Note to Media: Please Stop Writing Dumb Articles About California

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I have a wee request for the national media: will you please stop writing about Tim Draper’s idiotic plan to split California into six states? I know it’s a slow news week and all, and I know everyone loves an excuse to talk about how much Californians all hate each other, but California is not going to get sliced up. Reporters know it’s not going to happen; Draper knows it’s not going to happen; everyone knows it’s not going to happen. So can we all stop feeding his ego on this just for the sake of some dull, pro forma thumbsuckers about how California is really big (duh) and features political conflicts between its different regions (double duh)? Thanks.

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