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    1. How do you pronounce "antifa"?

      With all the news about President Trump declaring "antifa" a domestic terror organisation, I heard a few local newsreaders saying this word on television. And their pronunciation of this word...

      With all the news about President Trump declaring "antifa" a domestic terror organisation, I heard a few local newsreaders saying this word on television. And their pronunciation of this word surprised me.

      I've been mentally pronouncing this word as "AN-ti-fa", with the emphasis on the first syllable and a short vowel sound in the second syllable.

      They pronounced it as "an-TEE-fa", with the emphasis on the second syllable, with a long vowel sound in that syllable.

      My pronunciation is influenced by knowing that "antifa" is short for "anti-fascist". I don't know of any word with the prefix "anti-" where the second syllable is emphasised and the "i" sound is lengthened. Usually, the emphasis in "anti-" words is placed on the first syllable: "AN-ti-bac-TE-ri-al"; "AN-ti-TE-rro-rism"; "AN-ti-gen"; "AN-ti-bo-dy". So, I naturally emphasised the first syllable in "antifa": "AN-ti-fah".

      When I heard the newsreaders saying "an-TEE-fa", it makes the word sound like an imported word/name from Spanish or Portuguese or Italian.

      Is there a common pronunciation for this word? How do you pronounce it?

      16 votes
    2. How 1960s black protests moved elites, public opinion and voting

      @owasow: For 15 years, I've been studying 1960s civil rights protests with particular attention to how nonviolent and violent actions by activists & police influence media, elites, public opinion & voters. I'm thrilled some of that work was published last week. 1/ https://t.co/zzvvPTcgoP

      5 votes
    3. Directory challenge accepted?

      @smores recently helped implement a Nextcloud application for a group of academics that I'm involved with. Now that we have this wonderful resource, we are struggling to come up with an eloquent...

      @smores recently helped implement a Nextcloud application for a group of academics that I'm involved with.

      Now that we have this wonderful resource, we are struggling to come up with an eloquent solution for a folder directory that would be intuitive for a regular user.

      My first thoughts were to start with just a handful of top-tier folders/directories and then sub-folder from there.

      The challenge is that academic Biblical studies crisscrosses multiple subject areas. For example, ancient near east, linguistics, Egyptology, theology, non-canonical literature, sociology, history, etc.

      You may have had this particular challenge with a directory structure on your own computer.

      What are your recommendations?

      9 votes
    4. Rare 200-year-old clay pipe depicting thylacine dubbed the 'holy grail' of Tasmanian archaeology

      Key points: A clay pipe found in a bottle dump in Launceston appears to show one of the earliest recorded European depictions of a Tasmanian tiger It is believed to be at least 190 years old and...

      Key points:

      • A clay pipe found in a bottle dump in Launceston appears to show one of the earliest recorded European depictions of a Tasmanian tiger

      • It is believed to be at least 190 years old and handcrafted out of river clay by a local

      • Adding to the mystery of the pipe is the depiction of a kookaburra, which were were not introduced to Tasmania until 1902

      https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-08/rare-clay-pipe-depicts-tasmanian-tiger/12215284

      7 votes
    5. Today (29th April 2020) is the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's landing at Botany Bay (Kamay)

      250 years ago, Captain James Cook and his ship the HMS Endeavour landed at Kamay (Botany Bay) on the eastern coast of Australia. He was in the middle of a months-long exploration of the eastern...

      250 years ago, Captain James Cook and his ship the HMS Endeavour landed at Kamay (Botany Bay) on the eastern coast of Australia. He was in the middle of a months-long exploration of the eastern coast. His crew first spotted the Australian mainland on 11th April 1770, and they left Australian waters after taking possession of the continent in the name of King George III on 22nd August.

      This was not the first visitation of Australia by Europeans. That honour goes to Dutch sailor Willem Janszoon in his ship the Duyfken in 1606. Dutch & Portuguese sailors & traders continued to visit the north and west coasts for the next couple of centuries. They called the continent "New Holland".

      But Cook represented the first European power to assume possession of the continent. 18 years later, the English sent their First Fleet of convict ships to the land of New South Wales.


      250 years since Captain Cook arrived in Australia, his legacy remains fraught

      What Australians often get wrong about our most (in)famous explorer, Captain Cook

      For Indigenous people, Cook's voyage of 'discovery' was a ghostly visitation

      10 votes