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    In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall on the 18th of June, 1969. I would like to bring to this community my version of Pride and what it means. In this thread I welcome open discussion, whether you agree or otherwise. I ask that you please remain civil, but feel free to express your opinions here and ask questions any questions you like. I'd like to start off with a trip back in time through a wonderful viDoc provided by NBC "Stonewall 50: The Revolution" a two part series running approx. 22 mins. It covers the history of queer and gay activism dating back to the 1920's. "I hope that out of all the attention being given to Stonewall on this 50th anniversary, that people learn that Stonewall was not the start of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. That it was a key turning point." - Eric Marcus, author of Making Gay History. This documentary quickly covers the history of gay rights movements, discrimination, and how we as a people have come to where we are today in the United States. Focusing on history such as drag balls in the 1920's, Pansy raids and the campy repartee, the end of the prohibition era, and further on. "The first thing they did in New York, when they legalized the consumption of alcohol again was to establish the state liquor authority, and from the very beginning it said a place could not become disorderly. And they ruled that the simple presence of gender queers or homosexuals made a place disorderly. So the state itself ruled that it could not serve or employee a homosexual or gender queer, or even let them assemble. And so gay bars became illegal. Now there continued to be gay bars, but they were forced to depend upon the criminal syndicates to give them protection from the police, and usually paying off a local officer. This was an effort to push queers out of it ... to make them invisible." From Wikipedia on the Stonewall Riots: "Gay Americans in the 1950's and 1960's faced an anti-gay legal system. Illinois decriminalized sodomy in 1961, but at the time of the Stonewall riots every other state criminalized homosexual acts, even between consenting adults acting in private homes. "An adult convicted of the crime of having sex with another consenting adult in the privacy of his or her home could get anywhere from a light fine to five, ten, or twenty years—or even life—in prison. In 1971, twenty states had 'sex psychopath' laws that permitted the detaining of homosexuals for that reason alone. In Pennsylvania and California sex offenders could be committed to a psychiatric institution for life, and [in] seven states they could be castrated." (Carter, p. 15) Through the 1950's and 1960's, castration, emetics, hypnosis, electroshock therapy, and lobotomies were used by psychiatrists to try to "cure" homosexuals. The last years of the 1960's, however, were very contentious, as many social/political movements were active, including the civil rights movement, the counterculture of the 1960s, and the anti-Vietnam War movement. These influences, along with the liberal environment of Greenwich Village, served as catalysts for the Stonewall riots. Very few establishments welcomed openly gay people in the 1950's and 1960's. Those that did were often bars, although bar owners and managers were rarely gay. At the time, the Stonewall Inn was owned by the Mafia. It catered to an assortment of patrons and was known to be popular among the poorest and most marginalized people in the gay community: drag-queens, transgender people, effeminate young men, butch lesbians, male prostitutes, and homeless youth. Police raids on gay bars were routine in the 1960's, but officers quickly lost control of the situation at the Stonewall Inn. Tensions between New York City Police and gay residents of Greenwich Village erupted into more protests the next evening, and again several nights later. Within weeks, Village residents quickly organized into activist groups to concentrate efforts on establishing places for gays and lesbians to be open about their sexual orientation without fear of being arrested." The first Gay Pride marches took place one year later on the anniversary of the raid. The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world. If you have the time and want more insight into queer culture I highly recommend watching Paris Is Burning, which you can find on Netflix. "Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. Some critics consider the film to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls, and a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America." It has a lot of pop culture references that we utilize today in the queer community, you'll notice a lot of them if you're a fan of RuPaul's Drag Race. We coin a lot of our iconic turns and phrases from this era and specifically this viDoc. It's a wonderful representation of the gay community during the trying times of the AIDS crisis, and police brutality. An insight into yesteryear, and a guideline to how we've evolved our culture over the years. