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Mafia / Trump Mafia Day 3
Morning of Day 3 of the Trump Administration. All is going swimmingly. Trump went all night without tweeting, and the New York Times, at the top of the newspaper pile, has a nice article about puppies on the front cover. Perfect. So you pull out the Washington Post and...

oh.

Seems like Nostrum has been wasting millions of dollars of taxpayer money hiring charter planes to fly herself and her wife around for vacation. You can't tell which is worse: that Nostrum just got caught wasting taxpayer money, or that Nostrum doesn't even own her own private plane. What a loser!



Nostrum was Tom Price, secretary of health and human services. She was town

Alive:
MikeS
borealis
Nostrum
gib
testy

timewave
LD
bilirubin
valor
ksen
pepermintbutler
rachmarie
Divagreen
nesb

Day ends at 9:00 AM MT Wednesday morning.
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Mafia / Trump Mafia Day 2
You wake up to a scandalous NY Times expose (front cover!) with Gib's face front and center. Apparently Gib was caught in a lie too big. He MUST be fired, he got more press than Trump!



Gib was Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, and vanilla town.


But wait! There's more!

There's a story on the cover of the Washington Post, too! It's Testy Calibrate!

How could anyone, anyone think that this doddering old fool was doing anything wrong? Well, it seems he was siphoning money our of the housing commission to fund the building of new pyramids to store grain. Scandal city!

But everyone misjudged Testy, too. He may have seemed dumb as a brick, but he was still pissed as hell about the primaries. No one would have expected the doddering old man in Housing to be the head leaker, but...



Testy was Ben Carson, the scum don.

Alive:
MikeS
borealis
Nostrum
gib
testy
timewave
LD
bilirubin
valor
ksen
pepermintbutler
rachmarie
Divagreen
nesb

Day ends at 9:00 PM MT Sunday night.
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Mafia / Trump Mafia Day 1
You did it! You sleazed, bribed, and bullshitted your way into the most powerful position in the world. Now you have to govern. But how can you do that when people inside the White House, inside your own cabinet keep leaking to the press? Someone's got to root out all the leaking scum, before the whole thing goes down in flames!

Pick your mayor and vote for lynch. Day ends at 9:00 AM MT Thursday, October 12.

Alive:
MikeS
borealis
Nostrum
gib
testy
timewave
LD
bilirubin
valor
ksen
pepermintbutler
rachmarie
Divagreen
nesb
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Mafia / Trump Cabinet Mafia Signup
This is gonna be an awesome theme and by awesome I mean funny until you realize it's real life, and we're all gonna want to cry.  :stareicide:
Sign up. I want at least 12 people. Figure the game will start in a week, give or take.
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New big paper:

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0183345

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Preceramic human skeletal remains preserved in submerged caves near Tulum in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, reveal conflicting results regarding 14C dating. Here we use U-series techniques for dating a stalagmite overgrowing the pelvis of a human skeleton discovered in the submerged Chan Hol cave. The oldest closed system U/Th age comes from around 21 mm above the pelvis defining the terminus ante quem for the pelvis to 11311±370 y BP. However, the skeleton might be considerable older, probably as old as 13 ky BP as indicated by the speleothem stable isotope data. The Chan Hol individual confirms a late Pleistocene settling of Mesoamerica and represents one of the oldest human osteological remains in America.

Cool pictures too.
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For really real:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/aug/06/mexico-considers-importing-avocados-as-global-demand-drives-up-prices

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But in Mexico, the world's biggest producer, what used to be a dietary staple is now too expensive for many ordinary consumers. And, now the country where the avocado is believe to have originated is considering the unthinkable: importing avocados from abroad.

