
far we were from the stage, sometimes the interpreters
were going back and forth, and I really enjoyed
watching that, but sometimes I didn’t
know who was talking. So I had to look at the
interpreters and look at the stage, but luckily,
some of the candidates were a little more
animated than others. Some were very monotone
and some were very animated! After both nights, members of
the Deaf community discussed that it was a little bit easier
to watch the debates at home with captions,
going back and forth… plus with
sign language on TV. Moving forward, it’s my goal
to make politics accessible. Doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat,
Republican, Independent. I want to make politics
accessible so that members of the Deaf community have an
opportunity to be involved and can formulate
their own opinions. Formulate their own
political perspectives. Who knows? Maybe one day we’ll see one
of those Deaf kids watching become President of
the United States. Thank you. An unfortunate event happened
recently in our Deaf community. Connie Dotson, from Kentucky,
passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning after forgetting
to turn off her keyless car in her garage. Dotson was a well known advocate
who graduated from Gallaudet University with a history degree
then went to work three years on Capitol Hill for the late
Senator Alan Dixon of Illinois. After that, Dotson worked at
the Internal Revenue Service and then for the last 26 years,
she worked at Veterans Administration
Medical Center. The Daily Moth reached
out to Rita Troxell, a close friend of
Dotson for 38 years, to share what happened. Last year, Connie’s husband
bought a Toyota RAV4 and it was keyless. I’d only ridden
in it a few times, but I remember
that it was keyless. So apparently,
on that Monday all day, I’d talked with her
during my lunch break around noon at work. I called her through Facebook
Messenger’s video chat. We chatted like we normally
do before she had to leave. I think she had finished
work around 4pm. She pulled into her garage
and close the garage door. Either she didn’t press
the button hard enough or she forgot because
she was busy or she was tired. She might’ve forgotten
to turn off the engine. She went into the house
where she needed to tend to her 5 cats. 911 broke into her door
and found her unconscious, already dead. There was carbon
monoxide in the house. It was suspected to
be the cause of death. At first, we were confused
because her 5 cats had survived and they
should be dead. The firemen explained that
when the toxic fumes seeped into the house from the garage,
it goes up into the air. The atmosphere near the floor
still has sufficient oxygen for cats to survive on. If the fumes had
continued dwell, then it might eventually
move lower and the oxygen would disappear. At that point, the toxic fumes
stayed up in the air so that’s why these
cats survived. We asked Troxell to
share a little bit of who Dotson was
as a person. She was a strong, strong,
strong advocate for animals. She also had a passion for her
church and her faith in God. She would pray for
people and also, if you were a deaf
person in a hospital, no matter where you are,
she would try to find a way to go visit them at
the hospitals because often these people
are left alone. Thank you, Troxell. We also got an important
message from Virginia Moore, the executive director of
the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Moore encourages how you
can make a difference. It’s a very dangerous, a very
sad situation and it doesn’t happen to only deaf
and hard of hearing, but also hearing people. These situations have been
happening for a long time now and the automotive
industry has been ignoring it. Right now, there is a bill
called the “Park It” Bill that is currently
in the US Congress. You all can help us ensure that
not one other person will die from this senseless situation. Call your US congresspeople
and notify them about the Park It Bill. Ask them to get it moving,
put the bill to a floor vote and get it passed in both
the House of Representatives and the Senate. Pass this bill for the safety
of all people who still have it. All of you can make
a difference. Thank you, Moore, for sharing. For more information about this,
there are links in the transcript below. There were many comments
on Facebook expressing grief for the death of Dotson. She was 54 years old
when she passed away and is survived by her husband. That is all for today. See you
tomorrow and stay with the light! Captioned by

5 Replies to “The Daily Moth 8-1-19”

  • Yeah happens to me once a while but I always lock my taco sometimes it’s won’t get the door lock that helps me that my taco is running

  • it happened to my son twice or three times, and lucky it was outside. But car ran till gas run out. I agree that all cars must have safety for keyless cars. I don't like it at all. One time, it happened, which my son called me to come and had to call CAA to do it. Guy from CAA said that it is becoming too common happening lately.

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