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Unfortunately 50 years later and we're still having problems in the queer community. Since Obergefell v. Hodges just two days before the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we were granted the legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states. While this is an amazing accomplishment within the community, we still have an uphill battle to fight. Hate crimes against LGBT individuals are still shockingly prevalent across the country. In 2015, nearly one in five hate crimes committed in the US was due to sexual orientation, and another 2% of crimes were committed because of gender identity. There has been an epidemic of violent crime against transgender individuals, particularly trans women of color, in recent years, including eight who have been killed just this year. Trans women of color are among the most vulnerable minorities in the country, fighting against racism, sexism, transphobia, and, frequently, poverty, putting them at higher risk for violence. Still, 15 states across the country do not include gender or sexual identity under their hate crime laws, another 13 states only cover sexual orientation, and four states have no hate crime laws at all. Which brings me to this wonderful video created by Jubilee. Adoption non-discrimination laws protect LGBT parents from discrimination by adoption agencies and officials. Some states permit state-licensed child welfare agencies to refuse to place and provide services to children and families, including LGBT people and same-sex couples, if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs. Only 28% of LGBT population lives in states where state law explicitly prohibits discrimination in adoption based on both sexual orientation and gender identity. "Families don't have to match. You don't have to look like someone else to love them." — Leigh Anne Tuohy Conversion therapy laws prohibit licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting LGBT minors to harmful "conversion therapy" practices that attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. These laws do not restrict the practice among religious providers. We still have thirty-six states that have no laws surrounding these practices. There is a wonderful memoir from Garrard Conley titled Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family. Giving an insider's perspective and opinions on the going's on inside these "therapies". It was also popularized as a movie: In most states, gay and trans individuals can be fired from their job on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. That means that regardless of job performance or ability, a person can lose their job if their boss finds out about and disagrees with their identity. The lack of protections force individuals to remain in the closet, guarding the secrets of who they are, in order to earn a living. That problem is compounded when LGBT people can be also legally be denied housing based on their identities. But across America, that is the reality for many gay and trans citizens. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development reported in 2013 that same sex couples experience unfavorable treatment in renting homes online, and there are still 28 states where housing discrimination is legal. LGBT youth are more likely to have health issues because of substance abuse and mental health issues, and trans individuals can face discrimination from health insurers simply for identifying as trans. In 37 states, insurance companies can discriminate based on sexual and gender identity. Queer individuals face high rates of discrimination in prison, where trans inmates have a particularly grueling history of abuse, including being put in solitary confinement allegedly for their own protection. The US prison population has twice the number of LGBT individuals as the non-incarcerated population (8% vs 4%), suggesting that LGBT individuals are over-represented in jails, and the number is even higher for those in juvenile detention (20%). About 40% of homeless youth in America identify as LGBT and often end up on the streets because they are rejected by their family members. There, young gay, lesbian, bi, and trans kids are more likely to face violence, end up in danger or participate in crime, and encounter trauma that can affect their entire lives. A stunning 41% of trans adults have reported attempting suicide, followed by 10% to 20% of LGBT adults, according to The Williams Institute. The rate for the rest of the population hovers around 4%. America has come a long way in protecting the rights of gay, bi, and trans citizens, but there’s still work to do. This June, let’s remember to start with acceptance.
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    MadCast: Pushover

