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    My Fellow Members, As of this posting, the position of League of Legends Head Admin will be passed from MadCast: Epic to MadCast: Mike. Per our internal policies, Staff reached out to current LoL administration, and volunteers were brought into an interview with Staff. Mike stepped forward and outlined a vision for the branch that Staff agrees with, and we wish him well in his endeavors. The position of Head Admin is singular in MadCast. A head admin can be of any rank, from RFM to Staff. Head Admins take upon themselves the responsibility for the sustainability of the branch, and they are answerable to both the community and administration. Head admins have a responsibility to both the work that has come before and the needs of the future. Please wish MadCast: Mike the best in his undertakings.
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    "Starting next year, Illinois public schools will be required by law to include LGBTQ history in their curriculums. On Friday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed House Bill 246, which mandates that the subject be taught as of July 1, 2020. The measure stipulates that students must study “the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.” The bill also includes similar mandates for African American history and that of various other groups, including Polish, Irish, Italian, Hispanic and Asian Americans. In keeping with the bill’s objective of promoting a diverse and inclusive history curriculum, it requires that “events related to the forceful removal and illegal deportation of Mexican-American U.S. citizens during the Great Depression” be taught as well. After the bill passed the state Legislature in May, one of its co-sponsors, Democratic Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago, hailed it as “one of the best ways to overcome intolerance.” “It is my hope that teaching students about the valuable contributions LGBTQ individuals have made throughout history will create a safer environment with fewer incidents of harassment,” she said. “LGBTQ children and teenagers will also be able to gain new role models who share life experiences with them.” In a statement released Friday, Victor Salvo, Executive Director of the Legacy Project, a nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy group, called the measure a “life-saving law” that has placed the state “on the right side of history.” “To deny a child information that could give them hope, that could help them feel less alone, that could help them feel like they mattered ― while at the same time condemning them to hearing bigoted slurs in the hallways of their schools ― is a cruelty that every feeling adult has a responsibility to stop.” - Huffington Post CORRECTION: A previous version of this article mistakenly attributed quotes from Victor Salvo of the Legacy Project to Equality Illinois, another LGBTQ advocacy group. This is absolutely massive and wonderful news for the queer community. Educating today's youth about the past will only ensure a brighter future. It may only be one state, but I'm hoping that this is the ripple that radiates around the country.
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    I have read and agree to the terms of full membership! Thank you all, it is an honor to be a part of this community.
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    So my latest venture into woodworking had me building a spice rack for my kitchen as I'm trying to learn to cook. I was going to just buy one off Amazon until I seen how much they are for just the cheap looking wood ones. I thought to myself, "Hey, I have tools and like to build stuff!". Thus began my attempt to make my own. The following is what it looked like at different steps from start to finish. I ended up basing it off the one I was going to buy from Amazon. I still spent less money building it than it would have been to buy the thing. Holy crap they are expensive. The rack I build can hold 21 glass jars of spices measuring 1.75" x 1.75" x 4". This thing was SO much fun to build and it really didn't take much time either. I spent about 4-6 hours a day for 6 days but most of that was time spent waiting for things to dry. The basic box: The basic design: The components after stain/lacquer is applied: And the final product with everything assembled, glued and backboard in place, with a wide shot of my kitchen sink / stove for size comparison:
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    Baal I'd say you are a horrible person for suggesting leds but you didn't say rgb leds so it's ok. Lol As far as how much I saved: the ones I was looking at on Amazon were between 70 - 200 bucks for the size I went with. I put about 50-60 bucks into materials, stains, and lacquer. So I saved a good amount there. @MadCast: Epic Here you go @MadCast: Kitty Stark
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    Something important.

