‘Six Californias’ lunacy looks headed for ballot

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An earthquake will drop California into the Pacific Ocean before Congress agrees, as it must, to carve the state into six separate mini-Californias.

Nevertheless, an inexplicably wasteful effort led by billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, dubbed “Six Californias,” is reported to have collected the signatures necessary to place Draper’s pipedream on the ballot.

From USA Today:

A Twitter account belonging to the nonprofit Six Californias tweeted on Monday that "#SixCalifornias will be submitting signatures in Sacramento tomorrow for placement on the November 2016 ballot. Stay tuned for coverage!"

Roger Salazar, a spokesman for the campaign, said it's gathered more than the approximately 808,000 signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot, Reuters reported.

Draper is a founding member of the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetsen, known for its investments in successful growth ventures such as Hotmail, Baidu, Tesla Motors and Skype. Recently, Draper won the federal government's auction of bitcoins once owned by online drugs portal Silk Road. He's championed the political break-up of the state for over a year, but it's taken until recently for the plan to gain some momentum.    

That’s because the plan is insane and has no chance – as in absolutely zero, zip, zilch chance – of actually accomplishing its goal.

Draper must know this, which makes me wonder what his real agenda is here.

(Update: So as I’m preparing to make dinner, my 12-year-old daughter, Emma, asked me what I wrote about today, as she does most days. I told her I wrote a short post about this guy’s plan to divide California into six states. “That sounds crazy,” she replied. You can’t put anything over on that girl.)

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