2016/02/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 12, 2016

— a big miracle for deaf to become doctors

When a deaf person finally becomes a doctor, it is
a big miracle. There was a story today of medical
schools – that only one third of these schools
are willing to help medical students that are
deaf. Two thirds of these schools “reject”
deaf applicants! They are rejected because of
their deafness, and nothing to do with their
qualifications. See the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/medical-schools-rejecting-the-deaf/

 

— Arizona too slow to give deaf 911 text access

Many deaf people retire and move to Arizona because of
warm weather and pleasant life style. Unfortunately
ease of 911 text access is not part of that pleasant
life style! As a result there is a lawsuit going on
right now at the federal court about turtle-like
speed the Arizona towns giving the deaf this 911-text
access.

 

 

— the deaf and the black hole gravitational waves

Is black hole gravitational waves deaf-related?

1. research has cost $1 billion; deaf schools
and agencies need money

2. discovery is same as deaf person quickly
able to hear

3. discovery same as hearing a chirp (that
deaf can hear with CI or hearing aid)

4. a retired Gallaudet science professor
studies black holes during his free time

 

 

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2016/02/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 11, 2016

— a deaf person is on and off

DeafDigest worries about deaf fighter Matt Hamill.
He announced his retirement few years ago only
to come back and then retire again and then
come back. His next match takes place on
May 21, 2016 in Milan, Italy. He has a
contract with the Venator Fighting Championship.
Hamill is getting older, and he is not the same
fighter he was few years ago. If he continues
to fight and takes too many blows to his head,
then we know about this scary word – concussion!

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http://deafdigest.com/his-last-performance/

 

— a dumb general manager of a movie theater

A deaf woman wanted to see a movie and
asked the general manager for a portable
captioning equipment. What did the general
manager do? Gave her a portable listening
device. He did not know what a portable
captioning device was! A dumb manager?
Yes.

 

— deaf Uber driver frustrations

Uber gives an opportunity for deaf drivers
to make money, but it also leads to
frustrations – customers cancel rides they
learn driver is deaf; must text customers
of his deafness; customers talk too much
and get annoyed when deaf driver does not
respond; customers pass notes while
deaf driver is watching the road; customer
suddenly gives deaf driver a change of
directions, etc. A good living with good
money yes, but also with a list of
frustrations!

 
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2016/02/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 10, 2016

— hard of hearing actor to play hard of hearing role

Archie’s comics have been famous for many years,
antics of best friends Archie and Jughead made us laugh.
Not any more – Jughead is now hard of hearing and he
is no longer friends with Archie. Jughead’s hard of
hearing role is being played by a hard of hearing
actor. Who? Do not know. Anyway, Jughead’s picture
(revised) is at:

http://deafdigest.com/the-new-jughead/

 

— a strong demand by a deaf community

Nakura, of some 310,000 people, is Kenya’s fourth
largest city. Deaf leaders in Nakura made a very
strong demand – that sign language interpreters
be always available at all police stations!
Does not matter if no deaf people come to one
police station, the interpreter must still be
available. Will Nakura city officials listen
to the deaf? Probably not!

 
— legislator wanted deaf college on deaf school campus

State Rep. Antonio Maestas (New Mexico) had this idea –
to establish a new deaf college to share the same
campus with New Mexico School for the Deaf. He hosted
a hearing to listen to comments from the Deaf
Community. Everyone spoke against the idea, and as
a result, this idea is dead!

 

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2016/02/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 8, 2016

— deaf people under hypnotism

Michael C. Anthony, not deaf, is a hypnotist. Many
people say he is the best in the world. He was recently
interviewed by a reporter, and was asked what was his
biggest challenge. He said he gave a performance at RIT.
Watching him perform was a group of six deaf students.
They joined a group of 30 hearing students that
volunteered to be hypnotized. Was it successful?
He told the deaf group to just watch the interpreter,
and all of them were hpynotized! Said Anthony:
“I was as amazed as anyone else!”.

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/hypnotizing-the-deaf/

 

— a restaurant chain discriminates against deaf-blind

Chipotle is in a lot of trouble because of many cases
of E. coli poisonings. And it was just learned that
Chipotle, in Los Angeles, refused to serve a
deaf-blind man! This patron said the manager told
him “too bad and please get out of here.”

 

— NFL, PepsiCo and CBS failed us at the Super Bowl

Through the efforts of NFL, PepsiCo and CBS, Marlee
Matlin was asked to sign-sing the National Anthem
along with Lady Gaga. Take a look at this cartoon
drawing:

http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogey-national-anthem/

Could we see her in the drawing?

Very sad that NFL, PepsiCo and CBS “pushed” Marlee to
a far corner where we cannot see her at all!

 

 

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2016/02/05

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 5, 2016

 
— deaf musician to perform at world’s most famous musical hall

Emily Bieker, a deaf 15-year old high school sophomore, from
Arkansas, is scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall. She practices
with her violin seven hours a day. Carnegie Hall is where all the
musicians dream of performing. Her picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-musician-at-carnegie-hall/

 
— legislator introduces a deaf law

Florida legislator Victor Torres (of Orlando) wants to
introduce a bill to have a “deaf” symbol on the
deaf drivers’ licenses. Is it going to quickly
alert the cop to drivers’ deafness? Maybe not –
cops often do not get it when the deaf driver
points to his ear – before – he gives the cop
his driver’s license!

 

— hearing cost vs deaf cost

Super Bowl is coming up. May the best team win!
Cost of a 30 second Super Bowl ad? Just
five million bucks. It is cheap for these
super-rich corporations. They look on millions
as pennies! Cost of deaf captions? Maybe just
$100 for 30 seconds; maybe $200.00. These
super-rich corporations may scream that it is
SO EXPENSIVE!