    Highlights Thread

    https://streamable.com/mxr55 Pretty glad I timed the ult correctly. EDIT: Also, where would we be without my unparalleled escaping skills:
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    Path of Exile's new league Legion is a huge melee rework and a bunch of new content. This new league starts on June 7th and I'm placing links below, for people who want to check out the game, the resources and start working on a build or figuring out something works. Anyone who has questions feel free to pm me or @MadCast: A1C_Ju in discord or here in this post. Going to be making an official in-game MadCast guild so that anyone who plays has a place to come and play with others and learn the game. Resource links: Legion Trailer Path of Exile Main Page Path of Exile Reddit Page Path of Exile Wiki Page Path of Exile Trade Site Path of Exile Item Mod Database Path of Building - Offline Build Planner Download GGG post tracker - Keep's you up to date on developers' posts
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    MadCast: Baal

    Marvel or DC and why?

    Honestly, it depends on the author. Depending on who is writing for either one at any given time, I will swap allegiances. The same is true, albeit to a much lesser extent, with artists/inkers.
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    June, Pride month, in the office like:
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    I ate only half a Tombstone pizza last night instead of a full one, now if only I could motivate myself to actively work that half off... All jokes aside, as quite a few people know, I'm a cook and I just transitioned to a new job a couple weeks ago and I've had some long days and nights, and I'm just glad that I found somewhere that is mildly stress free and the people I work with are way cooler than what I'm normally used to. DSO and I had talked about this before, and it makes a huge difference, so I'm happy today to enjoy my three days off because I'm not dreading going back to work after the three days are over....
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    I am 24 years old and have been active duty in the Air Force for 6 1/2 years. I have never once voted and here’s why. I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils. No candidates I fully support have made it far enough for me to vote for. Example in the last presidential election I supported Dr. Ben Carson, has he made it all the way I would have voted and voted for him. Since he didn’t and I did not fully support either candidate I did not vote. I 100% believe voting or choosing not to vote is your individual right not a responsibility but I also agree with the philosophy of if you don’t vote you don’t get to bitch about the officials in office.
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    Just got my math final exam back and it's 100%! Passed that class with a 99.3%, and math has always been my worst subject, so I'm extremely proud of this! Also, I'm probably keeping my 4.0 this semester, too. The stress was all worth it! What have you guys been up to lately? I want to read some small or large victories that deserve recognition!!!!
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    I'm pleased to announce that the prizing for the tournament is a $10 RP card for each member of the winning team! Good luck everyone!
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    I think I prefer Marvel for superheroes and DC for villains, as a general rule. There are some exceptions, for I really, really hate Cap. America and Magneto is an awesome villain, but I think overall Marvel superheroes are more interesting and DC villains are just better thought out and more fun to hate.
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    Thanks everyone! Glad I can contribute by flaming Namflow providing feedback.
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    *Days Later* Mansu sat in his modest room running a finger over the still-raw wound. Batosu's wealth had done nothing to dull his skill, and the indignity of the man to not press the kill stung much more than the filthy stitches. The Anger wrapped around his consciousness, demanding suffering. Mansu brushed a knot of greasy hair out of his eyes and ran a preening hand through his bedraggled beard. Sacrifice. Scales must be balanced, both in the merchant's shop and within the windswept wills of the Kami. Loss must be acknowledged with tribute, and victory needs must bring reward. I am enacting what is known as GM Fiat. To spice things up, Mansu is demanding that one of his disciples (either of their own choosing, or Mansu's decision if a volunteer does not present) disavow their adherence to the Toten and plead with Batosu (Khaos) to join Clan Nanten. Any Victory Points said player has accrued will be deducted from Clan Toten and rewarded to Clan Nanten. This might be an event that figures into a backstory or motivation for a character in Phase 2. Not honor, Mansu thought to himself. Not honor. Necessity demanded this, lest the Anger wrest more control of his mind.
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    Darren Coach is no longer a member of our community. I could probably help you at some point to review your gameplay. I would also try to come to League of Learning, which takes place each Thursday at 9 PM eastern. It's a weekly event where we get together to play some games and review them after.
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    Depends on your ranking in the hierarchy of the pedantry club.
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    Hello everyone. I have made some changes to our Discord Server. If you want to continue to use our server to your best benefit, please read this thread. You might notice that some of the Discord chats have gone missing on you. This is intended. All text channels on this server have now been made private, and accessible on an opt-in basis. We currently have 19 text channels on our server. Some that you could see before, others that were minimized by role subscription. We have now enabled role subscription to the entire server. This is to combat both the clutter caused by these text channels, and the ability of bots to attack our public text channels. This requires some action on your part in order to continue participating in our server's text channels. In order for you to see a game or section's text channels: you must opt-in to the proper role. You can do so by heading to the #welcome channel and reacting to the first post with the proper emoji. These emojis correspond to each section and will allow you to participate in those sections once used. You will not be able to participate in text chats if you are not subscribed. Once you have found the first post in the #welcome chat, you can subscribe to a role by selecting the corresponding emoji. You can also unsubscribe by removing your reaction emoji. For example: if you react to my post in the #welcome chat with the GEN emoji, you will be awarded the General role. This will give you access to all of our basic text chats. If you have feedback with this new system, please share any you might have below. If you are having issues operating our Discord and require assistance, please contact any Ranking Full Members, Senior Full Members, or Staff in that order. Thank you.
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    MadCast: Baal

