1. Christina Sommers in today's NY Times on the proposed "Paycheck Fairness Bill," which would make it easier for women to file class-action, punitive-damages suits against employers they accuse of sex-based pay discrimination. Q: Now that young, childless, single women earn 8 percent more than their male counterparts in large metro areas (21% more in Atlanta), couldn't men also file class-action lawsuits if this bill passes?
2. "Medical Tourism: Have Insurance Card, Will Travel." Medical tourists are going abroad for treatments that can cost up to 80 percent less than at home.
3. Thanks to smartphones and laptops, people now spend one-half of their waking days interacting with media, and have increased media consumption by an hour per day over the last two years.
4. Hispanic-Owned Businesses Increased (44%) at More Than Double the National Rate (18%) between 2002 and 2007, according to a new Census report.
5. Because government electronic benefits cards get activated at the beginning of the month, Wal-Mart sales increase significantly in the first few hours after midnight on the first day of each month.