The Daily Moth 8-16-19

The Daily Moth 8-16-19


Hello, welcome
to the Daily Moth. It’s Friday, August 16.
Ready for the news? U.S. Representative
Rhasida Tlaib (D-Mich) said she will not visit
the West Bank in Israel, even though Israel said
she could come in on humanitarian grounds. She wanted to
visit her grandmother. Israel had previously barred
Tlaib and U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) entry
after being pressured by U.S. President Donald Trump. Tlaib released an official
letter explaining her decision. She said that one of
the conditions of the humanitarian entry was
that she couldn’t speak out to criticize Israel’s policies. She said that
this was oppressive and meant to humiliate her. Israel’s Interior Minister
responded by saying that Tlaib’s “hatred of Israel outweighs
her love for her grandmother.” House Majority Leader
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) said Israel’s decision was
a sign of weakness. Tlaib and Omar are the first
two Muslim female members of Congress and both
are in their first year. July 2019 is officially
the hottest month on record for Earth. The NOAA announced this
on Wednesday with an image of a globe that red blotches
of spots that registered a “record warmest” temperature. The measurements are based on
data that dates back 140 years. The NOAA said nine out of
the 10 hottest Julys have occurred since 2005 and
the last five years were the five hottest. The NOAA also said Arctic and
Antarctic sea ice have reduced to its lowest point in July. They are 20% below average in
measurements that date back 41 years. The Wall Street Journal reported
that President Trump has repeatedly told his advisers
that he would like to buy Greenland and have
asked them to look into it. Greenland is
an autonomous territory that is a part of Denmark. There are 56,000 residents. Greenland’s Ministry of
Foreign Affairs said the island is open for business,
but is not for sale. America has a military base on
Greenland – Thule Air Base. It is 750 miles north
of the Arctic Circle. In 1946, U.S. President
Harry Truman offered to buy Greenland from Denmark
for $100 million, but Denmark refused to sell. The WSJ said Trump seemed to
be motivated to buy the island because he heard that Denmark
was having financial trouble because of its
assistance to Greenland, which amounts to almost $600
million a year in subsidies and accounts for 60% of
Greenland’s annual budget. Trump is scheduled to visit
Denmark for the first time next month. The pro-Democracy protests
in Hong Kong has continued for 11 straight weeks. Several days ago protesters
occupied Hong Kong’s international airport
for two days and nights, which angered travelers
and forced many flights to be cancelled. There were videos and images
of people being bloodied after violent struggles between
protesters and Hong Kong police. Some protesters beat and
detained those suspected of supporting China. The airport resumed
operations on Wednesday. The Chinese government
has continued to criticize the protests,
saying it was criminal. There are reports of increased
Chinese military presence at the Hong Kong border. Satellite images show
Chinese military vehicles at a stadium in Shenzhen. President Trump said everyone
should be calm and safe. Protesters said they had no
choice but to occupy the airport so they could get attention
on their concerns with China. Some protesters apologized
for assaulting and detaining those suspected of being
associated with China. Actor and Kung Fu master
Jackie Chan and “Mulan” star Liu Yifei both made statements
in support of China and the Hong Kong police with
criticism of the protesters. Cathay Pacific Airways, which
is Hong Kong’s top airline, said their CEO has resigned
after criticism from China over Cathay’s employees
participating in pro-Democracy protests. Two pilots were fired and
the company warned its staff against participating
in protests. CNN said there is a huge online
debate in China and Hong Kong on the protests. The Daily Moth did a report on
what the protests is all about and included interviews
with Deaf Hong Kongers. The link is in the transcript. Mary Beth Miller, known for
her involvement with theatre and her one-woman comedy shows,
passed away on August 5. Miller graduated from Kentucky
School for the Deaf and went to Gallaudet
University for her B.A. She also got other degrees
from two other universities, Connecticut College
and New York University. Miller was one of the founders
for New York Deaf Theatre and she was involved with
the National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) by acting
and writing/directing original plays. Her one-woman comedy shows
were recorded on videotape. Here is a short clip. My friend was chatting
with my mother and noticed my head bobbing. My friend told my mother that
she better check her daughter because something
might be wrong. My mother said, “okay”
and opened the door to see my mouth open. My mother was scared
and had no idea what it was. She grabbed my legs and
shook me upside-down. My head almost hit the ground. She shook me so hard that
people passing by looked at me. Cars stopped. People wondered what
my mother was doing. Finally, a huge piece
came out of my mouth. What can my hands do? There is so much opportunity
to play with them. How did talking hands start? It started with fingerspelling
CAT and COW or DOG at the same time. The left stayed the same
but the right changed. So the left hand in
sign language is passive, while the right
hand is dominant. The right hand has signs
that “strike” against the submissive left hand. So I decided to develop
a character for both hands. The right is sweet,
kind, willing, flexible, and understanding. The left is more strict,
unwilling, not understanding, and easy to be jealous,
because it is passive, of course. The hands always
fight when I perform! Miller was a co-author
of several sign language books for children, “Handtalk: An ABC of
Fingerspelling & Sign Language” and “Handtalk Zoo.” The Daily Moth reached out
to Patrick Graybill, who used to work with Miller,
to explain who she was as a person. My first impression of her
was when I was teaching at the Kendall school
while she was a student at Gallaudet University
along with my brother. I noticed that
she was very funny, very creative,
and she loved songs. She teased around
with people a lot. Eventually I finally got to
work with her at the NTD. Her personality was
exactly the same then. I still remember clearly this
one time when we had to rehearse for a scene. I was supposed to do one part
and based on the script that the director handed me,
I was to meet her at the park. I wasn’t aware that the director
told her she was Death. She tried her best to give out
hints and it took a while for me to decipher her hints. I’d enjoyed her humor so much,
I hadn’t realized who she was and
when I finally did, I was shocked! She liked to tease people. When I toured with
her for her show, she always had people completely
mesmerized by her humor, her teasing and her hospitality. We’ll miss her truly and
people have been reaching out to me wondering
why they hadn’t seen one of her one-woman shows
in such a while. It was just time for her to
begin to move on from us. Today, for me, it feels very odd
because I don’t see her around anymore, but I feel
she is in good hands. Comments were seen on
Facebook that Miller always brought so much laughter
and joy to people. We thank Miller for
her valuable contribution to our Deaf community. She will always be remembered. That is all for this week.
Thanks for watching the Daily Moth. Have a wonderful weekend,
And stay with the light! Captioned by www.aslcaptions.com


