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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 25, 2014



— the puppy and the interpreter

Secretary of State John Kerry brought his puppy
to an event at the Department of State. The puppy
was on the stage while Kerry was giving a speech.
Suddenly the puppy jumped at the interpreter!
To her credit, the intepreter smiled and patted
the puppy away from her. Already there are jokes
about the puppy planning to jump on Russia’s Putin!

— finally, a deaf cookbook

We have deaf chefs. We have deaf-owned restaurants.
We have had a deaf chef on a TV show. And now we have
a deaf cookbook! Kalavathy Venugopal, a deaf woman of
India, wrote a cookbook. It is titled “Dinasari Saiva
Samayal” which means Everyday Vegetarian Cooking.
What is next for us? A deaf person with his own cooking
show on the Food Network! In case you are curious
about these deaf-owned restaurants, the list is at:



— a two second awareness of a TV network

Few days ago on TV, during a commercial, there
was a very short presentation, asking all of us to
watch programs on one TV network. It was a woman
that fingerspelled A-B-C on behalf of the ABC
TV network. In case viewers do not follow fingerspelling,
the ABC logo was shown on the backdrop behind the woman.
The fingerspelling was so short that if you blinked or
turned your head away for one second you would miss it!




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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 24, 2014


— Time magazine’s choice as most influential deaf person

The Time Magazine has come up with its annual list of
100 most influential people in the world. One deaf
person on the list is surprising – Super Bowl player
Derrick Coleman! Is he more influential than Marlee
Matlin or the NAD CEO or the Gallaudet president
or the NTID director? The playing career of a typical
NFL player is short. These players could be cut or
injured. This is not to say that Derrick will be
cut or injured – but we can never know!


— Marlee Matlin understands cops better than us

If you discuss police stuff with Marlee Matlin, you
will realize one thing – that she understands much more
about cops than any of us! Why? Because her husband
is a police officer. This was the point Marlee was
trying to explain in a recent video that was produced
by the American Civil Liberties Union. This video was
to explain to us what are our rights in case the police
stop and/or arrest us!


— a nurse that was cruel to the deaf

Nurses are supposed to be understanding when dealing with
deaf patients. Christopher Cooper, a male British
nurse wasn’t. When a deaf employee passed him in the
hallways, he would cover his mouth and say something
very inappropriate with her. With a deaf patient that
wanted a TV set, he would mock interpreters on the
screen. He would also bully other deaf employees.
He was brought up for a disciplinary hearing and
was fired, his 25-year career with the hospital
down the drain.





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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 23, 2014



— a judge insults a deaf psychologist in email

Minnesota judge Terrence Walters is in big trouble
with the state Board on Judicial Standards for many
reasons. One big reason was that he sent an email,
which insulted a deaf psychologist that was appointed
to evaluate a deaf client. He accused the deaf
psychologist of not honestly evaluating the deaf client.
This psychologist was so angry about that accusation
that she withdrew from the case and told the state
about the judge’s misconduct. As a result, the judge
could be fired.


— a deaf actor in a popular TV drama thriller

Russell Harvard is a promising young deaf actor
with a growing list of acting credits (TV, movie,
stage) to his portfolio. He appeared on a TV drama
– the Rooster Prince, as the Mr. Wrench character
working with Mr. Numbers on a TV plot. This segment
is “The Rooster Prince” which in the Fargo program
that is shown Tuesday nights on the FX cable TV
network. Because of Mr. Wrench’s deafness,
Mr. Numbers had to be an interpreter throughout the
TV plot. People said this program was weird.


— April 30th is most important day for our captions

April 30th is the day when the TV industry must follow
new and strict FCC rules on captions. The captions
must be accurate, arrive at the same time with each
new voice dialogue, must be complete (no censorship)
and shall not block the graphics. The TV industry
will not like it but they have no choice because
of possible big fines for violations.




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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 22, 2014


— millions of hearing people thank subtitles

Many hearing people hate captions and subtitles. But last
night millions of hearing people thanked subtitles!
A popular British TV program “Jamaica Inn” had voice and
audio problems. They could not hear the conversations
and music – there was so much buzzing and so much static.
What did they do? They turned on the subtitles – and were
able to enjoy the program. Hopefully these hearing people
understand how important captions and subtitles are to us.


— special shoes for the deaf-blind?

In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, there was an exhibit
of future devices and inventions. One such invention was
a special pair of shoes for the blind (hearing). It has
an attached ultrasound device. It helps alert hearing
blind walkers to obstacles while they walk with their
canes. What about vibrating pair of shoes for the
deaf-blind while they walk?

— cops hate hate deaf vendors?

Wenzhou is a Chinese city of about 3,000,000 people.
The cops in Wenzhou have a bad reputation for roughing
up the street vendors, which sell everything – food,
clothes, shoes, pots and pans, etc. One deaf vendor
refused to leave the area when the cops told him to
move out. As a result, they beat him up so badly that
he had to be hospitalized. The cops knew he was deaf
but it didn’t matter to them.




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