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posted by mrpg on Friday April 13 2018, @11:41PM   Printer-friendly
from the divide-et-impera dept.

Third time's the charm:

A California technology billionaire said on Thursday that his longtime and perhaps quixotic effort to partition the Golden State into multiple new states could soon be put before voters.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper said he had gathered about 600,000 signatures on a petition to put his proposal to divide California on the November ballot, more than the 366,000 needed to qualify. It is his third attempt to get voters to weigh in on his call to break up the most populous U.S. state.

Draper, who in 2014 and 2016 failed in his efforts to win approval for a ballot initiative to divide the state into six parts, said in a news release Thursday that he planned to file the signatures with election officials next week.

[...] To go into effect, California would first have to certify the signatures that Draper has gathered, and then voters in November would need to pass the measure. After that, the U.S. Congress would have to approve it.

Also at The Mercury News and SFGate.

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday April 14 2018, @02:51AM (5 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday April 14 2018, @02:51AM (#666754) Journal

    Howdya like those apples.

    Go for it.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by aristarchus on Saturday April 14 2018, @08:34AM (4 children)

    by aristarchus (2645) on Saturday April 14 2018, @08:34AM (#666842) Journal

    Sometimes I get the idea that khallow is not a Montanan. That is OK, not everyone can be, because it is a rather elite group. But then I start to think that khallow is not even a Wyomingite, which is well below a Montanan, somewhere down in the "James Watt" or "Dick 'Dick' Cheney", or his useless daughter [note to Soylentils: nothing good ever came out of Wyoming, except women's right to vote!] level. So, khallow, being as you are a FRICKING CALIFORNICATOR!!!. Someone would have to actually be from the intermountain West, an actual homeboy of the Rocky Fucking Mountains, to understand just how hard and viciously I have just dissed the khallow. You are a Californian, an immigrant, a carpet-bagger. A purchaser of 20 acre "horse ranches", one of the bastards that is responsible for driving up property prices to the level that no honest rancher or farmer could actually make a living.

    So, being Greek of extrordinary longevity, I have had the opportuity to be present for many of the events you Soylentils regard as "history". But, you know, people actually lived the history you might later study. In this case, during the Great Depression, cattle ranches in the west no longer could make a profit. So they did something like Facebook did: they switched from running cattle, to running dudes. Yes, in the Great Depression, Dude Ranching saved many a spread.

    Now the difference is that now the "dudes" actually buy property, whether in such dens of scum and villainy and Big Mountain skiiing as the Whitefish, or the equally perverse "Big Sky" offerings close to some place close to skiiing and Yellowstone, but not actually, you know, close. Montana is fricking Huge, for those of you from Mykonos or New Jersey.

    So this is why khallow argues in bad faith. He is the "Whitewater" of the Clintons, the Atlantic City of the Donald, the Tulip futures market of the market that had no future. And to think he wanted me to rent his backhoe! Mendacity, khallow! Lies and untruths! Intentionally incorrect facts! Bubble-fed libertariantard ideological pablum. Perhaps, forsooth, we ought to divide the crumulent and naturally fissured khallow into at least the three states, of the United States, that he has claimed residence in. For tax purposes only, of course, because no one expects

    The Violent Imposition!!!

    In fact, those who do expect it, . . . oh, bugger off, come in again.

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by khallow on Saturday April 14 2018, @12:05PM (2 children)

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday April 14 2018, @12:05PM (#666887) Journal
      Let's look at the meat of that post.

      So this is why khallow argues in bad faith.

      Nothing before that sentence or after was relevant to that assertion. This is what actual bad faith rhetoric looks like.

      • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14 2018, @06:20PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14 2018, @06:20PM (#666988)

        You mistake humor for bad faith rhetoric. No surprise, being a bot you have a really hard time parsing language that doesn't fit the heuristic patterns you were programmed with.

        Obviously you weren't created with Asimov's 3 laws or you wouldn't be capable of spreading harmful bullshit.

        • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday April 15 2018, @06:37AM

          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday April 15 2018, @06:37AM (#667179) Journal

          You mistake humor for bad faith rhetoric.

          What's humorous about it? I grant it could be a bad faith argument masquerading as humor. We see that a lot here.

    • (Score: 2) by archfeld on Saturday April 14 2018, @08:23PM

      by archfeld (4650) <> on Saturday April 14 2018, @08:23PM (#667024) Journal

      Is Aristarchus Proof that CWD or mad cow disease is loose in the general public in Montana ? I can almost see the foam on his post, and it wanders in circles like you'd expect the infected animal to do :) []

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