    Nifty Car Stuff

    So, I don't know how many of you are car guys/gals, but I rediscovered one of my old favorite series. "Roadkill," if you aren't familiar, is a program done by a couple guys from Hot Rod magazine, where they take absolute shit vehicles and make them do things they shouldn't, with mixed results. I recommend anybody with a passing interest in cars check it out. I have a short clip here of an old Ford F6 with a shortened frame and a rear mounted engine standing almost completely up. Enjoy. Also, I figured this would be a good spot for the more mechanically minded MadCasters to congregate and share ideas, projects and stories.
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    Just a friendly reminder: Celebrating Pride month is giving to queer not selling to queer. Creating products with rainbows on it for queer and trans people to buy isn't celebrating pride month.
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    Just thought I'd share a creation born of one of my hobbies. I still have a lot to learn and refine but this was a huge help in that it gave me practice and showed me what not to do next time. I made a closed box with a foam insert that has fiber optic poking through it to produce a couple star constellations. It has a motor inside with a clear textured plate that rotates to create a shimmering effect for the stars. There are 2 color lights (blue and white) to highlight the constellations and set them apart from the regular stars. Here are a few pictures of the final product. this one is a bit crappy because its in the dark and my phone doesn't like the dark but you get the idea.
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    Tell me Loki my lad, do you put pineapple in a Greek salad? A good Greek Salad is composed of a sound, simple dressing, Cucumber, olives, Tomatoes, and onions. Cucumbers, olives and Tomatoes are technically fruits, yes, but to quote Miles Kington, "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Shall I now put tomatoes, cucumbers and olives in a fruit salad with other things such as strawberries, melon and blueberries?
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    MadCast: Dez

    Celebrating Pride

    Thanks for sharing Double!!! I'm going to watch Boy Erased soon! wig
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    Well fucking done man.
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    Hello All! For the past several weeks, myself and @MadCast: Chibiushi have been working diligently to create a re-imagining of the old Mimic modpack from ages past. After a lot of testing and help from @MadCast Maday and @MadCast: Soupcup It has finally been approved by curseforge! So we bring to you the very very beta version of what we have been working on. We are hoping that this very public facing modpack can help bring more attention to our community as a whole, and bring a ton of fun to our community in general. The modpack can be found on curseforge at: https://minecraft.curseforge.com/projects/mimic-modpack We recommend at least 8 GB of ram assigned to this. (Instructions on how to set this all up and get the best performance out of it will be coming soon!) With this release, we have some requests of the community. Please help! There is a ton of stuff we can do to help promote this pack and make it better, but me and Chibi can't do it all ourselves. We have a few things that could use some custom graphics, such as a main menu! (https://minecraft.curseforge.com/projects/custom-main-menu) and perhaps a slightly different icon for the pack itself! (I have ideas, I'm just terrible at art stuff). We could also use some content creators. If anyone wants to do some let's play style videos, or want to help write up some guides to mods or come up with some cool interactions between different mods. There's tons of ways to help grow the pack, so if you want to help, please do not hesitate to let me know! Mimic Modpack Installation instructions: https://www.madcastgaming.com/ips/forums/topic/25920-installing-mimic-using-twitch-app-or-multimc/ Mimic Modpack Issue Tracker: https://github.com/JigglesTheFett/MimicModpack/issues Server information/Rules: https://www.madcastgaming.com/ips/forums/topic/25919-mimic-server-informationrules/ Server Whitelist Thread: https://www.madcastgaming.com/ips/forums/topic/25921-mimic-modpack-server-whitelist-thread/
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    Conversation started in the SFM Election thread and I figured I'd make it into its own thing. I have always viewed voting on any official in any capacity to be more of a responsibility than a right. Outside of rare cases, not voting only says that you don't care enough to vote, and I have no time for you.  It has also always been my view that if you don't vote, you have no right to complain about any elected official. Fight Me
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    Remember that League of Learning is tonight. Hope to see you there!
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    MadCast: narucabra

    Marvel or DC and why?

