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Soon, my petition will be a real boy, plus: Canadians don’t want Canadians to know what they know about Tommy Douglas

My petition requesting the Obama administration to commission a National Intelligence Estimate on climate change is 19 signatures shy of achieving visibility on the White House petitions system, meaning that it’ll start showing up when people search for climate change-related petitions. It is also a mere 24,869 signatures shy of mandating an administration response. Please go sign, if you’ve not.

The government in Canada is approaching and possibly exceeding the US standard for keeping secrets for bad reasons, having won a court case allowing them to continue shielding files showing the degree to which they spied on former Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas for 50 years. Douglas was a socialist, and the creator of what became Canada’s national health care program (one of which we do not have here in the US) and, as an advocate for peace and social justice, could not be trusted. Hence my suggestion for the new Canadian national tourism motto: “Canada. We’re not nearly as nice as you think we are.”

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