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posted by cmn32480 on Sunday February 19 2017, @04:02AM   Printer-friendly
from the flags-with-49-stars dept.

From channel 7 in San Francisco:

It would be easy to dismiss this as some fringe group trying to make California into its own country, but former intelligence officials tell the ABC7 News I-Team the ballot initiative leader's ties to Russia raise serious questions.

Louis Marinelli has received support in Russia from a far-right nationalist group that wants to break up the United States. Former intelligence officials say that association raises serious questions about his intent.

"You don't need this to be involved in California's campaign for independence," Marinelli said holding up an American flag.

He's the leader of the Yes California campaign, also dubbed Calexit. Marinelli is an American who lives in Russia, but his movement is getting a lot of attention stateside.

A recent Reuters poll found one in three Californians support the idea of withdrawing from the United States.


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by takyon on Sunday February 19 2017, @04:05AM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Sunday February 19 2017, @04:05AM (#468850) Journal

    We have to import good ideas like jettisoning California from the Russians.

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  • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Sunday February 19 2017, @06:18AM

    by krishnoid (1156) on Sunday February 19 2017, @06:18AM (#468875)

    Just like we import the fine Russian silk of which Marinelli is a connoisseur.

    What? Oh, not *that* kind of tie. Got it.

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Phoenix666 on Sunday February 19 2017, @01:07PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Sunday February 19 2017, @01:07PM (#468928) Journal

    It's really only a couple of small areas that give the rest of the state a bad name. San Francisco and Beverly Hills/Hollywood could be excised like rectal polyps and health would return to the organism.

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    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday February 19 2017, @04:59PM

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Sunday February 19 2017, @04:59PM (#468978) Homepage

      Agreed. If we could nuke LA and San Francisco, California would be paradise-on-Earth.

      The real shame is that there are a lot of centrist and right-leaning areas scattered about, but all of the policy decisions are made from San Francisco.

      I don't believe that California should secede, but should split. The problem is, that 50 (states) is a nice even number with pleasant properties and because of that silly reason, nobody will accept a 51st state. What California should do is allow autonomous regions which are not bound by the backwards policies of ivory-tower fruitcake weirdos and fifth-columnist Jews.

      Autonomous regions with the power to vet their populations (Rancho Cucamonga Blacks are very respectable and will be allowed but hipsters from the San Fernando Valley and Juan from Guatemala are not welcome) and control their borders at the expense of some funding or other concessions.

      • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Monday February 20 2017, @01:36PM

        by Phoenix666 (552) on Monday February 20 2017, @01:36PM (#469255) Journal

        The thing is, I like San Francisco. It's a charming little city. Distinctive character, picturesque neighborhoods, variable moods. It surpasses LA by far as a place to be. But the holier-than-thou of its elites, the jejeune know-it-all-ism of the tech kiddies, its meddling, proto-Marxist we-know-better-than-thee, poor-dears attitudes are off-putting, to put it mildly.

        Cross the bridge to Oakland and you get a much more acceptable range of perspectives, from blue-collar near the bay to the harmless hippies of Oakland Heights.

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