This is what happens when "avocado toast lololol" becomes a trend, I guess.
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Science / early tetrapods got weird
some dummies wrote a paper:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature22966.html

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Phylogenetic analysis of early tetrapod evolution has resulted in a consensus across diverse data sets1, 2, 3 in which the tetrapod stem group is a relatively homogenous collection of medium- to large-sized animals showing a progressive loss of 'fish' characters as they become increasingly terrestrial4, 5, whereas the crown group demonstrates marked morphological diversity and disparity6. The oldest fossil attributed to the tetrapod crown group is the highly specialized aïstopod Lethiscus stocki7, 8, which shows a small size, extreme axial elongation, loss of limbs, spool-shaped vertebral centra, and a skull with reduced centres of ossification, in common with an otherwise disparate group of small animals known as lepospondyls. Here we use micro-computed tomography of the only known specimen of Lethiscus to provide new information that strongly challenges this consensus. Digital dissection reveals extremely primitive cranial morphology, including a spiracular notch, a large remnant of the notochord within the braincase, an open ventral cranial fissure, an anteriorly restricted parasphenoid element, and Meckelian ossifications. The braincase is elongate and lies atop a dorsally projecting septum of the parasphenoid bone, similar to stem tetrapods such as embolomeres. This morphology is consistent in a second aïstopod, Coloraderpeton, although the details differ. Phylogenetic analysis, including critical new braincase data, places aïstopods deep on the tetrapod stem, whereas another major lepospondyl lineage is displaced into the amniotes. These results show that stem group tetrapods were much more diverse in their body plans than previously thought. Our study requires a change in commonly used calibration dates for molecular analyses, and emphasizes the importance of character sampling for early tetrapod evolutionary relationships.
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Big ransomware thing hit globally today. Really fucked the British health care system:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/live/2017/may/12/england-hospitals-cyber-attack-nhs-live-updates

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I can't see how there's a legitimate reason for this:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-airlines-electronics-ban-idUSKBN1862QS

Seems like the goal is to make travel increasingly unpleasant.
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https://www.nature.com/nm/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nm.4311.html

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The balance between detrimental, pro-aging, often stochastic processes and counteracting homeostatic mechanisms largely determines the progression of aging. There is substantial evidence suggesting that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is part of the latter system because it modulates the physiological processes underlying aging1, 2. The activity of the ECS declines during aging, as CB1 receptor expression and coupling to G proteins are reduced in the brain tissues of older animals3, 4, 5 and the levels of the major endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) are lower6. However, a direct link between endocannabinoid tone and aging symptoms has not been demonstrated. Here we show that a low dose of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) reversed the age-related decline in cognitive performance of mice aged 12 and 18 months. This behavioral effect was accompanied by enhanced expression of synaptic marker proteins and increased hippocampal spine density. THC treatment restored hippocampal gene transcription patterns such that the expression profiles of THC-treated mice aged 12 months closely resembled those of THC-free animals aged 2 months. The transcriptional effects of THC were critically dependent on glutamatergic CB1 receptors and histone acetylation, as their inhibition blocked the beneficial effects of THC. Thus, restoration of CB1 signaling in old individuals could be an effective strategy to treat age-related cognitive impairments.
:gib:
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Politics and Current Events / thanks obama
Turns out the US has not been in compliance with mutual visa-less entry for five EU countries, so guess what, now we need visas to travel to Europe.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/europe-visa-free-travel-americans-european-parliament-vote-a7609406.html

This is the sort of situation which could be handled with careful diplomacy, but we're living under a Trump presidency, so guess that's not gonna happen.

Fuck just fuck.
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Seems that Trump will be welcoming one of his Mexican business partners to the US.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-crime-idUSKBN153385
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Politics and Current Events / JCC bomb threats
I tried to think of something catchy to say but I'm all irony-ed out. This is week two or three of this. Some of these JCCs are places that friends and family of mine use. Not sure if this is just some asshole prankster or if this is meant to make people ignore bomb threats so that no one will notice a bomb until it's too late.

http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.765875
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Politics and Current Events / warning signs in Canada
Trudeau is under investigation for ethics breaches:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ethics-watchdog-trudeau-aga-khan-1.3937269

This could get worrisome if it leads to a power vacuum.
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http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/01/15/509895837/end-of-wet-foot-dry-foot-means-cubans-can-join-ranks-of-the-undocumented

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This is because of the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which since 1995 has granted Cubans who touch American soil a privilege not afforded other immigrants who come without a visa: the right to stay and get on a fast-track to citizenship.