    Personally I feel these 2 are really just opposite sides of the same coin. With DC their heroes fall flat for me never completely horrible but often uninspired however the company really shines through it's villains. Good heroes : John Constantine | Booster Gold I'm a sucker for a tortured soul or an irreverent joke the 2 listed above fill those needs pretty well for me Batman isn't a bad fit but a little overspun at this point relying to heavily on his rogues gallery to stay entertaining. and Man-Bat good joke bad spin off to emphasize the point. low hanging fruit heroes : Superman | Green Arrow Superman the alien prince charming feels more alien in its aim to be such a perfect human that actual humans kinda just suck. He goes right up there with South park Cartman's Ninja persona Balrog, "my super power is to have all the super powers" Green arrow : how many times are we going to recycle the " I'm a billionaire vigilante" Gave batman a pass on this as a progenitor of the trope. Conversely I find the opposite to be true with Marvel. The heroes are empathetic and enticing however with limited exceptions the villains often come off as a monster of the week antagonist that even Elvira would be ripping on at least when compared to their DC counterparts. Favorites: Howard the Duck | Gwenpool Weak heroes: Scott Summers (cyclops) | Morph Scott Summers not a terrible character but the unwaveringly Lawful/stupi... I mean good lawful/good approach just grinds on me and Morph a quirky funny personality slapped on a Megaman power base of I shape shift into you and get your powers is pretty uninspired (Lets just fuse mystique and rogue and see what we get). Still There are also some prime Heroes from smaller labels like Image and Dark Horse Honorable mentions: Hellboy (dark horse) Spawn (Image) Bra-Man ( Blind Ferret)
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    Marvel: Spiderman | X-Men DC: Batman Rest of it I don't really go out of my way for, but I do really enjoy Marvel movies. They're lighthearted and fun, while DC I've not enjoyed anything from then since Wonder Woman, and before that it was Heath Ledger's Joker.
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    Mika has been my most recent gaming music obsession, such positive vibes to just jam out to.
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    i'll jump in and i think @MadCast: Silencer is playing again
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    This movie is absolutely amazing. Will try to be there, but I'm not 100% sure I can make it.
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    Thanks! I had been meaning to watch this trailer!
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    By proclaim of you majesty Zubon, @MadCast: QuantaMentat kneecaps have been eliminated. Unfortunatly this wasn't enough to kill him, as he survive with wounded status.
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    Outstanding! I'll make sure to be on hand. I am eager to help motivated FMs achieve their goals. I want to make sure that everyone's thought and effort in this regard are given every chance of fruition.
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    They are all three same thing. Some mixture of batter cooked and smothered in sweetness
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    I'll be around.
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    Alright, let me relate a story then. While I was on deployment in Iraq, I didn't have time to learn about the issues, or form informed opinions about the candidates running, both for PM and in my local (where my legal place of residence was). I was still asked to vote by my OC, I chose not to because I didn't have a sufficient knowledge of the party manifestos, do I have the ability to complain without coming off as whining?
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    MadCast: Dez

    MadCast Growth Team

    Love it. Thanks Prince! I'll be there.
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    MadCast: Dez

    New to Rocket League?

    Ya, I think I'm sold on the PS4 one. Gonna buy one on Friday when the paycheck comes in. Then I'd really like to train with you!
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    MadCast: Kitty Stark