    So Sometimes During league games, Some people Can attempt to give some advice to others e.g in events or so Like how in the first time i joined the server , for a League of learning night and i was up against craiden in lane I didnt sound aggressive And also did not try to make a voice tone that would make him feel bad or such At the end of every comment i made with him i would tell him :But over all you did well just need to fix up a thing or two and you'll be good to go But its really unsettling when someone who talks to you about something in game , like trying to review something or advice you or such And the way they say things might come up to be offensive Due to a few reasons like 1- Just throwing all of your words and 100% ignoring what the other person has to say or Thinks As in , The other person is not you! You may be a better player and see the game better than your enemy laner But He is not you and does not see it that way So before throwing everything at him , Maybe try to ask him : How did you see this or that happening? How did you think this match up would go? What did you think was best to do? Let the other person speak first 2-Then say :can i give my own opinion?, if they agree then still when you talk , say it like an actual advice Not as : IT HAS TO BE THIS WAY! OR THAT WAY! THERE'S NO OTHER WAY AROUND IT! Not only in league in other games as well If you deem people to do things the way you see it then ,you're killing their creativity because you're forcing something on them Yes some would say : they dont have to listen to what i say But some people have weak characteristics and personalities and submit to those who they think are better than them you gotta think of how some words come out of you If they'll hurt the person you're talking to or not If this person is cool with me speaking this way or not But you do not just randomly See something that someone else is doing , if they're doing it wrong you just try to force the right thing on them That is how sometimes in league you can help a team mate in league to actually do better if you just speak to them calmly and encourage them Sometimes even when playing with my own friends in the higher elo's of diamond+ i end up facing masters & grandmasters because of them But i manage to deal with it because my boys have known me for more than 5 years And they do not just throw words that they know will hurt me They'll eventually meme me and make jokes on me for being bad and such But they make sure not to pick words that hurt me hard , So imagine if thats how it is between people who know each other for years, How would you react when a Random person starts to randomly force you into things ingame When you're tilted/ Not having a good time because of lane match up or the enemy laner being higher elo "better???" also another example is... So imagine You're friends with a bronze player And you're at least... Gold or plat , somewhere in that range And you're playing with him and he is hurt because of playing against your elo that knows thing he/she cannot comprehend depends on who you are really.. to deal with that situation... Be Forceful , yell at them sometimes to do things right or try to slowly approach their way of playing and attempt to convince them that you can show them a way thats better if they'd like to try Its something i've dealt with personally because Not Every one is a great player You cannot expect a gold player to play as good as a plat 1-2 or diamond same for silver /etc And then proceed to throw all of your ideas of how things should be done Everyone starts somewhere And then slowly gets better , They do not just Suddenly become Great at the game or such Wellll dis is all i have 2 say for dis post See you all later , Also I'm sorry if this made some people feel targeted or such i'm not targeting anyone in specific i'm just commenting on this Because it is something that has been going on for a while And i do hope to just have put some ideas into people to Deal with this alot better? because its something i have not noticed for a LONG while .... But then i started to notice it again recently Within the past month or so! hope you all have a great weekend!! ❤️ Yours: [C]IzonKAiser
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    Thanks for this great post. I would just like to add the Crisis Text Line for anyone who might find it easier to text than to call. They also urge anyone to call who is experiencing emotional pain of any kind- from anxiety to bullying to loneliness to suicide. Please reach out. Text Hello to 741741 from anywhere in the United States. Text Hello to 686868 in Canada Text Hello to 85258 in the UK. Also, you can reach someone via Facebook Messenger from the facebook.com/crisistextline page. Just hit 'Send Message." Here is the link for better instructions and more information: https://www.crisistextline.org/texting-in *I think they have more international numbers on their website.
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    It's important to bring to light these darker more taboo subjects and openly discuss the signs, and the availability of help. Here at MadCast we have an excellent thread already by @MadCast: Kitty Stark Let's Talk About Mental Illness which can be used as a great resource for ailments that may be affecting the way you feel. There is also an existing thread for Community Outreach if you ever find yourself in a sticky situation and need help getting by. MadCast is a community of people who care and want to see you succeed in more facets than just gaming. I can personally attest to this, as I've had to ask for help before, and have been shown nothing but kindness and support. That being said, know that you always have people you can reach out to here in our community, or if you are in immediate need of help there is the crisis call line which can help in a myriad of ways, you don't have to be suicidal to call them. You can reach them at: 1-800-273-8255 If you are LGBT youth (under 25) and are in a crisis you can reach out to The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Their number is: 1-866-488-7386 "Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention." - National Alliance of Mental Illness Know the warning signs of suicidal behavior: Threats or comments about killing themselves, also known as suicidal ideation, can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here” but can become more overt and dangerous Increased alcohol and drug use Aggressive behavior Social withdrawal from friends, family and the community Dramatic mood swings Talking, writing or thinking about death Impulsive or reckless behavior Any person exhibiting these behaviors should get care immediately: Putting their affairs in order and giving away their possessions Saying goodbye to friends and family Mood shifts from despair to calm Planning, possibly by looking around to buy, steal or borrow the tools they need to complete suicide, such as a firearm or prescription medication Risk factors for suicide: Research has found that more than half of people (54%) who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. A number of other things may put a person at risk of suicide, including: A family history of suicide. Substance abuse. Drugs and alcohol can result in mental highs and lows that exacerbate suicidal thoughts. Intoxication. More than one in three people who die from suicide are found to be currently under the influence. Access to firearms. A serious or chronic medical illness. Gender. Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to die by suicide. A history of trauma or abuse. Prolonged stress. Isolation. Age. People under age 24 or above age 65 are at a higher risk for suicide. A recent tragedy or loss. Agitation and sleep deprivation. It can be frightening and intimidating when a loved one reveals or shows signs of suicidal thoughts. However, not taking thoughts of suicide seriously can have a devastating outcome. If you think your friend or family member will hurt herself or someone else, call 911 immediately. There are a few ways to approach this situation. Remove means such as guns, knives or stockpiled pills Calmly ask simple and direct questions, such as “Can I help you call your psychiatrist?” rather than, “Would you rather I call your psychiatrist, your therapist or your case manager?” Talk openly and honestly about suicide. Don’t be afraid to ask questions such as “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” or “Do you have a plan for how you would kill yourself?” If there are multiple people, have one person speak at a time Ask what you can do to help Don’t argue, threaten or raise your voice Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong If your loved one asks for something, provide it, as long as the request is safe and reasonable If you are nervous, try not to fidget or pace If your loved one is having hallucinations or delusions, be gentle and sympathetic, but do not get in an argument about whether the delusions or hallucinations are real Even if your loved one isn't in a moment of crisis, you need to provide support. Let them know that they can talk with you about what they are going through. Make sure that you are actively and openly listening to the things they say. Instead of arguing with any negative statements that they make, try providing positive reinforcement. Active listening techniques such as reflecting feelings and summarizing thoughts can help your loved one feel heard and validated. Furthermore, reassuring your loved one that you are concerned for their well-being will encourage them to lean on you for support. One of the best things you can do if you know or suspect that your loved one is contemplating suicide is educate yourself. Learning about suicide, what the warning signs are, and how it can be prevented can help you understand what you need to do as a member of their support system. If possible, be prepared. If your friend or family member has had suicidal thoughts in the past, it's a good idea to have a crisis plan just in case. This means that you'll need to work together to develop the best course of action if a crisis situation should occur. "The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us." - Voltaire MadCast is a community we are all here for each other, if you ever need help please don't hesitate to reach out.
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    @BANJO RL has received the necessary votes and is now a Full Member of MadCast. Please join me in welcoming our newest FM: MadCast: BANJO RL BANJO RL, you have 10 days to reply that you have read and agree to the Terms of Full Membership. Your permissions will then be updated and your transition to full membership will be complete. Congratulations!
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    Great Tournament finished off by this great goal by MailMan. Fearless Drifters - Nimdar and MailMan win the $50 prize.
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    I think Baal's got the right of it with letting kids be themselves, though you might ask him to explain why he doesn't want to go to girls parties. Maybe he thinks girls are groady (that will pass) or maybe it's external influence that is affecting him, like something one of his friends said. But another way I think parents can hinder or help their children is just with words they use. Kids listen to everything you say, and make assumptions based on that. For example, if you say- "Someday you'll meet a beautiful wife and get married!" vs "Someday you'll meet an amazing person and get married!" you send a slightly different message. I think most of these comments are based on habits that are hard to break, but you shouldn't feel bad about that. It's good if you catch yourself and say- "Someday you'll meet a beautiful wife and get married- or husband or anyone who loves you! I just want you to be happy, you know that?" Catching and correcting yourself will make your child pay more attention to what you are saying. In society we tend to define a lot of things based on relationships, which makes sense because humans are naturally relational for survival. However, taking the pressure off relationship status and focusing on positive messages about your child and what you want for them is a good way to go. "I want you to always have people who love you as much as I do in your life." vs statements about marriage, and not asking constantly if your child has a boyfriend or girlfriend yet (you'll notice other people start doing this by late elementary school probably) but rather: "Who do you like to spend time with? Why do you like to spend time with them?" can be more positive. Lastly, I would caution you that if you speak negatively about yourself or other people for something, your child will assume the same holds true for them. If you say: "I love you even when you're not perfect!" but you constantly criticize yourself for not being perfect, or ask a lot of questions about why something isn't perfect, or criticize your co-workers or other people's kids (or whoever) for not being perfect, your child will assume you are lying. The inverse also holds true, so comments like: "I'm so happy that such and such are able to get married now. You can really see how much they love each other, and it makes me sad that it's still illegal for them to get married in some countries." or w/e will send a positive message to your child that it is okay for them to love who they love because you will support them.
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    MadCast: doublestufforeo