This special treatment ended this week when, in the final days of his administration, President Barack Obama announced an abrupt end to the policy, a capstone to his two-year-old effort to reestablish relations with Cuba. Effective immediately, Cubans arriving on U.S. soil without a visa will be treated just like any other immigrant. They will be turned away.

This does not mean Cubans will stop coming.

"What it means," said Florida International University political scientist Eduardo Gamarra, "is that for the first time, we're going to have undocumented Cubans. And how the Cuban community responds to that is going to be very interesting."
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Arts and Entertainment / Handmaid's Tale
I know the book is a modern classic and all, but is this better or worse than the other Nazis-take-over -america TV show, wassitcalled...the news?
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Politics and Current Events / Electorgate
Ok someone explain this newest lawsuit claiming over 50 Trump electors were illegally seated
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Russian military transport headed towards Syria just went down over the Black Sea. No reports yet of terrorism, but let's be real.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/25/russian-military-plane-missing-in-black-sea-with-up-to-100-on-board-report-says
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http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/22/504031635/you-say-you-re-an-american-but-what-if-you-had-to-prove-it-or-be-deported

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It's illegal for U.S. immigration authorities to hold Americans in detention.

However, an NPR analysis of data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request shows that hundreds of American citizens each year find themselves in a situation similar to Palma's. Those data show that from 2007 through July of last year, 693 U.S. citizens 1 were held in local jails on federal detainers -- in other words, at the request of immigration officials. And 818 more Americans 2 were held in immigration detention centers during that same time frame, according to data obtained through a separate FOIA request by Northwestern University professor Jacqueline Stevens and analyzed by NPR.

To be sure, the numbers represent a tiny percentage of all the cases reviewed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but advocates say holding even a single U.S. citizen should not be tolerated.

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Science / that protostome-deuterostome thing
New cool developmental evidence suggesting it's more complex than you'd think:

http://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-016-0005

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The mouth opening of bilaterian animals develops either separate from (deuterostomy) or connected to (protostomy) the embryonic blastopore, the site of endomesoderm internalization. Although this distinction preluded the classification of bilaterian animals in Deuterostomia and Protostomia, and has influenced major scenarios of bilaterian evolution, the developmental basis for the appearance of these different embryonic patterns remains unclear. To identify the underlying mechanisms, we compared the development of two brachiopod species that show deuterostomy (Novocrania anomala) and protostomy (Terebratalia transversa), respectively. We show that the differential activity of Wnt signalling, together with the timing and location of mesoderm formation, correlate with the differential behaviour and fate of the blastopore. We further assess these principles in the spiral-cleaving group Annelida, and propose that the developmental relationships of mouth and blastoporal openings are secondary by-products of variations in axial and mesoderm development. This challenges the previous evolutionary emphasis on extant blastoporal behaviours to explain the origin and diversification of bilaterian animals.

Neat stuff.
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Well, chimp's but...

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0165357

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For social species such as primates, the recognition of conspecifics is crucial for their survival. As demonstrated by the 'face inversion effect', humans are experts in recognizing faces and unlike objects, recognize their identity by processing it configurally. The human face, with its distinct features such as eye-whites, eyebrows, red lips and cheeks signals emotions, intentions, health and sexual attraction and, as we will show here, shares important features with the primate behind. Chimpanzee females show a swelling and reddening of the anogenital region around the time of ovulation. This provides an important socio-sexual signal for group members, who can identify individuals by their behinds. We hypothesized that chimpanzees process behinds configurally in a way humans process faces. In four different delayed matching-to-sample tasks with upright and inverted body parts, we show that humans demonstrate a face, but not a behind inversion effect and that chimpanzees show a behind, but no clear face inversion effect. The findings suggest an evolutionary shift in socio-sexual signalling function from behinds to faces, two hairless, symmetrical and attractive body parts, which might have attuned the human brain to process faces, and the human face to become more behind-like.
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Arts and Entertainment / Westworld
because TWD has jumped the shark