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If this is true, then holy shit:

Yet the states kept less than half of 1 percent of the $82 million they had amassed from the extravagant fund-raisers Hillary's campaign was holding, just as Gary had described to me when he and I talked in August. When the Politico story described this arrangement as "essentially ... money laundering" for the Clinton campaign, Hillary's people were outraged at being accused of doing something shady. Bernie's people were angry for their own reasons, saying this was part of a calculated strategy to throw the nomination to Hillary.

I wanted to believe Hillary, who made campaign finance reform part of her platform, but I had made this pledge to Bernie and did not want to disappoint him. I kept asking the party lawyers and the DNC staff to show me the agreements that the party had made for sharing the money they raised, but there was a lot of shuffling of feet and looking the other way.

When I got back from a vacation in Martha's Vineyard, I at last found the document that described it all: the Joint Fund-Raising Agreement between the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary for America.

The agreement--signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias--specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party's finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.

I had been wondering why it was that I couldn't write a press release without passing it by Brooklyn. Well, here was the answer.

Will this turn off more potential Dems? 2018 is a big year, are they going to see wholesale desertions over this shit?
Arts and Entertainment / TR: The Role Playing Game

Inb4 anime was a mistake, etc.

So I just plowed through the 4 episodes of the Castlevania show on Netflix, and this was the first anime series I have watched in a long, long time.  Some random questions/observations in no particular order:

  • Animation seems to have changed quite a bit -- it looks, I dunno, more jerky? Like, if I were to use a video game term, it feels like the animation in this show is at a lower frame rate than what I remember.  If I compare Cvania to, say, Ninja Scroll, the latter seems to have much smoother animation, as if they have simply drawn more frames. 
  • In the same vein, older classics like Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D seem to be much flatter in their drawings.  Newer creations are more detailed, and have more depth.
  • Am I wrong about these above two things?
  • One of the things that used to annoy me about older anime was the reusing of frames and sequences to draw something out. For example, this scene in Ninja Scroll where they basically just recycle the same ninja asset a few times.  There doesn't seem to be any of that in Cvania -- is that a new thing? Or did they just not use it here?
  • Likewise, Cvania does not have any of those long pause scenes (I don't know what the fuck they are called) where the screen freezes except for one or two things moving.  I'm sure there's a technical term for that, but I don't know what the fuck it is.  Anyway, they seemed really popular back in the day, but I don't think I saw one in this show.  Is that the new normal?
  • Voice acting is much better now. 
  • Color palettes seem much more saturated and, I dunno, "digital"?  Really bright blues, reds, and greens.
  • The Castlevania show is pretty good, especially for old fans.  I just wish it was longer than 4 episodes, that feels kinda lame.
Politics and Current Events / Removing Assad
So, sounds like this might happen.  I mean, Trump has been monumentally full of shit on so many things up to this point, he might just be instructing his administration to say things like what Tillerson just said, hoping everyone will forget or giving him enough breathing room to maneuver into another, better lie.

Or, we might have a fucking carrier over there on Monday.

Also, Trump is just the worst kind of pussified bullshitter.

"He's there, and I guess he's running things, so something should happen."

You guess he is running things?  Something "should happen"?  Way to take the leadership role there, triple-chins!
Science / Black holes
I keep having dreams about black holes, they are fascinating to me but since I'm an idiot, I'm not sure I understand them.

I get that they are not "holes" per se, but regions that absorb matter and energy.  But what does that mean -- how does a region absorb anything? 

Also, I get that they can grow but do they just keep growing?  Is there an end state for a black hole? If they just keep growing and growing, wouldn't the universe eventually become one giant black hole, or a least a region of black holes surrounded by empty space (presumably with the black holes being far enough away from each other so as not to collide, etc).

What gives with these fuckers?

Introductions / Hey raven
This board software looks nicer than that other horrible shit we used for however many years. Good job.