marina joyce - sign language conspiracies

quick point - marina is from england and if she were asking for help using sign language, she would probably use BSL (british sign language), and not ASL (american sign language) as the british people watching her videos would understand it and be able to call the police
she is also probably more familiar with BSL, IF she is familiar with sign language in that way, as she obv grew up in england
i don’t really think these theories are plausible, but i could be wrong

Please read if you care about the wellbeing of any dog - regardless of breed

I feel somewhat guilty asking you all to help spread my opinion on an issue, but it’s an issue I will fight for with everything that I have.

Lately, the city I live in (Montreal) is considering a legislation against pit bulls. A neighbouring city is already in the process of banning them as well as “other aggressive dog breeds” (actual words from one of our most popular and influential news sources). This is clearly a controversial issue where I live and it absolutely breaks my heart for obvious reasons.

Theo, my pit/lab mix, is my baby. He was abandoned at a vet’s office by his first family. Because of the already-existing regulations set on pit bulls (and “other aggressive breeds”), They were not allowed to publicly advertise that he was there for adoption. If it wasn’t for my brother bringing him home, Theo would not have lived to see his first birthday. 

He keeps me company, makes me laugh even in the worst of moods, and has protected me on multiple occasions when someone else has acted aggressively towards me. He is so gentle that he can’t even eat a treat bigger than a 25 cent coin. Thinking that someone would look at him and equate him to some despicable monster makes me cry. I can’t lose my baby.

There is going to be a peaceful protest in my city on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Included is a link to the event on Facebook. I probably will not bring Theo because Montreal is known to have wild protests and I don’t want to cause him any distress. 

I apologize for the clickbait-y title.

Please come if you live in Montreal and care about the well being of pit bulls.


Hank, a well-loved family pet from Northern Ireland, has been seized after an anonymous member of the public reported him. Not for his behaviour, but for his appearance. He has been seized under the ridiculous law that is BSL. His owners are trying to raise enough money to prove that Hank is not a dangerous dog and should not be euthanised.

To whoever reported Hank to the council for “looking like a pitbull” - thank you so much for not even giving me the courtesy of speaking to me first. Your call has put my baby into the care of the council who took the time to explain to me that Hank will have his dietary needs met right up until they kill him for how he looks. And thanks to the dog warden herself who explained that although he isn’t dangerous he still has to die and that no, I cannot see him before they kill him. The only recourse I have is to take the council to court to fight the legally mandated destruction order. The real kick in the balls is that they will not allow me to see him, not once, not even to say goodbye.

On the 14th July 2016, Hank was taken from my home by 8 police officers and 4 dog wardens. He has been condemned to die because he looks like a pitbull. Our only legal recourse is to fight this in the courts. We will do anything to save Hank, he is a much loved part of our family. He is more than a pet. The best chance at returning Hank to his home is to prove that he is not dangerous, this is costly due to the need for professional opinion. Any help you can give will be warmly accepted. Joanne and I are forever indebted to the generosity we have been shown so far.

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The measure that took effect Tuesday changes current law that defines a vicious dog as one that has seriously hurt or killed a person, killed another dog or is among those commonly known as pit bulls. The new measure removes the reference to pit bulls from the definition and requires evidence to prove pit bulls are actually vicious. (source)

Great job, Ohio!

12 Reasons To Learn (American) Sign Language

1. Easily communicate UNDERWATER

2. You can talk when your MOUTH is FULL

3. Understand and help end AUDISM

4. Speak right through a CLOSED WINDOW and still be understood.

5. Talk across a CROWDED ROOM without yelling

6. Quietly chat at the MOVIES without being rude

7. Learn a language that’s UNIQUE VISUAL SPATIAL & GESTURAL

8. COUNT to TEN and HIGHER on just ONE hand

9 It’s a 3D language - 3D GLASSES NOT NEEDED

10. Satisfy your FOREIGN LANGUAGE requirement 

11 It will never be TOO LOUD or TOO QUIET to sign to someone

12 Get to know some wonderful people in the DEAF COMMUNITY (Possibly the best reason of all!)
Spread the Sign: Multilingual sign language dictionary

Spread the Sign is an online multilingual sign language dictionary: you can type in a word, phrase, or fixed expression and get it translated into almost two dozen different national sign languages, including Swedish, British English (BSL), American English (ASL), German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Icelandic, Latvian, Polish, Czech, Japanese, and Turkish. 

Not all languages are available for every word, but all the ones I tried had at least a dozen or so languages available. Once you’ve searched for a word or phrase, you click on the flag for the national sign language that you want, and you can see a video clip of the sign as well as a translation into the same country’s spoken/written language. 

It’s a project of the European Commission, so there tend to be more European languages – I notice a lack of Auslan (Australia), for example, so here’s a list of around 300 sign languages – but it’s definitely a great rebuttal to the idea that there’s only one sign language, as well as being incredibly interesting to click around!

Note though that it’s just a dictionary, and doesn’t account for grammatical differences between the languages in addition to the vocabulary, although you could probably recover some of the grammar from close attention to the phrases.