3 thoughts on “The Daily Moth 8-16-19

  1. [Transcript] Hello, welcome to The Daily Moth! It is Friday, August 16. Ready for news?

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    Rep. Tlaib will not visit West Bank

    U.S. Representative Rhasida Tlaib (D-Mich) said she will not visit the West Bank in Israel, even though Israel said she could come in on humanitarian grounds. She wanted to visit her grandmother.

    Israel had previously barred Tlaib and U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) entry after being pressured by U.S. President Donald Trump.

    Tlaib released an official letter explaining her decision. She said that one of the conditions of the humanitarian entry was that she couldn’t speak out to criticize Israel’s policies. She said that this was oppressive and meant to humiliate her.

    Israel’s Interior Minister responded by saying that Tlaib’s “hatred of Israel outweighs her love for her grandmother.”

    House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) said Israel’s decision was a sign of weakness.

    Tlaib and Omar are the first two Muslim female members of Congress and both are in their first year.

    https://twitter.com/RashidaTlaib

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/israel-allows-rep-rashida-tlaib-to-visit-family-in-west-bank-11565948831?mod=hp_lead_pos7

    ———

    July 2019 is Earth’s hottest month

    July 2019 is officially the hottest month on record for Earth. The NOAA announced this on Wednesday with an image of a globe that red blotches of spots that registered a “record warmest” temperature. The measurements are based on data that dates back 140 years.

    The NOAA said nine out of the 10 hottest Julys have occurred since 2005 and the last five years were the five hottest.

    The NOAA also said Arctic and Antarctic sea ice have reduced to its lowest point in July. They are 20% below average in measurements that date back 41 years.

    https://www.noaa.gov/news/july-2019-was-hottest-month-on-record-for-planet

    ———

    Trump considers buying Greenland

    The Wall Street Journal reported that President Trump has repeatedly told his advisers that he would like to buy Greenland and have asked them to look into it.

    Greenland is an autonomous territory that is a part of Denmark. There are 56,000 residents.

    Greenland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the island is open for business, but is not for sale.

    America has a military base on Greenland — Thule Air Base. It is 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

    In 1946, U.S. President Harry Truman offered to buy Greenland from Denmark for $100 million, but Denmark refused to sell.

    The WSJ said Trump seemed to be motivated to buy the island because he heard that Denmark was having financial trouble because of its assistance to Greenland, which amounts to almost $600 million a year in subsidies and accounts for 60% of Greenland’s annual budget.

    Trump is scheduled to visit Denmark for the first time next month.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-eyes-a-new-real-estate-purchase-greenland-11565904223?mod=hp_lead_pos6

    ———

    Hong Kong protests continue for 11 weeks

    The pro-Democracy protests in Hong Kong has continued for 11 straight weeks. Several days ago protesters occupied Hong Kong’s international airport for two days and nights, which angered travelers and forced many flights to be cancelled.

    There were videos and images of people being bloodied after violent struggles between protesters and Hong Kong police. Some protesters beat and detained those suspected of supporting China. The airport resumed operations on Wednesday.

    The Chinese government has continued to criticize the protests, saying it was criminal. There are reports of increased Chinese military presence at the Hong Kong border. Satellite images show Chinese military vehicles at a stadium in Shenzhen. President Trump said everyone should be calm and safe.