    Free Game Events

    Hey y'all, Just wanted to let you know I'll be starting events here soon for free to low cost games. I definitely want to get some Tales of Escape going, and possibly Dauntless, and a few other styles of games. If you have any suggestions of games that are free or low cost ($5 or less,) that you'd like to see please let me know. I'm looking at doing Wednesday nights tentatively with my schedule at 9PM EST.
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    Chatter during explanations is a major pet peeve of mine, and many others have voiced similar complaints. It slows everything down and causes people who are actually listening to miss important information. When running an event, don't be afraid to tell people to clear comms. The group will be more upset about waiting for random commenter #7 to finish interrupting you than they will if someone gets cut off. Also, if it is your event, it is entirely on you to ensure it starts as smoothly as possible. Keeping comms clear when explaining/instructing the group is imperative. When attending an event, especially during set-up, if the person in charge lights up in Discord (or whatever VOIP you happen to be using) stop talking, full stop. It is exceedingly rare for your question/comment/joke/whatever being voiced during an explanation is more important than the entirety of the group trying to play in a reasonable amount of time. If it is something that you feel is important, it will still be important when they are done. Many questions are answered just by waiting and listening. Typing it out is also another solid option. There are times to joke around, during set-up is not, nor is it ever likely to be, one of those times.
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    Your perms have been updated. Please be aware that your login name is now MadCast: Nimli.
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    After 13 long years without a new Tool album, we have our first track available off of "Fear Inoculum" which is available Aug. 30th! Us Tool fans are a unique bunch. We love Tool because of the slight nuances and intricate details more than the catchy riffs , melodies , hooks of mainstream music. People that are giving Tool a new listen probably won't like it. It's something you have to listen to multiple times and start pointing out things you didn't hear the first time. Unraveling the details of a Tool song is so rich and rewarding for me! And here we are! I have gave this about 20 listens so far, even repeating it during my gym sessions. 1st listen: This song is meh --- 2nd listen: Ehhhh it's alright --- 3rd listen: This is a f*#@!#% masterpiece!
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    For new or old players, I have compiled a list of videos that I consider a "must watch". These videos continue to help me become a better player and will greatly help new players reach those higher ranks. First on the list is the "Why You Suck at Rocket League" series by Sunless Khan. This is by far my favorite Rocket League guide series. The next series is by Sir Timbers. This series is more on the science on Rocket League. Anther great series to help you understand and learn the tools to elevate your game play. Here are some more videos you can watch. A lot of these are more advanced, but will help with higher level game play. Kevpert Fluump Fluump #2 If you have any other videos or tips you would like to share please do!
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    The ball is the right hands. I'd balk at any other choice. He can pitch us in the right direction. He'll hit it out of the park.
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    Minion Masters might be feasible.
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    MadCast: Dez

