2014/10/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 21, 2014

 
– Iceland removes an insulting deaf word

To keep up with the times, Iceland has changed some
words in its law books. For many years, in the
law book, the word deaf-mute was used. Not any
more – deaf people are now described as hearing
impaired. Maybe Iceland should have changed to
a better word for us, but at least it is no
longer deaf-mute!

 

– recognizing deaf big contributions to baseball

The World Series begins today. May the best team
win. And we should recognize the big contributions
of our past deaf major leaguers. Dummy Hoy invented
three signals – out, safe, ball. Dummy Taylor invented
coaches’ signals and the catchers’ signals. We see coaches
use hand signals for hitters and baserunners. And
when the catchers flash these hidden finger signals,
one finger, two fingers, three fingers and four
fingers, the pitchers know what to throw.

 

– a very cold Sinclair response to a non-captioning complaint

The Sinclair Broadcast Group sent a letter to
DeafDigest editor, in response to the posting at
http://deafdigest.com/mid-week-news/20140818/

It was Sinclair that carried the non-captioned
ABC football game broadcast for airing in the central
Pennsylvania areas. The tone of the brief letter was
extremely C-O-L-D. To view the letter, go to:

http://deafdigest.com/cold-response-from-sinclair-on-noncaptioned-for-deaf-football-game/

Not even a warm “thank you” response! And it is almost
November; the football game took part in August, two
months ago. A turtle-like response to a non-captioning
complaint!

 

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2014/10/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 20, 2014

 
– a deaf pizza truck tour of USA

Russ and Melody Stein, both deaf, want you to taste the
pizza that is served at the Mozzeria in San Francisco.
They are now on a tour of USA, stopping at some cities
so that people can taste the Mozzeria pizza. How good
are their pizzas? Yelp San Francisco says:

Everything about this place is literally amazing. The
quality of the food is perfection. The service is fantastic

To take a look at some pictures, go to:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-mozzeria-pizza-tour-of-usa/

 

 

 
– Japan manufactured a Deaf Car

Japan builds a lot of cars, including Mazdas. And at one
time Mazda built a Deaf Car. It was the 1970 Mazda RX500,
but why was it a Deaf Car? The car speed was supposed
to be very fast despite its small engine size. Not just
fast, but very loud noise from the engine. For that
reason, the rear lights were green in color. This
was to warn the hearing drivers of full running speed by
a deaf driver. Weird? Yes!

 

 

 

– Rochester Thumbs Down on some political candidates

Election Day is coming up next month. Many political
candidates caption their political ads. Again many
political candidates don’t. For that reason, the
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, which is famous for
its weekly Thumbs up and Thumbs down column, just
Thumbed Down these political candidates that did not
caption their political ads. Speaking of Thumbs Up
and Thumbs Down, the Silent News, in the past, copied
the idea and almost got sued by an angry person!

 

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2014/10/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 17, 2014

 

 

– Batman’s special cousin in Toronto

Who is Batman’s cousin? It is the Dark Knight, and he is
running in the Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon this
Sunday. And he will be wearing his famous Batman costume
for the full 26 mile course in the race. What about it?
JP Hernandez, who runs as the Dark Knight, is deaf!
No, JP is not the Dark Knight in the movie, just in
the race.

 

 

– the next Gallaudet president

Current Gallaudet president Alan Hurwitz will retire
in December 2015. This is a little more than a year
ahead. The Gallaudet board of trustees is now getting
busy hunting for the next president. Already we have
a member of Gallaudet alumni serving on the search
committee – Deborah Elliott DeStefano. A big
issue right now – should the next president be deaf
or is it ok to hire a hearing president? The key
thing is to hire the most qualified president to
run Gallaudet in the future years.

 

 

– a shocking comment by a government official

David Freud, or known as Lord Freud, is the British
minister of welfare reform in the United Kingdom.
He gave a speech at a political meeting in which
he said that the deaf and the disabled do not
deserve to earn the minimum wage. This comment
pretty much embarrassed the British Minister
David Cameron who wanted nothing to do with
this welfare reform minister. Freud? Any
connection to the world famous psychiatrist of the
19th and 20th century? Yes, he is the greatgrandson.
Apparently the greatgrandfather would be greatly
embarrassed, too!

 

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2014/10/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 16, 2014

 

– Canada to deport a deaf teenager all by himself!

A deaf teenager who has been living illegally in Canada
has been arrested by the Canada Border Services Agency.
His crime? None! He was chatting with his old high school
friends on the high school property. When it started to
rain, he went inside – thus “violating” the policy that
unregistered students are not allowed inside the building.
The attorney for the Solidarity Across Borders is fighting
the deportation on behalf of this deaf teenager. The
Canadian agency is stubborn and is still going ahead with
the deportation to Mexico, his native country. He has no
one in Mexico to look after him.

 

– an insensitive comment by a former Boston mayor

Thomas M. Menino is a past mayor of Boston. He was
in New York City to give a talk about a book that
he was writing. After his talk, the audience started
to ask him questions. The very first question was from
a deaf woman, wanting to know why the museums in
Boston were not deaf friendly (no interpreters,
no captions, no scripts, no nothing). Menino replied:

talk to the new mayor!

 

– a check-off list for deaf seeking government services

If one goes to McDonalds, they can use the check-off list
for their menu choices – hamburger, french fries, soft
drink, etc. In Fukui City in Japan, the local government
people are coming up with a check-off list for the
benefit of deaf residents that seek assistance -
examples are registering for a local election, paying
utility bills, request for a street sign, request to
fill up a pot hole, etc, etc. The government clerk
will then point the deaf person to the right office.

 

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