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Mafia / Mafia mafia day 6
It's almost inevitable that nostrum turned up dead last night. Another damned car bomb. Yet another poor Secondigliano street criminal who probably wasn't a good person, but still didn't deserve what happened to her. Nostrum was town.



Day 6 ends noon MST Tuesday 14 November.

Alive
peppermint butler
gib
LD
nostrum
timewave
rachmarie

borealis
mikeS
valor
nesb
divagreen

ksen
magicziggy
rho
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Mafia / Mafia mafia day 5
In the flaming wreckage of another car, you find gib's earthly remains. Gib was Cosimo di LAuro, and de facto head of the di Lauro clan now that Paulo di Lauro is dead. Gib was able to send his people to kill one target each night, making him the town vigilante.



Day 5 ends noon MST Saturday 11 November.

Alive
peppermint butler
gib
LD

nostrum
timewave
rachmarie

borealis
mikeS
valor
nesb
divagreen

ksen
magicziggy
rho
3
Mafia / Mafia mafia day 4
Quite the uneventful night last night. Has the Scampia feud ended? That can't be all. Better look around to be certain.


Day 4 ends noon MST Thursday 9 November.

Alive
peppermint butler
gib
LD
nostrum
timewave
rachmarie

borealis
mikeS
valor
nesb
divagreen

ksen
magicziggy
rho
4
Mafia / Mafia mafia day 3
Another bloody night in Secondigliano. nesb, another low-level dealer, got wasted when his car exploded. No one really thought he was going anywhere, but no one cheered harder for Napoli. Poor kid, you can't imagine who thought he'd deserved a fuckin carbomb. Just another town kid turning up dead. Che cazzo.

And then you find Rho's body. He looks familiar. It's that figlio di puta Vincenzo Pariente, head of the Pariante family, and Don of the Scissionisti scum. You can bet there will be revenge for this,

Day 3 ends noon MST Tuesday 7 November.

Alive
peppermint butler
gib
LD

nostrum
timewave
rachmarie
borealis
mikeS
valor
nesb
divagreen

ksen
magicziggy
rho
5
Mafia / Mafia mafia Day 2
It's been a bloody night. LD turns up with a few bullets in him. Poor kid. You knew him. He was just some gutter punk from Secondigliano. You hang out with his cousin. Shit, he didn't do anything to anyone. He was town.

On top of that, MagicZiggy's car exploded with him in it. Targeted hit. MagicZiggy was Raffaele Abbinate, head of the Abbinate family. With his death, the Abbinate family is in turmoil and won't be able to pay visits to anyone anymore. MagicZiggy was the town roleblocker.

Day 2 ends noon MST Sunday 5 November.

Alive
peppermint butler
gib
LD
nostrum
timewave
rachmarie
borealis
mikeS
valor
nesb
divagreen
ksen
magicziggy
rho
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Mafia / Mafia mafia Day 1
Ah! Napoli! The sea! The sun! The history! The volcano! The pizza!



Fuck it, though, you live in Secondigliano:



People who come around Secondigliano come looking for one of two things. Cocaine, or trouble. You're Secondigliani. You're fuckin' Camorra. Whatever they come looking for, you've got it. Carabinieri don't come here. You fucking run this place. And now these fucking figli di pute think they can fuck with your Secondigliano? Think they can fuck with la Alleanza?

Root out these Scissionisti. And anyone fucking else who thinks they can fuck with the fucking Alleanza. Day 1 ends 9 AM MST Friday 2 November.

Alive
peppermint butler
gib
LD
nostrum
timewave
rachmarie
borealis
mikeS
valor
nesb
divagreen
ksen
magicziggy
rho

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Mafia / Mafia mafia signup
This is exactly what you think it is.

Get signed up. I want at least 14-15 people.
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Mafia / Trump Mafia Day 6
You wake up to find that Borealis made the New York Times. Apparently that defense she ran for Trump on the dead soldier thing turned into a big debacle. Who'd have thought defending Trump would ruin her career? Besides everyone, I mean.



Borealis was General John Kelly, and town.

Alive:
MikeS
borealis
Nostrum
gib
testy

timewave
LD
bilirubin
valor
ksen

peppermintbutler
rachmarie
Divagreen
nesb

Day ends at 9:00 AM MT Tuesday morning.
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Mafia / Trump Mafia Day 5
You wake up to a NY Times profile piece on rachmarie claiming that she's the real power behind the throne. Of course that's not acceptable to Trump, so he spends the morning stomping around and tweeting angrily. Eventually everyone agrees that it'd be best if she steps down. You don't find rachmarie, but you do find the decaying skin suit rachmarie has been wearing



Rachmarie is the thing living inside Steve Bannon. Her Breitbart network was never real journalism, making her the naive seer.

Alive:
MikeS
borealis
Nostrum
gib
testy

timewave
LD
bilirubin
valor
ksen

pepermintbutler
rachmarie
Divagreen
nesb

Day ends at 9:00 AM MT Sunday morning.
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Mafia / Trump Mafia Day 4
It's almost a surprise that Valor went as long as he did without getting embroiled in scandal, given his penchant for retweeting white supremacists and total lack of self-awareness. But from the Washington Post exposé this morning, it seems he had some pretty in-depth communications directly with the Russians.. So while Valor may say this:



in public, he's lying. He never learned anything from anyone.

Valor was Don Jr.. His illicit communications with the Russians allowed him to interfere with other members of the administration during the night. He was the town blocker.

Alive:
MikeS
borealis
Nostrum
gib
testy

timewave
LD
bilirubin
valor

ksen
pepermintbutler
rachmarie
Divagreen
nesb

Day ends at 9:00 AM MT Friday morning.
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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.
14
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

Quote
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

Quote
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

Quote
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