    Intro - lll Loki lll

    Welcome to the community! You sound like a really interesting person and I can't wait to talk to you more. Also, @MadCast: Icarus, 9 instruments?!?! That beats my paltry 4 1/2. You are now a candidate for Full Membership. When in Discord, please wear the [C] tag, as in [C] lll Loki lll. Additionally, you now have access to #candidates-chat. Please find a Candidate Coordinator on Discord (myself, @MadCast: Aeryx, or @MadCast: Mike) for a full introduction and initial question and answer session. In one month the Senior Full Members will vote on your membership. Should you pass, you will become a Full Member. You will then be required to wear the MadCast name tag, in your case, MadCast: lll Loki lll. Should you fail, you may reapply and the candidacy period will begin again. A few tips for a successful candidacy: Familiarize yourself with the MadCast Code of Conduct everyone is expected to abide by. You can also check out New to MadCast section for more information! Be regularly active on the forums! Try to check it at least a few times per week and participate in topics that interest you. Share anything you find interesting, because odds are someone else will too! Forum activity is an important component of successful candidacies. Join our Discord Server! Even if you don’t or can’t use voice chat, you’re welcome to listen in. Playing games with members on our server is a good way for them to get to know you on a personal level. Attend events hosted by MadCast that have many people in one place that you can meet and leave a good impression on. Use the same username on the forums and Discord, as well as in-game, when possible. If you aren’t able to do this, make sure that the members you play with know who you are. They can’t leave comments on your thread if they don’t know which one is yours! Join the MadCast Public Group to make it easy for us to contact you, and for updates on Steam. If you have any issues you can contact one of our current admins. Feel free to post general questions regarding the candidacy process and community in the Discord #candidate-chat channel. Full Members will be able to satisfy most of your curiosities about the basics of being a part of MadCast. If you have questions regarding your candidacy or the process to become a Full Member, please attempt to contact current Full Members via #candidate-chat in Discord first. If your concern has to do with conduct or issues with another player, feel free to reach out to an admin.  Last but not least, the requirement for you to even be eligible to be voted on can be found here.
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    MadCast: Epic

    Intro - lll Loki lll

    Welcome! It was good to meet you earlier!
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    MadCast: Dez

    New to Rocket League?

    How 2 Aerial?
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    MadCast Maday

