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Imagine you have a friend named Lee, and you see Lee walking down the street but Lee doesn't see you.

So, to get Lee's attention you shout 'Ey! Lee!

That is how you pronounce my name, Eilidh. It rhymes with Haley. The dh is silent -- do not try to pronounce it.

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about a cabal of evil linguists, no seriously, missionarism 

if you use Linux and you like languages, chances are you’ve struggled to find fonts that give good panlinguistic support. Unicode combining characters, for example, remain poorly supported in most popular fonts. Phonetic characters are only included in a few.

if you look into which free fonts have good coverage, you’ve probably found Junicode, which is great but too mediæval manuscript-like for most computer users (I mean no kink-shaming but most of us want a bit higher x-height in our UIs); and, in modern times, Google's android fonts like Noto/Roboto. some ugly computer-generated stuff with no typographers involved.

and SIL. there's some pretty great fonts labelled SIL something, like Charis SIL or Doulos SIL, great for printed articles and with good coverage of non-European linguistic orthographies. Charis may be the best IPA font I’ve ever seen, does better even than (commercial) Brill at complex, combining IPA.

let’s talk about what the "SIL" here means.

Wikipedia’s introductory paragraph is good…

> SIL International (formerly known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics) is a Christian non-profit organization, whose main purpose is to study, develop and document languages, especially those that are lesser-known, in order to expand linguistic knowledge, promote literacy, translate the Christian Bible into local languages, and aid minority language development.

…so we know already this is a Trojan horse, these are missionaries i.e. they want to befriend indigenous folk in order to Christianize them. we get a lot of endangered language documentation, fieldwork recordings and data from SIL. At the cost of cultural genocide. (a concept they deny, and rephrase as "cultural progress"). It’s like catching pretty butterflies to display their beautiful dead bodies in a glass case.

But it gets funkier. SIL was founded by William Cameron Townsend, a Presbyterian missionary. One of his core beliefs was the Great Commission doctrine: that Jesus charged Christians with the mission to spread the word of God to all nations. Townsend’s revelatory experience was that ‘nations’ here isn’t supposed to be all political countries, but all ethnic groups. All individual cultures.

All languages.

So he founds Wycliffe Bible Translations, with the goal of translating the Word to every single language in existence. And the Summer Institute of Linguistics as a front organisation, with a façade of ecumenism and downplaying the missionarism, to learn what is necessary from undocumented languages. So that the Wycliffe institute can translate the Bible into those, too.

After all, only after every living person in the world has heard the Good News will they be able to take a stand, with God or against. Currently they’re about halfway through the world’s 7 thousand something languages.

What happens when you get the Bible readable into every possible language, and every person of every nation has heard the Good News? That’s right. Second Coming.

I’m not making this up:
SIL International is a cabal of Christian linguists doing language documentation with the goal of ending the world.

capitalism, work 

Having to spend my Sundays repairing my shit ebike every 2-3 weeks so I can go to work without sharing a bus with 50 other people is starting to get really exhausting.

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Want a chance to take a break from the big city? Take a drive to Attikamekw territory and support this action against logging on their unceded territory in so called "Quebec" . This is happening tomorrow Monday March first at 10 am at kilometer 16 on the way to Manawan.
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eilidh boosted mod defends their decision to leave a white supremacist on the instance:


omg I was riding this thing home at close to 40 km/h just a few hours ago. I noticed a slight wobbling but I thought the wheel was just coming a little out of true. :blob_fucking_weird_cat:

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“Holly, do you think that the armed forces discriminate against transsexuals?”


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we're seeing unprecedented cat levels

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eating food while trans shitpost, allusion to hrt 

The low sodium food trend is transmisogynistic.

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The FBI is visiting leftists/anarchists across the country, claiming they're trying to 'help prevent violence' and their targets 'aren't in trouble.'

*Never talk to the feds or cops. Ever.*

Nothing you say will help you or your comrades. Don't even talk to them about your enemies. They'll know you're a rat who is willing to talk and they'll come back to you for more, as often as they want.

Fuck the feds. Fuck state repression. Fuck the state.

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One of the world’s leading human rights bodies calls for work to stop on Coastal GasLink pipeline, Trans Mountain pipeline and Site C dam, saying Canada is failing to comply with international law

COVID, mutual aid, neoliberalism 

Neoliberal governments all over the world (conservative, liberal, social democrat, etc.) have shown that they actually don't care about keeping anyone or anything safe aside from themselves and their yacht money.

Right now mutual aid, community organizing groups/projects, and similar efforts seem to be literally the only thing actually holding things together.

ONpoli, COVID, evictions 


If none of those things feel accessible for you, you can also support local mutual aid efforts to reduce the harms of poverty and being unhoused.

Connect with a local encampment support group and find out what kind of support they and people living unhoused in encampments need at that particular moment.

Find a community fridge in your area and contribute to making sure it gets kept stocked with good fresh foods.

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ONpoli, COVID, evictions 

What can be done?

Check in with your neighbours. Even if you're doing ok, find out who isn't doing ok.

Connect with a group organizing around collective community organizing in your area, like People's Defence Toronto, Keep Your Rent Toronto, Parkdale Organize, etc.

Write Doug Ford and your MPP. Call them. Make sure they know who you are and what you think. If you're in Toronto, do the same for John Tory who CAN actually stop evictions, despite what he claims.


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ONpoli, COVID restrictions, evictions 

They started off with an eviction hearing blitz this past fall, and after the moratorium ends we're going to see an eviction enforcement blitz during the middle of what might be the worst housing crisis so-called "Ontario" has ever seen.

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ONpoli, COVID restrictions, evictions 

So, basically eviction orders are just going to pile up while people are at their most vulnerable and most isolated. Some people won't even know how to seek legal aid without community support.

And the only reassurance from Doug Ford is the sheriff probably won't actually remove you from your home for at least 28 days? Maybe? As long as the landlord and the former cop and prop mgmt paralegal-stacked LTB don't agree that your eviction is urgent.

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ONpoli, COVID restrictions, evictions 

No rent relief. No additional financial supports. No stop to eviction orders. Just stay at home. Even working outside of the house is illegal right now unless your job is deemed essential.

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ONpoli, COVID restrictions, evictions 

So, let me see if I understand this? As part of Ontario's new stay-at-home order, Doug Ford has asked the sheriff's office to put a hold on enforcing eviction orders (although, at a landlord's request the LTB can still ask the sheriff to carry out an eviction "in urgent circumstances", whatever that means.)

However, eviction applications, online eviction hearings and LTB-issued eviction order are all still happening?

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Eldritch Café

Une instance se voulant accueillante pour les personnes queers, féministes et anarchistes ainsi que pour leurs sympathisant·e·s. Nous sommes principalement francophones, mais vous êtes les bienvenu·e·s quelle que soit votre langue.

A welcoming instance for queer, feminist and anarchist people as well as their sympathizers. We are mainly French-speaking people, but you are welcome whatever your language might be.