There is also a list of fifteen different sign alphabets, with images. Note that despite the fact that most of the fifteen languages are spoken in countries that use the Latin alphabet, their signs for, say, A, do not generally resemble each other. As a particularly obvious example, ASL has a one-handed alphabet while BSL has a two-handed alphabet. And Japanese Sign Language has signs for all the hiragana, which isn’t strictly speaking an alphabet. (Is the distinction between an alphabet and a syllabary still meaningful when you’re signing both of them? I…honestly have no idea. Apparently there is an Arabic Sign Language alphabet though, and none of the charts I found online include the short vowels, so I guess it would still qualify as an abjad? Wow, I don’t even know.)
Sherlock and Dr Watson learn BSL from a Hearing Dogs tutor
Read our BSL tutor's experience of teaching Sherlock actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman sign language in Sherlock: The Abominable Bride special

“The BSL scene is a very short one, but it took five hours to film.”

“Benedict (and his famous cheekbones) was suffering from a bad cold, but he sat down and got straight on with it. He was really interested in BSL and asked intelligent questions about how signs are created, and about people signing the wrong thing by mistake.“

“A few weeks later, Anna and I sat in Martin’s comfortable kitchen and he made us a cup of tea and learnt his lines in BSL. We then watched him mixing up a bowl of food for one of his dogs. It was a very frosty morning and his children were running in and out with pieces of ice and frosted leaves to show him. It was so normal and homely.  Martin picked up BSL remarkably quickly – unlike his character Dr Watson.”
What Most People Don't Know About Sign Language
As the daughter of a deaf father and a hard-of-hearing mother, I was raised on American Sign Language. That doesn't mean I can understand any other versions.
By Lilit Marcus

And that’s one of the biggest problems with educating people about the Deaf community — simply saying “sign language” isn’t sufficient. It’s like saying a movie’s dialogue was “in Asian.” It has simply never occurred to most people that deaf people in different countries might communicate in different languages, even though hearing people in those different countries can’t communicate with each other. I make a point of saying “I know American Sign Language” to people, which means that at least half the time the follow-up comment is “Wait, so there are other ones?”

Senate Says Cities Can’t Ban Pit Bulls, Other Dog Breeds

[Sen. Ellis] Black says a dog should be judged by its behavior alone.

“You can find vicious dogs among just about every breed, and no one particular breed is exempt from having dogs that have good dispositions and very faithful companions,” says Black, ‘‘and it would be unjust to condemn these dogs just simply because of their genetics.”

Props, Georgia!

Doctor Who - Under the Lake: Cass

Meet Sophie Stone. She was the first deaf person to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. All sign language in this episode is 100% accurate British Sign Language and this makes me very happy!

Coming from a background where deaf people are seen as disabled, it was lovely to see a main character - scratch that, a leader of a ship! being a deaf character with an interpreter.

Cass had a very important role to play in the episode which helped the story fit together well. All in all, I’d like to say a big well done to Sophie Stone, Zaqi Ismail (her interpreter Lunn) and the BBC.

Good job! :)
Britain's first baby to be registered with a sign name

A really neat video from BSL Zone about Britain’s first baby to be registered with a sign name on her birth certificate. (Video won’t embed, but you can view it at the link.)

From a description on Mental Floss

Parents tend to give their children names in their own languages. What could be more natural? When Tomato Lichy and Paula Garfield, a British couple who are both Deaf (the capital “D” indicates that Deaf is a cultural identity), were about to have their second child, they began to look into whether it was possible to give their baby, legally, a sign name.

A sign name is not just an English name spelled out with the fingers. While Deaf people do have English names, which can be written, spelled out, or mouthed, they use signs, created specially for individuals, to refer to each other within their own community.


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Ray (SH) and Mixy (JW)
Hundreds march in Montreal to protest pit bull ban
Protestors called for tougher penalties for irresponsible owners and enforcement of existing regulations.

Hundreds of two-and-four-legged Montrealers took part in a march on Saturday to protest bans on pit bulls and other legislation that targets specific dog breeds.

The event was part of a wider global day of action against breed-specific legislation, with events also planned in other cities across Canada and worldwide.

But event organizer Dana Hyde said this year’s march has special significance in Montreal because the city’s mayor has announced plans to ban pit bulls and other breeds deemed to be dangerous beginning in September.

Hyde believes breed bans are unfair and don’t reduce dog bites.

“You’re targeting the wrong end of the leash,” she said. “You have to go after the people, not the dog.”

Hyde and many of Saturday’s protesters called for tougher penalties for irresponsible owners and enforcement of existing regulations including leashing and licensing.

“If you look at any scientific studies, they show no dog is born inherently dangerous,” she said. “It’s the environment and upbringing that make the dog.”

Other marchers called for providing education and training for both dog owners and the public.

The issue of banning pit bulls in Quebec has raged as of late after several attacks, with one causing a fatality involving a 55-year-old Montreal woman.

Quebec City and Brossard announced municipal bans, and Premier Philippe Couillard has said his government is likely to follow Ontario’s example and take province-wide action.

Ontario banned the breed in 2005, but doesn’t know whether the ban has reduced dog bites because data isn’t collected at the provincial level.

Some other Canadian cities, including Winnipeg, have banned the breed.

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