    Free Game Events

    World of Tanks!
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    Hello all! I want to start a large group project on one of the Minecraft servers (this can include the Vanilla Java 1.14 server that is still coming Soon(tm), I promise). There are so many different things we can do as a group. We could build a giant city together, or a Kingdom, or a dungeon deep underground with traps and monsters! I'm reaching out now to collect ideas and gauge interest. We can use all sorts of players! Don't like building but love fighting monsters and collecting materials? Great! Ever wanted to be a city planner, or design your own dungeon? Perfect! Do you like just doing the building aspect, but don't like having to collect the materials your self? Perfect, there's a place for you as well! Really like farming/ranching and are willing to help provide food for all the players? Well then get in the freaking van. There's so much we can do, and as a community I think we could potentially pull off something amazing. So let me know if you have any ideas! If I garner enough interest, I'll set up a planning meeting so we can get together and figure everything out! Let's create something
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    I recently found out how to build an automatic firework dispenser show so I'd love a reason to dabble in a little bit of redstone coding~
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    Thanks for posting about this important topic and sharing resources, DSO. I wanted to throw in a small tidbit related to this. Something I observed often from people in my circles (especially, but not only, from people of faith who believe suicide to be a sin) has been comments along the lines of: "How could they do this to their family?" or "If they could see how many lives they ruined, they wouldn't have done this." Understandably, when people are grieving they often experience anger. However, these kinds of shaming, judgmental comments can prevent people from asking for help. Having thoughts of suicide does not make you a bad person. It means something is wrong. It can be really hard if you're personally impacted by suicide, but try to keep this in mind when you talk about how it impacted you. You can talk about your own feelings without passing judgment on the person you lost. It could mean the difference between losing a friend or not.
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    I was recently hospitalized and had to have surgery for my gall bladder and failing liver. I woke up one night in excruciating pain. I was doubled over and could barely move and knew something was wrong. I drove myself to the ER down the street and while being checked in, started to pass out from the pain. After spending a few days in the hospital and some tests it was determined my gall bladder was completely full of stones and no longer working and my liver was starting not to work. I had my gall bladder removed and they did a biopsy)?) of my liver to see how bad it was. I am recovering fine but have really had to change my diet. I am having a hard time trying to find things I can eat and make that do not contain dairy(I am lactose intolerant), no fat no sugar. Most of the time it's chicken and rice, but I would like to find ways to cook more foods so I am not making food for myself, then a separate meal for the other 6 people in the house.
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    you're right i didnt focus much on karthus because he wasnt really sen that much in proplay , because of how easily he could be counterd sometimes And kayn i feel like his fallen off a bit? his not as strong as before Like sometimes if you're not fed as Blue kayn you're just doing Some damage.... Or you could Almost burst someone then Ult and Die or somehow escape , when i see kayn i feel like the only choice for him is to go Red Unless the enemy team is just completely a bunch of squishes *except or the toplane bruiser/mid irel etc* Jarvain's been popular Yeah But i feel like his really a Hit or miss champ... like if people dodge his flag and drag his only choice is *imma just ult* and people just Flash it out or be champions that can dash over it and such BUT! Taking someone's flash out is Important Yeah thats why jarvain's really good but id ont think he'd have as much impact on the game as some champions like Trundle,xin,olaf,sej, and even leesin who's been doing alotta good work recently in the lcs,lec But if you think otherwise i'd love to learn more! as i was a j4 jg main at somepoint untill i just feelt that his not doing that well Then he became popular again and im like *AWIGROGUJERIOGUJNQERJGNIRGNRQG ,OKAY.. TIME TO SWITCH BACK TO J4*
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    I played Pokémon GO the first week it came out and it was a very exciting game but in like a month it got repetitive so I went to my pc, and that's when I was hooked on Rocket league so I abandoned the game, I have been playing Pokémon GO actively in the last month or so, and I wanted to know if anyone else here plays it so that we can be friends on the game. Trainer code: 6293 2301 4206 -[C] Nimdar
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    @uT Nitrogenhas received the necessary votes and is now a Full Member of MadCast. Please join me in welcoming our newest FM: MadCast: uT Nitrogen uT Nitrogen, you have 10 days to reply that you have read and agree to the Terms of Full Membership. Your permissions will then be updated and your transition to full membership will be complete. Congratulations!
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    Congrats and welcome!
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    I accept the terms of full membership. Thank you for the opportunity!
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    Nice, congrats!
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    ayyyy Banjo!
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    I feel like this is going to become a running joke...
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    This whole video is really enlightening to anyone not familiar with drag, and I am so so happy they included a king as well.
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    Congrats to you too MadCast: Craiden, err ... I mean @MadCast: Dez!
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    I love thought provoking videos like this:
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    @MadCast: Icarus and not @MadCast: RacerDelux
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    I would love to see a fake added to each team that receives a half-point for every vote they receive. So they're purposely trying to act like the mafia, but aren't actually. EDIT: So that you don't have to code it that way, just have one person on either team assign it for the other? Include it in a "fun" version of the event to spice things up. I'd think only doing it in 5v5, or 4v4 would be best.
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    MadCast: CoachRivers