    Protesters said they had no choice but to occupy the airport so they could get attention on their concerns with China. Some protesters apologized for assaulting and detaining those suspected of being associated with China.

    Actor and Kung Fu master Jackie Chan and “Mulan” star Liu Yifei both made statements in support of China and the Hong Kong police with criticism of the protesters.

    Cathay Pacific Airways, which is Hong Kong’s top airline, said their CEO has resigned after criticism from China over Cathay’s employees participating in pro-Democracy protests. Two pilots were fired and the company warned its staff against participating in protests.

    CNN said there is a huge online debate in China and Hong Kong on the protests.

    The Daily Moth did a report on what the protests is all about and included interviews with Deaf Hong Kongers. The link is in the transcript.

    https://time.com/5653622/situation-hong-kong/

    The Daily Moth report on Hong Kong: https://www.dailymoth.com/blog/deaf-people-in-hong-kong

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/14/asia/hong-kong-airport-protests-intl-hnk/index.html

    https://www.cnn.com/asia/live-news/hong-kong-protests-airport-chaos-intl-hnk/index.html

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/jackie-chan-sparks-anger-after-backing-beijing-amid-hong-kong-protests

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/16/asia/china-mulan-actor-protests-intl-hnk-trnd/index.html

    ———

    Mary Beth Miller, Deaf comedian and story teller, passes away

    Mary Beth Miller, known for her involvement with theatre and her one-woman comedy shows, passed away on August 5.

    Miller graduated from Kentucky School for the Deaf and went to Gallaudet University for her B.A. She also got other degrees from two other universities, Connecticut College and New York University.

    Miller was one of the founders for New York Deaf Theatre and she was involved with the National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) by acting and writing/directing original plays.

    Her one-woman comedy shows were recorded on videotape. Here is a short clip.

    Video from YouTube/California School for the Deaf:

    MARY BETH MILLER:

    My friend was chatting with my mother and noticed my head bobbing. My friend told my mother that she better check her daughter because something might be wrong. My mother said, “okay” and opened the door to see my mouth open. My mother was scared and had no idea what it was. She grabbed my legs and shook me upside-down. My head almost hit the ground. She shook me so hard that people passing by looked at me. Cars stopped. People wondered what my mother was doing. Finally, a huge piece came out of my mouth.

    Video from “Language Landscape” by San Francisco Public Library

    MILLER:

    What can my hands do? There is so much opportunity to play with them. How did talking hands start? It started with fingerspelling CAT and COW or DOG at the same time. The left stayed the same but the right changed. So the left hand in sign language is passive, while the right hand is dominant. The right hand has signs that “strike” against the submissive left hand. So I decided to develop a character for both hands. The right is sweet, kind, willing, flexible, and understanding. The left is more strict, unwilling, not understanding, and easy to be jealous, because it is passive, of course. The hands always fight when I perform!

    (Miller performing a skit that shows the two hands talking and fighting with each other)

    Renca: Miller was a co-author of several sign language books for children, “Handtalk: An ABC of Fingerspelling & Sign Language” and “Handtalk Zoo.”

    The Daily Moth reached out to Patrick Graybill, who used to work with Miller, to explain who she was as a person.

    PATRICK GRAYBILL:

    My first impression of her was when I was teaching at the Kendall school while she was a student at Gallaudet University along with my brother. I noticed that she was very funny, very creative, and she loved songs. She teased around with people a lot. Eventually I finally got to work with her at the NTD. Her personality was exactly the same then. I still remember clearly this one time when we had to rehearse for a scene. I was supposed to do one part and based on the script that the director handed me, I was to meet her at the park. I wasn’t aware that the director told her she was Death. She tried her best to give out hints and it took a while for me to decipher her hints. I’d enjoyed her humor so much, I hadn’t realized who she was and when I finally did, I was shocked! She liked to tease people. When I toured with her for her show, she always had people completely mesmerized by her humor, her teasing and her hospitality. We’ll miss her truly and people have been reaching out to me wondering why they hadn’t seen one of her one-woman shows in such a while. It was just time for her to begin to move on from us. Today, for me, it feels very odd because I don’t see her around anymore, but I feel she is in good hands.

    Renca: Comments were seen on Facebook that Miller always brought so much laughter and joy to people. We thank Miller for her valuable contribution to our Deaf community. She will always be remembered.

    LINK TO FULL STORY by Mary Beth Miller
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2HOBtU-bfA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C71YLTj-LK0

    https://bit.ly/2yZEljx

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    That is all for this week. Thank you for watching “The Daily Moth.” Have a wonderful weekend and stay with the light!

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  2. I've learned something new today about Mary Beth Miller whom I've never seen her before. Maybe I have through the Deaf Art history class or maybe from Patrick Craybill who was my literature art teacher at NTID? Gonna do some research about her.

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