Things have not been this bad for the Canadian economy since the last global recession. During the second quarter of 2016, Canada’s GDP contracted at a 1.6 percent annualized rate. That was the worst number in seven years, and it was even worse than most analysts were projecting. This comes at a time when bad news is pouring in from all corners of the global economy. While things in the United States are still relatively stable for the moment, the same cannot be said for much of the rest of the planet. Canada in particular has been hit very hard by the collapse in oil prices, and the massive wildfire in northern Alberta back in May certainly did not help things. The following comes from the BBC…
The recent drop in GDP was larger than analysts had projected, but not far off the predicted 1.5% loss.
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You probably don’t want to get call from the IRS. Except maybe when an illegal immigrant has stolen your Social Security number, in which case you probably won’t.
IRS officials knew for at least 5 years that more than a million American Social Security numbers had been stolen by illegal immigrants—but the agency never bothered to notify the identity theft victims.
That’s according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), which pointed out that it first notified the IRS of the problem back in 2011.
From the watchdog:
The IRS’s Automated Underreporter (AUR) program identifies such discrepancies when it matches taxpayer income reported on third-party information returns (e.g., Forms W-2, Wage and Income Statement) to amounts that taxpayers report on their individual income tax returns.
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The Obama administration Department of Homeland Security is eyeing a plan to declare elections “critical infrastructure,” which would allow the federal government to take over electronic voting machines and the counting process.
The plan, reportedly already in the works, could be hastened by recent news that voting machines could become the target of foreign hackers during the 2016 election.
“There’s no one federal election system. There are some 9,000 jurisdictions involved in the election process,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told reporters earlier this month.
According to Johnson and other proponents of giving Washington central control over the electoral process at the local level, the number of jurisdictions and the different ways in which they handle the ballot process could make it difficult to target hacking attempts.
“We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid,” Johnson said, according to Washington Examiner.
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Anti-2nd Amendment types like to throw around shocking statistics about the number of firearm related deaths in America as evidence of the need for more draconian gun restrictions. But because their efforts are more anti-gun than anti-tragedy, they often leave out some important details.
Despite media saturation about mass shootings in recent years and an effort to demonize black rifles, the number of firearm homicides in America hasn’t changed much since the Clinton administration’s assault weapons ban was lifted.
And while firearms remain the weapon used most in the commission of homicide in America, firearm homicides are not the top contributor to gun-related death tolls.
Most people killed by firearms in America aren’t the victims of lunatics or criminals—but fall victim to another more sinister set of bad actors. Depression, despair and the belief that they have no reason to continue living led 291,571 Americans to take their own lives using a firearm between 1999 and 2014.
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