    MadCast Promotes: Dez

    Congratz Dez
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    Thanks DSO! For today only... you are NOT the mafia <3
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    Gratz dude! You definitely deserve it! Mafia is such a success!
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    MadCast: Baal

    MadCast Promotes: Dez

    Congratulations man!
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    * Thoughts on the points structure? With how many missed mafia guesses there were, I'm debating bringing down the points that the mafia can earn. That seems like the opposite thing you would want. If people aren't getting it right, its more rare, making it worth more points. I would think.
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    MadCast: Wabbitz

    Intro: IzonKAiser

    Welcome aboard! Glad to have to trying to fully join our wonderful community. Also had a blast playing with you yesterday!
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    Joe Rogan's podcast is good depending on the guest he has on. If you find the guest interesting then the whole podcast will be good. If not can be kind of boring. I also listen to the buffalo sabres and Bills podcasts from my hometown but i doubt that you will enjoy that.
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    I forget which comedian it was off the top of my head, but they had a pretty solid bit about that. Something along the lines of: "I think my 6 year old is gay" "Your 6 year old shouldn't be interested in genitalia of either kind" On a more serious note, and in keeping with what DSO and Red have said, your kid, male, female, or anything in between, has to grow up and make those decisions for themselves. Forcing a kid out of a "traditional" gender role can be just as harmful as forcing them into one. If you have a boy that likes playing with dolls, that's great. If he only wants to play with toy monster trucks, that's great too. As long as they understand that there are any number of options (through an open and accepting parenting style, not necessarily through being explicitly told,) and that you'll love and accept them no matter what, they'll be fine. It's not something you get to decide for them.
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    MadCast: Scaldo

    Putin or Zuckerberg

    In a cage match? Putin, easily.
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    Hot dog