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With an astronaut helmet, one could read facial expressions. They can even use an anti-reflective coating on the visor, and put LED lights inside to further illuminate the face, like the space suit helmet design depicted in the Stanley Kubrick film "2001: A Space Odyssey".
What would be hilarious would be for a politician to take the podium wearing one of those, then his first words were (doing a sound check) "Hal. Open the pod bay doors, Hal."
and someone out of sight then says through the PA system "I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave."
although of course the plot in that scene was Dave had left his helmet behind and not taken it with him into the pod - something every would-be astronaut (and actual astronaut / cosmonaut) has likely pointed out is an absolute no-no in any real space mission as a serious breach of basic safety protocol.
The politician could then deviate from the famous script by saying something like "Then I'll come in the airlock - as you can see, I remembered my space helmet".
weather update. 45.6 degrees C. It's dry enough though that stepping out in 114 degree heat if you soak your T shirt in water first, only feels like maybe upper 80s - at least for the first 5 minutes until it dries out.
I saw a segment on TV about a local group that is making masks with clear plastic inserts for ASL so lip reading is possible. Maybe something like that?
That is assuming politicians have a sense of humor and understand cultural references. Or that voters do.
I saw those! I didn’t realize why they were for Deaf people. That makes sense.
Bet it would help with kids, too.
It would help if they can see experessions.
Yeah. Even fewer would get the morphed skit someone else once did
The Hal vs Dave dialog, then Dave pounds on the door and says "It's Dave! Open up the <bleep> door!"
Hal: "uh, Dave's not here."
(2001 morphs into Cheech and Chong)