 
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2016/02/04

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 4, 2016

— a gift with two big ironies

Flint, Michigan has a serious water lead problem.
The deaf school is located in Flint. The deaf girls’
basketball team had a game scheduled with
Owendale-Gagetown HS. The hearing girls donated
250 cases of water to help the deaf school.
First irony was that the lead problem at the
school was already fixed. Second irony was that
the basketball game was cancelled due to lack of
players on the deaf team. The water was still
delivered anyway! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/water-for-deaf-school/

 

 

— a surprise hearing aid discovery

The reflecting pond on the campus of Simon Fraser
University in British Columbia was emptied in 2008
to clean out stuff. The clearning crew discovered
a hearing aid! Did a student throw it away?

 

 
— an accidental deaf invention

Rubber was invented by an accident in the kitchen.
What about Deaf Inventions? Mateuz Mach, 18 years
old and not deaf, lives in Poland. He invented
an app for rap musicians to communicate with
their hand waves (hearing hand waves, not
deaf hand waves). Someone told him – why not
use the app for deaf sign language. Despite
knowing nothing about the deaf, he was able
to invent this sign language app!

 

 

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2016/02/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 3, 2016

— interesting sign in deaf taxi driver’s cab

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http://deafdigest.com/sign-in-deaf-taxi-driver-cab/

 
— a very shocked deaf FedEx employee in Vermont

A deaf man from Vermont works for FedEx. He was shocked
upon learning that his company would not allow the deaf
to use barcode devices because one must hear the beeps.
He said:

Wow, I been using the barcode devices for a year now

Is FedEx so big that bosses on the left do not know
what the bosses on the right are doing?

 

 

— reason for delay in Marlee Matlin Super Bowl announcement

There is a reason for the delay in announcing Marlee
Matlin as the Super Bowl National Anthem ASL signer.
Lets’ look at this joke – how many electricians does
it take to change a lightbulb? Well, in the case of
Marlee, it took four separate organizations to make
this joint announcement, hence this delay! Not easy
to get two to make the announcement together, let
alone four of them. Anyway, for Marlee, it will
be her third such honor – past honors were at
the XXVII, XLI Super Bowls. Congrats, Marlee!

 

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2016/02/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 2, 2016

— a strange garden built by deaf

A deaf man built a garden. It looks strange.
A picture of this strange garden is at:

http://deafdigest.com/strange-garden/

 

 

— FedEx Ground says deaf must hear barcode scanner beeps

FedEx Ground has been accused of discrminating against
deaf employees, denied opportunities because they cannot
hear barcode scanner beeps. The federal judge told
FedEx Ground that court trial will proceed on behalf
of 17 deaf employees that have claimed discrimination.
For a long time, both groups have negotiated, discussed,
had conferences, and heavily persuaded each other – to
no avail – hence the court trial.

 

— football concussions are serious

A couple of weeks ago DeafDigest editor chatted with
a deaf assistant football coach of a hearing high
school team. He said that his team had a serious
issue with concussions – because seven players
suffered these head injuries in just one season.
DeafDigest is mentioning this because Derrick
Coleman’s attorney said he had a concussion
but continued to play football for the Seattle
Seahawks. This led to a bad autombile accident
that the cops are accusing him of vehicular
assault.

 
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2016/02/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 1, 2016

— captions, bottom or top or middle or everywhere

Always arguments on where to best place the captions –
bottom (blocks the weather streaming), top (blocks
basketball scoreboard) or middle (may block person’s
face, etc). Do you want captions that look like this:

http://deafdigest.com/strange-location-for-captions/

 

— zero Deaf Super Bowl plans

We have had ASL singers during the Star Spangled Banner
songs in past Super Bowls. Who is our next ASL signer?
Dunno. Will all TV commercials be captioned? Dunno.
Only thing about the deaf during the Super Bowl weekend
is the deaf puppy during the Puppy Bowl. What is
going on?

 

— it is up to FCC

DeafDigest announced last week that Gogo, the provider
of the airplane captions, promised to install captions
within a reasonable amount of time. DeafDigest was
disappointed that this agreement will not apply on
overseas flights, only in flights over American
airplace. What was overlooked was that it is up
to FCC to approve Gogo’s agreement. If for some
reason FCC says no, then the agreement is dead!

 

 
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2016/01/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 29, 2016

— smoking on the NTID campus

Some NTID students are smoking on the NTID campus!
It is not what you may think. E-smoking good or bad?
Well, these selected students are asked to decide which
flavor is best for e-smoking. What is going on? NTID
is part of a group that won a $329,000 grant from the
National Institutes of Health to study the safety of
e-cigs with flavorings. OK, but why these deaf students?
Said a NTID spokesperson:

Our students are interested in conducting research on this,
since many young people are using e-cigarettes. They are
researchers who happen to be deaf.

a picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-and-e-smoking/

 

— a “fishy” lost deaf woman story

This Geeta India-Pakistan tale never ends. Deaf Geeta
claimed to accidentally crossed the border from
India to Pakistan, and then being held for years
against her will. She was returned to India,
yet she has not been able to identify her
birth parents and her natural family despite
looking over hundreds of would-be families.
And now this – Pakistan is demanding that
India send back Geeta, saying she is a natural
born Pakistan citizen, and not a citizen of
India as she claimed to be. Next chapter!

 
— a strong reason for Certifed Deaf Interpeting

Certified Deaf Interpreting is a new field, only
having surfaced in the past 15-20 years. There
was a story of a deaf man whose conviction was
overturned by the court of appeals by a state.
The judges said that he could not understand,
or appropriately respond to the interpreting
of the police detective’s five-hour intensive
questioning. A certified deaf interpreter may
have likely helped this case.

 

 

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