    12 years and more to come

    Members of MadCast, To begin, thank you to all the members who have been a part of 12 years of success. MadCast has lived through three American presidents, the entire MCU catalogue, and two-and-change generations of video games. Some of our members have found their spouses here. Some have formed friendships that have endured for years. We are proud to celebrate our anniversary with an event that has not occurred since our founding: the installation of two new Staff members. It is no secret that the activity level and availability of some of the current Staff have waned as careers, relationships, and other personal reasons vie for their time. While some wanted to take this step sooner, we just didn’t have potential successors available. One thing Staff have always kept of the same thought was that new Staff members should be self-evident; individuals who receive Staff invitations should not be a shock to anyone in the community. Perhaps the timing may be a surprise, but knowing what these individuals are currently doing and what they have done speaks for themselves. Today the MadCast Staff are proud to announce the promotion of MadCast: Epic and MadCast: RedJustice to our ranks. Epic joined MadCast in March of 2012, and has served as both an RFM and SFM over most of that time. In his tenure, Epic has held Head Admin roles for LoL and HotS and also led the now discontinued Mentor Program; outside of official roles, however, his passion for recruiting new members and developing long-running weekly events has had an out-sized impact on the sustainability of the community over the last seven years. Red joined MadCast in April of 2013, and has since served as both an RFM and SFM. Red has been a part of building several game branches over her tenure, including Guild Wars 2 and Wildstar. Many of her contributions are in a more private capacity, such as conversations with other admins and policy discussions on the forums; her perspective has been essential in challenging the community and its administration to refine and evolve our conventions while preserving our culture. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming MadCast: Epic and MadCast: RedJustice to the rank of MadCast Staff! Alongside this change, we would like to announce the creation of a new role in MadCast, the LFM (Legendary Full Member). We value every member who has ever served in an admin rank. However, there are certain individuals whose impact will endure for as long as MadCast exists. This new rank is intended to acknowledge their lasting contribution to the community. Please join us in honoring the inaugural LFMs: MadCast: Malacca, MadCast: Scooba, and MadCast: LTTelamon; from time to time, Staff may elect to grant this rank to other members. LFMs are exempt from losing their tags due to activity or contributions. Additionally, we would like to announce the appointment of two new SFMs to fill the vacancies left by Red and Epic. Based on the results of the last election, the Admin Team is happy to welcome back MadCast: Mike, and equally excited to welcome MadCast: KittyStark. We look forward to working with them through the end of Cycle XXXII, as everyone adjusts to these changes. Finally, we would like to extend both an invitation and a challenge to the community at large: if you have a desire to serve the community, to build leadership skills, to work alongside thoughtful and dedicated individuals, there is no better time to step forward. MadCast Administration can at times be hard or frustrating, but it is always rewarding. If you are interested in joining the Admin team, please contact Epic, Munsa, or Red.
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    Terms of Full Membership Below are the terms of Full Membership in MadCast. If you are to become a member, or if you are a member, you are expected to fulfill the following terms consistently throughout your time as a MadCast member. Failure to meet these terms will end in the loss of your MadCast tags. You are always welcome to re-apply if your tags are lost due to failure to meet the terms below. 1. Visit the website at least once a month and be a contributing member. Failure to meet this requirement will result in automatic dismissal. Military and Peace Corp active service will not count towards absent time, and contributions will not be tracked during active service. There are many ways to contribute; you are not expected to meet all of them, but you are expected to meet AT LEAST ONE each cycle: (1) You must have donated at least 12 dollars over the course of the previous 12 months. This amounts to one dollar a month; (2) You must recruit someone, that says you recruited them in their intro post, within the past SFM Cycle; (3) You must have run / hosted / led a event organized via the forums or calendar (an attempt, regardless of participation, counts) in the last SFM Cycle; (4) You must hold an officer / admin rank in a Main / Focus / Official MadCast game; (5) Your posting average, on the forums, must be .50 or higher in the last SFM Cycle; (6) You have produced one lengthy article, guide, tutorial, or walkthrough for the website’s audience in the last SFM Cycle; (7) You must have been an RFM within the past 2 SFM Cycles; (8) You must have been a full term SFM within the past 3 SFM Cycles; (9) You must have participated in at least four (4) calendared events in the previous SFM Cycle; This is equivalent to one per month. (10) Outstanding contributions to be determined by SFMs in the need of other criteria failing. 2. Wear the MadCast tag as follows: MadCast: FullMember. Wearing it after your name or in any other variation is not allowed. We are proud to have you; be proud to be part of us. There is a limit to how many times you will be warned. 3. Be responsible. We do not discriminate in evaluating you for membership based on your age, and we will make no accommodations or exceptions based on your age. You will be treated like an adult; with all rights and responsibilities therein. Take responsibility and ownership in this community. Donate your time or your money, or both. We are all in this together and we all have a vested interest in seeing this place succeed. 4. Be respectful. This does not mean that you should be a yes man to everything that goes on. But, realize that we are all here to have fun, we are not your parents and we do not have to put up with you. Nevertheless, we want to make it clear, no one, in over a decade, has ever been kicked out of MadCast for being opinionated or being a source of constant criticism of the administration. We, the administrators of this community, welcome constructive criticism and provide various avenues for such criticism. Treating people like crap, constant negativity, and being generally an ass-hat is generally frowned upon. If this is, "just the way you are," MadCast is probably not a good fit for you. 5. Be active. Now, any attempt to draw a line here between what is active and what is not is an exercise in futility. The key to satisfying requirements of activity is visibility. The more visible you are the less you have to worry about being inactive. The best medium to demonstrate your activity level is the MadCast website. Now, no one is FORCED to play one game, or play a game they don't want to. Everyone is welcomed to play what they want, but realize that someone who does not see you every day, because you play different games, may wonder what you are up to. The best way to solve this problem is to be active on the website where what game you play seldom matters. At the start of each cycle, SFMs shall review the Full Member roster to ensure the good standing of each Full Member. Full Members that have not met the Terms of Full Membership during the previous SFM cycle will be moved to the Associate role. New Full Members will be granted a grace period of 30 days in order to meet the Terms of Full Membership. Any Full Member who is moved to Associate in this manner will be eligible to become a Full Member again through the candidacy process. During this process, SFMs may elect to permanently reserve the Full Member - Inactive status for individuals who have gone above and beyond for MadCast**. An individual who has attained this status cannot lose it in the future, and so it will only be given with the highest distinction of service to the community. We feel the reward for that diligence should be an open door for their return, should they wish it. Full Members on military or Peace Corp active duty service will be placed in Full Member - Inactive status for the duration of their service. Full Members returning from service will be granted a grace period of 60 days in order to notify the administration of their return and be reverted to active Full Member status. Following this, they will be granted an additional grace period of 30 days in order to meet the Terms of Full Membership.
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